Harrisburg, PA --- It will be a white Christmas for the Sjoberg family. Tristan Sjoberg purchased the white colt named White Bliss for $240,000 on Tuesday on the second day of the Standardbred Horse Sale at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex. White Bliss was the day’s top-priced yearling. Bjorn “Bernie” Noren signed for White Bliss, who is an early Christmas gift for Sjoberg’s mother, Eva. A son of stallion Art Major out of the mare Coochie Mama, both bays, White Bliss is a rare all white Standardbred. The last time two bays produced a white Standardbred in North America was in 1998. “(Sjoberg) wanted to buy this horse for his mom,” Noren said. “She has always been looking for a white Standardbred. She went to Russia to buy some white horses, but couldn’t find any really purely white. When this horse came up for sale, he got really excited and his mom got really excited. He wanted to go for it. He bought it for his mom as a Christmas present.” Ake Svanstedt, who is coming to the U.S. after a successful career in Sweden, will train the colt. “He’s going to take him to Florida and train him and race him in the New York Sire Stakes program hopefully,” Noren said. “Then he will go to Sweden and get the chance to breed some trotting mares.” Noren added with a laugh, “He’s not going to get castrated.” The colt was among three horses to sell for at least $200,000 on the second day and a total of 14 sold for at least $100,000. After two days, the average price was $50,486 for 515 horses sold; an increase of 14 percent compared to 2012. Last year, the average was $44,270 for 545 horses sold. On the pacing side, yearlings sired by Somebeachsomewhere were going for an average of $84,243 – the top mark of the sale. On the trotting side, Credit Winner-sired foals were leading with an average of $83,636. Mohegan Blue Chip and Apple Bottom Lindy were tied for the No. 2 seller, both bringing $215,000. Mohegan Blue Chip, a son of stallion Somebeachsomewhere out of the mare Casino Miss, went to trainer Tony Alagna. Casino Miss finished second in the finals of the Tender Loving Care and Blossom series in 2003 and earned $431,698 lifetime. “I trained the first foal out of the mare, Ryder Blue Chip, and I liked her,” Alagna said. “She was just a nice sire stakes filly, but I liked her a lot. This was the first colt the mare had, the first Somebeachsomewhere, so he kind of fit the profile for what we were looking for. “There’s enough maternal pedigree to be a home run. He was a great individual with a lot of presence. He passed all the tests.” Apple Bottom Lindy, a daughter of stallion Cantab Hall out of the mare Lindy’s Got Back, was purchased by Robert Lindstrom for owner Lennert Agren. Paul Kelley will train the filly. “She’s got size, she’s got great conformation, she’s got a pretty darn good family, and she gets over the ground really good,” Kelley said. “Hopefully those are all the qualities you’re looking for to start out with.” Migrate Blue Chip, a son of stallion Rock N Roll Heaven out of the mare Gro sold for $180,000 to Synergie Montreal. Gro was second in the 2006 Tender Loving Care Series final and earned $454,135 in her career. He will be trained by Luc Blais. “I liked the animal, the conformation; he’s a nice looking horse,” Blais said. “We went to the farm a week before the sale. When we saw him, we just liked him. I liked what I see and what I feel about the horse. I report that to the owner and the owner looked at the video and made the decision after that. “Rock N Roll Heaven was a great horse and had a great attitude. That’s what I feel about this yearling. I think he’s got a nice attitude. I was impressed.” Following is the list of horses to sell for at least $100,000: Hip-Name-Sex-Sire-Dam-Price 305 – White Bliss – Colt – Art Major-Coochie Mama – $240,000 Rare white Standardbred; half-brother to Western Posse (1:50.4s; $155,818) 428 – Mohegan Blue Chip – Colt – Somebeachsomewhere-Casino Miss – $215,000 Half-brother to Ryder Blue Chip (1:50.3; $190,825) 504 – Apple Bottom Lindy – Filly – Cantab Hall-Lindy’s Got Back – $215,000 First foal for Lindy’s Got Back; third dam is world champion Anamosa Hanover 346 – Migrate Blue Chip – Colt – Rock N Roll Heaven-Gro – $180,000 First foal for Gro, who had a mark of 1:50.3 and earned $454,135 459 – Severine Hanover – Filly – Donato Hanover-Secret Credit – $175,000 First foal for Secret Credit, who had a mark of 1:59.2h and earned $133,811; half-sister to Berto Primo (1:54.2; $296,298) 390 – Mullet Blue Chip – Colt – American Ideal-Babe Watching – $160,000 Half-brother to Baberhood, who is the dam of New York Sire Stakes champ He’s Watching 480 – Whataworkout – Colt – Muscle Hill-Southwind Sofia – $155,000 First foal for Southwind Sofia, who is half-sister to Southwind Serena (1:55.2; $385,088) and Southwind Spirit (1:54.1; $310,925) 348 – Adama Hanover – Filly – Camluck-Always True – $140,000 Half-brother to Dynamic Youth (1:48.1f; $822,957) 499 – Mentzer Hanover – Colt – Donato Hanover-Mayday Hanover – $120,000 Dam is half-sister to Macaria Hanover (1:55; $292,337) 498 – Magic Marker – Filly – Andover Hall-Susie’s Magic – $110,000 Dam won 2006 Breeders Crown for 3-year-old filly trotters; mark of 1:52.4 and earned $700,946 276 – Badiou Hanover – Colt – Well Said-Blind Ambition – $105,000 Dam is half-sister to Cheyenne Rei (1:51.1; $729,933) 279 – By Chance Hanover – Colt – Cantab Hall-Box Of Dreams – $105,000 First colt for Box Of Dreams, who had a mark of 1:58.1f and earned $86,100. 386 – Minix Hanover – Colt – Lucky Chucky-Madam Hooch – $105,000 First foal for stakes-winner Madam Hooch, who had a mark of Q1:58.3s and earned $181,843. 478 – Sobti Hanover – Filly – Cantab Hall-Sounds Swell – $105,000 Half-sister to Spellbound Hanover (1:54.3; $962,395) and Up Front Ben (1:54f; $381,326); full sister to Symphonic Hanover (1:53.4; $265,116) 412 – Mypaparox Bluechip – Colt – Rock N Roll Heaven-Musical Tone – $100,000 Half-brother to Big Al’s Delight (1:52; $385,154) by Ken Weingartner for HRC
In the upcoming breeding season, Winbak Farm of New York will be welcoming two of the industry’s most distinguished trotting stallions. “With the New York Sire Stakes program having the richest purses in North America, we are excited to announce the addition of Lucky Chucky and Muscles Yankee,” said Garrett Bell, Winbak Farm General Manager. “Both individuals were outstanding racehorses and have two of the best trotting pedigrees in the industry.” Lucky Chucky, 2,1:55.1s; 3,1:50.4 ($2,099,973), will be standing his fourth season in 2014. His yearlings sold for an average of $53,214 at the 2013 Lexington Select Sale and were led by Mr Lucky Luke, who sold for $450,000. “We are thrilled that Lucky Chucky will be rejoining our farm in New York, his offspring look athletic and will be starting to race in 2014,” said Bell. Muscles Yankee, 2, 1:56.3; 3, 1:52.2. ($1,424,938), is the sire of 12 Millionaires. A son of Valley Victory, his offspring include Mr Muscleman, 2, 1:59; 3, 1:53.3; 1:51.1s ($3,589,142) and 2009 Horse of The Year, Muscle Hill, 2, 1:53.3, 3, 1:50.1 ($3,273,342). His offspring have earned $82,548,387. “Muscles Yankee has been a consistent sire of the best trotters in North America. His offspring have proven they are tough racehorses at any age and will be a force to be reckoned with in the New York Sire Stakes,” said Bell. “We appreciate the partnership with Perretti Farms and look forward to another successful year.” For more information on either stallion visit www.winbakfarm.com or call 845.778.5421. Submitted by Winbak Farm
For a small breeder, having one foal make the Breeders Crown final is exciting. Paul “Pete” Spears’ Windsong Stables came to prominence in 2004 when Windsongs Legacy captured the Triple Crown of trotting for trainer Trond Smedshammer. The Windsong name will be in focus on Saturday night with two foals from the late Bax Machine figuring prominently in both the $250,000 Crown Mare Trot and the $500,000 Crown 3-year-old filly trot. “I recall we purchased Bax Machine in 2001 at the Harrisburg Sale,” said Spears. “She was in foal to Muscles Yankee and I think we paid either $18,000 or $19,000.” While the daughter of Earl seemed to have a nondescript pedigree, Spears actually favors that approach. “I especially like to purchase hard-hitting mares that race in Canada,” Spears said. “It really doesn’t matter to me what the sires name is.” Diversity has been the watchword at Windsong and it has helped cultivate a brand that continues to perform at a high level. Bax Machine has been a model of consistency no matter what cross Spears chose for her. With 10 foals on the racetrack, Bax Machine was the proverbial sure thing in the breeding shed. “It doesn’t show up on the USTA site, but her 2005 foal by S Js Caviar (Bring Me Back) was a top colt in Sweden,” said Spears. What does show up under her pedigree is an extraordinary array of talented trotters from diverse stallion pairings. Her first colt by Muscles Yankee, named Q Forty Five, was exported and raced well overseas. She was then bred to Angus Hall, Dream Vacation, S Js Caviar, Broadway Hall, Cantab Hall, Windsongs Legacy, Kadabra and Credit Winner. On Saturday night Bax Of Life, the true Windsong-bred mare—being a daughter of Windsongs Legacy and Bax Machine—appears to have the best chance of success. The 5-year-old mare, trained by Jerry Duford and driven by John Campbell landed post three fresh off an impressive 1:52.4 victory in last week’s Crown elimination. The gritty mare has improved with age, earning more than $300,000 over the last two years, a far cry from the just under $90,000 she banked as a 2- and 3-year-old combined. Trainer Jim Raymer entered Bouncing Bax in the Crown because he believed the daughter of Credit Winner deserved a chance. She entered last week’s Crown eliminations on the strength of a five-race winning streak that included the $225,000 New York Sire Stakes final at Yonkers. Though that streak ended with a fifth place finish in her Breeders Crown elimination, driver Howard Parker seemed undeterred. “I thought she raced very well,” said Parker. “She got a little fumbly on the final turn and I had to steady her. She’ll race better next week.” The New York Sire Stakes program has helped Bouncing Bax earn $367,713 in her first two years of racing. “She’s very good gaited and she’s very comfortable on the half-mile track,” said Raymer. “I think she’ll be a little better next year.” While Bax Machine has yet to produce a world champion, she’s given more to the sport in the longevity her foals have had on the racetrack. Just look at Never Bax Down, her second foal by Ontario-sire Angus Hall who raced 180 times between 2007 and 2011. Baximum, Bax Machine’s 2007 foal by Cantab Hall, was a Grand Circuit winner as a 2- and 3-year-old and is approaching $400,000 in career earnings. The saga for owner Spears came to an end last year when Bax Machine was injured prior to foaling her Muscle Massive-sired colt. “She foaled on three legs,” said Spears. “Mares generally don’t get better after that.” Bax Machine did her motherly duty and nursed her foal until the youngster was weaned some three months later. “We could have done a procedure on her,” said Spears, “But it was risky with no guarantee of success.” Bax Machine ultimately was humanely put down and her final foal—Fighting Bax—goes on the auction block Nov. 4 at the Standardbred Horse Sale at Harrisburg. Spears says he’s had fun naming the foals of Bax Machine, who was named as a tribute to Ontario horseman John Bax, who trained the $2.1 millionaire Goodtimes. Spears is grateful for the success of Windsong Stable mares, having had the good fortune to do well with mares others cast aside. He’s bred a diverse group to a wide range of stallions and come up with solid stakes trotters. Triple Crown winner Windsongs Legacy’s dam Yankee Windsong died prematurely after her champion was born. Bax Machine’s greatest accomplishment, producing two exceptional Breeders Crown finalists, comes a year after her passing. On the positive side, the bloodlines of Windsongs Legacy and Bax Machine will be around for some time, especially if two of Windsongs Legacy’s more famous sons —Chapter Seven and Lucky Chucky—turn out to be successful in the breeding shed. Win, lose or draw, Windsong Stables has carved out quite a niche on the trotting breed. By Jay Bergman for the Breeders Crown
Lexington, KY --- The all-time record sale price in the nine-year history of the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale was equaled, then smashed, during the auction’s first session on Tuesday night (Oct. 1). Trotting colt Custom Fit claims this honor, going for the price of $475,000. By Cantab Hall out of Gala Dream, this youngster is a full brother to the holy terrors Pastor Stephen, 2-year-old champion in 2010, and Father Patrick, this year’s dominant trotting colt. Jimmy Takter, who trained both of the older brothers, made the winning bid for this Brittany Farms-bred colt. A name change might be ahead, perhaps a Monsignor moment in the making? It was another trotting colt that briefly shared the old record price of $450,000. This was Mr Lucky Luke, from the first crop of Lucky Chucky. Multiple stakes-winning dam Graceful Touch has already produced three winners of more than $200,000, headed by millionaire Muscle Massive. John Cancelliere had the final bid for this colt in the Hunterton consignment and is likely to turn the training responsibilities over to Chuck Sylvester, who so successfully campaigned Lucky Chucky. Horse sales bidding typically starts a bit sluggishly through the first few hip numbers, but it was pedal to the metal time on Tuesday, with the second yearling, the Muscle Hill filly Bright Eyes, fetching a whopping $260,000. This was one of a pair of yearlings that Swedish agent Robert Lindstrom purchased for that amount, signing for six yearlings over the course of the session. That trailed only Takter, who acquired nine in all. Several other European bidders were active, assisting trotters to take the top five high priced positions. Taking honors among pacers at $180,000 was the regally-bred filly Hey There Delilah, by Rocknroll Hanover out of Stienam’s Place. The Kentuckiana Farms-consigned yearling is a full sister to champion and $2 million-winner Put On A Show. Buyer Richard Young is hoping that the filly can emulate these distinguished relatives, as well as his own Rocknroll Hanover daughter, the nearly untouchable I Luv The Nitelife. Overall, the first session of the sale finished in a virtual dead heat in average price with the comparable session in 2012, declining a mere $131 to $86,324. A total of 105 yearlings sold, six more than last year, pushing the gross sales to $9,064,000. The 36 yearlings to sell for $100,000 or more topped the 33 from a year ago. Here are the summary statistics by gait and sex, and the leading horses by price, from the first session: Group-No. Sold-Total Price-Average Price-Top Price-Median-$100,000+ Pacing Colts-28-$2,462,000-$87,929-$150,000-$82,500-13 Pacing Fillies-22-$1,605,000-$72,955-$180,000-$60,000-6 Trotting Colts-31-$3,231,000-$104,226-$475,000-$77,000-11 Trotting Fillies-24-$1,766,000-$73,583-$260,000-$51,500-6 Total-105-$9,064,000-$86,324-$475,000-$75,000-36 Yearling-Sire-Dam-Sex-Gait-Price-Buyer Custom Fit-Cantab Hall-Gala Dream-C-T-$475,000-Jimmy W. Takter Mr Lucky Luke-Lucky Chucky-Graceful Touch-C-T-$450,000-John Cancelliere Bright Eyes-Muscle Hill-Caught My Eye-F-T-$260,000-Robert Lindstrom, Agent Madrid-Credit Winner-Starcelona-C-T-$260,000-Robert Lindstrom, Agent Hey There Delilah-Rocknroll Hanover-Stienam's Place-F-P-$180,000-Richard Young Marquis Volo-Credit Winner-Margarita Momma-C-T-$180,000-Jeff Gillis Flirting Filly-Broadway Hall-Flirtin My Way-F-T-$170,000-Jimmy W. Takter, Agent Darden-Credit Winner-Yalta Hanover-C-T-$165,000-Robert Lindstrom, Agent Southwind Sonic-Muscle Hill-Spice On Ice-C-T-$155,000-Lindy Racing Stable Asap Hanover-Somebeachsomewhere-Allamerican Coed-C-P-$150,000-John Mehlenbacher Bright Baby Blues-Andover Hall-Bar Slide-F-T-$150,000-Melvin Hartman Mission Brief-Muscle Hill-Southwind Serena-F-T-$150,000-Burke Racing Stable Llc The Lexington Selected Yearling Sale continues each evening at 7 p.m. through Saturday at the Fasig-Tipton Sale Arena. For USTA video from the sale click here. By David Carr for USTA (reprinted with permission from USTA)
Durhamville, NY – After being the leading consignor per average yearling price at last week’s Morrisville College Yearling Sales, the Crawford Farms staff are looking to take on the Lexington Select Yearling Sale with their New York sired trotting and pacing yearlings. “We were extremely pleased with the results at Morrisville,” Said Michelle Crawford. “We had 11 yearlings that averaged $20,455 each including the sales topper, a colt by Lucky Chucky – Classical Princess that brought $59,000. Compared to the sales average price of $10,246, we felt we did great!“ This year at the Lexington yearling sales, Crawford Farms has all New York sired trotters and pacers going under the auctioneers hammer. “This is a great crop of yearlings we have this year,” said Crawford, “I guess if I had to choose which one I thought would bring the highest price it would have to be Hip #196. Allaboutmichelle is by Rocknroll Heaven and we are really excited about him. He is our first colt out of Cheerful Outlook. She is a 100% producer from unfashionable sires. He is a stunning colt and looks the part of a future grand circuit star.” Allaboutmichelle is also a half brother to $381,000 winner, All About Kisses. Another top yearling prospect that Michelle Crawford pointed out is #250 Americanabsolution, an American Ideal half brother to $380,000 winner Sweet Hedge and is a full brother to Sweetnsinful p,2, 1:52.2 ($180,000) who was second Saturday night in the $225,000 NYSS Championship Final and this colt is also a full brother to Sweet Like Candy, who just won the $50,000 Sharon Renkers Memorial at Fraser Downs. All of the Crawford Farm yearlings can be viewed at www.crawfordfarms.com “We are very excited about this group of yearlings selling in Lexington,” Crawford said. “And the foals we have on the ground now we plan to bring here in 2014 include a gorgeous brother to A Rocknroll Dance that should make for a bright future.” “Our staff has worked day and night preparing our yearlings for the sales this year,” Crawford said, “And they have done a superb job and we are sure that will show in the sales ring come this week!” By Steve Wolf for Harnesslink.com
Today’s Asta Select Yearling Sale averaged 21,690 euro per sold yearling with gross proceeds at 1.88 million euro. Three yearlings brought 90,000 euro or above. Total Cataloged 135 Total Sold 87 % Sold 64.44% Total Gross 1,887,000 euro Average 21,690 euro Sale Leaders: Hip 40, Toronto AS (colt 5/17/12 by Donato Hanover-Victoria Sib-Armbro Goal) to Antonio Somma for 175,000 euro. Consignor Allevamento della Serenissima SS. Hip 35, True Wise As (colt 4/7/12 by Yankee Glide-Pushover Hanover-Andover Hall) to Ecurie Time Jema for 100,000 euro. Consignor Allevamento della Serenissima SS. Hip 90, Task Force OK (filly 3/24/12 by Love You-Issima OK-Pine Chip) to Bivans SRL for 90,000 euro. Consignor Azienda Agricola Dan SRL. Cat Yearling Sire Dam Buyer Price in Euros 1 Tea for Two Effe Varenne Dalona Brisco - 2 Tuscania Pal Nad al sheeba Fata dei Bessi - BERGAMINI CARLO 18.000,00 3 Torres Bi Love You Las Brisas Bi REJO LILJENDAHAL 50.000,00 4 Tizio D'Asolo Love You Mc Call Magic - FRANLESE ANTONIO 10.000,00 5 Tai Chi Play Conway Hall Jujitsu Hanover - 6 Thailandia Baba Love You Firiel 4AB DI BRUORE ROBERTO 14.000,00 7 Tangeri Bi Varenne Erika Bi - Scuderia MollemaAlbertus W 26.000,00 8 Titanio Daguet Rapide Leopardia - Arnold Mollema 10.000,00 9 Touchee Bi Love You Forever Bi - 10 Tabatah Rob As Pine Chip Birmaniaz Indal Srl 8.000,00 11 Titulo Mb Conway Hall Brezza Mb - De Vivo Marco 11.000,00 12 Twain Bi Toss Out Lovely Bi - STABLE WHY NOT 28.000,00 13 Tough America Love You Armbro Voice - panamera racing 14.000,00 14 Terbio Varenne Love on the Rocks - Zaccareha di walter Ferrero 23.000,00 15 Transamerica As Cantab Hall Littlebi Effe A.V. Bellen Beheer BV 12.000,00 16 Tiger di Poggio Andover Hall Idole di Poggio - ECURIETIME JEMA 40.000,00 17 Tatangelo Ok Love You Erreuno Ok STALL CATCH GLORY 30.000,00 18 Tell me Gar Donato Hanover Elizabeth Gar - Visconti Antonino 32.000,00 19 Tahiti Bi Equinox Bi No Nonsense Woman - 20 Temaki Wise As Muscle Hill Southwind Pamona 21 Taittinger Bar Varenne Dalmazia - Varenne Futurity srl 40.000,00 22 Truman Bi Varenne Luna degli Dei - ECURIETIME JEMA 31.000,00 23 Tuono degli Dei Conway Hall Elissa Dei - ECURIETIME JEMA 38.000,00 24 Trust Kronos Muscle Hill Brava Power 25 Time Wise As Goetmals Wood In Wise As ECURIETIME JEMA 21.000,00 26 Tiffany Gar Donato Hanover Lorin - Minopoli 28.000,00 27 Testimonial Ok Varenne Miss Possessed 28 Tempel Lb Conway Hall Electa Lb - Gerrits Recycling 38.000,00 29 Tommaso America Muscle Hill Onda degli Dei - LASSES HASTSPORT AB 38.000,00 30 Trinidad As Cantab Hall Ima Quick Yeager&Beck Trading AB - Robert Lindstrom 55.000,00 31 Target Bi Toss Out Guidara As - 32 Tsunami Gifont Love You Fedora Caf - No.Ma. Farm Srl C/O Coop.Prato Cesarino 20.000,00 33 Trendy Ok Varenne Annette Hanover Scuderia Verner Srl 24.000,00 34 Talent Bi Cantab Hall Dakota Bi - 35 True Wise As Yankee Glide Pushover Hanover ECURIE TIME JEMA 100.000,00 36 Titty Laksmy Raja Mirchi Picture of Muscles 37 Top Gun America Donato Hanover Zagabria Dei - Indal Srl 30.000,00 38 Tesio Love You Light My Candle - 39 Thunder Gar Conway Hall First Lady Gar - De simone Giovanni 13.000,00 40 Toronto As Donato Hanover Victoria Sib BIVANS sas di Antonio Somma 175.000,00 41 Tessa Slm Cantab Hall CL Brightness 42 Tresor Effe Donato Hanover Dotty Effe - Az.Agr. Della Cimarosa Sas 44.000,00 43 Texallia Cantab Hall Moxy Lb - Entrainement Hagoort Paul 22.000,00 44 Tesia Lb Andover Hall Gramola Grande - SCUDERIA LEONARDO S.R.L 18.000,00 45 Toll Free Bi Equinox Bi Fidji Bi - 46 Topazia Grif Varenne Correr By Pass - societa di allenamento Team Minopoli srl 20.000,00 47 The Money Laksmy Love You Speaks Volume 48 Twitter Laser Conway Hall India di Jesolo - SOLLEVELD 21.000,00 49 Tronda Wise Daguet Rapide Gironda As TROTTO DIVIGNANO SRL 17.000,00 50 Token Bi Equinox Bi Ida Grandi - 51 Terroir As Varenne Armbro Cocoa Colasanti Luigi 19.000,00 52 Tesoro degli Dei Igor Font Isabella Dei - SCUDERIA MARY FOR EVER SAS DI MAGLIONE MARIA 10.000,00 53 Troisi Dany Grif Andover Hall Ninotchka Dany - 54 Time Kronos Varenne Lollypop Wise - Tre emme gruppi 31.000,00 55 Top Model Ok Conway Hall Nasty Ok CUMANA GROUP S.R.L. 15.000,00 56 Take Wise As SJ'S Photo Show Me Leg 57 Tiger Gar Adrian Chip Love Me Gar - Frackstad Lantbruks AB 8.000,00 58 Tiberio Laksmy Muscles Yankee Fill Josselyn Gerrits Recycling 32.000,00 59 Troja D'Asolo Varenne Avigliana - Indal Srl 15.000,00 60 Thiago Effe Going Kronos Twice Crowned - CUMANA GROUP S.R.L. 15.000,00 61 Tosca Rob As Ganymede Etoile Rob STALL CATCH GLORY 10.000,00 62 Tayson Bi Equinox Bi Las Vegas Bi - 63 Tailor Made Love You Medea Dei AUER SUSANNE 14.000,00 64 Tindaro Degli Dei Igor Font Bliz - Scud.Patty di Cofanelli Gabriele 16.000,00 65 Tennessee Ble Conway Hall La Gioconda Bi - P. rooderys 13.000,00 66 Triomphe Ferm Goetmals Wood Lindyliana Font - ILLEGIBILE. 15.000,00 67 Timida Ok Daguet Rapide Lolly Kronos Stal Schermer 8.000,00 68 Tweety Rapid Naglo Eggental 69 Trinity Daguet Rapide Nella Mp - 70 Tuxedo Bi Love You Iberia Bi - VALDE J. 16.000,00 71 Trafalgar Wise Gi Lucky Chucky Dare to Soar Az.Agr. Della Cimarosa Sas 52.000,00 72 Taha Baba Love You Croda Black Jet 73 Turbine d'Amore Love You Do It Wise - STALL CATCH GLORY 13.000,00 74 Titanus Caf Exploit Caf Crismar 75 Tuono di Venere Andover Hall Vyngforthecrown - Visconti Antonino 20.000,00 76 Tobago As Broadway Hall Jade's Tiara 77 Telegenico Ok Ganymede Gamine Grif STALL CATCH GLORY 17.000,00 78 Talabarteria Love You Claire Barb - 79 Tommy Grif Love You Maura Grif - 80 Times Square Ok Ganymede Georgia Pines societa di allenamento Team Minopoli srl 7.000,00 81 Titan As SJ'S Photo Marea As Yeager&Beck Trading AB - Robert Lindstrom 14.000,00 82 Tornado Gar Adrian Chip Geneve Gar - Frackstad Lantbruks AB 7.000,00 83 Trinity Lux Love You Eternidad - 84 Tempo d'Amore Love You Falconia Dei - LASSES HASTSPORT AB 8.000,00 85 Turandot Font Conway Hall Fobia Font by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com
The annual Morrisville State College (NY) Equine Institute Fall Yearling Sale took place Sunday with 125 yearlings (mostly NYSS eligibles) selling. The average price was a respectable $10,246. Top consignor and sires, with more than one selling) are listed below. Sale topper was hip 49, the Lucky Chucky-Classical Princess-Malabar man colt Lucky Pablo that brought $59,000. The colt was consigned by Crawford Farms LLC of Syracuse and acquired by Jim Gianncazzi of Fayetteville, NY. Second dam of this colt produced the $2 million international winner Crowning Classic (1:55f by Crowning Point). Top Consignor: Crawford Farms LLC (11 sold) $20,455 average Top Sires: Lucky Chucky (6 sold) $22,000 average Conway Hall (7) $19,286 Art Major (2) $19,000 Crazed (7) $16,571 RC Royalty (17) $13,206 by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com
Muscle Hill and Lucky Chucky, two of the greatest trotters raced in America in the last decade, will be available to breeders in New Zealand and Australia via frozen semen this season. The deal has been secured by Stallions Australasia Ltd, a new company conducted by well known Christchurch harness identity Peter O’Rourke and Adelaide breeder-owner David Shammall. “We are delighted to bring to ‘Down Under’ breeders the semen of these brilliant, young trotting stallions. They represent the future of the breeding of square-gaiters on a worldwide scale,” O’Rourke said. Muscle Hill (3, 1:50.2), the fastest son of thrice premier sire Muscles Yankee, is the greatest stake winning trotter ever offered to Australasian breeders. He won a total of $3,273,342. Beaten at his debut, Muscle Hill won the last 20 of the 21 races in which he competed, setting two world records and a string of stakes and track records. As a two-year-old he won eight of his nine starts for $817,301 including the $700,000 Breeders Crown in a world record 1:53.6, $500,000 Peter Haughton Memorial, New Jersey Sire Stakes, Bluegrass Stakes, International Stallion Stakes and the Simpson Memorial and was named USA 2YO Trotter of the Year. He took his record of 1:50.2 at three years, winning the $1.5-million Hambletonian at The Meadowlands by six lengths. He also captured the $617,000 Breeders Crown at Woodbine, $540,000 World Trotting Derby, $1-million Canadian Trotting Classic and Kentucky Futurity, netting $2,456,041 – a season’s record for a trotter or pacer. Undefeated in 12 starts at 3, Muscle Hill was the unaminous choice for Horse of the Year and 3YO Trotter of the Year in both USA and Canada. His first crop as two-year-olds this year is a splendid advertisement for him and they are making a real impact on the USA racing scene. In his first season he left 84 foals, and of these he had 48 to the races half way through their two-year-old season, and 27 are winners with 21 in 2:00. They have earned $540,574. His progeny include Hill I Am (1:55.8), winner of the $150,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Final in a stakes record, Pacific Winds K 1:55.4 (NJ Sires Stakes heat), Resolve 1:55.4, winner of the Kindergarten Classic in track record time, Chivaree Hanover 1:58.4 (Reynolds Memorial) Southwind Spirit 1:56.2 (Haughton elim. and Kindergarten Classic), Muscle On In 1:58.6 (Arden Downs) and the Historic Cup winner Cherry Hill Park (1:59). Muscle Hill served full books in his first season at the prestige Southwind Farms, New Jersey. His service fee in Australia will be $11,000 including GST. A son of the Hambletonian winner Windsong’s Legacy 1:53 ($1.7-million), and one of his last crop, Lucky Chucky dominated the juvenile trotting ranks in North America in 2009 and 2010. As a two-year-old he posted nine wins, two seconds and a third from 12 starts for earnings of $667,649 and was named USA 2YO Trotter of the Year. Lucky Chucky numbered among his successes the $450,000 Valley Victory, the $166,800 Matron Final, divisions of the Bluegrass and International Stallion Stakes and an elimination of the Breeders Crown. He also finished second in the $600,000 Breeders Crown Final at Woodbine and third in the $523,600 Peter Haughton Memorial at The Meadowlands. Lucky Chucky took his mark of 1:50.8 when he won a Bluegrass Stakes at The Red Mile. His three-year-old season also included victories in the $1-million Canadian Trotting Classic and the $500,000 Colonial Trot – both in stakes and track records – as well as a gritty runner-up performance in the $1.5-million Hambletonian at The Meadowlands. In all, Lucky Chucky won 14 of his 23 starts for $2,099,973, of which $1,432,324 was earned at 3 years. He was subsequently named 3YO Trotter of the Year and Trotter of the Year. Lucky Chucky served 138 mares in his initial season at the stud in New Jersey. His first crop of yearlings will go to the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale in October. They show all the quality of his sire and give every impression of being likely to develop early speed. He will be available in Australia for a fee of $5,500 including GST. For bookings and further information contact Peter O’Rourke on 0011 64 21 346 401, Greg Ryan 0419 791 434 or Gayle Garrard 0427 033 094. By Peter Wharton
Chuck Sylvester says it takes some luck to win the Hambletonian. It also takes a well-prepared horse. The 73-year-old trainer thinks Spider Blue Chip is ready. The remainder will be determined Saturday. Sylvester will try to join Bill Haughton, Stanley Dancer and Ben White as the only trainers to win the Hambletonian five times when he sends Spider Blue Chip into the $1.2 million event Saturday at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Spider Blue Chip competes in the third of three elimination races and is the 5-2 second choice on the morning line behind 2-1 favorite Corky. The top three finishers from each elim plus the fourth-place finisher with the highest lifetime earnings will advance to the Hambletonian final, which will be contested later in the day. The third elim is scheduled for 3:18 p.m. Eastern and the final is slated for 4:41. CBS Sports Network will air live coverage of the Hambletonian from 3:30-5. Sylvester won his most recent Hambletonian in 2002 with Chip Chip Hooray. He finished second in 2010 with Lucky Chucky. "We've been saying for 10 years now that we'd like to win five," Sylvester said. "We have a chance. A lot of people have never won, so I've been lucky; I've been blessed. I've had a few seconds that I could have won, and I've won a couple that maybe I shouldn't have. It works both ways. "You have to have luck that day. But we're competitive and (Spider Blue Chip) will be ready." Spider Blue Chip has won four of seven races this year and earned $182,113. He has finished worse than third only once, in his second start of the season when he made an interference break in a conditioned race at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. Spider Blue Chip also suffered a bruised foot as a result of the incident, but has improved through a workout schedule that includes swimming on a regular basis. "Right now he's happy and sounder and in pretty good shape," Sylvester said. "He's been racing good out of the pool. He trained (Tuesday), swam (Wednesday) and he'll swim Thursday and Friday. Then we'll go race." Spider Blue Chip is owned by David McDuffee and Melvin Hartman, who also are among the owners of Hambletonian Oaks favorite Bee A Magician. Spider Blue Chip was bred by Olympic champion show jumper McLain Ward. Last year, Spider Blue Chip won two of eight starts, including a division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes, and earned $89,181. He ended the campaign, though, by going off stride in his final four races. Sylvester thought the horse's woes had to do with attitude and Spider Blue Chip was gelded. Soon thereafter, Sylvester discovered the trouble was caused by a foot abscess. "He was out a month and he popped a gravel in his left hind," Sylvester said. "If we had known that, we wouldn't have cut him. But it's too late now." Spider Blue Chip (Andover Hall-Southwind Catlin) has won three of his last four starts, with his setback being a second-place finish by a head to Royalty For Life in the $294,000 Stanley Dancer Memorial on July 13 at the Meadowlands. Five days later, Spider Blue Chip won a division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes by three-quarters of a length over Possessed Fashion in 1:53. "He trained down well all winter, so this doesn't surprise me," Sylvester said. "Every week he seems to be getting better and his last three starts have been really good." Sylvester is in favor of racing the Hambletonian eliminations and final on the same day. Prior to 1991, the Hambletonian was contested in heats, which required a horse to win twice to be declared the champion. It then moved to a format from 1991-1996 in which a horse only had to win the final heat to be Hambletonian champ. Then, from 1997-2012, the eliminations were contested a week prior to the final. The current conditions represent a return to the format used from 1991-96. "It wouldn't surprise me if a different horse wins the final than the three eliminations," Sylvester said. "I'm sure in between heats there are going to be a lot of changes made with the horses, including mine probably. You're going to see shoes mainly, maybe a few bits. You're going to see some guys pull shoes all together and take a shot in the final with no shoes. "I think Royalty For Life will be the favorite. But it's going to be interesting. Anybody that has a good day can win." by Ken Weingartner
After earning back-to-back Dan Patch Awards and earning more than $2 million on the racetrack, Lucky Chucky began his harness racing stud career last year at Winbak Farm in New York.
The Standardbred Retirement Foundation (SRF) has new breeding donations to top harness racing stallions Lucky Chucky, Classic Photo, Tom Ridge and Glidemaster for sale, as well as other breedings.
The Standardbred Retirement Foundation (SRF) has received gifts of many breeding donations for the 2012 harness racing breeding season such as, Glidemaster, Badlands Hanover, Lucky Chucky, Mach Three, Rocknroll Heaven, Yankee Glide and many more. Both donations and purchases of breedings are appreciated.
Sugar Valley Farm, in conjunction with harness racing owner R. Peter Heffering, has announced that 2009 Breeders Crown champion Pilgrims Taj will become the first trotter added to Sugar Valley Farm's stallion roster for the 2012 breeding season.
Harness racing driver George Brennan, on Sunday will try to become the first driver since Ron Pierce eight seasons ago to win the Kentucky Futurity in back-to-back years and join a small group of Hall of Famers to accomplish the feat over the last 60 years in the process.
The race for the harness racing 3-year-old male trotter of the year heats up Saturday night with the C$1 million Canadian Trotting Classic at Mohawk Racetrack in Ontario.
Harness racing sensation, See You At Peelers, lived up to advance billing with a powerful win to extend her career-long winning streak to 22 races in the $350,000 Valley Forge for 3-year-old filly pacers at Harrah's Chester on Sunday (August 21).