Dragon Again, a winner of more than $2.3 million on the harness racing track and the sire of the winners of more than $122.7 million, including the $7.5 million-winner Foiled Again, the sport's all-time richest racehorse, was euthanized Wednesday afternoon, April 19, at Sugar Valley Farm in Ohio, where he had stood stallion duty since 2014. Dragon Again's death comes one week after Sugar Valley Farm announced the retirement of the 22-year-old son of Dragon's Lair. In making that announcement, Sugar Valley Farm co-owner Joe McLead said Dragon Again had a fused right ankle that was ailing him. "He's had that fused right ankle the last 14 years and in the last day or so the ankle became just too much for him to deal with. It had begun to take its toll on the rest of his body," McLead said on Thursday morning. Dragon Again was bred by Andray Farm and was purchased as a yearling for $40,000 by Ohioan Ed Mullinax. Mullinax owned Dragon Again his entire racing career and is still the majority shareholder in the Dragon Again Syndicate. "I consulted with Mr. Mullinax and we made the decision to euthanize together," said McLead. "We did not want the horse to suffer." Dragon Again won 29 of 70 starts, with his biggest victory coming in the $450,000 Hoosier Cup in 1998 at Hoosier Park. Other big wins for Dragon Again included the $350,000 Canadian Pacing Derby at Mohawk Racetrack and the $250,000 Prix d'Autumn at Hippodrome de Montreal in 1999, and the $150,000 Battle of Lake Erie in 1999 at Northfield Park. Dragon Again's career best of 1:48.3 came on June 17, 2000, when he won the $87,600 Pacing Classic at Woodbine. At the time the mile was the fastest ever paced in Canada. Dragon Again was retired following his 5-year-old season in 2000, going on to a stud career at Hanover Shoe Farms in Pennsylvania. He stood at Hanover for 13 years before moving to Sugar Valley in 2014, where the size of his books were 116, 107 and 82 in years 2014-16. Dragon Again bred some mares this season, with a few already pronounced in foal. In addition to Foiled Again, Dragon Again's other $1-million-plus performers include My Little Dragon ($2.3 million); Atochia ($1.8 million); Aracache Hanover ($1.7 million); Wakizashi Hanover ($1.3 million); Versado ($1.2 million); and Tidewaterdragonfly ($1 million). Overall, Dragon Again sired 334 lifetime $100,000 winners from 940 performers. From those performers, 562 took marks of 1:55 or better. His fastest progeny were 1:48 winners Foiled Again, Wakizashi Hanover and Vlos. McLead said Dragon Again was buried on the farm near his paddock by the Sugar Valley office. "We have a pond near his paddock and there are two oak trees at the back of the pond, and we buried him between those two trees so he can see all the broodmares and his paddock," said McLead. Gordon Waterstone The Horseman And Fair World
Delaware, OH --- Dragon Again, a sire of the winners of more than $124 million, has been officially retired from stallion duties effective Tuesday (April 11). The 22-year-old stallion, himself a winner of more than $2.3 million, will live out his retirement at Delaware, Ohio’s Sugar Valley Farm, where he has been standing stud since 2014. “We made the decision in the best interest of Dragon,” said Joe McLead, co-owner of Sugar Valley Farm. “As syndicate manager I consulted with Mr. (Ed) Mullinax, who owned him throughout his racing career and is still his majority shareholder, as well as Hanover Shoe Farms’ Dr. Jablonsky and Jim Simpson, where he stood the majority of his career. “Dragon doesn’t owe anyone and has been a huge asset to our wonderful sport and will continue to be in the years to come. I would like to thank everyone who has supported him and helped in his success, both at Hanover and Sugar Valley Farm.” For his stallion career, Dragon Again has had an impact on the Standardbred breed from beginning to end. Foiled Again, the richest Standardbred of all time with earnings of more than $7.5 million and counting, was a foal of his 2004 crop. More recently, he was the sire of 2015 North America Cup winner Wakizashi Hanover. He was the sire of the 2016 sales topper at the Ohio Selected Jug Yearling Sale, the colt Allgonowhoa, who sold for $80,000. All starters by Dragon Again average over $116,000 each. He is also the sire of seven millionaires.
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Mr Wiggles, sire of Little Brown Jug and world champion Wiggle It Jigglit, is returning to Sugar Valley Farm in Delaware, Ohio for the 2016 harness racing breeding season. Mr Wiggles’ first foals are three-year-olds this year, led by Wiggle It Jiggleit p, 1:47.4 ($1,776,020). His second crop includes Ohio Breeder’s Champion Mr Wiggle Pants p, 1:53.2h ($90,993) and Ohsowigglesspecial p, 1:57h ($27,335) with just 11 registered foals. “Obviously we are very excited to have Mr Wiggles back at our farm,” noted Joe McLead, co-owner of Sugar Valley Farm. “Jug week was very good for the sons of Mr Wiggles. Mr Wiggle Pants equaled a stakes record and Wiggle It Jiggleit’s effort in the Little Brown Jug was one of the gutsiest performance I have ever seen.” McLead added,” Mr Wiggles arrived at the farm last week and looks great. George (Teague) and I have been friends and have done business with each other for a long time and it means a lot for us to bring Mr Wiggles back home.” As a racehorse, Mr Wiggles won the $500,000 Hoosier Cup and was second in the $600,000 Breeders Crown Final, earning $1,171,484 a lifetime mark of 1:49.1f. For all the latest updates on Mr Wiggles go to www.sugarvalleyfarmstallions.com Mr Wiggles’ 2016 stud fee will be $4,000.
Delaware, OH - Sugar Valley Farm and the Dragon Again Syndicate have announced that Dragon Again's book is full and closed for 2015. Sire of the richest pacer ever, Foiled Again p,1:48f ($6,925,031), Dragon Again p,1:48.3 ($2,343,428) is perennially ranked among harness racing’s leading pacing sires in both speed and earnings categories. Standing his second Ohio season in 2015, he has been enthusiastically received by breeders in the Buckeye state with full books in both 2014 and 2015. His first crop of Ohio-eligible foals will be yearlings in 2016. For further information, contact Sugar Valley Farm at 740.363.5618 or e-mai firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.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.