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International trotting star Wishing Stone, a winner of the Kentucky Futurity at three and the Copenhagen Cup in Denmark at age five, will be officially retired from harness racing and will stand stud. On Friday, Bob Marks of Deo Volente Farms and Joe McLead of Sugar Valley Farm jointly made the announcement that Wishing Stone will stand at Sugar Valley Farm in Delaware, Ohio. Both Marks and McLead emphasized, “Wishing Stone’s world record performances on five-eighths and half-mile tracks make him a natural for the Buckeye State which at this time features exclusively five furlong and half-mile ovals. Given the fact that he raced sound from ages two through seven strongly suggests that his foals would be ideal for the Ohio racing circuit and beyond.” A winner of more than $2.3 million lifetime, Wishing Stone returned to the races this year at age seven after fulfilling stallion duty at Deo Volente Farms in New Jersey. He has been entered in the Breeders Crown for older trotters and will be retired following that event. By one of the great sire of sires, Conway Hall and from the productive Meadowbranch Magic, Wishing Stone won such stakes as the Kentucky Futurity, Copenhagen Cup, Maxie Lee Memorial, and Cutler Memorial and was stakes placed in eliminations or finals of the Hambletonian, Peter Haughton Memorial, and Elitlopp in Solvalla, Sweden. In addition, Wishing Stone was the New York Sires Stakes trotting champion during his two-year-old year. Wishing Stone’s stellar race career against some of the fiercest competition in both America and Europe earned him 24 lifetime wins. Wishing Stone will bring this international speed, performance and durability to Ohio for the 2015 breeding season. He will stand for a fee of $4,500 and all foals will be eligible to the growing Ohio Sires Stakes program. Wishing Stone breaking Varenne's long standing World Record From Deo Volente Farms and Sugar Valley Farm

Sugar Valley Farm and the Dragon Again syndicate are pleased to announce that the 2014 book for Dragon Again is full and closed. We are extremely pleased with the response and the support our stallion has received, noted Syndicate Manager Joe McLead. We are proud to be a part of the renaissance of Ohios racing and breeding programs and we look forward to Dragon Agains offspring leading the way. Dragon Again is one of seven sires of at least 10 foals with records faster than 1:49. With foal earnings of more than $93 million, he ranks among the top six active pacing sires in North America. Some of his top performers include Foiled Again ($6,030,968; 1:48f), My Little Dragon ($2,318,623; 1:48.1), Atochia ($1,795,122; 1:49f) and Aracache Hanover ($1,590,859; 1:48.1f).   Dragon Again moved to the Delaware, Ohio farm this season after 13 years at Hanover Shoe Farm in Pennsylvania. For further information, contact Sugar Valley Farm at 740.363.5618 or e-mail info@sugarvalleyfarmstallions.com.

Sugar Valley Farm will be hosting their annual open house on Sunday, March 2, 2014 from 1:00 3:00 p.m. at the Delaware County Fairgrounds, the home of the Little Brown Jug. The Sugar Valley Farm stallions will be available for inspection in the Jugette Barn and stallion videos and a reception will be held in the Log Cabin. Food and beverages will be provided by Shortys BBQ. RSVPs are preferred but not necessary. To RSVP, please call Sugar Valley Farm at (740) 363-5618 or email info@sugarvalleyfarmstallions.com. For more information on the Sugar Valley Farm stallions, please visit their website at www.sugarvalleyfarmstallions.com.

Sugar Valley Farm and the Yankee Cruiser syndicate are pleased to announce that Yankee Cruiser will stand at the Delaware, Ohio nursery for the 2014 breeding season. The son of Artiscape out of the Jate Lobell mare A Yankee Classic has sired four sub 1:50 performers and winners of $24.6 million, including Sweet Lou (1:47.4s - $2,054,001) and the 2012 Jugette champion, Darena Hanover (1:50.1f - $650,607). On the racetrack, Yankee Cruiser was a very consistent performer finishing on the board in 26 of 35 career starts, winning $1,150,123. He established his lifetime mark of 1:49.3s in winning the $1 million North American Cup. Yankee Cruiser returns to Ohio after standing the last six seasons at Hanover Shoe Farm in Pennsylvania. "We are pleased to have Yankee Cruiser back in the Buckeye State," noted Joe McLead, co-owner of Sugar Valley Farm. "He was a dominate sire in Ohio in the late 2000s and we expect the same in the future." Yankee Cruiser will stand for a $4,500 fee in 2014. by Jay Wolf for Sugar Valley Farm  

Sugar Valley Farm with Brittany Farms, Joe Sbrocco and Modern Family Partners is pleased to announce that My MVP, winner of the 2012 Kentucky Futurity, will stand stud at Sugar Valley Farm in Delaware, Ohio at the completion of his four-year-old racing season. My MVP is by Cantab Hall out of Exceed Expectations and is currently trained by Tony Alagna. As a sophomore, My MVP finished third by a neck in the $1,500,000 Hambletonian Final and won the $508,000 Kentucky Futurity in straight heats, including a life-time best 1:52 in the first heat victory. This season My MVP has won five times and finished fourth in this year's $600,000 Breeder's Crown Open Trot. During his three seasons on the track he has secured 11 wins and has earnings of $868,604. My MVP offers a great breeding opportunity for almost any mare, being a son of Cantab Hall out of a Kadabra mare. "We wanted to offer a son of the great Cantab Hall which is a dominant Grand circuit sire and being able to obtain My MVP is something special for Sugar Valley Farm and the great state of Ohio," noted Joe McLead, co-owner of Sugar Valley Farms. "We could not be any more excited having the Kentucky Futurity champion and to offer him at a very affordable fee. My MVP is one of the best put together individuals that I have seen and that only adds to my excitement. We believe he is the complete package and we expect his offspring to compete well in the enhanced Ohio programs and Grand Circuit events." My MVP will stand at the Sugar Valley Farms for the 2014 breeding season with an introductory stud fee of $4,000. For further information contact Sugar Valley Farms 740-363-5618 or e-mail info@sugarvalleyfarmstallions.com.   by Jay Wolf  

Dr. Dale E. Walters, a long-time veterinarian and owner/breeder, will be honored as the 2013 Joseph Neville Award winner by the Delaware County Fair. Dr. Walters was a 60 year resident of Delaware, OH and was a highly respected Veterinarian for which he practiced for over 50 years. He also owned Sugar Valley Farm, a long-time breeding facility in the Buckeye State, which is currently standing five stallions under the direction of his son, Billy, and grandson, Joe McLead. Dr. Walters campaigned several outstanding horses including Sugar Valley Dudly ($144,324), Fava (p, 4, 1:54f), Beeeyouuuuuu (p, 3, 1:50.1f) and Sugar Valley Alley ($373,243). Walters' greatest horse was Saccharum. The homebred daughter of Sugar Tree earned more than $805,000, was a two-time Ohio Sires Stake champion and was the 1985 Ohio Horse of the Year. In 2011, Saccharum was inducted into the Ohio Harness Racing Hall of Fame. Dr. Walters graduated from Beallsville High School and then served his country as a member of the United States Navy as a medical corpsman from 1946 - 1947. He later graduated from The Ohio State University in 1952, where he earned and received his degree in Veterinary Medicine, finishing first in his class. Dr. Walters, 85, died November 6, 2012 in Delaware. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Evelyn; daughter, Linda (Gary) Mays; son, Bill (Debbie); and grandsons, Joe (Patty) and Jason McLead. Delaware County Fair officials will honor Walters as the sixteenth recipient of the Neville Award during winner's circle ceremonies on Jug Day, September 19. Jay Wolf 

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.

Sugar Valley Farm, in conjunction with George Teague and Elmer Fannin, have announced that Mr Wiggles will be joining the previously announced Woodstock on the Sugar Valley Farm stallion roster for the 2012 harness racing breeding season.

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