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Winbak announces passing of Art Colony

01:36 AM 12 May 2012 NZST
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Winbak Farm is sad to announce the passing of Art Colony, p, 2, 1:51s ($762,840), owned by Tom Hill of Great Britain. With his first crop on the ground, the six-year-old harness racing stallion was in the middle of his second breeding season.

He had both the pedigree and race record, to make him a success in the breeding shed. He was a half-brother to Triple Bars, p, 2, 1:59.4f; 3, 1:54.2s; 4, 1:50.1s ($524,567) and Where The Heart Is, p, 2, 1:54.1, 3, 1:50.2 ($214,654). His maternal family also included Stonebridge Kisses, p, 2, Q2:00s; 3, 1:52.1s; 1:50.2s ($1,011,737). His breeders were Steve Stewart, Frank Cannon and Jeffrey Langfelder.

"Art Colony was a jaw dropper when I first saw him. I had to have him and that is why I paid $157,000 US to bring him home. He was a gorgeous animal, good size, and perfect flawless gate," said Casie Coleman, trainer of Art Colony.

Art Colony was most noted for his speed and determination as a racehorse.

"He hit one of the toughest years ever, battling Well Said, and coming from the outside posts most of the time. He was always right there. He was only worse than second once in his life," said Coleman.

At 2, he won the Governors Cup elimination and took second in a Breeders Crown elimination, Breeders Crown Final, and Governors Cup Final. At 3, he took second in the Burlington Stakes division, Meadowlands Pace elimination, and North America Cup elimination and Final.

"Colony was a great horse as a racehorse and in the breeding shed. His babies are looking phenomenal. I was hoping to breed mares back to him, he really was a great all around horse. I have heard nothing but good things so far about his 2012 crop," said Coleman.

He bred close around 100 mares in his first season at stud.

"We had booked some of our best pacing mares to Art Colony because we thought highly of his potential as a sire. His 2012 foals look very athletic and we have high hopes for them," said Garrett Bell, Winbak Farm General Manager.

Winbak Farm would like to express their condolences to Tom Hill, his family, Casie Coleman, and everyone else whose life was touched by this fine stallion.

Breeders booked to Art Colony with questions are encouraged to call Winbak of Ontario at 905-838-2145.

Art Colony - Governors Cup Elimination

Elizabeth Lewis-House

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