Day At The Track

Muscles Yankee quinellas Inter Dominion Final

05:44 PM 12 Apr 2011 NZST
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Mark Purdon(I Can Doosit) lifts his whip
Mark Purdon(I Can Doosit) lifts his whip - in triumph just short of the line in the 2011 Interdom Final
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Boom harness racing sire Muscles Yankee only had two of his progeny competing in this month's Inter Dominion and both of his 5-year-old sons finished first and second in the $250,000 Trotters' Grand Final at Auckland's Alexandra Park.

I Can Doosit, who is out of 15-year-old seven-win Chiola Hanover mare had a neck to spare over Australian squaregaiter, Let Me Thru – a son of 12-year-old un-raced Armbro Invasion mare, Invasion’s Pride.

Now 16, Muscles Yankee (Valley Victory – Maiden Yankee - Speedy Crown) was no slouch on the race-track either being inducted into the Harness Racing Living Horse Hall of Fame in 2009 as both as a racehorse and as a sire.

The 1998 Hambletonian winner sired three of the decade's horses to surpass $3 million - Mr Muscleman, Muscle Hill and Deweycheatumnhowe, and boasts five trotters with records of 1:51 or faster with the three aforementioned champions plus Tom Ridge and Strong Yankee. No other stallion has more than two.

In fact Muscles Yankee (1:52.2), who won 15 of his 21 starts and $1.4 million, has sired the last three Hambletonian 3yo winners – Muscle Massive (2010), Muscle Hill (2009) and Deweycheatumnhowe (2008).

Muscles Yankee was trained by Charles (Chuck) Sylvester and largely driven by John Campbell throughout his 1997 and 1998 racing career. He was, and still is owned by Perretti Farms at Cream Ridge in New Jersey.

Anthony Perretti said he was proud of his stallion’s achievement in last Friday’s (April 8) Inter Dominion Grand Final.

“He is truly amazing even though this result did no surprise me. In North America he has been widely regarded as the best trotting stallion in the last decade. His Grand Circuit horses can come from any position in a race. He’s the ultimate sire,” Perretti said.

Then why is Muscles Yankee so good?

“He has a great mare average simply because he is so fertile. His off-spring has both speed and stamina and we all know that a big heart is needed when it comes to the top flight races.

“He has changed the whole Valley Victory breed. Valley Victory has often been regarded as the best trotting stallion in the world but he was nowhere near as fertile as this fella. Muscles Yankee is the complete package,” Perretti said.

Quality doesn’t come cheap but for just under NZ $25,000 (US $20,000) you can breed a mare to Muscles Yankee.

Nevele R Stud has Muscle Yankee frozen semen available in New Zealand.

Peter O’Rourke, the general manager of that company, said Muscles Yankee had 91 foals of racing age in New Zealand and Australia for 45 winners to date - including six Group 1 winners - I Can Doosit (two Group Ones), Let Me Thru (6), Skyvalley (3), Lord Of The Gym (2 - a dual Derby winner), Miami H (1) and Magic Interest (1).

“Let Me Thru, Skyvalley, Miami H and Magic Interest were all Australian Breeders Crown winners while I Can Doosit is the 2011 Inter Dominion champion.“He is the sire of two other Group or Listed race winners in Sno's Big Boy and Cyclone Jake, along with the Group One runners-up Down Under Muscles and Gluteus Maximus,” O’Rourke said.

He went on to say that his ‘Down Under’ progeny had won 257 races and over $3.2 million in stakes-money to date and included eight $100,000 plus earners.

“It comes as no surprise that Muscles Yankee is doing the business in New Zealand and Australia. He’s just carrying on from where he left off in North America. His 5-year-olds are his first real crop ‘Down Under’.

“When we bought him as a yearling he looked pretty special and he didn’t let us down,” Perretti said.

Meanwhile, Perretti also owns Rocknroll Hanover, who is rumoured to be standing at Warwick Farm and Nevele R Stud this season.

“They are rumours at this stage but it is very possible that it will eventuate. We are just in the throws of negotiations now but nothing concrete has come of it,” Perretti said.

What Rocknroll Hanover didn’t win as a two and three-year-old isn’t worth winning. The World Champion son of son of Western Ideal and Rich N Elegant won 15 of his 26 starts and $2,754,038 in stakes. Rocknroll Hanover was the first standarbred two year old in history to break the 1:50 mark going 1:49.4 in the $1,000,000 Metro Stakes. He was also the Dan Patch 'Horse Of The Year' in 2005 and three year old Pacing Colt Of The Year.

By Duane RANGER (editor)


3YO Trotting Colt Of The Year

Winner of Breeders Crown & Hambletonian at 3 years.

Retired the 2nd fastest trotting colt in history.

Leading Overall US Trotting Sire 3 times - 2003, 2004 & 2005.

Sire of triple Millionaires Mr Muscleman and Deweycheatumnhowe and Muscle Hill.

Sire of 6 Australasian Group 1 winners, including four Breeders Crown winners, from just four crops.

2011 Inter Dominion Trotting Grand Final: 

Deweycheatumnhowe 2008 Hambletonian:

Muscle Hill 2009 Hambletonian:

Muscle Massive 2010 Hambletonian: 

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