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The first Australian born foals by the former New Zealand harness racing champion Lazarus have hit the ground and are looking the part. The first Lazarus filly, a lovely, leggy individual, was born at Waratah Farm, Girgarre East, near Shepparton Tuesday night (September 1) at 10pm. She is out of the 1:56.2 winner Stratospheric, a daughter of the great Rocknroll Hanover and the 2007 Victorian Broodmare of the Year Star Chaser. The filly was bred by respected Shepparton breeder Helen Head, and is the first foal of her dam. Earlier in the day the first Lazarus colt was foaled in NSW. He is out of the Art Major mare Chalondra (1:56.6), a half-sister to the dual Inter Dominion champion and Australian Horse of the Year Beautide 1:50.2 ($2,183,132). This colt was bred by David and Rachael Micallef and Dale and Michelle Grace. By Peter Wharton

Astute “down under” breeders eyeing the credentials of arguably Australasia’s greatest racehorse Lazarus can take plenty of confidence from North America regarding the harness racing superstar’s capacity in the breeding barn. US and Canadian breeders are ecstatic with the looks and temperament of the superstar’s first crop– and with an 80 percent confirmed conception rate in North America (136 mares, 109 positives), Lazarus is ticking all the boxes. Club Menangle beat several leading stud farms to buy the Southern Hemisphere breeding rights to the $4 million-earning stallion who won 15 Group 1 races including an Inter Dominion, two New Zealand Cups as well as Victoria and Hunter Cups. Lazarus established five track records in New Zealand and another three in Australia. With USTA Foal Registration statistics now beginning to come in, Lazarus (Bettors Delight - Bethany (Christian Cullen) is more than measuring up to the best. US foal registrations are done on a calendar year basis, so the figures are preliminary. Click on the following link for USTA details USTA Foal Registration There are many breeders who do not register their foals until more towards the end of the year so a better indicator of registered foals would be by December 31, 2020. But Lazarus’ early registrations show 39 registered foals from the book he served – behind in registrations numbers only to the great Bettors Delight, Always B Miki, Sweet Lou at this early point in the season, and well ahead of other notable sires including Sportswriter, Sunshine Beach, Always a Virgin and Betterthancheddar for some examples. Any predictions you have heard to the contrary are false. Lazarus should have a full crop to race in North America resulting from his 2019 breeding season. Stallion                      Mares bred          Foals registered** Bettors Delight                 162                             40 Lazarus                            136                             39  Sportswriter                      142                            23 Sunshine Beach               207                             11 Betterthancheddar           187                             14 Always A Virgin                151                             33 Sweet Lou                        140                             56 Always B Miki                   137                             65              **as at August 14, 2020 USTA return data for Lazarus shows there are 75 live foals either registered or in the process of registration (and a further 27 still to be confirmed) so there’s confidence of around 90 to 100 Lazarus-sired foals to be registered by the end of 2020. A Lazarus N - Somekindamonster colt born on the 4th of June. Somekindamonster ($65,620) is by Somebeachsomewhere Lazarus was the dominant pacer in Australasia before he was sold to US thoroughbred breeding giant Taylor Made Stallions in a record deal. He served a book (136 mares) at US$10,000 (No discounts) in New Jersey and has returned to Australia already to stand at Yirribee Pacing Stud in Wagga Wagga, this season. For more information click here.  Yirribee stud has developed a state-of-the-art complex to house their star guest during his Down Under dates; an air conditioned, climate-controlled barn to help ensure issues that caused a disappointing first season in Australia are a once-off. Bred on Australasia’s golden cross, breed-defining stallion Bettors Delight out of a Christian Cullen mare, Lazarus has eight crosses to Meadow Skipper in his five-generation pedigree, similar to McWicked, Foiled Again and Anndrovette. Harnesslink Media      

By Jonny Turner    Lazarus has left behind rave reviews about his first crop of foals in North America after touching down in Australia last week. After landing in Sydney, the superstar New Zealand bred entered quarantine as he prepares for his second season at stud in Australasia. The two-time New Zealand Cup winner served 136 mares in his first stud season in North America and the resulting progeny have been given a big tick of approval over the past few months. “The feedback has been great,” part-owner John Curtin said. “He is leaving really strong, muscular foals that look like real athletes.” “And they are of a good size – Lazarus might have looked like a smaller horse on the track because of his head carriage but he is 16 hands.” “We have heard from a lot of breeders and they have been raving about his foals.” Lazarus - Simply Liz colt   One of the biggest compliments Lazarus’ foals have been give came after they passed muster with leading New Jersey breeding farm Concord Stud. “Concord Stud are the leading vendors at the Harrisburg sales and they have six Lazarus foals,” Curtin said. “I have spoken to David Meirs about them and they couldn’t be happier and they can’t wait to take them to the yearling sales.” Lazarus headed back Down Under after serving 112 mares at Deo Volente Farms in New Jersey in the recently completing Northern Hemisphere breeding season. The Bettor’s Delight stallion will soon be out to make amends for a less than ideal first season at stud in Australasia. The exact cause of Lazarus’ low conceptions rates in the 2019-20 breeding season has never been pinpointed despite extensive testing, Curtin said. But, given the stallion produced strong in-foal rates directly after returning to North America, which suggests the issue has been resolved. Lazarus - Daut Full colt To ensure the same problems do not arise again, facilities - including air conditioning - have been set up at Yirribee Stud to attempt to mirror the kind of conditions Lazarus lives in in North America,” Curtin said. “Breeders can send their mares to him with confidence they will get in foal.” “Despite exhaustive testing by the best vets in the southern hemisphere there was no definitive answer as to what caused the problem.” “The vets however were confident the problem would resolve, which has been proven to be correct with Lazarus finishing the 2020 northern hemisphere season with a conception rate of 85%.” “Every possible measure has been taken to mirror the conditions Lazarus has become accustomed to in the US.” The strong reports about his first crop of foals in New Jersey have added to the good interest in Lazarus ahead of the upcoming Australasian breeding season. “There has been a lot of interest in him this year and his bookings are ahead of where they were at the same time last season.” “Returning breeders can get him for $6000 which is probably the greatest deal you will ever see, considering he stands for US$10,000 in New Jersey where there are no discounts.” Breeders who send their mares to Lazarus will be put in a novel position when their foals hit the ground. By then Lazarus will have 2yr-olds that will have hit the tracks in North America. “When these foals are born he will have 2yr-olds racing in North America.” “That has never happened before for a Down Under bred stallion.” “So that is going to be pretty exciting for people who breed to him this year.” Lazarus stands at Yiribee Stud in New South Wales and is available to breeders throughout Australasia for a fee of $8000 including GST in both countries. Breeders that sent mares to the sire last year can access a fee of $6000 including GST.

We can never get enough of our champion pacers. And while his shoes are yet to be filled ON the harness racing racetrack, Lazarus will make a welcome return to our shores to resume his “OFF TRACK” stud duties in a matter of weeks. Regarded by many as the best pacer to race in the Southern Hemisphere in the past decade or so, Lazarus has booked his ticket to return for another season of stud duties at the renowned Yirribee Stud in the Riverina. With his return flight confirmed, unlike last year, Lazarus will fly direct to Australia and will not be required to quarantine in New Zealand. This avoids two aircraft flights within a matter of weeks. IRT have now advised Club Menangle and Yirribee Stud of the following transport and quarantine dates: July 9: begin quarantine in North America July 26: flight to Melbourne July 28: arrive in Melbourne for quarantine August 11: release from quarantine. Star Aussie actor Chris Hemsworth turns 37 that day but harness racing fans probably won’t raise a toast to ‘Thor’ but will instead toast the mighty Lazarus that day. Club Menangle has already announced a reduced service fee for Lazarus in response to the financial crisis resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Club Menangle CEO, Bruce Christison explained that given the state of the economy it was vital those involved in the industry did everything possible to ease the financial burden on breeders. As a result the 2020 service fee will begin at $8,000, a 20 per cent reduction on the previous year. There is a further discount of $2,000 for customers that booked a service fee to Lazarus last year. Yirribee Pacing Stud has confirmed that following the announcement of the Covid-19 Lazarus service fee initiative by Club Menangle, there had been plenty of early interest in bookings for 2020. “We have 20 bookings already in Australia and have fielded many telephone calls from New Zealand,” said Yirribee Stud principal, Rod Woodhouse. Success Stud at Young was among those to make an early call for clients seeking to book to the champ. Lazarus N - Simply Liz colt. Simply Liz ($136,194) is by Art Major and is the dam of 4 to race for 4 $100,000 plus winners Woodhouse indicated that the Yirribee Team were excited about the champ’s return: “Lazarus is a true gentleman and an absolute pleasure to have around,” said Woodhouse. “We received very good numbers from the Northern Hemisphere overnight. “Of the 57 mares with test results, they have 50 mares in foal, which means more than 87 per cent of the mares served were in foal.  “There is no doubt that if he throws his willingness to win and his temperament to his offspring, he will turn out to be a truly great sire.” Club Menangle  

In response to the devastating impact of Covid-19 on health and economic activity in Australia and New Zealand, Club Menangle previously announced a revised Covid-19 fee structure for Lazarus in 2020 harness racing breeding season.. Club Menangle announced the reduction in his 2020 service fee to $8,000. An added incentive, for those who booked last year, his 2020 service fee will be $6,000. Club Menangle’s Chairman, Robert Marshall has announced a further initiative aimed at assisting breeders in Australia and New Zealand, given the serious impact Covid-19 is having on economic activity and confidence. Mr Marshall has indicated Club Menangle will offer a two-stage payment arrangement for the stallion’s service fee for the forthcoming breeding season. “The Club recognises breeders will be challenged by the current economic circumstances”, Mr Marshall said. Mr Marshall added “Club Menangle is a true not for profit and while our principal responsibility is to Club members, we recognise the part we play in the industry”. The new announcement is aimed at structuring the payment fee for Lazarus for the 2020 breeding season in a manner which smooths out the payment arrangements over two financial years. “I am pleased to announce that my Board has agreed to the payment terms being $2,000 on 40-day positive test and the remainder at 1 September in 2021” Mr Marshall said. This will apply whether the fee is at $8,000 or the $6,000 fee for 2020. It appears the difficulties confronting Lazarus during his 2019 season down-under are resolving and Cub Menangle and Yirribee Stud are looking forward to his return in spring. This year Lazarus will be able to shuttle to Australia direct and will not be required to quarantine in New Zealand. Lazarus after winning the Interdominion Final (Ashlea Brennan Photo) Club Menangle Chief Executive, Mr Bruce Christison has been working closely with Mr Duncan Taylor of Taylor Made Stallions, the North American owners on the initiatives for the forthcoming breeding season.  “The Club appreciates the excellent working relationship we have with the team at Taylor Made Stallions”, Mr Christison said. Our two entities are focussed on providing Lazarus every opportunity to prove he is one of the greatest standardbred stallions of our generation. We look forward to welcoming Lazarus home to Yirribee Stud. Club Menangle

It is beyond doubt that one of New Zealand’s greatest harness racing exports is the standardbred stallion, Lazarus. His strength, stamina and speed – and sheer willingness to win – was equal to the best of the best of “All Blacks” forwards. During his Southern Hemisphere racing career, he entertained the crowds, broke the hearts of his competitors and endeared himself to not only racing tragics – but any sporting enthusiast who recognised a true champion. The handsome black stallion simply oozed class! His outstanding record and credentials were recognised in North America and he was subsequently purchased by Taylor Made Stallions to race in the United States and Canada - and then to undertake a career as a sire, post racing. Lazarus undertook his first North American season as a sire at Deo Volente Farms, New Jersey in 2019. The translation of the Latin “Deo Volente” to the English equivalent is “God Willing”. The Heavens must have been smiling on Lazarus as he received an outstanding book of mares and returned a fertility rate close to eighty per cent. Australia’s premier harness racing club – Club Menangle – subsequently purchased the Southern Hemisphere breeding rights to Lazarus.  Club Menangle is located in the heart of the birthplace of Australian merino breeding, the Macarthur region of New South Wales. Club Menangle and Yirribee Pacing Stud, Wagga Wagga NSW entered into a partnership to stand Lazarus at Wagga Wagga, the gateway to one of Australia’s premier agricultural regions, the historic Riverina. Lazarus winning his first USA start in the Dan Patch Stakes. After an extremely promising start to his Southern Hemisphere siring career, returns from services became varied, with hits and misses throughout the season. Shortly prior to his return to North America and following exhaustive investigation by veterinarians at Charles Sturt University, Goulburn Valley Equine, Sydney University and the University of Newcastle a subfertility issue was identified which appears to have been related to scrotal damage somewhere in his travels to Australia. Following his return to Deo Valente Farms for the 2020 North America breeding season, his semen production was returning to normal - as the veterinarians predicted. Early returns suggest an “in-foal” rate in the high eighties, in North America. Club Menangle and Yirribee Stud are excited by the early North American fertility rates and look forward to his return to the Southern Hemisphere in the Spring of 2020. Since shuttling back to North America, the world has been turned upside down by the Covid-19 pandemic and its impact on the lives of many and the serious economic damage being wrought across the globe. As an industry driven partner, Club Menangle recognises that broodmare owners will face serious financial challenges, post the outbreak of Covid-19. The Club has determined that it will support broodmare owners by providing a post Covid-19 bonus and implement a new Southern Hemisphere fee structure for Lazarus. Recognising the impact Covid-19 will have on economic activity and the use of scarce capital resources, the Club will play its part in harness racing’s recovery by reducing Lazarus’ service fee to $8,000, including GST. The revised Covid-19 service fee structure will also provide an additional bonus to broodmare owners who booked to Lazarus in 2019. This fee will apply to each booking made to Lazarus in 2019, whether semen was ordered or otherwise. The additional bonus available to those who booked to Lazarus in 2019 recognises the commitment broodmare owners made to one of the Southern Hemisphere’s greatest standardbred champions, last year. Some of whom chose to try on a number of occasions. The bonus will provide a further reduction to $6,000. Club Menangle intends to contact broodmare owners in Australia and New Zealand who made bookings to Lazarus last year to offer the reduced Covid-19 service fee. Club Menangle looks forward to the return of Lazarus this spring. Club Menangle

Flemington, NJ — Deo Volente Farms is excited to announce the arrival of its first two Lazarus N foals of 2020. The first is a colt out of Worldly Beauty p,4,1:49.3 ($1,900,255). Worldly Beauty is the matriarch of the farm’s pacing broodmare band and was the 2- and 3-year-old Dan Patch champion filly of the year. Her full sister, Worldly Treasure, is the dam of superstar stallion Captaintreacherous. “This baby is beautifully bred, strong and handsome,” said Deo’s farm manager Fidencio Cervantez. Deo’s second colt is out of Daut Full p,1:51.3f ($158,994). Said Cervantez, “We are very happy with the looks of both these colts and we can’t wait for the arrival of two more foals by Lazarus this season — one out of Rocklamation 1:48.3 ($2,277,384), and one out of Double Jeopardy from the family of Delinquent Account.” Deo Volente has also been receiving news about other Lazarus N foals that have arrived. Ken and Kathy Weed, of Shadowbrook Farm, have welcomed a colt out of The Signature p,3,1:56.1f ($37,047) and a filly out of Make Magic p,4,1:53.4f ($137,133). They stated, “Our two foals from Lazarus are stunning. They are smart, correct, and very athletic. They travel across the field faster than their mothers can keep up. We can’t wait to see them on the racetrack. Both babies are a joy to be around. They handle like a Porsche. We are very excited and blessed.” Jess Smith also welcomed a colt from Veiques p,3,1:56.1f ($37,639) from the family of Sannabelle Island. Jess said, “We are very pleased. The colt is well conformed with great bone. His head and eye are sharp with a regal bearing. I look forward to getting started on next year’s crop!” In addition to being extremely impressed with Lazarus N’s first two foals, Fidencio Cervantez went on to say that in his 30-plus years in the business he has never seen a stallion with such an impressive and near perfect conformation as Lazarus N. He is so thrilled with Lazarus N and the first two colts that he decided to personally purchase a share in the Lazarus N syndicate. Mike Gulotta, CEO of Deo Volente Farms, had this to say about the arrival of Lazarus N’s first two foals. “We are grateful to Duncan and his brothers at Taylormade Stallions for their confidence in Deo Volente. By the looks of these foals, Lazarus is certain to make his mark on the pacing world. “New Jersey’s future has never been brighter due to the tremendous support from our state legislators and from the contribution to racing revenues from sports betting. Our new breeders’ award program, increased NJ Sire Stakes and other NJ restricted race purse increases are making it quite attractive to breed in New Jersey.” Limited breedings are available to Lazarus N for the 2020 season. Deo Volente Farms

Club Menangle wishes to brief the harness racing industry on the disappointing first season down-under for the Champ, Lazarus. Lazarus had an enormous first season at stud in North America at Deo Volente Farms. Lazarus was able to obtain an 80% "in foal" outcome, with 136 mares bred and 109 positives. On commencing his stud season down-under, he arrived from North America in the picture of health and ready to commence his first season at stud in the Southern Hemisphere. The initial examination of his fertility under the supervision of the veterinary staff at Charles Sturt University and Dr Angus McKinnon, Goulburn Valley Equine Hospital, indicated his semen was well above average and did not indicate anything untoward. Yirribee Stud were delighted with his willingness to breed and his semen production. During the early part of the season his positive returns were 86%. Into the season, reports of "in foal" positives tapered off and subsequently became more problematic. As the return of negatives increased, Dr McKinnon arranged for further testing at the University of Sydney and the University of Newcastle. Following consultation with Club Menangle's North American owners, Taylor Made Stallions, a further independent review of the circumstances was undertaken by Dr Andrew Grierson, Woodlands Stud NZ. Dr McKinnon provided a report to Club Menangle on 31 January 2020 advising that what appears to have occurred were changes to spermatogenesis (the production of mature sperm), associated with travel. Acute thermal stress from a fever, scrotal insulation or trauma are well-documented associations with subfertility. This subfertility is not a permanent condition. A regime will be in place to monitor his temperature at every point on his way to quarantine, on arrival in Australia, travel to Yirribee and every day while in Australia to minimise the risk of this occurring again. Both Dr McKinnon and Dr Grierson have indicated that prior to his return trip to North America, Lazarus appeared to be on the improve, based on morphological changes. This has been supported by initial testing by Dr Charles Scoggin of Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital, Lexington, upon the return of Lazarus to the United States. After analysing the results Dr Scoggin stated; "Given the past circumstances surrounding this stallion, his sperm quality has rebounded and improved from comparative tests done in December 2019. He appears poised to have another successful Northern Hemisphere season. From what I've seen thus far, I would have no issue using this semen to breed mares". During the North American breeding season, Club Menangle and Taylor Made Stallions will closely monitor Lazarus' North American breeding results. While Club Menangle would have wished to provide an earlier update to the industry, the existence of veterinary evidence on which to base any public advice, was unavailable. For more information telephone Club Menangle chief executive Bruce Christison on (02) 4645-2200 Club Menangle

Taylor Made Stallions and Deo Volente Farms are pleased to announce an exciting new program which will give you the opportunity to breed to the harness racing Wonder From Down Under, Lazarus N, in his second season at stud in North America in 2020 for 50% of the advertised stud fee! It is called the “Taylor Made Advantage Program”.  If you have a mare that meets certain criteria, you can breed a second mare for 50% off the advertised stud fee. Criteria that must be met for the mare to be qualified are If the mare is in foal, her last bred date must be May 31st or earlier, She must be a stakes winner and have career earnings of $300,000 or more, or She must be a daughter of a mare that is a stakes winner and has career earnings of $600,000 or more. Up to 10 qualified mares will be selected for this program at the discretion of Deo Volente Farms and the qualified mare must be nominated no later than January 31st. Lazarus N (Bettor’s Delight-Bethany) Q1:48.3 – BT 1:46.3 ($3,070,095 converted from $4,125,988 in real earnings) was retired from racing on November 30, 2018 to begin his dual hemisphere stud career.  Named New Zealand Horse of the Year twice, 3 Yr. Old, 4 Yr. Old, and 5 Yr. Old Pacer of the Year as well as Australasian Grand Circuit Champion for two years, Lazarus N compiled an impressive International race record of 51 starts with 37 wins, 8 seconds, 4 thirds, and 2 unplaced races. Lazarus N seen above winning the Dan Patch in 1:48.4 at his first start in North America. He started from the outside post and was clearly the best of the best, beating easily the "Horse Of The Year" McWicked. Lazarus N is as impressive in the breeding shed as he was on the racetrack and has attracted some high profile mares to his 2019 book including Worldly Beauty  p, 1:49.3M ($1,900,255); Rocklamation p, 1:48.3M ($2,277,384); Odds On Stephanie, sister to Captaintreacherous p,1:47.1M ($3,148,657) and Shake It Miki, sister to Always B Miki, to name but a few ourstanding mares that he bred in 2019. Rocklamation p, 1:48.3M ($2,277,384) seen here is due to foal to Lazarus N in early 2020 Lazarus N stands at Deo Volente Farms in Flemington, NJ (www.deovolentefarms.com) at a stud fee of $10,000. Please call Linda at 908-782-4848 for further information.  

The resurrection of Lazarus, now as a sire, continues unabated. Club Menangle and Yirribee Stud have confirmed that Lazarus foals born in New Zealand will have an entry entitlement into the prestigious NSW Breeders Challenge. Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) has been of tremendous support in developing a process whereby NZ breeders will be able to nominate their Lazarus foals to HRNSW for the rich NSW Breeders Challenge. This will provide Lazarus foals with an additional entry point into a futurity scheme. The only requirement will be the payment of the entry and sustaining fees, as per Australian breeders. Any dual registered Lazarus foal will have access to any NZ futurity schemes as well as the lucrative NSW Breeders Challenge Series - provided entry and sustaining fees are paid. The NSW Challenge provides an enticing suite of races for qualified horses. Starting with two-year old horses right through to their five-year old season. The NSW Challenge includes: A Group 1 two-year old series (fillies/colts & geldings) - $125,000 each division A Group 1 three-year old series (fillies/colts & geldings) - $150,000 each division A Group 1 four-year-old series (mares/colts & geldings) - $100,000 each division A Group 1 five-year old series (mares/colts & geldings) - $100,000 each division New Zealand breeders will need to give a lot of thought to choosing Lazarus as a potential sire for their mares. Breeders selling Lazarus yearlings will make their foals even more attractive to Australian breeders. Buyers at Yearling Sales will also know that their purchase has a residual value if sold into the Australian market at a later date. Obviously, a similar potential result for horses retained by their breeders and offered later into the Australian market. Yirribee Stud Principal, Rod Woodhouse said “Lazarus is a true gentleman and we are delighted to stand him in the Southern Hemisphere in partnership with Club Menangle”. Alex Smith Club Menangle Here is a video of Lazarus in his first North American start (Qualifing) in 1:48.3 beating Lather Up, the equal fastest horse in the World at 1:46. Here below is a video of Lazarus beating the best in North America in his first official start in the $325,000 Dan Patch Stakes. Lazarus started from the extreme outside post 9 and took 600 meters to get the front making the first quarter in 26.2. The 2018 North American "Horse of the Year" McWicked (Now with over $5 million in earnings from 108 starts) had an easy trip third over and got up for third.  

Harness racing sensation Lazarus is putting the writing on the wall that his stud career could be every bit as prodigious as his talents on the racetrack. The "Wonder From Down Under" has started his first Southern Hemisphere breeding season at Yirribee Pacing Stud at Wagga Wagga, in the NSW Riverina. An early season Charles Sturt University fertility analysis has given a glowing report of Lazarus' semen, for its quality and longevity. And now that's being backed up in the barn, with perfect early service results for the superstar. The first three mares served in Australia are all confirmed to be in foal and in New Zealand Breckon Farms Manager Nigel Fahy is thrilled the first mare served in New Zealand has a confirmed pregnancy. "The first mare served by Lazarus in New Zealand is in foal - it's one of our own mares Tyler Bromac," Fahy said. "Tyler Bromac is a half-sister to promising pacer Mohs Em Down who has won three races this year for leading North Island trainer Barry Purdon." Lazarus had a full book of 136 mares in North America and his conception rate was excellent, with over 90 percent of the mares confirmed in foal. With the excellent clinical reports on Lazarus' semen and confirmation of four pregnancies from his first four services in Australasia, breeders can proceed with confidence in snapping up remaining opportunities to send their mares to the first-season fresh semen stallion. Lazarus so far has 200 Southern Hemisphere confirmed bookings, with a number of black-type mares, indicating fastidious breeders are keen to take advantage of the impeccable pedigree on offer. Lazarus is bred on Australasia's "golden cross" - by breed-defining stallion Bettor's Delight out of a Christian Cullen mare. He has eight crosses to the great Meadow Skipper in his five-generation pedigree, similar to Sweet Lou, McWicked, Foiled Again and Anndrovette. A multiple Stakes winner at 2, the precocious Lazarus displayed his brilliance as a juvenile winning six times from eight starts, pacing the fastest two-year-old mile ever down under in 1:52.4. He was named New Zealand Horse of the Year twice, three-year-old Pacer of the Year, four-year-old Pacer of the Year and five-year-old Pacer of the Year, and Australian Horse of the Year, as well as Australasian Grand Circuit Champion for two years, compiling an international race record of 51 starts, 37 wins, eight seconds and four thirds. With stakes of more than $4 million, Lazarus is the richest standardbred stallion in history to stand at stud anywhere in the world and was sold to US thoroughbred breeding giant Taylor Made Stallion in a record deal last year. He served a full book of mares in his first season at the prestigious Deo Volente Farms in New Jersey USA and NSW premier racing outfit Club Menangle beat several leading stud farms earlier this year to buy the Southern Hemisphere breeding rights. Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura  

When Christchurch harness racing buff Peter O’Rourke was offered the role as booking agent in New Zealand for the mighty Lazarus he didn’t need to think twice about accepting the position. “How could you not want to be involved with the past pacer I’ve ever seen?” Peter said. Lazarus, the dual NZ Horse of the Year and Inter Dominion and Miracle Mile hero who is lining up for his first season at Yirribee Pacing Stud, Wagga (NSW), is gaining widespread interest from Kiwi broodmare owners, according to Peter. “I’ve already had more than 40 confirmed bookings to him in New Zealand,” he said. O’Rourke is unquestionably one of the best known and most respected figures in Harness Racing breeding and racing - on either side of the ditch. His secondment to the Lazarus team adds yet another string to his bow. O’Rourke’s involvement in the sport began way back in January 1977. “Bob McArdle wanted me to give him a hand with his bloodstock business,” Peter recalls. “And I stayed for 23 years!” Peter, whose working life began as a high school teacher in Melbourne, was appointed as manager of the fledgling Nevele R Stud, near Christchurch in 1977. Peter O'Rourke “When I first started the three horses standing on the property were Timely Knight, Nevele Romeo and the trotter Gerry Mir,” Peter said. “Holmes Hanover, Live Or Die and Falcon Seelster were the three best sires to stand at Nevele R during my time.” The exalted trio won more than 20 NZ Sire Premiership between them. In 1999 Peter became the marketing manager of the late Wayne Francis’ Spreydon Lodge, the home of the ‘Franco’ breed, as well as general manager of Nevele R Stud Limited. “I sold more than 100 ‘Franco’ horses to both Australia and NZ including derby and oaks winners, two Australian Pacing Championship winners, a Chariots Of Fire winner and a Golden Nugget winner,” he stated. Some of the best horses sold by Peter include the NSW Oaks winners Scent and Shrub, Madam Steward (Queensland Oaks), the Chariots winner Kentuckiana, the Australian Pacing Championship winners Swapzee Bromac and Atitagian and the cup class pacer Our Ian Mac. One of his most expensive sales was the Boyden Hanover gelding Swapzee Bromac. “I purchased Swapzee Bromac as a foal off Bob McArdle and later sold him to clients of Perth trainer Trevor Warwick,” he said. “He went on to win more than $200,000 before being sold to USA for $100,000 plus.” In 2013 O’Rourke joined forces with well known Adelaide harness identity and good mate David Shammall to establish Stallions Australasia, which transports frozen semen for elite trotting sires from North America. “Unlike their pacing counterparts, the top trotting sires don’t ever shuttle to Australia or NZ,” Peter stated. ”So we identified a niche market for the trotters.” The Stallions Australasia roster includes the world’s No. 1 trotting sire Muscle Hill and his brilliant, young sons Trixton, Southwind Frank and Tactical Landing. Peter said the best horse he ever raced was Michele Bromac (Besta Fella-Milne Bay), who won 11 races including two heats of the Nevele R Fillies Series and finished second in the final and third in the NZ Oaks. He also tasted success recently with the three-year-old Artsplace gelding Arts Dash. “He had three starts for us for a win, a second and fifth before we sold him to Victoria where he won on debut at Geelong last week,” Peter said. Married to Sue, and the father of two children and grandfather of Lulu, 7, and Harry, 5, the 68 years-old O’Rourke still really enjoys harness racing. “I love the industry and I want to stay involved for a few more years yet,” he stated. By Peter Wharton

Pacing great Lazarus is going to stand at stud in New South Wales in one of the most radical deals in the history of harness racing. But while he will be based in Australia for his Southern Hemisphere breeding career, New Zealand breeders will still have the cheapest access in the world to the recently-retired pacing hero. Lazarus was the dominant pacer in Australasia until sold to United States thoroughbred breeding giant Taylor Made Stallions last year and he went on to become the second best free-for-all pacer in North America during a short campaign there. He is serving a full book (140 mares) in the United States at US$10,000 and after negotiations with several leading Down Under stud farms he will stand at Yerribee Stud in Wagga, New South Wales. But that isn't the radical part of the Lazarus deal as his Southern Hemisphere breeding rights haven't been purchased by a stud or individual but by Club Menangle, who run the Menangle harness racing track. The deal sees Club Menangle buy Lazarus's Australasian breeding rights for life which would see them keep profits until their initial investment is paid back and then any service fees after that will be split with Taylor Made. The move will stun harness racing insiders, who often shy away from thinking outside the square, but looks smart business on two fronts. Not only should Lazarus be popular at stud and looks certain to end up making Club Menangle money but his presence in NSW will give them a glamour stallion prospect at a time when state bosses there are trying to reinvigorate the local breeding industry. That will also boost the depth of all NSW racing series and Club Menangle are certain to give the champion Lazarus huge exposure. He will stand there at an initial fee of A$10,000 plus GST but be available to New Zealand breeders at the slightly cheaper fee of $10,000 plus GST. Just as importantly, Lazarus will be paid up for the New Zealand Sires' Stakes stallion eligibility scheme so his New Zealand foals will have the same local opportunities as foals sired by stallions based in New Zealand. Club Menangle chief executive Bruce Christison says he was thrilled to get the deal signed. "The Club sees this as both an investment for ourselves but also in the breeding industry in NSW," said Christison. "And we believe the breeding incentives already put in place by HRNSW combined with the Lazarus name will ensure this is an outstanding success." Lazarus is expected to arrive in Australia in August.   Michael Guerin

Duncan Taylor of Taylor Made Stallions and Mike Gulotta of Deo Volente Farms are pleased to announce that all available shares in Lazarus N,  “The Wonder From Down Under” have been sold celebrating a successful syndication and would like to thank every member for their support. Lazarus N (Bettor’s Delight – Bethany – Christian Cullen) New Zealand earnings $2,016,841 Australian earnings      $1,671,597 USA earnings               $  294,050 Canadian earnings       $  158,500 …………………………………........ Total earnings             $4,140,988 ………………………………….......... Lazarus, the richest son of super sire Bettor's Delight was retired from racing on November 30, 2018 to begin his dual hemisphere stud career.  Lazarus was named New Zealand Horse of the Year twice, 3yr, 4yr, and 5yr old Pacer of the Year as well as Australian Pacer Of The Year and Australasian Grand Circuit Champion for two years. Lazarus N compiled an impressive International race record of 51 starts with 37 wins, 8 seconds, 4 thirds, and only 2 unplaced races lifetime. Lazarus N has attracted some outstanding high profile breeders to his court this season including; Hanover Shoe Farm, Blue Chip Farm, Deo Volente Farms, Tara Hills Stud, Concord Stud, Walnridge Farm, Spring Haven Standardbreds, Fox Valley Starndardbreds, Caviat Farm, Heritage Hill Farm, Preferred Equine, Let It Ride, Steve Stewart, Mark Ford, Twinbrook Farm, Anthony Perretti Farm and bloodstock, Taylor Made Stallions, Nick Surick, Chris Ryder, Thomas Pontone, Stonegate Standardbred etc etc Lazarus N is as impressive in the breeding shed as he was on the racetrack and has attracted some outstanding high profile mares to his 2019 book including; Worldly Beauty p1:49.3 ($2,146,076) Rocklamation p1:48.3 ($2,281,795) Odds On Stephanie, a race winning sister to Captaintreacherous p1:47.1 ($3,153,541) Artstopper, dam of Always B Miki p1:46 ($2,826,176) Shake It Miki, sister to Always B Miki p1:46 ($2,826,176) West Side Glory, the race winning dam of See You at Peelers p1:49.2f ($1,566,900). Realuhcamnation, a daughter of champion race mare Eternal Camnation 1:49.2 ($4,129,390) Teenage Paige, the dam of Agent Q 1:48.3 ($1,292,415) Ab Fab, a half to millionaires Betterthancheddar ($1,636,086) and Ashlees Big Guy ($1,009,523) Dashboard Dancer, a race winning half-sister to Maltese Artist 1:48.3 ($2,340,872). Docdor Cameo, a daughter of champion race mare Eternal Camnation 1:49.2 ($4,129,390) Double Jeopardy, a half to Western Terror 1:48.3 ($1,289,422) & If I Can Dream ($2,038,153) Dreamingofwichita, a half to A Rocknroll Dance 1:47.2 ($2,441,164) Olivette Hanover, from super race mare Ohyouprettything ($1,135,873) and a race winning full-sister to Jeremes Jet 1:47 ($1,659.413) Mach A Wish 1:50 ($601,975) Cinamony, 1:49.3 ($532,404) Etc, etc, etc The Lazarus N Syndicate is also pleased to announce a contract to breed from the owners of top race mare, Shartin N p, 5, 1:48.2M ($1,192,553) in 2020.  Lazarus N stands at Deo Volente Farms in Flemington, NJ (www.deovolentefarms.com) at a stud for a fee of $10,000. For more information call Linda at 908-782-4848. Deo Volente Farms

It might be grist for the mill over a few frothies – but comparing the greats of different eras, particularly harness racing, is a notoriously difficult business. Tiger Tara’s incredible improvement this season is nothing short of extraordinary, and a credit to the attention and professionalism of Kevin Pizzutto and his team.  That the sport’s paid promoters are making much of Tiger Tara’s utter dominance, particularly with a Miracle Mile still ahead, is both understandable and serviceable.  Tiger Tara is, without question, the supreme pacer of the current time – by a very long margin. His shredding of Saturday night’s Hunter Cup field spoke for itself.  But to extrapolate the performance and compare it favourably to the deeds of Tiger Tara’s greatest rival Lazarus, as some did, is perhaps best left in the heady moments of post-race. Whenever the two met on the big stage, history shows the ledger fell clearly in favor of the now-retired Lazarus.  Whether Tiger Tara’s improvement has been to the extent that the tables would now be turned is a tantalising racing conundrum that can never be answered. Federer v Sampras; Woods v Nicklaus; Michael Jordan v LeBron James. The debates are endless. In the equine world, the academics have extended the analysis of the Winx v Black Caviar rivalry to heart-beat, lung capacity and length of stride! But there are some salient points to consider around the relative quality of Saturday night’s Hunter Cup field that provide some context for comparing these two greats of harness racing.  Lazarus winning the New Zealand Cup Lazarus was among 9 Group 1 winning performers prior to the 2018 Hunter Cup – who’d won a combined $13,264,003.  They had won 40 Group 1 races between them. Saturday night’s field had 6 Group One winners for a combined total of $5,512,551 in earnings. They had won 14 Group 1 races between them.  Both Lazarus and Tiger Tara have met on 10 occasions, with Lazarus beating home Tiger Tara in 7 of those races. Let us look at both the 2018 and 2019 Hunter Cup fields that Lazarus and Tiger Tara started in and you be the judge. Please note - These statistics are taken prior to the time each race was run. Lazarus winning the Hunter Cup Hunter Cup field 2018 - Lazarus 1st - Lazarus - $3,663,438 - 45 starts, 35 wins, 5 seconds and 1 third. (Group 1 wins - 14 ) 2nd - Soho Tribeca - $957,674 - 51 starts, 19 wins, 16 seconds and 5 thirds. (Group 1 wins - 3) 3rd - Heaven Rocks - $419,818 - 25 starts, 12 wins, 3 seconds and 2 thirds. (Group 1 wins - 4) 4th - Lennytheshark - $2,937,585 - 77 starts, 39 wins, 18 seconds and 12 thirds. (Group 1 wins - 7) 5th - Ameretto - $465,919 - 69 starts - 25 wins, 15 seconds and 3 thirds.  6th - Tiger Tara - $1,265,410 - 81 starts, 26 wins, 18 seconds and 12 thirds. (Group 1 wins - 3) All in New Zealand 7th - San Carlo - $214,048 - 29 starts, 21 wins and 4 thirds  8th - Moonrock - $181,222 - 36 starts, 12 wins, 5 seconds and 5 thirds. 9th - Bling It On - $1,647,956 - 83 starts, 45 wins, 12 seconds and 8 thirds. (Group 1 wins - 5) 10th - Yayas Hot Spot - $443,492 - 81 starts, 23 wins, 18 seconds and 10 thirds.  11th - Messini - $682,961 - 88 starts, 25 wins, 14 seconds and 12 thirds. (Group 1 wins - 2) 12th - Shadow Sax - $382,480 - 26 starts, 17 wins, 4 seconds and 3 thirds. (Group 1 wins - 2) Total earnings on the day before the 2018 Hunter Cup was $13,264,003 Here is the 2018 Hunter Cup Tiger Tara after winning the Interdominion Final Hunter Cup field 2019 - Tiger Tara 1st - Tiger Tara - $1,985,315 - 101 starts, 34 wins, 24 seconds and 13 thirds. (Group 1 wins - 6) 2nd - Our Uncle Sam - $250,126 - 56 starts, 15 wins, 9 seconds and 5 thirds.  3rd - San Carlo - $355,998 - 43 starts, 25 wins, 3 seconds and 5 thirds. 4th - Flaming Flutter - $746,635 - 102 starts, 23 wins, 19 seconds and 19 thirds. (Group 1 wins - 2) 5th - Buster Brady - $235,635 - 44 starts, 12 wins, 4 seconds and 3 thirds. 6th - Wrappers Delight - $375,234 - 48 starts, 17 wins, 6 seconds and 8 thirds. (Group 1 win - 1) 7th - Thefixer - $608,165 - 18 starts, 11 wins, 1 second and 1 third. (Group 1 wins - 2)  8th - Cruz Bromac - $392,043 - 39 starts, 20 wins, 4 seconds and 3 thirds. (Group 1 wins - 2) 9th - Star Galleria - $345,465 - 32 starts, 13 wins, 7 seconds and 2 thirds.  10th - Raukapuka Ruler - $217,935 - 25 starts, 8 wins and 3 seconds. (Group 1 win - 1) Total earnings on the day before the 2019 Hunter Cup totals $5,512,551 Tiger Tara winning the Hunter Cup Here is the 2019 Hunter Cup Tiger Tara - Gross Time: 3.14.2                    Lazarus - Gross Time 3:15.7                     Mile Rate: 1:53.2                                        Mile Rate: 1:54.1                     First Quarter (last mile) 28.9                      First Quarter (last mile) 29.4                                     Second Quarter 28.9                                  Second Quarter 28.6                     Third Quarter 27.2                                      Third Quarter 27                     Fourth Quarter 28                                       Fourth Quarter 28 History may tell the tale – but more likely it’s an argument that will still be doing the rounds in a decade. For harness racing’s sake, let’s hope so! Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura  

Lazarus N, the Wonder from Down Under retires from harness racing and begins his dual hemisphere stud career. Taylor Made Stallions announced today that international superstar Lazarus N, Q 1:48.3 - BT 1:46.3, New Zealand's greatest and most accomplished racehorse of all time, has been retired from racing and will start his North American stud career at Deo Volente Farms in New Jersey for a North American fee of $10,000. Named New Zealand Horse of the Year twice, three-year-old Pacer of the Year, four-year-old Pacer of the Year and five-year-old Pacer of the Year, as well as Australasian Grand Circuit Champion for two years, Lazarus N compiled an international race record of 51 starts, 37 wins 8 seconds 4 thirds 2 unplaced races with lifetime career earnings of $4,125,988 in true racing dollars (no conversions), making him the richest standardbred stallion in history to stand at stud anywhere in the world.  A multiple Stakes Winner at 2,  the precocious Lazarus N flashed his brilliance as a juvenile winning 6 times from 8 starts, pacing the fastest 2 year old mile ever down under in 1:52.4 with a final quarter 25.1. Bred on Australasia's golden cross, being by breed-defining stallion Bettor's Delight out of a Christian Cullen mare, Lazarus has eight crosses to Meadow Skipper in his five generation pedigree similar to Sweet Lou, McWicked, Foiled Again and Anndrovette. Noted pedigree expert Bob Marks commented, “Lazarus has an All American pedigree, for all intents and purposes he could have been bred and foaled in North America. Given his precocity and All American pedigree, there is no reason to conclude that he won’t perform like a great American stallion, and represent the logical extender of the Cam Fella line.” Lazarus N was a 15 time Group 1 winner, establishing 5 track records in New Zealand and another 3 records in Australia. Sent to race in North America, Lazarus N won the $325,000 Dan Patch in his North American stakes debut.  The mile went in 1:48.4. His next US stakes victory would come in the $177,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby where he paced the mile in 1:48.4. The Dan Patch Perhaps his greatest performance on US soil came at the Red Mile. The mighty Lazarus N, parked the entire mile much of it without cover finished in 1:46.3 while gaining at the wire. This made believers of those in attendance of his extraordinary talent. Lazarus N's trainer, Hall of Famer Jimmy Takter stated in an interview with Michael Guerin, "His (Lazarus N's) official time, if you were to have it on him, he did break the world record,” (as Yannick Gingras was forced wide and to check while going for the lead at the first turn). “This is just a great, great horse. I urge breeders to breed their top mares to him,” added Takter. "We were so fortunate to have raced such an extraordinary talent as Lazarus,” said Duncan Taylor. “We are extremely pleased that he is standing at Deo Volente Farms in New Jersey. His sire Bettors Delight has truly been a breed shaper and a renewable annuity. Our expectations are that Lazarus will follow in his sire’s footprint." Mike Gulotta CEO of Deo Volente Farms added “Lazarus N is arriving in New Jersey at the beginning of our renaissance. Both the legalization of sports betting and the expected financial support from our State Government will result in a revitalization of Standardbred racing in this State and a positive environment for Lazarus N. Just as Lazarus was raised from the dead, so too will New Jersey Racing”  Shares in Lazarus N are now becoming available at the rate of $50,000 per share with payment options.  Share owners will be entitled to two breedings per year in 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022 with one breeding per year thereafter.  Additionally, North American shareholders will share in Southern Hemisphere revenues. Contact Deo Volente Farms for details.

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