Day At The Track

Coleman wants to visit 'Down Under' - Part 3

10:17 PM 22 Sep 2010 NZST
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Casie Coleman with her beloved
Casie Coleman with her beloved - Sportswriter - winner of the 2010 North American Cup.
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Legendary Canadian harness racing trainer Casie Coleman could visit Australia and New Zealand for a couple of weeks in 2011 depending whether or not the hard working horsewoman can fit a break into her heavy northern hemisphere schedule.

"I have always wanted to come ‘Down Under' and see how freely your horses live and how they are trained. I believe New Zealand is a beautiful place to train. The grass is long and very green, and you produce some very nice pacers and trotters down there.

"But it's never easy taking a break up here - life is so hectic. I am a bit of a workaholic and I don't like to stand still for too long. The season here in Canada and the United States can be quite hectic. My boyfriend and I would like to come though and it is a real possibility. We are trying to fit it in," Coleman said.

The 30-year-old especially wanted to visit her three stud horses Sportswriter, Art Colony and American Ideal, who are all serving mares in Australia and New Zealand.

"They were champion horses for me and I would love to see how they are getting on down there. They are beautiful stallions," Cambridge (Ontario) based Coleman said.

"I'd also like to see your tracks, but if I did come I won't be working, it would just be an educational holiday," she added.

World champion pacer Sportswriter p,2,1:49.2s; 3,1:48.3s ($1,566,460) was officially retired in July this year after suffering a training injury.

The son of Artsplace and Precious Beauty returned from his champion 2-year-old campaign where he was named the Dan Patch 2yo Pacing Colt of the Year and was also an O'Brien Award champion after winning seven of eight starts, to capture the $1,455,000 Pepsi North America Cup at Mohawk with a front end effort of 1:48.3.

He set a world record last year, winning the $920,000 Metro Pace in 1:49.2.

A $50,000 yearling purchase, Sportswriter was campaigned by Steve Calhoun and West Wins Stable (Casie Coleman/Ross Warriner/Zoltan Kovacs) as a 2-year-old. Southwind Farms purchased an interest in the Artsplace colt at the end of last season.

The Coleman trained and Mark MacDonald driven stallion now stands at Southwind Farms in the foothills in New York's Catskill Mountains and Pepper Tree Farm in Cowra New South Wales, Australia.

Coleman's Art Colony 2, 1:51, the fastest two-year-old son of Artsplace, also stands in Australia at Loddon Valley Stud at Lockwood, near Bendigo. A $157,000 yearling, Art Colony only missed the board once in an injury-shortened 13-start career.

As a two-year-old he took his record of 1:51 winning an elimination of the Governor's Cup, in which he defeated If I Can Dream, Major In Art and Vintage Master. He finished second - beaten a head - to Nebupanezzar in the $647,800 Governor's Cup Final and then beat all but USA 2YO of the Year Well Said in the $700,000 Breeders Crown Final at The Meadowlands after sitting parked throughout.

At three Art Colony finished runner-up to Well Said in the $1.5million North America Cup, pacing his own mile in a brilliant 1:48.8, ran second in a division of the Burlington Pace and was a finalist in the $1million Meadowlands Pace. He took a three-year-old mark of 1:51 at Mohawk.

In all, Art Colony won a total of $863,750 - a tidy sum from a brief career.

Coleman's other former racing giant, American Ideal was a world champion 3yo (1:47.8), who won 14 of his 31 starts and $855,928. In the southern hemisphere the son of Western Ideal stands at Woodlands Stud in New Zealand.

"They are three very beautiful horses and I miss them a lot. I would love to see them again on foreign soil," Coleman stressed.

But Coleman's list of champions doesn't stop there.

Idyllic (by American Ideal) upset her stablemate Pretty Katherine (Rocknroll Hanover) in last month's $688,000 Shes A Great Lady Final for two-year-old pacing fillies.

In the Shes A Great Lady Elimination Pretty Katherine equalled the world record of 1;50.3.

Coleman's list of champions is endless. Kyle Major (Art Major) is this week's Little Brown Jug favourite, while Western Silk (Western Terror) today (Wednesday September 22) won the $353 Jugette at the Delaware County Fair Grounds in Ohio.

Then there's Mach You And Me (Mach Three) who has won just on $800,000, and 2007 Dan Patch winners Moving Pictures (D M Dilinger) who has banked $1.3 million.

As the years move on Coleman's prowess as a trainer is becoming more potent. She regularly trains half (if not more) of the card at meetings, and today's win in the 2010 Jugette leaves her with one big aim.

"I've been so fortunate to have had great staff and great owners over the years. I have won a lot of big races but this week's Little Brown Jug would be the icing on the cake," she said.

Chances are that will happen too - Kyle Major is the Jug favourite.

Things you might like to know about Casie Coleman:

Favorite food: Steak and lobster.

First job: Working for her Dad, Phil as a groom.

Interests outside harness racing: Likes to play poker and go to the movies.

Reputation: Tough but says she is "not as scary as some people think!"

Favourite TV Show: CSI (Crime Scene Investigation).

One of Casie's greatest honours: Being invited to be a guest speaker at Truro Raceway Awards banquet.

Dan Patch winners: Moving Pictures - 2007 and Sportswriter - 2009.

Coleman's statistics (as at September 22, 2010):

Year   Starts    1sts   Rank    2nds    3rds     UTR     Money Won   Rank

010    679      144   (12)     121       89     .355       5,028,148     (4)

009   1172      276   (5)      204      150    .375       6,132,407     (4)

008    910      193   (10)     155      111    .347       4,875,129     (4)

007    738      185   (13)     113      101    .381       3,518,954    (12)

006    805      219    (9)      140      106    .413       3,495,858     (5)

005    806      201    (13)    145       119   .399       2,567,823    (15)

004    565      114              111        77    .356         856,847

003    179       48                 26       23     .392        216,738

002      19        3                  2          4     .287          19,542

001      26        3                  2          1     .171          18,101

000      49        5                  8          3     .213          44,807

999      171      27               26        16     .274          92,640

998       87       8                  6         13     .180         21,903

997       18       0                  1          3       .086          2,748

LTD Stats 1426 winners $26,891, 645 (18)

By Duane RANGER (editor)

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