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Middletown, NY --- The Goshen Yearling Sale is just about a month away and the 109 available yearlings are already being examined by many sets of eyes in person, on video and in the catalog. But those who know them the best are the managers of the respective farms that have sent these prospects to the auction block. The consignors are excited to make their talent available and have some opinions about who they like from their groups. Comments by Jean Brown, General Manager-Blue Chip Farms Blue Chip Farms will be representing five yearlings at the Goshen Yearling Sale. Four are out of pacing dams with collective average earnings of over $147,000. These pacing offerings include (76) Spartacus Blue Chip, an American Ideal first foal out of the Western Hanover mare Crucial Moment. Rounding out the consignment is a son of Credit Winner, (30) Chase Blue Chip, who is the first colt out of Cantata. Cantata is from the immediate family of Hambletonian Oaks winner, Creamy Mimi ($927,000.) Yearlings can be viewed at the farm prior to the sale by appointment 7 days per week. Contact the office at 845-895-3930 for more information. Videos will be available the week of August 19th. Comments by Steve Jones, General Manager-Cameo Hills Farms This year's consignment is certainly headlined by our So Surreal's. (102) Full Of Herself (So Surreal-I Am A Snob) is a full sister to So Rude who is a very smart and athletic filly. (7) Bud Truck (So Surreal-My Girl's A Star) is a full brother to Hickfromfrenchlick. He is a late foal but nice looking and very correct. (22) Cougar Bar (So Surreal-Please Me Please) is from a mare who earned $750,000 racing. (16) Stop Staring (So Surreal-Paramelons Hanover) is the first colt and second foal from Paramelons Hanover, a daughter of Paula's Best. (90) Scratch Golfer (So Surreal-Dune In Red) is the first foal from $385,000 winner Dune In Red. We are also selling (51) Boozer (American Ideal-Whiskey A go Go) who the first foal from Whiskey a Go Go who is a sister to Always A Virgin and (79) The Yankee Chapter (Muscles Yankee-Chapter And Verse) whose dam is a sister to the great sire Chapter Seven. Cameo Hills 2018 Goshen consignment has yielded some serious results. The farm consigned a total of 11 yearlings; nine have raced and eight have done very well. Play Trix On Me (Trixton-Lima Playmate 2,1:54.3 $111,500) Undefeated in four lifetime starts and is a NJSS Champion. So Rude (So Surreal-I Am A Snob 2,1:53.3 $61,996) Multiple NYSS winner. Cigars And Port (So Surreal-Sweet On Art 2,1:56.2 $60,491) Multiple NYSS winner. The Fun Marshall (So Surreal-Hallmark Hanover 2,1:55.4 $27,615) NYSS winner. Paulie Walnuts (Andover Hall-D Liteful Hanover 2,1:56.2 $22,180). Splash Brother (So Surreal-Sugarcoated 2,1:54.2 $38,401). The Party's Rockin (Captaintreacherous-Rocknroll Cameo 2,1:53.1. $15,000) PA stallion series winner. Fear The Pasta (So Surrela-Pasta La Vista 2,2:01.2 $10,050) NY Excelsior A winner. We also sold Beerthiry K (Credit Winner-Venus Hall 2,1:58h $47,260) as agent and he is a NYSS winner. Those yearlings cost a total of $130,000 and have already earned just under $400,000. Comments by Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky, Executive Vice-President-Hanover Shoe Farm "We have a group of really nice colts and fillies with some exceptional pedigree." (54) Acup O Joe Hanover (Roll With Joe-A Royal Hanover) is the first foal from a Somebeachsomewhere sister to Up Front Hoosierboy, Artache Hanover and Arockin Hanover. (38) Seth Hanover (Artspeak-Subtle Charm) is from the family of Glowing Report and Well Said, brother to dams of Treacherous Reign and Miso Fast. (72) Bison Hanover (Art Major-Burning Point) is the first Art Major from 3-year-old filly pacer of the year and older pacing mare of the year Burning Point. (41) Skaikru Hanover (Art Major-Sympathy Hanover) is a first foal from a sister to Shadyshark Hanover and Sharky Osborne. (20) Pinpoint Hanover (Explosive Matter-Peace Dove) is out of a sister to the dam of 2019 Hambletonian Oaks winner When Doves Cry. (26) Quimby Hanover (Art Major- Queen Teen) is a sister to UF Dragons Queen. (71) Bygone Hanover (Artspeak-Brissonte Hanover) is a sister to Blush Hanover. Comments by Garrett Bell, General Manager-Winbak Farms We are selling yearlings by five of the top six stallions in 2-year-old stallion standings for the NYSS. (American Ideal, Roll With Joe, Art Major, Bolt The Duer and Heston Blue Chip) (2) Parallel Line (Heston Blue Chip-Marshamarshamarsha) is a nice racy colt who looks the part. (6) Perfect Bella (American Ideal-Mom's Bella) is a very athletic filly that moves very nice. (11) No Pay No Way (Credit Winner-Not A Diva) is a nice, long, athletic filly. (42) Rockin Good Time (Rock N Roll Heaven-Timeless Beauty) is another very nice athletic and good sized filly. (58) Just For Luck (Lucky Chucky-Arenal) is a trotting colt that looks the part; nice size and really moves well. (55) Blue Flame (Heston Blue Chip-All Italian) is another very nice athletic good size filly that travels well. Last year at Goshen Winbak sold Groovy Joe (Roll With Joe-Chotat Milk) and he became a standout in the NYSS this year. He's won five out of six starts with a mark of 1:54.3 and earnings of $115,770. The Goshen Yearling Sale will be held on Sunday (Sept. 8) at the Mark Ford Training Center located at 90 Slaughter Road, Middletown, NY. Catalogs are now available online at and at all major racetracks and training facilities in the northeast. By Tim Bojarski, for the Goshen Yearling Sale

American Ideal, who stands at Blue Chip Farms in New York, will slightly alter his flight plans for the upcoming harness racing 2019-20 southern hemisphere breeding season. In previous down under seasons he stood at Woodlands Stud in New Zealand; but this year, in an agreement between Woodlands and Dr. Kath McIntosh's Northern Rivers Equine at Kyabram, he will stand in Australia at Northern Rivers Equine facility in Victoria's Goulburn Valley. The American Ideal Syndicate fully supports the move, as the stallion's popularity in Australia continues to soar ever higher thanks to his ranking as a leading pacing sire in that country. Dr. Andrew Grierson, principal of Woodlands Stud, noted that sending the stallion to Australia was an easy decision. "He continues to sire racehorses and sell yearlings at the very highest level, and thanks to his great success, there is a tremendous demand for bookings from Australian breeders," he said. "We're delighted to work alongside one of Victoria's most progressive vets in Dr. Kath McIntosh and her staff. In a results-driven business, Northern Rivers Equine is a Standardbred leader in Victoria. We look forward to a successful and long-term relationship" Watch American Ideal pace his record of 1:47.4 in 2005 For the 2019-20 season American Ideal's service fee in Australia will be $11,000 GST inc. and in New Zealand $10,000 + GST. Normal discounts will apply and semen will be available to New Zealand breeders. American Ideal, whose book has been full and closed early in past down under seasons, already has a significant number of early bookings lined up. Those interested in breeding are urged to act soon and contact Woodlands Stud/Australian manager Mark Hughes at 0451650707 (email or in New Zealand Stacey White at 021 595492 (email For further information contact Art Zubrod at Brittany Stallion Management: (859) 873-3878 or email American ideal Syndicate / Woodlands Stud

American Ideal, America's leading active pacing sire in 2018 progeny earnings, combined 2 and 3-year-old earnings, and $100,000 winners, is now full and closed for the 2019 breeding season. The New York-based stallion, whose career is overseen by Brittany Stallion Management of Versailles, Ky., has stood at Blue Chip Farms throughout his career. Including the current breeding season, he will have bred a full or nearly-full book for all 13 years since he first went to stud. In making today's announcement, Brittany manager Art Zubrod thanked breeders for their continued support and noted that he is proud of the horse's ability to produce champions each and every year. "The remarkable thing about American Ideal is that he never has a "down" year," Zubrod said. "He continues to produce at the highest level of stakes racing, and of course dominates the action in the New York Sire Stakes. "I think with all the hype that surrounds new stallions, American Ideal's nonstop, high-level credentials are sometimes overlooked," he added. "He not only was the number one money-winning sire in the U.S. last year, but also sired 14 $100,000 winners and 75 individual stakes-winning or stakes-placed horses. His numbers are simply incredible." American Ideal is a shuttle stallion who makes his off-season home at Woodlands Park in New Zealand, where his book, incidentally, was also full and closed last year. With both North America and Australia/New Zealand included, he has now sired 12 millionaires led by the multiple World Champion American Jewel ($1,840,565). From Brittany Stallion Management  

William Henry MacMullin, a retired resident farrier and horseman at Blue Chip Farms in Wallkill, NY and a longtime resident of Ulster County passed away on March 24, 2018 at Orange Regional Medical Center in Middletown at the age of 87. "Henry" was a longtime resident farrier and horseman at Blue Chip Farms during the late 1970's, 80's and 90's and was responsible for the care of Hall of Fame stallions Most Happy Fella and On The Road Again during their stud careers. Over those decades MacMullin was responsible for the hoof care of thousands of horses, including top broodmares Albaquel, Adore, Peaches N Cream and Treasure Blue Chip and the entire herd of mares, foals and yearlings at the farm. Son of the late Daniel and Margaret Campbell MacMullin, he was born in Cape Briton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada on November 25, 1930. He also worked many years on the race track and was associated with such notable horsemen as Clint Hodgins and Howard Okusko. He was a longtime member of the United States Trotting Association (USTA), as well as the NYS Trotting Assn. and was named 1977 Horseman of the Year. Survivors include his wife Connie and his children Norman Eaton (Barbara) of Michigan, Gregory MacMullin of NY, Michael MacMullin (Melisa) of Fla., Teresa Geisler (John) of Tenn., Christopher MacMullin (Irene) of Va., Henry MacMullin (Kelly) of NJ and Mary MacVean (Jamie) of NY. He was also survived by brothers and sisters Angus, John, Barbara and Douglas along with 17 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sisters Martha and Chris and brothers Charlie and Roddy. Memorial contributions may be made to the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame in Goshen, NY ( and the Alzheimer's Association (                

Wallkill, NY February 10 — Blue Chip Farms is pleased to announce that it will open its harness racing New York breeding shed on Monday, February 12, three days earlier than the traditional 15th.   The farm welcomes a new addition to its stallion roster in Devious Man 3,1:52.2-’17 ($1,338,677).   A perfect stallion option for the large and small breeder with a stud fee of $4,000. This leading money winning son by Credit Winner will have the same collection protocol as Chapter Seven with availability on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Mares may be bred on farm, via trailer or via semen pickup.       American Ideal, Roll With Joe, Credit Winner and E L Titan will be collected 4X per week.    Overnight transport is available for all except E L Titan.    To review Blue Chip’s most up-to-date breeding shed policy by stallion, visit Our Shed Collection Schedule Page   For more information, or to book your mare, contact Jean Brown-Clearwater at    Shona Rosenblum

Wallkill, NY January 31 – Blue Chip Farms is pleased to announce that the book for Shadow Play is full and closed for 2018. “Shadow Play continues to impress harness racing breeders, trainers and owners who know he can produce a World-Class performer out of almost any kind of mare” said Tom Grossman, Principal at Blue Chip Farms.    Other World-Class Blue Chip Pacers are still available, including Roll With Joe, American Ideal and Bettor’s Delight (closing soon).   Blue Chip Sired progeny continue to be top performers and earners. In 2017, eight of the top ten NY Sire Stakes Breeders Awards payouts for 2YO Pacers were earned by Blue Chip Sired progeny.   Shadow Play - Little Brown Jug Final     Blue Chip also boasts a star-studded trotting line up. Credit Winner, Devious Man and E L Titan provide strong cross options for the sport’s major maternal trotting lines. Moreover, 44% of the total Breeder’s Awards paid out to Trotters in New York in 2017 went to performers sired by Blue Chip stallions. The farm’s most recent additions, Devious Man (by Credit Winner) and E L Titan (by Muscle Hill) both have the racing and pedigree credentials that herald a bright future in New York and beyond.    For booking inquiries, please contact Jean Brown-Clearwater, or Ed Amezcua,          

Wallkill, NY January 2 – Blue Chip Farms is pleased to announce that the book for World-Class Harness Racing Pacer, Sunshine Beach is full and closed for 2018. “We are happy to see so many smart breeders and owners happy with Sunshine Beach’s offspring thus far and appreciate their continuing support.” said Tom Grossman, Principal at Blue Chip Farms.   Sunshine Beach bred 135 mares in Canada in 2015, 159 mares in 2016 and 199 mares in 2017. Captaintreacherous tasted defeat for the first time as a three-year-old, and much like when his father Somebeachsomewhere lost for the first time at 3 it took a world record performance to do it. Sunshine Beach and Brian Sears paced a dazzling 1:47.4 mile to equal the fastest mile ever on a five-eighths mile track   Sunshine Beach     Sunshine Beach Other world-class Blue Chip pacers are still available, including Roll With Joe and American Ideal in New York. Shadow Play and Bettor’s Delight remain open in Canada but are filling quickly. Champion Trotters, Credit Winner, Devious Man and E L Titan round out a solid Stallion roster at Blue Chip Farms this year. Credit Winner's Leading money winning son at $1.38M, Devious Man, stands for $4,000 while Muscle Hill’s son, E L Titan, stands for $6,000.    For booking inquiries, please contact Jean Brown-Clearwater, or Ed Amezcua,

Wallkill, NY- Blue Chip Farms is pleased to announced that Credit Winner’s richest son, Devious Man, will stand at Blue Chip Farms in 2018 for $4,000. A winner of nearly $1.4 million lifetime, Devious Man was a NYSS Champion at 2YO as well as winner of five NYSS legs.  The “Man” won the Empire Breeders Stake Final and finished second in the Hambletonian and multiple Grand Circuit stakes, including the Kentucky Futurity Final as a 3YO.  In 2017, he was third or better  in 15 out of 17 starts. Devious Man has a fantastic family.  He is a ½ Brother to 5-$100,000 winners including World Champion, Dan Patch 3YO and Aged Trotter of the Year, Vivid Photo 4,1:50.2 ($3.2 million).  Vivid Photo was the victor in the 2005 Hambletonian Final.   "We are very excited to have Devious Man in the barn to carry on the legacy of Credit Winner and Blue Chip in New York trotting,” said Tom Grossman, Principal at Blue Chip Farms, "Along with Bettor's Delight and Art Major, this blood has literally given life to our farm and our families. Devious Man has all the attributes to do the same for the next generation, and I am confident that with Stroy, my team and the rest of the partnership we are building, he will be given every chance to carry the flag and ‘Take On The World.’"   A quality cross to Valley Victory, Cantab Hall and Donato Hanover line mares, booking and syndicate share inquires can be made directly to Jean Brown-Clearwater, or Ed Amezcua,   The $252,000 Empire Breeders Classic Final!     Devious Man wins the $500,000 Earl Beal Jr Memorial      

WALLKILL, NY – September 26, 2017 Blue Chip Farms has announced that its 2017 Yearling Videos for the harness racing Harrisburg Yearling Sale are now available online here.   Forty one yearlings from sires including American Ideal, Bettor’s Delight, Chapter Seven, Somebeachsomewhere, Sunshine Beach and Sweet Lou are offered for inspection and available for x-ray by appointment at the farm.   Please contact Operations Manager, Eddie Amezcua, for more information.  

Blue Chip Farms is pleased to announce that the harness racing stallion Sunshine Beach’s book is full and closed for 2017. The World Champion son of Somebeachsomewhere is having a tremendous year in the breeding shed for a third year stallion with a total book in excess of 180 mares, highlighted by Fancy Creek Funny, Dam of One More Laugh ($2.6mm) This is exceptional for a third year stallion and demonstrates how pleased breeders are with his 2016 and 2017 foals, and their confidence in Sunshine Beach as the next top stallion in Canada.  On behalf of Seelster Farms and the Sunshine Beach Syndicate, Blue Chip thanks the breeding community for such strong support. Sunshine Beach beating Captaintreacherous Captaintreacherous tasted defeat for the first time as a three-year-old, and much like when his father Somebeachsomewhere lost for the first time at 3 it took a world record performance to do it. Sunshine Beach and Brian Sears paced a dazzling 1:47.4 mile to equal the fastest mile ever on a five-eighths mile track

Blue Chip Farms is pleased to announce that Chapter Seven’s book is full and closed for the 2017 harness racing breeding season. The second leading trotting stallion at Harrisburg in 2016, Chapter Seven’s first crop featured 2016 Breeders Crown winner and World Champion Walner (2, 1:51.3, $487K). We are grateful for the support of his breeders and shareholders. Bettor’s Delight Book Closed Blue Chip Farms is pleased to announce that Bettor’s Delight book is full and closed for 2017. The world’s leading pacing sire, Bettor’s Delight’s progeny have banked over $200 million on the track. Sire of 2016 O’Brien Horse of The Year and Little Brown Jug Winner, Betting Line and 2016 O’Brien 3YO Pacing Filly of the Year and Jugette winner LA Delight, Bettor’s Delight is truly a living legend.

Blue Chip Farms is pleased to release its 2017 stud fees. Heading up the ten stallions currently standing or managed by Blue Chip Farms is the legendary international harness racing sire of sires, Bettor’s Delight. The leading money-winning stallion of all-time with worldwide progeny earnings of over $250mm, Bettor’s Delight will stand for $15,000 CAD in 2017 up from $12,000. “He’s the mailman. He delivers every day,” said Syndicate Manager Tom Grossman. Roll With Joe and Shadow Play Canada will also see a rise in their stud fees. “Joe” will move to $7,500 after a strong year on the track and in the sales ring, including a 10 times stud fee sales average in Harrisburg. Roll With Joe’s on track performance was led by Racing Hill ($1.5mm - ’16), winner of the Breeders Crown 3YO Pace. Shadow Play’s fee will move to $4,500 CAD following a remarkable 17 times stud fee average in Harrisburg and a solid performance on track by his progeny in 2016, led by Breeders Crown winner Lady Shadow. 2017 Blue Chip Farm Stallion Stud Fees: Standing in New York: American Ideal - $10,000 Art Major - $10,000 Credit Winner - $10,000 Chapter Seven - $7,500 Roll With Joe - $7,500 Crazed - to be announced Standing in Canada: Bettor’s Delight - $15,000 CAD Shadow Play - $4,500 CAD Sunshine Beach - $5,000 CAD Standing in Indiana: Here Comes Herbie - $7,500  Blue Chip Farms

Wallkill, NY September 22 – Blue Chip Farm announced today that its 2016 Lexington Selected Yearlings will now be available at the Northwood Bloodstock consignment. Individuals from leading stallions American Ideal, Bettor’s Delight, Art Major and Somebeachsomewhere will be offered, highlighted by Hip #16 Pericles Blue Chip, the first Art Major filly out of a mare that has produced two million dollar winners. Tom Grossman, Blue Chip principal commented, “leveraging Northwood’s infrastructure and experience has allowed us to bring down a much more select group of yearlings to Lexington in an economical way.” “I have always been impressed with the Blue Chip raised yearlings, and now to have them in the Northwood Bloodstock consignment is thrilling”, said Bob Boni, founder of Northwood Bloodstock. “The 2016 crop has the pedigree and conformation to compete at the highest levels and I look forward to presenting a great buying opportunity for new and existing clients.” The yearlings will be available for inspection at Northwood’s consignment barn #11 on Sunday, October 2nd.

Loxahatchee, FL – N Luv Blue Chip, a two-year-old pacing colt who was rescued from the devastating barn farm at the South Florida Trotting Center last week, died on Thursday at the Reid & Associates Equine Hospital. It was reported that the colt could not overcome all his injuries from the fire and died from natural causes. He not only had severe burns but also kidney problems and the onset of laminitis. Sired by Art Major from the Western Hanover mare, Western Charmer, N Luv Blue Chip was bred and owned by Blue Chip Bloodstock, Inc. of Wallkill, NY. He was being trained by Roman Lopez. He was a full brother to Master Stroke (1:49.4) a $469,000 winner and Bullish Blue Chip (1:52), a $271,000 career winner. N Luv Blue Chip is now the 13th horse to have died from the barn fire on Wednesday, March 16. He was one of the 11 horses that were rescued. 12 horses perished in the fire. Four horses were released from the equine hospital last week and are recovering at the South Florida Trotting Center. Of the remaining six horses at the hospital, five are reported to still be in critical condition but improving daily. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink    

This writer is not a religious person by any means but I am a bit lost for an explanation for what happened to 53 harness racing horses over the weekend in at Durham Park Standardbreds. Situated on 400 acres of rolling countryside thirty minutes south east of Ballarat, Durham Park was established by Bruce Edwards in 2006 and has quickly become one of the pre-eminent standardbred nurseries in Victoria. Bruce had built up an outstanding band of North American, New Zealand and Australian mares and everything was on track for this years round of yearling sales when the fire struck late last week. The staff had to leave in such a hurry there was no time to grab any clothes or possessions and there was just no time to even think about moving the horses. When Bruce was let back in on Saturday afternoon, he was immediately confronted by evidence of the ferocity of the fire. What he saw left Bruce numb. " There was no fences, no sheds, no house, no water in the dams – just nothing." " There wasn't one blade of grass you could see on the property." " Unbelievably I came across the horses who seemed to have somehow survived the carnage." " However before we could do anything, we were kicked out again due to the danger from the fire," Bruce explained when talking to Harnesslink today. The next morning Bruce was allowed to go back onto his farm by authorities but he was quite nervous about what he might find. " The noise and smoke from the fire was huge and with the helicopters adding to that, I thought the horses would be spread far and wide over the property as we had no fences at all and I wasn't sure how many may have survived the inferno." " To my amazement they were still where they had been the day before." " I thought getting halters on them and loading them on to the floats would be fraught with problems but they stood there like lambs and walked straight on." "We had sixteen unbroken yearlings there but we caught them all with no problems and unbelievably they loaded onto Clayton Tonkin's truck as though they had been doing it all their life." "We moved the whole lot in four hours over to Clayton and Emma's property and after we did a headcount we found we hadn't  lost a single horse." " I didn't know some of the float people who turned up to help but I can't thank them enough." "Special thanks must go to Clayton and Emma who were just brilliant," Bruce said. Since the fire Bruce has been humbled by the offers of help from all over Australia. " I have had over 100 calls from all over Australia offering feed, agistment and help which is really quite humbling." " One call was from Alan Galloway and I was just gobsmacked by the offer he made to me"  " Alan offered to graze the whole 53 horses we took off Durham Park on Sunday for six months free of charge. "On top of that he gave us access to his barn complex so we now have somewhere to prepare our yearlings for the sales and there is accommodation included for my staff as well." " I grabbed the offer as my staff lost everything in the fire and this will help them get back on their feet." " The horses are being treated for smoke inhalation at the moment but will be moved to Alabar as soon as that has been completed." "I can't thank Alan Galloway enough, he has been a life saver," Bruce said Alan Galloway was also behind another initiative to help Bruce get back on his feet. "Bruce has been a great client of ours for many years and we were only to happy to step up and help out." " On top of the grazing and use of our facilities, Alabar Bloodstock has got together with Blue Chip Farms in New York, Pepper Tree Farm and Muscara Standardbreds to offer services to Art Major, He's Watching and Auckland Reactor. " We hope that Courage Under Fire will join the offer in the next few hours." All the money raised from the sale of the services will be forwarded to Bruce," Alan said. At the end of the day, we should be really thankful that no human or horse loss their life in this fire. Post fire we have been able to witness that great camaraderie that exists in the harness racing industry where industry participants will always reach out to those in need As to how to explain 53 horses going through a firestorm and coming out the other end unscathed, that one I can't answer Harnesslink Media

Between the worldwide financial crisis and the anticipated end of the slots-at-racetracks program in Ontario, 2012 was a year when stud fees fell at a disturbing rate; those that managed to maintain their 2011 price level were considered lucky. And while many 2016 fees have yet to be announced, those that have dribbled out give every indication that 2016 will be somewhat similar to 2012. Hanover keeps the highest profile in the sport; Pennsylvania is home to a lucrative sire stakes program and a state where one expects to find Grand Circuit worthy stock. Cantab Hall, Captaintreacherous, Donato Hanover, Western Ideal and Explosive Matter will roll over their 2015 fees, while Somebeachsomewhere, Well Said, Muscle Massive and Andover Hall will see reductions. There will be no increases. Contrast that with last year when SBSW was the only Hanover stallion to see a reduction, and Muscle Massive’s fee actually went up. (Crazed was shipped back to New York). Well Said shows the deepest cut as his $15,000 fee, which has remained intact since he joined the Hanover stallion brigade in 2010, has been cut in half. Uffizi Hanover was the most productive issue from his first crop; she won the BC at two and the Fan Hanover at three, but she didn’t accomplish a whole lot beyond that. Tellitlikeitis was the top male; he won a Cup elimination and experienced some success in the PASS. Well Said has no millionaire offspring. Lost For Words is his richest son, and his claim to fame is winning a heat of the Jug. He also won the Standardbred and splits of the Bluegrass and ISS at two. Control The Moment won this year’s Metro and Nassagaweya and is his top freshman to date. Well Said sold a sale topping 61 yearlings at Harrisburg, at an average that was down 10% from last year. He should be popular at $7,500. SBSW’s fee has been up and down like a yoyo. He was at $20,000 in 2011; dropped to $15,000  in 2012; back up to $20,000 the following year; jumped again, to $30,000 in 2014; down to $25,000 this year; and drops down again to $20,000 in 2016. He leads North America in gross earnings for two-year-old pacers and average earnings for the same group. And he leads in average earnings for the three-year-olds. Pure Country is the top freshman filly in NA, but SBSW comes up short at the top end of all other age/class groups—star power is lacking. The closest he’s come to duplicating himself is Captain T and that one is much better than the rest. There were 39 fewer registered foals in 2015 than there were the previous year, but still there were 91 of them. He led all pacing stallions at the Lexington and Harrisburg sales. The superstar pacer’s book remained open throughout 2015. Seeing his fee drop $10,000 in two years is alarming in some respects, but prospective breeders will be thrilled. Muscle Massive, whose second crop was a big disappointment, sees his fee drop 46% to $4,000. And 16-year-old Andover Hall drops 20% to $8,000. He was at $30,000 back in 2008, but has been at $10,000 for the past few years. Nuncio raced in Europe this year, and Magic Tonight was off his form when he returned to NA. Kathy Parker generated early interest, and she won money, but a split of the Liberty Bell was her best win.   The first crop of A Rocknroll Dance won’t race until 2017, but Diamond Creek dropped his fee from $6,000 to $5,000. And Father Patrick, who served a limited book in New Jersey at $30,000 this year, moves home to Pennsylvania at $20,000. His less than stellar foray into the aged ranks probably didn’t help. Ponder, who had a terrible year, drops from $4,000 to $3,500. Sweet Lou remains at $7,500 for his second season. New York, which is, along with Pennsylvania, a lucrative source for sire stakes cash, is also showing signs that its stud fee structure is adjusting to market forces. Blue Chip Farms is top dog in the Empire State and Art Major and Credit Winner have been the most expensive pacing and trotting stallions, respectively, in the state for some time. Art Major held steady at $15,000 until 2013 when his fee dropped to $12,000. In 2016 the sire of JK She’salady and JK Endofanera will stand for a further reduced $10,000. And Credit Winner, who jumped from $12,000 to $14,000 in 2014 and remained there last year, will be dropping 28% to $10,000 in 2016. American Ideal will stay at $10,000. Credit Winner, who was third on the two-year-old NYSS money list this year and second among the sophomores, got hammered at Harrisburg. And his average also dropped by $19,000 in Lexington. The high ticket individual sales that have buoyed him up until now abandoned him. Top tier performers have also been missing.  NYSS rank means little: four of the top five trotting stallions on the three-year-old list are all experiencing stud fee cuts. Lucky Chucky, Crazed and Conway Hall are the other three. The latter leads both lists and his fee will be reduced by a third. And Lucky Chucky’s fee has gone from $7,500 in 2014 to $6,000 this year to $4,000 next year. Crazed gets his annual haircut, dropping from $5,000 to $4,000. Art Major was top five among two and three-year-olds in the NYSS. JK She’salady retired and Travel Playlist lost his mojo in the fall, but JK End won the TVG, Allerage Open and Dan Patch. The sixteen-year-old stallion showed modest gains at the sales. However, his registered foal count was down 47 between 2013 and 2014. Rocknroll Heaven, who was standing for $8,500 at Blue Chip, is now available for $6,500 in New Jersey. The sales weren’t kind to him and his sons have been slow to come around, but he does have the top two fillies on the sophomore money list for that division, presumptive division winner Divine Caroline, and recent Matron champ, Sassa Hanover.  Trixton will remain at $12,000 in New Jersey, where the sire stakes program has been restructured for the sake of volume and diversity. The 2016 fees for the Midwestern states on the come—Ohio and Indiana—haven’t shown up yet. Rockin Image, the sire of Freaky Feet Pete jumped $500 to $4,000 in 2015, while Miki’s daddy Always A Virgin made the same move the previous year. Ontario seems to be back on its feet. Bettor’s Delight and Muscle Mass have returned and Royalty For Life, He’s Watching, E L Titan, Archangel and Betterthancheddar have been added to the mix over the past two years. Kadabra saw his fee drop from $15,000 US to $12,000 US in 2014 and it looks like it will remain there. So to this point fees are taking a hit in Pennsylvania, where the politicians have been applying pressure to the tracks and horsemen, and in New York, where too many stallions are failing to produce: There are no New York sired horses in the top 15 on the all-horse money list. It will be interesting to see just how widespread will this trend be? by Joe FitzGerald for Harnesslink Joe FitzGerald has been an avid harness racing fan and historian for the last half-century. He writes a weekly blog for Joe’s commentary reflects his own views and not that of Harnesslink.

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