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Harnesslink has had such positive feedback on our "forgotten sires series" that we have decided to run a series of reviews on our more prominent harness racing sires. As they say in racing you can criticize some ones car, house or wife but never their horse, and that still rings true. As a disclaimer to our next chapter of analysis we look to provide educated opinion based on years of industry knowledge and the truest form of critique backed by statistical data. These PREVIEWS are set to strip back any sugar coated publicity often associated with Stallion promotion and give you the cold hard facts as JC sees them. (All statistical data was provided by TrackIt for North American stats and for Down Under the official organizations of New Zealand and Australia)  Two days ago we looked at American Ideal and today we review Art Major - Enjoy the read. ART MAJOR BREEDING - By the legendary super sire, Artsplace, he is from the prolific producing Nihalator mare in Perfect Profile who produced 13 foals for 11 winners of over $5 million in stakes.. As well as Art Major she has produced the full brother Perfect Art whose 716 foals have won over $13,653,246 in Australia and Western Edition (by Western Hanover) who stood in Queensland and has 115 three-year-olds and older who have won $665,848 to date in Australia. Art Major was sold as a yearling as Lot 55 at the Tattersalls Sale in Kentucky in 2000. RACE RECORD - Racing from two to four years, he started 49 times for a fantastic record of 32 wins and 9 placings for a massive $3,273,217 in stakes with a 1:48.4m record. Artsplace richest son. His durability is obvious when you consider that he won his last three starts on the racetrack and those wins were in the $824,000 Canadian Pacing Derby, the $729,730 Breeders Crown and the $350,000 US Pacing Championship.   AMERICAN STUD RECORD - He has had seven crops to race so far and what an impact they have made. His first crop is arguably his best producing such stars as Art Official, his richest son at $2,085,185 and his fastest son at p3,1:47, Santanna Blue Chip $1,641,643 p2,1:51.3, Artimittateslife $997,901 p3,1:51.3 and Riggins $931,587 p5,1:48.4. All up seven have won over $500,000 and the average earnings per starter is a massive $132,000. His second crop contained Hypnotic Blue Chip $1,766,053 p4,1:47.2 and Major In Art who only raced as a two-year-old winning $896,060 and taking a time of 1:50.2  while his third crop was highlighted by He's Gorgeous $743,844 p5,1:48.3. His fourth crop contained such stars as Feel Like A Fool $965,633 with a two-year-old record of 1:49.4 and Swinging Beauty $841,245 p4,1:49.4. His fifth crop was led by the very good Handsoffmycookies $1,228,873 p4,1:51,4f and while the sixth crop was down on seasonal champions it did produce three $600,000 winners including the speedy Fool Me Once $639,989 p3,1:48.1s. His seventh and latest crop is headed by the brilliant two-year-old filly in Precocious Beauty $462,912 1:50.1.   US statistics   Eligible to race - 802         Winners - 536         $1,000,000+ 4           Sub 1:50 - 26         Average earning per starter - $100,219   Average earnings per eligible horse - $82,349   Total earnings to date - $66,044,151   AUSTRALIAN STUD RECORD - Looks very much like his North American stud record. He has left a super 398 winners to date including such stars as Sushi Sushi $1,103,327, For A Reason $724,333, Lady Euthenia $461,285 and Louvre $402,665. Consistently at or near the top of the two and three year old sires list and with 38 $100,000 winners to date ,he produces depth to back the stars.   Australian statistics   Foals 3yr old and older - 658           Winners - 398   % of winners to foals born 3yr old and older - 60%   $100,000 plus - 38    $1,000,000 plus - 1         Average earnings per starter - $34,876   Average earnings per eligible horse - $28,515   Total earnings to date - $18,763,192         NEW ZEALAND STUD RECORD - Has so far left 96 winners in New Zealand but his record does not appear to be as strong as it is in Australia or North America. The probable reason is that he only bred 35 foals in New Zealand in his initial three crops that are 5yr olds, 6yr olds and 7yr olds. Out of that small group he left the very good 2 & 3yr old Major Mark that won $574,109 before he was exported to Australia. Art Major's first serious crop are now 4yr olds and there are 95 foals and already this crop has produced 52 individual winners including the good mare Onlyforyou $292,874 and Glenferrie Shuffle $248,870 (Australia). He has 98 foals in his 3yr old crop for 28 winners to date including the brilliant Isaiah $375,861, Sky Major $241,623 and Angelina Jolie $101,000. His 3yr old fillies finished 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th in a Sire Stakes race yesterday at Alexandra Park in Auckland.   New Zealand statistics   3yr old and older - 229   Starters - 121   Winners -  96   % of winners to foals born 3yr old and older - 42%   $100,000 plus - 6   $1,000,000 plus - 0   Average earnings per starter - $26,363   Average earnings per eligible horse - $13,930   Total earnings to date - $3,189,983   POSITIVES - Has a fantastic record in both North America ($66,044,151 to date) and Australia ($18,750,000 to date) and is starting to gain a good record in New Zealand. Consistency is the key with his stud record with no drop off in the high standard he has set from day one. They come to hand quickly and have a great record at two and three.   NEGATIVES - In Australia and New Zealand they have a reputation for been world beaters one week and just nice horses the next. At times they are prone to disappoint after promising so much.    As of yet they have not made the transition from age group racing to the Grand Circuit in any great numbers with only Sushi Sushi, For A Reason and Major Mark making more than $500,000 in stakes to date and that is from a total of 887 foals 3yrs old and older.    OVERVIEW - His record overall is outstanding. His sons such as Art Official, Santanna Blue Chip and Major In Art are starting to establish themselves as sires and his daughters are doing the same in the brood mare paddock. All in all, a fantastic sire who leaves top 2yr olds and top 3yr olds and will continue to exert a major influence over the breed for years to come.    OVERALL RATING - 8/10   JC   A Sire review - American Ideal

Purchasers at next month’s Tasmania Premier Yearling Sale in Launceston will be eligible for a range of rich incentives should their purchase win as a two, three or four-year-old. All horses in the sale are eligible for a $2,000 Tasbred win bonus for each of their first two race wins as both as a two and three-year-old. If a horse does not win at two and three a $2,000 bonus will be paid for their first win as a four-year-old or older. Tasbred win bonuses apply only to races conducted in Tasmania. A total of $280,000 is paid out to breeders and owners in the Tasbred Bonus scheme each year. Furthermore, yearlings presented at the sale will be eligible for a one off $2,000 First Win Bonus for their first race win anywhere in Australia before reaching four years of age. As an added incentive, all horses presented for sale will be eligible to compete in $10,000 Yearling Sale Classics for two and three-year-olds of both sexes. The 2014 Tasmania Premier Yearling Sale will be conducted on Friday, February 14 at the Inveresk Showground, Launceston. The sale has attracted 39 entries – all eligible for the Tasbred scheme – including youngsters by Art Major, Rocknroll Hanover, Shadow Play, Courage Under Fire, Mister Big, Elsu and Four Starzzz Shark. An additional entry is a filly by the Artsplace horse Art Colony out of the New York Motoring mare Motoring Rivers, a half-sister to the Hobart Cup winner Purple Haze and a close relative of Miracle Mile hero Beautide. For a catalogue or further information contact Kevin Neilson on (03) 6212 9316 or email K. or the auctioneers Davidson Cameron and Co Dubbo on (02) 6884 8355. The online catalogue for the Tasmanian sale can be viewed at By Peter Wharton 

Saturday nights finale of the Bob Gordon Pacing series is named for the noted driver/trainer and track executive who passed away at the age of 65 in 2006. Bob Gordon started his 40-year career in Ohio and learned his lessons under the outstanding horseman Bob Farrington. He eventually settled in California and was a mainstay at the top of the trainer standings from the late 70s through the early 90s, conditioning such stars as Stand By N, Theora Hanover and Pack Leader. Stand By N raced under the banner of Bob and Loretta Staats stable and she was his all-time favorite. The Down Under import had a 1:52 career standard and banked $255,000 in a brilliant career on the racetrack, then went on to be an equally outstanding broodmare. She was inducted in the California Hall of Fame in 2010. Bob Gordon was a past president of the Western Harness Standardbred Association and the California Harness Horse Breeders Association, while in the early 90s he served as a director of the USTA. He was president of Premier Harness Racing, which raced at Los Alamitos, and was instrumental in keeping the sport alive in California in the mid 90s at a time when harness racing was definitely on the ropes. Bob Gordon was also director of backstretch operations for the Sacramento Harness Association and helped in starting the not-for-profit corporation, which was operating at Cal Expo at the time of his death. Steve and Vickie Desomer have fond memories of their many years side-by-side with Gordon. When Steve broke his leg in a racing accident, we turned the horses over to Bob, she recalled. It was the most fun we have had in the business no stress and great results! By the way, in addition to be an excellent horseman, Bob was always extremely good to his help. He always looked out for them and helped in any way he could. Bob Gordon Series finale commands the spotlight The $10,600 finale of the Bob Gordon Pacing Series is the main event at Cal Expo Saturday night, featuring five performers from the Gene Vallandingham barn including Party Cove and Cocomara. Gene will guide Party Cove while Cocomara will have the services of Steve Wiseman. The other Vallandingham trainees in the cast are Gonna Rock N Roll, Scarboro Hanover and After Alimony, with the cast completed by Rag Doll, Orlandos Express, Bettermeboy and Kablooie. Party Cove has had to settle for second money in the first two legs, but will definitely have his share of backers in the finale. The 3-year-old Party At Artsplace gelding races for A Piece Of The Action LLC and registered back-to-back scores over this layout last month prior to his two near-misses in this series. Cocomara is a 3-year-old son of Lis Mara who also carries the banner of A Piece Of The Action LLC and is looking for his fourth victory from heis last five appearances here. He faltered after carving out all the fractions in the opening leg, then came back last week to come from off the pace to win going away. Kablooie denied Party Cove last week as a 9-1 shot and figures to get more respect this time around after posting that lifetime-best 1:54 3/5 decision. The son of Hi Ho Silverheels races for Harold Actkinson, takes his lessons from Bob Johnson and will once again be handled by Mooney Svendsen. The co-feature is a filly/mare Invitational Pace headed by Show Runner. She is a 3-year-old daughter of Little Steven who is seeking her sixth straight victory for owners Denise Maier and Eileen Brodbar and driver/trainer Tim Maier. She has been putting her class and versatility on display during the course of this winning streak, including two Sire Stakes scores and a pair of Invitational victories. By Mark Ratzky for Cal Expo Harness  

Columbus, OH --- Bee A Magician, Father Patrick, and Maven were unanimous 2013 Dan Patch Award selections as the best harness racing horses in their respective divisions, the U.S. Harness Writers Association announced Thursday. A total of 131 ballots were returned. Three-year-old filly trotter Bee A Magician and older female trotter Maven were named on all 131 while 2-year-old male trotter Father Patrick was named on 130 with one abstention. Six other year-end champions were named Thursday in divisions that saw only one horse receive at least 10 percent of the vote. Three-year-old male pacer Captaintreacherous and older male trotter Market Share both received 130 votes and were declared winners in their divisions. Also being named winners were 2-year-old filly pacer Precocious Beauty, 2-year-old filly trotter Shake It Cerry, 3-year-old filly pacer I Luv The Nitelife, and older male pacer Foiled Again. Winners in the three remaining divisions - 2-year-old male pacer, 3-year-old male trotter, and older female pacer - will be announced at the Dan Patch Awards banquet on Feb. 23 at Dover Downs. Pacer of the Year, Trotter of the Year, and Horse of the Year also will be revealed at that time. Finalists for best 2-year-old male pacer are He's Watching and Luck Be Withyou, with the 3-year-old male trotter race coming down to Royalty For Life and Spider Blue Chip and older female pacer a battle between Anndrovette and Rocklamation. Bee A Magician was undefeated in 17 starts this year and joined Muscle Hill and Syrinx Hanover as the only trotters to go unbeaten at age 3 and receive Dan Patch divisional honors dating back to 1975. Trained by Richard "Nifty" Norman and driven by Brian Sears for owners Mel Hartman, Herb Liverman, and David McDuffee, Bee A Magician won the Breeders Crown for 3-year-old filly trotters, Hambletonian Oaks, Elegantimage Stakes, and Delvin Miller Memorial on her way to $1.54 million in purses. Her earnings are the most ever for a 3-year-old filly trotter, breaking the record of $1.17 million set by Continentalvictory in 1996, and her winning time of 1:51 in the Miller Memorial at Meadowlands Racetrack is the fastest mile ever by a 3-year-old filly trotter. Father Patrick, trained by Jimmy Takter and driven by Yannick Gingras for the Father Patrick Stable ownership group, won 10 of 11 races and $744,057. His victories included the Breeders Crown for 2-year-old male trotters, the William Wellwood Memorial, and the Peter Haughton Memorial. He finished the campaign with a nine-race winning streak and was unbeaten in stakes competition. He set the world record of 1:52.1 for a 2-year-old male trotter on a five-eighths-mile track in winning his Breeders Crown elimination at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. Maven won 10 of 14 races and earned $509,220 for trainer Jonas Czernyson, driver Gingras and owner Bill Donovan. Her wins included the Breeders Crown for older female trotters, Armbro Flight Stakes, and Miss Versatility Series championship. She trotted the fastest race mile ever on a half-mile track in winning the Miss Versatility in 1:51.4 at the Delaware County Fair in Ohio. Captaintreacherous, Foiled Again, and Market Share are repeat winners. Last year, Captaintreacherous claimed Dan Patch Awards as best 2-year-old male pacer and Pacer of the Year. This season at age 3, he won 13 of 16 races and $2.05 million for trainer Tony Alagna, driver Tim Tetrick and the Captaintreacherous Racing ownership group. He joined Rocknroll Hanover and Gallo Blue Chip as the only 3-year-old male pacers to win a Breeders Crown, the North America Cup, and Meadowlands Pace in the same season. The 9-year-old Foiled Again, who this season became the oldest horse to ever win a Breeders Crown and the richest North American harness racing horse in history, was named the sport's best older male pacer for the third consecutive year. He joins Rambling Willie (1975-77) as the only horses to win the division's top honor three straight seasons. Foiled Again, trained by Ron Burke and driven primarily by Gingras for owners Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, and JJK Stables, won 11 of 29 races in 2013 and earned $1.40 million. He is the oldest horse to ever have a million-dollar season. Market Share, a 4-year-old, also took divisional honors last season at age 3. This year, he won six of 14 races and earned $1.07 million for trainer Linda Toscano, driver Tetrick and owners Richard Gutnick, TLP Stables, and William Augustine. He finished the season by winning the Breeders Crown Open Trot, American-National Stakes, and TVG Free For All Series Championship. I Luv The Nitelife won 13 of 15 races and $1.25 million for trainer Chris Ryder, driver Tetrick and owners Richard and Joanne Young. Her victories included the Breeders Crown for 3-year-old filly pacers, Fan Hanover Stakes and Valley Forge (in a world-record 1:48.4 mile). Shake It Cerry, trained by Takter and driven by Ron Pierce for the Solveig's Racing Partners ownership group, captured eight of 11 starts and earned $827,769. Her triumphs included the Breeders Crown for 2-year-old filly trotters, Goldsmith Maid, and Merrie Annabelle. Precocious Beauty won seven of 11 races, including the She's A Great Lady Stakes, and $446,692 for trainer Gregg McNair, driver Doug McNair and owner Jim Avritt Sr. The competition for 3-year-old male trotter features Hambletonian winner Royalty For Life against Breeders Crown champion Spider Blue Chip. The race for older female pacer is between two-time defending division champ Anndrovette, who won the Roses Are Red Stakes, and Milton Stakes winner Rocklamation. Two-year-old male pacer honors come down to New York Sire Stakes champion He's Watching, undefeated in eight races, and Breeders Crown winner Luck Be Withyou, who won five of 11 starts. DAN PATCH AWARD WINNERS These divisions saw only one horse receive at least 10 percent of the vote. 2-YEAR-OLD MALE TROTTER Father Patrick (130 votes, 1 abstention) Cantab Hall - Gala Dream - Enjoy Lavec Breeder: Brittany Farms. Owner: Father Patrick Stable. Trainer: Jimmy Takter. Driver: Yannick Gingras. Races: 11-10-1-0. Purses: $744,057. Mark: 1:52.1 at Pocono Downs (world record). Top wins: $500,000 Breeders Crown; $354,050 Wellwood Memorial; $280,500 Haughton Memorial. 2-YEAR-OLD FILLY TROTTER Shake It Cerry (124 votes) Donato Hanover - Solveig - Yankee Glide Breeder: Solveig's Breeders. Owner: Solveig's Racing Partners. Trainer: Jimmy Takter. Driver: Ron Pierce. Races: 11-8-2-0. Purses: $827,769. Mark: 1:53.3 at Meadowlands. Top wins: $500,000 Breeders Crown; $456,150 Goldsmith Maid; $321,700 Merrie Annabelle. 2-YEAR-OLD FILLY PACER Precocious Beauty (117 votes) Art Major - Precious Beauty - Jate Lobell Breeder: James Avritt Sr. Owner: James Avritt Sr. Trainer: Gregg McNair. Driver: Doug McNair. Races: 11-7-3-0. Purses: $446,692. Mark: 1:50.1 at Red Mile (world record). Top win: $428,450 She's A Great Lady. 3-YEAR-OLD MALE PACER Captaintreacherous (130 votes) Somebeachsomewhere - Worldly Treasure - Artsplace Breeder: White Birch Farm. Owner: Captaintreacherous Racing. Trainer: Tony Alagna. Driver: Tim Tetrick. Races: 16-13-2-0. Purses: $2.05 million. Mark: 1:47.1 at Red Mile. Top wins: $980,000 North America Cup; $635,750 Meadowlands Pace; $500,000 Breeders Crown. 3-YEAR-OLD FILLY PACER I Luv The Nitelife (123 votes) Rocknroll Hanover - Lisjune - Camluck Breeders: MJG Racing Stables, Louis "Andy" Willinger. Owners: Richard and Joanne Young. Trainer: Chris Ryder. Driver: Tim Tetrick. Races: 15-13-1-1. Purses: $1.25 million. Mark: 1:48.4 at Pocono Downs (world record). Top wins: $500,000 Breeders Crown; $384,044 Fan Hanover; $350,000 Valley Forge. 3-YEAR-OLD FILLY TROTTER Bee A Magician (131 votes) Kadabra - Beehive - Balanced Image Breeder: White Birch Farm. Owners: Mel Hartman, Herb Liverman, David McDuffee. Trainer: Richard "Nifty" Norman. Drivers: Rick Zeron, Brian Sears. Races: 17-17-0-0. Purses: $1.54 million. Mark: 1:51 at Meadowlands (world record). Top wins: $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks; $500,000 Breeders Crown; $356,981 Elegantimage. OLDER MALE PACER Foiled Again (125 votes) Dragon Again - In A Safe Place - Artsplace Breeder: Barbara Matthews. Owners: Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, JJK Stables. Trainer: Ron Burke. Driver: Yannick Gingras. Races: 29-11-6-7. Purses: $1.40 million. Mark: 1:48 at Pocono Downs (world record). Top wins: $512,000 TVG Free For All Championship; $500,000 Breeders Crown; $500,000 Ben Franklin. OLDER MALE TROTTER Market Share (130 votes) Revenue S - Classical Flirt - Yankee Glide Breeder: Hayley Moore. Owners: Richard Gutnick, TLP Stable, William Augustine. Trainer: Linda Toscano. Driver: Tim Tetrick. Races: 14-6-1-5. Purses: $1.07 million. Mark: Q1:50.3 at Meadowlands. Top wins: $600,000 Breeders Crown; $526,710 Maple Leaf; $500,000 TVG Free For All Championship. OLDER FEMALE TROTTER Maven (131 votes) Glidemaster - M Stewart - American Winner Breeder: All La Nuova Sbarra Srl. Owner: Bill Donovan. Trainer: Jonas Czernyson. Driver: Yannick Gingras. Races: 14-10-2-0. Purses: $509,220. Mark: 1:51.4 at Delaware County Fairgrounds (world record). Top wins: $266,041 Armbro Flight; $250,000 Breeders Crown. DAN PATCH AWARD FINALISTS Top two vote-getters in these divisions were named finalists, with the winner to be announced at the Dan Patch Awards banquet Feb. 23 at Dover Downs 2-YEAR-OLD MALE PACER He's Watching American Ideal - Baberhood - Real Desire Breeders: Brittany Farms, Robert Burgess, Karin Olsson Burgess. Owners: David Menary, Brad Gray, Michael Guerriero. Trainer: David Menary. Driver: Jim Morrill Jr. Races: 8-8-0-0. Purses: $291,722. Mark: 1:50 at Tioga Downs. Top win: $225,000 New York Sire Stakes final. Luck Be Withyou Western Ideal - Trim Hanover - Camluck Breeder: Brittany Farms. Owner: John Craig. Trainers: Bill Cass, Chris Oakes. Drivers: Phil Hudon, Ron Pierce. Races: 11-5-1-0. Purses: $359,417. Mark: 1:50 at Pocono Downs. Top win: $500,000 Breeders Crown. 3-YEAR-OLD MALE TROTTER Royalty For Life RC Royalty - Bourbon 'N Grits - Donerail Breeder: Al Ross. Owners: Al Ross, Ray "Chip" Campbell Jr., Paul Fontaine. Trainer: George Ducharme. Driver: Brian Sears. Races: 14-7-2-0. Purses: $1.27 million. Mark: Q1:51.3 at Meadowlands. Top wins: $1 million Hambletonian; $665,420 Canadian Trotting Classic; $294,000 Dancer Memorial. Spider Blue Chip Andover Hall - Southwind Catlin - Muscles Yankee Breeder: McLain Ward. Owners: David McDuffee, Mel Hartman. Trainer: Chuck Sylvester. Driver: Ron Pierce. Races: 20-10-3-2. Purses: $1.08 million. Mark: 1:51.3 at Red Mile. Top wins: $500,000 Breeders Crown; $500,000 Colonial; $260,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes final. OLDER FEMALE PACER Anndrovette Riverboat King - Easy Miss - Big Towner Breeder: Golden Touch Stable. Owner: Bamond Racing, Joseph Davino. Trainer: P.J. Fraley. Driver: Tim Tetrick. Races: 21-7-7-4. Purses: $558,201. Mark: 1:48 at Mohawk. Top win: $313,795 Roses Are Red. Rocklamation Rocknroll Hanover - Art Sale - Artsplace Breeder: Perretti Farms. Owners: Our Horse Cents Stables, Stable 45, J&T Silva Stables. Trainer: Ron Burke. Drivers: Yannick Gingras, Brett Miller. Races: 21-5-7-6. Purses: $540,358. Mark: 1:49.3 at Meadowlands. Top win: $275,480 Milton. by Ken Weingartner for Harness Racing Communications    

This outstanding son of the great Artsplace has rightly earned himself a reputation as a champion racehorse who has gone on to be a champion sire. As a sire he has done it in both hemispheres which makes the achievement even more impressive. Racing as just a two and three year old, Grinfromeartoear was a star from the start. Raking in over $735,000 from just nine starts at two, he went on to win over a million at three and ended his career having won $1,760,000 and taking a time of 1:50:1 USA. He went to stud at four and quickly made a name for himself as a sire whose stock processed that great intangible, the will to win. His sons and daughters became renowned for lifting and winning when appearing to be beaten in the home stretch. His American stock have performed right from the start and to date have won over $46,000,000. His 487 winners with 14 in 1:50 include the incomparable Mister Big $4,143,000  who is still the biggest stake earning pacing sire on the planet, Not Enough $1,387,000, Transcending $861,000, Tiz To Dream $702,000 to name just a few of the others that have built his reputation. In Australia he has left 245 winners including the great import Mr Feelgood $3,366,000 who has proven you can win at the highest level in both hemispheres. Others such as Make Me Smile $517,000  Rocknrolla $287,000  Devilish Smile $277,000 and Grinjarra $248,000 have been worthy representatives in Australia. In New Zealand he has left 73 winners with the outstanding juvenile Smiling Shard $1,089,000 his best performer to date. Pure Power $294,000, Pass Them By $133,000, Smiling Star $105,000 and Charge Forward $104,000 have all raced in Free For All class in NZ in the last three years. All up he has left 805 winners worldwide for stakes in excess of $56,000,000 with over $10,000,000 of that earned in Australasia. One of his most lasting achievements is that of having left a millionaire in North America, Australia and New Zealand. He can truly call himself one of the all time greats - The sire who leaves them as tough as they come. JC This is a series of stallion reviews that Harnesslink are doing with a view to sheading some light on some of  the "forgotten"sires in Australasia. Elsu - Redemption awaits McArdle - The quiet achiever Santanna Blue Chip - On the up and up! Major In Art - Big and fast Mr Feelgood - Dual hemisphere champion Pay Me Christian - Blistering speed Monkey Bones - All class Tinted Cloud - Still going strong Real Desire - The real deal Washington VC - Continuing excellence

Mark Purdon and Natalie Rassmusen look set for another tremendous season with the juveniles after Art Major debutant Follow The Stars took out heat one of the Young Guns at Alexandra Park tonight. Given an economic run in the trail by co-trainer Mark Purdon, Follow The Stars peeled off the back of Tembi late in proceedings and raced on by to win by a length over the fast finishing Ardee (Jeremes Jet) and Tembi, who held third gamely after crossing the face of the field from the outside of the gate and setting the tempo in front. Tembi, like Follow The Stars, is by Art Major, giving the Artsplace stallion first and third in the race. Follow The Stars is rich in American bloodlines, being out of Cam’s Card Shark mare Smyrna Duruisseau. Follow The Stars paced the 1700 metre journey in a slick 2-04.3, with slick sectionals of 57.4 and 27.9. He is owned by formidable Purdon owners Mrs G J Kennard, P I Kennard, N Pilcher, G R Douglas, P J Creighton, and Mrs M C Creighton. Meanwhile, Prime Power made it five wins on end when winning the first race on the card, while Geoff Dunn continued his remarkable run by winning the Northern Trotting Breeders Stakes with Whitney and heat four of the Sires Stakes with superstar filly Venus Serena. The latter was a narrow victor over Libertbelle Midfrew, who was mammoth in defeat after being pushed off the track down the back straight. Venus Serena paced the 1700 metre journey in 2-01.9, which is just 0.4 of a second  outside of Lancome's New Zealand record. By Mitchell Robertson

Dover, Del--- Adventure Bound won the $30,000 Preferred/Open Handicap in 1:49.2, the fastest of four miles just over 1:50 clockings on a fast Wednesday card at Dover Downs on a balmy, Dec 5. The day's biggest feature race was named, "In Support of Anthony Coletta." The driver now hospitalized following a horrendous racing accident three weeks ago. Ron Pierce barreled away from post 6 to take the lead and then fought off several challenges before reaching the winner's circle in a lifetime fastest 1:49.2. It was his second win in last four outings; the preceding two were seconds by a nose. Race favorite Nova Artist closed strongly for Allan Davis after being locked in until the passing lane. Sunshine Superman and Jason Lynch picked up third money. Following the race, the Dover Downs horsemen fraternity came to the winner's circle to salute Anthony Coletta. The banner will be sent to Coletta at the Hospital of University of Pennsylvania where the horseman is a patient. Rage N Ryan, driven by track leading driver Corey Callahan chalked up a personal best 1:50.3 success in a $17,500 3&4-Year-Old Open pace. Mark Weaver-Mike Bruscemi and Burke Racing own the four-year-old altered son of Allamerican Native-Southwind Wesley. Lindwood Player (Trace Tetrick) was a close-up second with Framed Art (Art Stafford Jr.) the show horse. JLRL's Rock On Moe got up in 1:50.4, one Allan Davis' three wins, to take the $15,500 Male Winners-Over pace. The Rocknroll Hanover-Armbro Maureen gelding was followed by Feel Like A Fool (George Dennis). Beavercreek Artist (Ron Pierce) was third. Ron Pierce driving Max Walton and Greg Papaleo's Mustang Art, an Artsplace-Paula Seelster gelding, had little trouble romping home in 1:50.3 to take a $12,000 Male pace. Veteran Three Of Spades (Jonathan Roberts) came home quickly for second in front of Dreamfair Kovu (Jim Morand), third. Jeremes General gave Allan Davis win #3 winning a $15,000 3,4&5-Year-Old Male Winners-Over pace. It also marked a double for trainer Eric Ell and owners Steve Iaquinta and Bill Dittmar. Bret McFarvelous (Montrell Teague) and SB Mikes Hot Beach (Mike Rossi) were second and third repectively. Allan Davis had a four win "grand slam, while two drivers - Ron Pierce and Corey Callahan - had triples and Shawn Bier had a double as did trainers Eric Ell and Wayne Givens and owners Legacy Racing Of DE, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta. by Marv Bachrad for Dover Downs  

DOVER, Del.--- Starting from outside post 8 proved no problem for Sunshine Beach in a 1:50.3 victory in the $284,160 Progress Pace Final while Seeboomook Fool Ya and Casino Bags Carlo too $100,000 DSBF Finals on Sunday, Dec. 1 at Dover Downs. After early movement by Dedi's Dragon and Yannick Gingras at the start before being shuffled back to third by the half where Hall of Famer John Campbell rushed Sunshine Beach up around the clubhouse turn into the lead at the half in :54.2. On the backstretch Simon Allard shot Emeritus Maximus up to challenge the leader heading to a 1:22.3 three-quarters. Sunshine Beach then opened up in the stretch with the rest of the field spread out chasing. Clint Westwood and Corey Callahan came on to finish second with Dedi's Dragon finding room late along the passing lane to close fast for third. The victory was the eighth of the year for the three-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere-Light Up by Artsplace trained by Mark Steacy. The colt is owned by Canadians' Conrad Leber, Diane Bertrand and Hudson Standardbred Stable and has been 1-2-3 in 16 of 20 races this season winning $909,283 in purses. Seboomook Fool Ya and Allan Davis had to work hard to pass early leader Jonigold, handled by Bart Dalious, but once in the lead, the Gamblers Dream-Seeboomook Mao homebred of Garnet O'Marrow registered a 1:55.4 triumph in the Delaware Standardbred Breeders (DSBF) Two-Year-Old Filly pace. Allan Davis drove the Wayne Givens trainee to win #7 in 10 starts this campaign, only one farther back than third. Jonigold raced well and hung on for place honors with I'm Won Rum Wiser, with George Dennis, third. In the $100,000 colt and gelding frosh final, morning line favorite Elite Awards, a winner of seven straight races, was a pre-race scratch due to a high temperature, Casino Bags Carlo, a winner of his last two DSBF prelims with trainer-driver Vince Copeland driving, went right to the front and was never headed en route to a 1:54.2 lifetime record. Hawker, piloted by Jeff Fout, was second the entire route with Rosevelt Lee and Jonathan Roberts, third. Cavalli Pazzi Stables, a group of Delaware County, Pa. doctors, bred and own Casino Bags Carlo, named for a close friend who passed away. The Roddy's Bags Again-Casino Bus gelding won for the fifth time in nine starts while earning $98,911. Hen's Playmate, owned and trained by Bob Mundell won the first of two DSBF $20,000 consolation paces. Eddie Davis Jr., who drove both winners of the daily double, guided the Gamblers Dream-Hen Pheasant filly to her second win of the season. Aggie's Dream (Jon Roberts) and Juliana's Director (Trace Tetrick) were second and third respectively. The $20,000 male consolation went to Reg Hazzard and Legacy Racing of Del.'s Powerful Fella. The win was the first for the son of Cams Fortune-Jenny Lyn. Bohemia (Art Stafford Jr.) was runner-up. West Star Director (George Dennis) took third money. The top female pacers head the Monday card in a $20,000 Filly and Mare Open pace. Eddie Davis Jr., Corey Callahan and trainer Wayne Givens had two wins each. The regular weekly racing schedule is: Monday through Thursday starts at 4:30 p.m. Sunday post time is 5:30 p.m. There is no live harness on Friday and Saturday. There is no charge for parking or admission when visiting Dover Downs. Harness and thoroughbred simulcasts are featured from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight in the Dover Downs Race and Sports Book. Reservations are suggested for dining in the Winner's Circle restaurant. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. by Marv Bachrad for Dover Downs

Pompano Beach, FL…November 17, 2013…Red Hot Yankee, an invader from Indiana owned, trained and driven by Ed Hensley, made his first appearance at Pompano Park a winning one when he captured the $10,000 Open 1 Pace on Saturday night. The nine year-old son of Artsplace snuck through along the pylons at mid-stretch to, first, get by the leading Special Strides (Rick Plano) and, then, held off the ferocious close of the even money favorite, Lyons Johnny (Wally Hennessey), to win by a half length in 1:51.3. No Monkeys Allowed (Kevin Wallis) closed from the back of the pack to finish third while B N Bad finished fourth after a first-over bid around the final turn. Special Strides picked up the "nickel" in the field of six after carving up panels of :27, :55.1 and 1:23. In a post race interview, driver Hensley said, "This horse seems to live up to his name--he's 'red hot' all time. He loves to race on the front end but Rick's horse (Special Strides) left right out from the outside and he had the upper hand, angle wise, to get to the top. Was my horse relaxed? Not on your life. He was hot racing in the two hole the whole way, never relaxed and, when we found some room mid-stretch, we just were able to get through." For Red Hot Yankee, it was his seventh win of the year in 22 starts and sent his yearly bankroll to $53,628. Pompano Park also hosted the C. K. G. Billings Trot, featuring many of the leading drivers on that amateur circuit. At the conclusion of that 1:58.4 mile, it was veteran amateur driver Dein Spriggs in the winner's circle after piloting his own newly acquired Herecomesthechief to a wire-to-wire win measuring 3 3/4 lengths. Claim Jumper (Matt Zuccarello) rallied from far back to finish second while Pacific Cyclone (Paul Suchow) finished third after chasing the winner throughout the mile through fractions of :28, :57.2 and 1:28. Millbrook Millie (Anthony Verruso) rallied from ninth to finish fourth with He's My Man (Steve Oldford) finishing fifth in the field of 10. For Herecomesthechief, a son of Here Comes Herbie trained by Allen Saul for the owner-driver, it was his seventh win of the year in 26 starts. The C. K. G. Billings Amateur Driving Club honors the industrialist who was the principal of the Peoples Gas Light & Coke Company of Chicago when that city was lit, primarily, by gaslight. Mr. Billings retired from the company a multi-millionaire in 1901--age 40--and went on to develop a grand stable of horses, including our sport's very first 2:00 trotter, Lou Dillon. He passed away in 1937 in Santa Barbara, California, where many of the streets in that city are named after his most famous horses. by John Berry for Isle Pompano Park  

When trainer-driver Tom Harmer speaks of his homebred filly Pertty Music, he does so with the beaming pride of a proud parent.  And with good reason. Harmer not only bred, trains and owns the 3-year-old brown lass, but he also owned, trained, and drove the filly’s parents, Jereme’s Jet and My Metallica.   Harmer conditioned and drove Jereme’s Jet to earn $1,519,321 from 35 starts, with 16 wins, five seconds and one third.  The bay stallion took a time trial mark of 1:47 at Lexington’s Red Mile on Sept. 9, 2007.      Harmer also bred, trained and owns My Metallica, a daughter of Partyatartsplace who earned $287,851 from 13 wins, ten seconds and nine thirds in 60 career starts.  She took a mark of p, 3, 1:51.1 en route to winning a $40,000 Hanover Stake by nearly nine lengths on Aug. 2, 2006.   Even more unique is the story behind the pairing of Jereme’s Jet and My Metallica that produced Pertty Music, who’ll go postward in Friday’s $73,000 Cinderella Stake for sophomore pacing fillies.   On Sept. 17, 2005, My Metallica entered the Balmoral Park winner’s circle after capturing the $260,000 Orange & Blue Filly Stake in 1:52.3 for driver Tony Morgan.   The celebrating Harmer just happened to glance up at a TV at that precise moment, and saw his other charge, Jereme’s Jet, leaving the Mohawk winner’s circle in Canada, after just winning the $840,000 Metro Stake with driver Paul MacDonell in 1:50.4.   “I didn’t think about breeding them to each other at that moment, but then later when I thought about, I thought about how cool it was that one was coming in the winner’s circle and the other was leaving at the same time and I told (my wife) Debbie that we just had to breed them someday,”  Harmer explained.   Another coincidence:  Pertty Music is from Jereme’s Jet second crop, and she is also My Metallica’s second foal.   “Jereme’s Jet was a trainer’s dream,” Harmer acknowledged. “I don’t think anybody could have messed him up, he was a no brainer. I qualified him and drove him in his first start. He was absolutely gorgeous, and all of his babies are gorgeous, and they’re all good gaited, smart, and pleasant. None of them are mean.”   Pertty Music raced ten times as a freshman, earning $24,056.  She took a mark of p, 2, 1:56.2 on Aug. 5, 2012 en route to winning a Balmoral overnight for driver Todd Warren.    “She was a perfect filly to train down; the kind of filly you dream about.  She did everything you asked her to do,” Harmer recalled. “I qualified her at Maywood as a freshman, and then sent her up to Canada to trainer Greg McNair.”   Pertty Music began her sophomore campaign by qualifying at Maywood on April 4, winning in 1:57 for driver John DeLong.  She won her first two starts in Balmoral overnighters with DeLong at the lines—in 1:53.12 (on April 20) and in a career best 1:52.1 (on April 27), before heading to Canada.   “She qualified well and had a couple of good wins before I sent her north to Greg (trainer McNair),” Harmer said. “She won her first start up there for him in 1:53, but after that really didn’t race was well as I was hoping. She’s never had a lameness problem of any kind, but just hasn’t been as good as I thought she’d be.”   Pertty Music has won four starts this season in 19 tries, with two seconds and two thirds, with $72,736 added to her coffers this season. Prior to finishing sixth in last Saturday’s $161,000 American National 3-Year-Old Filly Pace at Balmoral, she scored a 1:54 triumph for DeLong at the Crete one-miler in a conditioned test. Lifetime she’s amassed $97,792 from 29 starts.   “It’s really exceptional when you’ve raced both the parents of a youngster, and then you get the thrill of being the breeder, because you figured out the right combination,” Harmer admitted. “They, it becomes double-special when they turn out to be something that you’ve trained and driven, and gotten to the races.  It’s just a great feeling.”   by Kimbery Rinker for Maywood Park  

Saturday night (Nov. 9) Balmoral Park fans will be privy to a classic showdown between two outstanding champions to conclude the eight American National Stake championships as both Pet Rock and Foiled Again bring super solid credentials into the American National Aged Pace, and both will be seeking redemption of sorts.   Last Friday (Nov. 1), Pet Rock stormed to a 1:50.3 clocking in the $223,400 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby, holding off the hard-trying Foiled Again by three-quarters of a length.   In their previous outing together on Oct. 19, in the $500,000 Breeders Crown Open Pace, Foiled Again prevailed by a whisker over the tenacious Pet Rock.   Trained by Virgil Morgan, Jr., who recently nailed down career victory 5,000, Pet Rock is a 4-year-old son of Rocknroll Hanover owned by Frank Bellino of Bronxville, NY, and has amassed $1,892,204 in his career.  A multiple world champion, Pet Rock will head to the breeding shed next season to stand stud at Midland Acres for a $6,000 fee.   “His records speak for themselves,” Virgil Morgan noted after the Hoosier Park victory. “He is a true champion, and winning on all sizes of tracks speaks to his versatility.”   As a freshman, Pet Rock amassed $76,866 in seasonal earnings from just five starts, with two wins and a trio of second-place finishes, taking a 2-year-old mark of 1:52.3 in a New Jersey Sire Stake leg on July 9, 2011 at The Meadowlands.  He also won the $24,783 Hoosier Stake on Aug. 18 of that year, drawing off by six lengths in wire-to-wire fashion, in 1:53.1 with Peter Wrenn at the lines.   Pet Rock then banked $934,518 as a 3-year-old in 2012 from eight wins, six seconds and four thirds in 22 starts, with decisive victories in both the $304,204 Art Rooney on June 6  in 1:51, and $215,000 Windy City Pace on Nov. 16 in 1:51.4 at Maywood Park. He also won his $50,500 Confederate Cup elim on Aug. 12 in 1:52.4 at Flamboro in Canada, and the $10,000 Open at Delaware on Sept. 20 in 1:50.3 by 16¼ lengths, among others. In addition he finished second in the Meadowlands Pace, Battle of the Brandywine, Messenger Stakes and Cane Pace.   This year he has done nothing less than establish new world records—including one at Delaware in 1:48.1h in the $51,250 Winbak Stake on Sept. 19 and another at Scioto Downs of 1:47.2 in the $125,000 Jim Ewart Memorial Invitational on Sept. 7.  Pet Rock has also nailed down triumphs in the $471,800 Haughton on July 13, when he was clocked in a heart-stopping, career best 1:47, and in the $184,000 Roll With Joe Open in 1:48.1 on June 9 at Tioga Downs.   “He transitioned well from age three to four, and has been a very consistent horse all along,” Morgan acknowledged. “He’s a once-in-a-lifetime horse.”   He comes into his American National test with $880,820 in seasonal earnings.   Bred by Angie Stiller of Arva, ON, Pet Rock is the seventh and most prolific of foal out of the Artsplace mare Casual Beauty p, 3, 1:54 ($56,987).  He was a $60,000 yearling purchase at the 2010 Standardbred Horse Sale at Harrisburg, and is a half-brother to: Stonebridge Ideal (by Camluck) p,4,1:52.1f ($233,346);  Stonebridge Adonis (by Western Hanover) p,5,1:54F ($74,421); Stonebridge Beauty (by Camluck) p,3,1:56 ($44,462); Stonebridge Elan (by Camluck) p, 3, Q1:56S ($21,975); and Stonebridge Wonder (by Western Hanover) p,5, 1:57.4 ($20,601).   The 9-year-old Foiled Again will certainly give Pet Rock a run for first prize.    He’s the richest pacer in history with $5.76 million to his credit, despite never having won a Breeders Crown—until he did so for the FIRST time this year, capturing the $500,000 Breeders Crown Open Pace at Pocono Downs on Oct. 19, in 1:49.2 over a sloppy track.   “He’s been a pleasure to drive and he’s definitely one of the greatest,” said Yannick Gingras, Foiled Again’s regular driver. “He was super sharp in his Breeders Crown elimination and what can you say after his performance in the Breeders Crown Final? If people don’t rate him, if not the greatest, as one of the greatest in history, I don’t know what else he has to do. He gives me chills, I can tell you that.  What a horse!”   That victory in the Breeders Crown was his ninth in 25 seasonal starts and pushed his 2013 earnings to $1,024,109.   Consider these fun facts: Foiled Again did not race in any event with a purse of $100,000 or higher until his 50th career start!  He never raced for a purse of over $31,000 at ages two and three, and LOST his final 17 starts as a sophomore.   However, now, at age 9, he’s a shining star—with his third million dollar-winning season under his belt he’s tied with the famous retired Italian trotter Varenne as one of only two horses in harness racing history to post three consecutive million dollar winning seasons!   Foiled Again is owned by Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi and JJK Stables and trained by Ron Burke. Bred by Barbara Matthews of Aiken, SC, he was originally purchased for a mere $20,000 at the 2005 Standardbred Horse Sale at Harrisburg by Patrick Lacey of Yonkers, NY.    “He’s been unbelievable,” said his trainer and co-owner Ronnie Burke. “I can’t say enough about him and what he’s done for our family and for our whole stable.”   In 2012, Foiled Again earned $1.20 million, becoming at age 8, the oldest pacer to have a million-dollar year. He also was named the sport’s best older male pacer for the second consecutive year by the U.S. Harness Writers Association.  In 2011, at the age of 7, Foiled Again was voted Pacer of the Year by USHWA, and was the first pacer older than age 4 to ever receive the honor.   For his career, Foiled Again has won 74 of 194 races, and also has 47 seconds and 27 thirds to his credit. Gingras has driven Foiled Again in 120 of his 148 starts since the pacer joined the Burke Stable in July 2008.   “I want him to get the recognition he deserves,” Gingras said. “A lot of people think he’s a small-track horse, and at the end of the day he’s not the fastest horse but he outlasts every one of them. He’s been through about three different groups of horses, guys that retired or went to stud, and he’s still around and kicking butt against some 4-year-olds.”   Foiled Again is the second of nine foals out of the Artsplace mare In A Safe Place p,3,1:54.4M ($84,683) and is a half-brother to Manhattan Design (by The Panderosa) p,5,1:55.2 ($68,109); Pinball Machine (by Cambest) p,4,1:54.2m ($31,902) and to Place Your Best (by Cambest) p,3,1:58.4H.   By Kimberly Rinker… For Balmoral Park Publicity

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 8, 2013 — Sam Hill matched the track record for older geldings — a mark he already shared — when he captured Tuesday’s $20,000 Preferred Handicap Pace in 1:49.3. Southern Allie and I Found My Beach dueled for the lead well past the half. That was the signal for Greg Wright, Jr. to move Sam Hill from fifth. The 7-year-old Artsplace-Apple Of My Eye gelding gobbled up the tiring leaders and held off the rallying Pair A Dice to triumph by 1-3/4 lengths. Carol’s Comet shot the Lightning Lane for show. John Sullivan trains Sam Hill, who now boasts $214,009 in career earnings, for Don Tiger. Sam Hill won a week ago in 1:49.3 while Lotsa Power, the other record co-holder, achieved that mark in 2010. Dave Palone drove three winners, including three for trainer Ron Burke, on the 15-race card. With one win Tuesday, Aaron Merriman extended his career victory total to 5,999.   by Evan Pattak for The Meadows  

The dispersal of broodmares owned by Brittany Farms and the late Brian Monieson, along with the annual reduction of mares from Brittany Farms, will be offered for sale at the upcoming Harrisburg Mixed Sale on Friday, Nov. 8. The mares will be consigned by Preferred Equine Marketing, Agent. Known for producing many great horses, including the legendary Artsplace, the Brittany/Monieson partnership “also gave industry breeders some of the best race fillies and foundation mares in the sport today,” according to Brittany Farms manager Art Zubrod. “It’s not often that breeders have the chance to acquire bloodlines like these, and the mares are carrying foals that should receive a lot of interest at the select sales. “We think it provides a terrific opportunity for breeders large or small to step up and improve their holdings,” Zubrod continued. Featured mares include the dams of current 2-year-old stakes winning fillies Allstar Rating, Chocolate Crisp and Act Now, the dam of $2-million winner Vintage Master, and sisters or close relatives to Artsplace, Art Major, Continentalvictory and 2013 stakes filly Mistery Woman. The list of the mares and their pedigrees are now available on the Brittany Farms website ( Submitted by Brittany Farms  

Hryhorec hits them for six over long weekend.   Ryan Hryhorec finished the long weekends racing on Monday at Betezy park Globe Derby with a treble to give him six winners for the long weekend.   Hryhorec started with a double at Port Pirie on Friday night with the Les Piper trained pair Spoilthepartyartie and My Southerncomfort  then drove the Barry Preston trained  square gaiter Siegfried to a 12 meter victory on Saturday night at headquarters.   He then put the icing on the weekend with three at Globe Derby Monday Dixie Wagon scored in a photo in the trotters handicap Hryhorec made it a race to race double with Cullen Guest and later in the day scored with the Matt Mcguire trained Alongthehighway who notched her 3 win this season.   BOTRA launches Christmas Raffle at Globe Derby Markets.   SA BOTRA took the opportunity to fundraise to patrons outside of harness racing when they launched their Christmas raffle at the Sundays monthly market held in the old bookmakers ring at Globe Derby. The wheelbarrow full of goodies containing everything from Wines to 20kg bag of Dog food was on show and a $2 per ticket it was popular amongst market goers. BOTRA also ran their famous BBQ at the market which will be held once a month at headquarters.   SAMOS series launched   The South Australian Mares Owner’s Scheme (SAMOS) continues to be an important part of the state’s breeding. Enhancements to SAMOS introduced last season, will continue in the 2013-14 season. The majority of the studs have continued to support the scheme, with new Studs or Stallion Management Company’s being Bred in the Blue, Majestic Lodge and Yirribee Pacing Stud. The full list of SAMOS supporters is included.       A reminder of the changes that will continue this season:       •           A mare can now win up to 4 certificates, but must race into a third year to earn them. She can win 2 in her first 12 months and then 1 in 2 subsequent 12 month periods.   •           There is now a restriction on interstate owned mares. To be eligible to earn a certificate, the mare must have been trained in an SA stable at least 28 days prior to the race.   •           It is now listed in the conditions that broodmare owners must advise the studs up front if using a certificate/s. Failure to do so may void any agreement made with the Stud.   •           HRSA has already negotiated with participating studs a 20% discount on the face value of the certificates.   •           The Certificates will have an expiry date of 5 years after date of issue.   •           Certificates can now be won on a race at any TAB covered meeting in SA.   •           Certificates Mares that had already won 3 certificates prior to 2012-13 are eligible to win additional certificates as per the conditions.       This season SAMOS is supported by Alabar Farms, Global Stallion Management, Alderbaren Park, Bred In The Blue stallion management, Eldarin Park, Empire Stallions, Goodtime Lodge, Lochend Stud, Londdon Valley Stud and New Zealand’s Nevele R Stud plus three local studs Skyline who stand Tiger Woods, Majestic Lodge who will stand first season sire Alzano  by Presidential Ball and Tranquil Valley Stud who stand the Artsplace stallion Hearts Space.

The York Standardbred sale took place on Saturday 5th October. Fifty lots were due for sale with twenty-four of them yearlings. Mick Welling’s Camden Stud had drawn plenty of attention before the sale. Many of his yearlings were the first British crop from his imported American mares. The one that enticed the crowds was lot 13 Alexander Camden (Cambest/Lola). Lola, an Artsplace mare had already left two full brothers to Alexander Camden in the states, Canyon Wind (1.48.8) and Paragon (1.50.2). His quality breeding attracted a number of buyers. The hammer went down at £38,000 with David Morton the highest bidder. This sales price was a new record for a British Standardbred sale. The previous highest price was £24,000 for Rhyds Five Star (Hasty Hall/Tonda Star) at the Builth sale in 2008. Alexander Camden was only the start of a tremendous sale for Camden Stud. Lot 16 Mickey Camden (Camluck/Electrical Art) sold for £23,000 while lot 22 Tommy Camden (No Pan Intended/House Flight) sold for £26,000. Other high prices were £13,000 for Carmel Camden (No Pan Intended/Pan Culottes) and £10,000 for Eli Camden (Pro Bono Best/Anthology). Camden Stud put fourteen lots up for sale, only two were not sold. Mick Welling’s total earnings for the day reached £130,000. Twenty-five horses were sold in the sale for £139,835, with an average price of £5,593. This was a huge increase on 2012 where twenty-two horses were sold for £44,375 with an average of £2,017.    by Kayleigh Evans for Ceredrotian

Lexington, KY --- The Lexington Selected Yearling Sale’s third session youngsters turned in a sterling performance on Thursday (Oct. 3), as their sale results crushed the numbers from the same session in 2012. The average sale price of $34,051 for the 157 sold was a gain of 31 percent, gross sales rose more than 33 percent and the number of $100,000 yearlings jumped from one to six. This remarkably strong showing has helped push the average price of $54,148 for 420 yearlings through three sessions to a 10 percent advantage over the first three days a year ago. The sale topper Thursday at $105,000 was pacing colt Helios Lindy, by American Ideal out of Sunshine Sister. Jeff Gillis signed as agent for Mac Nichol for this colt in the Preferred Equine Marketing consignment. Five yearlings sold for an even $100,000. The first of these was the colt Lush Art, by Art Major out of Lush Limbaugh, a $200,000-winning three-quarter sister to Camtastic and the producer of a pair of $200,000-plus winners. This includes the current 3-year-old Word Power, who boasts a 1:49.4 record. Ray Remmen, trainer of Word Power, signed for this Dunroven Stud-bred colt. The next yearling to reach $100,000 was Southwind Wildfire, a colt by Muscle Hill out of Wafs. Bjorn Noren cast the winning bid on behalf of Courant AB for this colt that was consigned by Preferred Equine Marketing as agent for Southwind Farms. The very next horse in the ring sold for that same price. This was the Western Ideal colt Artspeak, out of the Artsplace mare The Art Museum, a member of the same family as Southwind Lynx ($1,763,389) and Ultra Jet ($756,571). John Fodera signed as agent for this youngster from the Brittany Farms consignment. Courant AB of Sweden returned to $100,000 territory, this time in pursuit of a pacer. Nancy Takter Johansson signed the slip for Courant AB in acquiring the Art Major colt Think Again, out of $900,000 winner Remember When, closely related to millionaires Mr Feelgood, Western ideal, and Leah Almahurst. Brittany Farms bred Think Again. The final $100,000 yearling for the night went to Ken Jacobs’ K J Stables LLC, as he selected the Bettor's Delight colt Eagle Feather. Dam Town Feather has produced a pair of full siblings, the filly Ramalama and colt Duke Did It, each with earnings over $200,000, as well as millionaire half brother Razzle Dazzle. Preferred Equine Marketing consigned the colt for Freedom Hill Farms. Here are the summary statistics by gait and sex, from both the third session and overall, plus the leading horses by price from the third session: Session 3       Group-No. Sold-Total Price-Average Price-Top Price-Median-$100,000+ Pacing Colts-40-$1,604,000-$40,100-$105,000-$30,000-5 Pacing Fillies-29-$831,000-$28,655-$92,000-$19,000-0 Trotting Colts-40-$1,629,000-$40,725-$100,000-$38,500-1 Trotting Fillies-48-$1,282,000-$26,708-$65,000-$20,000-0 Total-157-$5,346,000-$34,051-$105,000-$30,000-6 Sale through three sessions       Group-No. Sold-Total Price-Average Price-Top Price-Median-$100,000+ Pacing Colts-101-$5,981,000-$59,218-$150,000-$50,000-22 Pacing Fillies-94-$4,571,000-$48,628-$180,000-$40,000-10 Trotting Colts-108-$7,156,000-$66,259-$475,000-$48,500-18 Trotting Fillies-117-$5,034,000-$43,026-$260,000-$35,000-8 Total-420-$22,742,000-$54,148-$475,000-$42,000-58 Yearling-Sire-Dam-Sex-Gait-Price-Buyer Helios Lindy-American Ideal-Sunshine Sister-C-P-$105,000-Jeff Gillis, Agent For Mac Nichol Lush Art-Art Major-Lush Limbaugh-C-P-$100,000-Ray Remmen Southwind Wildfire-Muscle Hill-Wafs-C-T-$100,000-Bjorn Norden, Agent For Courant Ab & M Langli Artspeak-Western Ideal-The Art Museum-C-P-$100,000-John A. Fodera, Agent Think Again-Art Major-Remember When-C-P-$100,000-Nancy Johansson, Agent For Courant Ab Eagle Feather-Bettor's Delight-Town Feather-C-P-$100,000-K J Stables Llc The Lexington Selected Yearling Sale continues each evening at 7 p.m. through Saturday at the Fasig-Tipton Sale Arena. by David Carr for USTA

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