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YONKERS, N.Y. – Stormy Kromer will make his first start of the year Saturday night (March 7) in the $44,000 Open Handicap Trot at Yonkers Raceway. The Dejarmbro son rose through the harness racing ranks last year, earning eight wins and $154,195 in 2019, and became competitive in the weekly trotting features, exceeding the expectations of his trainer, Paul Stafford. A private trainer for Tom Ceraso, Jr. since Aug. 2018, Stafford manages a 26-strong stable at Gaitway Farm. When the duo shop for horses, they have Yonkers Raceway in mind. Such was the case when they acquired Stormy Kromer last spring. “I’ve known Tom for probably 10 years, maybe a little longer,” Stafford said. “I had trained a horse for him in Chicago and we’ve been friends ever since. Never really had any discussions about training his horses out here, but opportunity presented itself, and here we are. “We race primarily at Yonkers,” Stafford said. “We like to race at Yonkers. It’s the best money. We try to buy horses that can go around a half-mile racetrack.” Stormy Kromer raced for Pete and Melanie Wrenn in the Midwest and at Pompano during the winter. Stormy Kromer won his last three starts for the Wrenns, including two legs and a final of a late-closing series at Hoosier Park in April 2019, all on the front end and all by open lengths. His victory in the $16,000 series final came by 8 3/4 lengths. “He looked like a nice horse on the track,” Stafford said. “It’s tough to adjust times off a five-eighths or a seven-eighths to a half, but we knew were buying a horse who obviously had a ton of gate speed because the horse was always on the front for Pete when he was good. It was just a matter of if he was going to be OK for the half.” Stormy Kromer made his first start for Stafford at Yonkers Raceway May 3, 2019 and removed any doubt. Starting from post seven in a $23,000 overnight, the gelding made the lead and never looked back, cruising to a 1 3/4-length win in 1:56. “When I talked to Pete, it was ‘what you see is what you get.’ The horse wears almost no equipment. It’s nice to take a horse that you’re going to race on a half-mile racetrack and not have to put any additional equipment on,” Stafford said. “First impressions were maybe he wouldn’t be able to go the other way, maybe he would just be able to go on the front, but about five or six starts in for us, he raced out of a hole and he was good and it was like, ‘OK, maybe we have a horse who can do it both ways now.’ " After his triumphant Hilltop debut, Stormy Kromer was unplaced in two Open Handicap tries before posting a pair of seconds in $29,000 overnights. Ten starts after his initial victory, Stormy Kromer found the winner’s circle again in an $18,500 overnight July 30 after posting a 13 1/4-length win in 1:54.4. By late-fall, Stormy Kromer became competitive in the higher classes. He finished second in a Preferred Handicap Nov. 9 and rode a pocket trip to a 1:54.0 victory in the same class two weeks later. Stormy Kromer earned checks in two of three Open Handicap tries late last year. “We thought we were buying a middle condition horses, non-winners of $10,000, non-winners of $20,000, maybe jump up in (non-winners of) $30,000 every once in a while, but Stormy Kromer has decided otherwise for us that he wants to be an Open trotter,” Stafford said. “I think he’s maybe a step below the top, top trotters, but he’s definitely shown us that he can compete either way. He can go on the front or he can race off the pace, which those horses are tough to come by.” Despite his acceleration off the gate, Stormy Kromer doesn’t get headstrong and settles for his driver after a quick opening quarter. “Once you get in the Opens and the Preferreds, you’re not going to be able to have your own way on the front like he was in those lower classes,” Stafford said. “Those are great horses that make a lot of money up there because they’re going to come after you, they’re not just going to let you stay up there. “One of the luxuries of ‘Stormy’ is when he leaves the gate, he comes right back to you, which is another thing you don’t usually see with horses, especially trotters. Usually, if you get them wound up a few weeks in a row, you have to reel them back in otherwise they get too excited behind the gate thinking they’re going to leave every week. ‘Stormy’ isn’t like that. He can leave in :27 with the car or he can duck and get away sixth if you need him too.” Stormy Kromer raced through the end of the 2019 season at Yonkers and got three weeks off before resuming training. He had one qualifier with regular driver Brent Holland in preparation for his return Saturday, winning the trial gate-to-wire by 7 1/4 lengths in 1:56.4 at Yonkers Feb. 28. “So far, he’s done everything we’ve asked him to do. I thought he qualified really well. Brent was happy with him,” Stafford said. “When you start talking about a horse that you know is going to have to go into an Open in his first start, you have to get them a little tighter. I spent some extra time at the farm and trained him fast one more time because we knew we had to go a little quicker qualifier than you normally would like because of where he had to go.” Stormy Kromer drew post two and is a 5-1 morning line in his return. He will face five other trotters, including Melady’s Money, who was handicapped the outside off a 1:54.3 victory in the Preferred Feb. 22 and Weslynn Dancer, who looked like her old self winning a $27,000 overnight by 5 1/2 lengths Feb. 29. Elysium Lindy was beaten a nose by Lean Hanover in last week’s Open and drew post one. Arabella’s Cadet and Mostinterestingman complete the lineup. “I think he should be OK. He got a tough bunch. I know it’s only a six-horse field, but that’s a nice group of horses that we’re in with,” Stafford said. “He did draw the inside. I think with the qualifier and the way he came out of his qualifier, I think he’s competitive in there.” Yonkers Raceway features live harness racing Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. The M Life Rewards Series for Ladies and Gents continue with their second legs Monday and Tuesday night, respectively. The Blue Chip Matchmaker Series will return Friday, March 13 and the Borgata Pacing Series starts Saturday, March 14. First post time is 7:05 p.m. For entries to the races, click here. by Brandon Valvo, for the SOA of NY

LEBANON, OH. - Three races shared the  harness racing spotlight at Miami Valley Raceway on Tuesday (Feb. 18) afternoon as the five-eighths mile oval hosted a $24,000 Open Trot, the $20,000 championship leg of the Robert J. Brown Memorial trotting series and the $15,000 championship of the Survivor Series for $5000 claiming mares. Majestic Player A (Brett Miller), a recent import from Down Under, surged past Party At The Banks (Chris Page) midstretch and held for a narrow 1:54.2 victory. Peggy Sue (Brady Galliers) benefitted from a pocket ride and grabbed the show dough. Junior Haynes trains the 6-year-old winner for Jeffrey Fought, Brian Carsey and Casey Myers. Mary Mag Delene (Sandy Beatty) sat patiently in fifth in the early going of the Robert J. Brown Memorial final for non-winners of two or $20,000 trotters. After the halfway juncture was passed in :57.3 the 5-year-old daughter of Dejarmbro was angled to the outside. Moved up to second-over in fourth at the 1:27.1 three quarters, Beatty and Mary Mag Delene had the most trot in the lane, topping Stone Cold Blue (Tetrick) and stablemate B Threeseven (Brett Miller) in 1:57.4. "I thought the other half of my entry had a little better chance!" exclaimed an excited Beatty in the winner's circle, but this is a good looking mare who seems to be at the top of her game right now." Unfortunately, Beatty's other entrant (B Threeseven) made a break nearing the three quarters marker which eliminated his chances of winning although he recovered nicely to come back for third. Beatty co-owns Mary Mag Delene with Mazing Racing Stable. Her clocking was a new lifetime best. The ten mares who lined up for the Survivor Series final had survived two elimination heats to reduce the field from a group of 38 hopefuls. When the gate swung open it was Rock The Baby and driver Josh Sutton who sprinted to the front and then throttled back to a :28.3 opening panel. When favored Nice Trip (Tetrick) came calling early Sutton decided it was his mare's race to win or lose and pressed forward to a :56.4 halfway split. With Nice Trip still pressing on the outside, Rock The Baby still had the advantage as the pair sped past the three quarter station in 1:25.2. In the stretch the 5-year-old Rockin Image lass was able to pull away from the competition and triumphed handily in 1:54.4. Rock The Baby was claimed for $6000 from the first elimination heat of the Survivor Series by trainer Larry Finn and his partner Chad Stone. After a runnerup finish in the second elimination and the victory in the final, she has now produced a nifty $11,250 return on investment in two weeks . From Miami Valley Raceway

DAYTON, OH. - Pass The Vape, a 3-year-old gelded son of Dejarmbro, was the youngest horse in the Friday (Oct. 5) night $18,500 Open Handicap Trot at Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway. He was also the least experienced in the field making just his 20th lifetime start, and first in open company. He was also the best on this night, pulling a mild upset in 1:54.1-establishing a new track record for sophomore gelding trotters by more than a full second. Driver-trainer Derek Watiker used the rail post position to full advantage, grabbing a snug two-hole behind Penn (Josh Sutton) through opening fractions of :27.4, :56.4 and 1:25 before sliding out from the pylons at the head of the stretch and winning an exciting duel to the wire. Pine Dream (Chris Page) and Optimist Blue Chip (Jeremy Smith) also angled out as the field passed the three-quarter mile mark and made the outcome very interesting before settling for place and show laurels. Penn faded to fourth in the lane while favored Moonshiner Hanover (Aaron Merriman) also tired following a grueling first-over grind the entire final lap. Pass The Vape has had an outstanding 2018 season after earning just $6169 in four starts at age two. He won the inaugural trotting division of the James K. Hackett Memorial at Miami Valley Raceway in April and followed it up by winning the first leg of the Ohio Sires Stakes series in early May at that venue. He has now won 7 times and added 6 runnerup finishes in 16 seasonal starts, banking $218,510 for owner Lionel Watiker of Zanesville, Ohio. His most lucrative effort was a second place finish in the $275,000 O.S.S. championship at Scioto Downs on September 8. With his latest triumph, Pass The Vape has now finished either first or second in ten consecutive trips to the post. Racing resumes at Hollywood Dayton on Saturday night with a 6:15 p.m. post time. From the Dayton Raceway Media Department

When Let's Get Started won her $40,000 Ohio Sires Stake on Monday night, August 15 at Northfield Park, breeder Richard McClelland, who owns the harness racing daughter of Dejarmbro in partnership with his wife Joyce couldn't have been happier.   The filly not only set a new track record of 1:57 in the process but her name also honors Richard's mother, a native of Ireland who lived to be 94.   The McClellands, who hail from Zanesville, Ohio, are best known as the co-owners of last year's Hambletonian winner Pinkman. However, they are also heavily invested in the Ohio Sires Stakes program, having owned Standardbreds for four decades.   Trained by Bobby Brower, 9-5 Let's Get Started sat third through fractions of :29.1 and 57.4 before challenging the leading Chim Swift (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) and taking over the lead at the 1:27.3 three-quarter mile marker. The solidly-trotting filly then used a :29.2 final brush to sweep under the wire first.   The victory--Let's Get Started's third in four lifetime starts--pushed the filly's bankroll to a hefty $70,300. She was second in the first leg of this series and captured Leg 2 in 1:56.3--setting a new track record at Scioto Downs on July 19 for her gender, gait and age.   "It's great to have a 2-year-old that has established new track records at both Scioto and Northfield," Richard admitted.   Let's Get Started is the seventh of eight foals out of her dam, the SJ's Photo mare Tori Ann--who the McClellands campaigned to $104,741 in earnings.   "Dick Rankin raced Tori Ann for us," Richard explained. "She was a Pennsylvania-bred filly that I named after my granddaughter."   Tori Ann took a mark of 1:57.2f and when she retired to the breeding shed in 2007, the McClellands decided to name every foal out of her after something to do with Richard's mother.   "Tori Ann's second foal (a daughter of Muscles Yankee) was named Shanty Irish," Richard noted. "That was because my mother grew up in an area in Ireland where most of the people were quite poor and lived in shanties."   Shanty Irish took a 5-year-old mark of 1:55f en route to winning 11 races and $125,739. The McClellands then named her 2012 foal She Wore Red (by Yankee Glide) 4, 1:53.2f ($156,575), since Richard's mother always dressed in red clothing.   Tori Ann's 2013 foal--christened Milligan's School 3, 1:53.2f ($490,226)--is a half-sister to Let's Get Started.   "My mother went to school for eight years in Ireland in a one-room school house," Richard remembered. "And the school was named Milligan, so that's how this colt got his name."   And Let's Get Started?   "When my mother was 82, my wife Joyce gave her a diary, and the first thing my mother wrote in there was 'I'm 82-years-old, let's get started,'" Richard said.   A new Northfield Park track record for 2-year-old pacing fillies was established that same evening when the Brian Brown-conditioned Glorious Intent scored a 1:54 clocking in the final OSS division. Owned and bred by the Emerald Highlands Farm of Mount Vernon, Ohio, the daughter of No Pan Intended stopped the clock in 1:54 for driver Chris Page.   Ohio Sires Stakes continue Tuesday, August 16 at Scioto Downs, with nine $40,000 divisions for 2-year-old pacing and trotting colts and geldings. Post time is 2 pm, ET.   by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator

Northfield Park will host 13 Ohio Sires Stakes divisions this coming Monday and Tuesday, spotlighting 2-year-old pacing and trotting colts and geldings. Post time each night is 6 pm, ET. On Monday, July 11, eight divisions of freshman pacers vying for $320,000 in purses will be contested, with each division carrying a purse of $40,000. A total of 70 pacing colts and geldings will line up behind the Northfield starting gate in leg II of this series. In the first OSS division (Race 1), Sunny's Bro tries for his second OSS win--having captured Leg I at Scioto Downs on July 4 in a front-stepping 1:56 for driver Greg Grismore. Doug Hinklin conditions the son of Big Bad John for the Parent Racing Stable of Holland, Ohio. Sunny's Boy was bred by Midland Acres. McThriller looks for a repeat OSS victory as well in OSS division two (Race 3) Monday night. The Brian Brown-trained son of McArdle won his OSS Leg I on July 4 at Scioto Downs in a come-from-behind effort in 1:55.2 for driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. Bred by Gbn Breeding Farm, McThriller is owned by Nr Holdings, TLP Stable and Howard Taylor. Scotch McEwan vies in this same divisions for trainer Bill Dailey and owner Carl Atley of Xenia, Ohio. Bred by Rebecca Ewing of Ohio, this bay son of McArdle roared to a 1:55.2 victory on July 4 at Scioto Downs with Josh Sutton aboard, devastating his rivals by nearly five lengths. The strikingly-handsome youngster Air Raid starts from post two in the third OSS division (Race 4). This son of The Panderosa scored a 1:57 triumph in his career debut at Scioto Downs on July 4. Trained by Mike Roth, Air Raid was bred by Spring Haven Farm and is owned by Alan Keith and Joe Sbrocco. McRaven, the fastest OSS Leg I winner returns to vie from post nine in the fourth OSS division (Race 6). Trainer Brian Brown harnessed the son of McArdle to a sparkling 1:53.3 triumph on July 4 at Scioto Downs, winning by nearly five lengths in his career debut. Bred by the Parent Racing Stable, McRaven is owned by Country Club Acres and L&H Management Services. OSS Leg I winners Drunk On Your Love and Stanley K are set to battle in the fifth OSS division (Race 7) from posts one and two respectively. Both won their Leg I tests one week ago at Scioto Downs. Drunk On Your Love, a son of Foreclosure N posted a wire-to-wire 1:54.3 clocking with Danny Noble at the lines for trainer Bill Dailey. Bred by the Bauder Family of Ohio, Drunk On Your Love is owned by Richard Lombardo, Carl & Melanie Atley and Josh Green. Stanley K is a son of McArdle who is owned, trained and was bred by the father-son team of Daryl and Kent Sherman. He won his OSS Leg I test in a handy 1:56.1. Barnabas--an OSS Leg I winner in 1:56--nabbed the coveted rail slot in the sixth OSS division (Race 9) for driver Chris Page and trainer Brian Brown. The son of McArdle was bred by Kevin Greenfield and is owned by the Ohio-based partnership of Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco, Richard Lombardo and William Robinson. Brian Brown harnesses OSS Leg I victor Corner Con Artist in the eighth OSS division (Race 14). Driven by Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., the Art Official gelding paced to a 1:55.3 clocking on July 4 at Scioto Downs for owner/breeder Stephen Sexton of Xenia, Ohio. On Tuesday evening, 44 trotting colts will go postward in five $40,000 OSS divisions, in Leg II of this series. In the first OSS division (Race 1), the quartet of Leg I winners, Just Plain DJ, Speed Lane, Full Surge and Buckeye Boss will slug it out. Just Plain DJ is a Dejarmbro gelding conditioned by Scott Cox for Ohioans Jughead Stable, Peters and Lindsey, who will start from post one. Bred by the Double Spring Farm, Just Plain DJ trotted to a 2:01.1 victory in his pari-mutuel debut on July 4 at Scioto Downs with Danny Noble in the sulky. Bill Dailey will harness Speed Lane from post two for owners Kim Dailey, Randy Leopard and Tim Homan. Bred by Conquest Acres of Indiana, the black Dejarmbro gelding won his first OSS trophy at Scioto Downs on July 4 in a snappy 1:59.1. Full Surge--who scored a 1:59.4 triumph in his OSS Leg I test on July 4 at Scioto Downs--hails from co-owner and trainer Marty Wollam's stable. The bay son of Full Count won his pari-mutuel debut for the Ohio partnership of AN Fusco, RR Wollam and RR Roll. Full Surge was bred by Marlon A. Miller of Ohio. Buckeye Boss will leave from post seven for trainer Chris Beaver, who owns the Triumphant Caviar colt in partnership with breeder Marion Beach and Synerco Ventures, Inc. This colt will be trying for his third consecutive victory in as many tries--having won a Scioto Downs overnight on June 21 in 1:59.4 before taking his OSS Leg I event in 1:59 on July 4 at Scioto Downs. Fraser Ridge heads up the second OSS division (Race 2) from post eight for trainer Brian Brown and driver Aaron Merriman. Bred by Kentucky's Steve Stewart, the Triumphant Caviar son trotted to a commanding 1:59 victory at Scioto Downs on July 4 in Leg I of this OSS series. This robust colt is owned by Beaver, Robinson, and Mondillo of Ohio and by RBH Ventures of New York, NY. The third OSS division (Race 3) features eight trotting youngsters who are looking for their maiden wins. The most likely to accomplish this feat is Always A Good Time--another Chris Beaver-trained son of Triumphant Caviar who was second by a neck to the winning Speed Lane in his OSS Leg I test on July 4 at Scioto Downs. Always A Good Time was clocked in 1:59.1 for his effort with Aaron Merriman at the lines. In the fourth OSS division (Race 4), Dejarmbro's Yankee will be looking to make amends from his second place finish in his OSS Leg I contest on July 4 at Scioto Downs. He appears poised for his first career victory for trainer-driver Ed Greeno, Jr. Dejarmbro's Yankee, a gelded son of Dejarmbro, was bred by Mervin Schmucker of Indiana, and was bested by a length by Just Plain DJ in 2:01.2 last week. The youngster is owned by Eg Trot of Findlay, Ohio. The fifth and final OSS trotting division (Race 6) of the July 12 card features a field of nine diagonally-gaited youngsters looking to capture their first OSS contest. Rose Run Spanky was second in 1:59.2 on July 4 at Scioto Downs in OSS Leg I for driver Danny Noble and trainer Bill Dailey. The bay altered son of And Away We Go starts from post one for these same connections. He was bred by the Rose Run Farm of Ohio. Winning Memories--trained by Danny Collins for Michael Lewis, Joe Sbrocco and Mary McLoughlin, makes his pari-mutuel debut in this same division. Bred by Robert Miller of Kentucky, the son of Dejarmbro qualified at Scioto Downs on July 5 in 2:03, scoring by 15 lengths with Ryan Holton in the sulky and looks like a solid threat against his rivals. by Kimberly Rinker, for the OSDF  

Springfield, OH --- A son and daughter from the second crop of Big Bad John topped the first edition of the Buckeye Classic Yearling Sale, managed by the Hoosier Classic Sale Company, on Wednesday (Sept. 30) at the Champions Center Expo. The sale topper from the 190 head entered in the sale was Hip No. 175, a colt named Big Ron, who sold for $57,000 out of the Winterwood Farm consignment to Mark Evers of Lebanon, Ohio. Bred by Duane Miller and Gene Borkholder, the colt was the first foal out of Jamie Sue p, 3, 1:52.3f ($167,928), herself a sister to Mypanmar ($1,491,968), Pang Shui ($535,665), Road Bet ($380,315), Pandarin Duck ($190,004) and Sri Panka ($183,022). “I used to race Art’s Chip against Mypanmar,” said Evers, who bought the colt for his Velocity Standardbreds. “[Big Ron] looked a lot like him, but he was just a different color. It looked like a really good family and he looked the part.” The top filly was Hip No. 154, a Big Bad John filly named Girl Of Norway, who sold for $47,000 from the Winterwood consignment. Evers also signed the sales slip. Bred by Miller as well, Girl Of Norway is out of Fox Valley Monika, a sister to world champion Glass Pack p, 2, 1:50.4; 3, 1:50.2h; 1:49.4 ($976,602), Doubletrouble ($675,829), Our Dragon King ($427,746), Architect ($189,976) and Flowmaster ($132,788). “I just came for those two and I just bought those two,” said Evers. “I had about a half-dozen marked on paper, but when I saw [Big Ron and Girl Of Norway], they looked the part, too.” The top-selling trotter was hip No. 157, a colt named Dominic The Donkey, who sold for $32,000 out of the Winterwood consignment to Rene Allard, agent. Bred by Cornerstone Farm, Dominic The Donkey is by first-crop sire Dejarmbro out of Future Talent, who is a sister to Friendly Amigo ($557,965). “I wouldn’t have been a bit surprised if he would have brought $40,000 or $50,000,” said Albert Adams, who operates Winterwood Farm with his son, Mark. Overall, he said the sale was a success from his standpoint. “If you had something that people wanted, they didn’t mind paying for it,” he said. “If you don’t have what people come to the sale to buy, you’re going to suffer.” Foals by McArdle, who sends his first crop of Ohio-eligible foals to the sales the year, lit up the bid board early, with Hip No. 22, a filly named McTravisty, and Hip No. 55, a colt named McRaven, each selling for $27,000 out of the Winterwood consignment. Stephen Sexton and Brian Brown, respectively, signed the sales slips. While final numbers will not be in for several days, the gross was estimated at $1.2 million for an average estimate of around $7,000 per horse sold, according to sales manager Steve Cross. “It was a great building block for us,” he said. “We really appreciate the consignors that took the chance on a new sale. There’s always some apprehension there. I think our consignors really stepped up to the plate, brought us some nice colts, and I think we hit a home run.” Consignors were complimentary of the facility and the way the sale was run. “First sales can be total flops or they can be solid, and I think this one was solid,” said Adams. “It was set up to make people comfortable. I think Steve put a lot of thought into this and did a really good job.” Full sales results can be viewed here:   

The 59th Annual Pre-Jug Mixed Sale featured black type yearlings along with several hundred racehorses. The first Dejarmbro yearlings to hit the sales were led by Impress The Best at $20,000. Consigned by Hickory Lane Farm, the striking black colt out of Lexis Electra was purchased by Mary Timura of Ohio. The initial Ohio eligible crop of McArdle's was led by Frita's Rose at $17,000. Consigned by Jake Schwarts the daughter of Margarita Frita was purchased by Jim and Kim Dailey. Competitive racehorses were in high demand with trainers eagerly trying to restock their stables. Ultra consistent high class pacer Southwind Terror topped the sale at $48,000. Consigned by Rene Allard the 5-year old son of Camluck returned to Yonkers under the ownership of Empowered Stables LLC. While Rene Allard brought a strong consignment to the sale, he also left with new purchases to replace them. Among these was the Open trotter Silent Son for $29,000, that happened to be the last hip number in the supplement of the 723 horses offered. Allard also got the bid on the promising 3-year old full brother to Color's A Virgin for $27,000 and the handy half mile track specialist Innocent Victim for $23,000. The very fast aged pacer A J Corbelli p,3,1:49 $483,849 came in from Mohawk and was purchased by Tommy Householder of Ohio to compete at the state's newly revived tracks. Cory Stratton of New York came shopping specifically with Yonkers on his mind. Stratton was successful in getting the fast 4-year old trotter Pasadena Star for $26,000 and the high end claimer Stone Tree for $23,000. For complete results and information on the Fall Blooded Horse Sale November 16-19 visit www.bloodedhorse.com. For additional information contact jhaws@bloodedhorse.com Dot Morgan

With the new season upon us, harness racing breeders have at least two reasons to be excited thanks to Global Stallion Management. The popular group has secured top prospects for Australasian breeders, which are destined to be well patronised. Thanks to the hard work and vision of Global’s Scott Robertson and Gary Donaldson, champion pacer Pet Rock and world champion trotter Dejarmbro are heading ‘Down Under’. A royally-bred son of Rocknroll Hanover, Pet Rock’s maternal line includes the likes of Artsplace, Cam Fella and Albatross. A relentless pacer, which earned the nickname of ‘The Crusher’, Pet Rock coupled blistering speed with a seemingly endless supply of stamina. Boasting a world record 1.47 on a 5/8-mile track, the stallion also registered a world record of 1.48.1 on a half-mile circuit. Often complimented for his “flawless gait”, Pet Rock will stand at the well-known Yirribee Stud in New South Wales, with interstate mares eligible for the lucrative NSW Breeders’ Challenge as well as their local futurities. In one of the best cropS of the modern era, Dejarmbro was a standout as he established several milestones, including a world record at three. From the Donerail mare Armbro Déjà Vu, Dejarmbro belongs to one America’s premier trotting families, which is littered with superstar performers and is closely-related to Monarchy, making him an attractive cross. A magnificent looking stallion, Dejarmbro was fully booked in America, with his ‘card’ – via frozen semen - expected to fill quickly in the Southern Hemisphere as well. Pet Rock and Dejarmbro will join Global Stallion Management’s established line-up consisting of Angus Hall, BG’s Folly, Julius Caesar, Lawman and Stonebridge Regal. Global can be contacted via Robertson on 0400 331 386, Donaldson 0427 004 662 or Greg Ryan 0419 791 434 PAUL COURTS

Dejarmbro Tr 3, 1:52.4 ($1,137,285), rated one of the top juvenile trotters produced in America in the last decade, will be available to breeders in Australia and in New Zealand via frozen semen from Global Stallion Management next season. His service fee will be $4,400 including GST. One of fastest and richest sons of Credit Winner, twice leading sire of trotters in North America, Dejarmbro is currently standing at Hickory Lane Farm in Ohio where he has commanded a full book in his first two seasons at the stud. “We were looking for a quality son of Credit Winner and we are delighted to secure one of his best bred and best performed sons,” Global Stallion Management principal Scott Robertson said. Dejarmbro, foaled in 2008, began racing as a two-year-old when he included among his eight successes six legs and the $200,000 final of the New York Sire Stakes. After winning an elimination of the Breeders Crown in 1:55, Dejarmbro, when eyeing his eighth win on end, went offstride as the warm favourite in the $600,000 Final. Dejarmbro, as a three-year-old, was a racing sensation. In his 18-start campaign he earned $905,423, racing against top horses such as Manofmanymissions, Daylon Magician, Chapter Seven, Pastor Stephen and Broad Bahn. He took his record of 1:52.4 winning the inaugural $500,000 Earl Beal Junior Memorial at Pocono Downs’ five-eighths track, matching the world record for three-year-old trotting colts set by Break The Bank K. Dejarmbro won a heat of the $490,000 Kentucky Futurity before being edged out in the race-off by his very close relative Manofmanymissions and an elimination of the $280,000 Empire Breeders Classic (second in Final). He was also placed in the Grand Circuit events including the $500,000 Colonial Trot (behind Manofmany missions), the $1-million Canadian Trotting Classic, the $166,000 Stanley Dancer Memorial and a heat of the Breeders Crown (4th in Final). Dejarmbro is a member of the noted Star’s Pride line, that which produced Super Bowl, American Winner, Pine Chip, Sundon and co, all top sires. His sire Credit Winner (Tr 1:54) was a champion with stake earnings of $1,495,295 and has been one of America’s top sires for some time. He figures as the sire of two of America’s finest trotters in Chocolatier (Tr 1:53) and Crazed (Tr 1:52.4). On his dam’s side Dejarmbro comes from a family which has made a real impact on the American breeding scene. His dam, Armbro Déjà Vu (Tr 1:55.4), not only left Dejarmbro but she is a sister to the world champion Manofmanymissions (Tr 1:52.2), the winner of the 2YO Breeders Crown and $1.2-million to date. Armbro Déjà Vu was by champion sire and broodmare sire in the great Donerail (Tr 1:55.8) and was out of the Stakes winner Armbro Vanquish (Tr 1:55.8), by Garland Lobell from a great producer in Armbro Whirl, dam of Armbro Flori Tr 1:57 ($571,711) and the second dam of leading NZ trotting sire Monarchy (Tr 1:56.2). Dejarmbro is a striking young horse in every respect, a bold striding trotter and one who boasts ‘black type’ in every remove of his pedigree. by Peter Wharton    

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 --The Harness Racing Museum urges breeders to take advantage of the exceptional roster of stallions for the 2014 breeding auction.Bidding ends this Saturday, February 15, 2014 at noon Eastern.   This year's list includes Hall of Fame inductees Camluck (2008) standing in Ontario and Cam's Card Shark* (2007) in Pennsylvania.   By state and gait Ohio's trotting sires are Break The Bank K, Colie's, Dejarmbro, Northern Kid, Triumphant Caviar and Valley Victor. Ohio pacing sires are Feelin Friskie, Manhardt, Powerful Toy, Shark Gesture, Stand Forever, Three Olives, Woodstock and Yankee Cruiser*.   Pennsylvania trotters available for service are Lear Jetta, Sierra Kosmos and Tom Ridge*, and pacers Cam's Card Shark*, Ponder, Real Artist and Tuffofthetoughest.   New York is represented by trotting sires Conway Hall and Lucky Chucky. The pacing ranks consist of Lislea, Panther Hanover, Riverboat King*, Rockincam, So Surreal and Village Jove*.   Maryland trotters available are Charlie De Vie, Four Starz Robro, Groton Hall and Holy Guacamolie. Pacing stallions are Nuclear Breeze, The Fraternity Pan, Totally Western and Up Front Charlie. Ontario is represented by the trotting sire Angus Hall and pacing stallions Artistic Fella, Badlands Hanover, Camluck and Classic Card Shark. Indiana offers pacers Allthatgltrsisgold, Always A Virgin*, He's Gorgeous and Panspacificflight.Delaware provides trotter Cr Commando and pacing sire Dream Away. Illinois provides pacing sire Yankee Skyscaper.   Income raised by the auction, nearly $540,000 over the past 15 years, supports the Museum's General Operating Fund. It helps to ensure quality services, special exhibitions, traveling exhibits, promotional support and educational programming for children and adults. Our efforts also help to encourage new owners and fans!   For additional information on the auction, or to receive a complete list of stallions and conditions for bidding, please contact Joanne Young at 845.294.6330, development@harnessmuseum.com or visitwww.harnessmuseum.com. More than one breeding is available for horses marked with an (*)   Bids must be postmarked by February 15, 2014.   The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame is located at 240 Main Street in Goshen, N.Y. and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last tour 4 p.m.). Thanks to USTA support, the Museum is currently offering free admission for walk-in visitors and group docent-guided tours at a minimal charge per person. For additional information about the Museum, its membership program, special events and educational programs please call 845.294.6330 or visit www.harnessmuseum.com. From the Harness Racing Museum    

Harrisburg, PA --- Bodacious sold for $355,000 and was the sales topper during Monday's opening session of the Standardbred Horse Sale in Harrisburg. Chris Oakes signed the sales slip for the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Silky. She is a full sister to Beach Body p,2,1:53.1f ($280,609), the runner-up in last month's Breeders Crown for 2-year-old filly pacers. Oakes is also the trainer of Beach Body. Canepa Hanover sold for $300,000 earlier in the day. The Muscle Hill-Cressida Hanover colt was purchased by Jimmy Takter. He is a half-brother to 2006 Horse of the Year Glidemaster. Below is a list of the $100,000-plus yearlings sold during Monday's session. A full recap will be available shortly. Hip-Name-Sex-Sire-Dam-Price 194–Bodacious–Filly–Somebeachsomewhere-Silky–$355,000 Half-sister to Malicious (1:50.1f; $780,859) and Ms Malicious (1:51.4f; $351,963); full sister to Beach Body (1:53.1f; $280,609) 89–Canepa Hanover–Colt–Muscle Hill-Cressida Hanover–$300,000 Half-brother to 2006 Horse of the Year Glidemaster (1:51.1; $1.96 million) 202–Honey I’m Home–Colt–Well Said-Sweet Future–$300,000 Half-brother to Bettor Sweet (1:47.2; $2.78 million) and Sweet Lou (1:47.4s; $2.04 million) 155–Way Bay Hanover–Colt–Somebeachsomewhere-Western Duel–$270,000 Half-brother to Westwardho Hanover (1:49.1f; $689,408), Woodstock Hanover (1:50.1f; $456,007) and Whackamole Hanover (1:49f; $439,896) 108–Katniss–Filly–Credit Winner–Armbro Deja Vu–$260,000 Full sister to Dejarmbro (1:52.2f; $1.13 million) 189–Fire Permit–Colt–Credit Winner-Amber Fire Hanover–$230,000 Dam is a half-sister to Spicy Wings (1:54.3f; $570,720) 164–Paparazzi Hanover–Colt–Well Said-Paula’s Best–$190,000 Half-brother to Pirouette Hanover (1:50.3; $608,759) 172–Lookslikeachpndale–Colt–Muscle Hill-Poster Pin Up–$185,000 Stakes-winning dam had a mark of 1:55.4f and earned $439,454 187–Off To Bed–Colt–Credit Winner-Satin Pillows–$185,000 Full brother to To Dream On (1:52.1; $975,395) 162–Peruski Hanover–Colt–Somebeachsomewhere-Paris Hanover–$180,000 Dam is a half-sister to Philos Hanover (1:49.3f; $523,246) and Panther Hanover (1:47.2; $367,877) 144–Hit The Hay–Filly–Kadabra-Bedtime Song–$160,000 Dam is a half-sister to Pampered Princess (1:53; $1.64 million) 186–Workout Warrior–Colt–Muscle Hill-Sabrina Hall–$160,000 Half-brother to He’s A Demon (1:53.1; $305,370) 82–Its Okay To Stare–Filly–Deweycheatumnhowe-Glide By–$155,000 Dam is a half-sister to Maven (1:51.4h; $1.37 million) and Lanson (1:51.3; $791,586) 106–Lady Winona–Filly–Credit Winner-Ladylind–$155,000 Full sister to Jezzy (1:55; $834,240) 176–Wheels Ah Smokin–Colt–Muscles Yankee-Quick Credit–$155,000 Half-brother to Wheeling N Dealin (1:55; $811,226) 222–Bring On The Beach–Colt–Mach Three-Wheres The Beach–$155,000 Full brother to 2008 Horse of the Year Somebeachsomewhere (1:46.4; $3.22 million) 61–Dreams Beachboy–Colt–Somebeachsomewhere-Dream-A-While–$150,000 70–Morning Blue Chip–Colt–Bettor's Delight-BJ’s Sunshine–$150,000 Full-brother to Fashion Delight (1:50.1s; $803,897) 116–Lovely Jan–Filly–Muscle Massive-Lotsa Love–$145,000 Dam is a half-sister to Malabar Man (1:53.1; $2.14 million) 175–Motleyjue Bluechip–Colt–Art Major-Fool That I Am–$145,000 Full brother to Feel Like A Fool (1:49.4; $933,986) and Fool Me Once (1:48.1s; $635,057) 149–Anwar Hanover–Colt–Well Said-Allamerican Nadia–$140,000 Half-brother to Rusty’s All In (1:50f; $481,589) and Apprentice Hanover (1:49.4f; $383,405) 158–Strong Sorceress–Filly–Kadabra-One Tough Lass–$140,000 Dam won 2008 Kentucky Filly Futurity 133–Class Included–Colt–Muscles Yankee-Yankee Blondie–$137,000 Full brother to 2009 Horse of the Year Muscle Hill (1:50.1; $3.27 million) 114–Raylan Givens–Colt–Rock N Roll Heaven-Lisheen–$135,000 Half-brother to Lismara (1:47.3; $2.14 million) 216–Azorean Art–Colt–Art Major-Dancin Barefoot–$135,000 Stakes-winning dam had mark of 1:51.4f and earned $219,147 107–Lilu Hanover–Filly–Andover Hall-Lady Luck Hanover–$130,000 Full sister to Luckycharm Hanover (1:52.2; $430,056) 151–Ideal Donato–Colt–Donato Hanover-New Ideal–$130,000 Half-brother to Kadealia (1:55.1s; $570,375) 183–Arque Hanover–Colt–Rock N Roll Heaven-A Pippin Hanover–$130,000 Dam is a half-sister to Appleoosa Hanover (1:52.1s; $468,725) 200–Gold Beach–Filly–Somebeachsomewhere-Sunone–$130,000 Three-quarter brother to Smashbox (1:51.4s; $426,282) 62–Late Night–Colt–Art Major-Dreamland’s Jo Jo–$125,000 Half-brother to Real Nice (1:51.1h; $1.24 million) 227–Hard Rock Deo–Colt–Rocknroll Hanover-Worldly Beauty–$125,000 Full brother to World Of Rocknroll (1:50.3s; $338,561) 14–Raptureblisterburn–Filly–Conway Hall-Lady Marian–$120,000 Half-brother to Possessed Fashion (1:53.4; $314,272) 59–Day Man Hanover–Colt–Credit Winner-Dornello–$120,000 Half-brother to Lauderdale (1:54.1s; $217,535) 79–Sacreligulous–Colt–Credit Winner-Religulous–$120,000 168–Taiya Hanover–Filly–Rock N Roll Heaven–Trim Hanover–$120,000 Half-sister to American Jewel (1:48.2s; $1.84 million) 213–Penji Hanover–Colt–Art Major-Platinum Hanover–$120,000 Dam is a half-sister to Philos Hanover (1:49.3f; $523,246) and Panther Hanover (1:47.2; $367,877) 177–Can’t Wait Hanover–Colt–Somebeachsomewhere-Carolina Angel–$110,000 Dam is a full sister to Knock Three Times (1:51; $645,922) 204–Tady’s Legacy–Colt–Muscle Hill-Tady’s Comer–$110,000 Half-brother to Hez Striking (1:52.3s; $1 million) and Tady Strikes Again (1:54f; $585,681) 104–Rocknroll Katie–Filly–Rocknroll Hanover-Kutekatie–$100,000 Dam is a full sister to Kikikatie (1:50.3; $1.26 million) and Just Wait Kate (1:50.4; $387,931) by Ken Weingartner for USTA/HRC

BATAVIA, NY ---- JS Trotting Bob established a new Batavia Downs track record for 2-year-old colt trotters Monday afternoon by going wire-to-wire in 1:58.2 over a fast track in a $50,506 division of the New York Sires Stakes. That eclipsed the old mark of 1:58.4 set by Dejarmbro in 2010. Morrill Jr. then made it a clean sweep in the Sires Stakes as he guided Flyhawk El Durado to an easy 4-1/2 victory over General Bill Brown in 2:01.3 in the second $50,506 leg. Morrill Jr. finished with six winners on the Labor Day afternoon. While JS Trotting Bob ($3.20) set the new track record, he did have some anxious moments down the stretch. After posting fractions of 29.4, 59.1 and 1:29.0, he had to hold off an impressive late charge by Cash Me Out (Michael McGivern) who managed to close in within a half-length at the wire but had to settle for second. Daley Lovin (Dan Daley) was third. Morrill Jr. said of close finish, "My colt wasn't all in...he's still green. He stops then starts again." Fortunately for JS Trotting Bob, he had enough withstand the late challenge and score his sixth win in seven career starts. JS Trotting Bob (CR Excalibur-CR Mimosa) is owned by Ken Jacob's, KJ Stables and trained by Arnold Marks. The win put his earnings to $110,312 on the season. Flyhawk El Durado (Conway Hall-El Paso Gal) went gate-to-wire in notching his fourth win in seven appearances. He posted some leisurely fractions of 30.1, 1:01.4 to the half. But midway down the backstretch, General Bill Brown made a big brush and caught the attention of Flyhawk El Durado ($3.40). But that threat was quickly rebuffed by the winner and General Bill Brown had to settle for second while Mister Anson (Jim Doherty) took the show spot. Lukas Hall (Cat Manzi), sent off at 1-1, was sitting the garden spot around the final turn behind Flyhawk El Durado but broke stride and lost any hope. With the victory Flyhawk El Durado increased his winnings to $145,822 for owner Martin Scharf. Mark Ford trained the winner. In the $12,700 Excelsior Series for 2-year-old colt trotters, Winbak Glory ($9.10) and Cat Manzi went the fastest mile in the four divisions with a 2:00.4. Royal Max ($6.90) and John Stark Jr. posted a victory in 2:01.3 in the second division while in the third leg HS Merlin (Dan Daley) pulled the shocker with a $18.80 win in 2:03. Finally in the fourth and final division, Morrill Jr. cruised with Crazolo ($2.30) in 2:01.4. Haste (Jim McNeight) used a seasonal best of 1:57.4 to register a surprising $26.00 victory in the $8,500 Open Trot. The $3,000 Guaranteed Pick-4, which begins in the third race, returns on Wednesday night when racing resumes with a 12-race card slated for 6:30 p.m. The entire program will be telecast live on Time-Warner Cable, Channel 98 in Rochester and surrounding areas. The feature will be the seventh race as the Filly and Mare Open Pace will be contested for $8,500. Real Joy and driver Shawn McDonough are the 5-2 morning line favorite scoring from the six post. For more information including upcoming promotions, news and race replays, go to http://bataviadownscasino.com/live-racing . by Brian J. Mazurek

The first New Jersey Sires Stakes events of the year were the harness racing three year old colt & filly trots on Friday night at The Meadowlands. Smilin Eli made his first career start a stakes winning endeavor by wearing down the Takter entry of Muscle Mountain and Corky to score in 1:54.4 in the $34,000 colt division.

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