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Shuttle stallions doing the business 'Down under' are continuing to make a huge impact on the New Zealand and Australian harness racing industries. For example 10 American stallions served 1171 mares in NZ this past breeding season. There's only about 3700 mares served in NZ each season.

Perretti Farms, in association with Lindy Farms of Connecticut, has "acquired a substantial interest" in divisional champion Lucky Chucky and will stand the trotting colt in New Jersey at the end of his harness racing career.

Western Ideal, a pacing stallion standing at Hanover Shoe Farm in Lambertville, was the leading money-winning sire in New Jersey in 2009 with $1,233,404 earned in New Jersey-sired competition. The top New Jersey trotting sire was Muscles Yankee, who stands at Perretti Farms in Cream Ridge, with $1,111,875 earned by his two-year-old and three-year-old offspring last year.

Muscle Hill was an easy selection as New Jersey's harness racing 'Horse of the Year' in 2009. In a few weeks, he might even be North America's Horse of the Year. A son of super stallion Muscles Yankee, who stands at Perretti Farms in Cream Ridge, NJ, Muscle Hill will begin his breeding career in 2010 at Southwind Farm in Pennington, NJ.

Costa Rica, who dominated two-year-old harness racing trotting filly competition winning both New Jersey Sire Stakes Premier Division Championship Finals, has been selected overall NJSS Horse of the Year for 2009.

Only a couple of weeks after his election as Governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie is already the recipient of a honor from Perretti Farms in Cream Ridge, NJ. Perretti has named the 2009 harness racing foal of the broodmare Malexandria 'Governor Chris.'

The inaugural harness racing painting of the Standardbred Retirement Foundation's 'Harness Horse Masterpiece Collection' sold at the Harrisburg Sale to a tremendous fan of Muscles Yankee, Bill Perretti.

The King of Pop is gone, but Rock N Roll is here to stay - Rocknroll Hanover, that is. In Saturday's $1 million Metro for colts and $800,000 She's A Great Lady for fillies at Mohawk Raceway, eight of the 20 finalists will be New Jersey-sired two-year-old pacers and of that group, six will be from the first crop of Rocknroll Hanover.

Trainer Jimmy Takter and driver Ron Pierce combined to win both $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Premier Division Championships for two-year-old trotters Wednesday afternoon (August 26) at Freehold Raceway.

Anthony Perretti, proprietor of Perretti Farms, the largest commercial breeding farm in NJ, and Seth Rosenfeld, a second generation breeder and owner were named to the board of directors of the Hambletonian Society at its annual meeting on August 7.

Ken Weingartner, media relations manager for Harness Racing Communications, spent six weeks in 2007 following foaling activity at Perretti Farms in central New Jersey. On May 12, 2007 he was present for the birth of a colt out of Worldly Beauty, by Rocknroll Hanover. Now, the colt is in training as part of the Erv Miller Stable.

Two Perretti Farms yearlings have been named in honor of New Jersey state legislators Jennifer Beck and Joseph Malone. Beckretariat, named for Senator Beck [R-12], who is from Red Bank, NJ, is a pacing filly by Rocknroll Hanover out of the broodmare Sweet Smilin’ Lady.

Katie's Kiss extended her winning streak to three with a victory in the $35,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes-Green Acres for three-year-old trotting fillies on October 8 at Freehold Raceway.

The fourth annual Perretti Matchmaker Stakes will bring together a classy field of top older trotting mares competing for a large purse check and breeding to one of the farm’s elite stallions on Saturday night at the Meadowlands Buck I St Pat, the leading money winner among older trotters this season, leads the field of 12 for the $100,000 Perretti Matchmaker Stakes.

The New Jersey Sire Stakes program will crown the state’s top 3-year-old harness horses on the inaugural $700,000 Night of Champions, Friday, June 20 at the Meadowlands. Four stakes finals, each worth $175,000, will be contested on the richest night in New Jersey Sire Stakes [NJSS] history.

Throughout the spring, the USTA Web site will provide occasional glimpses at some of harness racing’s stars as they get ready for action on the track. This week, they take a look at the 3-year-old trotting colt Deweycheatumnhowe.

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