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While the first Saturday in August is usually Hambletonian Week at the Meadowlands, perhaps the second biggest harness racing event of the month happens the following weekend, and it's only 3,200 miles away in Dublin, Ireland. It's the Vincent Delaney Memorial (VDM) weekend of racing at Portmarnock Raceway in Dublin. It's the biggest harness racing weekend of the year in both Ireland and the UK and will take place Friday, August 10 through Sunday, August 12. The race itself was developed by the Delaney brothers, James and Derek, who first came up with the special race for two-year-old pacers after their younger brother, Vincent, tragically died from a massive heart attack in 2011 at age 27. "Our brother Vincent loved working with the horse," explained Derek, who with brother James have Oakwood Stud, one of the bigger Standardbred breeding facilities in all of Ireland. "We only saw it fitting to have a special race in his memory. Little did we know back then that this race weekend would become a world-wide event." The Vincent Delaney Memorial weekend has been hailed as a miniature Little Brown Jug and Gold Cup and Saucer all rolled into one. People from all over the world now travel annually to Dublin to attend the weekend festival and the races. "It is just amazing how this race has grown in popularity over the last few years," Derek Delaney said. "Now we have world class sponsors from the USA, UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand involved in the races and they all come over after the Hambletonian for our big weekend." And the race itself has grown by leaps and bounds. The VDM is perhaps the most grueling test for two-year-old pacers in harness racing. It requires these young horses to first race in elimination heats on Saturday with the top finishers returning the very next day (Sunday) to compete in the finals. And every year there are so many young horses entered that most of the race card on Saturday are elimination heats. There are also special stakes for three-year-old's, Le Trot events, and stakes for older horses too over the weekend. Hanover Shoe Farms in the USA is the main sponsor of the colt division of the VDM and the filly division is sponsored by the USA's Diamond Creek Farm. A new sponsor for 2018 is Tara Hills Stud (David Heffering) in Canada. What is also impressive is the "guest list" of who is coming to Dublin for the VDM. "I know I will forget someone," laughed Derek Delaney. "This year we have some well-known people in the harness racing industry coming over for the Vincent Delaney. The list includes Jim Simpson from Hanover Shoe Farm along with Murray Brown and his wife Carol, Heather and Mike Wilder, and Mike will also be driving that weekend. "Also coming are Tom Charters and his wife Sue, Dr. Courtney Pink from Diamond Creek Farm, Australia's and UK's Bill Hutchison, Sweden and Germany's Klaus Koch,," Derek went on. "Our regulars Roger Huston, Heather Vitale (wouldn't the VDM without her running about), Dale Welk, John McDermott, Jeff Kuhen and more. I am getting emails, texts and calls almost daily." The VDM weekend kicks off on Friday night with a dinner and in the special VIP Tent at the races there will be a great auction for charity. Already donated are a helmet, gloves and colors from Yannick Gingras and a set of Doug McNair's colors. If you ever really want to renew your passion for harness racing, then contact Derek or James Delaney at Oakwood Stud and they will send you all the details. It's a guaranteed must on everyone's bucket list. Check out www.vincentdelaneymemorial.com or www.oakwoodstud.ie for more information and to contact Derek and James Delaney. By Steve Wolf, for the Vincent Delaney Memorial    

Southwind Farm and Tara Hills Stud have announced that the book for harness racing world champion Resolve 4,1:50.4 ($2,621,086), the richest son of champion sire, Muscle Hill, in North America, is full and closed. “We are delighted that breeders throughout Canada and the United States have supported our new stallion.” “The response to him has been overwhelming and we look forward to the 2018 breeding season”, said David Heffering of Tara Hills. The stallion is presently at Southwind Farms in New Jersey, where he is being collected for Frozen Semen that will be shipped to Sweden. His European bookings are being handled by Ponesia AB/Sievert Ingvarsson. Owned by Hans Enggren of Abbottstown, Pennsylvania, Resolve achieved International success under the tutelage of trainer Ake Svanstadt. His 18 victories, include the International Trot at Yonkers, Maple Leaf Trot at Mohawk, The Cashman Memorial, Cutler Memorial (twice), and the TVG Elim and Final at The Meadowlands. $1,000,000 Yonkers International Trot - Resolve TVG Free For All Final - Resolve - November 21, 2015 Vincennes Invitational - Resolve - Life racord 1:50.4

World Champion Resolve 4,1:50.4 ($2,614,574) (Muscle Hill – Anikawiesahalee- Credit Winner), the fastest and richest son of champion sire Muscle Hill in North America, will be retired to stud at the conclusion of the harness racing season and stand at Tara Hills Stud in Port Perry, Ontario, under the management of Southwind Farms. Owned by Hans Enggren of Abbottstown, Pennsylvania, who acquired  him in a private transaction at the beginning of his three year old season, RESOLVE achieved international success under the tutelage of trainer Ake Svanstadt. His 18 victories include the International Trot at Yonkers in a World Record 2:23.4h, the Maple Leaf Trot at Mohawk, The Cashman Memorial, Cutler Memorial (twice) TVG elim and Final at The Meadowlands. He took his mark of 1:50.4 winning the Vincennes Trot also at The Meadowlands. He competed in the Elitlopp twice, finishing second to Nuncio in 2016 and third to Timoko and Propulsion in 2017. Bred in Ontario by Edward Wilson of Seagrave and Michael Pozefsky of Saratoga Springs, RESOLVE was a $115,000 Harrisburg Yearling Sale graduate. Frozen semen will be available in Sweden through PONESIA AB/Sievert Ingvarsson. The stud fee for the 2018 breeding season will be $7500CD.  For inquiries please contact either Tara Hills Stud or Southwind Farms. Yonkers $1 million International Trot Resolve (Ake Svanstedt) Arthur J. Cutler Memorial (TVG) Final Vincennes Invitational - Resolve - August 8, 2015

World Champion Crazed will move to Ontario starting with the 2017 harness racing breeding season and will stand at Tara Hills Stud in Port Perry. The million dollar-winning, World Champion son of Credit Winner stood at Blue Chip Farms in New York prior to his move, where he produced numerous New York Sire Stakes champions and Grand Circuit stars such as Crazy Wow 3,1:51.1 ($1,530,804), World Champion JL Cruze 4,1:49.4 ($881,011), and Gural Hanover 4,1:51.3 ($784,974). David Reid, Crazed Syndicate manager, said the move to Ontario offers a terrific opportunity for both shareholders and breeders, as Crazed has all the necessary credentials to succeed in the marketplace. Crazed is a proven producer of high-caliber trotters, and being a lovely son of Credit Winner allows him to take advantage of the abundance of Kadabra, Balanced Image and Angus Hall-line mares, Reid said. The Ontario program is definitely moving back in the right direction. It offers future stability, a lucrative sires stakes program and healthy breeders awards. Crazed will stand for a stud fee of $4,000. For more information, or to book your mare for the coming season, please contact David Heffering at Tara Hills Stud (905) 985-7770 or David Reid at Preferred Equine Marketing (914) 773-7777. Crazed Syndicate

The connections of 2016 Trotting Triple Crown winner Marion Marauder 3,1:51.3 ($1,766,518) have announced that plans to syndicate and stand the harness racing stallion at Tara Hills Stud in Ontario have changed.   Acting as agent for owners Jean Wellwood and Devin Keeling, Preferred Equine Marketing's David Reid said preliminary results indicate a probability that Marion Marauder would not be able to breed a full book of mares. The Wellwoods believe it is only fair to stand the horse when he is able to service a full book of mares. Thus, they have decided to race Marion Marauder in 2017.   "Since the announcement to retire Marion Marauder to stud, the response from the breeding industry worldwide has been outstanding. Both Tara Hills Stud owner David Heffering and I have been inundated with calls to be part of the syndicate, but we wanted to let the industry know the current situation so breeders can plan accordingly," Reid said.   Paula Wellwood and Mike Keeling are looking forward to racing the son of Muscle Hill-Spellbound Hanover and will resume his training duties early in 2017.   Despite fighting a virus in his last start, Marion Marauder ended the season sound and his connections expect him to return to racing at the highest level next year.   Marion Marauder will be reevaluated after his 2017 racing season for future stud duties.   Wellwood Stable

Port Perry, ON --- Tara Hills Stud is very pleased to announce that O’Brien Award winner Control The Moment p,2, 1:49.4s; 3,1:48.2 ($1,085,220) will begin his stud career at our facility beginning with the 2017 harness racing breeding season. Trained throughout his career by Brad Maxwell, Control The Moment enjoyed a nearly flawless rookie season, winning eight of nine starts which included the Metro elimination and final, Breeders Crown elimination, the Nassagaweya and a sweep of the Dream Maker series at Mohawk. He concluded his freshman campaign with $347,757 earned along with the title of Canada’s 2-year-old pacing colt of 2015. His accomplishments this year at three included victories in the Meadowlands Pace elimination and final, where he earned his life record of 1:48.2, the Cane Pace, as well as the Hempt Memorial elimination. Control The Moment’s racing career was curtailed by a career ending injury early in September. A son of  Well Said, Control The Moment’s dam is the Life Sign mare Life'sliltreasure, a winner of $308,277 during her career which included numerous stakes wins in Western Canada before relocating to Ontario. The introductory stud fee for Control The Moment will be announced soon. His foals will be eligible to the lucrative Ontario Sires Stakes program. Cane Pace Meadowlands Pace elimination Meadowlands Pace Final Harnesslink Meadia

David Heffering said he will never forget the phone ringing late one night just before U.S. Thanksgiving in 1995. It was his brother Richard on the phone with a simple message: "Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas. Go pick up the horse" The horse was trotting stallion Mr Lavec, a horse that would prove to be a game- and life-changer for David and Tara Hills Stud of Port Perry, ON. The farm was in its infancy at that time and has grown to become one of the biggest Standardbred breeding operations in Canada home to such stallion stars as Kadabra, Mach Three and Sportswriter. "Mr Lavec was standing at Blue Chip Farms in New York," David said. "We needed a horse badly up in Canada and my brother bought out the lease on the horse after a whole day of negotiations with Mr. Kimelman." Trouble was, David had never trucked a horse up to Canada from the United States before and the trip was anything but smooth. Along with Mr Lavec, David brought back a tank loaded with Precious Bunny's frozen semen and some Christmas lights. "t claim the semen and I got in trouble and the truck and trailer and horse were impounded for nine hours. It was a simple misunderstanding," David said, adding that not claiming the Christmas lights also riled the border guards and caused the situation to snowball out of control. "We got the horse back to Canada finally on that day, but it took us awhile. I can sit back and laugh at it now, but at that time it wasn't that funny. I was in one of those rooms calling people; I used some of it as my bonding time with Mr Lavec, but the rest is history for us. We got him to the farm and Armstrongs called and came in and bought 10 per cent of the horse. They used all their breedings. It really helped put us on the map. "Mr Lavec was the first big time horse we had. He is this big, dark horse. A strong horse, gorgeous horse. He has French bloodlines in him. He was something different and we clicked. He never produced that Hambletonian winner, but Ontario was a good spot for him at the time because the (Ontario) Sires Stakes program was just starting to get rolling. I think we had 15 years of full books to that horse" Mr Lavec sired the winners of more than $41 million. He is now 25, in good health, and living in luxury at Tara Hills in their immaculate stallion barn and access to his own paddock. "He was syndicated and when wasn't worth paying his bills anymore, I basically bought the horse for $1," David said. "I said he would always have a place to live. He.s in great shape. He looks great. He's not ornery. He likes the kids when they go out. When they walk around the track, he comes right up to them. He just wants his head rubbed. He's a great horse. Who knows how long he will live, but you look at this horse and his feet are in great shape. He has no lameness issues." by Dave Briggs from Ontario Racing

E L Titan 4,1:51.2f ($683,073) the four year old son of Muscle Hill – Courtney Hall, will make his final start on Saturday at The Meadowlands in the $400,000 TVG Free For All Final. He will then be brought to Southwind Farm in Pennington, New Jersey, to begin freezing his semen for export to Europe. Under the management of Southwind Farm, EL Titan will then be sent to Tara Hills Stud in Port Perry, Ontario, Canada, where he will stand the 2016 season for a fee of $7,500.  The stallion bred a limited book of mares in 2015, while he trained and raced for EMP-Invest Oy and trainer Riina Rekila. A multiple stakes winner at 2 and 3, including the International Stallion Stakes, Madison County Trot, Carl Erskine Memorial, and Galt Memorial, EL Titan took his record of 1:51.2f this year, winning the Sebastian K. Invitational. He was also second in last year’s Canadian Trotting Classic, American National and Breeder Crown. El Titan hails from a family loaded with stallions, as his dam, stakes winning COURTNEY HALL 3,1:55.4 ($118,986) is a full sister to the dam of CANTAB HALL 3,1:54 ($1,442,303) and is from the immediate maternal family of ANDOVER HALL, 3,1:51.3 ($870,510), CONWAY HALL 3,1:53.4 ($818,884) and ANGUS HALL 3,1:54.3 ($830,654). For booking information, contact Tara Hills Stud at 905 – 985-7770 (tarahill@on.aibn.com ) or Southwind Farm 609-737-9067 (southwindfarms@aol.com)  EL Titan (Tim Tetrick) wins Sebastian K Invitational Mike Klau Southwind Farm

Port Perry, ON --- Tara Hills Stud Farm and Muscara Racing Trust have announced that multiple world champion He's Watching p,3,1:46.4 ($1,116,450) will stand stud at Tara Hills’ Port Perry, Ontario, farm starting in 2016. He's Watching electrified the harness racing industry during his 2-year-old season as he went undefeated in eight starts, all New York Sire Stakes, set five track records and two world records. He was crowned the Dan Patch 2-year-old colt Pacer of the Year at the conclusion of that season. His career defining performance came as a three-year-old in the 2014 Meadowlands Pace where he cruised home in :25.3 in the hands of Tim Tetrick to win by 2½ lengths in a sensational 1:46.4. The time equaled the world record. He earned a total of $824,728 that season, with other stakes wins in the Somebeachsomewhere and the Empire Breeders Classic. Trained by David Menary, He's Watching was raced by Menary Racing Inc, Brad Gray and Michael Guerriero of Ontario along with the Muscara Racing Trust of Pennsylvania. A son of American Ideal, He's Watching hails from one of the most storied pacing families in racing as his fourth dam is Leah Almahurst, a winner of more than $1 million almost three decades ago, and the dam of $1.4 million winner Western Ideal. He's Watching is presently standing at Alabar in New Zealand and his book is getting an excellent response. The He's Watching Stallion Group look forward to being a sponsor of the Breeders Crown championship on Saturday (Oct. 24) at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto. The stallion's stud fee will be announced at a later time. He's Watching seen here setting a new world record for a 2-year-old pacer (second lifetime start) on a 5/8 mile track with a 1:50 win in the New York Sire Stakes at Tioga Downs on August 9 2013.

Kentuckiana Stallion Management is excited to announce that leading Ontario stallion and former World Champion Muscle Mass (b.h. 2005), by Muscles Yankee out of Graceful Touch will stand the 2016 breeding season at Tara Hills Stud, located in Port Perry, Ontario. Kentuckiana Farms will continue to serve as Syndicate Manager and along with Tara Hills Stud will manage his breeding career.  With four crops of racing age, Muscle Mass has established himself as the leading trotting sire in Ontario. Muscle Mass was the leading first crop sire of Ontario Sire Stakes winners in 2012 and followed it up with spectacular years in 2013 and 2014 as the leading Ontario sire of two-year-old trotters in overall earnings, also being the overall leading trotting sire in 2014. This season, Muscle Mass continues his championship ways as the current overall OSS leading sire.    Muscle Mass is the sire of multiple Ontario Sire Stakes Gold Champions including Riveting Rosie ($889,510), Motown Muscle ($447,979), Muscle Matters ($382,925), and Muscle Baby Doll ($341,587), to name a few.   “We are extremely excited to bring Muscle Mass back to Ontario. He is a premier young stallion that has consistently shown that he can sire champions. His ability to cross with a wide variety of mares is proven by the numbers,” says David Heffering, owner of Tara Hills Stud.   Muscle Mass retired to stud duty as the fastest two-year-old son of super-sire Muscles Yankee having established his world-record mark of 1:53.4 in only his second career start.   Muscle Mass won five major stakes in an undefeated season at 2 winning all seven of his starts, including back-to-back wins in Lexington and a 10-length, track and stakes record in the American-National.   Ken Jackson  kjackson@kentuckianafarms.com

Royalty For Life Tr 3, 1:51.6 ($1,620,166), the 2013 Hambletonian champion, Canadian Trotting Classic winner and USA 3YO Trotting Colt of the Year, will be available for breeders in Australia and New Zealand for the first time this year. He is a striking individual in every respect. The frozen semen of the exciting, young sire – he was foaled in 2010 – is available through Stallions Australasia Pty Ltd whose lineup includes former champion racehorse and now highly successful sire Muscle Hill and international trotting star Wishing Stone. Royalty For Life recently completed his first northern hemisphere season at the prestige Tara Hills Stud, Ontario where he was fully booked for a fee of $6,000. His service fee in Australia will be $4,950 incl. GST and in NZ $4,500 plus GST. Royalty For Life raced only at 2 and 3 years, compiling the excellent record of 14 wins and seven placings from 30 starts for $1,620,166 – an average of $54,000 per start! As a two-year-old he displayed tremendous early speed, winning seven and being four times placed from 14 starts. He captured the $328,000 International Stallion Stakes at Lexington in 1:54.4, five New Jersey Sire Stakes event and finished runner-up in both the elimination and $600,000 final of the Breeders Crown. Royalty For Life really came into his own as a three-year-old, winning seven of his 14 starts and a whopping $1,277,130 in stakes. His victories included the $1.2-million Hambletonian in straight heats of 1:52 and 1:52.2, the $686,000 Canadian Trotting Classic in a stakes record equalling 1:54.4, the $360,000 Zweig Memorial, the $294,000 Stanley Dancer Memorial in 1:52 and an elimination of the $527,000 Kentucky Futurity. Champion USA driver Brian Sears, who handled Royalty For Life in all his major triumphs was high in his praise for the horse “He’s a beautiful horse, he just covers the ground." "He lets you know when he’s good." "He’s just so talented," Brian said. Royalty For Life is a most interestingly bred horse. He is the richest son of the former top young trotter RC Royalty (Tr 3, 1:55.2), one of the best of the progeny left by the champion American sire Credit Winner (Tr 1:54). Sons of Credit Winner are now coming to the forefront as sires in America such as Chocolatier and Crazed. Bourbon N Grits, the dam of Royalty For Life, has left three winners from four foals, while the grand-dam, Texas Winner ($128,323), produced six winners from six foals and the third dam, Texas Starlette, nine winners from 14 foals. Royalty For Life is a Super Bowl line horse – that which produced the leading Australian trotting sire RC’s Dee Jay – from a prolific winning family of trotters, and boasts a 3x3 cross to American Winner and three strains of Super Bowl blood. He should prove an ideal outcross to the host of mares by Sundon, Earl, Armbro Invasion, Dream Vacation, Keystone Salute and others. For further information contact Stallions Australasia manager Peter O’Rourke on phone 0011 64 21 346 401. Peter Wharton

Since returning to the races following a bout of sickness in late October, Milliondollarspree has been on a winning spree for trainer Ross Hardy. The pacing mare has racked up three wins in her last four trips to the track, and that includes her gate-to-wire score in Tuesday’s $7,000 Fillies & Mares Preferred 3 at The Raceway at Western Fair District. Trevor Henry hustled Milliondollarspree to the lead from Post 3, and after parking past the quarter pole in :27.2 she led the group through sensible middle panels of :57.3 and 1:27.4. A :31.2 closing frame is all took for her to win by three-quarters of a length over Angel On The Wing in a time of 1:59.1 over a track rated ‘good’ with a three-second variant. The show dough was earned by Racey Miss. To view the rest of this story click here. Sunfire Blue Chip to Tara Hills Stud It has been announced that the royally bred and supremely talented Sunfire Blue Chip p, 2, 1:52.4f, 3, 1:48.3f will join the stallion roster at Tara Hills Stud Farm in Port Perry, Ont. Sunfire Blue Chip, a four-year-old son of American Ideal, retires with $917,374 in earnings and several stakes titles to his credit, including this year’s revitalized Prix d’Ete in Quebec. As a sophomore, the Jimmy Takter-trained horse captured the Adios elimination and final, an elimination of the Messenger (second, by a head, in the final), the Tattersalls, Empire Breeders Classic elimination (second in final), Hempt elim (third, by a half length in final) among other victories. Sunfire Blue Chip hails from one of the sport’s most well-bred families. He is the second foal of the Cams Card Shark mare Shot Togo Bluechip, his full brother is $1.7 million winner Heston Blue Chip p, 3, 1:48f. Their half-sister sold at last month’s Harrisburg sale for $160,000.   To view the rest of this story click here.

Hambletonian Champion, Canadian Trotting Classic winner and harness racing's Dan Patch 3-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year, Royalty For Life, will begin his stud career in 2015 at Tara Hills Stud in Ontario. In making today's joint announcement with Tara Hills Stud Ltd., Royalty For Life's breeder and co-owner Al Ross said the ownership group--that also includes Ray Campbell and Paul Fontaine--are very excited to enter the Ontario program. "We have a lot of confidence in the future of Ontario racing and breeding, and have always enjoyed the hospitality shown to us by horsemen there. We think he'll be very well supported by breeders in both Canada and the U.S., as he has all the makings of a very successful sire," Ross said. Royalty For Life 2,1:54.2; 3,1:51.3 ($1,620,166) is a son of RC Royalty-Bourbon N Grits. He was bred by Ross, raised at Chip Campbell's farm in Belchertown, Mass. and trained by George Ducharme. The colt displayed tremendous early speed, going 7-3-1 in 14 starts as a two year old. He won the International Stallion Stakes in Lexington as a freshman and five New York Sire Stakes events. He was second at two in both the elim and $600,000 final of the Breeders Crown. His tour de force, championship season in last year's glamour division saw him win classic races in ultra-impressive style when big money was on the line. His victories included the $1-million Hambletonian in straight heats, the $686,000 Canadian Trotting Classic in track record time, a heat of the $527,000 Kentucky Futurity and the $294,000 Stanley Dancer Memorial. He was retired from racing this summer when injured just prior to the John Cashman Memorial at the Meadowlands. Preferred Equine Marketing's David Reid, who brokered the deal, said Royalty For Life will be syndicated, with details and a stud fee announced in the coming weeks. Those who would like further information are asked to contact Dave Heffering at Tara Hills Stud (905-985-7770, tarahill@on.aibn.com) or David Reid at Preferred Equine Marketing (914-773-7777, davereid@preferredequine.com). From Preferred Equine Marketing & Tara Hills Stud  

In our prominent harness racing stallion series we have reviewed American Ideal,  Art Major, Bettors Delight, Christian Cullen and Courage Under Fire so far and today we have produced an in depth review for Mach Three. Enjoy the read. BREEDING - By the great sire Matts Scooter (sire of over $76 million in stakes with Mach Three his richest son) from the Abercrombie mare All Included (Dam of 12 foals for 9 winners of $3,469,221) All Included left two full brothers to Mach Three, Extreme Three ($336,192) now standing at stud in New Zealand and Omar Khayam ($263,848) now standing at stud in Canada. Mach Three's pedigree is not what you would call a blue blood pedigree but that is becoming common today with a lot of the great sires at stud. Today, brilliance on the race track counts for as much as any pedigree when deciding on a stallion for your mare. RACE RECORD - Was a very good two and three year old with exceptional gait and speed. He faced the starter just 27 times for 18 wins and 6 placings, taking a track record at The Meadowlands of 1:49 in the $1,000,000 Meadowlands Pace and a track record on a half mile track of 1:51.1 in a heat of the Little Brown Jug on his way to earning a total of $2,376,700. This crop of 3yr olds were exceptional, in fact it was one of the greatest crops on record. In The Meadowlands Pace Mach Three beat home in order of finish McArdle ($2,602,694), Allamerican Ingot ($1,238,935), Mini Me ($1,186,376), Pacific Titan ($886,446), Royal Mattjesty ($1,840,681), Three Olives ($1,086,795), Brads Gold ($703,206), Million Dollar Cam ($969,792) and Yankee Sensation ($371,689). Other great horses that raced with Mach Three as 2 and 3yr olds were Art Major ($3,273,317), Red River Hanover ($1,394,626), Ashlee's Big Guy ($1,009,523) and Life is a Cabaret ($869,280). Ten of these horses are sires now at stud. That is a group of great horses!!! Mach Three was purchased by Joe Muscara for US$2,250,000 as an early 3yr old NORTH AMERICAN STUD CAREER - Has stood in Canada for all his stud career at Tara Hills stud. His service fee has been $7,500 right from day one and has never changed to date. He served good numbers in most years at stud in Canada starting in 2003 with 195, 123, 94, 81, 187, 225, 169, 149, 157, 172 and 158 in 2013. His first crop left the good horse Jeremys Successor 1:48.3 ($867,235), Mach You And Me 1:50.2 ($800,819), Canadette 1:51 ($449,634), In The Irons 1:50.3 ($553,193) and Test Flight 1:50.4 ($502,802). This crop have stakes of $15,500,000 with average earnings per starter of $139,361. Another feature of Mach Three's progeny is that they keep racing or have long race careers as in this first crop alone there have been 42 horses that have had over 100 starts and 7 have had over 200 starts lifetime. His second crop left the sensational and spectacular Somebeachsomewhere 1:46.4 ($3,328,755) regarded as possibly the greatest race horse ever seen winning 20 of 21 starts as a 2 and 3yr old and now dominating as a sire from his first two crops at stud. With just those crops on the track he is reshaping the breeding Industry in the Northern Hemisphere. His book is full and closed for 2014 at $30,000 and that tells the real story. Not only did Mach Three leave Somebeachsomewhere from this crop he also left Believeinbruiser an average racehorse winning just $249,654 but he served a few mares at stud and left one of the best 2yr olds in Canada in 2013 called Bugger Bruiser 1:50.3 ($226,730). His third crop with just 52 foals he left Shipps Xpectancy 1:49.1 ($587,668) and Smashbox 1:51.4 ($437,270). His fourth crop of just 46 foals he left the very good Mach Dreamer 1:49.1 ($864,312). His next crop of 124 foals he left the top mare Monkey On My Wheel 1:49.3 ($1,334,394) plus the very fast racehorse in Camaes Fellow 1:47.3 ($819,870). His 2009 crop of 138 foals has produced Machapelo 1:51.3 ($565,838), I Found My Beach 1:50.2 ($524,079) and Mach A Wish 1:50.2 ($430,770). His next crop of 107 foals produced Mach Pride 1:50 ($517,539) and Mach It So 1:49.1 ($395,968). His 2013 2yr olds produced The Metro Pace winner in Boomboom Ballykeel 1:50.4 ($389,702) and the very good Three Of Clubs 1:53.4h ($206,617). US statistics Eligible to race 3yr old and older - 767 Winners - 533 % of winners to foals born 3yr old and older - 69% $100,000 plus - 174 $1,000,000 plus - 2 Sub 1:50 - 17 Average earnings per starter - $97,075 Average earnings per eligible horse - $78.090 Total earnings to date - $59,895,579 AUSTRALIAN STUD CAREER - Mach Three has never had big crops in Australia. Starting in the 2005 season he had 15, 42, 44, 31, 44, 50, and 50 now 3yr old or older on the ground that is just 286. He has produced some outstanding colts and fillies from those small crops. His colts are headed by the brilliant age group star Captain Joy 1:51.4 ($1,004,771) as well as such smart types as Fly Like An Eagle 1:54.6 ($740,174)  super star Majestic Mach 1:54.7 ($611,969) winner of 26 of his 29 starts to date and Mach Wiper 1:54.1 ($280,716). Coupled with fillies of the class of Shake It Mama 1:54.7 ($254,568) and Rosa Mach 1:56.2 ($237,237) he has a great record so far in Australia. Australian statistics Foals 3yr old and older -  286 Winners - 151 % of winners to foals born 3yr old and older - 53% $100,000 plus - 22 $1,000,000 plus -  1  Average earnings per starter - $46,743 Average earnings per eligible horse - $32,687 Total earnings to date - $9,348,653 NEW ZEALAND STUD RECORD - His record in NZ is outstanding and overall probably the best of the countries he has stood in. His ability to leave good numbers of outstanding colts and fillies with in the main small crops early in his career has earned him the much larger books he has been serving the last few years. From his first crop came two millionaires, the champion Auckland Reactor 1:51.4 ($1,837,043) and Mysta Magical Mach 1:52.2 ($1,241,941), plus the ill fated Fiery Falcon 1:54.6 ($588,106), Macraider 1:48.4 ($771,433), Trigirl Brigade 1:52.3p ($143,710), Torias Secret 1:52.3 ($175,054), Sammy Maguire 1:57 ($199,354) and Muscle Beach 1:56.6 ($200,850). He produced from his second crop the fast mare Joyfuljoy 1:51.3 ($480,412), Scotty Mach 1:49.4 ($257,270) and Hes My Hero 1:54.3 ($221,903). His next crop was another great one with the likes of Sir Lincoln 1:54 ($663,601) and now standing at stud, Russley Rascal 1:53.3h ($707,656), Mah Sish 1:55.4 ($771,786), Devil Dodger 1:53.3 ($537,926), Mach Banner 1:57.6 ($225,565) Millwood Meg 1:53.5 ($336,795) and Kotare Mach 1:53.1 ($260,308).  The 2007 crop of just 18 foals he still produced a top horse like Mustang Mach 1:55.2 ($349,547) plus Mach Alert 1:50.9 ($394,944), Precious Mach 1:57.9 ($86,179), Mactavish 1:52.9 ($168,101) and Collectable 1:58.2 ($112,108). His next crop left the good mares Here We Go Again 1:55.6 ($132,457) and Three Jewels 1:57.6 ($81,037) while his current 4yr olds of note are Safedra 1:56.3 ($111,848), Mighty Fling Mac 1:58 ($113,879), Cyamach ($125,992), Sir Eric 1:52.5 ($69,000) and the promising Kotare Mahal 1:58.4. His current 3yr olds are led by the fillies Venus Serena 1:54.7 ($330,746), Te Amo Bromac 1:57.9 ($106,836), Pricilla's Girl 1:58.9 ($44,635), Luminesce 1:57.6 ($27,610) and Lincolns Megastar 1:57.1 ($42,024). His 3yr old colts that stand out are Cyclone Prince 1:57.1 ($108,064), Regulus 1:57.5 ($89,376) and the promising Machtu who has won his last 4 straight and he has already produced a winning 2yr old this season in Chachingcharching. New Zealand statistics 3yr old and older - 686 Starters - 378 Winners - 331 % of winners to foals born 3yr old and older - 48% $100,000 plus - 21 (29 in Australia) 50 $1,000,000 plus - 2 Average earnings per starter - $30,313 Average earnings per eligible horse - $16,703 Total earnings to date - $11,458,573 POSITIVES - Right throughout his career he has shown the ability to leave that exceptional horse who are as dominant on the racetrack as he was. His champion son Somebeachsomewhere 1:46.4 ($3,328,755) is the hottest sire in the world right now and his Southern Hemisphere champion in Auckland Reactor 1:51.4 ($1,837,043) is being given his chance to follow suit with him serving a huge book in his first season at stud. NEGATIVES - Some of his progeny has a reputation for becoming "hot" at times like most of the Direct Scooter line stallions, his sons and grandsons are known for the same thing. Mach Three's fertility has been an issue at times. Since coming under the management of Alabar his numbers seemed to have picked up and are now heading towards the industry average of 70%. OVERVIEW - One of the few sires who is able to leave one as good or better than himself (A special one) both on the track and at stud. Somebeachsomewhere is reshaping the North American breeding industry with his complete dominance of his stock on the race track. Auckland Reactor is being given the same opportunity at stud in Australasia. All in all, just a great sire OVERALL RATING - 9/10 JC A Sire review - American Ideal A Sire review - Art Major A Stallion review - Bettors Delight A Stallion review - Christian Cullen A Stallion review - Courage Under Fire Harnesslink has had such positive feedback on our "forgotten sires series" that we are running a series of reviews on our more prominent harness racing sires. As they say in racing you can criticize some ones car, house or wife but never their horse, and that still rings true. As a disclaimer to our next chapter of analysis we look to provide educated opinion based on years of industry knowledge and the truest form of critique backed by statistical data. The above PREVIEWS are set to strip back any sugar coated publicity often associated with Stallion promotion and give you the cold hard facts as JC sees them.  (All statistical data was provided by TrackIt for North American stats and the official organizations of New Zealand and Australia)  And here is "The forgotten sires series" This is a series of stallion reviews that Harnesslink have already completed with a view to sheading some light on some of  the "forgotten"sires in Australasia. Elsu - Redemption awaits McArdle - The quiet achiever Santanna Blue Chip - On the up and up! Major In Art - Big and fast Mr Feelgood - Dual hemisphere champion Pay Me Christian - Blistering speed Monkey Bones - All class Tinted Cloud - Still going strong Real Desire - The real deal Washington VC - Continuing excellence Wetern Ideal - A superstar sire Bacardy Lindy - Blue blood Monarchy - Out of Sundons shadow Artiscape - Frozen semen blues? Dream Vacation - Frozen semen superstar Badlands Hanover - Great value Lis Mara - The quiet achiever Brylin Boyz - Potential fulfilled    

This unraced son of champion trotting sire, Balanced Image and the Hall Of Fame brood mare, Lou Macs Glory has always struggled for patronage at stud and has always lacked those quality mares that can help make a stallion. Bred by Tara Hills stud farm in Canada, he is a full brother to the champion Glory's Comet $2,057,695 as well as three other winners. Lou Macs Glory left 15 foals in total for nine winners of $3,242,487 in stakes. Injury prevented Brylin Boyz from racing but he had showed so much potential in training, was bred in the purple and was such a great type, that Tara Hills decided to cover a few mares of their own and look for a place to stand him where he could get a shot at being a stallion. Hence his arrival at Bon Accord farm in Canterbury, NZ. Within a couple of seasons he had being purchased by Michael and Diane Heenan of Trouble Lodge at Methven and he stood the rest of his time in NZ at their property. It was here that he was to have most of his success. Not long after being purchased by the Heenans, his stock from the initial matings in Canada hit the track and showed plenty of promise with his winners including such smart types as Marcliff Victoria $167,000, Mikie Will $89,000, Call To Order $89,000 and Herecomes The Boyz $75,000. And that initial success was carried on by his Australasian stock. From his first crop came Awesome Imace $169,000 and he was quickly followed by such talented types as Springfield Hero $94,000, Featherflight $85,000, Extasia $77,000, Zealous Lady $73,00 and Lanez Luck $52,000 among his 64 winners. Progeny exported to Australia have compiled a good record with Makati Maximus $109,000, Brylin Crescent $73,000, Heza Boy Star $57,000 and Springfield Barry $46,000 all flying the flag for him on that side of the Tasman. Without doubt the best horse sired by Brylin Boyz is Shezoneoftheboyz $76,000. The dominant three year old of her year in NZ , her career was curtailed by injury before it really got started and robbed Brylin Boyz of that star flag bearer that all stallions need. Still his major impediment to greater success has always been his lack of mares each year and just as importantly, the quality of those mares. Which has been a real shame as the one thing that really stands out when you look at his stud record is his ability to lift mares. Most of his winners are the best foal that their dam has produced. Recently sold to Queensland, Brylin Boyz has more than fulfilled the potential Tara Hills saw in him all those years ago. With his impeccable bloodlines and great confirmation, his daughters should leave an even bigger impression on the NZ trotting scene in the years to come. JC This is a series of stallion reviews that Harnesslink are doing with a view to sheading some light on some of  the "forgotten"sires in Australasia. Elsu - Redemption awaits McArdle - The quiet achiever Santanna Blue Chip - On the up and up! Major In Art - Big and fast Mr Feelgood - Dual hemisphere champion Pay Me Christian - Blistering speed Monkey Bones - All class Tinted Cloud - Still going strong Real Desire - The real deal Washington VC - Continuing excellence Wetern Ideal - A superstar sire Bacardy Lindy - Blue blood Monarchy - Out of Sundons shadow Artiscape - Frozen semen blues? Dream Vacation - Frozen semen superstar Badlands Hanover - Great value Lis Mara - The quiet achiever

The uncertainty in Canada harness racing has had major repercussions for one of the country's leading breeding farms - Tara Hills Stud in Port Perry, Ontario. Stud manager David Heffering said his breeding numbers were down at least 50 per cent and he said that could only be blamed on the instability of Canadian harness racing.

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