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Cam's Card Shark, one of the leading stallions of his generation, has just been retired from stud duty, but hopes are high in Ohio that one of his greatest progeny can carry on his dynamic legacy in the breeding shed. Shark Gesture, whose earnings in excess of $2.8 million are the most of the more than 1,700 racehorses that Cam's Card Shark sired and one of the fastest with a speed mark of 1:48.1s, will be represented by a crop of two-year-olds this season. Abby Stables in Sugarcreek, Ohio, is standing the big, dark brown stallion.  "Shark Gesture is the total package," Abby Stables' Teresa Maddox told Harness Racing Update."   Shark Gesture developed into a horse for the ages. A $110,000 yearling purchase by Norm Smiley, Shark Gesture raced from two to four, posting some impressive victories.  He was retired to the breeding shed due to an injury and stood as a stallion in Ontario for the 2008 season. Later that year, when the injury had fully healed and he trained excellently, Shark Gesture returned to the races and started three times. But it was as a six- and seven-year-old that he excelled, earning over $1.8 million. He beat some of the best aged pacers, including the likes of Foiled Again, Mister Big, Art Official, Boulder Creek, Artistic Fella, Shadow Play and Won The West 12 times, including by more than 10 lengths in the Hoosier Cup.  Maddox said because Shark Gesture disappeared from the breeding scene for three years people may be confused about his history.  "He really hasn't gotten a fair shake as a stallion," Maddox said. "If you go back and look at some of his races, he was phenomenal. He's well-mannered, he's intelligent and was a bear on the racetrack. It's just a breath of fresh air to have him in Ohio. We welcomed him with open arms." Shark Gesture can be seen in action on his page at www.abbystables.com . His web page comes complete with race footage, photos, pedigree, articles and both a downloadable and digital breeding contract.  "There is no reason because he had 44 foals that raced from his first and only crop as a stallion, standing in Ontario and bred to mostly Ontario-bred mares, that people should have forgotten about him because he went back to the races," said Smiley. "He is still a good horse.  This year he has two-year-olds that are training and I've got good reports on them. Trainer Fred Grant has a colt by Shark Gesture out of Boca Babe.  Fred owns the dam and owns a piece of the colt and said, 'he's very good-gaited, very sound, very willing and has lots of speed. I just love him.'" Trainer David Miller, currently training a two-year-old Shark Gesture filly named Hex, described her as a "big, strong, great-gaited, intelligent filly who is showing excellent speed." Another trainer, Jenny Melander, has a nice sturdy black filly named When Sharks Fly and echoed Miller's comments about Shark Gesture's offspring. "His foals are big and sturdy, with heart, speed, intelligence and strength," she said.   Shark Gesture is truly an anomaly. How many horses return to the races two years after retiring and earn almost twice as much, facing battled-hardened competitors? In total, he posted 31 sub-1:50 miles, 16 of those 1:49 or better and four of those sub-1:49. As a 2-year-old, he won the Bluegrass Stakes (recording a freshman mark of 1:51.3), the Simpson Stakes and an elimination of the Breeders Crown.  At three, he won the Breeders Crown, the Tattersalls Pace (with a sophomore speed mark of 1:49.1), the Bluegrass Stakes, the Simpson Stakes and the Progress Pace. In an abbreviated four-year-old season, he won the New Hampshire Sweepstakes. In his return to the races, he won the William R. Haughton Memorial two years in a row, the Canadian Pacing Derby Final (with a lifetime mark of 1:48.1), the Graduate Series twice, the Dan Patch Invitational Pace and the Bettor's Delight. He broke track records at Tioga Downs and Hoosier Park and tied the track record when he won the Canadian Pacing Derby. "He's won all the big races, beat all the good horses," Maddox said. "He beat Foiled Again (the top aged pacer last year) more than once. He beat Won The West. He's beat them all at one point or another. His owners believed in him so much, they told us the story (of why he retired and then returned to the races) and it was just a no-brainer for us." 2010 Graduate Final William R. Haughton Memorial Smiley recalled why he bought Shark Gesture. Even though he was big and growthy, Smiley liked him, viewing him six times. "There are certain horses you go to the auction and put a price on and you go to that price or a few bucks more," Smiley said. "With him I said I was buying him, period."  Smiley subsequently offered shares to his brother, Gerald, and Thomas and Louis Pantone. Typical of a Cam's Card Shark offspring, Shark Gesture grew into his body from two to three. He stood about 17 hands high and had a long stride. Early in Shark Gesture's two-year-old season, he won the Bluegrass in 1:51 3/5, but he was still developing and growing. As a three-year-old, he did some amazing things, none more so than winning the Breeders Crown only a week after he fell down in a mishap in his elimination race for the final. He finished third and was moved up to second, but Norm Smiley and trainer Erv Miller feared the colt might not survive the accident. Once the bike and equipment were removed, Shark Gesture stood up and walked off as if nothing had happened, although he did have some cuts and abrasions. Driver Brian Sears, Miller, Smiley and the horse's vet shook their heads in disbelief. "If that's not a tough horse, I don't know what is," Smiley said.   A week later, he won the Breeders Crown with George Brennan, who would become his principle driver, steering him in what was a clean trip, racing on or near the pace. "Nobody knew that horse like Georgie," Smiley said.  "George was tremendous with that horse from the first time he drove him." Shark Gesture raced only eight times in an abbreviated four-year-old season and was retired, his notable victory in the New Hampshire. Some of the notable offspring from the 32 starters from his first crop as a sire include stakes winner Piston Broke, 1:49.2s ($291,131) and Best Ears, 1:49.4f, ($188,483). After Shark Gesture recovered from his injury and trained solidly, Norm Smiley made the decision to bring the horse back to the races. It would prove to be a shrewd decision. In 2009 at the age of six, Shark Gesture came into his own, racing 29 times and winning seven, including the Haughton Memorial and Canadian Pacing Derby and topping all pacers with more than $900,000 in earnings. At age seven, he raced 12 times and winning seven, notably the Graduate, Bettors Delight, Dan Patch (by a whopping 10½ lengths), and repeating in the Haughton.  He finished second by a length in the Franklin. He was retired at the end of the season.  "He was just amazing," Norm Smiley said. "This horse never got the respect he deserved. He was a tremendous racehorse." By Perry Lefko, for Harness Racing Update

In an exciting announcement for the Pryde's EasiFeed Great Southern Star, it has been revealed that star US reinsman Corey Callahan will be in Australia for the International extravaganza on March 22. In just its second year, the $400,000 Pryde's EasiFeed Great Southern Star trotting series held across one sensational night at Tabcorp Park Melton has attracted some massive names and it continues with Callahan adding his name to the list of visitors for the richest squaregaiting event in the southern hemisphere. Having only started his career at the age of 27, eight years later he has quickly become one of the leading drivers in North America. Growing up under the tutelage of his father Nick, Corey decided to turn his hand to college ambitions before returning to harness racing where he has driven thousands of winners. In fact since 2010 he has never driven less than 500 winners in a season, an extraordinary statistic that proves just how prolific the talented driver has been. He is also currently leads the United States Trotting Association Drivers' Premiership, 29 ahead of Ron Pierce . And it's not just his consistency that has him on top, he has also mixed it at the top level, taking out the $500,000 Hoosier Cup with Mr Wiggles in 2009 and competed in the World Driving Championship, representing the US. But it was 2013 which was the year that put the 35-year-old on the world stage as he raked in over $9.7 million in stakes earnings, placing him in the upper-Echelon in North America. He drove standout winners like Golden Receiver, D'Orsay and Drop The Ball. But, Australian trots fans will know him for his association with Ma Chere Hall, owned by Australian interests, however his win with Allstar Partner in the $260,000 PA Sires Stakes Championship was the highlight of his season. Callahan has been a fixture of some of the best tracks in America, racking up over 100 wins at The Meadowlands last season. Callahan will be involved during the week of the Great Southern Star and will compete in the Drivers Invitational on the all-squaregaiting night. Callahan arrives in Australia on March 18 and is available for drives. Interested trainers should call the Racing Office on (03) 8378 0200. For media enquiries contact Brett Boyd on (03) 8378 0250. BLAKE REDDEN COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER [Harness Racing Victoria]

Following the recent success of JR Mint gelding Hugo Play at Melton a fortnight ago, bookings to the son of Northern Luck have been flowing at regular intervals, but it has not always been plain sailing for JR Mint since he was purchased by the late John Jetson.   JR Mint's journey as a sire has been very disrupted to say the least. He was originally purchased by John Jetson, one of Tasmania’s top breeders for many years before his untimely death, to stand at Leigh Plunketts stud.   The first hurdle came when Leigh was diagnosed with cancer, a battle he tragically lost soon after. He and his family decided due to his poor health, he could not continue to stand stallions.   Jetson sent out a SOS to John Coffey at Alabar and JR Mint was sent to Echuca to stand his first season in Australia’s at the country’s biggest Standardbred nursery.   JR Mint had 30 live foals in his first season which includes Hugo Play, who has won 11 races from just 22 starts including the Globe Derby Final (Tasmanian Sires Stakes) as a 3yo and the ill-fated Royal Sniper who won at his only 2 starts for Ian Dornauf.   In his second season JR Mint re-located back to Tasmania to became the foundation sire at Lyndon & Gail Medegon, Big Park Stud.  He served 34 mares that year , producing Island Disco & Black Centurian both 5 times winners as well as smart filly Really Fayfay who won the Premiers Blue Bonnet as 2yo and has gone on to win the 3yo Champion Fillies and Clamorus who won 3 times from just 5 states and been placed at her only two starts and Er El Jays Magic who looks a star in the making having won 2 of her 3 starts and finished second in the other.   His third crop now current 2yo ‘s has produced Little Jethro a 3 time winner from just 7 starts, and Prisoner who won the Tasmanian Sales Classic .   Part three in the journey of JR Mint  after the untimely death of his owner John Jetson, is that  he moved to NSW last season to stand at Lonsdale Stud near Young  the stud,  his sire Northern Luck stood at Lonsdale prior to his passing in 2012.   JR Mint  on the racetrack won 17 of his first 20 starts as a two and three-year-old in the USA and Canada including winning the elimination and final of the $500,000 Hoosier Cup.  The bay entire that stands 15.2 hands high, comes from the hottest maternal family lines of the past few decades being out of Kiss & Candy an outstanding producer with four sub 1:55 winners .   His grand -dam Beckys Love is a half sister to Blue Horizon, who we know in Australia is the dam of Panorama and grand-dam of Grinfromeartoear.   This amazing family has also produced the highly successful sires Safely Kept and Real Desire as well as the champion racehorses Rocknroll Hanover, Red River Hanover and Tell All.   Despite his continual movement, JR Mint is fast becoming one of Australia’s best percentage sires with just 88 foals of racing age.  JR Mint has had 32 of those grace the starter for 14 individual winners who have notched up nearly $300,000 in prize money.   All in all JR Mint must be one of the best value stallions standing at stud this season at only $1200 his  semen is available in all states  contact Lonsdale Stud near Young on (02) 63833270 By Gary Newton

ANDERSON, Ind.—August 10, 2013—Hoosier Park’s track surface continues to sizzle as track records continue to fall this season. The 14-race card on Saturday, August 10 was highlighted by two track record performances in the second round of the $30,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes action. For the third time in one week, the track record was lowered over Hoosier Park’s seven-eighths mile oval, marking the eleventh track record that has been re-established this season. Night Pro became Indiana’s newest sub 1:50 pacer and Hoosier Park’s newest track record holder after he powered home a winner in 1:49 in the second round of the $30,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes for three-year-old pacing colts and gelding. With Pete Wrenn at the lines, Night Pro used a perfect pocket trip to establish a new lifetime best mark and lower the track record by a full second. The previous track record for three-year-old pacing colts was 1:50.0, a mark set by Custard The Dragon and driver Montrell Teague in the Hoosier Cup on June 25, 2011. Using a :26.2 final quarter, Night Pro was able to wear down the tiring leader, Sweet Talkin Satin, late in the stretch to finish a nose in front. Right Touch and Ray Paver also staged a big rally late in the lane but only managed to finish second while Sweet Talkin Satin and Trace Tetrick held on for third.  As the heavy betting favorite, Night Pro returned $3.60 at the window. Scoring his eleventh win of the season, the sophomore colt was also victorious in the $200,000 Indiana Sire Stakes championship at Hoosier Park on Saturday, July 20. Unraced at two, Night Pro is trained and owned by Dale Decker of Temperance, MI. A $14,000 yearling purchase, the son of Pro Bono Best is the first foal from World Champion, Midnight Jewel. Night Pro has now won 11 of 14 lifetime starts while amassing over $180,000. Lady Blitz followed suit in her division of the $30,000 Indiana Gold Sire stakes for three-year-old trotting fillies when she stormed home a winner in 1:54.2. With Verlin Yoder at the lines, Lady Blitz used a sharp, front running score to establish a new lifetime best mark and notch her sixth win of the season. Using a :28.3 final panel, Lady Blitz was able to hold off a late surge from the pocket sitting Playful Innocence to win by four lengths. Playful Innocence and Dan Shetler finished second while Express Justice rallied gamely to round out the trifecta. The previous track record of 1:55.2 was established by Playful Innocence and Dan Shetler just one month ago in the first round of the Indiana Gold Sire Stakes action for three-year-old trotting fillies. Trained, owned and driven by Verlin Yoder, Lady Blitz has now won six of ten lifetime starts while bankrolling over $150,000. Sired by Keystone Blitz, the sophomore filly has won seven of 22 lifetime outings. Live racing resumes at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, August 13 with a daily post time of 5:30 p.m. Live racing will follow a Tuesday-Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 9.

World Of Rocknroll will stand the 2012 harness racing stud season at Hagemeyer Farm in Ohio for a $3,000 stud fee. He is a son of Rocknroll Hanover out of Worldly Beauty p,4,1:49.3 ($1.9 million).

Montrell Teague knows he would not have stormed onto the American harness racing scene had it not been for the strong work ethic drummed into him an early age. 'Dad always had me down at the barn early in the mornings, being productive.

Big Bad John, the Delaware home-town harness racing favorite for the 66th Little Brown Jug, has returned to work following 10 days of relaxation at the Kesmarc Equine Clinic in Lexington, KY.

Custard The Dragon and harness racing driver Montrell Teague blew by the competition in the stretch to win the final edition of the $500,000 Hoosier Cup at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino Saturday, June 25. Teague became the youngest driver to ever win a major stakes race at Hoosier Park and earned his biggest win to date.

Hoosier Park and the U.S. Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering program are offering a special $20,000 guaranteed superfecta pool for Saturday night's harness racing Hoosier Cup at Hoosier Park in Indiana.

Harness racing trainer George Teague, Jr. is sending four horses to Saturday's (June 25) $500,000 Hoosier Cup at Hoosier Park, where his quartet will see beaten North America Cup favorite Big Bad John and four other rivals.

A harness racing field field of nine will assemble for the final $500,000-est. Hoosier Cup at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino Saturday, June 25. The race, carded as the 12th on the 14-race program, will have an estimated post time of 9:30 p.m. EST. It will also feature a $20,000 guaranteed Superfecta Pool, adding a spark of excitement to the event. The Hoosier Cup will be discontinued after the 2011 event.

World of Rocknroll and Hall of Fame Driver Ron Pierce turned in a dominant harness racing performance to win the 14th edition of the $500,000 Hoosier Cup at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. The duo covered the one-mile event in a time of 1:50.3, winning by three lengths in front of a packed house.

Each year, some of the top three-year-old pacers in North America converge on Hoosier Park Racing & Casino for the $500,000 Hoosier Cup. When there is horsepower, there are always talented harness racing drivers that follow.

It's the last weekend in May and we all know what that means in Indiana, The Indy 500. But for those harness racing fans that prefer horses, there will be something for them as well. The $500,000 Hoosier Cup is set for Saturday, May 29 and should make Hoosier Park one of the most watched racetracks in the simulcast nation.

The 14th annual Hoosier Cup is scheduled to take place Saturday, May 29. The host track, Hoosier Park Racing and Casino, looks forward to yet another exciting, competitive, and let us not forget lucrative harness racing day in Anderson, Ind. Racing Secretary Kevin Mack compiled the final lineup Wednesday, May 26 for the $500,000 event for three-year-old colts and geldings.

There will be 12 starters in Saturday's $500,000 Hoosier Cup Final, the first race in this year's Little Brown Jug Fantasy Stable Contest. You must activate five horses from your 10-horse harness racing stable, plus two trainers and two drivers, by 10 a.m. Saturday, May 29.

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