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Harness racing breeders pore over pedigrees of prospective stallions looking for a breeding cross or a double up of a dominant female in the pedigree to convince themselves that the stallion they are assessing meets all of their criteria. For a lot of breeders, 'blue blood' pedigrees are a bonus alongside a stallion's racetrack performance and it is rare to find a stallion with both to a high level. However one recent addition to the trotting stallion ranks in New Zealand certainly has both a 'blue blood' pedigree and an outstanding racing career to go with it. Trixton 1:50.3 ($968,696) is a recent addition to the Stallions Australasia stallion offering and he certainly has 'blue blood' in abundance. A first crop son of the boom North American trotting stallion Muscle Hill 1:50.2 ($3,318,682), Trixton is from the hottest trotting family of the last twenty years anywhere in the world. His dam is the former North American two year old trotting filly of the year in Emilie Cas El 1:57.1 ($454,688) who is a full sister to three of the greatest trotting sires of all time in Andover Hall 1:51.6 ($875,047), Angus Hall 1:54.3 ($830,654) and Conway Hall 1:53.4 ($818,884) A full sister in blood to those three great sires in Canland Hall 1:57 ($339,143) is the dam of another great trotting sire in Cantab Hall 1:54 ($1,524,305). To get some appreciation of the impact of these four sires on the North American scene, we have listed below their current lifetime earnings at stud in North America. * Angus Hall -  Lifetime earnings todate - $90,091,985 * Conway Hall - Lifetime earnings todate - $75,511,847 *Andover Hall  -  Lifetime earnings todate - $63,850,311 * Cantab Hall  -  Lifetime earnings todate - $55,003,432 The numbers are quite staggering and don't include any stakes won in Europe or Australasia. So Trixton is a real 100% 'blue blood' and he had a racing career to match. Trixton only had eight starts as a two year old but performed admirably, raking up four wins and two placings. His best run was in the $86,000 Bluegrass Stakes where he was beaten a neck in 1:53.4 Trixton at three had a further eleven starts before injury curtailed his career but in those eleven starts he stamped himself as a colt of the highest quality. Trixton won eight of those eleven starts and was placed twice while the only time he missed a place was when he pulled up sore in the Canadian Trotting Classic. His wins included the final of the $272,000 Goodtimes Trot in 1:51.3, the $218,000 Simcoe Trot in 1:52.2 and of course the jewel in the crown, the $1,000,000 Hambletonian in his lifetime best of 1:50.3 When retired due to injury, Trixton had faced the starter just 19 times for 12 wins, 2 seconds and two thirds for $968,696 in stakes. Trixton stood his first season in New Jersey in 2015 at a fee of US $12,000 and covered 140 mares which is a good reflection of how he is viewed in North America. Trixtons fee down under for the 2105/2016 season has been set at $9,000 which would appear highly competitive given his North American fee. Harnesslink Media

Trixton T3, 1:50.6 ($947,057), the winner of last year’s $1-million Hambletonian and the joint fastest progeny of former champion trotter Muscle Hill, will be available to breeders in Australia and New Zealand next season. His service fee is $9,000 including GST in Australia and $9,000 plus GST in NZ. The frozen semen of the brilliant, young stallion can be accessed from Stallions Australasia Pty Ltd, whose lineup includes USA Trotter of the Year winners Lucky Chucky (2010) and Muscle Hill (2009), the 2013 Hambo winner Royalty For Life and international trotting star Wishing Stone. ‘We’re very excited to offer this great young trotter to breeders in Australasia. Being out of a champion filly full sister to three star stallions in Conway Hall, Andover Hall and Angus Hall will certainly excite most trotting breeders. I don’t know of a better bred stallion,” Stallions Australasia principal Peter O’Rourke said. The reigning New Jersey Standardbred of the Year, Trixton was fully booked when standing his first season at the prestige Deo Volente Farms in New Jersey this year. Among his consorts were world champions Check Me Out and Queen Serene and top broodmares Southwind Serena (dam of world champion Mission Brief) and Graceful Touch (dam of Muscle Mass, Muscle Massive and Thatsnotmyname). In two seasons of racing in town hall company, Trixton earned $968,696, taking his mark of 1:50.6 in the Hambletonian despite racing the entire mile sitting parked without cover. In addition, Trixton won such stakes as the $272,100 Goodtimes in 1:51.6 – a Canadian record for three-year-old trotting colts, the $51,500 John Simpson Memorial in 1:51.4, the $47,900 Reynolds Memorial in 1:51.8 and the $218,000 Simcoe Stakes in 1:52.4. He established a New Jersey Sires Stake record of 1:52.2 winning the $100,000 final of the NJ Sire Stakes Premier Division Championship at The Meadowlands last May. As a three-year-old he won eight of 11 starts and from 19 lifetime starts he won 12 and was four times placed. He won in 1:54.8 as a two-year-old. The 2014 USA Trainer of the Year Jimmy Takter, who trained Trixton throughout his career, said: “He is so nice, a real pleasure to drive. He’s a (perfect) 10 in every category.” The top priced yearling of 2012 at $360,000, Trixton carries an impeccable pedigree made up of champion sires, champion racehorses and champion broodmares. Muscle Hill, the sire of Trixton, is widely regarded as the greatest trotter of the modern era. The winner of 20 consecutive races, Muscle Hill was the world’s champion three-year-old trotter at which age he took a record of 1:50.2 and established the highest ever single year’s earnings for a Standardbred of $2.45-million. Muscle Hill has matched his greatness as a racehorse in the siring field, and from just three crops old enough to race has sired the winners of $11-million, with 34 in 1:55 and 25 $100,000 winners including the freakish two-year-old filly Mission Brief, who trotted a world record 1:50.6. Muscle Hill in turn is the foremost son of Muscles Yankee, the sire of three Hambo winners and the premier sire in America on five occasions. Trixton’s dam Emilie Cas El Tr 1:57.2 ($454,688) was a two-year-old trotting champion, winning the 1994 O’Brien Award as Canada’s Horse of the Year – and ranks as a full sister to three leading contemporary trotting sires in Andover Hall, Angus Hall and Conway Hall. The grand-dam Amour Angus is arguably the leading trotting broodmare of her generation and a Hall of Fame immortal. Trixton is a fine natured horse of good conformation and is a dapple bay. He looks certain to add interest to the ‘Down Under’ trotting scene. By Peter Wharton  

Jimmy Takter-trained Canepa Hanover and Whom Shall I Fear headline a group of 12 harness racing Hambletonian hopefuls scheduled to qualify Saturday at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Whom Shall I Fear and Canepa Hanover both battled maturity and health issues last season at age 2, combining for only 11 starts and one victory. Canepa Hanover, who made six starts, won a Peter Haughton prep race in 1:58.1 at the Meadowlands and finished second in the New Jersey Sire Stakes championship. He went off stride in three races, including the Peter Haughton Memorial Stakes. A son of stallion Muscle Hill out of the mare Cressida Hanover, Canepa Hanover is a half-brother to 2006 Horse of the Year Glidemaster. The colt sold for $300,000 at the 2013 Standardbred Horse Sale. Whom Shall I Fear was winless in five starts last year, but finished second in a division of the International Stallion Stakes at The Red Mile. The colt is a full brother to Dan Patch Award winners Pastor Stephen and Father Patrick and sold - under the name Custom Fit - for a Lexington Selected Sale-record $475,000 in 2013. "They are huge horses, big horses," said Takter, who won last year's Hambletonian with Trixton and is a three-time winner of the trotting classic. "Canepa started getting more problems after a couple starts. But he was in the Peter Haughton, so at least he showed that kind of ability. He was probably one of the fastest colts early. "But both of them have come back super. I never turned them out; I kept them around and kept going with them. I actually wish they would have been out a couple of weeks earlier, but the weather hasn't cooperated. I'm very excited to go up with both of them. They should be able to qualify very nice and we'll see where we're heading." Other Hambletonian-eligible male trotters entered in Saturday's qualifiers are Explosive Brother, Fashion Creditor, Finish Line, Handover The Money, Michael's Pearl, Natural Kemp, P Mac Attack, Southwind Mozart, Stonebridge Force, and Workout Wonder. Natural Kemp, who last year won one of two starts for trainer Ake Svanstedt, is a son of Muscles Yankee out of the stakes-winning mare Impressive Kemp. His family includes last year's Hambletonian winner Trixton as well as Dan Patch Award winners Andover Hall and Conway Hall. Svanstedt also trains Handover The Money, Southwind Mozart, Stonebridge Force, and Workout Wonder. Handover The Money, a son of Andover Hall-CR Sister Suzie, is a half-brother to 2010 Yonkers Trot winner On The Tab whose family also includes Dan Patch Award winner CR Kay Suzie. Stonebridge Force, by Muscle Hill out of Cream Puff, is a half-brother to 2008 Hambletonian Oaks winner Creamy Mimi and his family includes Dan Patch Award winner Pizza Dolce. Trond Smedshammer, who won the 2004 Hambletonian with Windsong's Legacy, trains and drives Finish Line, a son of Yankee Glide-Calchips Finisher whose family includes past Smedshammer star - and Dan Patch Award winner - Blur. Explosive Brother, a son of Explosive Matter-Meadowbranch Irene in the stable of trainer Noel Daley, is a half-brother to Dan Patch Award winner Mr Muscleman. Fashion Creditor, now in the stable of trainer Tom Fanning, finished third in a division of the International Stallion Stakes last year. He is a son of Credit Winner-Bon Voyage. P Mac Attack is by Muscle Hill and out of the stakes-winning mare Under My Thumb. He is trained by Nancy Johansson. Michael's Pearl is from the stable of Bruce Lauer. The $1 million Hambletonian Stakes will be contested Aug. 8 at the Meadowlands, with eliminations and final on the same day. by Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA

The $1 million Hambletonian and filly companion stake, the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks, will be raced on Saturday afternoon, August 8, at the Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, New Jersey. The 90th edition of the classic harness racing event will feature eliminations and the final on the same day. Eliminations for the Hambletonian Oaks, if necessary, will be raced the prior week, Saturday, August 1. The number of total eligible trotters to the two races remained the same as last year with 193 paid in, but an additional ten more colts made the payment this year, while the Oaks eligibles dropped by an identical ten fillies. The powerful barns of Jimmy Takter and Ron Burke house both freshmen trotter Dan Patch honorees: Pinkman, a winner of $566,960 and the filly Mission Brief, who banked $591,070 in her brilliant freshman campaign. Between the two conditioners they harnessed seven of the top ten money-winning 2-year-old trotters in 2014. Pinkman, a gelded son of Explosive Matter, made his presence felt in September of last year, winning the Standardbred Stakes at Delaware, Ohio. He followed up with wins in the International Stallion Stakes at Lexington and the Valley Victory at Mohawk in Canada, then used the Breeders Crown at the Meadowlands to sew up divisional honors. Takter, who has won three editions of the Hambletonian - Malabar Man in 1997, Muscle Massive in 2010 and Trixton last year - has a loaded sophomore roster to try for a fourth title. In the 2015 Hoof Beats Comprehensive Predictive Rankings for Trotters, Takter trains four of the top 10 voted "most likely to succeed" this year. Yet it's two lightly raced colts that Takter feels may represent his best shot at repeat Hambletonian glory. "Whom Shall I Fear, who is a full brother to Father Patrick, didn't race many starts last year. He was second in the International Stallion Stakes (behind Aldebaran Eagle). But he was big and growthy and we just stopped with him." "He is going to qualify next week at The Meadowlands and so will Canepa Hanover. Last year I thought those two would be my two best colts. They are both a little green so need to get some racing under their belts before the big stakes." said Takter. Mission Brief, the first filly to top the colts in the experimental rankings in years, may look to also be the first filly winner of the Hambletonian since Continentalvictory in 1996. "She should be back to the races about mid-May," said Burke about his trainee, dubbed a "freak" after a freshman year that wowed the harness racing world. "We'll let her tell us when she is ready," he continued. "Maybe a NJ Sire Stake is on the schedule first. Last year, she was so big and strong it just took her a while to figure things out. She has shown a lot of improvement and the Hambletonian is definitely something we would like to try to win. My Dad is 79 and winning the [Little Brown] Jug for us as a team and as a family was so special...I would like to try the Hambletonian." The 2014 Peter Haughton winner Centurion ATM, trained and driven by Ake Svanstedt, is also among the top sophomores eligible, and a Hambletonian win would make him just the third colt to win both elite races, joining Donato Hanover (07) and Muscle Hill (09). The Hambletonian has been hosted by the Meadowlands Racetrack since 1981 and is the longest nationally televised event in harness racing. A 90-minute live broadcast will air on CBS Sports Network from 4-5:30 p.m. [EDT]. There are no supplemental entries permitted in the Hambletonian and Oaks, nor are participants in those events or the Hambletonian Maturity permitted the use of Lasix or Butazolidin. All entrants are subject to the out-of-competition testing rules described in the conditions. The Hambletonian Society and the Meadowlands sponsor the only events in North American horse racing that prohibit the use of any race day medication. The Hambletonian is the first event in the trotting Triple Crown. The Yonkers Trot is the second leg and will be raced Saturday, Sep. 5 at Yonkers Raceway in New York. The third and final leg in 2015 is the Kentucky Futurity, scheduled for Saturday, Oct.10 at the Red Mile in Lexington, KY. The last trotter to win the Triple Crown was Glidemaster in 2006. The Hambletonian trail commences Saturday, May 2, with the Dexter Cup and Lady Suffolk at Freehold Raceway. Eligibles for all Hambletonian-serviced stakes;   3-Year-Old Colt Trot in 2015 - $1,000,000 Guaranteed   Heats and Final to race on Saturday, August 8, at The Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, NJ   ACCENTURE HANOVER   ALDEBARAN EAGLE   APOSTLES CREED   BIG RICH   BILLY FLYNN   BLOODSTOCKSDIAMOND   BOOTS N CHAINS   CANEPA HANOVER   CAPT SERIOUS   CELEBRITY BUGATTI   CELEBRITY LAMBO   CELEBRITY MASSIVE   CELEBRITY PEGASUS   CENTURION ATM   CITIZEN HALL   CLASS INCLUDED   CODE BON   COLBERT   CREDIT CREATION   CRESCENT FASHION   CRUZADO DELA NOCHE   CUE HALL   CURFEW   DANISH DURANGO   DAPPER DON   DEFY ANYTHING   DIVISIONIST   DON'T MIND ME   DONATOMITE   DONT RUSH   EL DIABLO BR   EXPLOSIVE BROTHER   FASHION CREDITOR   FASHION TRIBUTE   FINISH LINE   FRENCH LAUNDRY   GIFTED WAY   GONE VIRAL   GREAT MAGIC   GUESS WHOS BACK   HABITAT   HANDOVER THE MONEY   HIGHLANDMUSCLEHALL   HILLSONATOR   HONOR AND SERVE   HURRIKANE JONNY K   IN SECRET   INFINITI AS   IRON   JACKSONS MINION   KADA BRA JON   KEYSTONE BODACIOUS   LIBERTARIAN   LIMA PRIDE   LOOKSLIKEACHPNDALE   MADE BY DESIGN   MAMBO BLUE CHIP   MASSIF DU HARAS   MASSIVE LIGHTNING   ME AMORA   MICHAEL'S PEARL   MILLVILLE ROAD   MONOPOLY BLUE CHIP   MONSIEUR HALL   MOUNTAIN TOP   MUSCLE BLUES   MUSCLE DIAMOND   MUSICAL RHYTHM   MYTHOLOGY BLUECHIP   NATURAL KEMP   NEW DAWN   NEXTGEN HANOVER   NO REASON AT ALL   OHMYGOSH DE VIE   OLD BREW   OLD OAK   ON THE SLY   ONE DIRECTION   P MAC ATTACK   PIECE OF CAKE   PIERCEWAVE HANOVER   PIERRE   PINKMAN   POINTILLIST   PROGRESSION   RALLY IN THE NIGHT   REAL DJ HANOVER   SEE THE STARS   SHOW BIZ HALL   SIXTEEN ENCORES   SOBORO HANOVER   SONIC   SOULSHOUT   SOUTHWIND MOZART   SOUTHWIND STRYKER   SS POSEIDON   STILLWATER   STONEBRIDGE FORCE   SUGARMAKESMECRAZY   SUIT AND TIE   TADY'S LEGACY   TALBOT HERCULES   TEA PARTY CRAZE   TEMPLE OF DREAMS   THE BANK   TOTAL DARKNESS   TRUE BLUE STRIDE   TRUST FUND BABY   UNCLE HANOVER   UNCLE LASSE   WALTER WHITE   WHATAWORKOUT   WHEELS AH SMOKIN   WHOM SHALL I FEAR   WIN B HILL   WIN THE DAY   WINGS OF ROYALTY   WORKOUT WONDER   118 Trotting Colts & Geldings     THE HAMBLETONIAN® OAKS 3-Year-Old Filly Trot in 2015 - $500,000 guaranteed final   A LIST LINDY   ANDOVER N UNDER   ANNALIINA   BATTLE MAGE   BEE THE QUEEN   BENEDETTA RASTELLI   BIG SKY PARADISE   BLINTZ   BON APPETIT   BRIGHT BABY BLUES   BRIGHT EYES   BY AND BY HANOVER   CHRISTINE SIXTEEN   CLASSICAL ANNIE   COCOACABANA   CONCENTRATION   CRAZY BEAUTIFUL   DANIELLE HALL   DAY AT THE SPA   DEW DROP   DEWEY TAKE CREDIT   DRINKSONTHEHOUSE   DYNAMITE DAISY   FLY ANGEL FLY   FLYER MEL   FROU FROU   GATKA HANOVER   GOLD CORA   I'M SO FANCY   ITS EASY TO SMILE   IWANTMYTWODOLLARS   JOLENE JOLENE   JOSIE'S JOY   KATNISS   KELSEY'S KEEPSAKE   KEYSTONE INDIA   KIMCO HALL   KIRSI HANOVER   KOLACHKE   LADY WINONA   LILU HANOVER   LINDY LAND   LIVININTHEFASTLANE   LOCK DOWN LINDY   LOVE ME MADLY   MAGIC MARKER   MATTER OF DAYS   MISSION BRIEF   MONI FROM HEAVEN   MY LUCKY WORD   ONDA DI MARE   READY TO IGNITE   RILEY'S DREAM   RULES OF THE ROAD   SARCY   SCENTED ROSES   SHAQLINE   SISTAS   SMEXI   SMOKINMOMBO   SOBTI HANOVER   SOUTHWIND CARTIER   SPEAK TO ME   SPIRIT TO WIN   SQUEALS OF DELIGHT   STIRLING DIVA   STUBBORN BELLE   SWEET SHURGA   SWEET THING   THE GRAND FILLY   UNE DUHARAS   WAITING ROOM   WICLET HANOVER   WILD HONEY   WORDIE HANOVER   75 Trotting Fillies   (The above lists are subject to omissions and corrections.)   Moira Fanning Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown

MANALAPAN, NJ – February 9, 2015 -- Hambletonian winner Trixton and Three-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year Father Patrick have joined the New Jersey stallion ranks in 2015. Eight stallions – four pacers and four trotters- are currently registered in the Garden State. Trixton, the New Jersey Standardbred of the Year, stands at Deo Volente Farms in Flemington, NJ, for a fee of $12,000.  The Jimmy Takter trainee is owned by the Trixton Syndication.  His book for 2015 is full. At three, the son of Muscle Hill won eight of 11 starts and retired with a career record of 12 wins, two seconds and two thirds from 19 starts for earnings of $947,057 and a mark of 1:50.3. Father Patrick remains in training with Takter as a four-year-old while also standing at Walnridge Farm of Cream Ridge, NJ, for a fee of $30,000.  His book is nearly full with only a few bookings available. The son of Cantab Hall closed out his three-year-old campaign with a victory in the $500,000 Breeders Crown, compiling a record of 12 wins and three seconds in 17 starts for earnings of nearly $1.7 million. Lifetime, Father Patrick has 22 wins and four seconds from 28 starts and earnings of $2,437,138 with a mark of 1:50.2.  He is owned by the Father Patrick Stable of East Windsor, NJ. The list of 2015 New Jersey stallions with gait, fee, farm and contact information: 2015 REGISTERED STALLIONS Stallion Gait Fee Farm Standing Farm Manager Phone Great Vintage P $2,000 Walnridge Farm Dr.Richard Meirs 609 758-8208 Hurrikane King Cole P private Walnridge Farm Dr.Richard Meirs 609 758-8208 If I Can Dream P $3,500 Deo Volente Farm Fidencio Cervantez 908 782-4848 Philos Hanover P private Last Cance Farm Tom Cancelliere 201 726-8660 Calchips Brute T $3,000 Walnridge Farm Dr.Richard Meirs 609 758-8208 Father Patrick T $30,000 Walnridge Farm Dr.Richard Meirs 609 758-8208 Opening Night T private Walnridge Farm Dr.Richard Meirs 609 758-8208 Trixton T $12,000 Deo Volente Farm Fidencio Cervantez 908 782-4848    

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