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The Little Brown Jug winner Million Dollar Cam, who stands at Yirribee Pacing Stud, Wagga (NSW), has made a spectacular start to the new year. He sired winners in three different States last week. Heading the vanguard was Our Mista Kalle, who won at Gloucester Park in 1:57, and Hawk Eye, who notched her first win at the Goulburn Cup meeting in 1:55.6. Other Million Dollar Cam winners were Movin Millions (Temora), who was bred by Yirribee Pacing Stud, Getaloadathisgirl (1:57.4, Redcliffe), Enk Spot Shannon (1:59.3, Bathurst) and the ‘new’ winner Deal Breaker (Leeton). Warrawee Needy, who has served over 110 mares this season, was represented by the runaway Bathurst winner The Grogfather (1:57.8) and, in North America, Need Ur Opinion, who scored in 1:54.2 at Dover Downs, Delaware. Tintin In America, the sire of the 2019 USA Horse of the Year Shartin, left the smart mare Nimah Franco NZ, who made it two for two this season with her 1:54.9 romp at Albion Park, and a ‘new’ winner Rintin (Tamworth).   By Peter Wharton

Jamieson Steele, who won his ninth race at Tabcorp Park Melton last Saturday and has now earned in excess of $100,000, is a six-year-old harness racing gelding expected to graduate far beyond his present rating. The Million Dollar Cam gelding came from a seemingly hopeless position on the home turn to mow down his rivals, tramping his last 800 in 54.7 seconds. The mile rate was 1:54 for 1720 metres. Jamieson Steele was one of six Million Dollar Cam winners over the holiday period. The Yirribee Pacing Stud sire produced a double at Redcliffe with Gina Tarantella, who posted her fifth success on end, and Getaloadathisgirl, together with the Globe Derby Park winner Alimonie, Spirited (Temora) and Isntthatright (Albury). Million Dollar Cam has sired 102 individual winners in Australia to date and progeny earnings of $4.5 million for an average of a creditable $30,300 per starter. Tintin In America, the sire of 2019 USA Horse of the Year Shartin, led in winners on both sides of the Tasman. Nimah Franco NZ, a six-year-old mare, led from end to end in 1:56.1 at Albion Park, while Jack Tar rated 1:58.4 winning his fourth race at Cambridge Raceway, New Zealand. Peter Wharton

The Yirribee Pacing Stud stallions Warrawee Needy, Million Dollar Cam, Tintin In America and Renaissance Man have all been to the forefront in the holiday harness racing period. Warrawee Needy, the joint world record holder, left three-year-old winners in USA and Canada including Need Ur Opinion (1:54.4) and Need Arocket (1:58.6). The Little Brown Jug winner Million Dollar Cam was represented by the NSW winners Skedaddle Shannon (1:58.7) and Neville Shannon and the WA victors Our Mista Kalle (1:58.2) and Navajo Outawagga. Tintin In America, the sire of recently retired USA Horse of the Year Shartin, produced the impressive Westport, New Zealand grass track winner Terrier, while Renaissance Man left a 'new' two-year-old winner at Northam (WA) in Patrikiar (1:58.9). By Peter Wharton

The harness racing world champion Warrawee Needy, whose first Australian crop has made a big impact, was represented by his tenth individual two-year-old winner when the filly Amander emerged successful at Redcliffe recently. To watch the video replay click on this link Warrawee Needy, who stands at Yirribee Pacing Stud, Wagga (NSW) and whose book is filling rapidly this season, also a three-year-old winner in Canada in High Flyin Jamie. Million Dollar Cam, Warrawee Needy's Little Brown Jug winning studmate, enjoyed great success in the final week of November. Heading the vanguard was the highly promising Jamieson Steele, who came from near last to win in a career-best 1:52.7 at Melton. The gelding has now won eight races and more than $90,000 in stakes. Gina Tarantella, who won twice in Queensland by a combined margin of 94 metres, the dual Bathurst victor Enk Spot Shannon and Chubbs (Leeton) were other recent winners sired by Million Dollar Cam. Renaissance Man, who is standing his first season at Yirribee Stud, sired two winners on the same night in the three-year-old Trittrittbangbang (Geelong) and Catch Me Cougar (Bunbury). To round out a big week, Tintin In America's son Onesmartfella notched his second success at Invercargill, New Zealand. Peter Wharton

The Yirribee Pacing Stud stallions enjoyed spectacular success both on and off the racetrack in the last fortnight. Tintin In America, the sire of reigning USA Horse of the Year Shartin, left winners in three different States headed up by the Albion Park winner Nimah Franco NZ (1:54.8) and the Gloucester Park victor Cavalry Call (1:57.8). The three-year-olds Boston Busker, a winner in a career-best 1:55.4 at Penrith, and Destiny Jane (1:59.4, Redcliffe) were other recent winners sired by Tintin In America. Ultra-consistent sire Million Dollar Cam produced six individual winners across USA, Canada and Australia. The list included Young Cambo, a runaway winner in 1:58.3 at the Blayney Cup meeting, Westernhouse (Bunbury), Seeknyoushallfind (Pinjarra) and the North American winners Its Only Rocknroll, who was bred by Yirribee Pacing Stud and won in 1:52.6 at Pocono Downs, Atomic Million Cam (1:55.6) and Justa Camilion (1:59.2). Warrawee Needy, the former world mile record holder, was represented by a winner at Woodbine Mohawk Park in the three-year-old Elroy Shiner (1:54). Fear The Dragon, whose frozen semen is available at Yirribee, left a couple of high priced yearlings at the Standardbred Horse Sale in Maryland. Twin B Slayer, a colt, fetched $125,000, while the filly Mayport Dragonfly was sold for $92,000. Fear The Dragon had four yearlings sell for an average price of $74,000.   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

The North America Cup winner Fear The Dragon, whose frozen semen is available ‘down under’ from Yirribee Pacing Stud, Wagga (NSW), stole the show at the recent Ohio Selected Jug Sale. Fear The Dragon sired the top priced colt, Springbridge Dragn at $120,000 and the leading filly, Dragon Lady, for $85,000. Both are members of his first crop. Warrawee Needy, the second leading first-season sire in Australia, was represented by the tough Bathurst two-year-old winner Warrawee Drinking, who rated a career-best 1:58.1 in notching his second success. The gelding was one of two recent Yirribee Stud-bred winners, the other being the three-year-old Eagles And Indians, a runaway winner in 1:54.9 at Wagga. Renaissance Man, the former Group winning star who is standing at Yirribee Stud this season, left the two-year-old Mister Ridgewell (1:58.6), who posted his second win from only three starts at Pinjarra, and the ‘new’ three-year-old winner Trittrittbangbang (1:57.5, Bendigo). Renaissance Man has sired 21 winners from 33 starters at an average of $18,600 per starter. Only In America, a gelding by Shartin’s sire Tintin In America, kept the flag flying for his sire in New Zealand with a thrilling win in a new lifetime mark of 1:57 over 1980 metres at Addington. The Little Brown Jug winner Million Dollar Cam continues to churn out the winners – in both hemispheres. Kyalla Mini Marg scored at her first appearance at Dubbo on Sunday, while Doc’s Ronhenry won in 1:56.2 in Canada.     by Peter Wharton

Talented Renaissance Man two-year-old Arma Einstein proved himself the cream of the crop when he notched his third win from his last five starts at Gloucester Park on Friday night (September 4). Starting from the outside gate, the gelding settled down second last before unleashing a 57.5 final 800 metres to gain the thick end of the prize. The mile rate for the 2130 metres was 1:58.4. World champion Warrawee Needy enjoyed another successful week in North America. He was represented by the two-year-old filly Need To Know, winner of the Lady Slipper in 1:59.8 at Summerside Raceway, Canada, and a trio of three-year-old winners Needless To Say (1:54), Lil Memories and Jim Who. American Colt, a New Zealand-bred three-year-old by Tintin In America, came from near last his register his third success for the season and fourth lifetime at Narrogin (WA). Meanwhile, Million Dollar Gem, the Group winning daughter of Million Dollar Cam who was bred at Yirribee Pacing Stud, recorded her third success this year at Yonkers, New York, winning in 1:54.8. Renaissance Man, Warrawee Needy, Tintin In America and Million Dollar Cam are members of the select Yirribee Pacing Stud sire roster which also includes the colonial bred champions Lazarus and Lennytheshark and the North America Cup winner Fear The Dragon.     By Peter Wharton

Renaissance Man, who is standing his first season at Yirribee Pacing Stud, Wagga this year, continues to churn out the winners from his first harness racing crops in Western Australia. The multiple Group 1 winning son of Art Major was represented by a pair of two-year-old winners in Mister Ridgewell, a most impressive winner at Gloucester Park, and Arma Einstein, who won in 1:57.1 at Pinjarra. Medieval Man, a three-year-old gelding, completed a winning double for Renaissance Man at Pinjarra, notching his third win from huis last five starts. Renaissance Man has left 20 individual winners from 33 starters at an average of $17,600 per starter. Reigning USA Horse of the Year Shartin became the richest aged female pacer in North America this year when she annexed the $129,000 The Artiscape in 1:48.8 at Tioga Downs, New York. The daughter of Tintin In America has amassed $282,519 from five wins and a second in six starts in 2020 and boasts a lifetime bankroll of $US2.39 million. Million Dollar Cam was represented by winners in three different countries last week. Promising mare Getaloadathisgirl led the vanguard with her third win from her last four outings at Albion Park, clocking a career-best 1:56.1. The Yirribee Stud bred Allegretto (Bathurst) and Seeknyoushallfind (Pinjarra) were other Australian winners sired by Million Dollar Cam, while Eastend Eddie (1:55.4) and Doc’s Ronhnery scored at Harrington Raceway, Delaware and Inverness Raceway, Canada respectively. Former world record holder Warrawee Needy left two winners in North America last week including the two-year-old filly Need To Know (1:59) and the three-year-old gelding Needless To Say (1:53.8).     By Peter Wharton

Astute “down under” breeders eyeing the credentials of arguably Australasia’s greatest racehorse Lazarus can take plenty of confidence from North America regarding the harness racing superstar’s capacity in the breeding barn. US and Canadian breeders are ecstatic with the looks and temperament of the superstar’s first crop– and with an 80 percent confirmed conception rate in North America (136 mares, 109 positives), Lazarus is ticking all the boxes. Club Menangle beat several leading stud farms to buy the Southern Hemisphere breeding rights to the $4 million-earning stallion who won 15 Group 1 races including an Inter Dominion, two New Zealand Cups as well as Victoria and Hunter Cups. Lazarus established five track records in New Zealand and another three in Australia. With USTA Foal Registration statistics now beginning to come in, Lazarus (Bettors Delight - Bethany (Christian Cullen) is more than measuring up to the best. US foal registrations are done on a calendar year basis, so the figures are preliminary. Click on the following link for USTA details USTA Foal Registration There are many breeders who do not register their foals until more towards the end of the year so a better indicator of registered foals would be by December 31, 2020. But Lazarus’ early registrations show 39 registered foals from the book he served – behind in registrations numbers only to the great Bettors Delight, Always B Miki, Sweet Lou at this early point in the season, and well ahead of other notable sires including Sportswriter, Sunshine Beach, Always a Virgin and Betterthancheddar for some examples. Any predictions you have heard to the contrary are false. Lazarus should have a full crop to race in North America resulting from his 2019 breeding season. Stallion                      Mares bred          Foals registered** Bettors Delight                 162                             40 Lazarus                            136                             39  Sportswriter                      142                            23 Sunshine Beach               207                             11 Betterthancheddar           187                             14 Always A Virgin                151                             33 Sweet Lou                        140                             56 Always B Miki                   137                             65              **as at August 14, 2020 USTA return data for Lazarus shows there are 75 live foals either registered or in the process of registration (and a further 27 still to be confirmed) so there’s confidence of around 90 to 100 Lazarus-sired foals to be registered by the end of 2020. A Lazarus N - Somekindamonster colt born on the 4th of June. Somekindamonster ($65,620) is by Somebeachsomewhere Lazarus was the dominant pacer in Australasia before he was sold to US thoroughbred breeding giant Taylor Made Stallions in a record deal. He served a book (136 mares) at US$10,000 (No discounts) in New Jersey and has returned to Australia already to stand at Yirribee Pacing Stud in Wagga Wagga, this season. For more information click here.  Yirribee stud has developed a state-of-the-art complex to house their star guest during his Down Under dates; an air conditioned, climate-controlled barn to help ensure issues that caused a disappointing first season in Australia are a once-off. Bred on Australasia’s golden cross, breed-defining stallion Bettors Delight out of a Christian Cullen mare, Lazarus has eight crosses to Meadow Skipper in his five-generation pedigree, similar to McWicked, Foiled Again and Anndrovette. Harnesslink Media      

Renaissance Man, a multiple Group 1 winner himself and who is standing this season at Yirribee Pacing Stud, Wagga (NSW), was credited with his second Group harness racing winner when My Prayer took out the Group 3 $30,000 WASBA 4 and 5YO Mares Classic at Gloucester Park. Watch the video click here. My Prayer, who rallied strongly after gaining a late split, earned a new speed badge of 1:56.2 and increased her bankroll to over $100,000 when she eclipsed the best mares in commission in WA. Renaissance Man was also represented by a second winner from his first crop when Another Snag outfinished his rivals at Gloucester Park three nights earlier. The Little Brown Jug winner Million Dollar Cam enjoyed another successful week with his progeny in both hemispheres. Itsonlyrocknroll, who was bred by Yirribee Pacing Stud, won in 1:54.6 at Saratoga, New York, while Doc’s Ronhenry, a double winner twice 1:58.6, and Buckshot Austin (1:59.4) both emerged successful in Canada. On the home front, Million Dollar Cam’s son Isntthatright (1:58.5) and daughter Getaloadathisgirl (1:58.7) scored at Wagga and Redcliffe respectively. Other Yirribee Stud-sired winners were the three-year-old filly Need Ur Opinion (by Warrawee Needy), who won in 1:52.2 at Woodbine Mohawk Park, Canada, and Liberty Song (by Lombo Pocket Watch), who broke maiden ranks at Globe Derby Park. A second homebred winner for the week was the three-year-old filly Rolled In Gold, who won for the first time in 1:55.8 at Menangle. Renaissance Man, Million Dollar Cam, Warrawee Needy and Lombo Pocket Watch are members of the select Yirribee Pacing Stud sire roster which includes the standout colonial bred pacers Lazarus and Lennytheshark and the brilliantly fast American horse Fear The Dragon.   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

By Jonny Turner    Lazarus has left behind rave reviews about his first crop of foals in North America after touching down in Australia last week. After landing in Sydney, the superstar New Zealand bred entered quarantine as he prepares for his second season at stud in Australasia. The two-time New Zealand Cup winner served 136 mares in his first stud season in North America and the resulting progeny have been given a big tick of approval over the past few months. “The feedback has been great,” part-owner John Curtin said. “He is leaving really strong, muscular foals that look like real athletes.” “And they are of a good size – Lazarus might have looked like a smaller horse on the track because of his head carriage but he is 16 hands.” “We have heard from a lot of breeders and they have been raving about his foals.” Lazarus - Simply Liz colt   One of the biggest compliments Lazarus’ foals have been give came after they passed muster with leading New Jersey breeding farm Concord Stud. “Concord Stud are the leading vendors at the Harrisburg sales and they have six Lazarus foals,” Curtin said. “I have spoken to David Meirs about them and they couldn’t be happier and they can’t wait to take them to the yearling sales.” Lazarus headed back Down Under after serving 112 mares at Deo Volente Farms in New Jersey in the recently completing Northern Hemisphere breeding season. The Bettor’s Delight stallion will soon be out to make amends for a less than ideal first season at stud in Australasia. The exact cause of Lazarus’ low conceptions rates in the 2019-20 breeding season has never been pinpointed despite extensive testing, Curtin said. But, given the stallion produced strong in-foal rates directly after returning to North America, which suggests the issue has been resolved. Lazarus - Daut Full colt To ensure the same problems do not arise again, facilities - including air conditioning - have been set up at Yirribee Stud to attempt to mirror the kind of conditions Lazarus lives in in North America,” Curtin said. “Breeders can send their mares to him with confidence they will get in foal.” “Despite exhaustive testing by the best vets in the southern hemisphere there was no definitive answer as to what caused the problem.” “The vets however were confident the problem would resolve, which has been proven to be correct with Lazarus finishing the 2020 northern hemisphere season with a conception rate of 85%.” “Every possible measure has been taken to mirror the conditions Lazarus has become accustomed to in the US.” The strong reports about his first crop of foals in New Jersey have added to the good interest in Lazarus ahead of the upcoming Australasian breeding season. “There has been a lot of interest in him this year and his bookings are ahead of where they were at the same time last season.” “Returning breeders can get him for $6000 which is probably the greatest deal you will ever see, considering he stands for US$10,000 in New Jersey where there are no discounts.” Breeders who send their mares to Lazarus will be put in a novel position when their foals hit the ground. By then Lazarus will have 2yr-olds that will have hit the tracks in North America. “When these foals are born he will have 2yr-olds racing in North America.” “That has never happened before for a Down Under bred stallion.” “So that is going to be pretty exciting for people who breed to him this year.” Lazarus stands at Yiribee Stud in New South Wales and is available to breeders throughout Australasia for a fee of $8000 including GST in both countries. Breeders that sent mares to the sire last year can access a fee of $6000 including GST.

Tintin In America’s champion daughter Shartin put an exclamation mark on her 2020 campaign when she smashed her own all-age track record in winning the $100,000 Clara Barton Distaff Pace at Plainridge Park, Massachusetts on Sunday (July 25). Shartin stopped the teletimer in 1:48.2, only 0.2 outside the world record for an aged pacing mare over a five-eighths track which she jointly co-owns. It was her 44th success and increased her stake tally to $2,244,946. Another New Zealand-bred Tintin In America winner was Kiwi Tintin, who scored in 1:56 at Saratoga Raceway, New York. World champion Warrawee Needy, a studmate of Tintin In America at Yirribee Pacing Stud, continues to churn out the winners in North America. The two-year-old filly Need To Know (1:52) and three-year-old colt PLD Needy (1:59.2) won at Charlottetown Driving Park and Hippodrome 3R respectively last week. Million Dollar Cam’s exciting three-year-old daughter Didnt I completed a hat trick and made it five out of eight this season when she led from end-to-end in 1:56.9 at Shepparton, while Jamieson Steele won for the seventh time, clocking 1:55.2 at the same track. Renaissance Man, who is standing his first season at Yirribee, was represented by another winner from his second Western Australian crop in the three-year-old Sukhovey Windman. Renaissance Man has sired eight individual winners from 27 foals – a creditable 30 percent winners-to-foals ratio. A pair of Yirribee Pacing Stud bred winners recently were Louth Park Watch (by Lombo Pocket Watch), who saluted in a career-best 1:57.8 at Newcastle, and the two-year-old Eagle Commander (1:58.7, Bathurst).   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

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