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World champion Warrawee Needy (1:46.8), who stands at Yirribee Pacing Stud, Wagga, was represented by his first Group winner when the two-year-old Warrawee Drinking scored a thrilling last-stride success in the Group 2 $50,000 NSW Breeders Challenge True Blue Series at Menangle. Warrawee Drinking, who was bred by Yirribee, earned a new speed badge of 1:54 in posting his third win from 14 starts. Warrawee Needy had three runners in the 10-horse field and they finished first (Warrawee Drinking), third (Menames Needy) and fourth (The Mountain). Watch the race replay click here. Warrawee Needy has sired nine two-year-old winners from 18 starters from his first crop of 47 foals, giving him an amazing 50 percent winners-to-starters strike rate. Yirribee Pacing Stud provided a double at Wagga with the three-year-old Boston Busker (by Tintin In America) and Spirited (by Million Dollar Cam) winning in 1:57.4 and 1:58.5 respectively. Million Dollar Cam was also represented by a winner in Canada in Mighty Mouse.     by Peter Wharton

Talented Riverina youngster The Mountain is proving a fine advertisement for the world champion pacer Warrawee Needy, who is standing at Yirribee Pacing Stud, Wagga (NSW). The gelding, who was bred by Yirribee, notched his fifth win from eight starts when he sat parked against older rivals at Albury recently. The Mountain is one of nine winners from 18 starters and 47 foals in Warrawee Needy’s first Australian crop. Destiny Jane, a three-year-old daughter of Tintin In America, a Yirribee studmate of Warrawee Needy, posted her maiden success in scintillating fashion at Albion Park. Leading from the outset, the filly won by 22 metres in a 1:57.9 rate over 1660 metres. Goodonya Mate, a three-year-old gelding by new Yirribee sire Renaissance Man, reeled off a flying 56.7 seconds last 800 to notch his second success at Pinjarra. Renaissance Man has been represented by nine individual winners from his second crop of 27 foals. Yirribee Stud’s Little Brown Jug winner Million Dollar Cam left winners in NSW and Canada last week. Young Cambo, who was bred by Yirribee, won for the sixth time at Parkes, while Arrived Late scored in 1:57.2 at Summerside Raceway, Prince Edward Island.     by Peter Wharton

The month of October 2020 is proving a red-letter one for Yirribee Pacing Stud's world champion sire Warrawee Needy with harness racing winners in USA, Canada and Australia. Talented two-year-old The Mountain, who was bred by Yirribee, is flying the flag for Warrawee Needy in Australia, posting his fourth success from only seven starts at West Wyalong. Warrawee Needy has sired nine individual two-year-old winners from his first Australian crop. In North America, Warrawee Needy led in four winners for the week headed up by the three-year-old Need Arocket, who won in 1:51.8 at Woodbine Mohawk Park, and Deprived (1:57.8). The Little Brown Jug winner Million Dollar Cam was represented by the NSW winners Tallaringa Harms (1:57, Newcastle) and Wongalea Charli (Temora) and the North American victors Q Rock (1:55.4) and Milliondollardad (1:57.). Million Dollar Cam has now left 98 individual winners in Australia and they have earned $4.3 million - an average of almost $30,000 per starter! Former Group 1 star Renaissance Man, who is standing his first season at Yirribee, continues to churn out the winners. The three-year-old Trittrittbangbang, one of his second crop and a smart winner at Cranbourne recently, is the ninth three-year-old winner sired by Renaissance Man this season from a crop of 27 foals. Besides The Mountain, Yirribee Pacing Stud also bred the Penrith winner Mach Angelo (1:57.2) and Tallaringa Harms (Newcastle). By Peter Wharton

Riverina youngster The Mountain is proving a great advertisement for the former world champion Warrawee Needy, who is now standing at Yirribee Pacing Stud, Wagga (NSW). The Yirribee Stud-bred two-year-old gelding notched his third win from just four starts when he soundly trounced his opposition at Leeton last Tuesday (August 4).  Warrawee Needy, who was also represented by the Canadian winner Ajknight (1:58.8) recently, is the second leading first-season sire in Australia with nine individual winners from 14 starters. Tintin In America’s champion daughter Shartin N captured her third consecutive Lady Liberty at Meadowlands, New Jersey on Saturday (August 8), leading for the last 1000 metres in the $177,100 mare’s feature and stopping the teletimer at 1:48.4. It was her 38th success from 45 starts in America and boosted her earnings to more than $US2.33 million. Renaissance Man, who has joined the Yirribee stallion roster for the 2020/21 season, was represented by the two-year-old colt Artful Jack, an end to end winner in a career-best 1:57.8 at Newcastle, and the three-year-old colt Apologize, who scored twice at Globe Derby Park by a combined margin of 17 metres. Not to be outdone, Million Dollar Cam led in winners at Dubbo with the two-year-old filly Southern Millions and at Redcliffe with Sword And Shield, one of three Yirribee Pacing Stud-bred winners for the week. Snoop Stride, who posted win No. 24 at Albion Park on Friday (August 7), and The Mountain were the other two Yirribee-bred winners.   by Peter Wharton

Friday, July 10 was a red-letter night for one of New South Wales’s leading standardbred nurseries, Yirribee Pacing Stud, Wagga. The farm landed a winning treble with the homebred Warrawee Needy two-year-old colt The Mountain (1:57.1), the unbeaten Tintin In America three-year-old gelding Boston Busker (1:56.2) and the stud bred and owned three-year-old filly Bated Breath (1:58). Warrawee Needy, the former world champion, was also represented by the brilliant Albion Park juvenile winner Uncle Shank (1:54.8), the winner of two of his three starts, and the Canadian three-year-old victors Need Arocket (1:52.6), High Flyin Jamie and Ajknight. The Little Brown Jug winner Million Dollar Cam left winners in three different states in the three-year-old filly Didnt I (1:57.6, Bendigo), Sword And Shield (Redcliffe) and the Yirribee Stud bred three-year-old gelding Dollarsign (Newcastle). Renaissance Man, a newcomer to Yirribee this season, led in the three-year-old winners Medieval Man (Pinjarra) and Apologize (1:58.6, Globe Derby Park) and the four-year-old Another Snag (Bunbury). Other stud-sired winners were The Bull Pen NZ 1:56.9 (by Tintin In America) and Taylors Watch 1:59.3 (by Lombo Pocket Watch). Besides The Mountain, Bated Breath and Dollarsign, Yirribee Pacing Stud bred a further two winners last week in the two-year-old filly Honey Chicken (Penrith) and Snoop Stride (1:56.1, Albion Park).   by Peter Wharton

The lightly raced three-year-old Dollarsign became the latest winner for the harness racing Little Brown Jug champion Million Dollar Cam when he emerged successful in 1:57 at Menangle. The gelding tramped his last 800 in 55.9. Former NSW three-year-old filly Didnt I won at her second start in Victoria, leading from end to end at Bendigo at a 1:59.7 rate. She has won five races and $40,000 in stakes. Million Dollar Cam was also represented by the Canadian winners Atomic Million AM (1:53.4) and Vegas Rich (2:00.8). World champion Warrawee Needy was credited with three-year-old winners in USA and Canada over the weekend. Needless To Say, a gelding, won in 1:56 flat at Pocono Downs, Pennsylvania, while Wine Tyme, a filly, scored in 1:58.6 at Hiawatha Horse Park. Ourboybart continued the amazing run of Yirribee Pacing Stud's new sire Renaissance Man when he saluted the judge at a 1:55.1 rate at Pinjarra. Million Dollar Cam, Warrawee Needy and Renaissance stand at Yirribee Pacing Stud, Wagga where Lazarus, Fear The Dragon, Tintin In America and Lennytheshark head a select sire list. By Peter Wharton

Yirribee Pacing Stud’s world champion sire Warrawee Needy was credited with his fourth harness racing winner from his first Australian crop when the two-year-old The Mountain emerged successful at only its second start at Wagga. After settling down near last, the gelding looped the field in the middle stages to race upsides with the leader and then powered away to win by six metres. The mile rate was 1:58.1 over 1740 metres with the last 800 in a slick 57.6. Warrawee Needy has sired four winners and three placegetters from seven starters to date. Uncle Shank, a Queensland owned and trained colt by Warrawee Needy, has won twice and been second in 1:55 in three trials at Albion Park recently. The Mountain, who is owned, trained and driven by Brett Woodhouse, was one of three winners bred by Yirribee Pacing Stud on the day. The two-year-old Fly Like An Eagle gelding Eagle Commander (1:59.2) and three-year-old Fly Like An Eagle gelding Chasing The Wind (1:57.8) both saluted at Bathurst. Actually, Yirribee Pacing Stud bred eight individual winners for the week! They included the Wagga winners King Fisher (1:58.7), Sweet Sangria (1:59.4) and All Good, Hes An Artist (1:59.4, Cranbourne) and the very promising Romero (by Million Dollar Cam), a runaway winner at Stawell in 1:58.7. Another son of Million Dollar Cam in Camroller notched his 13th win and pushed his earnings over the $70,000 mark with a brilliant win at Albion Park. By Peter Wharton    

Harness Racing Breeders in New South Wales are set to be the big winners after today’s announcement from Yirribee Pacing Stud that the world’s fastest horse Warrawee Needy will be joining its stallion roster. Warrawee Needy is the fastest two year old in Ontario Sires Stakes history on 800m, 1000m and 1400m tracks and is the equal fastest harness horse of all time having run a 1:46.4, a record he shares with Somebeachsomewhere.  He won 29 races and more than $1.25 million, was freakishly fast at two after recording a 1:49.4, faster still at three when he ran 1:48.4 and fastest in the world at four with his 1:46.4.  Warrawee Needy will stand for $3,850 inclusive of GST. The arrival of Warrawee Needy comes on the back of news announced by the HRNSW Board last month that it would eliminate all HRNSW fees including the $750 registration fee and the $110 paid to the controlling body by stallion owners for all Breeders Challenge eligible foals for NSW resident stallions. This is on top of the announcement made by the New South Wales Harness Racing Club that it will be fully subsidising the breeder’s payment of the $185 foaling fee for the next three years. HRNSW Chief Executive John Dumesny congratulated Yirribee Pacing Stud on the arrival of Warrawee Needy and with tax parity funding strategies soon to be released, confirmed the NSW breeding industry and its future is paramount to the success of harness racing in the premier state. “To have the fastest horse on the planet standing in NSW is a coup for breeding in New South Wales and I applaud Yirribee’s team headed by Rod Woodhouse for the commitment to local breeding,” Mr Dumesny said. “The commitment of the HRNSW Board to support breeding in NSW is evidenced by early resident sire announcements and I look forward to outlining further tax parity funding strategies at the Harnessing Our Future conference later this month.” Greg Hayes

In a major coup for the harness racing breeding industry in New South Wales, Yirribee Pacing Stud have announced today that they are to import the equal fastest horse in history, Warrawee Needy p4, 1:46.4 ($1,255,384) to stand stud duty at Yirribee for the coming 2016/2017 breeding season. He is to stand at a realistic fee of $3,850 (inc GST) Just when it looked like New South Wales would have virtually no stallions standing at stud with the moving of stallions Rock N Roll Heaven, Sportswriter and Roll With Joe from Pepper Tree Stud to Alabar in Victoria, Yirribee Pacing Stud want to fill that void by importing two new great stallions for the coming season, one still to be announced.. Warrawee Needy is the equal fastest horse in history at 1:46.4. He is the fastest four-year-old and aged horse in history. Three-year-olds Somebeachsomewhere ($3,328,755) and He’s Watching ($1,129,215) are the only other two horses that have paced in 1:46.4. Warrawee Needy has a strong pedigree close up. He is by E Dees Cam 1:48.3 ($869,207) a son of the great Cam Fella ($2,041,367) and is from an Apaches Fame ($1,763,740) mare out of an Armbro Emerson ($1,472,590) mare. This is an outcross pedigree that may prove to be essential in Australia and New Zealand in the years to come. Warrawee Needy is a half-brother to Big Bay Point 1:49s ($526,935) and is from an unraced daughter of Save the Memories  1:52.4 ($304,285) who left Savor The Memory 1:52.1f ($677,246), Major Memory 1:51.2s ($312,697), Memory In Motion 1:53.2f (206,806) and So Many Memories ($85,907). Save the Memories is a full sister to the dam of Rambaran 1:50.2s ($1,163,139), Cambaran ($295,893) and Idylwood Legend ($200,864) the dam of the champion two-year-old Lady Craceful ($1,113,376), Devils Ivy ($489,287), Princess Callie ($303,977) and several other good performers. Rambaran 1:50.2s ($1,163,139) is now a very good sire in Canada leaving the winners of over $30,000,000 to date from just 660 foals born over 14 years. He is the sire of 7 in better than 1:50 and has produced 90 winners of over $100,000 to date including Ramegade Bruiser 1:49.4 ($1,196,776). Warrawee Needy has a great race record becoming the fastest horse in the world at the Meadowlands rating 1:46.4 (as the hot favourite) in the $50,000 elimination of The William Haughton Memorial, beating Golden Receiver 1:48m ($2,211,643), the richest horse in history Foiled Again 1:48f ($7,416,382), Razzle Dazzle 1:49f ($1,017,899), Hugadragon 1:49.3f ($934,834), Sapphire City 1:49.4f ($1,160,317), A Rocknroll Dance 1:47.2s ($2,441,164), Our Lucky Chip 1:48.2s ($602,889) and Heston Blue Chip 1:48f ($1,779,373) in that order. Heston Blue Chip finished last but still paced his mile in 1:48.3. The combined earnings of all the runners in that field was $18,253,498. That is an average of $2,028,166 for each runner. Warrawee Needy - World record mile Warrawee Needy - Race record; Two-year-old 12 starts for 9 wins 1 second and 1 third for earnings of $535,000 with a fastest time of 1:49.4s Three-year-old record 16 starts for 4 wins 5 seconds and 2 thirds for earnings of $294,425 with a fastest time of 1:48.4s Aged record (4, 5 and 6 year-old to date) 54 starts for 16 wins 8 seconds and 2 thirds for earnings of $425,959 with a fastest time of 1:46.4 Warrawee Needy as a two-year-old in The Battle Of Waterloo Warrawee Needy winning as a two-year-old in 1:49.4 Warrawee Needy has beaten the best in the world including all the following horses (that includes several stallions standing in Australia and New Zealand); Foiled Again                   1:48f       ($7,416,382) A Rocknroll Dance        1:47.2s    ($2,441,164) Clear Vision                     1:48.2f    ($2,512,324) Golden Receiver           1:48m      ($2,211,643) Pet Rock                          1:47m     ($1,985,820) State Treasurer              1:47        ($1,969,380) Michaels Power             1:48.1s   ($1,869,685) Heston Blue Chip          1:48f       ($1,779,373) Aracache Hanover          1:48.1f   ($1,742,285) Bigtime Ball                     1:48.2s   ($1,625,073) Up The Credit                1:48.3s    ($1,331,623) Sapphire City                1:49.4f    ($1,160,317) Take It Back Terry         1:50f      ($1,082,737) Sparky Mark                  1:49f      ($1,063,047) Razzle Dazzle                 1:49f       ($1,017,899) Fred And Ginger          1:47.3m   ($1,054,244) Camaes Fellow               1:47.3s       ($994,360) Modern Legend             1:47.2s       ($969,325) Dapper Dude                  1:49f           ($965,686) Hugadragon                   1:49.3f        ($934,834) Anderlecht                      1:48f          ($909,752) Ideal Race                        1:49.3s       ($897,218) Mach Dreamer               1:49.1s        ($889,542) Classic Rock Nroll            1:50.1s      ($820,080) Cinderella Guy                 1:49.1f        ($814,720) Easy Again                        1:50.1f        ($779,056) Townslight Hanover       1:48.4f        ($771,854) Major Hottie                    1:48.3s       ($761,660) Upfront Hoosierboy        1:49s         ($758,642) Fool Me Once                   1:48.1s       ($756,834) Fat Mans Alley                 1:49.1f        ($734,941) Escape The News             1:48.4m     ($677,591) American Rage                1:50.3h       ($661,901) OK Commander              1:47.4m      ($652,124) Abelard Hanover             1:48f           ($612,157) Machapelo                        1:51.2m      ($609,294) Windsong Jack                  1:49.2f        ($608,206) Thepaninsulahotel          1:50.1s        ($608,200) I Found My Beach           1:50.2f        ($607,044) Dalhousie Dave               1:49.4s        ($597,556) Hurricane Kingcole          1:47.3m      ($580,103) Warrawee Needy ran second to the great Sweet Lou 1:47 ($3,484,251) in the $50,000 North American Cup elimination and was beaten a nose by him again in the $100,000 Maturity Final at the Meadowlands. Great horses that finished behind Warrawee Needy on those occasions that have not been mention above are Bolt The Duer 1:47.4f ($1,829,995), Thinking Out Loud 1:47.2m ($1,947,210) and Bettors Edge 1:48.1s ($1,838,799). Sweet Lou stands in New Zealand at Woodlands Stud for a fee of $6,000. Warrawee Needy is one of the greatest looking individuals you will ever see. He is already the sire of five yearlings from an experimental crop while racing. Warrawee Needy won his last start on the half-mile track at Yonkers in 1:51.3 and the week before he was beaten a head in 1:50.4 a time very rarely ever run at Yonkers. The track record at Yonkers is 1:50.2. Warrawee Needy is a very fast horse and has blistering speed as shown several times throughout his career. On his record he has produced winning last quarters in 25.4, 25.4 and 25.2. He has also left the gate in 25.2 a time that is rarely ever heard off. His very first lifetime start as a two-year-old he paced home officially in a spectacular 25.2. In the $1.5 million North American Cup Final as a three-year-old he paced his first quarter on the front end in 25.1 and got to the half in a sensational 52.4 before fading at the finish after those blistering fractions. Warrawee Needy has paced ten winning miles in 1:49.4 or better. He has paced (his time) 27 miles in 1:49.4 or better to date. He has it all; Fastest horse in the world He has over a million in the bank A great looker Sound as a bell A great record on a half mile track An out cross stallion for all mares in Australia. Warrawee Needy as a yealing in the 2010 Canadian Yearling Sale Harnesslink Media

Louisville, KY --- When it comes to Warrawee Needy, Mark Ford utters a sentence that anyone in this sport knows all too well in describing the stallion’s career. “Welcome to horse racing,” said his conditioner and co-owner. “We were literally drooling we had the first crack at buying him, but there has been the bad luck, the awful draws and the fact we have never been able to get him quite right. I thought we would have a terrific older free-for-all pacer and he can go so fast so quickly, but we just don’t know if he ever will be what he once was.” But the 6-year-old world champion son of E Dee’s Cam and the Apaches Fame mare Great Memories, appears to be regaining the form he flaunted at ages 2, 3 and 4, as he prepares to compete in a $50,000 second leg of the Levy Series at Yonkers Raceway on Saturday (March 28). Although that black cloud might still be hovering over him when it comes to where he will leave from, Warrawee Needy enters this race fresh off a 1:52.1 triumph in the first leg of the series last week, but will have to commence his journey from the seven post. His regular pilot, Mark MacDonald, will be holding the lines in what will be the eighth race on the evening card. Although he must contend with Foiled Again and Michael’s Power, Warrawee Needy, who is owned by Ford, his former trainer Carl Jamieson and David Shea, has earned the most money ($77,550) in the field this year and has already paced a 1:51.4h mile in 2015, as has Michael’s Power. Warrawee Needy has already nearly doubled what he earned last year ($41,540) and his record stands at an extremely acceptable 7-4-1-0. Could he quite possibly be back in the form that enabled him to pace a world record 1.46.4 mile as a 4-year-old? “This horse has been through so much and to be honest, he has kept me awake many nights,” Ford said. “He has been so frustrating and I’ve worried about him more than any other horse I have ever had. He has always shown flashes of brilliance and is such a nice horse to be around. He even looks the part of a racehorse, but we just don’t know how long he will stay together without getting sick.” Warrawee Needy has struggled with respiratory issues and allergies throughout his career. It has been difficult for Ford and his team to maintain his condition long enough for him to race consecutive weeks in a row. Toss in the horrible post positions the horse normally is allotted and it doesn’t make for a lucrative purchase for his connections. “I thought we would win the Breeders Crown with him in 2013,” Ford said. “But he stepped on a wheel and broke. It’s just been like that with him ever since. “We took him to Norm Ducharme at Cornell to look at him for throat surgery and he told us the sicknesses would not go away even if he performed the surgery. That is just something that happens with him and has to be managed. His groom takes such good care of him. She has her eye on him 24 hours and provides him with any treatment he needs, whether it be morning or night.” So why was Ford so thrilled to get his hands on this horse? It’s pretty simple. As a 2-year-old, Warrawee Needy earned $536,950 and sported a record of 12-9-1-1 while racing for Carl and Jody Jamieson. He was Canada’s 2-year-old pacing colt of the year. At age 3, he was still an elite horse in his division, but finished last as the second choice behind Sweet Lou after having the eight hole in the North America Cup, then ninth in the Canadian Breeders Classic after leaving from the 10 post position and was sixth as the favorite in his Breeders Crown elimination. Warrawee Needy still managed to amass just under $300,000. As a 4-year-old, Warrawee Needy kicked off his campaign with style against a fantastic group of older pacers. He was second in the Aquarius Series final, captured three straight Preferred contests at Woodbine and then was seventh in a TVG series leg after drawing the sixth spot on the gate. He then bounced back with a very nice second to Sweet Lou in the Meadowlands Maturity after both horses left from the nine and 10 positions. He was sixth in the Roll With Joe after leaving eighth at the gate and finally hit the winner’s circle again at Mohawk in the Mohawk Gold Cup. Once again, Warrawee Needy took the overland route by starting his race from the ninth post position. He then won his eliminations for both the William Haughton Memorial (in 1:46.4, equaling the fastest race mile of all-time) and the U.S. Pacing Championship while finishing fourth and sixth, respectively, in the finals. After being scratched from the Canadian Pacing Derby elimination, he qualified three times, once for Jamieson and then for Ford before not hitting the board in his Breeders Crown elimination and the final, as well as the Hoosier Park Pacing Derby. Warrawee Needy ended his season with a third in the American-National, a second in a TVG leg and an eighth in the TVG final after once again drawing the nine hole. “We have taken a lot of criticism for how we have raced this horse,” Ford said. “Especially for some of the spots we put him in like the TVG final last year after dropping him in against non-winners of $5,000 at Pocono, but no one really understands unless they are in that position. He would qualify great then race awful or else draw very badly. “Until this year, he had never raced much on a half because it was always thought he couldn’t get around it, but it had never been tried. That’s when we decided to take him to Yonkers and he seemed to like it. It also helps that he seems to like to race on the front, which helps there and Mark MacDonald gets along with the horse because he can be tough to drive. He’s been a good fit for him.” Obviously Ford has no idea what the season has in store for Warrawee Needy and although he’s realistic about the horse’s health, he still had enough faith to keep him eligible for the top stakes races. “He’s paid into everything,” he said. “We will see how he does and if he stays healthy. When I compare him to Gallo Blue Chip, which he can be, it is so different. This horse has such an amazing turn of foot, where Gallo Blue Chip did not, he just was going along and so much better than the other horses he was racing against. Then he just decided he didn’t want to race anymore and he had enough. “This horse is fast enough, looks the part and I really believed he might be untouchable. Those are just the highs and lows of the game though and that’s what can happen in this industry.” by Kimberly French, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent 

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