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Troublemaker's last winner is really unique

02:03 AM 13 Feb 2013 NZDT
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The late Troublemaker
The late Troublemaker - A legendary racehorse and stallion.

Semen that was collected 14 years ago provided the late American harness racing stallion - Troublemaker - with his last ever victory at Canberra on Monday night February 11th.

Aptly named, Distant Memory won the eighth event on the card - a $3,000 two-year-old pace. The Bill Trembath (Riverina) trained and driven filly was having her first race-day start. She was a warm $2.10 favourite.

Troublemaker (Most Happy Fella - Bret's Dream -Bret Hanover) p2,1:54 - (25 wins) $1,112,103, who left 750 live foals, passed away five years ago. The last mare he served via frozen semen - Macrandra (Classic Garry) left 11 foals, the last of them being Distant Memory.

Towards the end of his career Troublemaker (1981) left two lives foals in 2004-2005; one in 2005-2006; two in 2008-2009; and Distant Memory being his one and only in 2009-2010 all by frozen semen. 

Amberley (New Zealand) based Ross Simpson who bought Troublemaker and stood him at Karamea Stud in Victoria, said Monday's victory was a rarity because in the USA semen has to be destroyed once a stallion dies, but in Australia and New Zealand there is no time limit after the stallion is deceased.

"It was a sentimental win alright because this is Troublemaker's last foal. We paid six figures for him from Hanover Shoe Farms in 1995 and the year before that they were asking $2 million. We got a good deal. I bought a half share while Mick Lombardo and Kevin Newbound took a quarter share each," 76-year-old Simpson told Harnesslink.

It was Lombardo's Tailamade Lombo (1:55.3) that proved to be Troublemaker's best pacer 'Down Under'.

The Aussie star won 49 of her 110 starts and $1,354,978 before retiring in 2002.

He has proven to be a very good broodmare sire leaving the likes of Real Desire (p1:48.4 $3.1 million) Real Desire has sired the winners of over $34 million to date.

Troublemaker spent his first two seasons at stud in Australia at Brooklyn Lodge in New South Wales before obtaining a full book in Victoria.

"He never stood in New Zealand but his semen was sent here," Simpson said.

"He was a great old friend, I still miss him, but I was proud as punch when I learnt his last ever foal was a winner on debut," he added.

Distant Memory, who was bred and is owned by D.J. and J.M. Howe, won Monday's pace by 8.4 metres. She stopped the clock in 2:14.2 (1770m mobile). Mile rate: 2:02. Lead time: 10.9. First quarter: 30.9. Second quarter: 31.7. Third quarter: 31.3. Fourth quarter: 29.4.

By Duane RANGER (editor)

Troublemaker's last ever foal - Distant Memory winning the last race at Canberra on Monday (February 11):

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