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WASHINGTON, PA, July 6, 2018 -- It often takes time to evaluate the impact of new sires, but on Saturday at The Meadows, harness racing fans will get a good early read on the first crop of Sweet Lou. Of the 24 freshman filly pacers entered in the $182,962 Pennsylvania Sires Stake known as the Sand Tart, 10 are daughters of Sweet Lou. The stake also will provide a glimpse at the progeny of another highly regarded new stallion, Captaintreacherous, who will be represented by three fillies. The Sand Tart goes as races 2, 3 and 4, with first post at 1:05 PM. At 2, Sweet Lou won the Dan Patch Award for his division and set a freshman mile-track record of 1:49, a mark that still stands. After slumping a bit at 3, he roared back to become one of harness racing's top older performers and was named Pacer of the Year in 2014. Over the course of a 10-race winning streak, he recorded six consecutive sub-1:48 miles. He retired with earnings of nearly $3.5 million and currently is a dual-hemisphere stallion, standing at Diamond Creek Farm in Pennsylvania and Woodlands Stud in New Zealand. Ron Burke trained Sweet Lou throughout his career, so it may be natural that Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and their partners have loaded up on Sweet Lous. Burke has a total of 17 Sweet Lou babies, including seven of the 10 racing Saturday. "All the fillies made it," Burke reports, "except for one I got a little later who fell behind." Burke Racing Stable and its partners retain majority interest in Sweet Lou and so are entitled to a number of breedings annually. To maximize that opportunity, they needed more broodmares. "We took on some mares," Burke says. "We also bred some of the mares who were retiring that normally would have been sold." They also purchased a number of promising Sweet Lou yearlings at auction. Considering all the costs, Burke figures that his partnerships already have invested about $1 million in Sweet Lou's stallion career. "We wanted to give him a big chance," Burke says. "There's even more support in his next two crops. He's destined to be a top sire." He says the emerging rivalry between Sweet Lou and Captain Treacherous will be "interesting." "They both entered stud in the same state at the same time. Both will make top stallions and fill the gap left by the death of Somebeachsomewhere." Of his fillies competing Saturday, Burke rates Warrawee Ubeaut and Sylph Hanover (by Somebeachsomewhere) as the most advanced. Here's Saturday's Sweet Lou line-up, with post positions, trainers and drivers: Race 2 4. She's Allright (Burke/Gingras) 6. Sweet Chrome (Burke/Kakaley) Race 3 3. Louphoria (Burke/Gingras) 5. Janet Hanover (Burke/Wrenn, Jr.) 6. Pace Baby Pace (Burke/Kakaley) 8. Sweet Cherry (Jim King, Jr./Tim Tetrick) Race 4 2. Warrawee Ubeaut (Burke/Gingras) 3. Hip To My Lou (Burke/Wrenn, Jr.) 4. Tee's Sweet Pride (Candy O'Brien/Wilder) 8. Sweeter Lulu (Chiodo/Chiodo) Saturday's program also features two rich pool guarantees -- $7,500 for the Pick 4 (races 4-7), $5,000 for the Pick 5 (races 9-13) -- as well as the Super High 5 (race 13). In addition, following Saturday's card, the "Rockin' on the Rail" series of live concerts continues on the apron with a performance by the Matt Barranti Band. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

CHESTER PA - The Sweet Lou - Well Read freshman harness racing pacing filly Sweeter Lulu made a stunning pari-mutuel debut in a contest for babies on Friday at Harrah's Philadelphia, coming uncovered from sixth and just motoring on to the wire to stop the timer in 1:53.3, which according to the tabulations would make her the fastest two-year-old, female or male, on a 5/8-mile track in North America in 2018. Stacy Chiodo trains and drove the impressive miss, who paced her own back half in 56 flat, for the Timothy Tobias Stable LLC. The previous 1:53.4f standard was shared by colt Lyons Night Hawk and filly Rose Run Uptowngirl. The Well Said mare Brunhilda was as dominant a figure at Philly as her mythological counterpoint was on the battlefield, taking the contest with the biggest purse, a $16,000 pace for fillies and mares in a lifetime best 1:52. Andrew McCarthy put the developing mare on the lead ahead of Belle's Delight and cut fractions of 27.2, 55.4, and 1:24, then guided the favorite home in a 28 sprint to hold off the potential pocket rocket by a half length. Eddie Sager conditions Brunhilda for the Dead Crab Stable. A $14,500 pace for more seasoned distaffs also fit the "speedy favorite holds off pocket horse" scenario, as the American Ideal mare Kaitlyn N made the top before the 26.3 quarter for driver Art Stafford Jr., posted middle splits of 55.3 and 1:23.3, and then withstood the late charge of Berazzled by a neck in 1:51.3. Trainer Joshua Parker co-owns Kaitlyn N with Nanticoke Racing Inc. and Barry Spedden. On May 1 and 2, Parker qualified four New Zealand imports, and the quartet have posted a record of 22-13-4-0-.695, missing one check, with Kaitlyn N's own record now going to 8-6-2-0-$43,500 in her two-month North American racing career. The meet's leading driver, Tim Tetrick, had five victories on the day, including the longest shot to come home first Friday, the $52.00 trotter Blue Swan. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

WILKES-BARRE PA - After checking the season's leaders list for 5/8-mile tracks, it can be noted that the fastest two-year-old on the trot and the co-fastest two-year-old on the pace both competed during baby races at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Wednesday morning. The fastest trotter among the babies is a filly named Check Out Trixie, and your surprise at her being able to precociously trot in 1:57.4, last half 57.2, will go away when we point out that she is a mating of Hambletonian winner Trixton and Check Me Out, the multiple-recordsetting champion. Trainer/driver Ray Schnittker moved her to the lead in front of the stands and there was little doubt from there, as Check Out Trixie also bettered the 1:58.1 put in by colt Fashion Possessed at Philly yesterday. Tying for top honors among all baby pacers, and setting the standard for colts, was Lyons Night Hawk, a son of Sweet Lou and Weapons Against (she a half-sister to $2.4M winner and top sire A Rocknroll Dance). Lyons Night Hawk rallied from the pocket in a 27.4 kicker to complete a 1:53.4 package, matching the clocking registered by the filly Rose Run Uptowngal in a pari-mutuel race at The Meadows yesterday. Jason Bartlett guided the winner for trainer Gareth Dowse. The first freshman heat yielded the day's fastest pacing filly in the Well Said filly Serena Said, who was home first in 1:55.1 - 57.1- 28.2. Out of the mare Selinas's Joy, a half-sister to $1.5M winner Shadow Play, Serena Said won for driver Corey Callahan and trainer John Butenschoen. Quickest trotting colt of the session was Our White Knight, whose parents' names might suggest some confusion (Crazed-Psychotherapist), but who knew how to make every pole a winning one for Team Callahan/Butenschoen, winning in 2:00.2 with back numbers of 58.3 - 29.1. The winner is a full brother to $600G winner Theraputic. With babies appearing on overnights and on the PA county fair scene, this will be the last of the morning reports on freshman action at the mountain oval. Now they'll have to earn their plaudits competing for purse money. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

CHESTER PA – Driver Corey Callahan guided the swiftest winner on both the trot and the pace during a morning session for two-year-olds at Harrah’s Philadelphia on Wednesday. The filly Scirocco Donnahill became the first 2:00 trotter on a 5/8-mile track (as reported at press time) when she won in 1:59.2, setting all the pace and then tacking on a 29 last quarter. The John Butenschoen trainee is a daughter of Muscle Hill out of the Donato Hanover mare UF Tady’s Donato, who is a half-sister to $1M winner Hez Striking. On the pace, Sugar Factory also made every pole a winning one, hitting the half in 59.4 then scooting home in 55.2 to complete the 1:55.1 package, 2/5 of the season’s record for baby colts. Tom Cancelliere trains the son of Sweet Lou-Cam Swifty, she a 1:50 pacer and million-dollar winner during her racetrack career. The Erv Miller stable had a particularly successful day in sending out four winners, with his son Marcus handling all four before shuffling off to Buffalo with a total of 2999 lifetime victories. Other stables who had multiple winners were those of John Butenschoen and Jake Leamon, each of whom had a pair. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

Manalapan, NJ --- Yannick Gingras was impressed with 2-year-old female pacer Warrawee Ubeaut when he trained her earlier this year in Florida, and the filly continued to get high marks from Gingras following her first qualifier on Monday (June 11) at New Jersey's Gaitway Farm. Warrawee Ubeaut, a daughter of Sweet Lou out of Great Memories, paced her mile in 1:56 with a :26.3 final quarter-mile to win by eight lengths for trainer Ron Burke. She was a $70,000 purchase at the Lexington Selected Sale and is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Phil Collura, J&T Silva - Purnel & Libby, and the Weaver Bruscemi partnership. She is a half-sister to O'Brien Award-winning millionaire Warrawee Needy. "When I was in Florida I really liked her; she was one of my favorite fillies that Ronnie had," Gingras said. "She's a little fussy with her mouth, has little quirks about her, but today she came a quarter in :26 and change and was very strong. I was really happy with her." There were nine qualifiers for 2-year-olds Monday at Gaitway, where the Burke Brigade sent out 21 of the day's 45 rookies and won six of the races. The remaining three qualifiers for the 2-year-olds were won by Team Orange Crush, the wife-and-husband duo of trainer Julie Miller and driver Andy Miller. Gingras won four times with 2-year-olds, with female pacers She's Allright and Pace Baby Pace along with male pacer Semi Tough joining Warrawee Ubeaut. She's Allright, a daughter of Sweet Lou-Atsallrite Hanover, won in 1:54.3. She was bred by owners Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, Michelle Yanek, and Collura. Her family includes Dan Patch Award-winner Allamerican Native and stakes-winner Apprentice Hanover. This was She's Allright's second qualifying effort; she went off stride last week. "I was a little careful with her, but she didn't offer to do anything wrong today," Gingras said. "There are little things to work on with her, I have to talk to Ronnie, but she had plenty of pace as well." Pace Baby Pace (Sweet Lou-Breakheart Pass) won in 1:56.3 and Semi Tough (Somebeachsomewhere-Jan It Jackson) won in 1:54.3 with a :26.2 final quarter. Pace Baby Pace is owned by breeders Burke Racing and Weaver Bruscemi. Semi Tough, who was purchased for $115,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale, is owned by Burke Racing, Frank Baldachino, J&T Silva - Purnel & Libby, and Weaver Bruscemi. His family includes stakes-winner Sunshine Beach. "A bunch of the pacers went very well," Gingras said. "A lot of them went (1):54, (1):55, (1):56, so a lot of them have speed. You want to see how they do it and if they have manners. You need a quick turn of speed, but have to be able to turn it on and off and turn it on again. "A lot of horses have one quarter in them, but if you want a top horse you need two quarters at different times in the race, not just back-to-back quarters. They've got to come back to you when you ask them. That's kind of what you're looking for now." Burke's remaining winners were male pacer Bicorne Hanover (Art Major-Boldnbrash Hanover) in 1:55.3 with driver Joe Bongiorno and male trotter Goes Down Smooth (Muscle Hill-Peach Martini) in 1:57 with Andy McCarthy. Bicorne Hanover was a $47,000 purchase at the Standardbred Horse Sale and is owned by Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, James Martin, and William Switala. His family includes Dan Patch and O'Brien awards winner Big Jim. Goes Down Smooth was purchased for $82,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale and is owned by Burke Racing, Switala, Martin, and Weaver Bruscemi. Winners for the Millers were 2-year-old female trotters Reilly K in 2:00.1 and Paint The Corners in 2:00 along with male trotter Klutzy in 1:57.2. Reilly K (Donato Hanover-Athena Miss) was purchased for $50,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale and is owned by Andy Miller Stable, Nick Surick Stable, and Daniel Plouffe. She is a full-sister to stakes-winner Make Or Miss. Paint The Corners (Andover Hall-Nuvola) is owned by breeder Al Libfeld. Klutzy (Cantab Hall-Upside Hanover) was purchased for $55,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale and is owned by Stroy Inc. Trainer Trond Smedshammer had two second-place finishers among the 2-year-olds, sending out four starters in three races. Matterlei (Explosive Matter-Hawaiian Lei) finished second to Reilly K and Skyway Kon Man (Conway Hall-Keystone Sadie) finished second to Goes Down Smooth. "They were OK," Smedshammer said. "There were no real surprises. That's all you ask for, that they behave and finish with a little trot." Smedshammer has 18 total 2-year-olds this season. "I don't see any stars in there, but they're training down pretty solid," he said. "But you don't really know until you start racing." by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA   

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

First season sires just don’t have $100,000 yearlings sold at sales ‘down under’ do they? Recent history says that’s the case but at the 2018 Australasian yearling sales at Karaka, one stallion defied history. His name is Sweet Lou! Sweet Lou was a rock star on the race track. He is still the equal fastest 2yo in harness history pacing 1.49. 0 flat in the Breeders crown at Woodbine where defeated A Rock N Roll Dance by 7 ½ lengths! Sweet Lou made over a $1,000,000 at three and went on the become one of the greatest North American Free For Aller’s in recent history. Sweet Lou banked close to $3.5 million in stakes and was still breaking records in his final race track season. Sweet Lou’s maternal family has made over $7,000,000 in stakes, it is clearly one of harness racing’s most influential and modern families. Sweet Lou average over $78,000 at last year’s Lexington sales, he is leaving outstanding progeny on type! Woodlands Stud is proudly consigning over 20 weanlings by Sweet Lou on Friday June 1st at Karaka at the annual All Age and Weanling sale. At least year’s weanling sales the progeny of Sweet Lou where highly sought by a raft of New Zealand’s leading trainers. Sweet Lou’s progeny is very intelligent, easy to handle and many have broken in exceptionally well. Down under breeders flocked to Sweet Lou last season, as he served his biggest book. Don’t miss your opportunity to buy a Sweet Lou weanling that has been bred and raised at New Zealand’s leading standardbred nursery. Only recently Woodlands bred, raised and sold progeny ran the trifecta in the PGG Wrightson sales series race for 2yo colts and geldings. Information regarding the weanling sale is available on our website. Go to www.woodlandsstud.co.nz for all the details. You can also contact our New Zealand agent Stacey Markham on 021595492 or contact our Australian agent Mark Hughes 0n 0451650707. From Woodlands Stud    

Offaly, Ireland - Management at Oakwood Stud have announced that they have reached an agreement with Adam Bowden of Diamond Creek Farms in Pennsylvania in the USA, to have semen shipped over from Sweet Lou, for breeding to pacers in Ireland and the UK. Sweet Lou is sired by Yankee Cruiser out of the mare Sweet Future. As a two-year-old, Sweet Lou set, and still holds, the world record on all sized tracks at 1:49. Sweet Lou currently holds the world record for older horses and the all-age mark on a five-eighths mile track in 1:47 with lifetime earnings of $3,478,894. In the summer of 2014 he won 10 consecutive races, with six consecutive wins in sub 1:48. He is the only pacer in harness racing history to achieve this feat. “It’s an honor for us at Oakwood Stud to be able to work on such a milestone project with Diamond Creek Farms,” said Derek Delaney of Oakwood Stud. “and make World Champion Sweet Lou available to breeders in Ireland & the UK via frozen semen for the 2018 Breeding season. Sweet Lou will be the fastest and richest stallion ever to stand in Ireland and the UK. “The timing of this could not have been better with the juvenile stakes racing at an all-time high with record purses in the Vincent Delaney Memorial, the Sire Stakes Ireland Program and the Breeders Crown UK/IRE in 2017,” Delaney added. “This has encouraged breeders to import record numbers of broodmares from USA in 2016, bred to top US studs and now they will have the opportunity to breed their mares to World Champion bloodlines in their own back yard. This in turn will make for a very exciting and competitive racing opportunity in the future for both Ireland and the United Kingdom. “We would also like to take this opportunity to thank Adam Bowden and all the team at Diamond Creek Farms,” Delaney said. “For their shared vision and forward thinking for the future of racing in both Ireland and the UK as we do at Oakwood Stud.”  There is no price yet set on how much breeding’s in Ireland and the UK will cost to Sweet Lou. For more information contact www.oakwoodstud.ie.   From Oakwood Stud

For the 3rd consecutive year, the former US Pacer of the Year has booked full before the start of the harness racing breeding season.  His book includes impressive race mares such as Loyal Opposition and Naughtytilltheend, millionairess Carolina Sunshine and West Side Glory, dam of See You at Peelers. Sweet Lou recently returned from Down Under where he also served an impressive book, including 3 and 4 year old champion Adore Me, winner of A$1,677,032 and 1:47.7 mile-track record holder. Adore Me was bred to Sweet Lou last year as well and had an impressive filly this year. “A stallion’s third year at stud is often a tricky year,” says Diamond Creek owner Adam Bowden.  “Often breeders are waiting to see the results of the yearling sales or how the 2 year olds do on the track.  It goes to show the confidence the breeders have in him as a sire.” Sweet Lou’s first weanling at sale, a colt out of Whetstone Hanover, sold in Harrisburg for $80,000. Sweet Lou stands at Diamond Creek Farm for a fee of $7,500. Sweet Lou’s debut crop of "baby blazes" will be on display at the yearling sales this fall.

Woodlands Stud, Charles Roberts and the Kenny Family are delighted to announce the safe arrival of the first foal from champion harness racing mare Adore Me. Born at 2.00am on Wednesday 7th September the filly by Woodlands Sire Sweet Lou is a lovely type with good size, confirmation and an aura of class. Mary Kenny exclaimed ‘We are all just so thankful that Adore Me has foaled safely and that her first foal is such an outstanding individual. The prospect of having this Sweet Lou filly on the track in a couple of years’ time is truly exciting’ Adore Me’s phenomenal race record of 26 wins, over $1.6m dollars in stakes and a sizzling 1.47.7 mile rate has seen her etch her name in the history books. Bred in the purple being a daughter of World Champion Sire Bettor's Delight out of New Zealand "Broodmare of the Year" Scuse Me – Adore Me’s pedigree is simply world class. To continue the dynasty Adore Me needed an equally breathtaking match, enter Sweet Lou, the fastest two-year-old (1:49) in history and the fastest five-year-old (1:47) in history. Winner of 33 Races, holder of multiple world records, Dan Patch Horse of the Year title winner at 2 and 5 and USA Pacer of the Year in 2014. A champion horse who raced with and defeated the best throughout his extensive career. He has served two full books in North America and stands his second season here in NZ. His ‘date’ with Adore Me was not his first encounter with a champion mare, having already served other World Class Mares including the dam of Rock N Roll Heaven 1:47.3 ($2,774,478), and Pure Country p3, 1:49.2 ($1,716,749) and a full sister to the sensational Captaintreacherous 1:47.1 ($3,153,541) .  Woodlands Stud co-owner Dr Andrew Grierson explains; “Sweet Lou’s athleticism, speed, toughness and pure class made him a sensational cross for the daughter of Bettor’s Delight. We are very hopeful of a quality cross from Lou over Bettor’s mares as his half-brother Bettor Sweet is one of the best sons ever of Bettor’s Delight, so we know Sweet Lou’s maternal line ‘clicks’ with that bloodline. “This is one of the many reasons we bought him down to give Australasian breeders an outcross option for their Bettor’s Delight mares – we’re very excited to see what the future holds for this sire.”  Harnesslink Media

Champion racemare, Adore Me, has become a mother for the first time. The New Zealand Trotting Cup winning mare foaled a healthy filly by American stallion, Sweet Lou in the early hours of Tuesday morning. Based at Woodlands Stud in Auckland, Adore Me was initially said to be heading to Christian Cullen for her first mating, but issues there meant she was instead sent to Sweet Lou, who carries the moniker - The Great White Blaze, due to his distinctive markings. Woodlands Sales, Marketing and Racing manager, Charlotte Mooney said there was a real buzz about the place with the arrival of the royally bred filly. “Everyone is really excited about it,” she said. “To have a foal on the ground by Sweet Lou out of a mare of the calibre of Adore Me is great.” Mooney said the most pleasing aspect of the whole experience was that Adore Me had taken to motherhood very well. “She’s being a great Mum and is more like an old pro than a first time mother. “The foal is in great health and order too, so it’s a very exciting time for us.” Adore Me’s owners, Paul and Mary Kenny are currently in Franco holidaying but were told of the news at the first possible opportunity while their co-owner, Woodlands Stud principal and harness racing great, Charlie Roberts was also told early on Tuesday morning and was said to be delighted by the news. There has been no talk of a name for the filly yet, although social media reports are identifying her stable name as Renee. It’s the first foal for Adore Me who was the winner of 26 of her 36 career starts with earnings over and above $1,670,000. She set harness racing down under alight when she won the 2015 Ladyship Mile at Menangle - pacing 1:47.7 an Australasian record for a mile and the fastest time by a mare over the distance on a track of less than one mile. Her Australasian record stood until earlier this year when her close relation, Have Faith In Me paced 1:47.5 to win the Miracle Mile. The Kennys’ and Roberts are yet to announce who Adore Me will be mated with, or if she will be bred from at all, in the upcoming breeding season. Matt Markham

Macharoundtheclock, a mare who won more than $500,000 in her career and thrilled crowds with her patented "Silky Sullivan" rallies, was retired from harness racing following her start Monday at The Meadows and will begin her career as a broodmare with a booking to Sweet Lou. Tim Twaddle, who trained the 6-year-old daughter of Mach Three-Summers Soul, said her owner, Seth Rosenfeld's Birnam Wood Farms, actually planned to breed her last year to Sweet Lou, transfer the embryo and return Macharoundtheclock to racing. Unexpected complications prevented the mating from taking place, resulting in a prolonged layoff for Macharoundtheclock. "She came back off her game," Twaddle said. "She wasn't winning at the top levels like she had been. I think they were waiting for her to hit the half-million mark to retire her. "I knew my time with her was borrowed time, but I'm grateful for the time we had with her. It's been a treat racing a horse like her. I'll miss her." He said this retirement is final, as plans are for Macharoundtheclock to carry her foal. Macharoundtheclock couldn't write a storybook ending to her racing days, finishing seventh in a conditioned event. She completed her on-track career with 22 wins in 91 starts, 51 in-the-money finishes, $501,013 in earnings and a fine mark of 1:51.1 taken at Mohawk at 3. Rosenfeld and Twaddle have a concrete reminder of Macharoundtheclock in their barn. They're partners with Don Tiger in a 2-year-old half sister to the distinguished retiree. In Monday's $22,500 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace, Set Me up overcame post 9 with a second over trip that carried her to victory in 1:52.1 on a "good" surface, 1/2 length better than early leader Show Runner. Do Me Honor was third. Dave Palone piloted the 7-year-old daughter of Shark Gesture-Moccasin Flight, who boosted her lifetime bankroll to $413,255, for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Aaron Merriman and Palone each fashioned a triple on the 15-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Addington are excited to announce renowned stallion proprietors, Diamond Creek Farm, USA are the proud new sponsor of the Group One $200,000 New Zealand Derby. Adam Bowden, CEO of Diamond Creek Farm is delighted to be partnering with Addington. “We are a firm supporter of the breeding industry in the Southern Hemisphere and sponsoring the prestigious New Zealand Derby is an excellent fit for us as our stallion ‘A Rocknroll Dance’ is the first pacer in the harness racing history to be the winner of 3 consecutive sub 1:48 races, with two of these being Canadian Derby’s.”  Adam continued to state “after A Rocknroll Dance served a full book in 2014 in the Northern Hemisphere, he was then able to stand in the Southern Hemisphere at Nevele R/Alabar Studs. There he was bred to over 300 mares between New Zealand and Australia, making him an in demand stallion. Upon returning to the states for the 2015 year, ‘Dance’ has once again been fully booked. With such an outstanding first crop in both hemispheres, ‘A Rocknroll Dance’s’ continued success and popularity looks bright.”  This year Sweet Lou followed his stable mate and travelled down under, joining the roster at Woodlands Stud. “By partnering with studs in the Southern Hemisphere, the potential reach of these great champions will be limitless.” stated Adam. ‘A Rocknroll Dance’ New Zealand Derby will be held at Addington on Friday, 8 April.  For more details on nominations and conditions of ‘A Rocknroll Dance’ New Zealand Derby please visit addington.co.nz/racing/promotions-incentives/. Alternatively, please call Brian, Richard or Colin of Addington’s Racing Department on (03) 338 9094.  Keryn McElroy

Diamond Creek Farm announced today that the book for harness racing World Champion and "Pacer of the Year" Sweet Lou is now full and closed for the upcoming breeding season.   "He closed just as quickly this year as he did last year, during his first season at stud," said Diamond Creek owner Adam Bowden. "I think it speaks very well of the confidence breeders have in him, not only in regard to his siring potential, but in the enthusiasm that's expected from buyers when his foals sell as yearlings," he added.   Sweet Lou p,1:47f ($3,478,894), by Yankee Cruiser-Sweet Future, is the only horse in history to pace six consecutive winning miles faster than 1:48. He was a World Champion and Dan Patch Champion as a 2-year-old and was voted "Pacer of the Year" as a 5-year-old in 2014. He has stood for a fee of $7,500.   He booked full in 2015--his first season at stud in the U.S.--and repeated the feat Down Under. Those mares from Australia and New Zealand included the 3 and 4-year-old champion Adore Me, a winner of A$1,677,032 and 1:47.7 mile track record holder.   With this year's book including big names like I Luv The Nitelife, Somwherovrarainbow, Ginger And Fred, and the dam of the undefeated 2015 Dan Patch Champion 2-year-old filly Pure Country, Sweet Lou's popularity continues to shine.   "We'll start seeing his first foals any time now," Bowden said. "We look forward to welcoming the 'baby blazes' and expect them to be just as athletic and charismatic as their sire."   Breeders and fans may follow the siring career of the original "Great White Blaze" on Twitter @greatwhiteblaze.   Diamond Creek Farm   For further information contact Adam Bowden: (859) 707-5987, email bowdenmaine@gmail.com    

When it was announced earlier this year that the queen of harness racing in New Zealand Adore Me would visit the champion sire Christian Cullen in her first year at stud, lots of knowledgeable breeders nodded in agreement that the choice made a lot of sense. The resulting foal would be a three quarter brother or sister to the two time grand circuit champion Christen Me 1:49 ($2,325,592) which would make the foal even more valuable. However due to circumstances beyond anyones control  there has been a change in plans according to Andrew Grierson of Woodlands Stud. " We served Adore Me with Christian Cullen but she missed on the first service and that has led to a change of plans." " We really want an early foal from Adore Me and much as we wanted a Christian Cullen foal from her, we just couldn't take the risk that she might miss a second time." "Hence we made the decision to switch her over to Sweet Lou." " He is proving unbelievably fertile with the first 14 mares he has served all in foal on the first service which we are thrilled with." "Therefore it was really an easy decision to make the switch in the end,"Andrew said. Sweet Lou 1:47 ($ 3,484,251 is standing his debut season at Woodlands Stud after completing his first season at Diamond Creek Farm in Pennsylvania where he served 140 mares and is on track to serve an even bigger book in his first season down under . Harnesslink Media

While both of their harness racing careers have come to an end, world champions Sebastian K and Sweet Lou will be honored this weekend with unique giveaways at the tracks that hosted two of their signature wins. Friday night, fans at Vernon Downs will receive a Sebastian K travel mug (while supplies last), celebrating the world's fastest trotter's win in last year's Crawford Farms Open Trot. This year's $200,000 event is the highlight of a stakes-filled card at the Central New York oval that will also include the $177,000 Muscle Hill Mare Trot and the $194,000 Artiscape Open Mare Pace plus the New York Sire Stakes Two-Year-Old Filly Pace. The giveaway begins at 5:00 p.m. and a spectacular fireworks show will take place after the races. "Sebastian K superseded all our expectations during his North American adventure and we enjoyed bringing him to many different tracks around the region," said Tristan Sjoberg, who along with his brother own Sebastian K under the Knuttson Trotting banner. "His win in the Crawford Farms Trot at the picturesque Vernon Downs when he wired the field in effortless fashion was one of the highlights of a sparkling season." The nine-year-old Sebastian K was recently retired after a European and North American career where he earned $2,973,252. Sunday afternoon, fans at Tioga Downs will receive a Sweet Lou travel mug (while supplies last); celebrating the 2014 Pacer of the Year's win in last year's Roll With Joe Open Pace. This year's $155,000 renewal highlights Sunday's stakes-filled card that will also include the Empire Breeders Classic Finals and the Reynolds Stakes for freshman trotters. The giveaway begins at 12:30 p.m. with post time set for 1:30 p.m. Sweet Lou earned $3,478,894 during his four-year racing career for owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Larry Karr, and Phil Collura. For more racing and promotional information, visit www.tiogadowns.com and www.vernondowns.com. Justin Horowitz

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