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Standardbred Canada has announced there will not be a 2016 recipient for the Cam Fella Award. The Cam Fella Award, named in honour of the world-class standardbred, Cam Fella, is awarded for extreme recent meritorious service to the Canadian harness racing industry. Because of his unparalleled contributions to the sport of harness racing, Standardbred Canada established the Cam Fella Award in 1997 with 'Cam' the initial recipient. The award is given, when warranted, to an individual or group that has displayed some of those same qualities that made Cam Fella one of the greatest names in Canadian harness racing. A national committee of 16, representing the Standardbred community, vote by secret ballot on nominees put forth by the Nominating Committee. A winner must receive 75 per cent of the ‘yes’ votes to receive the Cam Fella Award. Canadian-owned, trained and driven, Cam Fella was an outstanding racehorse in the early 1980s. He won 56 races, over $2 million in purses and two consecutive Horse of the Year titles in North America. As a stallion, Cam sired numerous world champions and horses with earnings in excess of $106 million. Unfortunately, ‘Cam’ suffered from testicular cancer and was, in turn, retired from breeding in 1997. Cam Fella and his trainer-driver, Pat Crowe, reunited for a Good Will Tour of Canada and the United States in 1997, which generated a tremendous amount of positive media coverage for harness racing. Cam passed away in May of 2001 at the Kentucky Horse Park, where he had lived for several years and served as an outstanding ambassador of the Standardbred breed. The creation of the Cam Fella Award was the harness racing industry’s way of ensuring that Cam’s contribution to the sport is never forgotten. Last year, William Andrew was honoured as the 2015 recipient of the award. Click here to see past winners of the Cam Fella Award.  

Bettor’s Delight is, without a doubt, the most prolific sire to come down from his granddad Cam Fella. It is his sire Cam’s Card Shark, not Camluck, Cambest, Precious Bunny, Fake Left, Goalie Jeff, Pacific Fella, or any of the others, who has extended Cam Fella in a meaningful way into the second decade of the twenty-first century in North America. Bettor’s Delight is a three-for: he has dominated the lucrative NYSS for years; he is more than competitive on the Grand Circuit; and he is a major player in the day to day sector. Seventeen-year-old Bettor’s Delight, who will see his eleventh crop race this year, is the leading money-winning sire among pacers of all-ages in North America in 2015, with more than $7 million earned. He is also the leading money winning sire among three-year-old pacers. Overall, his offspring have earned more than $126 million. Mosquito Blue Chip, who won the $225,000 Night of Champions pace last year; Steve Elliott’s Not Before Eight, who won a split of the Watson at Yonkers the other night; and Bettorhaveanother, are a few of this year’s productive sophomore fillies, while, My Spirit Soars, National Seelster, J Eagle Feather and A Bettor Hat are a few of the better colts. Sunday there were three $30,000 splits of the NYSS for sophomore colt pacers at Vernon Downs. Eleven of the 29 starters were by Bettor’s Delight and three of the four divisions were won by his sons. This is the norm. His 2015 freshman crop, which numbered 98, will race in the Ontario sire stakes program. And in 2016 and 2017 the peripatetic stallion’s freshmen will have a go at the crew in Pennsylvania. Then it will be back to Ontario. This shiftless lifestyle is of no concern to BD: for the first dozen years of his career he averaged 111 registered foals. Bettor’s Delight has 10 standard millionaires and three double-millionaires based in North America. (He also has three singles and a double Down Under).  The outstanding FFA pacer, Bettor Sweet, who won the Breeders Crown twice, is the richest male. Darlin’s Delight and Southwind Tempo, both of whom won their division at three, are the two fillies. Worldwide he has 56 $500,000 winners and 332 $100,000 winners. To put that in perspective, Dragon Again, who is three years older, and known more for his hard hitting aged stock—Wakizashi notwithstanding—than his Grand Circuit types, has 26 $500,000 winners and 97 $100,000 winners. Cam Fella is responsible for the three all-age world records by Cambest, Bettor’s Delight’s paternal brother Holborn Hanover and Bettor’s Delight’s daughter, the retired Shebestingin, who holds a 1:47 mark. The Most Happy Fella branch running through No Nukes, Western Hanover, Western Ideal, Rocknroll and American ideal is more accomplished, but Cam’s crew still holds the speed marks. See You At Peelers, who won 22 in a row, and won her division at two and three, is Bettor’s Delight’s most accomplished horse in North America. She won the Breeders Crown, Fan Hanover, Tarport Hap and Valley Forge, and beat the boys in the Rooney. The super star son is missing: the top earning son is incomplete; number two and three slots on the money chart are occupied by mares; the most accomplished offspring is a filly. Betterthancheddar, who is standing his second season in Ontario (first was in NY), is his fastest complete son. He won the Breeders Crown and Cane at three and took the Franklin in a world record 1:48 at four. He did not race at two. Cheddar bred 68 mares at a $4,500 fee his first season, in New York. This year $1,000 was lopped off his fee when he moved North. Bettor’s Delight has no Rocknroll Hanover or Captaintreacherous to carry the ball for him; the markedly  inbred Cheddar is his premier stallion. Of course, Bettor’s Delight’s full brother Roll With Joe, who will unveil his first race crop this year, will also have every opportunity to extend Cam’s Card Shark, and in turn, Cam Fella. All Bets Off was the archetypal Bettor’s Delight colt. Last year he won the Messenger, Rooney and Milstein on the Grand Circuit, and he won NYSS races at Yonkers, Monticello and Vernon Downs. And he took the Confederation Cup this year. Ron Burke is a master when it comes to playing a colt like this in both sectors simultaneously. Vegas Vacation serves as another good example. He won the high dollar EBC restricted stake in New York, as well as the Jug, Simcoe and Matron. Aside from Vegas Vacation; Fashion Delight, Bullville Powerful, Kenneth J, Shebestingin, Bettor B Lucky, Peelers and Indulge Me all augmented their GC income with EBC wins. As a broodmare sire Bettor’s Delight hasn’t yet hit the lottery. Age is obviously a major factor here, and his best days should be ahead of him. Messenger winner Ronny Bugatti (Art Major) is the top money maker in this group. Emeritus Maximus, Fast And Feisty, Ultimate Beachboy and The Real One round out the top five. That Messenger win by Ronny, in a track record 1:51.2, is the only open stakes win for this crew. It’s fair to say that BD is off to a slow start as a broodmare sire. As great a career as Bettor’s Delight has had as a stallion, he hasn’t come close to reproducing himself. He won his division twice, at two and three; captured the BC, Governor’s Cup and Nassagaweya at two; and won the Jug and Tattersalls Pace at three. None of his sons have come close to matching that record. What Muscles Yankee did with Muscle Hill, Bettor’s Delight hasn’t come close to doing. He has no North America Cup or Meadowlands Pace winners. Vegas Vacation, who only won once at two and didn’t race at four, won the Jug, as well as the Matron. He has no Tattersalls Pace, Adios or Battle Of Brandywine winners. Cheddar won the Breeders Crown at three and the Franklin in world record time the following year, but having no history at two and a narrow period of top tier performances at three, hurts. Bettor Sweet, a half -brother to Sweet Lou, won the BC twice in his aged form as well as the Bettor’s Delight/Roll With Joe, but the Progress Pace was his only significant open won at three. Tuffofthetoughest took the Hempt, while Kenneth J won splits of the Bluegrass and ISS. Island Delight also won the latter. All Bets Off won the Messenger, Rooney, Milstein and Matron. All in all, in North America, the males excel at restricted racing and overnights. They are good, but not great, on the Grand Circuit. The fillies have fared very well on the open stakes circuit: Peelers, Soutwind Tempo, Darlin’s Delight, Bettor B Lucky, Shebestingin, Eternity’s Delight, Table Talk, JK Black, JK Owhatanite and others have more than held their own. Bettor’s Delight just needs to knock one out of the park, with a complete son, to put the finishing touches on his legacy. Joe FitzGerald has been an avid harness racing fan and historian for the last half-century. He writes a weekly blog for  http://viewfromthegrandstand.blogspot.com/. Joe’s commentary reflects his own views and not that of Harnesslink.

London, April 19, 2015 -- The Raceway at Western Fair District will have its 2015 Wall of Fame induction ceremony on Friday, May 15th and, for the first time, the prestigious honour will go to a horse rather than a human recipient. The incomparable Camluck, who has long resided at Seelster Farms in nearby Lucan, will be honoured during a ceremony that night in recognition of his remarkable contributions both on the race track and as a sire. The son of legendary Cam Fella became one of the fastest horses of his generation by virtue of his 1:48.4 time trial effort in 1992 at Lexington’s Red Mile. Over the course of his brilliant racing career, he earned more than $1 million while facing one of the very best older pacing crops of all-time that included the likes of Artsplace, Staying Together, Cambest, Silver Almahurst and Odds Against just to name a few. However, it was in the breeding shed, where Camluck made his greatest impact and stamped himself as one of the greatest pacing stallions in harness racing history. From 2332 foals, Camluck produced just shy of 1,600 race winners and he retired recently with overall offspring earnings of $218,771,118. His average earnings per starter was $118,768 and he produced 28 starters who banked more than $1 million and 62 performers who took a record of 1:50 or better. Wall of Fame Night will also feature the kick off race in this year’s Racing Under Saddle (RUS) series in Ontario. Fans will have a chance to watch and wager on the event as well as meet and greet with the riders and take part in the different promotions offered that night. The RUS series, sanctioned by the Ontario Racing Commission in 2014, is in its second full season in Ontario and has been growing in popularity.  Visit www.rusontario.com for more details. There will also be a pair of mini races scheduled that same night – one galloping and one gaited – as part of the fun. The Raceway’s signature event, the $150,000 Molson Pace, is slated for Friday, May 29th. Defending champion State Treasurer has recently qualified and is expected back in search of a first-ever Molson three-peat.  The Molson Pace will once again be contested as an Invitational and more details on potential starters, along with the various promotions being planned, will be announced soon. Greg Blanchard  

The bottom line on stallion ads is to drum up business, of course, but what qualities and accomplishments a given farm highlights or ignores in these ads is always of interest. What they choose to say and not say tells the tale. Norman Woolworth and David Johnston’s Stoner Creek Stud always embraced the understated approach. In 1971 ads for Meadow Skipper, they simply noted that Most Happy Fella, from his first crop, had been voted Pacer of the Year while two-year-old Albatross had won his division. Skipper stood for $5,000 at that time. Eight years later, when it was obvious that he was the King and he was standing for $30,000, they simply printed “The Ultimate Sire” over Meadow Skipper’s name. A similar approach was taken by JEFs Standardbred Country Club  when they stood grandson Cam Fella in New Jersey for $25,000 16 years later. “The Pacing Machine” said it all. A more hyperbolic approach was taken by Team Finder/Guida with Niatross. In a 1987 ad the former was described in bold type as “The most prolific pacing stallion in the world today.” Prolific in this case describes numbers of 2:00 and 1:53 or faster performers from the first three crops of the great pacer. The ad goes on to state that “Niatross is the superior stallion of all time.” He was standing for $40,000. Unfortunately, like too many from that line, he started off good but fell off sharply after the first few crops. Nihilator, Semalu Damour, Pershing Square, Smartest Remark, Barberry Spur and Caressable all came early, but pretty soon the well went dry. Barberry Spur stood at Stoner Creek for $10,000. Ouch! By 1990 Niatross was standing for $7,500 in New Jersey; four years later his fee had dropped to $5,000; five years later he was dead. The superior stallion of all time? I don’t think so. The Finder/Guida syndicate also marketed the Albatross stallion Merger as “the fastest two-year-old pacer in history.” True enough, but another dud. Nihilator, who was syndicated for more than $19 million, was also hyped beyond the realm of possibility. He started out serving a large book of mares at Almahurst for $40,000 a pop and proved to be a disaster. Ted Gewertz was quoted as saying the worst mistake he ever made was breeding to Nihilator. His fee dropped to $35,000, then $25,000. He only sired five full crops before passing prematurely. Bret Hanover was better than any pacer that preceded him. For that reason his first crop sons, none of whom were worth a damn as stallions, were marketed very aggressively. Almahurst advertised High Ideal anywhere and everywhere as the “greatest son of Bret Hanover.” At that point that wasn’t saying much and High Ideal, despite all the support, proved to be a mistake. Flying Bret was another from that first crop who was touted in the pages of every magazine but never amounted to anything. Golden Money Maker was also a failed stallion—in this case by Tar Heel—who was a darling of those selling ad space. Green Speed, who won the 1977 Hambletonian and Yonkers Trot, was touted by Pine Hollow Stud (Finder again) as a horse “Considered by many to be the greatest trotter to ever look through a bridle.” Trainer/driver Bill Haughton is quoted as saying Green Speed was “the greatest trotter I have ever seen.” The son of Speedy Rodney was standing for $5,000, a veritable bargain for the greatest ever. He sired one good horse, the filly Duenna, who won the Hambletonian for Stanley Dancer. Not quite the greatest ever? Later on Haughton was quoted in an ad for Burgomeister as saying, “he could have been the best trotter around.” But he wasn’t and he failed as a stallion. Pine Hollow also screamed that Sonsam’s world record 1:53.2 mile in the Meadowlands Pace was “the greatest performance ever.” Like his paternal brothers, he was good at the beginning but hit the wall early. Lana Lobell’s Alan Leavitt, a novelist in his spare time,  favored long essays that emphasized his personal experience choosing stallions and matching them up with mares. In some cases a full page ad never mentioned the farm’s stallions. In one he proudly proclaimed experience to be superior to a computer program when it comes to assigning mares to stallions. After reading five paragraphs on Icarus Lobell you thought he was talking about Meadow Skipper. Although in the case of Speedy Crown, who was a game changer, ads full of numbers did appear. Fair Winds Farm also took the long-winded approach to advertising stallions like McKinzie Almahurst. Sometimes it’s best to avoid focusing on the stallion being advertised. A case in point is the advertising put forth on behalf of Deweycheatumnhowe. Walnut Hall had a full page ad in a recent edition of Horseman And Fair World with Master Of Law in bold print and a picture of that one winning the Centaur. Dewey, who has bounced from Kentucky to Ontario to New York, is mentioned once in the small print. Ads for track stars that are struggling as stallions, like Art Official, Shark Gesture and Mister Big, are long on racing accomplishments by the stallion and short on details about his progeny. There is a time limit on that: at some point it gets a little weird. Breeding can be a point of emphasis. Shirley’s Beau, the best son of the Hoot Mon stallion Overcall, was advertised as one that “could be the outcross stallion needed in harness breeding.” He wasn’t. Keystone Ore was touted as the “greatest son of Bye Bye Byrd.” He did sire It’s Fritz, one of those fastest that never won anything types. Speaking of pure speed, one obscure stallion was touted as the only son of Steady Star standing in Illinois. Still one too many. Unraced Cobra Almahurst, a $385,000 yearling, was produced by “The Magic of Meadow Skipper.” “He was meant to be a great one and everyone knew it.” All this for $1,000 in Illinois. Lime Time was marketed on the basis of his 95% conception rate. They were slow as can be, but they were a sure bet to pop out. Sundance Skipper, the sire of Carl’s Bird, was “the overnight sensation.” Not exactly. Ideal Society was “The only 2-year-old to beat all multimillion dollar syndicated 2-year-olds in 1981.” Say what? Lew Williams’ speedball Whata Baron did much of his best work in New Jersey and he was widely advertised when he entered the stallion ranks. He may have executed seven sub-1:55 winning miles in less than three months, but he was no sire. The Armstrong Brothers boldly stated and underlined that Armbro Omaha’s “First Crop Defies Comparison.” Even by OSS standards in the late 1970’s that was kind of strong. The son of Airliner was better on the track than he was in the shed. Good ads can give a stallion a boost, but when looked back at from a distance they may raise an eyebrow or two. by Joe FitzGerald for http://viewfromthegrandstand.blogspot.com/

Nominations for the Cam Fella Award are now being accepted and must be received by December 1, 2014 to be considered for the 2014 award. The Cam Fella Award was introduced at the 1997 O’Brien Awards. The award was designed to honour the kind of extreme meritorious service that Cam Fella provided to the nation’s harness racing industry, and, fittingly, he was the first recipient. The most recent recipient of the Cam Fella Award was Admirals Express in 2010. 'The Admiral’ was owned by Ed and Cheryl Sayfie and Laurel and Gary Gust of Michigan. He was trained by Mike Hales and driven in most of his races by Paul MacDonell. Admirals Express enthralled the racing industry and fans with his on-track performances, but his connection to fans and horsepeople transcended his ability on the racetrack. His indomitable spirit, the emotion he evoked, and the excitement he stirred within us when he raced made The Admiral unique and somewhat of an icon within the Canadian harness racing industry. The Cam Fella Award is not a lifetime achievement honour, as the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame serves that distinct function. The award is given out when warranted, not necessarily annually, to recognize extreme recent meritorious service, effort and dedication to Canadian harness racing by an individual or group who, through their efforts, displays some of the same qualities that made Cam Fella one of racing’s greatest names. To Nominate To submit a nomination, please complete this application form. Nominations are kept confidential in order to avoid disappointment should the nomination not be successful. Submissions must be received by 5:00 p.m. (EST) on Monday, December 1, 2014 and should be directed to: From Standardbred Canada

Fifty-four of the 68 winners of the Little Brown Jug go back to Hal Dale. Two of those winners, Keystoner and Good Time, were his sons, while all the rest are linked to either his son, Adios, or his grandson Meadow Skipper, neither of whom won the Jug. Adios, who was born in 1940, pre-dated the Jug, which started in 1946. Meadow Skipper did participate, but he was parked most of the mile in the 1963 final and finished third to Overtrick, who set an all-age world record of 1:57.1. While Adios, who was twenty years older than Skipper, got a head start; eight sons and a grandson—Romeo Hanover—by Adios had won editions of the Jug before the principal of Skipper’s first crop, Most Happy Fella, won in 1970. Meadow Skipper certainly made up for lost time. Thirty-four of 43 Jugs since 1970 have been won by sons or other descendants of his—that’s about 80%. The only gap larger than one year during that run was the three year stretch at the beginning of the run, between 1971 and 1974, when Nansemond, Strike Out, Melvin’s Woe and Airliner were victorious. Between Hot Hitter’s win in 1979 and Abercrombie’s in 1993, there was a 13 year dry spell for Adios and any other progenitor not named Meadow Skipper. The last Adios line colt to win the Jug was Real Desire in 2007. Beyond his own failure to win the Little Brown Jug, Skipper’s prolific band of sons, grandsons and great grandsons, as successful as they have been at producing Jug winners,  have a spotty record when it comes to winning the race. Yes, Most Happy Fella, Niatross and Bettor’s Delight won, but the list of Skipper’s descendants who produced winners but didn’t win it themselves is much longer: Cam Fella, Western Hanover, Falcon Almahurst, Western Ideal, No Nukes, Cam’s Card Shark, Rocknroll Hanover, The Panderosa, Tyler B, French Chef, Oil Burner, Tyler’s Mark…. While Adios had nine sons win the Jug, Meadow Skipper only had four. The difference is that while Adios only got four from his greatest son Bret Hanover and three via his great grandson Abercrombie, Skipper got twenty from the Most Happy Fella branch, eleven from the Cam Fella branch, and seven through Albatross.   Since the turn of the century only three Adios Line colts have won the Jug—Astreos, Mr Feelgood and Real Desire—and none of those victories have come in the last six years. The other dozen were won by Skipper line stallions. This year’s Jug may prove to be a game changer, and there are a couple of ways that can happen. The field won’t be drawn until Saturday, but in his latest edition of Road to the Little Brown Jug, Delaware PR man Jay Wolf rates McWicked as the top contender. He, of course, is from the Adios line, being a son of McArdle, who has been keeping the Bret Hanover artery on life support in recent years. McArdle’s daddy, Falcon Seelster, wasn’t in the Jug, although he did set a world record of 1:51 at Delaware as a sophomore on Jug Day 1985. The call of that race by Roger Huston trumped the Jug itself, where Nihilator won in a time that was more than a second slower. A win by McWicked would prevent a seven race losing streak by Team Adios. Another way in which the 2014 Jug could be a game changer would be a win by a son of Somebeachsomewhere. Jay lists four possibilities on his Top Ten list: Ron Burke’s Limelight Beach, who just finished second to McWicked in the $260,000 PASS Championship Final; Jimmy Takter’s Cane winner, Lyonssomewhere; Bob McIntosh’s gelding, Somewhere In LA, who finished third to McWicked in the PASS Final; or Brent MacGrath’s Melmerby Beach, who won a split of the Simcoe over the weekend. This would represent a dramatic change because no member of the line running from Volomite through Sampson Hanover has ever won the Little Brown Jug, and no top line descendant of Volomite has won in 38 years, since Stanley Dancer’s Keystone Ore beat Joe O’Brien’s Armbro Ranger in 1976. The other two winners going back to Volomite are Overtrick in 1963 and Rum Customer in 1968. SBSW skipped the Jug, and last year Captaintreacherous, the star of his first crop, did the same. There may be no Jug winners on the branch he is now the figurehead for, coming down from his great, great, great grandsire Sampson Hanover, but that one was very handy on a half. In September, 1951, 4-year-old Sampson Hanover, who was converted from the trot as a three-year-old, became the first pacer or trotter to win a race in under two minutes on a half mile track. He accomplished that historic fete in the Almahurst Pace at Delaware, Ohio. So, we have the inspiration of Sampson Hanover’s Delaware heroics for the sons of SBSW and for McWicked his granddaddy Falcon Seelster’s world record mile over that track and his great granddaddy Bret Hanover’s world record of 1:57 in the Jug. Either way, it’s time for a colt not tied to Meadow Skipper to step up and take the prize. He’s Watching is quick as a cat around those turns and his pilot Tim Tetrick is no slouch. It won’t be easy, but it’s about that time. by Joe FitzGerald for http://viewfromthegrandstand.blogspot.com/    

WASHINGTON, PA, July 17, 2014 -- When Cammikey won a PA Sires Stake division at The Meadows on June 7, he showed both the promise and the peril associated with this 3-year-old colt. When he tried to jump over the starting gate, Brian Zendt had to snatch him up and take him far back. Then, with amazing speed and determination, he charged through the Lightning Lane to win in a career-best 1:49.4. That eye-popping performance helped make him the 2-1 morning line favorite in his elimination of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids Presented by Coors Lite. Three eliminations for the $600,000 (est.) Adios will go as races 3-5 Saturday evening at The Meadows, with the top three finishers in each returning for the final the afternoon of July 26. Cammikey leaves from post 4 in race 4 with Brian Zendt aboard. Part of Cammikey's erratic behavior in that electrifying victory may be attributable to greenness, as trainer Bill Zendt and owner Cam Land Inc. shut down the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Always Cam after only four starts at 2. "He had some breathing problems, so we just quit with him early," Bill Zendt says. "A year helped him. He always handled himself and got over the ground. He felt like a pretty good horse in the lines. I thought that if we took care of him, he'd make a pretty good horse." And that he has become, with $163,788 on his card and a fourth-place finish in the $500,000 final of the Hempt at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs on June 28. The farm of Cam Land -- the nom de course of Nan Cameron and her daughter Wendy Cameron -- sits just down the road from The Meadows, so Cammikey will have plenty of support on hand. Locally owned horses haven't fared particularly well in the Adios, but the Camerons are no strangers to harness racing's highest levels. They bred and campaigned Always Cam, who won the Jugette in 2002 and captured the Breeders Crown for mares in 2004. Many years earlier, Nan Cameron and her late husband, Pete, bred and sold a granddaughter of Adios named Nan Cam, who subsequently produced Cam Fella, the Horse of the Year in 1982 and 1983 and a champion whose exploits have withstood the test of time. Cammikey gives the Camerons perhaps their best shot yet at the blanket of orchids, and Bill Zendt indicates his colt may have a home-track advantage. "He's not a great shipper, and he seems better right here," he said. "You have to ship him early, and it takes a lot out of him." Cammikey also will be well rested, as he hasn't raced since the Hempt. "I trained him real good last Saturday," Bill Zendt said. "He doesn't take a lot of work. He lost a lot of weight at Pocono, shipping and racing. He's not one of those big, stout horses. Little speed horses don't take a lot of work." It all adds up to a trainer who is cautiously optimistic about his colt's Adios chances. "Our first objective is to make the final, and that's not guaranteed," he said. "After the first couple in there, they're all pretty equal. There are no duds in there." by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

R I P Tony Chiaravalle. He owned the 1993 Pace winner Presidential Ball and was the original owner of the third place finisher that year Riyadh. R I P Matts Scooter-1988 Meadowlands Pace winner-sire of Mach Three 2002 Pace winner. Grandsire of Somebeachsomewhere-THE most prohibitive Pace favorite of the 21st century/ R I P Joe Muscara. He owned the 2002 Pace winner Mach Three and his Muscara Trust co-owns elim divisional winner He's Watching, one of the favorites in this Saturday's race.   $776,000 Pace Purse. Not counting the two years with a supplemental entry, (2000 and 2008), this is the first time since 1990 that the purse is at least $100G higher than the previous year: 1989 $852,000 Dexter Nukes 1990 $1,153,500 Beach Towel   Sire Well Said looks to do-with two chances-what has been done SEVEN TIMES in Meadowlands Pace history. Win the Pace with his first crop. (Sometimes Said, Tellitlikeitis) 1984 Happy Motoring sired On The Road Again 1985 Niatross sired Nihilator 1997 Artsplace sired Dream Away 1998 Life Sign sired Day In A Life 2005 Western Ideal sired Rocknroll Hanover 2008 Art Major sired Art Official 2013 Somebeachsomewhere sired Captaintreacherous   If you're betting either He's Watching or Luck Be Withyou, you have recent history on your side. Tim Tetrick and Ron Pierce have won 6 of the last 7 editions of the Meadowlands Pace, THE most dominant TWO-driver run in the races 37 year history. (Of those 6 wins between them, 3 each, 4 of those 6 were NOT favored)   Ron Burke will try and do what has been done THREE TIMES before. Be the Leading trainer at the Meadowlands for the meet AND win the Meadowlands Pace. J K Endofanera 1993 and 1994 Bill Robinson did it with Presidential Ball and Cams Card Shark 1997 Brett Pelling did it with Dream Away 2004 Mark Harder did it with Holborn Hanover, who was 2-22 lifetime coming into the race and lit up the board at 58-1   "MILLER TIME?" Maybe. There are three driving "MIllers" in the race-Dave and Brett and Marcus. That doesn't even count trainer Erv. The first ever TRAINER named Miller to be in the Pace-as well as the first ever drive-BOTH finished 3rd. Del Miller trainer 3rd 1980 Tyler B Jim Miller driver 1979 3rd with Tijuana Taxi   THROWBACK TIME? Some Pace participants in 2014 were prominent at the Meadowlands in the 1980s. Val D'Or Farms (Always B Miki) 3 times made a 1980s Pace final. 4th with Masquerade in 1986, 7th and 11th with Ringaleevio and Paladium Lobell in the 1988 edition Steve Elliott was 10th with Souffle in the 1986 final of the Pace, and was 3rd and then 2nd in the 1988 and 1989 Trainer Standings here Joe Holloway won FOUR races at the Meadowlands in the 1970s-including twice with a pacer named Pentagon as a DRIVER. In the 1980s, Joe became the first ever Meadowlands trainer to win as many as 106 races in a singe meet-1988 Jim Campbell was the 1989 Meadowlands Training Leader. He also started in the Pace with a pair in 1987-3rd with Run The Table and 12th with Dictionary   Peter Blood is one of the owners of Doo Wop Hanover. As a trainer here-he was second in the 1988 Wilson-the LAST one to go for $1 Million-with Nukes Image to Kassa Branca. The following year, he went 1-2 in the Wilson conso.   Pierce Pace Potpourri Ron Pierce drove the shortest priced Pace winner of the new millennium-$2.80 Well Said 2009. Ron Pierce UPENDED the shortest priced Pace STARTER of the new millennium-Somebeachsomewhere-10 cents on the dollar-in 2008 with Art Official. (Art Official-incidentally-sold as a $4,000 WEANLING at a Meadowlands January sale)   NUMBERS 17 of the 37 Pace winners were sired by a horse who himself raced in the Pace final. ONLY ONE-Real Desire is the ONLY horse to win $3 Million-be Horse Of The Year and win the Meadowlands Pace and NOT be in the Hall Of Fame ONLY ONE Pace winner won from the second tier-On The Road Again 1984 Post 12 THREE Homebreds in the Pace final field. The 2013 Hambletonian had three homebreds win all three eliminations and then the final. Creatine, Smilin Eli and Royalty For Life 20-1 or better-Tellitlikeitis will surely be one of the longshots in the 2014 Pace final field. Rarer than rare for the North America Cup FAVORITE-ALSO the Meadowlands Pace elimination FAVORITE, to be an also-ran in the wagering in the Pace final. FIVE catch-drivers have gone into the Hall Of Fame the past TWO decades. Only five.   ANNIVERSARY 23 years to the day of Precious Bunny winning the 1991 Meadowlands Pace. July 12, 1991. That marked the first time in history a horse won TWO million $ races in the same year (Nihilator did it in 1984 and 1985) John Campbell drove him in the North America Cup to victory, but opted off for Artsplace in the Pace final and Jack Moiseyev won with the Cam Fella colt. HOY. It was also the first of four STRAIGHT Pace winners for Cam Fella as a stallion-ironic when you consider that Cam Fella finished his career 57 straight times on the board-the last time he MISSED the board? 1982 Meadowlands Pace elimination!! 7th   Ron Pierce is on top in North America in $$$. 58 Years of age. This stat is especially interesting when you consider that-in 2006-he was and is the ONLY 50 Years Old to EVER lead the way, and now at 58 is threatening to do the same   Golden Receiver's barn change-AFTER winning $2 Million-brings back memories of possibly the two greatest horses to ever undergo a barn change. Seatttle Slew and Artsplace.   WIDE OPEN PACE?-2013 TOLD US EXACTLY THAT Many live candidates to win the 2014 Meadowlands Pace. And why not. In 2013-the LEADING 2 YO colt pacing earner made $390G-Arthur Blue Chip. This marked the first time since 1977 that the leading $$-winning freshman pacing colt did NOT have at least $400G on his card. No No Yankee had $211G in 1977 (Ironically-the FIRST year of the Pace)   Dave Miller-John Campbell Dave Miller-6 days after entering the Hall Of Fame, hopes to do what only John Campbell has done prior. Go into the Hall Of Fame and win either the Hambletonian or the Meadowlands Pace the SAME year. 1990-John Hambo Harmonious. Dave handles Always B Miki   IF Marcus Miller wins the Meadowlands Pace-he WILL become the YOUNGEST driver ever to do so. Tetrick also did it at 25 in 2007 with Southwind Lynx, Marcus a few months younger.   Canadian Influence 5 of the 6 inside posts in the 2014 Meadowlands Pace have Canadian ownership. 6 of the first 12 Meadowlands Pace winners (1977-1986) had Canadian ownership.   "Hall" Pass-OOPS Pace Five of the first 10 winners of the Meadowlands Pace had trainers who were Hall Of Famers. BUT-only ONE of the last 27 training winners of the Meadowlands Pace did it. Ray Remmen 1990 Beach Towel. Jimmy Takter has two shots at ending that 24 year 0-fer.   Coyne-Operated Ron Coyne (National Debt) has been in the Pace before. 1999 with Washington VC. 8th. That colt then sired a $3 Million career earner by the name of Themightyquinn   If either John Campbell or Ron Pierce win the Meadowlands Pace, they will be the oldest to do so. 59 and 58. Cat Manzi at 56 in 2006 with Artistic Fella currently holds than distinction.   Steve Elliott is the ONLY trainer in the 2014 Meadowlands Pace field who has won this race before. And he did it twice. 2006 and 2009. There are only two trainers in Meadowlands Pace history who have won the Pace multiple times and were FAVORED in all of their wins: Elliott, Billy Haughton  Billy Did it with Falcon Almhurst in 1978-9/5 choice over eventual HOY Abercrombie-and with Nihilator at 1-9 in 1985 heading a prohibitive 5 horse entry.   "Starter" Kit NO 2014 Pace finalist has more than 8 starts in 2014. Yet 16 of the first 24 Meadowlands Pace winners had at LEAST NINE starts on the season entering the Pace final.   Jimmy Takter (Tellitlikeitis and Lyonssomewhere) will try and do what Brett Pelling did last. Go 1-2 in the Pace. Pelling did it with Rocknroll Hanover in 2005 and Village Jolt second.   He's Watching's June 13 foaling date would be THE latest ever for any Meadowlands Pace winner. (TWO of the more famous JUNE foals of all time used to be stablemates-Art Major and McArdle)   SLOW STARTS? NO PROBLEM IN THE PACE Your year isn't going the greatest going INTO the Meadowlands Pace? This doesn't mean a whole lot-or at least it didn't to these brand names: 2001 Real Desire 1 for 5 going into the Pace 2000 Gallo Blue Chip 5 for 10 entering the Pace 2010 One More Laugh 2 for 6 going into the Pace 1988 Matts Scooter Just 2 for 9 entering the Pace (NOTE-the 2 YO Champion (He's Watching 2-5)-and the 2YO Breeders Crown winner (Luck Be With You 1-5)-are a combined 3/10 entering the 2014 Pace)   The "OUTSIDERS?" The three outside horses in the Pace were all sired by a Pace favorite: Post 8 Sometimes Said (Well Said 2009) Post 9 Always B Miki (Always A Virgin 2007) Post 10 Doo Wop Hanover (Rocknroll Hanover 2005)   Takter's Pace Breakthrough? NO Trainer in the 21st century who's campaigned a Horse Of The Year has made it to the Hall Of Fame. Jimmy Takter is the last trainer to do both-having won the HOY titles in 1997-1998-1999. Bob McIntosh went into the Hall Of Fame in 2002-and a full decade later-won his first MILLION $ race going 1-3 in the 2012 NA Cup. Jimmy Takter is looking for his very first Pace score. Ron Burke just scored his first Million $ win taking the NA Cup with J K Endofanera.   The Two oldest drivers to hit the board in the Meadowlands Pace? 1978 Joe O'Brien 59-thid with Flight Director 1982 Billy Haughton 58 3rd with McKinzie Almahurst John Campbell is 59 and Ron Pierce 58   Campbell-Meadowlands Pace-Post 10 The man is amazing. Post 10 in the Meadowlands Pace in 2014 with Doo Wop Hanover. His history from post 10 in the Pace is almost beyond belief. ALL of the following are from Post 10-IN The Meadowlands Pace: 1982 Hilarion winner-first ever catch-driver to win a Million $$ race. 1997 At Point Blank second at 14-1 the colt was WINLESS (0-15) on the year!! 1999 The Panderosa got post 10 initially-AND on the redraw-and still dominated with a 26 flat final quarter in 1:49.3-then a record mile in the Pace and thus becoming the first horse ever to win TWO million $$ races BOTH in sub 1:50) 2004 3rd with Metropolitan from post 10 2007 third with Artriverderci from post 10. 5 different trainers from post 10-five times on the board. Consider that in the other 30 times any driver raced in the Pace from post 10-combined-those drivers were 3-30 ON THE BOARD!   OTHER Post 10 notes...... Dave Miller's Pace debut-1995-Cinder Lane Sam came from post 10-5th-flying home in 26.1.....Pat Crowe drove exactly once in the Pace-from post 10-in 1984 12th with a colt by the name of Greener Pastures.....Brett Pelling made his Pace debut in 1993 from post 10 (No check)....Pinocchio raced in the Pace-from post 10 for Neal Shapiro...   15 times in history the Meadowlands Pace winner has been THAT YEAR'S Leading $$ winner among ALL Pacers.(MOST common of any race of the leaders)   Just HOW tough is it to WIN The Meadowlands Pace? This stat might tell it best. The last THREE Triple Crown winners in the sport-NONE of those three finished first OR second in the Meadowlands Pace!! 2003 No Pan Intended 4th 1999 Blissful Hall 7th 1997 Western Dreamer 3rd   Who are the three richest ever horses to have participated in the Meadowlands Pace final and NOT gotten a check? Boulder Creek $3,425,853 8th 2003 Red Bow Tie $2,673,920 9th 1997 Western Hanover $2,541,647 7th 1992   Super Tough Quiz: Can you name the three colts who led all pacers in year end earnings but did NOT compete in the Meadowlands Pace final? 1977 Governor Skipper $522,148 1998 Shady Character $1,070,569 2002 Art Major $1,562,779   Compiled by Bob "Hollywood" Heyden

Alexis, IL --- Goalie Jeff, the 1989 Dan Patch Award winner as the sport's top 3-year-old pacing colt and a winner of $2 million, died June 10, 2014, at Finish Line Farms in Alexis, Ill. The son of Cam Fella-Jill Elaine Hanover was 28. Goalie Jeff was an excellent horse on the track, winning the North America Cup, Little Brown Jug, and many more. He also sired some nice horses such as Space Shuttle, Athena Blue Chip, Winning Goalie, and many more. It was an honor to take care of such a great horse. He was a regal looking stallion who was full of himself and at the same time had a class to him. by Jeff Bridgford  

TROIS-RIVIERES, June 9, 2014 – Sunshine Beach and Dedi’s Dragon, the only three-year-olds in 2013 to have beaten the Pacer of the Year, Captaintreacherous, plus all-star performer Apprentice Hanover, headline the list of 24 harness racing pacers that are eligible to race in the Hippodrome 3R’s revival of the prestigious Prix D’Ete. Restricted to just four-year-olds and now part of the prestigious Grand Circuit, the return of the Prix D’Ete will feature purses totaling $250,000. The Prix D’Ete will be the richest race in North America for four-year-old pacers with the final going for $200,000 and the consolation race worth $50,000. The top 16 lifetime money winning horses that enter will go in the two divisions by earnings. “We are very pleased with the final nominees for the Prix D’ete,” said Hippodrome 3R’s General Manager Vincent Trudel. “I know that our track record will most certainly be in jeopardy with this high caliber of competition. The Prix D’Ete has a long history of being won by great horses and I think that will happen again with this renewal.” With the signature event of Quebec’s revival of harness racing just over three months away, on Sunday, September 21 at the Hippodrome 3R, and with the list of eligibles finalized at 24, it’s time to take a look at the leading candidates for the event, based on early 2014 accomplishments. “A” is always a very good place to start, and “A” stands for Apprentice Hanover, trained by Ontarian Ben Wallace, who has the highest earnings in 2014 among the Prix eligibles, $325,500. Indeed, that figure puts him second in all of North America this year behind P H Supercam, who won the Levy Series Final at Yonkers when Apprentice Hanover rallied from dead last at headstretch to miss by a heartbreaking neck. The “Apprentice” is a model of consistency this year, with a scorecard of 6 wins, 5 seconds, and a third in 12 starts. The other $100,000 winner in 2014 among the Prix eligibles is Mach It So, trained by New Jersey-based horseman P.J. Fraley. Mach It So won three Levy preliminaries before being stymied by a draw of post eight in the finals. (The Levy Series references are especially relevant here because Yonkers, like 3R, is a half-mile track, showing that the form of these horses should translate well to the local oval.) Sunshine Beach and Dedi’s Dragon, the two three-year-olds of 2013 who beat divisional rival Captaintreacherous (whose connections have committed him to a race in Ohio), are also among the Prix possibilities. Dedi’s Dragon has two wins and five in-the-money finishes in seven starts this year for North America’s recordsetting trainer, Ron Burke, while Sunshine Beach, from the barn of Rideau Carleton-based conditioner Mark Steacy, is ready to start his 2014 campaign after a recent 1:52 victory in a qualifier at Mohawk. Sunshine Beach did finish the 2013 season with over $900,000 in earnings and a world record mile in 1:47.4. Mention should be made also of “the local hero,” Duc Dorleans, who set the all-time 3R track record of 1:52.4 last season and this year lowered the oval’s standard for older pacers to 1:53.1. Trained by Jacques Dupont for Quebec owners Gestion Levesque, Ecuries Dorleans, and Marie Helene Dupont, the “Duc” is currently racing at 3R, where he has been first and second the last four weeks. “We hope that everyone will come out this season, especially for the Prix D’Ete weekend and enjoy our great racing program and Québécois hospitality,” Trudel said. “There are no finer vacation and tourism areas in the Quebec region than Trois-Rivieres, Montreal and Quebec City during the summer and fall months.” Initially known as the Prix d’Automne and won by older horses such as the three-time Horse of the Year Bret Hanover, the marquee event at Blue Bonnets racetrack in Montreal was converted into the Prix D’Ete, a race for 3-year-old pacers in 1970 and remained one of the major North American stakes in the division until its last running in 1992. Past winners included Cam Fella, Niatross, Albatross, Strike Out, Abercrombie, Matt’s Scooter and Beach Towel. For more information about the Prix D’Ete at Hippodrome 3R visit their website at www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club List of nominees for the 2014 Prix D’Ete Alexa’s Jackpot Apprentice Hanover Captive Audience Dedi’s Dragon Duc Dorleans Fool Me Once Good Day Mate Lonewolf Currier Lucan Hanover Mach It So Moonliteonthebeach Normandy Invasion Olde Time Hockey Rockin Amadeus Shamballa Si Semalu Sunfire Blue Chip Sunshine Beach Sweet Talkin Satin That’ll Be The Rei Twilight Bonfire Urbanite Hanover Windsong Jack Word Power

Hamburg, NY-- On a day where the 1 hole ruled the first 6 races Ryan's Caviar had a streak of his own. Ryan's Caviar entered Sunday with 4 straight victories all by half length or less, but today the 10-year-old SJ's Caviar gelding had a much tougher group to face. Getting a very good draw off the claim in the 4 hole, he showed that he could control the pace his own way. After Somedancer Hanover broke before the start, Bit O Lavec set the early pace. Ryan's Caviar (Shawn McDonough) dropped in behind the early pace as Ramblin Rick (Kevin Cummings) the Open horse was parked to the opening quarter mark. The quarter time was a little fast for the trotters in 28.4 over the fast track, but Ramblin Rick rolled up on the outside led to the half way point slowing down the fractions. At that point McDonough decided it was time to pull Ryan's Caviar to try to contend for the lead. By the time the field reached the three-quarter mile pole Ryan's Caviar was clear by two lengths as Ramblin Rick had stopped. Ryan's Caviar went on to win his fith straight race in a rated 2:00 4/5, Bit O Lavec (Dave McNeight III) was a game 2nd and Madimpulse Hanover came flying home to finish 3rd. In talking to Shawn McDonough after the race he said "He has been very sharp as of late is in a really nice class." He (McDonough) went on to say "this horse can take a ton of air and can come from anywhere." In other racing action at Buffalo Raceway one of the 3-year-old fillies scored her first victory since coming to Buffalo Raceway. Aroma (Artiscape-Cinnamon Reel-Cam Fella) scored very nicely in the 10th race for leading driver Kevin Cummings and Trainer Kirk Desmond. Aroma was bread in Maryland by Winbak Farm. By Michael Carter, for Buffalo Raceway

Rose Run Logan crossed the finish line as the winner for the fourth consecutive time when he won the $11,000 Open Trot on Monday (April 28) in the evening's ninth race. Monday's score is the ninth win in ten starts this year. He is owned and trained by Jeff Hochstetler of Urichsville, Ohio. Josh Sutton was aboard for the winning drive. Rose Run Logan (Armbro Laser-How Miraculous-Baltic Speed) was assigned post seven and was fifth through the opening :28.1 quarter. Sutton pulled the trotter approaching the :57.3 half. He cleared in the third panel and never looked back. He continues with fractions of 1:27 and 1:56.4, besting his competition by 4 ¾-lengths. Completing the race were Mythical Hall, Julians Caesar, Jesse's Messenger, Hello Carlo, Talladega Hanover and Norma's Rose. Rose Run Logan now has 15 career successes and a bankroll of $50,698. He was the race favorite and paid $2.80 to win. The win was not the only Open that Northfield Park leading Driver, Josh Sutton, won on the Monday program. In the evening's opening race, Mybrothergeorge captured the $11,000 Open Pace. Barry Langley trains the five year-old for Sagamore Hills, Ohio owner, Kathleen Wallace. Mybrothergeorge (Rocknroll Hanover-Armbro Ophelia-Cam Fella) started from post five and let his competition carve out fractions of :27.4, :56.3 and 1:26.1. He kicked home in the stretch, striking the front and finishing 1 ¼-lengths in front of his competition in 1:54.3. Western Churchill, Lyons JosephJNR, Iwilldowhatido, Rockin Finish and Rust Belt. Monday's triumph increased Mybrothergeorge's lifetime win tally to 21 and his earnings to $323,000. He returned $8.40 to win. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Driver Josh Sutton dominated at Northfield Park on Monday (April 21), posting seven winners on the 14-race program. Sutton, 31, began driving in 2000 and has since garnered 2,373 career victories and is in excess of $13,000,000 in purse earnings. He has posted 140 victories so far this year over Northfield's Flying Turns, ranking him first in the local driving ranks. Chasing Sutton are: Ronnie Wrenn Jr. (136), Aaron Merriman (101), Robin Miller (53) and David Lake (50). Sutton has been driving at Miami Valley on Northfield Park's nights off and he has been winning there as well. He has 177 driving wins so far in 2014, ranking him as the fourth winningest driver so far this year in North America. Only Aaron Merriman (211), Ronnie Wrenn Jr. (197), and Corey Callahan (191) have driven more winners this year than Josh Sutton. Suttons richest win of the night was with Mybrothergeorge, who captured the $9,500 Open Handicap Pace in the evening's eighth race. Barry Langley trains the five year-old for Sagamore Hills, Ohio owner Kathleen Wallace. Mybrothergeorge (Rocknroll Hanover-Armbro Ophelia-Cam Fella) started from post three and was fourth through the :27.3 opening quarter. Sutton pulled first over and sustained a successful bid despite battling for the lead through middle splits of :56 and 1:24.1. Mybrothergeorge secured the lead at the top of the stretch and bested his competition by ¾-length in 1:53.1. Completing the race were Western Churchill, Nathan Feelsgood, Goodnite Goodluck, Lyons JosephJNR, MA Roy and Aligned Hanover. Monday's triumph increased Mybrothergeorge's lifetime win tally to 20 and his earnings to $317,500. He returned $7.00 to win. In the evening's co-feature, Kirty Dream trotted to victory in the $9,500 Open Trot. He is trained by Jeff Hochstetler for Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio owner Mario Caponi. Aaron Merriman was aboard for the winning drive. Kirty Dream (Cantab Hall-Klelia-Cezio Josselyn) started from post seven and sat fourth through the :27.2 opening quarter before moving first over approaching the half. He remained outside through fractions of :57 and 1:25.2, then took the lead in the stretch and completed the mile in 1:55.1. He was an uncontested 2 ¼-lengths in front at the wire. Completing the race were Pembroke Snapshot, Mythical Hall, Sand Royal Blu, Kahoku, Norma's Rose and Credit Score. Kirty Dream now has 14 career successes and has bankrolled $208,418. He was the race favorite and paid $3.00 to win. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

In our prominent harness racing stallion series we have reviewed American Ideal,  Art Major, Bettors Delight, Christian Cullen, Courage Under Fire, Mach Three, Western Terror and the trotting stallion Sundon. With the North American breeding season well underway we will continue on with some of the stallions making an impact on the breeding scene. Today we have produced an in depth review for the outstanding racehorse and stallion Somebeachsomewhere. All stats shown are as 17th March 2014. Enjoy the read. BREEDING By the champion son of Matts Scooter in Mach Three who has been in the elite handful of sires worldwide for several years. His dam is the Beach Towel mare Where’s The Beach who was unraced. She has produced ten foals and apart from Somebeachsomewhere has left six winners with Stars On The Water $141,294 (1:52f), Sun N Sand $124,050 (1:52.3s) and last season’s smart two year old in Some Major Beach $138,326 (1:53.1f) being the best of them. The grand dam is the Cam Fella mare in Where’s Sarah $19,576 (1:57f) who left seven foals for seven winners. These include Night Mystery $309,433 (1:50.4)  Ifyoucouldcwhati C $348,560 (1:50.2s) and Canvas Master $137,527 (1:53.1z).  An unraced daughter by Stand Forever in Ohio Annie has left the smart I Found My Beach $524,079 (1:50.2f). The third dam is the very good Steady Star mare The Booger Lady $34,629 (T 1:57). She has left 11 winners including the very good Cam Terrific $592,594 (1:49.3) now sire of 169 winners of just on $9 million in stakes as well as Flight Of Fire who only won $262,111 but has left a great legacy as a sire in Quebec, Canada. Flight Of Fire has sired over 560 winners with over $27 million in earnings to date. Somebeachsomewhere made $40,000 at auction which about sums up his pedigree, very handy but not exceptional. RACE RECORD  Somebeachsomewhere faced the starter six times (all in Canada) at two for six wins amassing $812,592 in stakes. His best win was in the $1 million Metro Pace taking a world record for a two-year-old at that time of 1:49.3s. This was no ordinary group. This field was possibly one of the best group of two-year-olds ever and included Santanna Blue Chip ($1,641,643), Shadow Play ($1,599,822), Dali ($1,436,363), Deuce Seelster ($1,149,825), and Moon Beam ($785,986). This Metro Pace field have now combined earnings of over $11 million in stakes between them. Somebeachsomewhere's other notable wins as a two-year-old was in the $300,000 Battle Of Waterloo, the $145,300 Nasagaweya stakes and the $115,884 Champlain Stakes. His great unbeaten season at two only really served as an entree for what was an unbelievable three year old season. Facing the starter 15 times, Somebeachsomewhere won on 14 occasions with a sensational second in the $1 million Meadowlands Pace at his only other start. Many astute judges in North America maintain his second in the Meadowlands Pace as the best performance of his stellar career. This writer was on track for this outstanding and unbelievable race that is now regarded as "the race of the decade." In what is perhaps the greatest race in Meadowlands history, Art Official edges Somebeachsomewhere in a world record mile. To think that a horse could be attacking the leader three wide at the half in a world record 51.3 and lead at the three-quarters in 1:19.1 and still fight to the wire against a courageous and great Art Official in that world record 1:47 mile was something unreal and unbelievable to see but true. You have to see it to believe it! To be only beaten a neck! Somebeachsomewhere's biggest stake win was in the $1.5 million Pepsi North American Cup in 1:49. He won such time honoured classics as the $650,000 Messenger Stakes, the $500,000 Breeders Crown in 1:48.3 and the $493,000 final of the Confederation Cup (half mile track) in another world record 1:49.2. He ended his racing career with a record of 21 starts for 20 wins and 1 second for $3,328,755 in stakes. His lifetime marks are p2, 1:49.3s; p3, 1:46.4m, 1:49.2h.       He took his lifetime mark of 1:46.4 in the $134,000 Bluegrass Stakes at Lexington to become the fastest three-year-old in history. In his fifteen starts at three he went under 1:50 on ten occasions. The season wasn't without its hiccups though with Somebeachsomewhere being scratched late twice due to lameness issues. But like the truly great horses do he overcame adversity to stake his claim as one of the greatest, possibly the greatest three year old harness racing has ever seen. NORTH AMERICAN STUD CAREER As you would expect for a stallion with such a great race record, Somebeachsomewhere has served large but not huge books since retiring to stud at Hanover Shoe Farm. His first crop numbered 124 foals of which 96 went through the sales ring as yearlings averaging a hefty $62,661. And they repaid the faith of those buyers by dominating North American two year old racing in 2012. Somebeachsomewhere topped the two year olds sires list in 2012 and that crop repeated the dose as three year olds in 2013 By the end of 2013 that first crop of Somebeachsomewhere had rewritten the harness racing record books. The numbers are truly amazing. Of his 124 foals, 111 have faced the starter with 96 being race winners. Twenty eight have won $100,000 while nine have gone under 1:50, and a huge 57 have gone under 1:53. Stakes won to date are a staggering $13,681,117 with an average per starter of $123,253 which is going to reach even greater record levels as most continue racing as older horses. The best performer from this crop to date is the brilliant colt, Captaintreacherous p3, 1:47.1m who in 26 starts at two and three, won 21 and was placed four times for $2 976,810 in stakes to have a record not too much inferior to his sire. Others to excel include Sunshine Beach 1:47.4f ($950,108), Somewhereovrerainbow 1:49.1m ($892,790) and Apprentice Hanover 1:49.4 ($597,474).   Somebeachsomewhere won the three-year-old sire’s premiership in 2013 by over $2,800.000 The second crop of Somebeachsomewhere were also well received by the buyers at the yearling sales with 83 being sold averaging an enormous $83,681 They carried on from the first crop by topping the two year old sires list in 2013. Of the 114 two year olds sired by Somebeachsomewhere that season, 97 raced with 58 being winners. Of the four two year olds that went under 1:50 in 2013 throughout North America Somebeachsomewhere sired three of them. He had 21 under 1:53 and a staggering 42 under 1:55 His best performer was the filly Gallie Bythe Beach 1:50.3f ($344,076) while another filly Beach Body 1:53.1f  ($290,769) was his second best performer. Others showing up are Limelight Beach 1:49.4 ($210,192), Beach Gal 1:50.3f ($142,361), Somestarsomewhere 1:49.2m and So Surreal 1:49.4m are all looking well above average. Somebeachsomewhere two-year-olds stakes total was nearly $500,000 ahead of his competition on the sires list in 2013. AUSTRALIAN SIRES RECORD Only available via frozen semen initially and served small books as a result. His oldest crop is three in the 2013/2014 season and numbers just 19 horses. Six of them have won to date with the best of them being the two-year-old Breeders Crown winner from 2013 in Whereibylong 1:56.8 ($224,228). A Breeder's Crown winner from your first crop of just 19 foals is a great achievement. The knockers are already out in Australia as with such great expectations for any horse by Somebeachsomewhere the breeders expect all his foals to be champions! Even though he only has 19 horses in that crop one could say that the results so far have been a bit short of what Somebeachsomewhere has achieved in North America which has raised the issue of the worth of "Frozen Semen" once again. His second crop in Australia numbers 49 and that should enable Somebeachsomewhere to be a major player in two-year-old racing in the 2013/2014 season. His third crop in Australia will only total 23 foals.  His fourth crop is his first fresh semen crop with the horse standing in Australia at Empire Stallions. He bred 166 mares in Australia for 106 registered foals to date with 10 returns still to be filed, and 75 in New Zealand via fresh semen as well. That makes a total of 241 mares bred in his fourth season at stud down under. These resultant foals will give us all a much better assessment of just how great a stallion Somebeachsomewhere will be in Australia and New Zealand. NEW ZEALAND STUD RECORD  Has a minute crop of three-year-olds which numbers just four. Two of those have won including the very smart Someardensomewhere 1:58.2 ($28,472) who has been racing at the elite three year old level in New Zealand. Only has eight two year olds this season for two qualifiers to date so impossible to draw any conclusions with such small numbers. Did serve 75 mares in his fourth season via fresh semen so we may have to wait for that crop to race to reach any valid conclusions about his record in New Zealand. POSITIVES The numbers say it all. This is that once in a generation stallion who has raised the bar on performance in harness racing. From every angle his numbers are better than what was thought to be achievable. He has not just made an incremental step forward for standardbreds but a giant leap. In my view without doubt the most influential sire since Albatross and his rewriting of the record books has only just started. NEGATIVES Probably the only one for most breeders is the service fee but when you are book full and closed three months before the breeding season at a fee of $30,000 then that is obviously not too expensive. It seems with his success in the Northern Hemisphere and his value having sky rocketed, the owners do not want him to shuttle again so he will more than likely not shuttle to the Southern Hemisphere and will only be available via frozen semen, which does work for some stallions and not for others. Results from his first crop in Australia suggests Somebeachsomewhere may fall into the second category.  OVERVIEW Somebeachsomewhere is that once in a generation sire who lifts the whole standardbred breed to the next level. Book full and closed at $30,000 in North America says it all. The best sire in North America by a large margin but yet to have any impact in Australia due in part to small numbers. Does have 49 two year olds in Australia in 2013/2014 so that should be ample for Somebeachsomewhere to produce the outstanding juveniles he is renowned for in North America. If he doesn't then the focus on frozen semen will only grow. OVERALL RATING:    10 out 10 JC The Story of Somebeachsomewhere Part 1 The Story of Somebeachsomewhere Part 2 The story of Somebeachsomewhere Part 3 News maker of the year - Somebeachsomewhere Somebeachsomewhere - The Bluegrass Stakes - World Record 1:46.4 Somebeachsomewhere - Confederation Cup Somebeachsomewhere winning The Breeders Crown Somebeachsomewhere - North American Cup Final Somebeachsomewhere - 2007 Metro Pace   Harnesslink has had such positive feedback on our "forgotten sires series" that we are running 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. The above 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 the official organizations of New Zealand and Australia)  A Sire review - American Ideal A Sire review - Art Major A Stallion review - Bettors Delight A Stallion review - Christian Cullen A Stallion review - Courage Under Fire A Stallion review - Mach Three A Stallion review - Sundon A Stallion review - Western Terror And here is "The forgotten sire’s series" This is a series of stallion reviews that Harnesslink have already completed 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 Western Ideal - A superstar sire Bacardy Lindy - Blue blood Monarchy - Out of Sundons shadow Artiscape - Frozen semen blues? Dream Vacation - Frozen semen superstar Badlands Hanover - Great value Lis Mara - The quiet achiever Brylin Boyz - Potential fulfilled

After joint consultation Jim Simpson, President of Hanover Shoe Farms and majority owner Jeff Snyder have decided to retire Cam's Card Shark from active stallion duty at Hanover. "The horse has been good to everybody associated with him from the day he was foaled" Simpson said. "He has now reached the stage in life where it is both difficult and dangerous for him and those around him to mount the phantom mare or even to be collected using a live mare". Cam's Card Shark is a foal of 1991. As a two year old he was lightly campaigned under the guidance of trainer Micky McGivern. His wins at two included the Lou Babic Memorial and two New Jersey Sires Stakes. At 3, he was transferred to the Bill Robinson Stable. He was voted "Horse of the Year 1994". In addition he garnered both O'Brien and Nova awards for Horse of the Year. His wins at three include the $1,000,000 Meadowlands Pace, The North America Cup,  the Art Rooney Memorial, the Adios, the Messenger, the New Jersey Classic and the Miller Memorial. He was syndicated at the end of 1994 and retired with two and three year old earnings of $2,498,204.. He entered the stallion ranks at Hanover's New Jersey Farm in 1995. His stallion accomplishments are many and varied He has sired ten millionaires including five who have earned in excess of two million dollars. He is credited with three Little Brown Jug winners and two winners of The Meadowlands Pace.His most renowned performers have been Shark Gesture, Bettors Delight, Four Starzzz Shark, Royalflush Hanover, Holborn Hanover, Roll With Joe, Village Jolt and Million Dollar Cam. Of special note is that his son Bettors Delight is the fifth great stallion from a paternal line that follows from Meadow Skipper, through Most Happy Fella, to Cam Fella, to Cams Card Shark and now Bettors Delight. This is a feat unprecedented in both Standardbred and Thoroughbred breeding. Its quite possible that the line will be extended through his grandson Betterthancheddar. Snyder said that Cams Card Shark will live out his remaining days "which I hope will be many" at Hanover Shoe Farms. From Hanover Shoe Farms        

The flagships of the Division are the Australasian Classic and New Zealand Premier Yearling Sales held in Auckland Monday 17th February and Christchurch Tuesday and Wednesday 18th and 19th of February. Billed as the “Sale of the Stars” their graduates include seven modern day New Zealand Cup winners, thirty two Harness Jewels winners and thirty one Australasian Breeders Crown winners. Unity under the PGG Wrightson organisation has been a major benefit to the sales. Especially in producing a top quality catalogue, funding a very successful inward buyer scheme and the $1 million Sales Race Series now in its 24th year. Harnesslink is running a short series on some of the yearlings on offer. Lot 269 Premier sale - GRACIOUS MACH SIRE - MACH THREE - A great sire worldwide who has left outstanding fillies where ever he has stood. His North American filly credits are headed by the brilliant pair of  Monkey On My Wheel (1:49.3s) and $1,334,934 in stakes and Mach You And Me (1:50.2m) $800,819, while his Australasian filly credits are headed by Joyfuljoy (1:51.2) $480,422, Millwood Meg ($336,795), Shake It Mama ($237 193), while this years star three year old filly, Venus Serena ($434,152) recently broke the New Zealand mile record for a three year old filly when winning in 1:52.2 and may end up the best of them all in Australasia. Mach Three also is proving himself a very good broodmare sire as well leaving the Sapling Stakes winner at Melton on Saturday night just gone Luvumum (Grinfromeartoear from Mach And Me by Mach Three) DAM - JARAGUA - She won three races in a brief race career. This is her second foal with the first Atomic Blonde qualifying at two. She is a full sister to Gracious Mach. Jaragua is by the Cam Fella sire in Camtastic, she is a half to six winners including the smart Kim Crawford $149,254 (1:53) and Sandrea's Fault ($86,418). The third dam is Moon Weave who left the talented Moonweave Motoring (1:58.6) and the dam of Speriamo $144,570 (1;58). She is a half to Blythbank Del (1:58.5) who at stud left the brilliant juvenile Benefactor $263,798. OVERVIEW -  Being a January foal puts her three months behind most of her sales rival but she still has the appearance of a filly that will run early. She is a lovely put together filly who is quite racy in appearance and should develop into a lovely type with maturity. This is a great opportunity to buy a quality Mach Three filly without breaking the bank. Catalogue pedigree Lot 319 Premier sale - FRANCO LAMAR SIRE - Another son of the first season sire, Changeover who is biggest stakes winner left by the super sire In the Pocket who has quickly established himself as a great sire of sires with both Christian Cullen and Courage Under Fire excelling at stud. They have been very prominent at the early two year old trials and workouts and everything looks very positive at this stage. DAM - Lewinsky Franco is by the leading brood mare sire in Falcon Seelster. She was a very smart race mare racing at the elite level as a two and three year old in New Zealand before ending up in North America as an older horse where she took a mark of 1:51.4 on her way to winning $167,508 returning to Nevele R for stud duties she has quickly established herself as a quality brood mare. Her son Franco Lordship 1:58.1 won six as a two and three year old in New Zealand while Lucca Franco (1:59.8) has already won three from a handful of starts. The grand-dam Look's the Part was placed in the New Zealand Oaks and has left ten winners including the full sister to Lewinsky Franco in Labretta Franco (1:58.5) who is the dam of the brilliant Lilac Stride $276,144 1:54.4. The third dam is the smart race mare and great brood mare, Living Doll. OVERVIEW - A colt by the biggest stake winning son of super sire In The Pocket from one of New Zealand's fastest ever race mares. It is not often that buyers in Australasia have the opportunity to buy the progeny of a mare that went 1:51.4 and with the strength of the family behind him, this colt looks a great  chance to further embellish this families record. Catalogue pedigree. Lot 347 Premier sale - FRANCO NIVEN SIRE - Another son of the hugely successful son of  the great Falcon Seelster in McArdle. He has sired the winners of well over $45,000,000 worldwide and continues to leave quality racehorses with the very smart two year old in Jay Dub the latest to create a favourable impression. DAM - Nature Franco (1:59.2) is a speedy daughter of the Western Hanover sire, Union Guy. This is her sixth foal of which four have already raced for three winners including Lively GNP (1:58.2),  Franco Nattai (1:55.6) and Franco Nepia (1:58). Their dam is a half sister to nine winners including Franco Natura $204,542, Napa Franco (1:58.6) and Franco No Fear (1:57.9) while two half sisters have starred in the brood mare barn with Universe leaving Universal Dream $277,906 (1:50) and Northern Franco leaving Pembrook Benny ($839,232). The grand-dam Natural Appeal was a very smart three year old winning five at that age and was a half sister to the very smart, Panyan (29 wins). OVERVIEW--- This is a family that is noted for leaving hard wearing and tough individuals and this mares three winners all fit that mold. Great pedigree of quality individuals means this colt has a great chance of joining his siblings in the winners circle. Catalogue pedigree JC

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