Bargains are not limited to the Boxing Day Sales, with Australian harness racing breeders able to bag a bargain between now and 31 January 2015. The bargain hunting is thanks to stallion owners and studs offering heavily discounted service fees and special offers on 24 stallions. This is the second year the incentive has been offered, and although the foal figures from the 2013 Festive Season Programme are not yet finalised, the feedback has been very encouraging. Statistics reveal a continued decline in the number of live foals born in 2013/14 (4148) - some 320 less live foals than the previous season - so, as an initiative to encourage mares to be bred until the end of January, discounted service fees on selected stallions in the post-Christmas period is another strategy designed to address the progressive decline in the number of standardbred foals bred in Australia. An interesting statistical review of foal dates shows no evidence an early foal has an advantage over late foals (defined as born between December and February). The comparative statistics for early versus late foals make interesting reading, particularly when acknowledging most foals are bred for personal use and not commercial sale: 2013/14 season: 2yo born Sept - Nov average starts per starter = 5.08 2yo born Dec - Feb average starts per starter = 5.53 3yo born Sept - Nov average starts per starter = 9.13 3yo born Dec - Feb average starts per starter = 8.74 2yo born Sept - Nov % winners to starters = 33.79% 2yo born Dec - Feb % winners to starters = 28.14% 3yo born Sept - Nov % winners to starters = 47.01% 3yo born Dec - Feb % winners to starters = 45.61% 2012/13 season: 2yo born Sept - Nov average starts per starter = 5.17 2yo born Dec - Feb average starts per starter = 5.00 3yo born Sept - Nov average starts per starter = 9.13 3yo born Dec - Feb average starts per starter = 8.72 2yo born Sept - Nov % winners to starters = 31.34% 2yo born Dec - Feb % winners to starters = 32.93% 3yo born Sept - Nov % winners to starters = 46.53% 3yo born Dec - Feb % winners to starters = 44.58% The full list of stallions being offered via the 'Festive Season Stallion Service Specials' promotion and participating Studs contact details are available here. HRA Media
Winbak Farm welcomed its first foal of 2014, early on Thursday morning. The foal, a bay filly, is the first of 300 plus foals to be born at the Maryland location this foaling season. The filly is the first foal from an unraced Christian Cullen mare named Lilli Maid, and sired by Delaware stallion Roddy's Bags Again. Lilli Maid is a half-sister to Western Expression, p, 1:51.2f ($172,152) and Little Michael B, p, 1:50f-'13 ($130,117). The maternal family also includes Gimmebackmybullets, p, 1:49.3s ($664,742). Roddy's Bags Again stands at Winbak Farm of Delaware, which means the filly will be potentially eligible to race in the lucrative Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund program where Winbak Farm has high hopes for her success. Those interested in learning more about Roddy's Bags Again and Winbak Farm should visit www.winbakfarm.com. Winbak Farm is welcoming everyone to submit names for this filly. Those with name ideas should email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Elizabeth Lewis-House
Great Western trainer Peter Manning’s Art Major/Anannz filly Znana was successful in the Wimmera Mail-Times 3-Y-0 Pace over 1700 metres at the Horsham trots meeting held on Monday November 25. Bred and raced by Adelaide’s Cormack family, Znana (Ananz spelt backwards) was given a charmed passage by Matt Craven from gate two trailing her pole line stablemate Adam Cartwright raced in the same interests and when eased off his back on turning, finished full of running to score by 3.1 metres in a new track record mile rate of 1-55.3. Racer finished a further 30.2 metres away in third place after racing in the open. Ananz (Aces N Sevens) died while foaling to Somebeachsomwhere recently with the foal not surviving. On a day of multiple wins, Peter Manning landed a double when seven year old Presidential Ball/Colada Hanover gelding The Avoca Flyer, a half brother to the great Blacks A Fake snared The Horse Shed Shop Melton Pace for C1 class over 1700 metres, recording his first victory in almost 12 months. Driven by Matt Craven, The Avoca Flyer began with a wing on every foot from outside the front line to lead all of the way, defeating the heavily supported Suerte (three back the markers – outside the winner home turn) and Big Gorilla (one/one) in a mile rate of 1-56.3. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Four year old Union Guy/Echelon Express mare Sorority Sister broke her maiden status at start number eighteen by taking the Moore Bulk Haulage Pace for C0 class over 1700 metres in a mile rate of 1-59.2. Raced and trained by Marnie Bibby from nearby Navarre and driven by Daryl Douglas, Sorority Sister led throughout from gate three, accounting for the favourite Gee Mae which trailed, making no impression over the concluding stages, with Pandoras Jet third after facing the breeze. Daryl Douglas was to chalk up a successive double after piloting Ararat hobby trainer Gary Hull’s five year old mare Frameworks Pride to victory in the Become A Sponsor Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class over 2200 metres. Beginning speedily from the 10 metre mark, Frameworks Pride a daughter of Framework and Yawithme was sent forward to take over from Family Decision within a lap, before cruising to the wire 4.1 metres in advance of Champ Devine which raced outside her in a mile rate of 2-06.1. Looks A Moral showed a return to form in finishing third from three back in the moving line. Making three for Douglas and two for Bibby was very much in-form four year old Attorney General/Bludegirl gelding Blude Master in the Finn-Tack @ Horze Aust. Pace for C1 class over 1700 metres. Restrained from inside the second row, Blude Master settled three back in the moving line, with the pole marker Thewaytolive retaining the front running. Sent forward to park outside the pacemaker for the final circuit, Blude Master led on turning and held a margin to the wire to score by 5.4 metres over Mightbeme from last and Venus Williams (one/three – three wide last lap) in a rate of 2-00.1. Michelle Manning’s highly promising Four Starzzz Shark/Talilia four year old gelding Jackabeams recorded his 3rd victory in 5 outings, when successful in the H&DHRC Membership Pace for C1 class over 1700 metres with sister Kerryn in the sulky. Coming off a disappointing 4th to Chilli Palmer at Melton nine days earlier after leading, Jackabeams an unbackable $1.10 favourite again led from gate two and was never headed in defeating father Peter’s Additallup which raced outside him, with Miss Dilly (three wide last lap from mid-field) third. The mile rate 1-57. Mildura (Merbein) trainer Brian McGinty made the journey south with Kiwi bred four year old Bettors Delight/Invisage mare Our Mischievious Miss a happy one, as she saluted the judge in the Horsham Salutes G.A. Lang Pace for C2 & C3 class over 2200 metres. Taking a concession, Our Mischievious Miss led from gate two and after looking to be in trouble on turning, just lasted to nose out Bubble Art (one/two – four wide home turn) in a rate of 2-00.2, with Peace Of Art (one/one – three wide home turn) a head away in third place in the most thrilling finish of the afternoon. Ararat trainer/driver Michael Bellman does a great job with his select team and landed the Wimmera Roadways Pace for C0 class over 2200 metres with Witzend, a four year old gelded son of Dawn Ofa New Day and Fake Trick, leading throughout from gate two in defeating Rinashi which trailed and Saab Magic which faced the breeze in a rate of 2-0 By Len Baker
The new foaling season is now well underway at Alabar NZ. There have already been a number of outstanding foals born at the Auckland farm in the first month of foaling for the new season. Two of the highlights so far have been the arrival of a Somebeachsomewhere colt from Cowgirls N Indians – a brilliant daughter of Real Desire who was voted the NZ 2yo Filly of the Year after winning the Harness Jewels and the Aust Breeders Crown; and an American Ideal colt out of Sky Beauty, so half brother to last season’s Harness Jewels winner and NZ 2yo Pacer of the Year, Sky Major (by Art Major). However, a lot of the excitement has been about the arrival of the first foals by Big Jim – after seeing photos of his foals in North America, much was expected - and they haven’t disappointed. Big Jim (by Western Ideal) was a phenomenon on the race tracks of North America. Tall, dark and handsome – he became very much a crowd favourite. He broke the traditional mould becoming a world champion and breaking the world mile record for a two-year-old without the support of a big-time owner, trainer or driver. He won the Breeders Crown, was the clear US 2yo Pacer of the Year and retired to stud as the fastest two-year-old of all time. Photo 1 - A filly from Tirol’s Sallance (a daughter of In The Pocket who won the Group 1 Caduceus Classic and went on to be voted NZ 2yo Filly of the Year Photo 2 - A colt from Cloneen (a three-win daughter of Live Or Die) Photo 3 - A filly from Russian Rose (a 1:57.8 daughter of Road Machine)
Harness Racing World champion My Little Dragon recently had her first foal, a colt by Rocknroll Hanover. He foaled at Blue Chip Farms on March 3. Owned by AV & Son Bloodstock LLC (Adam Victor), My Little Dragon was a winner of more than $2.3 million and was victorious in multiple Grand Circuit stakes, including Breeders Crown at age 2, 3, and 5.
The use of a surrogate mare has seen the arrival of a filly foal by McArdle from top harness racing mare Nearea Franco. Born on the 23rd of December the youngster pictured here at just 20 days old, bares many similarities to her dam says Spreydon Lodge Manager Peter O'Rourke.
Jim Simpson Hanover Shoe Farm's President announced today that the book of harness racing trotting champion Donato Hanover is now full and closed. He joins Well Said among the Hanover stallions with full books.
Diamond Creek Farm LLC of Paris, Kentucky , Melvin Hartman and Jerry Silva have announced that their mare Silicone Valley 2,T2:00.4 (Andover Hall - Dream Valley OM) has delivered the first foal by World Champion Muscle Hill on Wednesday, January 12th.
The star juvenile and now consistent performing harness racing mare Ananz has made a mark on both the racetrack and now the breeding barn. On the 14th November 2010 the first foal from the current race mare was born.
The first southern hemisphere-bred foal by the North American harness racing pacing sensation Somebeachsomewhere has arrived! A filly, sporting a stunning white star on her forehead, was born on 26 September.
Former harness racing star and New Zealand Derby winner Pay Me Christian has become a dad. A stunning filly foal (pictured here) from the Nevele R Stud owned mare Joyful Holmes, a Holmes Hanover half sister to open class pacer and 2007 Free-For-All winner Waipawa Lad, and was born on September 17.
Hanover Shoe Farms announces the birth of the first full-brother to 2007's Harness Horse of the Year and World Champion Donato Hanover t,3,1:50.3m $2,998,777. Donato's dam, D Train, foaled a bay colt by Andover Hall on May 8th 2010 at 4:45 a.m. Both mare and foal are doing well.
Having covered selecting a broodmare and a sire in the first parts of this series designed to assist the novice breeder-owner, we will now turn our attention to the in foal mare and raising her foal.
Paris, KY – Caviart Sydney, winner of $444,787, gave birth to her first foal, a Rocknroll Hanover filly, at Caviart Farms here. “What a classy-looking filly!” said Farm Manager Terry Chaffee. “She stands nicely, is spunky and has a real presence about her.
According to an article in the New Jersey Herald by Christina Tatu, a foal was born last Friday that was sired by the 2006 USTA Horse of the Year and triple crown winner, Glidemaster. "This is a significant baby. You don't have a baby like this every day," veterinarian Sam Castimore said.
Last Friday night’s premier racing action at Addington Raceway provided a number of favourable results for Twisted Stick Lodge, owned and operated by Blair O’Connell and Lynair McLachlan in McQueens Valley, near Christchurch.