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Saturday, June 2 was a perfect day to pay a visit to the Diamond Creek Farm Open House and get up close and personal with the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono 2016 Earl Beal Jr. Memorial Trot winner Southwind Frank; 2016 Ben Franklin Winner Always B Miki; and 2014 Ben Franklin Winner Sweet Lou, along with numerous Mares and a few adorable foals. Children of all ages experienced the farm's amenities, including tours of the stallion barns; hay rides; demonstrations and exhibits from the Harness Horse Youth Foundation (hhyf.org), including a special meet and greet with ambassador Sweet Karen; and a menu of delicious grilled food and ice cream. It has been reported that 1,500 people attended the special Open House. Notable attendees from the State Horse Racing Commission included Standardbred Bureau Director Brett Revington; Commissioners Ed Rodgers and Darryl Breniser; and Marketing Director Ashley Eisenbeil. Also attending were Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association president Sam Beegle and Executive Director Mike Harant as well as Bob Boni, a notable bloodstock agent and co-owner of Always B Miki. To learn more about Diamond Creek Farm, visit https://www.diamondcreekfarm.com/about/ From Diamond Creek Farm

Sayre, PA - Allerage Farm of Pennsylvania is pleased to announce the birth of their first 2018 foal, a filly from the royally bred 1:55 harness racing performer Day Lily on Sunday at 11:40 p.m. She is also the first born of the initial crop by the outstanding Muscle Hill son Southwind Frank  2, 1:52.2 - 3, 1:52.1 ($1,950,887) The dam is an Andover Hall from the $1 million producer Filly At Bigs 3, TT 1:54, a winner of more than $650,000 during her racing career. Mother and daughter are doing well and enjoying the unseasonably pleasant January weather. You can enter a contest to guess the baby's weight and other Allerage Farms news and notes on their Facebook page or check out photos on Instagram. Allerage Farm is owned by Jeff & Paula Gural. Peter Haughton Memorial Final - Southwind Frank - August 8, 2015 Breeders Crown 2015 - Southwind Frank Southwind Frank - $500,000 Colonial

MANALAPAN, NJ -- December 29, 2016 -- Southwind Farm has been selected as the New Jersey Breeder of the year for 2016. The Breeders Committee of the SBOANJ made the announcement this December. This years Southwind standout was once again Southwind Frank, one of the top three year old trotting colts in 2016. Southwind Farms will receive the presentation on January 29, 2017 at the 60th Annual New Jersey Breeders Award Luncheon at 1 pm at O'Connors Restaurant in Eastampton, New Jersey. The Son of Muscle Hill, out of Flawless Lindy, Southwind Frank won 6 out of 14 starts in 2016, earning $1,164,468 for the Southwind Frank partners. A $100,000 purchase at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale, he was trained by Ron Burke and driven by Yannick Gingras. Beginning with a New Jersey Sire Stakes win on May 20th he accumulated his 6 wins for the rest of the year, including the $500,000 Earl Beal at Pocono Downs, the $153,250 Stanley Dancer at the Meadowlands and the $500,000 Colonial Trot at Pocono Downs. He also lowered his lifetime mark to 1:52.1 at the Meadowlands with his win in the Reynolds Memorial. Southwind Farms is also home of the champion stallion Muscle Hill, who will be returning to New Jersey to stand stud in 2017. This years New Jersey Standardbred of the Year as well as Triple Crown winner Marion Marauder was sired by Muscle Hill. All of us at Southwind Farms are very proud to be named New Jersey Breeder of the Year for the second consecutive year, said Southwind Farms Syndicate Manager Mike Klau. We are committed to the New Jersey program and hope that it is able to grow in the coming years.” This is the third Breeders Award for the 235 acre farm near the Village of Pennington, NJ. Southwind Farms was founded by Connie & Allen Skolnick in 1986, both Skolnicks passed away in 2013, and the farm is currently owned by their son, Barry. Previous New Jersey Breeder of the Year winners include three-time winner White Birch Farm, two-time winner Perretti Farms, Deo Volente Farms, Valley High Stables, Kentuckiana Farms, Fair Winds Farm, Walnridge Farm and Heritage Hill Farms. Tickets for the luncheon cost $45 per person and may be purchased from the New Jersey Department of Agriculture, Division of Markets & Development, Horse Industry, PO Box 330, Trenton, NJ 08625. For further information, call 609-984-4389 or email Lynn.Mathews@ag.state.nj.us Courtney Stafford  

Southwind Frank, who won last year’s Breeders Crown and this year’s Colonial Trot has been retired from harness racing due to a chronic lameness issue, as advised by a team of veterinarians.  “I’ve trained a lot of horses, but none have had Frank’s package of speed, power and smarts.  I truly believe he is one of the all-time greats, and would love to continue racing him so he could prove it on the track, but due to an injury, I can’t take that risk” said trainer Ron Burke of Frank. Southwind Frank was bred by Southwind Farms and is owned by the Southwind Frank Partners.  Trained by Burke, Southwind Frank was immensely successful during his 2-year-old campaign. He won 11 out of 12 starts that year, including wins in the Haughton Memorial and the Wellwood.  He continued to end up in the winner’s circle his 3-year-old year with the Beal, Stanley Dancer and Colonial Trot, among others, finishing in the top 3 in 24 of 26 career starts.  “A great horse that was dominant as a 2-year-old but I’m even more impressed by the grit and determination he showed as a 3-year-old. “said Yannick Gringras. “He was never fully healthy and sound but he tried 150% each and every start.  This is the sign of a true champion.” Southwind Frank will stand stud at Diamond Creek Farm in 2017 for a stud fee of $10,000.  “We are very excited about Frank, the best son of Muscle Hill, joining our rising stars in the stud lineup” said Diamond Creek’s Adam Bowden. “He will add even more star power to our ever expanding and powerful stallion roster.” The 2015 Dan Patch and O’Brien 2-year-old Trotting Colt of the year is a son of successful stud Muscle Hill out of the Cantab Hall mare Flawless Lindy.   The 2015 Breeders Crown  

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