Two-year-olds at Sunshine Meadows are ready for their next step in their advancing careers. This time of year we focus on those that caught our attention throughout spring training and will seek to pick a top 10 (for evaluation in December) after another review trip. Here we go for recap #1: #24 A Schocker (2ct Andover Hall-Stretch The Limit-Tom Ridge) - Charles Sylvester. Second foal of dam and first by Andover Hall. #127 Morcredit Blue Chip (2ct Credit Winner-Queen Of The Moor-Malabar Man) - Charles Sylvester. Full brother to Maud Blue Chip (2, 1:58s, $222,203 in 2013), a returning three year-old performer for 2014 stakes that qualified last weekend. #77 Feel Lucky (2ct Lucky Chucky-Classic N Lindy-Dream Vacation) - Charles Sylvester. Fourth foal of the dam, she a daughter of Classic Casette by Florida Pro. Dam is 100% producer from the first three foals (all geldings) including Super Classic 3,2:00.1h ($91,303), Lindy's Best Yet 4,1:56.1f ($85,904) and Lindor 4,1:56.3f ($21,882) He looks like a prospect! #145 Talbot Hercules (2ct Muscles Yankee-Northern Flare-Andover Hall) - Charles Sylvester. First foal of the mare she with record 4,1:58.1f ($69,161) and daughter of Flame Tamer by Super Pleasure. #3 Madrid (2ct Credit Winner-Starcelona-Muscles Yankee) -Paul Kelley. First foal of Starcelona (2, 1:55.1, $44,750). Solid trainee from Paul Kelley's well-bred trotting collection. #23 Aldebaran Eagle (2ct Muscle Hill-Letsjusttalkaboutme) - Jonas Czernyson. Third foal of dam with 4, 1:56.1s mark and $56,338 earned. Her 2011 foal, Walk The Walk, by Muscle Hill just earned a qualifying record of 3, q1:57.2. #33 Keystone Bodacious (2ct Muscle Massive-Balanced Action-Balanced Image) - Jonas Czernyson. Half-brother to three $100,000 plus winners including Logan's Hero (6,1:54.2s, $379,425), Manningly (4,1:52.3f, $344,631) and Keystone Bernard (3,1:55.3f, $213,441). Grand looking individual. #48 Total Darkness (2ct Muscles Yankee-Leila-Andover Hall) - Jonas Czernyson. Third foal of unraced daughter of CR Royal Jeannie. #45 Stirling Diva (2ft Muscle Massive-Shan Riches) - Jonas Czernyson. Half-sister to Ellen's Isle (4, 1:53,2f, $264,080) and Loch Katrine (5, 1:56.1f, $214,953). #50 Walk Over Water (2ft Yankee Glide-Armbro Niagara) - Jonas Czernyson. Full-sister to Falls For You (4, 1:52.2, $1,311,152). 8 Total Darkness, 45 Stirling Diva, 50 Walk Over Water Itsabouttimebaby (2ct Muscle Hill-KD Girl-Self Possessed) - Ron Gurfein Stable. First foal of stakes winning dam with record 4,q1:55.3f ($297,989), she from True Love by Pine Chip. This one has trained well all spring - impressive. Very Much So (2ft Donato Hanover-Bedswerver-SJ's Photo) - Fred Grant. Half-sister to Marat (3, 1:56.2f, $59,621) #5 Iron (2ct Cantab Hall-Ivory Lindy-Buvetier d'Aunou) - Lindy Farms. Full-brother to Lindy's Jersey Boy (4, 1:52.4f, $268,247) from a franco-american dam. #4 Mesmerized (2ct Cantab Hall-Gift Card-Credit Winner) - Lindy Farms. Second foal of multiple NYSS and final winner Gift Card (2, 1:55.2, $253,733), she a sister to World Champion and million-dollar plus winner Crazed. Interested owners and visitors have been attentive to the action, and their investments, throughout spring. The Sunshine Meadows three year-olds and up continue to progress as well, including Sylvester's Spider Blue Chip and Toss Cartwright. Many of the two year-olds are now at 2:20 or below - we expect the favorites might change again as they move north to approach qualifying tests. Dreams sometimes come true. Spider Blue Chip (outside), Toss Cartwright (inside) for the Sylvester Stable. Toss Cartwight 2,1:57f ($46,749) by Muscles Yankee-Toss Up-Supergill, Toss Up the dam of six winners in 1:57 or better including Tawesome 3,1:53.3 ($103,120) by Thomas H. Hicks
The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association reminds horsemen that auctions for breedings to the Pennsylvania stallions Crazed and Tom Ridge, end tomorrow. The breedings were donated by Hanover Shoe Farms and Ted Tomson, respectively. Money raised by the auctions goes directly to the MSOA's Collegiate Scholarship Fund. The auctions are being conducted by the website www.ongait.com, and additional information is available there. The auctions end at 12Noon eastern on Tuesday, April 15. by Jeff Zidek, for the MSOA
The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association is pleased to announce that three breedings are being offered via auction to benefit the MSOA's Scholarship Fund. This year, the MSOA welcomes back a familiar face and a new partner to assist with the scholarship funding effort. For the second straight season, horse owner and MSOA member Ted Tomson of Brackenridge, PA has donated two breedings to trotting stallion Tom Ridge, on the roster at Nandi Farms in New Freedom, PA for a fee of $3,500. Tom Ridge, a World Champion son of Muscles Yankee, has a mark of 1:50.2 and banked over $886,000 in his racing career. The MSOA is pleased to welcome Hanover Shoe Farms to the team, as the nation's leading farm has donated a breeding to Crazed, valued at $4,000. Crazed, a million-dollar winning son of Credit Winner, is no stranger to Pennsylvania racing, as a past winner of the Colonial Trot at Harrah's Philadelphia. "We are pleased to have the Tomson family and Hanover Shoe Farms work with our program this year," said MSOA President Rich Gillock. "We have had some great partners donate breedings in recent years, including Green Acquisition Corporation, owner of Trainforthefuture, and Fran Azur, owner of Hypnotic Blue Chip. The MSOA Scholarship Fund is lucky to have had the opportunity to work with these folks and their generosity has helped to benefit a lot of young men and women." The breedings will be listed on the website www.ongait.com The 14-day auction opens April 1 and ends at noon on April 15, 2014. One Crazed breeding is available to the top bidder. Two Tom Ridge breedings are being offered. The underbidder will be contacted by the MSOA and offered the second breeding at the price of their bid as soon as the auction has closed. Terms are 10% down (non-refundable), remainder due upon live foal. For more information, call 724-228-3644 or email, email@example.com.
One of Canada’s harness racing greats is coming ‘Down Under’. Rick Zeron left Canada bound for Perth, via Dubai, last night (Tuesday). He and his wife of 34 years, Joyce, will return to Oakville in Ontario on March 4. As at Tuesday (February 4), Zeron had driven 7,711 winners ($103 million) from 46,454 starters and trained a further 2,120 ($27 million) more from 8,916 attempts. “I’m going to visit friends in Perth and then we will be heading to Sydney. There is a good chance we will attend the Inter Dominion grand final. “New Zealand is also a possibility because we know that is a very beautiful country. It would be great to see how both countries operate their racing,” Zeron said. The 57-year-old said he had never been to New Zealand and Australia. “It’s been a life-time goal. My wife and I had planned to head down there in five or six years, but I said to her, ‘what the hell’, let’s do it now. We are really excited about it,” Zeron said. Zeron shifted from Connaught Park to Blue Bonnets in 1982 and soon established himself as one of Quebec’s top driver, winning the Blue Bonnets driving premiership seven times from 1986-1994. For seven consecutive years he was also the leading stakes earner seven times and top UDR strike rate driver on five occasions. In 1995 he moved to the Woodbine and Mohawk circuits and has been one of their top reinsmen ever since. His Little Brown Jug (Michael’s Power, 2012) winning son, Scott, is now one of Canada’s best reinsman, and recently moved to New Jersey to further his name at the surrounding big tracks like the Meadowlands. On March 21 last year he became the youngest driver in history to win 2,000 races. He was just two months shy of his 24th birthday. His father explained why he believed his son was so good in the sulky: “I told him if you ever get a chance to put a good horse in the race, do exactly that, but if you are driving a poor horse I said to him to sit back and run on late and try and get a cheque for the owners. “I also told him if I ever saw him flogging a horse with his stick like a crazed monkey he would never make it in the game.” That epitomises why Zeron senior has made his name in North American harness racing circles. Last year he drove 106 winners ($3 million) and trained 43 ($959,921). Zeron has no driving assignments in Australia or New Zealand. Zeron’s major wins include (with years in brackets): CANADIAN TROT CLASSIC (96) Classic Adam CASUAL BREEZE (04) Sunshinenlollipops CHAMPLAIN STAKE (90) Prudhomme (98) Blissfull Hall (02) Moma’s Millionaire (02) Boulder Creek (03) Character Counts (05) Majestic Son (07) Intimidator (07) If And Only If (08) Hibbler COLONIAL LADY (00) Hornby Jean DYGERT MEMORIAL (95) Tak The Tuk FRANK RYAN MEMORIAL (06) Stiletto GENERAL BROCK FINAL (96) Yentls Iceman (04) Deadmans Curve HARVEST (03) Character Counts MAPLE LEAF TROT (98) Hanko Angus ROBERT STEWART MEM. (95) SOS Ninja SIMCOE STAKE (90) Osgood Hanover (96) Look Whos Cumin (99) Hawaiian Dancer (00) Ladys A President (03) EZ Past (07) Hagi By Duane Ranger (Harness Racing New Zealand)
LATHAM, N.Y.-New York breeders and owners have plenty to celebrate when they look back on 2013. State-bred horses excelled in national competition and topped the yearling sales. The state continued to attract exciting new stallion prospects and the state government guaranteed supplemental purse revenue, both signaling the future strength of racing in the Empire State. On the track, New York-breds made a strong impression this year, led by Hambletonian champion Royalty For Life. This son of RC Royalty also scored in the Stanley Dancer, Zweig Memorial and Canadian Trotting Classic on his way to eclipsing $1.6 million in career earnings. A Breeders Crown title went home with Artiscape daughter Shelliscape when she scored in the most prestigious event for aged mare pacers on her way to more than $850,000 in lifetime earnings. In addition, New York Sire Stakes Champion He's Watching made sure everyone will be watching this undefeated colt when he returns next year after equaling a 1:52.2 world record for 2-year-old pacing colts on a half-mile track in his last of eight perfect starts in 2013. This son of American Ideal etched his name into the record books at Yonkers Raceway during the Night of Champions. But New York also found success in the breeding shed. A total of 1,434 mares were bred this year, up slightly from 2012, to 60 registered stallions. New York-eligible yearlings led all states with the highest average price at both of the largest select yearling sales in the U.S., boasting a vigorous $48,097 average at the Lexington Selected sale and $39,664 in Harrisburg. Nationally, three of the top five sires ranked by earnings of 2-year-old pacers were from New York (Art Major, American Ideal, Bettor's Delight) and three New York stallions were in the top ten list of 3-year- earnings (Credit Winner, RC Royalty, Crazed). On the list of national money winning sires of 2013, Bettor's Delight and Art Major ranked first and third, respectively, among pacers and Credit Winner and Conway Hall were fourth and ninth among all trotters. The state also attracted several new stallions for the 2014 breeding season, notably Breeders Crown Champion and winner of $1.6 million, Betterthancheddar. Three trotting stallions will be relocating from other breeding programs, including Muscles Yankee, a proven sire whose progeny earned $5.7 million this year, is moving from Pennsylvania. He will be joined by Lucky Chucky, whose first crop of New York-eligible yearlings sold well this fall and is returning to the state after one year in Pennsylvania, and Muscle Mass, whose offspring earned $3 million this year and will be coming from Ontario. Pacer Rockincam will be retiring from the track after competing in the top open ranks in the country and collecting nearly $800,000 in career earnings. With more than 200 Standardbred breeding farms in the state contributing to New York's agricultural economy, the state also made the move this year to guaranteed revenue from VLTs at the racetracks in the recently passed casino amendment to the state constitution. This means that purses for the New York Sire Stakes program and overnight purses will be preserved for the future with no less than current VLT contributions, providing security for breeders and horsemen. In addition, Harness Horse Breeders of New York State is also excited to be working on a project with partners to bring a retirement and rehabilitation program for racehorses to New York in the near future. This program will help horse owners and breeders provide care and services for horses that are looking to retire or those transitioning to another career. For more information on breeding and racing in New York State, or to pre-order a 2014 Stallion Directory, contact Harness Horse Breeders at 518-785-5858 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Submitted by Harness Breeders New York
Ozymandias (Crazed) continued his winning way on Wednesday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The three year old trotter was the odds-on favorite from the rail in the $4,200 conditional-claimer and driver Jay Randall drove him accordingly. Randall pulled the pocket just past the half mile pole and quickly rolled into a commanding lead before stopping the timer in 2:00 for Ozymandias' third victory in a row and fifth in his last seven starts. The Jody Weidman trainee has been a picture of consistency, hitting the board in seven straight tries and in 18 of his 28 starts on the year. Longshot Wee Small Hours (Billy Dobson) finished second to Ozymandias while Ilari (Chris Long) earned the show spot. Ozymandias was the 1-2 favorite in the betting. Live racing resumes on Friday night at Saratoga with a first post time of 6:45pm. by Mike Sardella for Saratoga Raceway
Two foreign-bred horses head the field for the group two E3 Revanshen at Romme, Sweden on Friday evening. Finnish Derby winner Express Duo will attempt to translate his compelling form in both Finland and Norway into a group two win in the tougher Swedish E3 series. Pekka Korpi's son of Express It has won 13 of his 22 starts in three countries, including the Finnish Breeders Crown title, and a third placing in Norway's international group one Ulf Thoresen Minneslop. He has competed three times already in Sweden, with a fifth placing in the E3 Sprint semifinal and then a win in the consolation race. He also ran second in a reasonably strong field at Jagersro, which had the likes of group one winners Rod Stewart (Ulf Thorensen Minnelop) and Mellby Briolet (E3 Fillies Langa) trailing him home. With more than 2 million SEK (234K euros) in the bank he has up to 10 times the earnings of most of these, and with a top time of (1.12.4kr, 1.56.3MR) he is a good second quicker than all but a couple. However he will face stiff competition from Denmark-bred colt Tumble Dust who is trained in Sweden by Tomas Malmqvist at Jagersro and was a group two winner as a 2YO in Sweden with a victory in the Svampen at Orebro last year. The son of US-domiciled Crazed has competed well as a 3YO at top level all over Scandinavia headed by a second in the group one UET 3YO Championship in Bjerke Norway and a third in the group one Danish Trav Kriterium at Charlottenlund. Tumble Dust has also competed with distinction in the major races on the E3 calendar, with a second in the E3 Langa at Eskilstuna and a third in the E3 Sprint final at Orebro, and with a record of 1.12.3 (1.56.2MR) has the fastest time in the field. The best of the local hopes is Daniel Reden's Call Me Keeper who has seven minor victories for 367,000 SEK and has a best time of 1.12.7 (1.57MR). One of those wins was in a semifinal of the Swedish Breeders Crown but he broke in the final. But perhaps the one who is bred to win this is the son of a former winner of this race Tigger, a fine racemare whose record of 15 wins includes the group one E3 Sprint. Her son B.B. Tigger, by the promising Swedish sire Going Kronos (who won the E3 Langa in a stellar career which earned the equivalent of a US 1million and a record of 1.52.2), is trained by Bjorn Goop. B.B Tigger has won two of his eight starts but made the final of the Swedish Breeders Crown where finished sixth, so has raced in top company. E3 REVANSCHEN Romme 06/12/13 SE (G2) Int Romme 2 140m 3YO c/g 70 000 1 Potemkin (3c R.C.Royalty - For Heavens Saki) Dr: Ulf Eriksson Tr: Robert Bergh 2 VÃ¤sterbo Fantast (3c Mr Pine Chip - Fassia L.B. ) Dr: Kajsa Frick Tr: Kajsa Frick 3 Call Me Keeper (3c Pine Chip - Eliza Keeper) Dr: Daniel RedÃ©n Tr: Daniel RedÃ©n 4 Bearhawaii (3g Dream Vacation - Honalulu Lulu) Dr: Johan Untersteiner Tr: Svante BÃ¥th 5 Express Duo (FIN) (3c Express It - Dolce Merett) Dr: Pekka Korpi Tr: Pekka Korpi 6 B.B.Tigger (3c Going Kronos - Tigger) Dr: BjÃ¶rn Goop Tr: BjÃ¶rn Goop 7 Tumble Dust (DEN) (3c Crazed - Affinity) Dr: Jorma Kontio Tr: Tomas Malmqvist 8 Bandit Hornline (3c San Pellegrino - Dash Girl) Dr: Robert Bergh Tr: Robert Bergh Dave Sanders
The late scheduling of the €135,000 UET 3YO Championship which conflicts with the buildup races to their 3YO classique the Criterium des 3 Ans means there are no French horses entered in the group one race over 2100m which makes its first appearance in Norway since 1996. In the French absence, Scandinavian powerhouse Sweden looks to have the upper hand with two of the best of their crop, Peter Untersteiner’s Attack Diablo (Blue York Yankee), who was runner up in the Swedish Trav-Kriterium and Tomas Malmqvist's Tiberius F (Going Kronos), a Group one winner of the E3 sprint final. Norway, as the host nation is represented by five horses with Norwegian Fillies Kriterium winner Glad Hall T (Boardwalk Hall), who tops the rankings Norwegian ahead of group two winner Sir Benjamin (Jägermeister) the best of their chances. Denmark has two representatives the beautifully bred Crazed colt Tumble Dust who was third in the Trav Kriterium and Tano Bork (Great Challenger) who was fourth in the same race and has Swedish driving ace Johnny Takter in the bike. Finland, which has punched above its weight internationally recently has Kadabra colt Harmi’s Frido who won two Finnish group races this year - the Oulu Express and Seppeleajo . Realistically though Markku Nieminen’s colt is probably not among the top Finnish colts with a ninth placing in the Finnish Trav Kriterium. Netherlands fine crop of 3YOs is represented by Ken Warkentin filly Danae F Boko, who was third in the Dutch Derby, and third in the Fokkers Trophy and Dream Vacation colt Dream With Me who is trained by Swede Lutfi Kolgjini, and whose five wins have all been at the sprint distance. Italy’s top ranked Robert Bi has withdrawn but there are two representatives in two representatives of their superstar sire Varenne headed by Jeanette Hansen’s Red Rose America, the fourth ranked filly. UET 3-YEAR OLD CHAMPIONSHIP Bjerke 20/11/13 NO UET (G1) Int 2 100 3 €135,000 (NOK 1,000,000) 1 Danae F Boko (NED) (3f Ken Warkentin - Shae Boko) Dr: Robin Bakker Tr: Paul Hagoort 2 Harmi's Frido (FIN) (3c Kadabra - Glamour Jet) Dr: Markku Nieminen Tr: Markku Nieminen 3 Attack Diablo (SWE) (3c Blue York Yankee - Chanson d'Inverne) Dr: Peter Untersteiner Tr: Peter Untersteiner 4 Tano Bork (DEN) (3c Great Challenger - Frederikke Bork) Dr: Christian Lindhardt Tr: Christian Lindhardt 5 Glad Hall T. (NO) (3f Boardwalk Hall - Glad Suit) Dr: Björn Garberg Tr: Björn Garberg 6 Red Rose America (ITA) (3f Varenne - Armbro Voice) Dr: Kenneth Haugstad Tr: Jeanette Hansen 7 Tumble Dust (DEN) (3c Crazed – Affinity) Dr: Johnny Takter Tr: Tomas Malmqvist 8 Tiberius F (SWE) .(3c Going Kronos - Peace Kronos) Dr: Stefan Söderkvist Tr: Helena Burman 9 Sir Benjamin (NO) (3c Jägermeister - Evening Scarlett) Dr: Per Oleg Midtfjeld Tr: Per Oleg Midtfjeld 10 Riki d'Asolo (ITA) (3c Varenne - Mccall Magic) Dr: Vidar Hop Tr: Arnold Mollema 11 Dream With Me (NED) (3c Dream Vacation - Jolly Jane) Dr: Adrian Kolgjini Tr: Lutfi Kolgjini 12 Viking Va Bene (NO) (3c Rite On Line - Iriana du Mont) Dr: Geir Vegard Gundersen Tr: Sigbjörn Kolnes Dave Sanders
Lindys Tru Grit will be seeking his second consecutive victory on a Chicago oval when he steps behind the gate in Friday’s $110,000 Galt Stake for sophomore trotting colts. Last week the son of Cantab Hall took a career record of 1:53.3 en route to capturing the $235,000 American National Three-Year-Old Colt Trot at Balmoral Park. Tim Tetrick steered the brown colt to his fifth seasonal victory for trainer Frank Antonacci, who conditions the youngster for his family’s Lindy Racing stable of Enfield, CT. “That was my first American National win and very exciting,” said Antonacci. “We love racing in Chicago and I think it’s a great test for a horse to go to different venues, different sized racetracks and do well. It’s a good opportunity for us this late in the year.” A winner of $291,924 in his career, Lindys Tru Grit came out of his American National victory in fine shape, Antonacci acknowledged. “He seemed fine after the win,” Antonacci confirmed. “There’s only six days in between starts and he’s plenty fit, so all week we’ve just concentrated on keeping him happy and jogging.” Lindys Tru Grit made only one start at two, but did take a qualifying mark of 2, Q2:00.1 in Lexington in late fall with his trainer at the lines. “Last year he was always battling bad allergies,” Antonacci explained. “He had terrible skin allergies and then would get sick. He battled back and forth with this problem all year long and it was a real struggle to keep him healthy. When he was feeling okay, he would show quarters in :28, and those sparks of speed were enough for us to keep him over the winter and try him again this year as a three-year-old.” In the end, Antonacci used an aggressive treatment to “de-sensitize him to his allergies.” “Him getting better could just be a natural function of the aging process, too,” Antonacci admitted. “It’s hard to say. But it was really a troublesome issue to deal with.” With his allergy problem behind him now, this year Lindys Tru Grit has secured victories in the $121,737 Simcoe Stakes at Mohawk; in the $75,000 Zweig at Vernon; and in a pair of Pennsylvania overnights—one at Pocono Downs and the other at Harrah’s Philadelphia — in addition to his Am-Nat triumph last week. “He’s great gaited, doesn’t wear (trotting) hobbles, and goes with a low head,” Antonacci said. “He’s got a little attitude — but just the kind that you like to see a horse have. He’s a very comfortable horse to be around and to have around in the barn.” Antonacci said he focused on getting Lindys Tru Grit confidence up early in the season, before sending him in against better horses. “For a horse like him that didn’t race at two, I look at the first half of this season like I would a horse’s freshman season,” he stated. “I let him run through the ranks at Pocono and let him progress there. It wasn’t until the third or fourth leg of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes that we started to get serious with him and he started to get confidence under his belt. He was also just a touch below the top horses but now is really coming into himself. He’s pretty fresh, especially for this late in the season. Lindys Tru Grit has drawn post six for the Galt Stake, but Antonacci thinks his versatile sophomore will be able to handle the task over the twice-a-rounder. “He’s got plenty of gate speed or can race off the pace,” Antonacci stressed. “I think whatever David (driver Miller) wants to do with him, he‘ll be able to with him. He can win on the front, be first-over, or race from off the pace. If he’s good, he’ll do it anyway he can.” Antonacci, 30, has conditioned 307 winners to $7,233,078 in earnings, and driven 100 winners to $906,022. His family’s name is synonymous with the trotting gait, as they have owned some of harness racing’s finest diagonally-gaited specialists, including Speedy Crown, Lindys Pride and $5.5 million dollar earner Moni Maker, to name just a few. A Boston College graduate, Antonacci first stepped into the spotlight in 2008 with the world champion Crazed, who earned more than $1 million at age three and won a Hambletonian elimination and finished second in the final. His other noteworthy trotters include Peter Haughton Memorial winner The Lindy Reserve and world champion filly Highscore Kemp. His father “Sonny” Antonacci established Lindy’s Farm in 1965, and to date the Antonacci family has assembled one of the finest trotting broodmare bands in North America. by Kimberly Rinker for Maywood Park
Harrisburg, PA --- Monarch Blue Chip (hip #1003) topped Thursday’s edition of the Standardbred Horse Sale at Harrisburg, selling for $90,000 to trainer Sam Schillaci for owner Ken Bencic. The colt, a son of Crazed out of the Revenue S mare Reven Crown, bears a bold white blaze. “He is a well-made colt, the three-quarter brother (Rolls Blue Chip) who we raced against this year and he was a good horse,” said Bencic. “Credit Winners cost too much money, although I have two down in Kentucky. We train outside Cleveland at Sahbra Farms, so he’s headed there.” Schillaci says this colt has been in his sights all along. “We targeted him from the beginning,” said Schillaci. “We were hoping he didn’t sell that high. He was right about to the limit of where we were going to go. We’re very pleased to have him and we hope he turns out to be the horse we think he is. Nowadays, people are paying a few extra dollars for a horse that just looks the part and he definitely looks the part.” Ed Lohmeyer and his wife, equine surgeon Dr. Patty Hogan, bred one of the higher priced horses on Thursday, hip #921, the RC Royalty colt Lunch With Jack. He sold for $55,000 to New York-based trainer Gates Brunet. “I’m looking for New York breds and I’m looking for trotters and I’m very short on trotters,” said Brunet. “I’m focused on trotting colts and he’s a very nice looking individual and I like the fact that there’s a very recent update on the horse. The brother, Crosbys Clam Bake, just won the Grassroots Final in 1:53 in Toronto. “The RC Royaltys, they do good, but there weren’t that many selling that I could see. There weren’t any in Lexington; there were a few at Morrisville. One of his horses won the Hambo (Royalty For Life) and he throws nice looking individuals. In New York, Credit Winners, I can’t touch them. But for that kind of money, $50,000, you get a nice looking individual. I love Conway Halls, but they’re hard to touch, too. “I’d like to win the Hambo, but I buy horses bred for the sire stakes. I bought this one for Ted Gewertz and Clare Chappell; there may be other partners coming in. The colt’s name comes from Dr. Hogan’s family. “Jack is Patty’s father’s nickname; he came over every Wednesday and had lunch with Patty,” said co-breeder Lohmeyer “He passed away about two months ago. John J. Hogan and they called him Jack. “Per Henriksen raced a half-brother to him for me in Canada this year, Crosbys Clam Bake, named after the first Pebble Beach (golf tournament). He raced real well. He made $90,000 and I sold him for $125,000.” Paul Kelley signed for hip #988, a $60,000 pacing filly by Art Major, named Mowet Blue Chip out of the Matt’s Scooter mare Armbro Savannah. “I saw him at the farm, but if you turn the clock back about 15 years, I actually had her mother, Armbro Savannah,” said Kelley. “I bought her as a yearling and I really liked her a lot. I ultimately ended up selling her to Perretti Farms as a broodmare. She went on to produce what she did (six stakes-winners; five $100,000 winners including millionaire Georgia Pacific) and she’s been a good producing dam. This particular filly I thought was one of her better looking foals. She stood very correct, a lot of the prior foals were a little bit toed-in and they were still able to overcome that kind of conformation fault and be good horses. “This is the first one I’ve had out of the mare. She’s a little but older now, but she (the yearling) is very correct, so I’m happy with her. There will be partners on her, New York people, players to be named later. There are some people very interested in getting in on her, so it shouldn’t be hard to split her up.” Through the first four days of the sale, 1,047 horses sold for a total of $35.9 million and an average of $34,345 against 2012 figures of 1,162 horses sold at an average of $28,889. This is an improvement of 13.7% over 2012. “It’s the same trend that’s been going on all week,” said Dr. Paul Spears, president of the Standardbred Sales Company. “Unofficial numbers show that we’re just short of $36 million gross, 1,047 horses sold for $39,950,500 with average prices $34,345. We’re up considerably over last year. New York had the highest average of $39,667 and New Jersey actually did quite well at $38,830. Pennsylvania is at $35,200 and Ontario’s at $23,354. “So overall, quite good and I don’t think there were any big surprises, to me. A few of the highest priced horses today were placed there on purpose by their consignors. Sometimes being a big fish in a little pond is a good thing. I thought it was very solid all the way through and again, we have to remember, there are there are more than 500 fewer commercial yearlings being sold in the Mid-Atlantic area at public sales over the last couple years. When supply goes down that far, the demand is there and so the prices have to go up.” 1,162 horses sold at an average of $28,889. by Ellen Harvey for HRC
Another great rivalry has shaped up late this season between the sophomore trotters Creatine and Spider Blue Chip. That match-up figures to be front and center again this Saturday, Nov. 9th when the two diagonally gaited foes meet again in the $235,000 American National 3yo Colt Trot. Just last Friday (Nov. 1) at Hoosier Park, Creatine avenged his Breeders Crown loss to his main rival by besting him by a head in the $286,500 Carl Erskine Trot in 1:54.3. Spider Blue Chip had prevailed by a head over Creatine in the $500,000 Breeders Crown Sophomore Trot on Oct. 19 at Pocono, winning that race in 1:53.3 by a neck. Trained by Bob Stewart and bred and owned by the Diamond Creek Racing Stable of Wellsville, PA, Creatine has been steered in the majority of his outings by Hall of Famer Mike LA chance, and now sports $815,495 in career earnings. “He came out of the win at Hoosier just happy as a clam,” Stewart said. “Afterwards, we shipped him back to our winter base of Paris, Kentucky. He’ll be at Odds On Acres on Friday morning prior to his start at Balmoral, because we want to make sure he gets plenty of turn-out time before Saturday’s American National.” A brown son of Andover Hall, Creatine raced just seven times as a freshman, with all of his pari-mutuel starts coming at Lexington. He scored three wins, a second and a third—earning $63,020 for his connections—and winning two overnights on The Red Mile clay in early autumn, before capturing the $101,000 Bluegrass 2-Year-Old Colt Final on Sept. 28, 2012 in a seasonal best 1:57.1 with Lachance in the sulky. “We decided to stop with him and not go to the Breeders Crown or any of the other year-end races, because we thought he had raced enough as a 2-year-old,” Stewart said after the youngster’s Bluegrass triumph. “We were concentrating on this year and he came back to our expectations.” Stewart’s patience obviously paid off, as Creatine has missed only two checks all season, and has thus far amassed $752,439 in 16 starts, with eight wins, four seconds and one third. “We’ve had good luck at Balmoral with our other horses over the years, and this will be the last start of the season for him,” Stewart acknowledged. “We’re looking forward to racing him next season.” After having throat surgery in early July of this year to correct a breathing issue, Creatine went on to score victories in a $79,416 Pennsylvania Sire Stake on July 18 in 1:54.4 and his Hambletonian elimination on Aug. 3 in 1:52.4. He also won a $200,000 Colonial Invitational Trot on Aug. 17 at Pocono in a lifetime best of 1:52.2; then won a $50,000 PASS consolation in 1:53.2 by five lengths on Sept. 13; and a $86,900 Blue Grass division on Sept. 29 in 1:52.3. The following week he captured the $368,900 Kentucky Futurity Final—the third jewel of trotting’s Triple Crown—in 1:53.2 over a sloppy Red Mile surface. The victory gave Creatine his tenth career victory and driver Mike Lachance his fourth Kentucky Futurity triumph and his second in a row, as he captured the 2012 edition with My MVP. “We haven’t made any changes to Creatine for his Balmoral start,” Stewart noted. “He races in aluminum shoes and the only time that changes is when he races at The Red Mile and we change his shoes to steel.” “The Hoosier win was great for the horse and great for Mike (driver Lachance),” Stewart said. “I think Mike thought he had the best horse in the Breeders Crown, and he was a bit disappointed to finish second that night. Now hopefully, we’ll just have a repeat of the Hoosier race at Balmoral.” Lachance, who was inducted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 1995, is no stranger to winning races at Balmoral Park. He ranks tenth in history among all drivers in wins, with more 10,000 and his $189+ million in purse earnings sets him third on the all-time list in that category as well. Creatine is just the second of four foals out of the Muscles Yankee mare Berry Nice Muscles ($31,906). He has half-siblings in Strawberry Wine (by Kadabra) 4, 1:56F ($101,285) and Mister Anson (by Conway Hall) 2, 2:00.4H ($99,542). Stewart, 58, has conditioned the winners of more than $10 million to date, including Dan Patch award winners Andover Hall and Conway Hall, and Angus Hall. With over one million dollars in his career coffers, Spider Blue Chip will be looking to avenge his loss to Creatine one week ago. The brown son of Andover Hall was a $60,000 yearling purchase at the 2010 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale by owner David McDuffee of Delray Beach, FL and Melvin Hartman of Ottawa, ON. Besides his Breeders Crown victory in both the final and his elimination (in 1:52.4), Spider Blue Chip has also scored triumphs in the $500,000 Colonial Trot on Aug. 17 at Pocono Downs in 1:52.2, the $260,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship on Sept. 13 at The Meadows in 1:54.1, and a Bluegrass division on Sept. 29 at The Red Mile in a career best 1:51.3. “This horse is just is so consistent every week,” trainer Chuck Sylvester stressed. “I’m really proud of him. He wants to win and won’t let horses go by. We’ll probably race him next year since he’s a gelding.” Spider Blue Chip also was impressive even in defeat. He was second by a head to Royalty For Life in the $294,000 Stanley Dancer Memorial at the Meadowlands on July 13, third in the Kentucky Futurity final in 1:52, and fifth in the Hambletonian Final on Aug. 3 after winning his $70,000 elimination in 1:53.4 earlier that afternoon. “This horse tries every week and he’ll show up,” said Sylvester, 73. “That’s what’s good. To date in 2013 Spider Blue Chip has $1,084,218 in earnings from 19 starts, with ten wins, three seconds and a pair of thirds. As a freshman, he earned $89,181 from eight starts, winning two, including a PASS. When he became unruly at the end of his 2-year-old season, Sylvester gelded the youngster, only to discover later that his breaking problem was caused by a foot abscess. “He popped a gravel in his left hind hoof,” Sylvester said. “If we had known that, we wouldn’t have cut him.” Sylvester is well known for having a special touch with the trotting gait, as he harnessed both 1987 and 1988 Horse of the Year Mack Lobell to a trio of Breeders Crown victories, and also trained two-time Crown winner Pine Chip. He conditioned Muscles Yankee to numerous wins in 1998, and has won the famed Hambletonian four times (only Billy Haughton, Stanley Dancer and Ben White have won it more times as trainers). Spider Blue Chip was bred by Olympic show jumping rider McLain Ward, of Brewster, NY and is the second of four foals out of the Muscles Yankee mare Southwind Catlin 2, 1:57.2 ($203,734). He has half siblings in Depp Blue Chip (by Equinox Bi) 4, 1:58.1F ($16,243) and Mandela Blue Chip (by Crazed, now 2) 2, 2:01.1F ($9,259). Regular pilot and Hall of Fame reinsman Ron Pierce is slated to drive him tonight. by Kimberly Rinker for Balmoral Park
I went five for eight last week, which should be really good but when only chalk comes in you barely break even. I actually lost $0.70 cents (based on $2 win bet each race). We are still in the minus earning column at -$24.10 going into this weekend and we will try once again to bring that number down more. We have a giant of a card with some super stars at Hoosier Park on Friday and then Saturday it is the third jewel of the Pacing Triple Crown, the Messenger Stakes Final at Yonkers Raceway and the Lady Maud Final. $157,100 The Elevation Pace 3YO Colts 2nd race FRIDAY, Hoosier Park – Short field of only six starters but jammed pack with talent. I am taking a shot with Kingofthejungle who has won two of his last three starts. Last week he scored a lifetime best 1:52.3 mile with a great closing effort but also can grind it out if need be. $50,000 Carl Erskine Consolation Trot 3YO Colts 6th race FRIDAY, Hoosier Park – Deadliest Catch may be the favorite in here even having to start from the second tier but I really like the Frank Antonacci entry headed by Master Of Law and Lindy’s Tru Grit plus Crazed N Lindy is also a possible contender. Provided they mind their manners and stay on gait they should be able to dictate the fractions, throw up some tag team efforts on the field and win in here. $285,500 The Carl Erskine Trot 3YO Colts 9th race FRIDAY, Hoosier Park – Spider Blue Chip is now the top dog among the trotting colts with Royalty For Life on the sidelines. But Creatine is also very good and with both these top colts drawing good inside posts I think Creatine can turn the tables on Spider Blue Chip and return to his winning ways. $223,500 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby Free-For-All 10th race FRIDAY, Hoosier Park – After being photo’d out last start in the Breeders Crown thriller final, Pet Rock is overdue to get back on the winning track. Yes, this is another classic race with a great field and Foiled Again has been so damn tough but I think having a good inside post will help Pet Rock just enough to make him a winner. $250,000 The Monument Circle Pace 3YO Colts 11th race FRIDAY, Hoosier Park – The “Captain” is back and off a week’s rest from his amazing Breeders Crown victory, he should be itching and ready for a big effort. He is facing what would be deemed a “softer” field then he has been racing against but all I know is that Captaintreacherous has been awesome and should once again be in the winner’s circle. $178,684 Lady Maud Stakes Final 3YO Filly Pace 6th race SATURDAY, Yonkers Raceway – Hate to admit it but this really looks like a two-horse race and two very good horses to boot! Scandalous Hanover has 11 wins this year and last week was an easy winner in her elimination division. But Charisma Hanover was even more impressive with her track record 1:51.4 romp. She has the better of post position and should make the most of that in what should be a very good race. $450,000 Messenger Stakes 3YO Pace 8th race SATURDAY, Yonkers Raceway – The handicapping gods made a real race of this group with both return winners, Lucan Hanover (8) and Sunfire Blue Chip (7) drawing the far outside posts. But I still think despite bad post positions they will be in the hunt. I am going with Sunfire Blue Chip as he was parked first-over for his life last week and still came on to win in a tight photo. He has the gate speed to either get to the front or find good position or even get parked out once again and still win.
Lexington, KY --- The Lexington Selected Yearling Sale concluded its highly successful sale on Saturday, with a final tally of 687 horses selling over the five sessions for a gross of $27,382,000, averaging $39,857. The average price was the highest for the sale since 2008 and represented an increase of 12.5 percent over the average price in 2012. On opening night, the Cantab Hall colt Custom Fit sold for $475,000, the highest price in the nine-year history of the Lexington Selected Sale. Saturday’s session trailed in average price the amount on the final day a year ago, as 111 yearlings sold for an average of $11,694, a decline of about seven percent. The sale topper at $50,000 was the Groton Hall colt Cinnabar Hall. Out of Charm’s Chip, he is a half-brother to Chaplain Hall and Chancey Hall, both with career earnings exceeding $250,000. John Como Jr. was the buyer of this Walnut Hall Ltd.-bred yearling. Second on the leaderboard at $40,000 was the Muscle Hill colt Southwind Paco, actually making his second appearance, since he was a resale from the previous night. Dam Southwind Prelude is a full sister to Malabar Maple ($483,107) and a half-sister to three other winners of more than $100,000. Bobby Brower bought this colt that was consigned by Preferred Equine Marketing, Inc as agent for Southwind Farm. The next two highest priced yearlings Saturday were Walnut Hall Ltd-bred pacing colts by the farm’s stallion Third Straight. Teahouse Hall sold for $33,000 to Bruce Riegle. The colt is the first foal of Tearose Hall, a full sister to Pleasure Chest a winner of $601,854, and Mind Boggling, with career earnings of $505,553. Corsica Hall, who sold for $30,000, is a half-brother to four winners of at least $100,000, including Camelot Hall ($856,639) and Castanet Hall. Bill Elliott was the winning bidder. Groton Hall, Third Straight, and Cambest, the sire of the fifth-highest priced yearling for the night, all stand at Walnut Hall Ltd. Savvy buyers were aware of the very limited number of Kentucky-sired yearlings selling at auction that are eligible for the lucrative Kentucky Sires Stakes. Session 5 Group-Number-Sold-Total-price-Average-Price-Top-Price-Median-$100,000+ Pacing-Colts-26-$345,000-$13,269-$33,000-$10,000-0 Pacing-Fillies-30-$303,000-$10,100-$29,000-$10,000-0 Trotting-Colts-27-$338,000-$12,519-$50,000-$9,000-0 Trotting-Fillies-28-$312,000-$11,143-$27,000-$10,000-0 Total-111-$1,298,000-$11,694-$50,000-$10,000-0 Complete Sale Group-Number-Sold-Total-price-Average-Price-Top-Price-Median-$100,000+ Pacing-Colts-166-$7,103,000-$42,789-$150,000-$30,000-22 Pacing-Fillies-159-$5,479,000-$34,459-$180,000-$25,000-10 Trotting-Colts-171-$8,355,000-$48,860-$475,000-$35,000-18 Trotting-Fillies-191-$6,445,000-$33,743-$260,000-$25,000-8 Total-687-$27,382,000-$39,857.35-$475,000-$30,000-58 YEARLING-SIRE-DAM-Sex-Gait-Price-buyer CINNABAR-HALL-Groton-Hall-Charm's-Chip-C-T-$50,000.00-John-Como,-Jr. SOUTHWIND-PACO-Muscle-Hill-Southwind-Prelude-C-T-$40,000.00-Bobby-Brower TEAHOUSE-HALL-Third-Straight-Tearose-Hall-C-P-$33,000.00-Bruce-Riegle CORSICA-HALL-Third-Straight-Cirque-De-Soleil-C-P-$30,000.00-Bill-Elliott BESTANTATION-Cambest-Magical-Western-C-P-$30,000.00-Td-Trot-Llc-&-Mystical-Marker-Farm-Llc Average By Sire - Pacers Sire-Total-Total-Price-Ave-Price-High-Price American-Ideal-13-$612,000-$47,077-$145,000 Art-Colony-2-$42,000-$21,000-$30,000 Art-Major-28-$1,569,000-$56,036-$125,000 Art-Official-3-$85,000-$28,333-$35,000 Artiscape-2-$30,000-$15,000-$20,000 Artistic-Fella-1-$30,000-$30,000-$30,000 Badlands-Hanover-6-$77,000-$12,833-$20,000 Bettor's-Delight-28-$1,179,000-$42,107-$100,000 Cambest-1-$30,000-$30,000-$30,000 Camluck-1-$25,000-$25,000-$25,000 Cam's-Card-Shark-3-$93,000-$31,000-$38,000 Dragon-Again-10-$459,000-$45,900-$92,000 Four-Starzzz-Shark-5-$70,000-$14,000-$25,000 If-I-Can-Dream-17-$274,000-$16,118-$90,000 Mach-Three-2-$17,000-$8,500-$10,000 Major-In-Art-1-$6,000-$6,000-$6,000 Mcardle-2-$29,000-$14,500-$15,000 Mister-Big-1-$10,000-$10,000-$10,000 Ponder-1-$12,000-$12,000-$12,000 Quik-Pulse-Mindale-3-$20,000-$6,667-$12,000 Real-Artist-2-$39,000-$19,500-$20,000 Real-Desire-3-$57,000-$19,000-$29,000 Rock-N-Roll-Heaven-28-$1,925,000-$68,750-$150,000 Rocknroll-Hanover-39-$1,606,000-$41,179-$180,000 Shadow-Play-5-$181,000-$36,200-$73,000 Shark-Gesture-5-$55,000-$11,000-$24,000 Somebeachsomewhere-15-$1,251,000-$83,400-$150,000 Sportswriter-19-$559,000-$29,421-$90,000 Tell-All-1-$6,000-$6,000-$6,000 Third-Straight-7-$161,000-$23,000-$33,000 Well-Said-21-$874,000-$41,619-$87,000 Western-Ideal-11-$389,000-$35,364-$105,000 Western-Terror-38-$745,000-$19,605-$100,000 Yankee-Cruiser-1-$65,000-$65,000-$65,000 Average By Sire - Trotters Sire-Total-Total-Price-Ave-Price-High-Price Andover-Hall-30-$1,288,000-$42,933-$150,000 Angus-Hall-5-$103,000-$20,600-$37,000 Broadway-Hall-2-$190,000-$95,000-$170,000 Cantab-Hall-21-$1,804,000-$85,905-$475,000 Cash-Hall-1-$27,000-$27,000-$27,000 Chocolatier-2-$31,000-$15,500-$22,000 Conway-Hall-18-$463,000-$25,722-$70,000 Crazed-12-$97,000-$8,083-$18,000 Credit-Winner-19-$1,668,000-$87,789-$260,000 Deweycheatumnhowe-29-$719,000-$24,793-$85,000 Donato-Hanover-30-$1,303,000-$43,433-$100,000 Explosive-Matter-9-$305,000-$33,889-$77,000 Federal-Flex-1-$10,000-$10,000-$10,000 Glidemaster-12-$235,000-$19,583-$47,000 Groton-Hall-2-$66,000-$33,000-$50,000 Holiday-Road-4-$22,000-$5,500-$9,000 Jailhouse-Jesse-2-$11,000-$5,500-$8,000 Justice-Hall-1-$35,000-$35,000-$35,000 Kadabra-10-$311,000-$31,100-$110,000 Lucky-Chucky-28-$1,490,000-$53,214-$450,000 Muscle-Hill-33-$1,642,000-$49,758-$260,000 Muscle-Mass-7-$173,000-$24,714-$50,000 Muscle-Massive-25-$574,000-$22,960-$60,000 Muscles-Yankee-18-$568,000-$31,556-$140,000 SJ's-Caviar-1-$2,000-$2,000-$2,000 Swan-For-All-3-$39,000-$13,000-$24,000 Yankee-Glide-37-$1,624,000-$43,892-$105,000 by David Carr for www.ustrotting.com
A photographer on the inside of the track may have inadvertently given the rest of the field an outside shot of beating the Crazed colt Tumble Dust in the Danish Trav Kriterium this Saturday. The purse for the 100,000 euros Grade II Stake. Tomas Malmqvist’s striking colt was well clear in his Kriterium heat when he started to slow down, and almost stop, going into a break just shy of the winning post earning a disqualification, a fine for careless driving for his pilot Johnny Takter, and a spot on one of the outside marks on the front line in the final. The beautifully bred colt, who is from a US family which has proved popular in Sweden with half brother Hard Livin and close relative Elitloppet winner From Above both at stud in the country. Another brother, Photo Maxx, earned just a few dollars shy of half a million and Malmqvist’s colt is already well on his way with the highest earnings in the field with 1.012 million kroner But with his gate speed Takter should negate the effects of his 7 post and be in a good position to add the Group I honour to his resume. He was also a finalist in Swedish Group I E3 final and has a record of 1.12.3 making his case for favouritism impeccable. The three heat winners have the advantage of the inside three poles with the impressive Muscles Yankee cot The Therumoursaidfire having Birger Jörgensen for local traine Peter Rudbeck. He was commanding in his heat win, his ninth in 15 starts and he has earned 654,500kr with a record of 1.14.8. Tano Bork was another impressive heat winner and will be driven as usual by his trainerChristian Lindhardt. He has won four of fourteen starts and has 341,907kr in earnings and a record of 1.13.3. Touch of Globe was the beneficiary of Tumble Dust’s misfortune and on that run will be hard pushed to feature in this. But his trainer Steen Juul, one of Denmark’s most accomplished horsemen, has two others in the event and in Conway Hall colt Tycoon Conway Hall, which he will drive, he probably has a better chance. Tycoon Conway Hall has won six of his 12 starts ofr 246,573kr and has a record of 1.14.2, for a middle distance race. Juul’s other colt Takethem, by the aforementioned From Above will be driven by Knud Mönster. A four-win horse, he has earned just over 100,000kr and has a record of 1.14.1, over middle distance. Jeppe Juel was bullish in the press about the chances of Tripolini which had won three of his previous four starts before a third in his heat. In total the Archduke Kemp gelding has won four of seven with two placings and has a record of 1.15.3. Morten Friis’ Great Challenger colt and Peter Untersteiner’s gelding Thengill another by From Above will also find support DANSK TRAV KRITERIUM Charlottenlund 2013-10-06 Group II Nat 2500m 3c&G €100 000 1 Therumoursaidfire (3c Muscles Yankee - Anacott Steel) Dr: Birger Jörgensen Tr: Peter Rudbeck 2 Touch of Globe (3c Golden Globe - Cirkeline Tes)s Dr: Thomas Uhrberg Tr: Steen Juul 3 Tano Bork (3c Great Challenger - Frederikke Bork) Dr: Christian Lindhardt Tr: Christian Lindhardt 4 Tabasco Cæsar (3c Pine Chip - Puk Paradiso) Dr: Rene Kjær Tr: Anders Nielsen 5 Takethem (3c From Above - d'Cherie) Dr: Knud Mönster Tr: Steen Juul 6 Tack Wee (3g Armbro Goal - Exel Hjordal) Dr: Nicolaj Andersen Tr: Jörn Nörlem 7 Tumble Dust (3c Crazed - Affinity) Dr: Johnny Takter Tr: Tomas Malmqvist 8 Tycoon Conway Hall (3c Conway Hall - Golden Sunday) Dr: Steen Juul Tr: Steen Juul 9 Tip Esterel (3c Esterel Sunset - Hera Esterel) Dr: Flemming Jensen Tr: Flemming Jensen 10 Tripolini V P (3g Archduke Kemp - Lady Magic) Dr: Jeppe Juel Tr: Jeppe Juel 11 Thengill (3g From Above - Elegant Lady) Dr: Johan Untersteiner Tr: Peter Untersteiner 12 Ticket To Heaven (3c Great Challenger - Honey Flamingo) Dr: Morten Friis Tr: Jan Friis by Dave Sanders for Harnesslink.com
YONKERS, NY, Saturday, September 28, 2013-Yonkers Raceway Saturday night hosted the richest night of racing in the state, the 24th edition of the New York Night of Champions. The $1.8 million event offered eight, $225,000 sire stakes finals for 2-and 3-year-olds of both sexes and gaits. So as to offend anyone, here's the chronologically-compiled skinny... Crawford Farms 2-Year-Old Colt/Gelding Trot- Flyhawk El Durado (Mark MacDonald, $10.60) took the house from post position No. 4 (29.2; 1:00.2; 1:29.3; 1:58) for a fifth consecutive (NYSS) win. His dead-heat dance partner of a week ago here, Credit Fashion (Brian Sears), chased this night from the pocket, but missed a neck as the 2-5 choice. Cash Me Out (Mickey McGivern) rallied from third from the eight-hole. For second choice "El Durado," a s son of Conway Hall owned by Martin Scharf and trained by Mark Ford, he is now 6-for-9 this season. The exacta paid $14.60, with the triple returning $108.50. "You never worry about him trotting out of there, and that's a big help," MacDonald said. "He felt good in the lane." Allerage Farm 2-Year-Old Filly Trot-Late-season scourge Market Rally (John Cummings Jr., $10.40), from post No. 5, did her damage from third over. She picked up division leader Maud Blue Chip (Sears) by a neck in 1:59.1. "Maud," the 7-10 favorite, went first up-and-over Flyhawk Falina (Dan Daley) before the three-quarters (:29, :59, 1:29.2), but could not stave off the winner. Exotic Form (Jason Bartlett), stuck in when he entrymate quit on the lead, rallied for third. For third choice Market Rally, a Cash Hall miss ($7,500 @ Morrisville), co-owned by (trainer) Megan Wilson and Johnny Yoder, it was her fourth win in 10 '13 tries (3-for-3 here). The exacta paid $23.20, with the triple returning $47.40. "I just waited for the dust to settle and let her do her thing," Cummings said. "We thought she was a just a good filly from a good family," Wilson said, adding the Breeders Crown may be next on the dance card. Winbak Farm 2-Year-Old Filly Pace-Sweetnsinful (Jimmy Whittemore) tried taking no prisoners (:27.1, 56.2, 1:26), including stuffing a fumbly-gaited Ali Blue (Jim Morrill Jr.) into a three-hole. The two-hole was locked up by Bettor Business (Dan Dube), and wound up serving her well. From post No. 2, Bettor Business ducked inside, getting to the winner and prevailed by three-quarters of a length in a maiden-breaking 1:54.2. Ali Blue, as the 4-5 choice, was third. For fourth choice Bettor Business, a daughter of Bettor's Delight ($42,000 @ Harrisburg) co-owned (as Triple D Stables) by trainer Scott DiDomenico and JFE Enterprises, she returned $27.40 (partnered with Scandalicious) for that initial win in nine seasonal tries. The exacta paid $138.50, with the triple returning $124. Stirling Brook Farms 3-Year-Old Filly Trot-The aptly-named--and odds-on--Bouncing Bax (Bartlett, $2.70), who began the season losing her first nine races, romped to a fifth consecutive win (:28.4, :59, 1:27.2, 1:56.2), From post No. 4, she took over from Barn Babe (Cummings Jr.), then "ran away" and hid. The margin was fourth lengths in a life-best effort. Second went to Royal Malinda (Daley), with Alphadoodle (MacDonald) third. For Bouncing Bax, a Credit Winner lass ($30,000 @ Harrisburg) trained by Jim Raymer for Harbor Racing Stable, the resume is five wins in 14 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $16.40, with the triple returning $47. Morrisville College Equine Institute 3-Year-Old Colt/Gelding Trot-Crazy About Pat (Eric Goodell, $8.50) could not have asked for a better set-up. From post No. 4, he was perched In The Pocket as E L Rocket (George Brennan) dealt with a first-up, 7-5 choice Tirade Hanover (Morrill Jr.) through fractions of :27.4, :57.2 and 1:26.3. "Pat" edged off the cones, he edged past Tirade Hanover, winning by a half-length in 1:55, with E L Rocket third. For fourth choice Crazy About Pat, a homebred son of Crazed owned by (co-breeder) Patricia Stable and trained by Noel Daley, he's now 8-for-18 this season. The exacta paid $20.20, with the triple returning $67. "I raced him earlier in the season, and I was very fortunate to get the drive back," Goodell said. "I had the choice to go in and out, and things worked very well. He's a talented colt." Genesee Valley Farm 2-Year-Old Colt/Gelding Pace-What can we say about He's Watching? Try this. An eighth win as many starts, a 1:52.2 track record for his weight class--also matching a world record--after a 6¼ -length beat-down. Leaving from the pole with Morrill Jr. in tow, He's Watching worked around barn buddy Major Trick (Bartlett), then set sails through stations of :28.1, :56.1 and 1:24.4 (equal halves of :56.1 for the 1-9 favorite, after some fast math). Big Boy Dreams (Sears) was a first-up second, with Major Trick third. For He's Watching ($2.20), a son of American Ideal ($3,000 @ Harrisburg) co-owned by (trainer) Dave Menary, Brad Gray and Michael Guerrero, he's now earned $291,722. The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $6.80. "I don't where the bottom is," Morrill said. "He's a small colt, but he doesn't race like one. I was just letting him cruise." "This is the icing for him," Menary said. "He's been life-changing for me. He's probably done for the season, so while the others are down at Lexington, the Breeders Crown and the Matron, we can get a head start toward next season." Cameo Hills Farm 3-Year-Old Filly Pace-Track record-holder for this division, Social Scene (Brennan, $10.20) did her damage as per usual...from off the pace. After Winbak Heavenly (Jim Marohn Jr.) and defending champ Summertime Lea (Morrill Jr.) slugged it out early (:27.1, :55.4), Social Scene--from post No. 6--went up and after the leader. She zipped by 4-5 fave "Lea"--who was bothered by a first-turn breaker--opening five lengths by the 1:23.1 three-quarters. The margin was a half-dozen at the wire in 1:53, with longshots Cheyenne Miriam (Andy Miller), Springforth (Larry Stalbaum) and Ballineen (Sears) upping the exotics. For second choice Social Scene, an American Ideal ma'am ($37,000 @ Lexington) co-owned by West Wins Stable and Steve Calhoun and trained by Casie Coleman, she's won half of her 14 '13 tries. The exacta paid $214.50, the triple returned $2,198 and the superfecta paid $76,990 (base $2 payout, 10-cent ticket paid $3,849.50). Summertime Lea faded to seventh. "When she's right, there's no filly that can hold her out," Brennan said. "She'd has some breathing issues, but she was sharp tonight." Blue Chip Farms 3-Year-Old Colt/Gelding Pace-A third consecutive "lonely horse" to end the sires, as 3-10 choice Fool Me Once (Sears, $2.70) gave nothing else a shot. From post No. 5, it was effortless (:27.2, :56.2, 1:24.3, 1:51.3). The separation was 8½ lengths at the end, with Bettor Than You (Goodell) second at 42-1, ahead of 30-1 Framed Art (MacDonald). For Fool Me Once, a son of Art Major ($70,000 @ Harrisburg) co-owned by (trainer) Mark Austin and Daniel Smith, it was his 10th win in 14 seasonal starts (14-for-24 lifetime, earnings over $612,000). The exacta paid $42.40, with the triple returning $313.50. "He's a cut above the sire stakes horses," Sears said. "He was comfortable and I get let him go on with it." The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available around the NYRA schedule. Frank Drucker
The annual Morrisville State College (NY) Equine Institute Fall Yearling Sale took place Sunday with 125 yearlings (mostly NYSS eligibles) selling. The average price was a respectable $10,246. Top consignor and sires, with more than one selling) are listed below. Sale topper was hip 49, the Lucky Chucky-Classical Princess-Malabar man colt Lucky Pablo that brought $59,000. The colt was consigned by Crawford Farms LLC of Syracuse and acquired by Jim Gianncazzi of Fayetteville, NY. Second dam of this colt produced the $2 million international winner Crowning Classic (1:55f by Crowning Point). Top Consignor: Crawford Farms LLC (11 sold) $20,455 average Top Sires: Lucky Chucky (6 sold) $22,000 average Conway Hall (7) $19,286 Art Major (2) $19,000 Crazed (7) $16,571 RC Royalty (17) $13,206 by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com