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
Lexington, KY --- Champions of tomorrow are coming to the fore at the Red Mile Grand Circuit meet, which concludes this Sunday (Oct. 6). But just ten miles away from the track live some champions of yesterday who work full time to make friends for Standardbreds. The Kentucky Horse Park (www.kyhorsepark.com) hosts nearly a million visitors a year and many of them come to see the horses who live and work in the Park’s Hall of Champions, greeting tourists and educating them about horse racing. Wes Lanter, director of equine operations at the Horse Park, says the Standardbreds in residence (in order of seniority), Staying Together, Western Dreamer, Mr Muscleman and Won The West, have a life much more relaxed than when they were racing and winning. “It’s pretty simple,” says Lanter. “They come in at night and in the mornings they go in their paddocks. Right now we have more horses than paddocks, so they have to share a little bit. Dreamer and Stanley (Staying Together’s nickname) are both very good sports. Dreamer shares a paddock with Da Hoss, a very talented Thoroughbred, and Stanley shares a paddock with Kentucky Derby winner Funny Cide. When he comes in, Stanley goes out. “Mr Muscleman and Be A Bono (a Quarter horse) are in the same paddock, they’ve become very attached. When one leaves, there’s usually a little nickering going on, like, ‘Hey, where are you going?’ Won The West has his own paddock. He shares a single fence line with Mr Muscleman and Be A Bono, so those three have buddied up. They meet and talk over the fence, they’re good neighbors.” At least one Standardbred is included in every public show at the Hall of Champions (daily at 10:15 a.m., 1:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m.). Only Staying Together, Horse of the Year in both the United States and Canada in 1993, is exempt from the show schedule, as he is now blind, but otherwise healthy, says Lanter. “It’s been a seven year process, it (uveitis, an inflammatory condition that can lead to blindness) started showing itself when he was 17,” he said. “Up until last year, everything seemed manageable, but then the left eye started becoming painful. Dr. (Claire) Latimer (of Rood and Riddle Clinic) was treating him and it got to the point where the best thing we could do to make Stanley comfortable was to have that removed. “He’s been more comfortable ever since. We are happy with how he is now.” Lanter says “Stanley” functions well in his world with some adjustments. “Going through a gate that is wide, like a paddock, you can walk him right through it,” he says. “Going into a stall where the opening is narrower, he appreciates it if you back him in; he seems to be a lot more comfortable with that. There are days when I’m daydreaming and start walking him in a stall. He’ll get halfway in and then he throws it in reverse, so I think he still sees some light or shadows or forms -- he can spook. “I’m looking at him right now, out in his paddock, just grazing. When we turn him out, we take him to the middle of the paddock to give him room and he will, many days, jog off for three or four or five strides. He knows his limitations. “We just moved him into this paddock. He was aware, because when he went to his old paddock he turned left out of the barn and now he turns the other way. In the new paddock, for the first couple days, he was taking stock of where he was. “He walked in circles and we wondered what he was doing, but we figured out he was checking his boundaries. He’s aware of his limitations and lives within them and he’s very trusting of people he knows. He’s a real trooper; I have so much admiration for him and how he handles his situation.” While “Stanley” no longer does shows, he is accepting visitors, Lanter says. “We mention him during the shows because they are turned out while we’re doing the shows and they’re next to the pavilion. We mention that to your left is Western Dreamer, a Triple Crown winner and give a rundown on him. We tell them on the right is Staying Together and give a synopsis and mention his situation of being blind and we have signage that gives a rundown of their race record.” Lanter says all four have adapted well to new careers as goodwill ambassadors. “I think they like their jobs,” he says. “Mr Muscleman is a pleasure to be around; we call him the Gentle Giant. He’s about 17 hands tall and you couldn’t ask for a more pleasant horse to be around and certainly a great competitor and a great racehorse. It’s an honor to be around greatness. “Won The West, I’ve been fortunate enough to meet the Koehlers and some of the other folks who owned him. I love that horse. When it became apparent he was going to come here to the Park, I did my research and learned about him. He was such a competitor, with his off-the-pace style and closing the way he was capable of.” While Lanter has spent much of his career as stallion manager for such high profile Thoroughbreds as Seattle Slew, Storm Cat and Affirmed, he has now visited the Little Brown Jug twice as a representative of the Horse Park and become a fan. “Whether I was bringing a horse there or not, I will always try to go to the Little Brown Jug,” said Lanter. “It’s just such a great experience and slice of America and the race is just amazing. It’s a great day and I would encourage everyone to take a trip to the Little Brown Jug. This year was different because I brought two horses up, Won The West and Western Dreamer. “Mr. Koehler wanted to honor Won The West with a race and have him lead the post parade. It was Mr. Kohler’s idea to have Western Dreamer join us since he was a past winner of the Jug and went on to win the Triple Crown (in 1997). We agreed it would be nice for him to get some appreciation in Delaware. “They had stalls beside each other and signs that showed their accomplishments and video of the boys that showed their careers. The fans appreciated it and loved seeing the stars. It was a pleasant experience to see how happy the fans were to see those past stars.” Western Dreamer, accustomed to the placid environment at the Horse Park, did notice he was not in Kentucky anymore. “It had been a while since he’d been off the park, so he was a bit apprehensive,” says Lanter. “But I stayed close by and took him out for walks, grazed him, anything I could do to make him happy. He was fine, but he didn’t want me to go far away.” Lanter used a diversion of some tasty Ohio hay for Western Dreamer so he could sample the fair’s culinary delights. “I was able to locate some beautiful hay and that allowed me to go get one of those great fish sandwiches and a soda,” he said. Back at his regular job and ready for visitors, Lanter says the Triple Crown winner excels at his job. “Western Dreamer really enjoys the up close adoration. He loves it when kids come up to him when we’re walking him back to the Big Barn. Kids stop and ask about him; he puts his head down so they can pat him on the head. He’s a real star.” Ellen Harvey, Harness Racing Communications Courtesy of The United States Trotting Association Web Newsroom
Trainer Noel Daley knows winning his second Hambletonian with All Laid Out won’t be as easy as his first with Broad Bahn in 2011, yet his latest prospect, while diminutive in Stature, is right on schedule. The son of Yankee Glide was scheduled to start in a division of Pennsylvania Sires Stakes at Harrah’s Philadelphia on July 18, and then enter the Hambletonian eliminations on Saturday, August 3. Owned by Daley of Bordentown, NJ, All Laid Out was purchased for $32,000 at the Lexington-Selected Sale. “Honestly, I would have never bought the horse because he was about as big as a German Sheppard,” recalled the 51-year-old from Australia based at Magical Acres in Chesterfield, NJ. “He’s a well-bred horse, but just a tiny little fella. The brother [Fire To The Rain] was a bigger type and he sold for $140,000. “A friend of mine from Finland, Martti Ala-seppala, picked him out,” explained Daley. “He’s is a really good judge of yearlings. He was a co-breeder of Impressive Kemp [1:54.3, $501,074], who I had in 2009 and 2010. She won the Breeders Crown at Pocono Downs for me. “Martti loves going to the sales, watching the videos, looking at them and judging them,” he continued. “He’s handy because he can go back twenty years and remember how each of a mare’s foals stood.” As a late-blooming two-year-old, All Laid Out first qualified on August 16, 2012, and made early breaks in four of his nine freshman starts. He won a $101,000 division of the Bluegrass at The Red Mile in 1:57. “Sometimes he wasn’t paying attention, and he’s still not totally bomb proof,” said Daley. “He’s very lucky he’s still a colt. We were close to gelding him. He’s a little frustrating. He’s a little guy with a big opinion of himself. He could always trot, but I never thought he was a Hambletonian horse.” All Laid Out has three wins in seven starts this season, pushing his career earnings to $185,693. The colt has come to hand winning his last two starts, a first over 1:53.1 mile in the consolation for the Earl Beal, Jr. Memorial, then a career best of 1:53 in a division of the Pennsylvania All Stars, both at Pocono Downs. “He was actually very good in his Beal elimination,” noted Daley. “He had all kinds of trot and had nowhere to go. He doesn’t mind doing a little work. The first over trips don’t appear to bother him. We obviously won’t know until the time comes, but I don’t think the [Hambletonian] heats will hurt him. “I’m not delusional, just happy I’ve got another shot at it. We’ve made enough to pay into these stakes races and hope to get more money. That’s basically our philosophy. Over the past few weeks we’ve just thought maybe there’s some hope for the Hambletonian.” Reverting back to heats for the 2013 Hambletonian has added a twist to ramping up for this year’s classic and led to different approaches. “Some of them haven’t come back as good,” stated Daley “They were quick early on and not as good now. If my colt can improve a bit on his last couple of starts he could definitely get a piece of it. Who knows with the way things are falling this year? “Yes, you have to peak him and have everything go in your favor,” he continued. “I was talking to Chuck Sylvester the other day, and I joked with him you’ve won with worse. His horse [Spider Blue Chip] is coming around at the right time. I mean, Chuckie is the man. We were talking back in May about how all of these horses were going in 1:52 and 1:53 at the time. He told me, ‘You watch, they won’t be around come Hambletonian time’.” Wheeling N Dealin, rated number one on the Road to the Hambletonian top ten, has taken an ultra conservative route with only one start so far in 2013, which has lead to some speculation. The 2012 Dan Patch Award winner was a perfect nine-for-nine at two before suffering his first career loss. “With Wheeling N Dealin, they’re doing exactly what they said they were going to do from Day One,” said Daley. “Last year, it was him and Royalty For Life, who’s very fast, but needs to keep his mind on his manners. This year looks like an exciting one because it looks like any one of ten horses could win it right now. “We’re probably being diabolically opposite to what they’re doing with Wheeling N Dealin, but we’re really just taking our races as they come. The Hambletonian will be another race in a series of races for our colt. We weren’t really pointing him for it.” In addition to campaigning the 2005 Trotter of the Year, Mr Muscleman [1:51.1, $3,582,323], Daley finished second to eventual Horse of the Year Muscle Hill in the 2009 Hambletonian with Explosive Matter, and then won the 2011 edition with Broad Bahn. “Explosive Matter [1:52.3, $1,510,542] was a very nice horse for us,” he said. “It’s nice see his first crop is doing awesome, and he didn’t get the mares Muscle Hill did. Explosive Matter was a far better horse than Broad Bahn (1:53, $1,547,988]. Everything single thing went right with Broad Bahn. I have never been so confident in a horse prior to winning that Hambletonian. We brought him back this year. I trained him down to 2:04 at the Meadowlands and he had a filling in a hind leg. So, they brought him back to Europe.” by Rachel Ryan
After capturing the Hambletonian at The Meadowlands last month, harness racing three-year-old trotter Broad Bahn will look for his next big win when he starts in the $1 million Canadian Trotting Classic this Saturday at Mohawk.
Boom harness racing sire Muscles Yankee only had two of his progeny competing in this month's Inter Dominion and both of his 5-year-old sons finished first and second in the $250,000 Trotters' Grand Final at Auckland's Alexandra Park.
Four youth representatives from the Harness Racing Horse Youth Foundation have been extremely busy as racing ambassadors at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Philip Antonacci (Somers, CT), Mollie Fenwick (Tunkhannock, PA), Olivia Kimelman (Wallkill, NY) and Carter Pinske (Plato, MN) displayed their driving expertise at daily appearances in Equine Village.
Meadowlands Racetrack will unveil several changes to its harness racing stakes schedule in 2010, including a 30 percent decrease in nomination and sustaining fees for the $1 million Meadowlands Pace.
Two-time Breeders Crown champion Mr Muscleman will be officially retired in the Meadowlands Racetrack winner's circle on Saturday, August 22. The nine-year-old gelding will parade in front of the grandstand for the last time after the second race on the card, which features $1.6 million in Breeders Crown Championships for older harness racing horses.
Trainer Noel Daley and Adam Victor & Son Stable scored a stakes double with Hambletonian hopefuls Explosive Matter and Cesar A Blue Chip in the $101,842 Dickerson Cup for 3-year-old trotting colts Friday night at the Meadowlands.
If there was any doubt about who's the best three-year-old trotter on the continent, Donato Hanover, driven by Ron Pierce, proved that he has no peers, with a flawless performance in the $1 million Canadian Trotting Classic Saturday at Mohawk Racetrack.
In a prep for next week's Maple Leaf Trot, Vivid Photo and Roger Hammer knocked out their seven rivals in Mohawk Racetrack's $45,000 Open Trot on Saturday and in doing so, tied the aged trotting track record.
Abbey Road C celebrated a major milestone on Friday evening at Mohawk Racetrack when he stepped to his 50th lifetime win for trainer/driver Keith Jones and owner Margaret Charlton of Sarnia, ON.
Reve D Amerik turned in a track-record equaling performance in winning the $36,000 Preferred Trot tonight at Mohawk Racetrack.
Owner Adam Victor Jr. today told Trot Insider that two-time Maple Leaf Trot winner Mr Muscleman will miss the 2007 edition of the classic race scheduled for September 15 at Mohawk Racetrack and is likely out for the season.
Mr Muscleman, the richest Standardbred in training, will be sidelined for at least two months following surgery to remove bone chips from both knees on Tuesday, July 3.
After sweating out a judge's inquiry, Vivid Photo was crowned the winner of the $240,000 Titan Cup on Saturday night at the Meadowlands.