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WASHINGTON, PA -  April 13, 2021 -- The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) is pleased to announce that it is now accepting applications for its 2021-22 MSOA Collegiate Scholarships. Thanks to the help of many harness racing partners, this year will feature one of the most lucrative scholarship pools in the lengthy history of the program, with nearly $20,000 available to the winners. New contributors include Burke Racing, The Meadows and Diamond Creek Farm. "At a time when many families have been dealing with the loss of racing opportunities due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are very happy to be able to offer this type of financial assistance to our college students," said MSOA President Rich Gillock. This year's scholarships include: $5,000 MSOA Board of Directors Collegiate Scholarship; $5,000 Burke Racing Scholarship; $4,300 Andover Hall Scholarship (donated by Hanover Shoe Farms); $2,500 CSC Insurance Options Scholarship; $1,100 Bolt The Duer Scholarship (donated by Winbak Farms); $1,000 The Meadows Racetrack Scholarship; $1,000 Diamond Creek Farm Scholarship. Applicants must be a son or daughter of an owner, trainer, driver or groom who has participated in harness racing in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on a regular basis over the two years preceding the application. Said parent must be a member of the MSOA, and the applicant must be at least a senior in high school. One application covers all available scholarships. Applications, which must be postmarked by May 14 and returned to the MSOA office, can be found at this link: MSOA Scholarship Application 2021. An independent committee at the Harness Horse Youth Foundation will review the applications and determine the winners of each individual award. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA

Harness racing's Standardbred breeding facility, Diamond Creek Farm, was featured Monday evening on ABC News Channel 27 affiliate in Pennsylvania. Caroline Vazquez, Director of Marketing and Stallion Syndicate at Diamond Creek Farm in Wellsville, PA, gave great commentary as the television crew took shots of the farm, mares and foals in the field and inside one of the barns. To view the live newscast, click here. From ABC News

MILTON, March 16, 2021 - Woodbine Entertainment is pleased to announce a partnership with Diamond Creek Farm as a year-round sponsor of Standardbred racing at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The partnership highlights Woodbine Entertainment's commitment to world class racing and provides Diamond Creek Farm with a presence throughout the entire racing season and at all of Woodbine's signature Standardbred events. Established in 2005 by Adam Bowden, Diamond Creek Farm has become one the leading and most influential breeding operations in harness racing. With an initial focus on regal bloodlines and producing top quality horses for the sales ring and racetrack, Diamond Creek Farm has produced numerous champions and assembled an elite stallion roster. Diamond Creek Farm recently announced the addition of three-time Breeders Crown champion trotter Gimpanzee to its stallion lineup. The Dan Patch Award winning trotter won his second of three Breeders Crown titles at Woodbine Mohawk Park in 2019. Gimpanzee joins Dan Patch Award winning pacer Bettors Wish as new additions for the 2021 breeding season at Diamond Creek Farm. The entire "all-star" stallion roster for Diamond Creek Farm features winners of Woodbine Mohawk Park's most prestigious races, including the Pepsi North America Cup, Maple Leaf Trot and Canadian Trotting Classic. The full stallion roster for Diamond Creek Farm is listed below: Always B Miki Bettor's Wish Captain Crunch Crazy Wow Downbytheseaside Father Patrick Gimpanzee Marseille Southwind Frank Sweet Lou Diamond Creek Farm has operations based in Pennsylvania and Kentucky. For more information, visit www.DiamondCreekFarm.com. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment        

Diamond Creek Farms Adam Bowden is this week's guest on the Harness Racing Alumni Show. Bowden shares with Freddie, Bob and Trade his story of how he became hooked on harness racing by jogging his first horse (with his grandpa) at the age of seven.   Adam let us know who he believes is his best sire and said he will leave it to the professional sulky pilots to win races for him because he doesn't plan on becoming a trainer/driver. It's all on our informative broadcast of the Harness Racing Alumni Show.   From the Harness Racing Alumni Show    

Multiple stakes-winning Crazy Wow—2, 1:54; 3, 1:51.1 ($2,532,143)—a harness racing World Champion son of Crazed and his sire’s all-time leading earner, is relocating from Leatherstocking Equine in New York to Diamond Creek Farm Kentucky for the upcoming breeding season, it was announced today by Crawford Farms. He will stand the 2021 season for $3,000. “Al and I are very excited to have Crazy Wow standing at Diamond Creek in Kentucky, especially with the upcoming KYSS program and new tracks opening,” said Michelle Crawford. “We feel that with the new bonus program in place it will attract breeders and horsemen looking to participate in this opportunity.  Crazy Wow has thrown correct, long-legged, beautiful individuals and we feel with his strong pedigree and conformation that he will make his presence known in God’s Country. Working with Adam Bowden and the Diamond Creek staff is always a pleasure, and we are looking forward to the beginning of a great partnership with their cutting-edge stallion facility and team!” A tough and tenacious performer from ages two through six, Crazy Wow was a World Champion at two. The precocious juvenile captured two legs and the Final of the New York Sire S., as well as the Madison County T. en route to a 5-for-11 record in his freshman season on the track. Crazy Wow enjoyed his best season at three, winning 9 of 17 starts and amassing earnings of $1,027,612. He won the Colonial, Erskine, Empire Breeders Classic (in track-record time of 1:51.1), the Matron, a division of the Bluegrass, and three legs of the New York Sire S. at Monticello, Vernon, and Yonkers. He added to his already impressive accomplishments at five, taking the Harry Harvey Inv., the Cleveland Trotting Classic (world record of 1:52.3), the Charlie Hill (track record of 1:52f), and the Maxie Lee Inv. over JL Cruze at Chester. At six, he was the Maple Leaf T. winner and was multiple stakes-placed in his final season on the track. “We are looking forward to this collaboration with Crawford Farms,” said Diamond Creek’s Adam Bowden. “We have come close in the past to working with Al and Michelle, and now we are excited to cement this partnership with the addition of Crazy Wow to the Kentucky Farm. I am Crazy Wow excited!” All told, Crazy Wow banked $2,532,143 in a spectacular career on the track, competing against some of the toughest trotters in recent years and he retired with a record of 67-22-12-7. Produced from the stakes-winning mare No Pan No Gain (by Mr Vic, a son of the influential Valley Victory), Crazy Wow boasts an out-cross pedigree and matches with mares from a wide variety of sire lines. He will be represented by his first yearlings this year. All breeding and booking inquiries should be directed to Diamond Creek Farm at (717) 638-7100 or via email to bookings@diamondcreekfarm.com. Crawford Farms & Diamond Creek Farm

Courant Inc and SRF Stable, harness racing owners of Gimpanzee, have announced today that Gimpanzee will retire to Diamond Creek Farm of Kentucky for stud duty in 2021.  He will serve a book of 80 mares for a stud fee of $30,000.  Syndication will follow the 2021 breeding season.  Gimpanzee is the first elite stallion prospect to be retired to stud in Kentucky since the Sire Stakes program was revamped. The superbly consistent three time Breeders Crown Winner was the 2018 Dan Patch Two Year Old and is the presumed 2020 Dan Patch Older Male Trotter.  His bloodline, carefully crafted by breeder, Order By Stables, is an excellent cross for Muscle Hill and Cantab Hall line mares.  Gimpanzee is a Chapter Seven son out of a Muscle Massive mare, Steamy Windows, from the family of Met’s Hall and ultimately Muscle Hill himself.  In 2020, Iteration, his full sister, was New York Sires Stakes Champion, earning $307,009 with a mark of 1:53.3.  In Lexington, his yearling full sister, Monkey Queen, sold for $475,000. The Kentucky Sire Stakes program projects current and future increases in purses supported by the Red Mile and Oak Grove, with future plans for a third harness track.  The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission recently announced a Stallion Bonus program that will go into effect in 2021.  Any horse that results from a stallion standing in Kentucky and mare residing in Kentucky for 180 days, as well nominated of the program, are eligible to receive a 50 percent bonus for finishing first through fifth in all legs and the finals of the Championship Series Programs.  Breeders are encouraged to board their mares in Kentucky for at least 180 days in the year they are bred to Gimpanzee to take advantage of the new Kentucky Stallion Bonus program. Gimpanzee has a nearly flawless resume, leaving no questions about his talent and class.  A future Hall of Famer joined Peace Corps and Mack Lobell as the only trotters to win Breeders Crown titles at age 2,3, and 4.  He retired with 25 wins in 34 starts, a mark of 1:50 and earnings of over $2.7 million. “I’m honored to have trained Gimpanzee during his amazing career,” said trainer Marcus Melander, “From the start, he has been a world champion and we think he will have a very successful stallion career.”  Despite losing his flagship horse to the stallion barn Melander added, “I’ll be very excited to train his babies in the future.” 2020 Breeders Crown - Gimpanzee - Open Trot Diamond Creek Farm would like to thank Anders Ström and Lennart Ågren for their trust and partnership.  “We believe Gimpanzee is the next great horse in the evolution of the breed.  He is the most dynamic trotter I’ve ever seen,” said Diamond Creek’s Adam Bowden, “From being an undefeated two-year-old and triple Breeeders Crown winner to winning on the front, from behind, first over and even from post 13, he did it all.  Including the takedown of every great horses of his generation.  Our entire staff is humbled to become the caretakers of Gimpanzee.  We are excited to share in the success of the Kentucky Sire Stakes Program and partner with our fellow Kentucky breeders to bring stallions back to the Bluegrass.” Limited breedings available to top fillies and mares.  For more information on booking mares or for applications, contact Diamond Creek at 717.638.7100 or bookings@diamondcreekfarm.com https://www.diamondcreekfarm.com/horse/gimpanzee/

Delaware, OH – Diamond Creek announced Tuesday (Dec. 1) that 2017 harness racing 'Pacer of the Year', Downbytheseaside, has a full and closed book for 2021.  Downbytheseaside‘s book was inundated with applications after making a splash at the sales this fall. Downbytheseaside‘s first crop of yearlings were extremely well received by the buyers this year.  At the Ohio Jug Sale, an average of more than $44,000 for 37 horses sold with 3 colts going for over $100,000.  He repeated that success again in Lexington where 26 yearlings were sold for average over $61,000, more than 10 times his initial stud fee.  Success continued at the Standardbred Horse Sale, where 10 sold for an average of $47,000 with top prices of $95,000 and $97,000. “The yearlings looked the part and I think that people in Ohio, and outside of Ohio, are looking for this kind of horse, ” said Diamond Creek’s Adam Bowden, “The sale results show that you can’t consider him simply a regional stallion.” Diamond Creek and the Downbytheseaside syndicate would like to sincerely thank all the breeders who supported and backed the stallion in his first year at stud. Some of the breeder success stories from Downbytheseaside’s first crop include: Lexington – Hip 836 Sea Lioness, filly out of Lionness Hanover, bred by Hickory Lane Farm and sold by Spring Haven for $200,000 to Greg Luther. Lexington – Hip 730 Coastal Front, colt out of She’s Poison, bred and sold by Winbak Farm for $115,000 to Don Robinson, agent. Lexington – Hip 721 Nola Blu, filly out of Catharsis, bred and sold by Crawford Farms for $100,000 to Greg Luther of Ohio. Lexington – Hip 737 Gulf Shores, colt out of Western Drag, bred by Sugar Valley Farm and sold by Diamond Creek for $100,000 to Brian Brown, agent. Ohio Jug Sale – Hip 103 Fire By The Sea, colt out of Wildfire Princess, bred by Enos Weaver and sold by Spring Haven Farm for $100,000 to Brian Brown. Diamond Creek Farm  

Diamond Creek Farm is excited to announce the addition of champion harness racing pacer Bettor’s Wish to its already stellar stud roster. Bettor’s Wish has had an impressive career, pacing to wins as a 3-year-old in prestigious races such as the $400,000 Carl Milstein Memorial, $300,000 Art Rooney Pace, $270,000 Tattersalls and the $248,350 Matron Stakes. These wins led to Bettor’s Wish being crowned the Dan Patch 3-Year-Old Colt Pacer of the Year in 2019. As a 4-year-old, Bettor’s Wish recently put forth a powerful showing to capture the $229,660 Sam McKee Memorial on Hambletonian Day at The Meadowlands, stopping the timer in a personal best of 1:47.3 and raising his earnings to $2,124,783. "We have been following the career of Bettor’s Wish closely," said Diamond Creek's Adam Bowden. "We knew he would be a perfect addition to our lineup. Along with his pedigree as a son of super-sire Bettor's Delight, he has continually shown great strength and consistency throughout his career. Credit goes to Chris Ryder and his team. “We are excited about the opportunity, not only for Pennsylvania breeders, but breeders as a whole. Thanks again to the ownership group for trusting us to give Bettor’s Wish the best chance to be a success as he begins his next career."  He will be standing at Diamond Creek of Pennsylvania in 2021.  The $229,660 Sam McKee Memorial Details on stud fee and shares will follow shortly. In the meantime, breeders can put their name on the interested list by emailing bettorswish@gmail.com or calling (908) 451-4135. Caroline Vazquez

According to owner Richard Young, world champion and multiple award winner I Luv The Nitelife has passed away after complications from foaling. She was 10 years old. "During foaling Nitelife experienced a dystocia where the foal was abnormally positioned," said attending farm veterinarian Dr. Courtney Pink. "Through great efforts we were able to deliver the foal, but unfortunately we lost them both. We are terribly saddened by the loss. May her legacy live on through her foals. She was a tremendous mare and will be greatly missed by all." As a two-year-old, I Luv The Nitelife (Rocknroll Hanover-Lisjune) put together a record reading 4-4-1 in 10 freshman starts to bank $682,574 in purses for owners Richard & Joanne Young and trainer Chris Ryder. In addition to setting a world record of 1:50.1 in an elimination of the Shes A Great Lady at Mohawk Racetrack, she also won the final along with divisions of the Eternal Camnation and Bluegrass Stakes. I Luv The Nitelife was also a runner-up in the Champlain Stake, International Stallion Stakes and Breeders Crown. The O'Brien voters gave her the nod as their choice for Two-Year-Old Pacing Filly of the Year in 2012. The voters had no doubt who was the best three-year-old pacing filly in 2013. I Luv The Nitelife won 13 of 15 races that year and $1.25 million en route to divisional honours as Three-Year-Old Pacing Filly of the Year in Canada and in the U.S. Her sophomore triumphs included the Breeders Crown, Fan Hanover, Valley Forge, Lynch Memorial, Jugette and Mistletoe Shalee. Her 1:48.4 time in the Valley Forge established a world record for a three-year-old filly on a five-eighths-mile track. I Luv The Nitelife won 17 of 27 races and $1.94 million in purses. No female pacer in harness racing history has won more money at ages two and three. The Youngs sold I Luv The Nitelife as a four-year-old to Adam Bowden's Diamond Creek Farm in 2014. She had three foals: Blacklight, a 2016 foal by Somebeachsomewhere; Millennial, a 2017 Sweet Lou colt and a 2019 Always B Miki yearling named Broadway. "When we agreed to do the live foal cameras this year, we knew there would be a chance that something would go wrong," said Diamond Creek's Adam Bowden. "We feel it is important to show not just the highs but also the lows of life on a breeding farm. Unfortunately, this is one of the lowest moments, not only losing a mare of her caliber in the industry, but also her loss as a much-loved member of the farm." From Richard Young and Diamond Creek Farm

Diamond Creek Farm is pleased to announce that award winning harness racing pacer Captain Crunch will be standing at its Pennsylvania farm in 2020. "We are thrilled that the connections of the horse have entrusted us with him, " said Diamond Creek's Adam Bowden, "This has been in the works for awhile, and we are excited to get a horse of his caliber as an addition to our stallion lineup in 2020."  Captain Crunch was the Dan Patch pacing colt award winner in 2018 after a 2-year-old year that saw him victorious in both the Governor's Cup at The Meadowlands and Breeders Crown at The Downs at Pocono.   At 3, Captain Crunch started the year true to form, winning multiple divisions of the PA Sire Stakes. He then went on to an exhilarating victory in the Pepsi North American Cup at Woodbine Mohawk Park, winning in a Canadian record time of 1:47 2/5.  Captain Crunch used a stakes, track and Canadian record 1:47.2 mile to win Saturday’s C$1 million Pepsi North America Cup for 3-year-old male pacers at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Captain Crunch, sent off at 4-1 odds from post eight, overcame favorite Workin Ona Mystery in deep stretch and posted a three-quarter length victory over Bettor’s Wish. Workin Ona Mystery finished third. Captain Crunch winning the Pepsi North American Cup He entered the winner's circle again in front of the whole world during the Cane Pace at The Meadowlands, where he crossed the line first on racing's biggest day in 1:48 over rival Bettor's Wish.     Captain Crunch and Scott Zeron winning at The Meadowlands 2018 Breeders Crown - Captain Crunch - 2YO Colt Pace "Captain Crunch is the first one of Captaintreacherous' sons to go to stud," said Bowden, "Captaintreacherous is the hottest young pacing stallion in the sport and Captain Crunch provides value to the breeder as his best and fastest son." Captain Crunch will stand at Diamond Creek Farm in Pennsylvania for an introductory stud fee of $7,500.  There will be limited syndication opportunities available.  Contact Diamond Creek Farm at 717.638.7100 or office@diamondcreekfarm.com for bookings and inquiries.  

Lather Up’s ownership announced on Friday (Nov. 15) the decision to stand their world champion at Sugar Valley Farm in Ohio rather than at the new Diamond Creek farm in New York. “When we saw the overwhelming reception on the part of Ohio breeders coupled with that of top breeders from other states who appreciate the convenience of shipped semen, Adam [Bowden] and I thought it best to stand the horse in Ohio,” said Duncan Taylor of Taylor Made Farm. “He will be standing at Sugar Valley Farm as a Diamond Creek / Taylor Made Stallion. “We could not be more excited about the addition of Lather Up, the co-fastest horse on the planet, to our stellar roster,” Joe McLead of Sugar Valley Farm said. “With Ohio re-establishing itself as a top state in the industry with a top notch stakes program and opportunities galore, it became more apparent to us at Sugar Valley to continue the full court press to bring Lather Up back to Ohio. “Our industry has the appeal of the most prolific thoroughbred operation, in Duncan Taylor & Taylor Made Farm, wanting to be a part of Ohio’s program. It is quite humbling to be working alongside of them, standing the fastest pacer in Lather Up and a champion trotter in What The Hill. Working with Adam Bowden and Diamond Creek Farm while standing Downbytheseaside has been tremendous.” Lather Up was described by the Daily Racing Form as “the fastest horse in harness racing history” when he equaled Always B Miki’s world record time for the mile in 1:46. He also set multiple track records from ages 2 to 4. Lather Up established a new track record in one of every five starts, an achievement that will likely define him as one of the most accomplished Standardbreds . All inquiries regarding season or share purchases should be directed to Diamond Creek Farm. Lather Up in The Haughton Final  The $230,200 Sam McKee Memorial for free-for-all pacers on Saturday (Aug. 3) at The Meadowlands was one more sizzling showcase for Lather Up as the pacer broke the 1-1/8 mile record, winning in a world record 1:59.2. Hear from Montrell Teague and Sam Mckee's family On July 6, 2019, Montrell Teague drove the four year old pacer Lather Up to a winning victory in 1:46 flat. That time equals the fastest mile in the history the sport! Lather Up, who resides in Delaware, is trained by Clyde Francis and owned by Harrington residents Gary & Barbara Isles. In this segment was talk with Montrell about this eye popping mile!

Lather Up 1:46, the co-fastest standardbred of all-time and the winner of the 2018 North America Cup, will stand his first season at the new Diamond Creek Farm at Davenport, New York next year. His service fee will be $7,500. A grandson of the mighty Bettor’s Delight, Lather Up is a striking young horse – he was foaled in 2015 – in every respect, a bold striding pacer and one who boasts ‘black type’ in every remove of his pedigree. In a career spanning three years, Lather Up raced on 37 occasions for 23 wins and seven placings for $1,735,623 in stakes – an average of an amazing $46,909 per start. He established six track records at two, three and four years and retired as North America’s fastest and second richest pacing entire for 2019. As a two-year-old Lather Up won at four of his seven appearances including Ohio Sires Stakes divisions in a stunning track record 1:51.2 at Scioto Downs, 1:51.8 at Dover Downs and 1:52.4 at Northfield Park. Lather Up returned with a vengeance as a three-year-old, winning his first five starts including a track record of 1:50 in a division of the Ohio Sires Stakes at Miami Valley Raceway. The colt put an exclamation mark on his sophomore campaign with a dominant front-end score in the $760,000 North America Cup in 1:48.2 at Woodbine Mohawk Park, powering home in 26.6 to win by four lengths. He won the fastest elimination in 1:49.2 a week earlier. Lather Up made a clean sweep of the Ohio Sires Stakes, breaking his own track standard in the $275,000 Final at Scioto Downs in 1:49.6 on a rain-dampened surface. Among his other successes at three were a $102,000 heat of the Little Brown Jug in 1:49.6 (close third in final), the $60,000 Director of Agriculture Pace at Scioto Downs in a track record 1:49.8, the $46,000 Somebeachsomewhere in 1:50.6 at Mohawk and Ohio Sires Stakes divisions in 1:50 and 1:50.4, while he finished second in the $530,000 Breeders Crown at Pocono Downs. He finished the season with 11 wins from 18 starts and a bankroll of $893,512 and was the third richest pacing colt of his year. As a four-year-old Lather Up won eight with two placings from 12 starts and $768,011 and was among the top bracket in America’s tough open class ranks. Lather Up took the harness racing world by storm with a series of jaw-dropping performances at The Meadowlands during July and August this year. Competing in the $250,000 Graduate Series Final, the Ohio bred champion stopped the clock in 1:46 – he paced quarters in 25.6, 26.4, 27.2 and 26.8 – to win by 2-1/4 lengths and appearing to ‘barely break a sweat’. The time matched Always B Miki’s world record set three years earlier and hoisted a new standard for four-year-old pacers, besting the previous mark held by Warrawee Needy and Dr J Hanover by two-fifths of a second. Lather Up established his second world record with a 1:59.2 victory over nine furlongs – he reached the mile marker in 1:46.6 - in the $230,200 Sam McKee Memorial. Starting from post nine, he blasted straight to the top, fended off challenges from McWicked and This Is The Plan and continued to roll to win eventually by two lengths. Sandwiched between his world record-breaking performances, Lather Up captured the $423,000 William Haughton Memorial over nine furlongs, leading throughout and scoring by a length. The Graduate Final - 1:46 WM. Haughton Memorial Sam McKee Memorial He continued his record-setting trend with a 1:47.4 clocking to equal Sweet Lou’s Hoosier Park track and race record in the $330,000 Dan Patch Invitational, beating McWicked by two lengths with the last quarter in 25.8. Lather Up’s other major achievements at four were winning the $73,000 Graduate Series at Mohawk in 1:50.2, the Ben Franklin elimination in 1:50.2 at Pocono Downs and a head second in the $393,000 Canadian Pacing Derby in 1:48.4 at Mohawk at his final appearance. Lather Up is a most interestingly bred horse. He is a son of the Tompkins-Geers and Little Brown Jug heat winner I’m Gorgeous 3, Q1:50 ($633,773), who had restricted stud chances but who is credited with nine in 1:54 and two in 1:51 – Lather Up and the Ohio Sires Stakes champion Miss Me Yet. I’m Gorgeous was by Bettor’s Delight from the Miss New Jersey winner Joy 1:53.6 (winner of $536,237). Lather Up belongs to a noted female line, his dam Pocket Comb (1:56.4) being by In The Pocket (1:49.6), champion sire and broodmare sire from Shampoo Girl (1:59.6), the dam of millionaire pacer Crew Cut Zach (1:51.4). Pocket Comb, the dam of Lather Up, has proved a prolific broodmare. She is also the dam of Barber Pole (1:49), Lather Machine (1:50.2), Shaving Mug (1:51.8) and Love That Cut (1:53.6). Bred on the same cross as Lazarus, Chicago Bull, Ohoka Punter and Thefixer, Lather Up has everything in his favour – a superb racing record, an impeccable background of blood and he looks the part. Peter Wharton

Diamond Creek Farm is proud to announce that after another successful harness racing year, Father Patrick's stud fee has increased to $30,000 for 2020.   Father Patrick is currently the leading sire of average earnings for 2-year-olds and is 2nd in 3-year-old average earnings. He is the sire of racing's newest millionaire, Greenshoe, whose full brother sold for a record $1.1 million in Lexington, and Breeder's Crown champion, Amigo Volo.   His Lexington yearling average is $111,667 and 84% of his 2-year-olds are already starters,    Bookings for Father Patrick will be very limited. Please contact the office at office@diamondcreekfarm.com if interested in being on the application list.   From Diamond Creek Farm  

Anderson, IN - The Harness Horse Youth Foundation, in cooperation with Diamond Creek Farm, presented a harness racing demonstration titled "Lines, Not Reins" at the recent International Certified Horsemanship Association's Conference held at Houghton College, Houghton, N.Y. "We took the opportunity to expose a new audience of professional horsepersons and clinicians and explain driving from the racing side," Ellen Taylor, HHYF executive director, said. "With the assistance of Homer and Missy (HHYF Trottingbreds) and Emily Gross from Diamond Creek and Jennifer Connor, HHYF trustee, we discussed harness parts, hitching and then provided participants the chance to drive, which was thoroughly enjoyed by all who got on the jog cart!" CHA's mission is accomplished by promoting excellence in safety and education for the benefit of the entire horse industry. This is accomplished by certifying instructors, accrediting equine facilities, producing educational conferences and publishing educational resources such as horsemanship manuals, DVDs, safety video shorts, webinars, a monthly radio show, and a weekly blog. Attendees at the conference numbered 150 from 27 states and two provinces. HHYF events would not be possible without the support of the following 2019 sponsors: Win & Place Level: Diamond Creek Farm, All American Harnessbreds, Brittany Farms, IN Standardbred Association, Kentuckiana Farms, Lindy Farms, PM Advertising, PA Harness Horsemen's Association, Jim & Georgia Simpson, and Southern Oaks Training Center. Stable Level: Joe Asher/Chris McErlean, Fair Island Farm, Fair Winds Farm, Meadows Standardbred Owners Association, Standardbred Owners and Breeders of New Jersey, Val D'or Farms. Additional support from: Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association, US Trotting Association, Big Dee's, Burke Racing LLC, Cameo Hills Farm, Embroidery Unlimited, New Meadowlands, New York State Ag & Breeding Development Fund, Preferred Equine Marketing, Tioga Downs, Vernon Downs, World Wide Pedigrees. The Harness Horse Youth Foundation is a charitable 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing young people and their families educational opportunities with harness horses in order to foster the next generation of participants and fans. The Foundation has been making a difference in young people's lives since 1976; its programs include interactive learning experiences with racehorses as well as offering scholarships and creating and distributing educational materials relating to harness racing. For further information about HHYF, please visit www.hhyf.org or call the office at 317.908.0029. From the Harness Horse Youth Foundation

Virgil's win in the Group Two Diamond Creek Farm Two-Year-Old Classic at Ascot Park on Saturday made it a lucrative weekend for his Melbourne co-owner Jean Feiss, who races the All-Stars trained harness racing gelding with her husband Bill. The previous night, Feiss was at Alexandra Park watching her juvenile filly Amazing Dream triumph in the group one Woodlands Stud Caduceus Classic “I was already booked for Auckland so when word came Virgil would be nominated for today, I was able to add Invercargill,” said Feiss who flew to Auckland on Friday, then Invercargill via Christchurch on Saturday morning. She was booked to follow the reverse route on Saturday when returning to Auckland after the Diamond Day fixture, before heading home on Sunday. Driven by Tim Williams, favourite Virgil bided his time early and wasn't asked for much until second favourite William Wallace moved forward across the top. The two set down to a decent battle in the straight but the All-Stars rep prevailed by half a neck in 2:41.0, less than half a second outside the race record.   The Sweet Lou two year old Virgil after his second win.  Jean Feiss (left) with Ged Mooar from Nevele R, John Stiven (SBSR), Mark Smith (SBSR) and Tracey White (Woodlands Stud) It was the fifth running of the feature and the third win for Williams, following Lazarus in 2015 and A Bettor Act last year. Virgil is by Sweet Lou from the Bettor Delight mare Pacing Delight, a half brother to Amazing Art, Pacing Major, All U Need Is Faith and other winners. He was catalogued for last year's Australasian Classic Sale but withdrawn. Not before Feiss had inspected him at Woodlands Stud though, so when he was later offered at the Auckland Autumn Weanling and All Age Sale before last year's Jewels, Feiss was ready. “I liked him when I saw him at the stud before the first sale,” said Feiss who admits she is often asked what she is looking for. “Really, everyone looks for the same things but all interpret them a bit differently. He looked lovely again on sale day.” Feiss paid $150,000 for the gelding and hasn't been disappointed. Virgil has only once missed a top-three finish in seven starts and Saturday's win took his stake earnings past $60,000. “He was broken in straight after the sale and has been kept going. Mark (Purdon) said he's always 'wanted to be there' and does what he's asked. He might not be among the very best but has always been pretty good even against the really good ones.” Addington hosts a $175,000 Sale Series race for two-year-olds next Friday and in normal circumstances, Virgil might have been there. Feiss pointed out though that he wasn't eligible and that was one of the reasons the Invercargill race had been included in his programme. “He'll be kept in for the Jewels, then we'll hope for more improvement as a three-year-old.” Virgil is second on the list of qualifiers for the Two-year-old Emerald and Amazing Dream, second on the list for the Diamond. 'Southern Bred Southern Reared' Amazing Dream was offered at last year's Premier Sale by Vin and Daphne Devery and knocked down to Feiss for $77,500. Her weekend winnings were $57.000. By Mac Henry  

In the last five years harness racing yearlings produced out of Southland, Otago or Central Otago under the Southern Bred Southern Reared banner, have been among the sale toppers at the annual Yearling Sales in Christchurch. Last year Chicago Cub, a full brother to millionaire pacer Chicago Blues topped the sales, selling to Emilo and Mary Rosati for $190,000. He was bred and prepared by Winton couple John and Katrina Price. In 2016 SBSR group produced the top two lots in Mach Shard ($200,000) and Honor And Glory ($170,000) while further back Bollinger sold for $200,000 in 2015. The honour board also includes Titanium in 2013 at $170,000 and Beaudiene Beaufighter which topped the Sales in 2014.  The highest amount paid for a Southern Bred Southern Reared yearling was in 2008 when Tuapeka Mariner sold for $250,000. This February the SBSR group will present fifty two yearlings at the NZB Standardbred Sale in Christchurch. SBSR was a concept initially talked about by the late Doug Stiven of Tapanui, and Dave Kennedy of Bayswater and it was in 2002 that Dave Kennedy, Mark O’Connor, Debbie Smith and John Stiven formed the inaugural committee. “The reason we got SBSR going was to get Southerners working together to raise the profile of the product at the Sales,” Stiven said. SBSR is open to all breeders in Otago and Southland and one of the highlights of the year is the annual bus tour and yearling parades.  Stiven says the tour for trainers and buyers is one of reasons SBSR has been successful. “We get about 22 to 25 buyers each year now and it’s very beneficial for those buyers to be able to come, and of all our vendors. Ken Barron and Michael House have never missed one.” Dave Kennedy agrees the tour has been a big part of the success story. “The SBSR tour is the best thing we’ve ever done there’s no doubt about that. You get the main buyers arriving on your doorstep. They see your place and see what you’ve done and what your horses look like.” This year the tour will be held on 11th and 12th February. SBSR also promotes substantially through a variety of magazines and websites and employs local TV personality Tom Conroy to film their stock. Stiven says the SBSR brand is being recognised in Australian with horses like I’m Themightyquinn, Beaudiene Boaz, I’m Victorious, Fight For Glory, Arden Rooney and Galactic Star flying the flag. I’m Themightyquinn Outside of the Yearling Sales SBSR is also the group behind The Diamond Creek Farm Classic at Ascot Park Invercargill on Diamonds Day. To date the race has been won by Kept Under Wraps, Lazarus, Mongolian Hero, Aloka and A Bettor Act. It’s sponsored by American heavyweight Diamond Creek Farm.  “We asked Adam Bowden if he thought Diamond Creek Farm was a good fit for Diamonds Day and We said that SBSR supported the two year old race. He was happy to make a five year commitment through service to A Rocknroll Dance and Sweet Lou with the right of renewal.” For decades SBSR horses have been proving the importance of the southern region to the Australian racing industry and beyond. It all started with trail blazers like Cardigan Bay, Robin Dundee, Stella Frost and Young Quinn. Cardigan Bay - 1963 New Zealand Cup - Addington, Christchurch Cardigan Bay - 1964 Yonkers Raceway - Stanley Dancer - 1st USA start Cardigan Bay Stiven said “Southland has long been regarded as the Kentucky of New Zealand. The SBSR group has managed to work together for the betterment of the Southern region as a platform to show unity in the sale of yearlings from this special part of the world. It also shows the group is (about) more than yearlings with the sponsorship of the Two Year Old Diamond Classic.” Continuing to put Southland on the map, from now until sale time I’ll write a number of stories about SBSR including what makes the south so good for breeding, the twelve millionaires the group has produced, the SBSR yearling tour in February and I’ll profile six of the well-bred youngsters that SBSR will be presenting at the Christchurch yearling sales. Bruce Stewart

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