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East Rutherford, NJ - Saturday, June 23 Breakfast With The Babies (BWTB) at The Meadowlands began at 10am on a fast track under overcast skies with little wind, temperatures unseasonable cool in the mid-sixties. Jules Siegel sponsors BWTB via his Fashion Farms harness racing breeding operation. Tony Alagna brought six sons from the first crop of his champion pacer Captaintreacherous in to race this morning and opened the colt pacing races with a one-two finish in the 11th. Odds On Boca Raton (Zeron) sat tight behind the pace of then edged by stablemate Shipshape (Brett Miller) in 1:54.4. Shipshape went easily through the 1:27.4 three quarters with Zeron tipping his charge out for the drive and getting by the leader with minimal encouragement. The winner is owned by Dana Parham's Odds On Racing who paid $105,000 for him at the Lexington sale. Steve Stewart and Conquest Acres are the breeders. US Captain (Gingras) made the team 2 - 4 - 2 when he edged by a game Bombay Hanover (Zeron) through a 26.4 on the board end to a mile in 1:55. This precocious Captaintreacherous colt is from World Champion American Jewel and brought a winning bid of $180,000 from Myron Bell on behalf of breeder Brittany Farms, Brad Grant, Joe Barbera and US Captain Racing. Captain Ahab completed the perfect day with a 1:54.4 / 27.2 Gingras with something left. He set all the pace, was left with a big lead when the pocket sitter broke at headstretch then held sway over a late charging Duddie's Lor for the win. Captain Ahab is another Brittany bred with the farm remaining a component of the partnership with Brad Grant, Vinnie Barbera and Captain Ahab Racing that gave $100,000 for him in Lexington. Trotting fillies opened the card and The Ice Dutchess began her promising career with a 1:56.4 winning effort for trainer/driver Jimmy Takter. Takter put her on the lead from the word go with Personal Paradise (Ake Svanstedt) tracking her every move from the pocket through sociable fractions, when they straightened up he hit the gas pedal and she responded with a 27.3 final quarter. The Ice Dutchess was a $320,000 Harrisburg buy for Coyote Wind Farms and the Muscle Hill filly was bred by Stephen & David Dey. Speed Titan won the second race for Brian Sears in a forwardly placed 1:59.1. Taking over on the backstretch on the way to the 1:00 half, Speed Titan sailed home in 27.4 to win by nearly 10 lengths over Taja Mahalla (Brian Connor). The winner is trained by Marcus Melander for Rick T. Wahlstedt who paid $70,000 for the EL Titan filly in Lexington. The breeder is Kjell Magne Andersen. Trond Smedshammer won the third with the Explosive Matter filly Matterlei in 2:00.4. After leaving to the top, Trond released Ms Masterpiece and followed that rival through a 1:01.1 middle half before tipping Matterlei to the outside off the last turn for the 28.3 sprint home. Mimi'spearloflindy (Tim Tetrick) closed a bit to be second. Purple Haze Stable paid a mere $14,000 for Matterlei at Harrisburg last fall, Shanamphilankilou is the breeder. Colt trotters came around in the fourth where Gerry converted a perfect Tim Tetrick drive into a 1:58.2 / 27.1 win. The pair tracked Battenberg (David Miller) through easy numbers then jetted by that rival through the fast final quarter well in hand. Lennart Agren as SRF Stable gave $225,000 for the Muscle Hill colt at the Lexington Selected sale, KG Bertmark Hingstdepa is the breeder. Melander sent out another winner in the Muscle Hill colt Demon On The Hill (Sears). The path to victory was the tried and true go to the front, rate and sprint, with a 28 flat end to the 1:58 record over a very handy Osterc (Yannick Gingras). Vicky Trotting, Inc owns the winner, a $125,000 Harrisburg yearling bred by Walnridge Farm & Meirs. Galixton won at first asking for Ake Svanstedt in 1:58.2, closing into a 29.4 final quarter to get by Lucius Vorenus (D. Miller). He's from Trixton's first crop and was an $87,000 Lexington yearling buy for Little E, LLC, Hans Enggren and Joe Sbrocco from breeder Brittany Farms. The race was marred by The Chutzpah Kid falling at the half; happily both the "Kid" and driver Brian Connor got up and walked off. Uncle Peter had a 2:00 winner from his first crop in Super Schissel, another Takter pupil. A pocket ride behind Consus Victory was the route to success, Takter tipped his charge out in the stretch and closed in 28 and change for the score over Captain Krupnik (Svanstedt). The Ohio-bred winner was sold at the Lexington sale for $115,000 to Al Libfeld and Perry Soderberg, consigned by Coyote Wind Farms. As Time Goes By (Andy Miller) won the first of the pacing races as the Captinatreacherous lass sat a pocket to another Cap'n filly in Cash Reward (Gingras) then sprinted by that rival with a 26.2 end to the 1:56.4 mile. The winner was bought by Willow Oak Ranch and Andy for $120,000 in Lexington from breeders Steve Stewart and Birch Hollow Farms. Joe Holloway has another top filly prospect in Zero Tolerance, a Heston Blue Chip $30,000 Lexington bargain that won impressively again, this time in 1:54.2 / 26.3 in hand to Dave Miller. She set friendly fractions, fought off a hard rush from Hurrikane Norakane around the final bend then kept Izzy Hanover (Scott Zeron) and Treacherous Reign (Bret Miller) at bay late. Zero Tolerance is a Winbak bred, owned by Val D'Or Farms and Ted Gewertz. Dave Miller came back to win with Mi Nina Bonita next, cutting the mile and holding off Odds On Clearwater (Zeron) and Michelon's Filly (Marcus Miller) through a 28.1 end to the 1:56.4 mile. Robbie Siegelman trains the $7,000 Harrisburg bargain for himself, Horowitz and Vasquez, Barry Rubenstein Farms bred her. Several colts with Hambletonian aspirations were in qualifiers today and the enigmatic Tactical Landing made a large stride in that direction for Jimmy Takter with a 1:53.1 win over another legitimate prospect in Met's Hall (Andy Miller). Celebrity Express (Dewayne Minor) went along quickly on the lead and it was mid-stretch before the pair of sophomore colts reached him, trotting official 27 final quarters to get by that rival with Tactical Landing holding off Met's Hall close by just over a length while in hand. Tae Kwon Deo made his first start state-side for Takter a winning one with an easy 1:57 effort. He comes with strong credentials from Lufti Kolgjini's stable in Sweden and was the winner of the Swedish Breeders Crown. The Muscle Hill colt was sent to Takter with the Hambletonian targeted. Complete results may be viewed on the web. Live racing resumes at The Meadowlands tonight at 7:15 pm with The Summer Wine Festival on the bill with 11 races. by Nick Salvi, for the Meadowlands

Manalapan, NJ --- Trainer Scott DiDomenico got his first look at a new addition to his stable during Monday's (June 18) qualifiers for 2-year-olds at Gaitway Farm while trainer Ron Burke got his final look at a number of horses that will soon begin their racing careers. Both were pleased. DiDomenico's newcomer was 2-year-old female pacer So Awesome, who won her qualifier in 1:56.4 with Tim Tetrick in the sulky. So Awesome was purchased by Bill Hartt on June 13 following a qualifying win at Saratoga in 1:57.4 for former owner-trainer Tony Ciuffetelli. So Awesome is a daughter of So Surreal out of Teddy Ballgirl. "She looks like she's pretty good," DiDomenico said. "To this point it looks like she's got a shot to be special. We haven't done much with her, but everything she's done has been professional. So far so good. Hopefully I don't mess her up. It was a good first step." Burke had eight winners among the 11 races for the 2-year-olds. Three from the Burke Brigade picked up their second wins of the three-week qualifying sessions at Gaitway -- male pacers De Los Cielos Deo and Semi Tough as well as female pacer Warrawee Ubeaut. De Los Cielos Deo, a son of Captaintreacherous out of Lisjune, won in 1:52.3. Purchased for $140,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale, he is a half-brother to Dan Patch Award-winner I Luv The Nitelife and is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Larry Karr, J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby, and the Weaver Bruscemi partnership. Semi Tough, by Somebeachsomewhere out of Jan It Jackson, won by 12 lengths in 1:53.4. The colt, who was purchased for $115,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale, is owned by Burke Racing, Frank Baldachino, J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby, and Weaver Bruscemi. His family includes stakes-winner Sunshine Beach. Warrawee Ubeaut, a daughter of Sweet Lou out of Great Memories, paced her mile in 1:54.3. She was a $70,000 purchase at the Lexington Selected Sale and is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Phil Collura, J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby, and the Weaver Bruscemi partnership. She is a half-sister to O'Brien Award-winning millionaire Warrawee Needy. Burke's remaining winners among 2-year-olds were male pacer Warrawee Unique, female pacer Typhoon, male trotter Cheap Tricks, and female trotters Atonement and Fade Into You. Warrawee Unique, by Sweet Lou out of Queen Fourteen, won in 1:54. Purchased for $160,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale, she is owned by Burke Racing, Crawford Farms, J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby, and Weaver Bruscemi. His family includes 2010 Metro Pace winner Mystician and Ontario stars Camystic and Lucks Mistress. Typhoon, by A Rocknroll Dance out of Hallie Gallie, won in 1:57.2. She was purchased for $100,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale and is owned by Bill Donovan. Typhoon's second dam is Dan Patch Award-winner Galleria, who is the dam of stakes-winners Gallie Bythe Beach and Western Gallie. Cheap Tricks, by Trixton out of Maud Blue Chip, won in 1:58.1 for owners Burke Racing, Collura, J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby, and Weaver Bruscemi. She was purchased for $65,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale. Fade Into You, by Cantab Hall out of Fortunes Of Fables, won in 1:56.4. She is owned by Burke Racing, Collura, J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby, and Weaver Bruscemi and was purchased for $65,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale. Her family includes stakes-winners Flawless Bluestone and Feed Your Head. Atonement, by Father Patrick out of Swan Hot Mama, won in 2:00. Bred by Diamond Creek Farm, she is owned by Diamond Creek Racing. She is a half-sister to stakes-winner Repentance. Her family also includes stakes-winner Swan For All and Swan In A Million. "For our better ones, this was it," Burke said about the qualifiers. "They might start in an overnight, but a lot of them will go to stakes right off this. "De Los Cielos Deo is probably as good a colt as we've had in a long time. I also thought Semi Tough was very impressive today and Fade Into You, (Warrawee) Ubeaut and (Warrawee) Unique were very good too. For Unique, that was good. His first start (a sixth-place finish) was disappointing; that was totally out of character. We've always thought he was just a step below De Los, and even here they were starting to think it was a tossup. We're thrilled." The day's remaining two winners among 2-year-olds came from the stable of trainer Julie Miller, who won with female trotter Ev's Girl and male trotter No Drama Please. Ev's Girl, by Crazed out of Lindys Lullaby, won in 1:58.4. She is owned by Andy Miller Stable, Harvey Eisman and Little E LLC and was purchased for $29,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale. She also won a qualifier on June 4. No Drama Please, by Trixton out of Female Drama, won in 1:57.4. He is owned by Stroy Inc. and was purchased for $54,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale. Trainer Tom Fanning, who like Burke, DiDomenico and Miller is based at Gaitway, sent out his entire group of four 2-year-olds for their debuts on Monday, with female pacer Trillions Hanover (Somebeachsomewhere-Tutu Hanover) losing by a nose to Typhoon and female pacer Unspoken Promise (Somebeachsomewhere-Pucker Up) losing by a neck to So Awesome after leading for nearly the entire mile with Andy Miller in the sulky. "They all went good," Fanning said. "We don't train them in (1):56 before these races, they all went about (2):01. They all paced good. Andy really liked Unspoken Promise. She opened up by like seven (lengths) and got lost on the lead. She was kind of waiting for someone to come up on her. "We'll probably go to (Harrah's Philadelphia) next week (to qualify) and then they'll go in a race depending on how they come out of it. There's not a lot of stress here, a little bit of a home-court advantage. It's just another day for them." Food and refreshments were provided during the three weeks of qualifying at Gaitway Farm by sponsors Colts Neck Equine, Cunningham & Cunningham Equine Insurance, Deo Volente Farms, Dey Equine Veterinarians, Fair Winds Farm, Freehold Raceway, Goshen Yearling Sale, Heritage Hill Farm, Meadowlands Racetrack, Northwood Bloodstock, Preferred Equine, SBOA-NJ, Southwind Farms, Tattersalls, TrotPac, Walnridge Farm, and Wedgewood Pharmacy. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA 

CHESTER PA - Some very nice babies were on display during a morning session at Harrah's Philadelphia on Tuesday. The barns of Noel Daley and Jim Campbell were especially hot, sending out four and three, respectively, winning freshmen. Among the highlights: The Somebeachsomewhere colt Union Station, named for bluegrass musician Alison Krauss's band, made sweet music while stopping the timer in 1:54.4, tying him with Captain Malicious as the fastest two-year-old to date on a 5/8-mile track (all season's records as of Monday night). David Miller was in the sulky for trainer Joe Holloway. The standard for baby pacing fillies was lowered to 1:56.3 by the Captaintreacherous miss Sea Princess, who came home in 56.1 to win for driver George Dennis and trainer Joe Columbo. Staying on the pacing side, the Somebeachsomewhere colt V O Joe did not set a season's mark with a 1:58.4 triumph, but coming his own last back fractions in 55.3 - 26.4 after an uncovered journey marks him as one to watch for driver Brett Miller and trainer Sam DePinto. On the trotting side, the Possess The Will colt Windchill Fashion blew home in 2:00.2, making him the fastest colt in his division so far and tying filly Measuredperfection for fastest mile over an "f"-sized track by a two-year-old. Tim Tetrick handled sulky duties for trainer Jim Campbell. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

East Rutherford, NJ - Breakfast With The Babies (BWTB) Saturday morning were sponsored by Jules Siegel's Fashion Farm was conducted under perfect conditions on a clear, windless morning with temperatures in the 70's. The Meadowlands racetrack was rated as fast. The Captaintreacherous colts were on display in a big way this morning as a half dozen well-bred colts from his exciting first crop purchased last fall by Myron Bell's consortium and trained by Tony Alagna positioned themselves on a course to advance the legacy of their champion sire and they did him proud. Shipshape (Brett Miller) was the first to go in race six, was sent right to the front and faced no opposition as he cruised the oval in 1:54.2 home in 27 seconds in hand. The sharp looking Brittany Farms bred from Fresh Idea was a $175,000 Lexington purchase by Brittany, Marvin Katz, Brad Grant and Captain Trevor Racing. Captain Ahab (Yannick Gingras) went virtually the same mile in the 7th, just a tick faster as he finished the mile in 1:54 flat. He rolled off similar numbers and finished well in hand, holding two other "Captaian" colts followed him across the wire with Odds On Boca Raton (Scott Zeron) second and Waterway (B. Miller) third. All three are sons of Captaintreacherous and trained by Alagna and Captain Ahab's owners are listed as Brittany Farms, Brad Grant, Vinnie Barbera and Captain Ahab Racing who paid $100,000 for him in Lexington. Brittany Farms bred this colt as well. US Captain closed the day on a high note for the team as he held challengers on both sides at bay through a 27.1 end to a 1:55.2 mile. Gingras moved US Captain to the front as they passed the half in 59.4, faced a stern rush from another "Captain" in Latissimus Hanover (Tetrick) through a 28.2 third panel then put that rival away and held Caviart Rockland (Marcus Johansson) off up the inside through the final strides. US Captain is from the champion mare American Jewel and was also bred by Brittany who retains a piece of the colt with partners Brad Grant, Joe Barbera and US Captain Racing. He was a $180,000 Lexington yearling purchase. Trainer Joe Holloway also had a huge day with three impressive winners, all driven by Hall of Famer David Miller. Trixton also impressed as the first crop sire and 2014 Hambletonian winner sired a few winners including Battenberg, a colt from Coffeecake Hanover who wowed the crowd with a 1:55.4 mile where he was in front by 10 to 15 lengths the entire way. He snapped from the gate quickly for David Miller and had 10 on the field by the 28.1 quarter, continued through the half in 57.1 and 1:26.4 three quarters before coasting home in 29 to win by 13 lengths. Holloway trains Battenberg for Crawford Farms and Val D'Or Farms who gave $210,000 for him at last fall's Standardbred Horse Sale in Harrisburg. Millstream Stable bred the colt. Joe also sent out a Heston Blue Chip filly by the name of Zero Tolerance who zipped around the oval in 1:53.3 with an ultra-impressive 26.3 final quarter, absolutely flying in late stretch for Miller. She is a Winbak Farms bred $30,000 Lexington Select Sale purchase by Val D'Or Farms and Ted Gewertz. Trotting fillies opened the card and the Starita, also by Trixton was a convincing 1:58.2 winner for Miller. Starita went right to the front, set comfortable fractions and sprinted home in 27.4 under her own power. Mimi'spearloflindy (Mattias Melander) was second. Holloway trains the $50,000 (LEX Select) Brittany Farms bred filly for owners Val D'Or Farms and Gewertz. Speed Titan, by another exciting first crop sire in EL Titan, was an easy 1:58.1 winner for Marcus Melander in race 2. She followed along behind Taja Mahala (Chuck Connor) as that one cruised through a 1:00.3 half and 1:29.3 three quarters before Melander tipped her out and she charged by that rival to win by a widening five lengths. Taja Mahalla held for second. Speed Titan was a $50,000 (LEX Select) buy for Rick Wahlstedt from breeder Kjell Andersen. Melander came right back in the third with the $225,000 (LEX Select) Muscle Hill colt Gerry, who cut the mile and moved away from the competition with a 28.1 end to his 1:57.3 mile. Osterc (Yannick Gingras) sat behind throughout and finished second. Gerry was bred by KG Bertmark and is owned by Svensk Reklamfinans AB. Live racing tonight with an 11 race card beginning at around 7:15 pm with Justify chasing the Triple Crown in the Belmont at 7:00 pm. by Nick Salvi, for The Meadowlands

The first of what should be many harness racing winners from the great Sombeachsomewhere stallion Captaintreacherous is De Los Cielos Deo from the Deo Volente broodmare Lisjune a sister to Lis Mara and dam of champion I LUv The Nitelife . De Los Cielos Deo is thus a half brother to I Luv The Nitelife. In his first baby race at Gaitway Farms on Monday, De Los Cielos Deo got away fourth authoritatively brushed past the leaders around the final turn to win in hand in 1:56.4 becoming the first 2-year-old winner for his sire Captaintreacherous.  Deo Volente Farms is a shareholder in the stallion Captaintreacherous.    

MILTON, ON -  June 5, 2018 - Woodbine Mohawk Park is pleased to offer a special owners' breakfast during baby races on Saturday, June 9. Connections of two-year-olds taking part in baby races this season at Woodbine Mohawk Park are invited to the complimentary hot breakfast. Food and drinks will be available beginning at 9 a.m. in the Terrace Dining Room buffet and connections are welcome to sit outside on the Mohawk Harvest Kitchen patio to watch the qualifiers. Baby races begin at 10 a.m. A variety of items, including scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, home fries, pancakes, coffee, tea and juices, will be offered during the breakfast. Program pages for the baby races will also be available. Owners looking for more information regarding the breakfast or any other issues are welcome to contact Megan Walker, Manager of Racing, through e-mail at mwalker@woodbineentertainment.com. Captain's Court ready for game-changing season Captaintreacherous, a winner of $3.1 million with a mark of 1:47.1, made an immense impact on the sport during his incredible racing career and now the two-time US Pacer of the Year is ready to rock the industry again. The first-crop of Captaintreacherous two-year-olds have started rolling out in baby race action over the last few days at The Meadowlands and Gaitway Farm. The title of first Captaintreacherous son or daughter to achieve a mark in qualifying action was captured by Ron Burke trainee De Los Cielos Deo on Monday morning at Gaitway Farm. A $140,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase, De Los Cielos Deo charged home in :27, after moving first-up from fourth on the final-turn, to win in 1:56.4. The bay colt is the sixth-foal from Camluck mare Lisjune and a half-brother to I Luv The Nitelife ($1.9 million, 1:48.4). De Los Cielos Deo is owned by the prominent group of Burke Racing Stable LLC, Karr, Silva’s, Purnel, Libby and Weaver & Bruscemi. As of June 4, 2018, a total of five Captaintreacherous two-year-olds have qualified and two-more are currently entered to debut Tuesday at Harrah’s Philadelphia. The Captain’s Court ownership group is eager for this upcoming season and not only for their own ‘Captain’ rookies, but for the various breeders, owners and trainers of Captaintreacherous’ offspring. A super-talented equine athlete, Captaintreacherous captured numerous classic events, including winning the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup, Hempt Memorial and Meadowlands Pace all in the span of five-weeks. A game-changer on the track, Captaintreacherous is poised to do the same in his current career and make an immediate impact with the latest generation of pacer. Breeders, owners, trainers, fans and racing participants can follow all of Captaintreacherous’ two-year-olds throughout the summer by following Captain’s Court on Twitter.  by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment

Manalapan, NJ --- Julie Miller could smile after watching a group of her 2-year-old pacers and trotters qualify for the first time Monday (June 4) at Gaitway Farm. "I think we had one hiccup and everything else went OK," said Miller, who sent out 14 horses in the day's 11 races for 2-year-olds. "You can't complain. I wanted them to be behind the gate, be handy, do what you ask them to do; all of them were really nice in that respect. That made us happy. "When they all have a good experience you're just really happy with the day." Two-year-olds from the stable of trainer Ron Burke dominated the entries, with 33. All totaled, Miller and Burke sent out 47 of the 55 rookies that competed during the day. Action was delayed from starting for more than an hour because of heavy rain that fell overnight and into the early morning. "Luckily, Gaitway got the track ready to go and we got it accomplished today," Miller said. Miller's winners were female trotters French Cafe (Father Patrick-Creamy Mimi) in 1:58.4, Ev's Girl (Crazed-Lindys Lullaby) in 1:58.4, and Special Honor (Father Patrick-Honor Thy Daughter) in 1:58.3 along with male trotters Soul Strong (Father Patrick-Sheer Soul) in 1:57.4 and Prospect Hill (Muscle Hill-Louise Kemp) in 1:58.3. French Cafe, a half-sister to stakes-winner French Laundry, is owned by breeders Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld. Ev's Girl, the first foal out of Lindys Lullaby, is owned by Andy Miller Stable, Harvey Eisman and Little E LLC. Special Honor, whose second dam is Dan Patch Award-winner Honorable Daughter, is owned by breeders Brittany Farms, Katz and Libfeld. Soul Strong, a half-brother to stakes-winner Designed To Be, is owned by Stable Why Not while Prospect Hill, the first foal out of Louise Kemp, is owned by Stroy Inc. Burke's winners were male pacers De Los Cielos Deo (Captaintreacherous-Lisjune) in 1:56.4 and World On Edge (Roll With Joe-Inanotherworld) in 1:55 along with female pacer Sylph Hanover (Somebeachsomewhere-She's A Fan) in 1:57. De Los Cielos Deo, a half-brother to Dan Patch Award-winner I Luv The Nitelife, is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Larry Karr, J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby, and the Weaver Bruscemi partnership. World On Edge, whose family includes two-time Dan Patch Award-winner Worldly Beauty, is owned by Burke Racing, Joseph DiScala Jr., J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby, and Adriano Sorella. Sylph Hanover, a half-sister to stakes-winner Shakai Hanover, is owned by Burke Racing, William Switala, James Martin, and Joseph Critelli. In addition, Burke's female pacer Sweet Chrome (Sweet Lou-Camille) finished second by a nose in 1:55.1 to 3-year-old female pacer Ideal Life. Two of the qualifiers for the 2-year-olds included one 3-year-old; the other was won by 3-year-old female pacer I Will Do It, with Shawn Vallee's 2-year-old Devious Delight (Bettor's Delight-In A Whisper) second in 1:59. "Overall, I wasn't happy with mine as a group," Burke said. "There were a couple highlights, but overall I would say they were just average at best. I don't know if the track was off, or it was just the first time out. De Los Cielos Deo, Sylph Hanover, World On Edge; they looked good and finished alertly. I'm looking for horses that don't look tired at the wire. We'll see." The remaining qualifier for the 2-year-olds was won by Joe Holloway-trained male pacer Union Station (Somebeachsomewhere-Hit The Curb) in 1:57.3. The colt, whose family includes New Jersey Sire Stakes champion Lookinforadventure, is owned by Val D'Or Farms, Rojan Stables, and Ted Gewertz. "He went fine," Holloway said. "I didn't think we were going to get to go today. At 5 o'clock this morning it was still raining. The track crew did a good job. "I was happy. He's been training down good. I took four to the Meadowlands on Saturday, and don't have enough help to take more, so we had a couple here. It's good that we can do it here, but I like shipping them and giving them the whole experience, being in the paddock and everything; it's just like training them here. But it's good for them. Hopefully we'll go on from here." Complete charts for all the qualifying races can be found at this link. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA   

TheStable.ca purchased the first-ever Captaintreacherous yea‎rling sold at public auction during the harness racing Goshen Yearling Sale in Middletown, NY on Sept. 10.   Captain Miraculous (Hip #35) is a ‎bay colt out of the Camluck mare Please Me Please, a winner of $756,238. She is the dam of 7 winners, including the Rocknroll Hanover youngsters Rockin Finish ($536,247), Rock Me Please ($463,892) and Rockin Wizard ($390,333).  The hammer fell at $35,000 USD.  All three of TheStable.ca's acquisitions at the Goshen Sale were consigned by Cameo Hills Farm‎. Screaming Hawk (Hip #46) is an Angus Hall son that sold for $10,000 USD and Casanova's Jewel (Hip #58) is a Muscle Massive colt that sold for $5,500 USD. Including today's purchases, TheStable.ca has acquired 11 yearlings this fall for its clients. The Ohio Select Sale is next on September 16. To get involved with thestable.ca email Anthony@thestable.ca or message him at (519)4004263. TheStable.ca is a fractional racehorse ownership enterprise created by Anthony and Amy MacDonald in 2015. To date, there are 302 clients spread across six countries‎ in TheStable.ca.  For full sale results click on this link.

Captaintreacherous p2, 1:49.2; p3, 1:47.1 ($3,148,657), both the richest and fastest son of champion harness racing sire Somebeachsomewhere, will be available to ‘Down Under’ breeders this season via frozen semen from Empire Stallions in Victoria. A magnificent individual standing 16.1 hands, World Champion Captaintreacherous is without question one of the best-bred, best-performed sires ever to be available in the Southern Hemisphere. Captaintreacherous may have been a $250,000 yearling purchase, but the price turned out to be a bargain as he earned $3.14 million winning 23 races during his sensational race career. This brilliant, young stallion stands at the famed Hanover Shoe Farms in Pennsylvania where he has served two consecutive full books of the best mares in North America. He was named the US and Canadian 2YO of the Year and 3YO of the Year in 2012 & 2013 and he is the only horse besides Niatross and Bret Hanover to accomplish back-to-back All-Age Pacer of the Year awards at both 2 and 3. As a two-year-old Captaintreacherous won eight of his 10 starts for $918,253 and gained immortality as the first juvenile of all-time to post four sub 1:50 winning miles. He took his two-year-old record of 1:49.2 equalling the stakes record in the $1-million Metro Pace at Mohawk Raceway in which he defeated Apprentice Hanover and Odds On Equulus after being 8 lengths back at the 800 metre pole. He also won an elimination of the Metro in 1:49.3 the previous week. His other notable victories at 2 were the $309,050 Woodrow Wilson in 1:49.3 by an impressive 10-1/4 lengths in a stakes and track record, the $109,206 Nassagaweya in 1:51.3, divisions of the Bluegrass (1:51.3) and International Stallion Stake (1:50.3) and an elimination of the Breeders Crown in 1:50 by 3-3/4 lengths. As a three-year-old Captaintreacherous was in a class of his own. This superstar won 13 of his 16 starts and banked a massive $2,055,033, winning the four richest events on the race calendar – the $1 Million North America Cup in 1:48.3, the $635,750 Meadowlands Pace in 1:48.1 by 3-1/4 lengths, the $500,000 Breeders Crown in 1:49.2 and the $500,000 Hempt Memorial in 1:49.2. The ‘Captain’ also captured the $360,000 Cane Pace in 1:49.2, the $256,000 American National in 1:49, the $215,500 Tattersall’s Pace in 1:47.2 and a $95,500 division of the  Bluegrass at Lexington in a sizzling lifetime mark of 1:47.1. Trained by Tony Alagna and driven by Tim Tetrick, Captaintreacherous is one of only a handful of horses to amass earnings of over $2 million in a single season and over $3 million lifetime. With only 4 crops of racing age, the Captain’s sire Somebeachsomewhere (1:46.4), has proven himself as one of the most influential sires in the pacing world today. In North America Beach is already the sire of 32 in 1:50, 131 winners of over $100,000, 4 Millionaires, winners of over $45 Million, numerous World Champions and is a leading sire of both 2 & 3 year-olds in North America and Australia. Worldly Treasure (2, 1:53.1), the dam of Captaintreacherous, is a 100% producer by Artsplace and is a full sister to the World Champion racemare Worldly Beauty (1:49.3), winner of $1.9-million and the 2YO and 3YO Filly of her year. Worldly Treasure is out of World Order 1:53 (dam of seven in 2:00), by Nihilator from Rodine Hanover, by Big Towner. This is the family of successful sires Art Major, Perfect Art, Romeo Hanover, etc. Dr Bridgette Jablonsky, the farm manager of Hanover, said: “The ‘Captain’ has it all, great performance on the racetrack, great courage, a fantastic pedigree and perhaps most important of all, he’s gorgeous and correct. He is passing these traits on to his first crop of foals who are just absolutely stunning.” His frozen semen is available in Australia for $10,000 including GST and in New Zealand $10,000 plus GST, payable by April 1, 2017. By Peter Wharton

Former US pacer Johny Rock started his harness racing career competing against the best juveniles in North America.  He raced in the 2013 Meadowlands Pace behind Captaintreacherous and after being purchased by an Australasian syndicate made his way to New Zealand to be trained by Graham and Paul Court. The son of Rocknroll Hanover has had eight starts across the Tasman and has been placed four times with a third behind Vice Chairman in 1:51.9 the pick of his runs.  On Saturday night Johny Rock will have his first Australian start when he steps out in a heat of the Carousel at Tabcorp Park Menangle. Paul Court arrived in Sydney on Wednesday in preparation for the weekend and is interested to see how Johny Rock competes in Australian conditions. “I think he is going to be better suited in Australia than he has been back in New Zealand. There tends to be genuine speed in the races in Australia and that is probably because the drivers in New Zealand are a little more conservative,” Court said. “The horse has come a long way since he has arrived in New Zealand, he had a bit of an attitude and had to adjust a great deal to our style of racing which has taken some time but I’m happy with the transition he has made.” Johny Rock needed to learn to relax in his races on arrival. “He just wanted to run his rivals ragged when he first got here and that didn’t suit the racing pattern so he needed to learn to sit in and peel off a 26 second final quarter rather than just running flat chat and getting home in 28. “It might come as a bit of a surprise to a few who don’t know the horse that well but he is a great stayer and I’m sure we will see the best of him in Australia.” Saturday night’s race makes for an interesting comparison.  Johny Rock has banked $405,653 while his rivals combined have won $311,256. “He is only assessed C3 in Australia so he does look well placed and has drawn well but he will probably be lacking a little bit of race fitness. He will be at his best when he can race week to week which will definitely be available in Sydney.” “I’m not sure how long we will stay over for, we will play it by ear. It probably all depends on how he is racing because if he is going well and handling the conditions then it makes sense to stay.”  Greg Hayes

Brittany Farms has added world champion Shebestingin, whose 1:47 victory in a $122,500 Glen Garnsey Memorial division in 2013 at The Red Mile is the fastest mile ever by a female pacer, to its broodmare band. Brittany has purchased the interest in the mare owned by L & L DeVisser and Ted Gewertz. Val d'Or Farms retains its ownership position in the mare. Shebestingin is by Bettor's Delight and is out of the Abercrombie mare Armbro Tussle. She will be bred to Captaintreacherous this spring. "This gives Brittany the fastest 3-year-old filly of all time and the former fastest 2-year-old filly of all time in American Jewel," said Brittany manager Art Zubrod in making the announcement. "Lee DeVisser told me he was thrilled that Shebestingin is going to Brittany because she will be given the best opportunity as a broodmare. Also, we've been partners with Val d'Or Farms for more than 20 years, so this is a great partnership." It was announced earlier in the week that Shebestingin had been retired from racing. Trained by Joe Holloway, the 5-year-old mare had finished second in an overnight on Friday, March 6, at the Meadowlands. She completes her racing career with 18 wins in 36 starts and $759,522 in earnings. Steven Wolf Director of North American and European Operations      

The game of musical chairs involving stallions moving from one state or country to another for the 2015 season is just about over. And the same goes for stud fee adjustments. Here’s a rundown of what has transpired thus far. It was just announced that fourteen-year-old Western Terror, a grandson of Delinquent Account and full brother to BC and Messenger winner If I Can Dream, will relocate within Pennsylvania at a reduced rate. He moves to Nandi Farms and will command a $5,500 stud fee, $2,000 less than last year. More Western Terror offspring were sold in Lexington than from any other stallion, but more isn’t always better. The 41 yearling consignment brought an average a shade over $15,000. Lots of red ink there. Tomy Terror (sic), Hall Of Terror and Do Your Job were his best young offspring in 2014. Up The Credit, the richest son of gyno-centric Western Terror, will take another shot at the stallion game in 2015. The seven-year-old NA Cup winner, who mined the low to middle NW class at Mohawk until mid-summer, first stood at Seelster Farms in Ontario for $5,000 in 2012. It wasn’t long before he was back racing. He’ll now be offered for $3,000 at Casimir Farm in Ontario. Six-year-old Heston Blue Chip, 2012 Dan Patch winner, and five-year-old Sunfire Blue Chip will be the first high profile sons of American Ideal to embark on stallion careers. Neither one of them lived up to their colt promise in the aged ranks; Heston won four races and earned $216,000 in 2014, while Sunfire won five and banked $168,000. Heston will stand for $4,500 at Winbak, New York and Sunfire will get $4,000 (Cdn.) at Tara Hills. Twenty-year-old Dragon Again, who now resides in Ohio, has a penchant for producing hard hitting pacers that last a long time, but he has no record as a sire of sires. His son Aracache, who ground out $1.7 million in six years of racing, will stand at Ivy Lane Farm in Indiana for $2,500. Seventeen-year-old Real Desire, the sire of Tell All and State Treasurer, will also stand at Ivy Lane in 2015. He moves from Midland Acres, where he sported a $5,000 fee. He now stands for $3,500. Lots of fee reductions for lower end stallions this year. The Well Said four-year-old Tellitlikeitis, who didn’t earn enough to be covered by Gural’s stallion rule, will also stand in Indiana, at Victory Hill Farm for $3,000. So, Indiana, which hit the lottery with Always A Virgin and Rockin Image, doesn’t get a whole lot in the way of reinforcements. The latter two stallions remained at $4,000 and $3,500, respectively. Ohio, which was already bursting at the seams, found room for a few more. The casinos in the Buckeye state are the best job plan in NA for Standardbreds. Uncle Peter, a son of Cantab Hall, will be the most expensive trotting stallion in the state at $6,000. Fifteen-year-old Broadway Hall, still one more expatriate from Pennsylvania, will stand at Midland Acres for $5,000. That’s a third less than he was getting last year. And 2015 BC winner Rockin Amadeus will stand at Cool Winds Farm in Ohio for $3,500. Western Vintage, who only won once at three after showing much promise during his freshman campaign, will stand at Abby Stables in Ohio for $3,500. Mister Big, who failed to impress in Ontario, will also be at Abby. He stood for $4.500 at Tara Hills in Ontario last year, but will only get $2,500 in 2015. Jurgen Hanover, the Credit Winner five-year-old who looked like a budding star early in his sophomore season, also goes to Abby, for $2,500. What’s their motto, “Give us your wretched castoffs”?  Along the same lines, Hypnotic Blue Chip, who was retired to Fashion Farms at a $5,000 fee in 2012 and drew little interest, is back for another try. The nine-year-old son of Art Major will stand in Indiana for $2,500.  Wishing Stone leaves Deo Volente in New Jersey, where he stood for $5,000, for Sugar Valley Farm in Ohio, where he’ll get $4,500. Trixton will take his place in New Jersey for a $12,000 fee. And of course Father Patrick will serve a one year residency at Walnridge Farm in New Jersey, at a hefty $30,000 per. Archangel, who stood in New York for $4,000 in 2013, but drew so little interest that he returned to the track this past year, makes another run as a stallion at Winbak Canada for $4,500 (Cdn.). Betterthancheddar also relocates to Winbak Canada from New York. As is the case with just about all of the repositioned stallions, his fee takes a 22% hit, dropping from $4,500 to $3,500. Sportswriter made a splash in the Ontario Sire Stakes and saw his fee jump 38% to $6,500 (Cdn.) Kadabra’s fee has been cut 20% to $12,000 (US). E L Titan will stand for $8,000 and race as well. Ten-year-old Crazed returns to New York from Pennsylvania. He stood for $6,000 at Hanover in 2013, $4,000 in 2014 and is back up to $5,000 at Blue Chip in 2015. Gural Hanover and Crazy Wow were very good in the NYSS last year and Tirade Hanover is racing very well right now. Lucky Chucky, who didn’t overwhelm us with his first crop, had his fee reduced 20% to $6,000 for 2015. Chapter Seven, whose first crop sells this year, had his fee dropped a thousand dollars to $7,500 for 2015. Twenty-year-old Artiscape drops 20% to $4,000. The high priced stuff goes to Pennsylvania, where Captaintreacherous and Sweet Lou both have full books--$15,000 for The Captain and half that much for Lou. One bright spot in Pennsylvania is Muscle Massive jumping 20% to $7,500 off first crop performances by Gatka Hanover and Speak To Me. Twenty-one-year-old Yankee Glide, who has struggled of late, had his fee dropped from $12,500 to $10,000. Still, $15,000 is lower than folks expected The Captain to slot in at prior to his unsuccessful four-year-old campaign. Modest increases for Sportswriter, Muscle Massive and Crazed don’t a positive trend make. Father Patrick will get $30,000, but that’s for an abbreviated book and many of those bookings are for syndicate members. Somebeachsomewhere had his fee dropped $5,000 to $25,000 and his book is still open. Muscle Hill’s fee is unpublished. Maybe he went up. Overall, the trend is not positive. by Joe FitzGerald for http://viewfromthegrandstand.blogspot.com/

It was like being on the set of a Hollywood movie, many of harness racing’s biggest stars all in one place. The sights, the sounds were all so fascinating, all more magical than my wildest dreams! I was in a state of true awe and pure joy, I was actually here for the first time at the Meadowlands Racetrack! It was genuinely thoughtful and kind hearted of the Meadowlands to invite me down for the Fourth of July weekend.  On the Friday as my parents and I walked through the doors I was speechless, there was so much to see and I did not want to miss a single moment of the action. I was afraid to blink, worried I might miss something, it was as though I was stepping into another world and little did I know I really was. I could feel an overwhelming sense of true enthusiasm and it felt as though I was exactly where I belonged. Everyone was so genuinely kind to me and made me feel welcome and that is a feeling I will never forgot. A gentlemen name Gary greeted us at the door; from there I met Darin Zoccali who was a big part of making this trip happen. I also met Ken Warkentin and Bob “Hollywood” Heyden on the set of their show and that was an amazing experience. All I wanted was to see the track, but my mom reminded me of our reservations in Trotters which I was also excited for. As we walked in and took our seats, I was still trying to wrap my head around where I was and the day’s events. I had the once in a lifetime opportunity to see some of racing’s top horses up close, all of which I had watched race on the computer, and now I had the unforgettable moments of telling them how pretty or handsome they are.  I got to get up and close and personal with Somwhereovrtherainbow, Shebestingin, Market Share, and Captaintreacherous!   Along with the people who make them the great racehorses that they are were Linda Toscano, Shelly Grieco and Joe Holloway. While visiting Alagna Racing and Captaintreacherous at Gaitway Farms, Mr. [Tony] Alagna  gave me a gift certificate for Big Dee’s Tack and Vet Supplies so I could get some more pink tack for Pinky! I got to give Captaintreacherous carrots, the only word to describe that experience is unforgettable.  Captaintreacherous is the biggest and most majestic animal I have ever seen, he had this presence of power about him, and that has forever left a lasting impression on me. After eating some really good food and seeing and chatting to some friends it was time to see the track and watch some races! I was in total disbelief; here I was sitting along the rail of the Meadowlands Racetrack! I had this feeling of honor just looking at it`, this is where the champions raced both horses and drivers. While I was starring at the track in awe and looking at my program, my mom said to me, “who do like in the 7th race?”  As I scanned the page looking at the contenders for the 7th race, my mom leaned over and pointed to the top of the page and it read ‘Sydney Weaver’s Big M Debut’. I was in shock, to see that was spectacular and something I was not expecting. Although I knew that tomorrow I would make the presentation for the 2014 Hambletonian Maturity Trot along with members of the Hambletonian Society, which was a true honor for me. As the races were called to post my heart raced with excitement, I still could not believe that I was at the Meadowlands.  I watched the horses go by one by one, seeing the horses and their drivers’ parade was just ‘wow’ for me. I had dreamt this moment a thousand times but to actually be along the rail was pretty incredible. I am in awe during any race but these ones made me really in awe.  Watching races on the computer of The Meadowlands never prepared me for the picturesque sight of the track and grandstand.   I lost track of time being in admiration of everything around me, and before I knew it was time for 7th race. I had never presented a trophy before and I felt special being able to present my first one at the Meadowlands! As the horses crossed the wire my dad and I headed to the Winner’s Circle! A gentleman named Paul whom I had met earlier that evening handed me the trophy, subconsciously I was a little nervous but I was too excited to notice the butterflies I was feeling.  After a very busy and exciting day with too many memories to even count, we headed back to our hotel. I was reviewing the day’s events in my mind, a lot of it seemed like a dream.  I looked to my mom and said, “Pinch me! I want to make sure I didn’t dream today and everything that happened was real!”  That night I fell asleep to the replaying of events that had taken place, so much had happened, all of which I did not want to forget.  Tomorrow would be just as busy and filled with even more memories and with that I nodded off to sleep. That morning I woke with excitement, it was Saturday and my parents and I were going to the baby races and I was super excited because champions like Perfect Alliance were going to qualify and 2-year-olds were prepping to become champions. When we arrived back at the Meadowlands I was just as wide eyed as the night before, we ate a quick delicious breakfast. It was quick because today was my final day here and I could eat later; besides all the excitement was taking over my appetite. When we finally reached the rail in the sizzling heat of the July sun, I found the perfect spot and never moved until the baby races and qualifiers were over. I learned was a really bad decision, I got a severe bad sunburn. Now this was a fault of my own; I only got sunburned because I was unwilling to miss a baby race to go inside and apply sunscreen even though my mom insisted, this became known as the ‘baby race burn.’ Back at our hotel, I was all excited for tonight. My mom put Aloe Vera on my sunburn. Even though it did not really bother me because I was counting down the hours until we would back at the track. The time finally came and as we walked through doors and I got that giddy feeling again. Tonight we were eating in a restaurant called Pink, and it was! The food in pink was delicious and I left feeling full!  We watched the races and I cheered for my friends, wishing winning trainers, drivers and owners congratulations as they passed me. Even some of my fellow Canadians were racing and I was glad I could be there to watch and cheer them on.  After watching the races in their entirety my mom, my dad and I headed up to the rooftop to watch the fireworks and see some of my friends. On our way up there we just happen to meet up with Doug McNair, and Jody Jamieson, and that was an unexpected surprise.   The firework show was simply mesmerizing and I was capturing their beauty with the bright lights of New York City in the background. The best part of it all was I was taking it all in surrounded by my friends and harness racing’s superstars and for me that was a memorable night filled with magic. That night I walked out of the doors with a heart filled with different emotions. It was a whirlwind of a trip, so much happened and everybody was so genuinely kind to me. The passion everyone had for horse racing down here was refreshing.  But at the same time I was a little sad because I was leaving and I did not know when I would be back.  I had created so many new friendships and so many memories, both will always be a part of who I am.  I was leaving for the Harness Racing Hall of Fame and Museum in the morning; but those adventures are for another day. A few months later a friend of mine, Mary Christopher, posted on my Facebook ‘Well little Miss Weaver... you best get packed because myself and your mother are taking you to the BREEDERS CROWN!  Have to watch my horse race and thought you would like to go watch Il Sogno Dreams.’ That is when I dropped my head into my hands and began to cry tears of pure happiness.  We were going to leave in only a few days and I could not wait! I only had three days of school left and they felt like the longest three days of school ever, because all I could think about was going back to the Meadowlands and the Breeders Crown! I got a little nervous a couple days before, Buffalo, New York got a wicked snow storm and this made me worry because I knew we crossed into Buffalo last time. This meant we would either have to cancel or leave earlier, I hoped it was the latter of the two. My mom and Mary had planned a route that would allow us to avoid the storm. It would take us longer but it would get us there and that is all that mattered. The night before we would start our journey to the Meadowlands I did not sleep. I was anticipating being back at the Meadowlands, replaying the big moments that I remember like it happened yesterday. I was listening just in case in the wee hours of the morning when my mom knocked on my bedroom door and told me to get ready because we were going to start driving. When my mom came in it was not too early, I had all the energy as if it were Christmas morning. The drive took about 10 hours, that night we relaxed in our hotel room. The next morning we went shopping! I got a new outfit to wear that night for dinner in pink! By the time we returned to the hotel it was time to get ready to go the Meadowlands! Walking through the doors of the Meadowlands again made me feel full of bliss, seeing my friends that I had not seen since July was wonderful, and I also met new ones.  Once again Gary greeted us at the door, and I asked him if Jason Settlemoir was available. He told me he was, and took us up to his office. I felt very special to be up in the office with, Jason and Mr. Jeff Gural. That night we three girls ate in Pink, and once again the food was excellent. After eating we went down to the rail and I found my spot, I was so happy to be back! The only way to describe how I was feeling was like returning home after a long time away! The races were still as heart stopping as they were in July.  I was here to witness the finals of the Breeders Crown and as they say, ‘It all comes down to Breeders Crown’ and here I was a part of the action!  The next day we went to the qualifiers, it made my heart skip a beat as we walked through the entrance of the paddock as I felt honored to be in the backstretch of the Meadowlands, as it was another memory that was wow for me! I got to meet the regal Golden Receiver, and the elegant Sebastian K who were both qualifying that day.  That night the races continued to be magnificent as usual, my friend who was kind enough to invite us down, had her horse, Il Songo Dreams  racing in the three-year-old colts and geldings division. As he stepped out on the track, all three of us became nervous and excited, all the way around we were hollering the loudest and jumping up and down. He raced tough and tried his hardest but finished seventh. All three of us were happy and proud of him, it did not matter where he finished, what matter was we had a great weekend. The Meadowlands is a special place to me, where my heart never beats normal, because it had either stopped because something unbelievable had happened or because I was so excited for something and it was beating out of my chest.  There will always be a lot of things that I will remember about the Meadowlands, but one thing that left a lasting impression was the enthusiasm the fans had for horse racing and how kind the people were to me and everyone made me feel special and that is something I will always hold  near and dear to my heart. I have so many wonderful memories, but not all of them made it into this story, and that does not mean they are any less important because I will always cherish all of them. Thank you to Darin, Jason and Mr. Gural for inviting for me down and for making the Meadowlands the wonderful place it is. Sydney Weaver is 14 years old and resides in Acton, Ontario, Canada. She has been involved with harness racing for years, grooms horses, jogs them on the track, owns a racehorse and has already won major youth writing awards. Sydney also has Cerebral Palsy, but has never let her disability hold her back from achieving her goals.

Captaintreacherous and Sweet Lou are the highest profile pacers retiring to the stallion ranks this year. They both head off to Pennsylvania. The Captain will command a $15,000 stud fee, double that of Lou. That’s $5,000 less than Captain T would have gotten if he retired at three and avoided the disastrous four-year-old campaign. His book is already full and closed. And Lou’s fee is $2,500 more than his up and down career would have warranted prior to his 2014 speed explosion. His soon to be fifteen-year-old sire, Yankee Cruiser, has yet to produce a credible stallion. The Captain’s new stablemate, his daddy, Somebeachsomewhere, is the only Hanover stallion to take a pay cut this year, as his fee dropped 17% to $25,000. This is the second time he has experienced a price reduction. Last time his fee went back up the following year. During his short stint at Hanover he has stood at various times for $15,000, $20,000, $25,000 and $30,000—there have been a few zigs and zags along the way. Pennsylvania will also be home to the most prestigious new trotting sire, Father Patrick. The son of Cantab Hall will do duel-duty at Diamond Creek Farm. His fee will be a rich $30,000 for a limited number of mares. Crazed, who was not well received during his two year stay at Hanover, heads back to Blue Chip Farm in New York at a 20% fee increase; he’ll stand for $5,000. Those buying for the PASS tended to discount his offspring. On the other hand, Gural Hanover and Crazy Wow had very successful seasons in the NYSS, while Tirade Hanover carried on in the aged ranks. Soon to be fifteen-year-old Broadway Hall is also moving out of Pennsylvania. The sire of Hambletonian winner, Broad Bahn, millionaire trotting mare, Action-Broadway, and the mercurial speedball, Cooler Schooner, was purchased from Fashion Farms by Global Farm of Sweden and will stand in the new “it place” for stallions—Ohio. He’ll be relieved to be out from under Cantab Hall, Andover Hall and Donato Hanover in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes program. Along the same lines, the pacing stallions in Pennsylvania won’t miss the peripatetic Bettor’s Delight, who will lead all pacing sires in earnings once again this year. He took a one-year hiatus from the turbulence in Ontario and will head back there now that a stable funding mechanism is in place. The back from the brink Ontario program also gets local favorite Betterthancheddar, who moves from Winbak New York to Winbak Canada. Tara Hills struck gold with Casie Coleman pupil Sportswriter last year; perhaps Cheddar can also succeed in the OSS program. He stood in New York for one year at a $4,500 fee and Winbak is knocking $1,000 off of that, bringing him to market at an attractive price point that is $1,500 less than Shadow Play and Big Jim and $2,500 less than Sportswriter. Archangel, who has movie star looks, speed to burn and a mighty thin resume also heads to Winbak Canada for $4,000. He covered 42 mares at Blue Chip in 2013 but the cold shoulder he got from New York breeders sent him back to the track where he only won twice this year, but a world record tying 1:50 mile in a Cashman elimination enhanced his desirability as a stallion. To this point his daddy Credit Winner hasn’t excelled as a sire of sires. The soon to be eighteen-year-old has produced Crazed, RC Royalty and Chocolatier. North America Cup winner Up The Credit, began his stallion career in 2012, when he stood at Seelster Farms for $5,000. That didn’t last long, as he returned to the track in the spring of that year. He’s been retired for a second time, and stands at Casimir Farm in Ontario for $3,000. He would be the first successful stallion by soon to be thirteen-year-old Western Terror. Mister Big, who met with little success in Ontario, has been relocated to Abby Stables in Ohio, where he will stand for $2,500, which is $2,000 less than he was available for in Canada. Abby has also added the highly regarded but chronically stymied Western Vintage to its roster for $3,500. And Running Brook will stand there for $2,000. Last year Midland Acres in Ohio added world champion Pet Rock, who is available for $6,000. There are no high profile pacing newcomers like him on the horizon this year. Although world champion Uncle Peter matches Pet Rock in the fee department, becoming the state’s highest priced trotting stallion at $6,000. He stands at Hickory Lane Farm. And Wishing Stone, the richest and fastest son of Conway Hall in North America, who did double duty for Deo Volente Farms in New Jersey this year, will stand at Sugar Valley for $4,500—that’s $500 less than his 2014 fee. There isn’t much happening in the way of new stallions in Indiana. Of course Always A Virgin has drawn lots of attention to the program during the last three years and Rockin Image just impressed us with his first crop. The latter’s Well Said half-brother, Tellitlikeitis, who won an elimination to the NA Cup but not much else, will be standing in Indiana in 2015 for $3,000. And a full brother to Rockin Image, Rockin Amadeus, who knocked off Captain T in the BC at two, will stand in Ohio for $3,500. Kikikatie is making her presence felt. In one of the more curious moves in the breeding realm, Trixton will stand at Deo Volente Farms in New Jersey for $12,000. Muscle Hill began his stallion career in New Jersey but the lack of a stable and lucrative sire stakes program seemed to be holding him back, so he was relocated to Pennsylvania. Like Muscle Hill, Trixton will be perceived by most as a Grand Circuit stallion, so location won’t matter as much as it would for a bottom or middle tier stallion. The gamble is that gaming will come to the Meadowlands and restricted dollars will flow like water from a tap. by Joe FitzGerald for http://viewfromthegrandstand.blogspot.com/

The following are the 2015 service fees for the stallions standing at Hanover Shoe Farms. All of the books are subject to close without notice.  Andover Hall $10,000 Cantab Hall $20,000 Captaintreacherous $15,000 Donato Hanover $15,000 Explosive Matter $7,500 Muscle Massive $7,500 Somebeachsomewhere $25,000 Well Said $15,000 Western Ideal $7,500 From Hanover Shoe Farms

Jim Simpson, the president of Hanover Shoe Farms and the members of the the Captaintreacherous racing group have announced that The Captain will be officially retired at Lexington's famed Red Mile during the races on Thursday October 2. Tony Alagna, the colt's trainer said "Captain just hasn't been himself for the last several weeks. He's been fighting a low respiratory bug and we just haven't been able to overcome it. Rather than take the chance of doing irreparable harm to this great horse, I think it would be wise for everybody concerned to have him retired at Hanover Shoe Farms. I have no doubts that he is destined to become a great sire. I very much look forward to the day when I will be looking at, buying and training his babies". Jim Simpson said that he looks forward to having the greatest son of the sport's supersire Somebeachsomewhere stand at Hanover. "Captaintreacherous was one of the greatest two and three year old pacers in the sport's history. It's now time for him to excel in the next stage of his remarkable career." Myron Bell, the colt's racing manager throughout his career said "I've been involved in Harness Racing for half a century. I've seen all of the greats during that time. Captaintreacherous has to rank right up there among the very best. In my entire career in the sport I've only predicted two horses as being "can't miss" sires. Those two were Artsplace and Western Ideal. The one quality that all three horses share is extreme courage. I have no doubt whatever that Captaintreacherous will follow in their footsteps in the stallion ranks. I look forward to buying and training a large number of his yearlings". Captaintreacherous was voted "Pacer of the Year" at both two and three. At 2, he won 8 of 10 starts and earned $918,253. At 3, he won 13 of 16 starts and earned $2,055,033 winning almost all of the Classic events including the three richest, the North American Cup, the Meadowlands Pace and the Breeders Crown. Captaintreacherous retires with earnings of $3,148,657. Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky in whose hands the Captain will be literally be in at Hanover can't wait until the horse gets to his next home. "I don't think I've ever been more excited about an incoming stallion. The Captain has it all, great performance on the racetrack, great courage, a fantastic pedigree and perhaps most important of all, he's drop dead gorgeous and correct, something that I'm certain he will transmit to his foals." Captaintreacherous will begin his stallion career in February of 2015. Captaintreacherous 2013 Captaintreacherous (Tim Tetrick) fighting the bit to win the Crown Murray Brown Hanover Shoe Farms, Inc.

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