Muscle Hill progeny tops $2 million

03:05 AM 10 Jun 2014 NZST
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Muscle Hill, Muscles Yankee's greatest son and the 2009 USA Horse of the Year, has made a spectacular start to his siring career.

In his first season he left 81 foals, and of these he had 56 to the races half-way through their three-year-old season, and 40 were winners with 33 in 2:00 and 10 in 1:55.

Last year's leading first-season sire, Muscle Hill's progeny has earned $2.24-million in stakes so far.

Muscle Hill's first crop includes the richest and fastest three-year-old trotting colt in North America this year in Trixton (1:51.4) and the fastest three-year-old trotting filly, Heaven's Door (1:52).

Trixton, who has won four of his five starts, and Heaven's Door, won their respective $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Finals at The Meadowlands last month, with the former equalling the race record in a 6-1/2 lengths romp and the latter setting a new race mark. In fact, Muscle Hill sired the trifecta in the New Jersey SS colts and geldings' Final.

Another of Muscles Hill's first crop, Fastdownthehill, captured a division of the time-honoured Lady Suffolk at Freehold Raceway at its first start in 2014, while Odds On Amethyst, one of Muscle Hill's six $100,000 winners, won at The Meadowlands recently in 1:53.4, handing Trixton his sole defeat this year.

Saturday Mornings, a two-year-old Muscle Hill filly, won at The Meadowlands qualifiers recently in 2:00.2 including a 28.4 seconds closing quarter.

Muscle Hill's frozen semen in Australia and New Zealand is available from Stallions Australasia representatives Peter O'Rourke, David Shammall, Greg Ryan and Daren and Gayle Garrard. For further information log onto the website www.stallionsaustralasia.com.

From Stallions Australasia

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