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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 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    

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 and Justin Horowitz

Diamond Creek Farm will host an Open House on Friday, July 10th, from 3pm-6pm at our farm in Wellsville, Pennsylvania.   We will be raffling 3 stud fees (one each for A Rocknroll Dance, Ponder, and Sweet Lou) to benefit the Standardbred Retirement Foundation.     RACHEL CLIFT  

The Standardbred Retirement Foundation's (SRF) online auction is open with new additions. Sweet Lou's winning shoes from the 2014 TVG are beautifully framed and finished off with his named in brass and top the newest items. SRF's 23rd annual golf outing slated for this coming Tuesday, May 26th, 2015 at Knob Hill Golf Club in Manalapan, NJ has their Sealed Bid auction linked to their website so all can bid even if getting to the dinner is not possible. In addition several other items will be auctioned live that evening that can also be accessed offsite; simply email your interest to we will make arrangements. Some items include a Pennsbury Trainer in your colors; an oil painting of Foiled Again; a signed print of Foiled Again's oil painting; a Spyder Bike in your colors; state of the art diagnostic Bone Scan from Mid-Atlantic Equine valued at $1,500-$1,800, and a Arthroscopic joint procedure valued at $2,500; Disney Hopper tickets; Bow River Jewelry; stall space, and swim package at Gaitway Farms; stall space from Show Place Farms, and much more. To access the online auction go to There are 4 foursomes left and the weather forecast looks perfect. To join SRF for the golf outing with lunch at 11 am, and tee time at 1pm contact Tammy at 609-381-2488. The day includes lunch, greens fees, cart, cocktails, dinner and more fun. The Standardbred Retirement Foundation's (SRF) online auction is open with new additions. Sweet Lou's winning shoes from the 2014 TVG are beautifully framed and finished off with his named in brass and top the newest items. SRF's 23rd annual golf outing slated for this coming Tuesday, May 26th, 2015 at Knob Hill Golf Club in Manalapan, NJ has their Sealed Bid auction linked to their website so all can bid even if getting to the dinner is not possible. In addition several other items will be auctioned live that evening that can also be accessed offsite; simply email your interest to we will make arrangements. Some items include a Pennsbury Trainer in your colors; an oil painting of Foiled Again; a signed print of Foiled Again's oil painting; a Spyder Bike in your colors; state of the art diagnostic Bone Scan from Mid-Atlantic Equine valued at $1,500-$1,800, and a Arthroscopic joint procedure valued at $2,500; Disney Hopper tickets; Bow River Jewelry; stall space, and swim package at Gaitway Farms; stall space from Show Place Farms, and much more. To access the online auction go to There are 4 foursomes left and the weather forecast looks perfect. To join SRF for the golf outing with lunch at 11 am, and tee time at 1pm contact Tammy at 609-381-2488. The day includes lunch, greens fees, cart, cocktails, dinner and more fun. SRF has 203 Standardbreds in its care today all hoping for a home. Support of this event is greatly appreciated. Standardbred Retirement Foundation | 353 Sweetmans Lane, Suite 101 | Millstone Twp. | NJ | 08535

The Art Major pacer JK She’salady is the first filly to be voted Horse of the Year since the award originated in 1947. She is obviously expected to do extraordinary things during her sophomore campaign. While questions about Mission Brief taking on the boys in the Hambletonian are a given, as dominant as JK She’saldy has been, expectations of her being entered in the pacing classics are understandably less common. Still, the winner of all 12 starts, including the Breeders Crown, Three Diamonds, Eternal Camnation and Shes A Great lady, will be expected to crush her peers.   Her world record matching 1:50.1 mile in the latter at Mohawk was very impressive. I Luv The Nitelife’s 1:48.4 5/8 world record taken at Pocono Downs is certainly in her sights, and breaking Shebestingin’s 1:47 mile record, raced at The Red Mile, would constitute a giant step on the road to glory.   Will she make us forget about Put On A Show, See You At Peelers and American Jewel? World record holder; perfect record; Horse of the Year: I guess it’s a done deal.   Not so fast.   Sometimes the slippage on the part of the anointed is subtle, while in other cases it can’t be missed. The 2013 pacing division champs, Precocious Beauty and He’s Watching, serve as examples of the former.   At two Precocious Beauty, a paternal sister to JK She’salady, tied a world record of 1:50.1 in the International Stallion Stakes and won 7 of her 11 starts, with 3 second place finishes. Like JK She’salady, she swept the Canadian stakes—the Eternal Camnation, Shes A Great Lady and Champlain. (The Three Diamonds, which she did not start in, was raced at the Meadowlands).   In 2014 Precocious Beauty still managed to bank $315,000, but she only won four times and the American National and Empire Classic were the best of them.   After an undefeated season in the NYSS at two, with a world record 1:50 mile at Tioga, He’s Watching won the Pace in a world record 1:46.4 and earned $825,000 on 5 wins in 13 starts. But the Empire Classic was his only stakes win in the last five months of the year, and that one is a restricted race. Overall, one would have to label the diminutive American Ideal speedball a disappointment.   In 2011 Sweet Lou impressed with a 10 win freshman season, capped off with a decisive world record 1:49 mile in the Breeders Crown at Woodbine. Unfortunately, his only noteworthy open win the following year came in the Tattersalls Pace. He took an elimination of the North America Cup, another in the Meadowlands Pace and he won a heat of the Jug, but he couldn’t shake his Mr. Elimination moniker.   Lou obviously achieved a measure of redemption in the aged ranks, becoming the first horse to win in under 1:48 four times (in succession), and falling only five votes short of JK She’salady’s winning tally in the Horse of the Year voting.   And one could say the same thing about his predecessor in the “next big thing” ranks, Big Jim. The Western Ideal colt, who set the world record Lou broke when he won the Governor’s Cup in 1:49.1, didn’t win any open stakes during his sophomore season; a Pace elimination was as close as he got. And he was retired early due to injuries to both rear ankles. The debate over who should be driving him ran out of steam in a big hurry.   French Chef (Meadow Skipper) was a great two-year-old, winning 21 of 23 starts and setting world records on half, 5/8 and mile tracks. He only won 3 of 14 starts at three, and retired with a faster mark at two than he had at three. He was a foul-gaited sort and being out of a Nevele Pride mare made him stand out—not necessarily in a good way. Still, he sired Beach Towel, Frugal Gourmet and Amity Chef and was the grandsire of Jenna’s Beach Boy and Miss Easy.   The Abercrombie colt Sportsmaster won more money--$727,000—than Western Hanover at two. He won the Wilson and a split of the International Stallion Stakes, among others. But he only managed to bank $28,000 the following year and was subsequently sold to Walker Studs in Illinois for $200,000, where he was a high volume, successful regional stallion.   Jate Lobell suffered a measured fall from grace at three. He won his division, just as he had done as a freshman, when he triumphed in all 15 starts, leading to a $12 million syndication deal. But there were holes in his game. Call For Rain beat him in the Breeders Crown and the Slutsky Memorial; Frugal Gourmet did the same in the Meadowlands Pace elimination and final as well as the Prix d’Ete; Redskin took him out in the Messenger; Run The Table also beat him a couple of times.   He went on to sire plenty of solid pacers, including Riyadh, but he failed to extend himself. If JK She’salady won her division in 2015 by staying one step ahead of the rest, the way Jate did, she’d be deemed a disappointment.   Truluck, Max Hochberg and Lou Resnick’s fleet Torpid colt, who raced against a stout class back on the late 60s, is another who was ahead of the pack at two, but got caught the following year. He won his freshman division, banking more than $167,000—good money for a two-year-old in those days. And he finished the year with a dramatic win in the $94,000 Roosevelt Futurity, as George Sholty overcame Roland Beaulieu’s artless drive on Columbia George.   The following year the latter was very good; Most Happy Fella became what Dancer referred to at the time as the best pacer he ever had; plus there was a supporting cast of Shreik, Keystone Pat, Adover Rainbow and Ferric Hanover. Truluck was competitive all season and was one of the favorites in the Messenger in November, but he couldn’t win a major stakes race.   Will the cream of the class catch up to JK She’salady in 2015? It’s hard to see that happening. Sassa Hanover, the star of Rocknroll Heaven’s first crop, was very strong in the NYSS, and she did win her split of the International Stallion Stakes in a world record 1:50.1, a tick faster than JK She’salady won hers.   But final impressions stand out and, while Sassa was clearly better than the rest in the Breeders Crown, she was no match for the winner. Then again, one would have been justified in saying the same thing after Sweet Lou gutted the field on his way to a world record mile in his freshman level Breeders Crown start, with A Rocknroll Dance a distant second. We’ll know soon enough.   Joe FitzGerald has been an avid harness racing fan and historian for the last half-century.   He writes a weekly blog for   Joe’s commentary reflects his own views and not that of Harnesslink  

Harness racing followers on both sides of the Tasman are never slow to claim the superiority of their racehorses when stock bred in their country have a big day on the Australasian harness racing scene. So it is no surprise today that Kiwi breeders and enthusiasts are feeling very smug after the huge day at Menangle yesterday by racehorses with the prefix NZ beside their name. Their were seven Group 1 races yesterday and Kiwi breds won four with Australian breds winning two and the Europeans one. And all that success on Australia's biggest harness racing day and in their  own backyard makes it all the more memorable for the Kiwis. There were a couple of constants throughout the day and that was the dominance of Bettor's Delight and Art Major in the Group 1 pacing races. Of the six pacing Group1 races that pair won four with the tally being two a piece. Fight For Glory in the New South Wales Oaks and Sky Major in the Chariots Of Fire did Art Major proud while Adore Me and Beautide made sure Bettor's Delight hogged the limelight as well. Both sires had multiple runners in most of the Group 1 races and Bettor's Delight ended up with five placed runners and Art Major two placed runners to reinforce their dominance. A lot of comment has been made in recent years from leading Australian breeders about how they were getting on top of their Kiwi counterparts. They put this down to the ever increasing number of well bred Kiwi mares who now call Australia home and that they saw a time in the not to distant future where the Australian bred horse would dominate racing in Australia. New Zealand breeders from the start of this industry in New Zealand have sold racemares and broodmares to Australia and will continue to do so in the future. It has never affected the ability of the New Zealand breeder to churn our those top horses year in year out. With Bettor's Delight serving 301 mares in New Zealand this year and Art Major over 170 there will be no shortage of horses by these two dominant sires in New Zealand in the next few years. Throw in the likes of Mach Three (130) and newcomers such as A Rocknroll Dance (161) and next year the recently announced Sweet Lou and there is a real confidence amongst New Zealand breeders that the glory days are far from coming to an end. Harnesslink Media

The southern breeding rights for the brilliant racehorse Sweet Lou 1:47 $3,478,894, one of the greatest pacers in the history of harness racing have been snapped up by New Zealand's leading stud, Woodlands.  Sweet Lou has rewritten the record books throughout his career in North America and he was syndicated by Diamond Creek Stud in Pennsylvania at the end of 2014 for a substantial seven figure sum. Right from the first time he stepped onto a track, Sweet Lou stamped himself as one very special horse. As a two-year-old Sweet Lou faced the starters twelve times for ten wins and two seconds for $688,117 in stakes. Anyone watching his win in the 2011 Breeders Crown final will quickly get an appreciation of how special Sweet Lou is. He completely distanced a star studded field by seven lengths in the fastest time ever recorded by a two year old in the history of the sport. Sweet Lou stopped the clock in 1:49 which is still the fastest time ever run by a two year old. The scary thing is he looked to do it with something in reserve. He was the unanimous choice for two-year-old of the year in 2011. Sweet Lou came out at three and had another super season on the track. He won eliminations of all the major stakes races with his biggest win coming in the final of the $510,000 Tattersalls Pace in 1:48.1. Sweet Lou won eight from twenty at three alongside five placing’s and earned another $1,082,256 in stakes and reduced his best time to 1:47.4 At four all the racing at two and three seemed to get on top of Sweet Lou and although he earned a healthy $349,000 he just never seemed 100%. Given a good break at the end of that season, Sweet Lou came back to the track at five and dominated the Free for All ranks last season. Midway through his five year old season Sweet Lou put together a series of runs that rewrote the record book. Sweet Lou won ten races straight at one point and six of those consecutive wins were in better than 1:48 which is the most ever achieved by any horse in the history of the sport. As a five year old Sweet Lou won eleven of nineteen starts with four placing’s for $1,363,740 in stakes and reduced his best time to 1:47 What made the 1:47 so special was that Sweet Lou took that time on a 1000 metres track. When you look at the overall stats for Sweet Lou you get some idea of how special he is. 1:50 miles or faster – 49 1:49 miles or faster – 32 1:48 miles or faster – 13 Sweet Lou is a son of the successful Yankee Cruiser 1:49.3 ($1,150,123) who has sired the winners of over $31,000,000 to date in North America. Sweet Lou is out of the speedy Falcon's Future mare in Sweet Future 1:54.2 ($89,061) who has also left the champion Bettor's Delight gelding Bettor Sweet 1:47.4 ($2,782,353). Sweet Lou is the quickest and biggest stake winning stallion to have ever stood in New Zealand and is still the quickest two year old of all time. His first season fee has been set at a very competitive $6000+ GST Harnesslink Media

ANDERSON, Ind.—February 9, 2015 — Hoosier Park Racing & Casino is set to begin the 22nd season of live harness racing on Friday, March 27 with several new and important changes to the stakes schedule.  One of the most highly anticipated days on the 2015 harness racing calendar will take place on Friday, August 14 as the Dan Patch takes center stage once again. Boasting an increased purse for the 2015 edition, the Dan Patch will serve as Indiana’s richest harness race but will take on a new format beginning in 2015. Historically, the Dan Patch has been an invitational race with Hoosier Park’s racing secretary, inheriting the responsibility of recruiting the best horses to compete in the event every year. However, when the Dan Patch returns for its 22nd edition in 2015, it will be raced under a new and improved format. In conjunction with the Hambletonian Society, The Dan Patch will now be raced as an early closer, which requires a nomination and sustaining payment the same year in which the race will be contested. By making the switch and increasing the purse, Hoosier Park is hoping to attract the top pacers in the country that may not have previously considered racing in the Dan Patch. To begin, a nomination fee of $500 is due on February 15, 2015 for all horses wishing to compete in the 2015 Dan Patch. After the initial fee, the nominated horses will be eligible to be sustained to the 2015 edition of the race by making a $2,000 payment on March 15. The purse for the 2015 Dan Patch is estimated to be $300,000 with the field being comprised of the top ten highest lifetime money earners.  Once the field is established, an entrance fee of $2,500 will be required. "By making the Dan Patch a paid-in event, Hoosier Park is taking the next step in elevating what is already a great race and increasing it in purse and stature,” Hoosier Park’s Vice President and General Manager of Racing, Rick Moore noted. “We feel the race will now reach a point where it will stand side by side with the Canadian Pacing Derby and the William Haughton Memorial Pace as the elite races for aged pacers." Hoosier Park’s most prestigious pacing race has become a tradition that is close to the hearts of Hoosiers. The Dan Patch not only highlights some of the best athletes in the sport of harness racing, but is deeply rooted throughout Indiana soil.  The Dan Patch race was established at Hoosier Park in 1994 with Ready To Rumble and driver Trevor Ritchie winning the inaugural edition 21 years ago. The list of all-star horses that have made their way to Hoosier Park over the years includes Jenna’s Beach Boy, Maltese Artist and former seven-eighths mile world record holder, the late Pacific Fella. In 2014, racing fans watched Sweet Lou, driven by Ron Pierce, pace the fastest mile in Hoosier Park history with a 1:47.2 score in the 21st edition of the Dan Patch Invitational. The previous track record of 1:48.1, a mark that stood for four years, was established by Shark Gesture and George Brennan in the 2010 Dan Patch Invitational. For the second consecutive year, the winner of the 2015 Dan Patch Invitational will get an automatic nomination to the 2015 edition of the Hoosier Park Pacing Derby slated for Friday, October 30, 2015 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. All nomination fees will be waived but in the event the winner of the Dan Patch Invitational has already been nominated to the Hoosier Park Pacing Derby, a refund of all fees will be given upon declaration. In addition to the changes to the Dan Patch, Hoosier Park will once again host the Jenna’s Beach Boy Pace for three-year-old colt pacers but feature an increased purse of an estimated $100,000 for the 2015 edition. Slated for Saturday, September 26, the field will be comprised of the top ten lifetime money earners. A $20,000 consolation will also be contested on Saturday, September 26. For more information on the 2015 stakes schedule and a complete list of upcoming events at Hoosier Park, please Emily Gaskin Racing Commentator, Publicist and Marketing Specialist

The game of musical chairs involving stallions moving from one state or country to another for the 2015 season is just about over. And the same goes for stud fee adjustments. Here’s a rundown of what has transpired thus far. It was just announced that fourteen-year-old Western Terror, a grandson of Delinquent Account and full brother to BC and Messenger winner If I Can Dream, will relocate within Pennsylvania at a reduced rate. He moves to Nandi Farms and will command a $5,500 stud fee, $2,000 less than last year. More Western Terror offspring were sold in Lexington than from any other stallion, but more isn’t always better. The 41 yearling consignment brought an average a shade over $15,000. Lots of red ink there. Tomy Terror (sic), Hall Of Terror and Do Your Job were his best young offspring in 2014. Up The Credit, the richest son of gyno-centric Western Terror, will take another shot at the stallion game in 2015. The seven-year-old NA Cup winner, who mined the low to middle NW class at Mohawk until mid-summer, first stood at Seelster Farms in Ontario for $5,000 in 2012. It wasn’t long before he was back racing. He’ll now be offered for $3,000 at Casimir Farm in Ontario. Six-year-old Heston Blue Chip, 2012 Dan Patch winner, and five-year-old Sunfire Blue Chip will be the first high profile sons of American Ideal to embark on stallion careers. Neither one of them lived up to their colt promise in the aged ranks; Heston won four races and earned $216,000 in 2014, while Sunfire won five and banked $168,000. Heston will stand for $4,500 at Winbak, New York and Sunfire will get $4,000 (Cdn.) at Tara Hills. Twenty-year-old Dragon Again, who now resides in Ohio, has a penchant for producing hard hitting pacers that last a long time, but he has no record as a sire of sires. His son Aracache, who ground out $1.7 million in six years of racing, will stand at Ivy Lane Farm in Indiana for $2,500. Seventeen-year-old Real Desire, the sire of Tell All and State Treasurer, will also stand at Ivy Lane in 2015. He moves from Midland Acres, where he sported a $5,000 fee. He now stands for $3,500. Lots of fee reductions for lower end stallions this year. The Well Said four-year-old Tellitlikeitis, who didn’t earn enough to be covered by Gural’s stallion rule, will also stand in Indiana, at Victory Hill Farm for $3,000. So, Indiana, which hit the lottery with Always A Virgin and Rockin Image, doesn’t get a whole lot in the way of reinforcements. The latter two stallions remained at $4,000 and $3,500, respectively. Ohio, which was already bursting at the seams, found room for a few more. The casinos in the Buckeye state are the best job plan in NA for Standardbreds. Uncle Peter, a son of Cantab Hall, will be the most expensive trotting stallion in the state at $6,000. Fifteen-year-old Broadway Hall, still one more expatriate from Pennsylvania, will stand at Midland Acres for $5,000. That’s a third less than he was getting last year. And 2015 BC winner Rockin Amadeus will stand at Cool Winds Farm in Ohio for $3,500. Western Vintage, who only won once at three after showing much promise during his freshman campaign, will stand at Abby Stables in Ohio for $3,500. Mister Big, who failed to impress in Ontario, will also be at Abby. He stood for $4.500 at Tara Hills in Ontario last year, but will only get $2,500 in 2015. Jurgen Hanover, the Credit Winner five-year-old who looked like a budding star early in his sophomore season, also goes to Abby, for $2,500. What’s their motto, “Give us your wretched castoffs”?  Along the same lines, Hypnotic Blue Chip, who was retired to Fashion Farms at a $5,000 fee in 2012 and drew little interest, is back for another try. The nine-year-old son of Art Major will stand in Indiana for $2,500.  Wishing Stone leaves Deo Volente in New Jersey, where he stood for $5,000, for Sugar Valley Farm in Ohio, where he’ll get $4,500. Trixton will take his place in New Jersey for a $12,000 fee. And of course Father Patrick will serve a one year residency at Walnridge Farm in New Jersey, at a hefty $30,000 per. Archangel, who stood in New York for $4,000 in 2013, but drew so little interest that he returned to the track this past year, makes another run as a stallion at Winbak Canada for $4,500 (Cdn.). Betterthancheddar also relocates to Winbak Canada from New York. As is the case with just about all of the repositioned stallions, his fee takes a 22% hit, dropping from $4,500 to $3,500. Sportswriter made a splash in the Ontario Sire Stakes and saw his fee jump 38% to $6,500 (Cdn.) Kadabra’s fee has been cut 20% to $12,000 (US). E L Titan will stand for $8,000 and race as well. Ten-year-old Crazed returns to New York from Pennsylvania. He stood for $6,000 at Hanover in 2013, $4,000 in 2014 and is back up to $5,000 at Blue Chip in 2015. Gural Hanover and Crazy Wow were very good in the NYSS last year and Tirade Hanover is racing very well right now. Lucky Chucky, who didn’t overwhelm us with his first crop, had his fee reduced 20% to $6,000 for 2015. Chapter Seven, whose first crop sells this year, had his fee dropped a thousand dollars to $7,500 for 2015. Twenty-year-old Artiscape drops 20% to $4,000. The high priced stuff goes to Pennsylvania, where Captaintreacherous and Sweet Lou both have full books--$15,000 for The Captain and half that much for Lou. One bright spot in Pennsylvania is Muscle Massive jumping 20% to $7,500 off first crop performances by Gatka Hanover and Speak To Me. Twenty-one-year-old Yankee Glide, who has struggled of late, had his fee dropped from $12,500 to $10,000. Still, $15,000 is lower than folks expected The Captain to slot in at prior to his unsuccessful four-year-old campaign. Modest increases for Sportswriter, Muscle Massive and Crazed don’t a positive trend make. Father Patrick will get $30,000, but that’s for an abbreviated book and many of those bookings are for syndicate members. Somebeachsomewhere had his fee dropped $5,000 to $25,000 and his book is still open. Muscle Hill’s fee is unpublished. Maybe he went up. Overall, the trend is not positive. by Joe FitzGerald for

Diamond Creek Farm has announced that the initial book for 2014 harness racing "Pacer of the Year" and runner-up for Horse of the Year, Sweet Lou, is now full and closed. “We expected a great response, and that’s certainly what we got,” said Diamond Creek’s owner Adam Bowden. “It seems like this horse’s charisma equals his credentials, and his popularity on the racetrack pretty much just transferred over straight to the breeding shed. “With the quality of the mares he’ll be bred to, his first crop of yearlings should rival those of any horse out there,” he added. Sweet Lou retired to stud at Diamond Creek Farm of Pennsylvania after his 5-year-old season with earnings of more than $3.4-million and a World Record mark of 1:47 taken on a five-eighths mile track. He is a son of Yankee Cruiser from Sweet Future, also the dam of $2.7-million winner and World Champion Bettor Sweet. “I think that sometimes people primarily see Sweet Lou as a champion free for all pacer, which is true of course, but the fact that he was also a World Champion, Breeders Crown winner, and divisional Pacer of the Year as a 2-year-old is sometimes overlooked,” Bowden said. “We think he has everything it takes to be a tremendous sire.” The multiple World Record-holder--and first horse to ever pace six consecutive sub-1:48 winning miles--was campaigned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Lawrence Karr and Phillip Collura and trained by Ron Burke. Breeders and fans may follow the continuing career of the horse many called “The Great White Blaze” on Twitter @greatwhiteblaze. Sweet Lou - 2014 Ben Franklin - Mohegan Sun Pocono Diamond Creek Farm

Millstone Twp., NJ - The Standardbred Retirement Foundation's (SRF) most important and consistent source of funding comes from yearly and lifetime breeding donations, and sales. This year's list includes the Fabulous Sweet Lou, Mach Three, Lucky Chucky, Possess The Wall, McArdle, Chapter Seven, and many more. Breedings are being sold, not auctioned and are available all season to purchase. Donations, which are tax-deductible, are gratefully appreciated to assist SRF in caring for the 204 Standardbreds in need of homes, 121 of which are retired for life under SRF's full care, due to age or injury. This is SRF's 26th year as the only organization of its kind, solely dedicated to the Standardbred, which also follows all of its adopted horses diligently for life. SRF has served thousands of Standardbreds and helped hundreds of children through its award winning programs. SRF's sale of breedings makes a substantial difference. To purchase a breeding, as well as to donate a breeding, please contact Tammy Hollock at 732-446-4422 or email SRF is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, gifts to SRF are tax-deductible. Tammy Hollock Standardbred Retirement Foundation | 353 Sweetmans Lane, Suite 101 | Millstone Twp. | NJ | 08535

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