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MILTON, ON - FEB. 12, 2020 - Seelster Farms topped all harness racing participants in the Ontario Resident Mare Program in 2019, earning a total of $370,026 in breeders' rewards from the efforts of offspring from their Resident Mares. Pacing filly Karma Seelster topped all Seelster-breds competing in 2019, contributing $75,727 to the Lucan, ON nursery's bottom line. In her freshman campaign the daughter of Sportswriter and Kiddie Cocktail won an Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) Gold Series leg and finished third in the Super Final, captured her elimination and the final of the Battle of Waterloo, and finished second in her Eternal Camnation leg for a record of four wins, three seconds, three thirds and earnings of $262,205 in 11 starts. "It's encouraging to be able to see a horse that you bred go on and achieve," said Walter Parkinson, assistant farm manager at Seelster Farms and president of the Standardbred Breeders of Ontario Association. "You can do well here in Ontario when everything is done here, from the breeding and the raising to the actual racing." Seelster Farms enrolled almost all of their mares in the Ontario Resident Mare Program (ORMP) in 2016 and 2017, and a total of 28 two and three-year-old starters from 22 different mares contributed toward their 2019 breeders' rewards. Of the $370,026 total, $359,039 came in the Ontario Sires Stakes with the remainder from open stakes. "Generally we're breeding on average about 60 mares that are farm owned each year. Certainly every one of them gets enrolled in the resident mare program when she's in foal, with the hope that we'll be able to participate once they hit the track as two and three-year-olds," said Parkinson. "There might be years where it's slightly higher or slightly lower, but I think it's a fairly good representation of OSS performers that we had in the 2019 stakes season." From his perspective as SBOA president, Parkinson feels the breeders' rewards are both an excellent incentive for Ontario breeders to upgrade their operations and a tangible acknowledgement of the investments those breeders have made in the province's Standardbred industry. "I think it's a tremendous bonus to have these breeders' rewards allocated towards the performance of the offspring. I think it encourages breeders to continually invest in their breeding stock, to upgrade, and to reward them for producing horses that perform," he explained. "Certainly this year's standout was Century Farroh, so a horse like that, who is an Ontario Bred horse, versus Alicorn, who was not, the earning potential for the breeder is substantial. Both great horses, both had great seasons, but one is Ontario Bred and one is not." All horses produced by Ontario Resident Mares are considered Ontario Bred and their earnings in eligible races contribute toward their breeder's rewards. Prior to foaling mares that meet the eligibility requirements can be enrolled in the program for $100. After foaling and before September 1, the enrollment fee is $300 and third party proof of residency is required. For complete information about the Ontario Resident Mare program please visit Ontario Resident Mare Program. Further questions can be directed to program co-ordinator Kathie Wilkinson at or 416-477-5529. Top 10 Ontario Breeders' Rewards Recipients in 2019 [Breeder/Top Performer/Total Breeders' Rewards] Seelster Farms Inc. (Karma Seelster, Sportswriter-Kiddie Cocktail, $75,727)............................... $370,026 Century Spring Farms (Century Farroh, Mach Three-Beachy Girl, $180,386)............................... $193,159 Charles and Gordon Lawrence (Boadicea, Big Jim-Rose Seelster, $138,281).............................. $138,287 Warrawee Farm (Warrawee Vicky, Royalty For Life-The Tall Poppy, $72,736).............................. $129,677 Robert McIntosh Stables Inc./ CSX Stables / Al McIntosh Holdings Inc. (Sunny Dee, Sunshine Beach-West Of L A, $106,542)....................... $119,637 Tymal Farms (Haveoneforme, Kadabra-All Filled Up, $98,607)................................................... $110,941 Glengate Farms (Scorched Romance, Kadabra- Tequila Slammer, $32,990)............................... $100,033 Bet Max Stables Inc. (Bright Eyes M, Kadabra-Motown Muscle, $87,159)................................... $87,556 Leonard Gamble (Teddys Littleangel, Archangel-Pine Knolls, $63,973)....................................... $64,125 Winbak Farm (Hetalkstoangels, Archangel-J Marie, $23,496)..................................................... $62,399 From the Ontario Sire Stakes

It doesn’t matter how many times you see your name among the best, being nominated for one of the top awards in harness racing never gets old. Seelster Farms, based in Lucan, has been nominated and will be looking to win it for their third time. It is one of the biggest breeding farms in Canada. Seelster is one of three finalists for an O’Brien Award as breeder of the year. It was nominated along with Marvin Katz and Al Libfield. The Seelster Farms team has a long history of success, having won the breeder of the year award in 2006 and 2013. The O’Brien Awards celebrate the year’s best in harness racing. They are the highest honour in the sport and are named after the late horseman Joe O’Brien, a member of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame. “No, it never gets old hat,” said Walter Parkinson, assistant farm manager at Seelster. “It’s nice to be a finalist for this award. Whether you come away a winner or not it’s just great being nominated for this award. It’s recognition that you’ve had a great season.” Seelster Farms is Canada’s largest commercial breeder. Seelster-bred horses won 293 races and more than $3 million in 2016, including almost $800,000 in the Ontario Sires Stakes for their best season in the program since 2007. Hard work is one reason for the success of Seelster Farms, but it also takes an intimate knowledge of breeding. A little bit of luck doesn’t hurt either. “It starts with our brood mare purchases, crossing those with the best stallions available whether our own or stallions across Ontario and the U.S. trying to produce the best horse from conception to when we sell them as a yearling,” Parkinson said. Some of the highlights for the breeder this year included top performers like Arsenal Seelster, Mayhem Seelster, Soiree Seelster and Tycoon Seelster, as well as top-aged performers like Godiva Seelster, Nirvana Seelster and Tessa Seelster. Three-year-old pacing filly Mayhem Seelster (Mach Three-Macapelo Rose) was their top money-earner with a $237,746 campaign and two-year-old pacing filly Soiree Seelster (Big Jim-Smilesplace) was another Gold winner from the Tony O’Sullivan stable. They’ve also added multiple Molson Pace winners and 2015 horse of the year State Treasurer to their 2017 stallion roster. “It’s just a really great staff at the farm and that’s what leads to being successful,” Parkinson said. The 600-acre farm is managed by Karen Favacho. Ann Straatman is reproduction manager and Tina Marie Howard the registered veterinary technician at the farm, which is owned by Catherine Van Bussel and Hubertina Van Boxmeer. “Being up for these awards tells you you are on the right path and want to continue it for years to come,” Parkinson said. “We go a few very rough years but these two past sale seasons have been very good for us. We’ve had good yearling sales in 2016 and 2015. Breeding is starting to turn upward again; our horses are performing at the top of the OSS (and other areas). It is a special time and this sort of gives it a benchmark. It tells us we must be doing something right. It’s really a great honour.” The O’Brien Award winners will be announced at the annual gala on Saturday, Jan. 28, in Mississauga. By Morris Dalla Costa Reprinted with permission of The London Free Press

LUCAN, Ontario . . . State Treasurer, one of the best open pacers to look through a bridle in recent years and Canada’s reigning Horse of the Year, has been retired to stand stud at Seelster Farms of Lucan, Ontario, starting with the 2017 harness racing breeding season.   Now seven, State Treasurer earned $2,072,450 during his illustrious racing career during which he faced the gate 106 times for a top three summary of 33-15-16. Trained throughout his career by Dr. Ian Moore, State Treasurer’s most successful season was last year at six where he earned just shy of one million dollars in purses and his life mark of 1:47 when he captured the US Pacing Championship at the Meadowlands in a world record.   His other victories during that double O’Brien Award winning season included the Roll With Joe in a track record 1:47.2, the Canadian Pacing Derby, where he tied the fastest three-quarter mile time in WEG history, The Dayton Pacing Derby, the Mohawk Gold Cup and the Molson Pace.   It was the third straight time he’d captured the Molson Pace, Western Fair’s signature race.  Other major stakes to his credit include the Allerage at The Red Mile in 2014. During his three-year-old season he swept Summertime Series at Mohawk, won an elimination of the Confederation Cup and two legs of the Diplomat Series (second by a nose in final).   He faced and defeated many of the sports’ best pacers throughout his career and was victorious over all sizes of racetracks. He is the first foal from Ideal Treasure whose other offspring is State Treasurer’s full brother $168,000 winner Hickory Icon. His dam is a full sister to $593,000 winner Ideal Matters.   US PACING CHAMPIONSHIP Free For All FINAL - 1:47     2015 Canadian Pacing Derby from Mohawk Racetrack.        

Seelster Farms announced today that their 2016 harness racing yearling videos are now available online.   This year’s consignment features a great group of over 40 individuals that will be selling at the Forest City Yearling Sale on October 23 and in Harrisburg, beginning on November 7, Seelster Farms will sell 7 yearlings.    The Forest City Sale consignment consists of 4 by Artistic Fella, 5 by Big Jim, 6 by Camluck, 3 by Holiday Road, 1 by Justice Hall, 1 by Kadabra, 5 by Mach Three, 9 by Shadow Play, 6 by Sportswriter, and 1 by Shanghai Phil.   Our Harrisburg consignment consists of 1 by Andover Hall, 2 by Bettors Delight, 1 by Muscle Mass, 1 by Rock N Roll Heaven, and 2 by Well Said.   Inspections are always welcomed.  Contact the farm today at (519) 227 4294 to schedule a viewing of this year's impressive line-up.   To view the videos, please visit (    

LUCAN, Ontario . . . Seelster Farms today announced that the harness racing Dan Patch and O’Brien Award winning Two-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year,  Wheeling N Dealin, is the latest addition to their stallion roster for 2016.   Wheeling N Dealin enjoyed a spectacular freshman season during which time he never tasted defeat in nine starts. He swept the Bridger Series, won the Champlain in a season’s best 1:55, captured the elim and final of the William Wellwood Memorial and concluded the season with a sweep of the Breeders Crown.   He was the overwhelming choice as the best two-year-old trotting colt of the year in Canada and the US winning the O’Brien and Dan Patch Awards.   As a sophomore, Wheeling N Dealin started in the three toughest races for his group, the Hambletonian, Canadian Trotting Classic and the Kentucky Futurity. In the first, he finished second in his elimination timed in 1:53.1 and, in the second, he was a close third in his elim and fourth in the final.   Wheeling N Dealin concluded his racing career late this summer at Mohawk, winning his final two starts including a life best 1:54 performance. He retires to the Seelster Farms’ breeding shed with $913,000 in earnings.   In addition to his talent on track, Wheeling N Dealin also possesses a deep pedigree. His sire is the great Cantab Hall, a winner of $1.5 million in his racing career and the sire of such standouts as Father Patrick ($2.6 million), Wild Honey ($1.6 million), Explosive Matter ($1.5 million), etc.   Wheeling N Dealin’s dam is the multiple stakes winner Quick Credit who won more than $553,000 and has also produced Sugar Wheeler ($354,000).   The introductory fee for Wheeling N Dealin is $4,000. For further information, please see or call (519) 227-4294.   2012 Breeder's Crown     2012 Bridger Final     2012 Champlain Stakes     2012 William Wellwood Final  

LUCAN, Ontario . . . Seelster Farms are very pleased to announce the addition of the very talented trotter Prestidigitator to their stallion ranks. One of the most impressive Ontario-sired trotters in recent years, Prestidigitator won $870,000 during his two year racing career and earned a record of 1:52.2s.   As a two-year-old he earned in excess of $320,000. He was victorious in Ontario Sires Stakes Gold events and concluded his debut season with an eight length romp in the OSS Super Final. He also competed against Grand Circuit colts in the William Wellwood Memorial (second in elim, fourth in final), Champlain (second) and Breeders Crown (third in elim, fourth in final).   As a sophomore, the son of Kadabra won well over half a million. He was dominant in his OSS division, winning Gold events and once again taking the Super final at the end of his season. He again held his own against the elite of his division, as he finished third in his Hambletonian elimination, third and fifth in Canadian Trotting Classic elimination and final respectively and second and fourth in Breeders Crown elimination and final.   A $120,000 yearling at Harrisburg, Prestidigitator’s dam is the Catch A Thrill daughter Shesa Priority who won more than $272,000 during her racing career. She is a 100 per cent producer with her 2015 two-year-old Levitator, a full brother to Prestidigitator, winning an OSS Gold at Flamboro on September 27.   Prestidigitator’s first season at stud will be 2016 and his fee will be $3,500. For further information, please see or call (519) 227-4294.   Jim Gillies

Seelster Farms announced today that their 2015 yearlings are now available for viewing at their Lucan, Ontario nursery.  This year’s consignment features a great group of individuals that will be selling at the Forest City Yearling Sale on October 25 and in Harrisburg, November 2 to 6.  Individuals eligible to the lucrative Ontario, New York and Pennsylvania Sires Stakes Programs will be well-represented, including siblings to leading 2015 performers Hemi Seelster 3, 1:54s -'15 ($275,563), Nirvana Seelster p, 4, 1:48.1s -'15 ($247,406), National Seelster p, 3, 1:50.2s -'15 ($176,402), Tessa Seelster p, 3, 1:50.2s -'15 ($113,234), Kokanee Seelster p, 2, 1:53s -'15 ($27,000) & Bourbon Seelster p, 2, 1:55s -'15 ($27,500). Yearling pedigrees can be viewed online at   Videos will be available online the last week of September.  

Grand River Raceway's Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) Celebration Night is slated  for the harness racing meeting there this Friday, August 14, with two special promotions on tap. HORSE NAME COSTUME GAME The popular Horse Name Costume Game returns for one night only, offering $500 in cash prizes. Fans dress in the likeness of the name of a horse racing on the August 14 race card. With 97 horses to choose from, there's plenty of opportunity for great names, including: Suckitupbuttercup, Tony Soprano, Polk Dot Hanover, Typhoon Seelster, Bee In Charge, Life On The Links, and Northern Emerald, to name a few. The complete list of horse names for August 14. To finesse their creative inspiration, fans are encouraged to research unique entries from past Horse Name Costume Contests by consulting the following photo galleries: Gallery 1, Gallery 2, Gallery 3, Gallery 4, Gallery 5, Gallery 6. Contestants must register at the OSS Table in the main lobby between 6:00pm - 7:00pm. The costume parade will take place live on the Tarmac Show after race six (approximately 8:30) where three judges will determine the best Horse Name Costumes for both adults and kids (15 and under). HORSE AUTOGRAPHED T-SHIRTS The track will also award 100 OSS t-shirts on August 14. Half of the shirts will be autographed by Camluck and the other half by Big Jim. The shirts are imprinted with the superstars' hoof prints, using fabric paint and their horseshoes. Seelster Farms in Lucan, ON is home to both horses. Sadly, Camluck recently passed away at the age of 28. He left an indelible mark on the Standardbred breed. A millionaire on the racetrack, it was in the breeding shed where Camluck made his greatest impact and stamped himself as one of the greatest pacing stallions in harness racing history. His offspring have earned more than $221 million -more than any other stallion in North America. Camluck was inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 2003. In 2008 he was the first Canadian horse inducted into the United States Living Hall of Fame. Big Jim is the sire of Magnum J, winner of Grand River Raceway's 2015 Battle Of Waterloo. This is the stallion's first crop of two-year-olds. As a freshman in his own racing career, Big Jim dominated his competition, setting a world record of 1:49.1 and winning such prestigious events as the Breeders Crown and Governor's Cup. He retired from racing with earnings of $1.5 million and compiled a record of 10-3-4 from 20 starts. The OSS t-shirts autographed by Camluck and Big Jim are available to the first 100 people to redeem their program voucher (found in the August 10 program) to the OSS Table in the main lobby between 6:00pm - 7:00pm (while quantities last). There is a limit of one shirt per person. The 11-race card on August 10 features three divisions of OSS two-year-old trotting colts in the Gold Series. Post time for race one is 6:30 p.m. Kelly Spencer

Lucan, ON --- It is with great sadness that Seelster Farms, along with owners Bob McIntosh, Al McIntosh and New Destiny Stable, announce the passing of Camluck (Cam Fella–Lucky Lady) p,3,1:52.4f, T1:48.4 ($1,003,260). The 28-year-old stallion stood at Seelster Farms for 23 years before being retired from active duty in October 2014. Camluck left an indelible mark on the Standardbred breed. The son of legendary Cam Fella became one of the fastest horses of his generation by virtue of his 1:48.4 time trial effort in 1992 at Lexington’s Red Mile. Over the course of his brilliant racing career, he earned more than $1 million while facing one of the very best older pacing crops of all-time that included the likes of Artsplace and Staying Together (his stablemates from the Bob McIntosh stable),Cambest, Silver Almahurst and Odds Against, just to name a few. Camluck was voted the O'Brien Award winner for Pacing Horse of the Year at age four. His major stakes victories included the Breeders Crown and the Provincial Cup. However, it was in the breeding shed where Camluck made his greatest impact and stamped himself as one of the greatest pacing stallions in harness racing history. He retired recently with overall offspring earnings of a staggering $203,545,168. Camluck’s offspring have averaged more than $104,812 per starter and he produced 21 millionaires including Burning Point p,3, 1:50.3s, 1:49.2 ($2,853,289); Dreamfair Eternal p,3,1:55.3h, 1:49f ($2,478,093); Chancey Lady p,2,1:52s, 3,1:50.3f, 1:48.4f ($2,072,092); Invitro p,2,1:53s, 4,1:50s ($1,983,077); Mystician p,2,1:52s, 3,1:49.2s ($1,921,529), and Michael's Power p,3,1:48.1s ($1,867,801), just to name a few. Camluck has also made his mark as a prolific broodmare sire, with his daughters producing the likes of I Luv The Nitelife p,2,1:50.1s, 3,1:48.4f ($1,944,667); Thinking Out Loud p,2,1:52.4s, 3,1:47.4s, 4,1:47.2 ($1,929,765); American Jewel p,2,1:50.2s, 3,1:48.2s ($1,840,565); Aracache Hanover p,2,1:53.1s, 3,1:50.1f, 1:48.1f ($1,726,617); Deuce Seelster p,2,1:52s, 3,1:50.3s,1:49.4 ($1,141,102), and Kindly Poet p,3,1:51s, 1:49.4s ($982,376), etc. On multiple occasions, Camluck has been the leading money winning sire of all age pacers in North America. Camluck was inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 2003. In 2008 he was the first Canadian horse inducted into the United States Living Hall of Fame. Just a few months ago in May, Camluck was inducted into The Raceway at Western Fair District’s Wall of Fame in London, Ontario. Bob McIntosh had this to say on behalf of the owners of Camluck. "It has been a great experience to work with Chris VanBussel and now the third generation of the VanBussel family, for all of these years. I'm proud of the job that Seelster Farms has done with Camluck and the contribution Camluck made to the breeding industry. Not just in Ontario, but his sons and daughters can be considered amongst the best in the world." “The legacy of Camluck will live on for generations to come in the offspring he continues to influence with his determination and intelligence,” said Ann Straatman for Seelster Farms. “What the pedigree pages cannot say is what a privilege it has been to care for Camluck all of these years and how much we will miss our friend.” from Seelster Farms

"The Making Of A Champion" Before they break records, before they stun the world with their speed and grace, and before they even know the game; all foals share the same destiny. All foals are born to become champions, all foals are born to become the best. People spend hours sifting through online pedigree research or perhaps even sire and dam books, trying to find the perfect match to create the next great champion. Eleven months and one week later when that foal is born, everyone is filled with hope, and wonder if this will be the next great champion, if this will be the next record breaker. From the moment a foal first stands up, even if a little wobbly at first, a future star has been born. For the next two years and far beyond that, many people and countless hours of hard work filled with patience and practice will go into making hopeful youngsters into racehorses filled with heart and the will to win. These may be the people who first put the foal’s halters on, the first ones to show them how to walk with a lead, the first ones to pick up their feet, the people who helped wean, or who help break the foal to the harness when they are a yearling. Whatever role they may play, they have just begun the training of a champion and they will forever be a part of who that horse is. I had the opportunity to go and visit two major breeding farms in Ontario, Seelster Farms and Winbak Farms.   When I was at Seelster Farms, I got to see Sydney Seelster’s (Pinky) sire Camluck! I noticed similarities between Pinky and Camluck right away. Camluck has a big appetite; he too loves carrots and apples, and hay and so does Pinky.  His personality and Pinky’s were a lot alike too, both of them are gentle and playful. She looked like him as well! Camluck had white socks on both of his back feet and a little bit on his front right. Pinky got his white on her back right foot. She also got his white star on her forehead. I also got to see the foals up close. The foals all had their own personalities. Some just lay in a pile of straw having a nice nap, and there were some were running around their stalls, pestering their moms and getting in their way. The foals were all so cute, they made my heart melt, even them being mischievous was cute.  After seeing these sweet, cute buddle's of joy each with their own personality I wondered what Pinky was like as a foal.  She was born here, in one of these stalls, I guess I never thought of Pinky once being a wobbly foal and at one point spending a lot of time learning how to become the great racehorse she is.                                                                                                                                                                 Some mares were wearing collars. I inquired as to what they were to Ann; the lady giving us the tour. She explained that the mares wearing the collars belonged to Bob McIntosh.  I had just seen Bob McIntosh’s band of future stars. I got to meet Big Jim at Seelster Farms too! He too was handsome. I was interested to learn that he had just returned to Canada after standing stud in Australia. He is one busy boy when it comes to breeding. I was happy I got see and spend some time with Big Jim, because when Jim Carr was alive he always wanted me to see Big Jim and even though he was not there that day, he was in my heart. The other sires I saw at Seelster Farms were; Sunshine Beach, Justice Hall, Windsong Espoir, and Holiday Road. All of them were amazing to see up close and better looking than I imagined. It was nice to see Sunshine Beach again. I remember him being at First Line Training Centre, and going over and seeing him. I remember sitting at the rail and cheering him on as well. We discovered Pinky has a full brother who races at Grand River and The Raceway at Western Fair, his name is Savage Seelster. I could see Camluck both in Pinky and in Savage. Camluck, Pinky, and Savage all have a nice disposition. I know this because I have been able to watch Savage race and see him in the paddock. Whenever I go and see him the paddock on race night he always snuggles into me and gives me kisses, as did Pinky. It was remarkable to see such striking similarities in brothers and sisters of the same sire or dam. When I visited Winbak Farms I got to see something very unique! I got to see how they collect the semen, the first process of creating a foal. I got to look through the microscope, and see the semen swimming. That was something I never thought I would see!  Seeing that did not compare to anything I had seen in science class! They also showed me all the mathematics that went into breeding. There were lots of numbers, ratios and percentages. I never knew there was so much math involved in breeding. When the studs entered the rectangular room to give their gift, some were excited; others were very professional and calm when they came in, they knew they had a job to do! Some didn’t even have to go near the tease mare! There were a couple of studs who just had to smell the mare’s urine on a sponge, others just walked into the room and were ready to do their job. I watched as the studs mounted a fake mare and as they collected the semen. I watched in curiosity.  In a way I felt like I was invading their privacy but it was too interesting and I could not look away, it was just so intriguing to me. I got to meet Badlands Hanover, Betterthancheddar, Bettor’s Delight, Classic Card Shark, Royal Mattjesty, Shadow Play, Vintage Master, Angus Hall, Archangel, and Glidemaster. They all looked outstanding and they all had nice shiny coats. There were boxes being labeled, packed with semen, and getting ready to be shipped all over. Some were staying local, some going a different part of Canada, and there were others that needed to get to the airport to go somewhere else. This put a new perspective on the breeding industry for me. I never realized how a small amount of semen could bring so much hope to so many people. It would be a lot of work to have a breeding farm, to clean out those stalls that have twice the mess because they are two horses to clean up after in some stalls. But I think it would be a special job, being there when the mares have their foals, seeing the foals running and playing with each other in the afternoon sun, this would make all the late nights when night foaling all worth it. I am now more interested in breeding then I ever was before. We made the decision to breed Pinky! I am looking so forward to having my own foal to watch grow up and race! I am counting down the months until that very special day when Pinky’s foal is born, when Camluck will have another grandchild, Savage will become an uncle. And I too can dream of having the next champion! Sydney Weaver is 15 years old and resides in Acton, Ontario, Canada. She has been involved with harness racing for years, grooms horses, jogs them on the track, owns a racehorse and has already won major youth writing awards. Sydney also has Cerebral Palsy and spends most of her time in a wheelchair, but has never let her disability hold her back from achieving her goals.

London, May 12, 2015 -- Camluck left an indelible mark on the standardbred breed, but the impact the super harness racing sire had on Seelster Farms is immeasurable. "Camluck made Seelster Farms. Without a hesitation I say that. Without him we wouldn't be where we are today. He put us on the map," said Ann Straatman, the reproduction manager at the Lucan, Ont. farm where the 28-year-old stallion stood for 25 years before being retired from active duty in October of 2014. Friday night, Camluck will become the first horse and 35th inductee overall to the Wall of Fame at The Raceway at The Western Fair District in London, Ont. "Being the first horse ever is quite an honour. It caught me off guard, but he had a big impact on Western Fair," said trainer Bob McIntosh, the man who trained Camluck and was one of the owners of the pacer that spring-boarded from a million-dollar racing career to become the number one stallion in harness racing history in North America by total progeny earnings. Camluck's progeny have earned just shy of $220 million in total. The late, great Western Hanover is second on the list. His offspring have earned approximately $211 million combined. Camluck was inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 2003. Straatman said Camluck not only was the most fertile stallion Seelster has ever stood, he also consistently passed on his "drive and intelligence" to his progeny. "He is, by far, the smartest horse we've ever had, and that's a lot of horses," Straatman said. "There isn't a smarter horse than he is. He's that smart. He puts that attitude into his foals. We notice it with his yearlings when we go to video them. They video terribly... They won't be chased. They're too smart to be chased. They'll turn around and look at you and wonder, 'What are you chasing me for?' It is absolutely an intelligence that comes right from (Camluck)." McIntosh said he trained a lot of horses sired by Camluck and a common trait was their ability to race tough. "I think most of them, even when they aren't 100 per cent, suck it up and give 110 per cent. That's rare amongst sires," McIntosh said. "Another thing, too, I noticed about them. When you breed to some sires, if you don't get a stakes horse, you don't even have a horse. Camluck sired horses of any class. You could get a good hard-hitting racehorse or you could get a stakes horse. You didn't have to worry about getting a filly or getting a colt, because they were both good." Camluck will join Seelster Farms' late owner Chris Van Bussel on The Raceway's Wall of Fame. Van Bussel was inducted in 2004. "I was glad that Chris Van Bussel had (Camluck)," McIntosh said. "I can remember having a meeting to send (Camluck to Seelster) and Chris was just a real gentleman. His handshake was as good as a contract. He was one of the nicest, most honourable men I've ever met." Friday's Wall of Fame Night card begins at 7:15 p.m. and will also feature the first race in this year's Racing Under Saddle (RUS) series in Ontario. Fans will have a chance to watch and wager on the event as well as meet and greet the riders. The RUS series is in its second full season in Ontario and has been growing in popularity. Visit for more details. There will also be a number of fan promotions throughout the night and a pair of mini races scheduled as part of the fun. Though, honouring Camluck will be the main event. "It is such an honour to be recognized," Straatman said, "especially at our home track." Straatman said Camluck's "nose is a little out of joint" that he doesn't get to breed anymore, but otherwise, the senior equine is "fantastic", "in good health" and is enjoying living out his days in his private paddock with special lawn as pristine as one might find on a golf course. "Whatever Camluck wants, Camluck gets," Straatman said. By Dave Briggs for The Raceway  

London, April 19, 2015 -- The Raceway at Western Fair District will have its 2015 Wall of Fame induction ceremony on Friday, May 15th and, for the first time, the prestigious honour will go to a horse rather than a human recipient. The incomparable Camluck, who has long resided at Seelster Farms in nearby Lucan, will be honoured during a ceremony that night in recognition of his remarkable contributions both on the race track and as a sire. The son of legendary Cam Fella became one of the fastest horses of his generation by virtue of his 1:48.4 time trial effort in 1992 at Lexington’s Red Mile. Over the course of his brilliant racing career, he earned more than $1 million while facing one of the very best older pacing crops of all-time that included the likes of Artsplace, Staying Together, Cambest, Silver Almahurst and Odds Against just to name a few. However, it was in the breeding shed, where Camluck made his greatest impact and stamped himself as one of the greatest pacing stallions in harness racing history. From 2332 foals, Camluck produced just shy of 1,600 race winners and he retired recently with overall offspring earnings of $218,771,118. His average earnings per starter was $118,768 and he produced 28 starters who banked more than $1 million and 62 performers who took a record of 1:50 or better. Wall of Fame Night will also feature the kick off race in this year’s Racing Under Saddle (RUS) series in Ontario. Fans will have a chance to watch and wager on the event as well as meet and greet with the riders and take part in the different promotions offered that night. The RUS series, sanctioned by the Ontario Racing Commission in 2014, is in its second full season in Ontario and has been growing in popularity.  Visit for more details. There will also be a pair of mini races scheduled that same night – one galloping and one gaited – as part of the fun. The Raceway’s signature event, the $150,000 Molson Pace, is slated for Friday, May 29th. Defending champion State Treasurer has recently qualified and is expected back in search of a first-ever Molson three-peat.  The Molson Pace will once again be contested as an Invitational and more details on potential starters, along with the various promotions being planned, will be announced soon. Greg Blanchard  

Blue Chip Farms, LLC and Seelster Farms, as co-managers of the Stallion are pleased to announce today that Battle of Brandywine winner and World Champion, Sunshine Beach will be standing at Seelster's Lucan, Ont. farm starting with the 2015 breeding season. A spectacular looking son of super-sire Somebeachsomewhere, Sunshine Beach p, 2, 1:52.1s, 3 1:47.4f –’13 ($977,438) is from the prolific Artsplace mare Light Up, making him the half brother to Warrawee Flare p, 1:50.3s ($609,019), Safe Harbor p, 1:50.1f –’14 ($466,178) and Western Moonlight p, 2, 1:52.3 ($366,091). Sunshine Beach is owned by Hudson Standardbred Stable Inc (Tony Infilise), Conrad Leber, Diane Bertrand Holdings Ltd and Blue Chip Bloodstock Inc. "On behalf of my partners we are most pleased to be associated with both Blue Chip Farms and Seelster Farms and very much welcome their proven and professional Stallion Management experience and skills. We are excited to have Sunshine Beach stand in Ontario," said Infilise. "As one of the best Sire Stakes jurisdictions in North America, it offers US and Canadian breeders the opportunity to sell high priced yearlings at major sales. We look forward to contributing to his success in the breeding shed and to see him pass on his tremendous courage, speed and outstanding conformation. We are encouraged by the level of interest to breed in Ontario to a top Somebeachsomewhere son." Trained throughout his career by Mark Steacy, Sunshine Beach captured the $500,000 Battle of Brandywine Stake final at Pocono Downs as a sophomore, ending Captaintreacherous' undefeated three-year-old season, in a world record-equalling time of 1:47.4. Sunshine Beach also paced to victory in the final of the $284,160 Progress Pace at Dover Downs, a division of the Bluegrass Series at The Red Mile, an elimination of the Meadowlands Pace and an elimination of the Matron Stake at Dover Downs during his sophomore campaign. Sunshine Beach will be syndicated and stand for an introductory service fee of $5,000. Booking inquiries should be directed to Seelster Farms. To obtain a Syndicate Prospectus contact Jean Brown at Blue Chip Farms ( or Ann Straatman at Seelster Farms ( From Seelster Farm

Lucan, ON  --- Seelster Farms, along with harness racing owners, New Destiny Stable and Al McIntosh Holdings Ltd., announce the retirement of Camluck from active stud duty.   As a racehorse, Camluck himself earned more than a million dollars and took a time trial mark at the age of five of 1:48.4 at Lexington more than 22 years ago. Camluck was inducted into the Horse Racing Hall Of Fame in 2003 and was also the first Canadian horse to be inducted in the United States Harness Racing Hall Of Fame in 2008. Camluck winning The Provincial Cup Today Camluck is the sire with total progeny earnings of more than $215 million - more than any other North American sire! The Cam Fella - Lucky Lady stallion is the sire of 28 millionaires including: BURNING POINT p, 3, 1:50.3s, 1:49.2 ($2,853,28), DREAMFAIR ETERNAL p, 3, 1:55.3h, 1:49f ($2,478,093), INVITRO p, 2, 1:53s, 4, 1:50s ($1,983,077), CHANCEY LADY p, 2, 1:52s, 3, 1:50.3f, 1:48.4f ($2,072,092), MYSTICIAN p, 2, 1:52s, 3, 1:49.2s ($1,910,829), MICHAELS POWER  p, 3, 1:48.1s  ($1,623,721), just to name a few. Camluck has also made his mark as a prolific broodmare sire, with his daughters producing the likes of I LUV THE NITELIFE p, 2, 1:50.1s, 3, 1:48.4f ($1,944,667), AMERICAN JEWEL p, 2, 1:50.2s, 3, 1:48.2s($1,840,565), ARACACHE HANOVER p, 2, 1:53.1s, 3, 1:50.1f, 1:48.1f ($1,713,617), THINKING OUT LOUD p, 2, 1:52.4s, 3, 1:47.4s, 4, 1:47.2 ($1,581,644), DEUCE SEELSTER p, 2, 1:52s, 3, 1:50.3s, 1:49.4($1,141,102), KINDLY POET p, 3, 1:51s, 1:49.4s ($958,263), etc. "It has been an honor to work with Camluck and owners Bob and Al McIntosh and New Destiny Stable, for all of his stallion career." said Ann Straatman, reproduction manager at Seelster. "He has been a once-in-a-lifetime horse and it is a privilege to continue to care for Camluck into his retirement." Seelster Farms

Seelster Farms announced today that their 2014 yearling videos are now available online at Click here for the full draft of yearlings.  The farm’s entire 2014 yearling consignment will sell at the Forest City Yearling Sale on October 12 at the Western Fair Agriplex in London, Ontario.  Yearlings will be available for viewing at the Agriplex on Saturday, October 11.  This year’s consignment features the much-anticipated first crops of World Champion & Breeders Crown winner Big Jim p, 2, 1:49.1s ($1,544,580) and North America Cup winner Up The Credit p, 2, 1:51.4s; 3, 1:49s; 1:48.3s’ 13 ($1,331,623). An impressive group of first foals are featured in this season’s consignment, including: Absolut Seelster, an Angus Hall filly from Amazing Adventure 3, 1:56.2 ($50,432), the half sister to Peach Martini 3, 1:55f ($587,319). Bourbon Seelster, a Camluck filly from the full sister to Mr Apples p, 1:49 ($668,808). Evangelin Seelster, a Camluck filly from Eagle Kelly p, 2, 1:56.4h ($118,765). Ganacus Seelster, a Big Jim colt from the half sister to Goddesss Justin p, 3, 1:49.4f ($450,438). Kokanee Seelster, a Camluck colt from Kiddie Cocktail p, 3, 1:54.2 ($47,598), the half sister to Bikini Bottom p, 3, 1:51.1 ($531,229). Las Vegas Seelster, a Kadabra filly from the full sister to Miss Wisconsin 3, 1:55 ($525,551). Mayhem Seelster, a Mach Three filly from Macapelo Rose p, 3, 1:53.3f ($50,806), the half sister to Machapelo p, 1:51.2 ($593,973), Resistance Futile p, 4, 1:49.1s’ 14 ($277,078) & 2014 OSS Gold winner Capela p, 2, 1:53.1s’ 14 ($91,690). Mayhem Seelster Standout siblings to leading 2014 performers include: Nila Seelster, the Mach Three half sister to Nitro Seelster p, 4, 1:49.4f’ 14 ($103,973) & Nirvana Seelster p, 3, 1:52.3s’ 14 ($58,296). Toureg Seelster, the Shadow Play half brother to Titus Seelster p, 3, 1:51s’ 14 ($82,912). Tala Seelster, the Muscle Mass half sister to Traverse Seelster 1:51.2f’ 13 ($594,761).  

Harness racing three-year-olds of both sexes and gaits set the fields for their $50,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots Series Finals with eight $20,000 Semifinals Saturday (September 20) at Mohawk Racetrack. The top five horses in each Semifinal moved on to next week’s Finals. Pacing Males High Flier (J. Harris) left out fast from his post nine starting spot in the first Semifinal, and he had the lead at the :26.1 opening quarter. Shadow Place (Trevor Henry) was in second at that point, but he moved to the outside and took control before the :55.1 half. Regal Son (Randy Waples) then rolled the dice first-over out of fourth, and he would match strides with Shadow Place at the 1:23.2 three-quarters. Regal Son forged his way around Shadow Place in the lane, but High Flier got a lane up the inside, and he took advantage, getting up to win by a head in 1:52.1. Shadowbriand (Mike Saftic) turned a second-over trip into the runner-up spot and Regal Son finished third. Some Major Beach (Doug McNair) came in fourth, followed by V I P Bayama (Sylvain Filion). Trainer David Taff of Waterdown, Ontario, shares ownership of High Flier, a Shadow Play colt, with Christopher Nicol of West Yorkshire, England. High Flier, who won at the Grassroots level on June 13 at Mohawk, has won five times from 11 attempts in 2014, and he has six career tallies. He has earned $43,436 this year and $47,386 in his life. Atomic Million AM (Rick Zeron) shot through from the pole position to take the field of ten to the :27.1 first quarter in the second Semifinal, but favoured Titus Seelster (Sylvain Filion) vacated the pocket past that marker, and he became the new front-stepper before the :56.3 half. Titus Seelster still had command at the 1:24.4 three-quarters while he felt some first-over pressure from Regal Babe (Doug McNair). Titus Seelster continued to hold Regal Babe off as they raced through the lane, but a number of horses began to close in on the leaders inside the final sixteenth, and it would be 50-1 shot Nirvana Seelster (Phil Hudon) charging up on the far outside to win the race in 1:53.4. Atomic Million AM, who lacked room for much of the stretch drive, was the runner-up and Regal Babe checked in third. Titus Seelster faded to fourth and Little Ben (Luc Ouellette) rallied to get fifth. Nirvana Seelster is a Camluck gelding trained by Bill Budd for owner Bruce Davy of Brockville, Ont. Nirvana Seelster, who was unraced at two, now has a trio of wins from 19 efforts and has put away $52,296. He was bred by Seelster Farms. Trotting Males Warrawee Promesse (Wayne Henry), who was starting from post ten and gunning for his eighth consecutive victory, took the lead away from 80-1 shot Hetties Commander (Paul MacKenzie) just after the :27.4 first quarter in the Semifinal opener for this bunch. Warrawee Promesse would go on to reach the half in :57.2 and the three-quarters in 1:27, never facing a serious challenge along the way. At the top of the lane Henry asked Warrawee Promesse to kick away, but inside the final sixteenth he was overhauled by several challengers, including Kremlin (Sylvain Filion), who rallied from next-to-last at three-quarters to the win by a quarter of a length in 1:57.1. Hetties Commander shook loose from the pocket and wound up second with Tyrone Haji (Randy Waples) nabbed third. Warrawee Promesse had to settle for fourth and Massive Pockets (Jody Jamieson) survived a tough outside journey to finish fifth. Richard Moreau trains Kremlin, a Kadabra gelding, for owner Mike Wassilyn of Rockwood, Ontario. Kremlin, a winner in Grassroots competition on June 9 at Mohawk, scored his fifth triumph from 15 efforts this season and his seventh career victory. Bred by Overseas Farms Ltd., Kremlin has put away $45,472 on the campaign and $55,352 lifetime. It looked like Totally Ripped (Steve Byron) was going to the lead in the other Semifinal, but then he went off-stride, leaving Jack Litten (Doug McNair) in first at the :27.3 opening quarter. Justcallmeronald (Jody Jamieson) then popped out of the pocket, and he would take the lead before the 58 second half-mile marker. Justcallmeronald would go on to click off three-quarters in 1:27.4, but McNair angled Jack Litten back out of the two-hole in the lane, and he would out-trot Justcallmeronald late in the mile to prevail by just over a length in 1:57.4. Justcallmeronald, Ramas Last Son (Steve Condren), Crowningcrest (James MacDonald) and Taurus Seelster (Randy Waples) rounded out the top-five finishers. Jack Litten is a Muscle Mass gelding trained by Gregg McNair for owner Jarold Hawks of Jeddo, Michigan. Jack Litten, who did not compete as a two-year-old, has three wins from 12 starts in 2014, and he has put away $48,962. Jack Litten, who was bred by Tony Holmes and Walter Zent, also won in Grassroots competition on June 26 and September 2 at Mohawk. Pacing Fillies 70-1 shot Stellllllla (Jody Jamieson) held the lead at the :27.2 first quarter in the Semifinal opener, but Murrayfield (Sylvain Filion) would take over the front prior to the :56.1 half. Murrayfield then came under siege from first-over challenger Regally Ready (Doug McNair), and Murrayfield and Regally Ready were head-and-head at the 1:25.2 three-quarters. In the stretch Regally Ready put away Murrayfield, but then Bet Ya (Paul MacDonell) came from off cover to duel with the new leader. Meanwhile, 3-5 favourite Dana Dearest (Chris Christoforou), who had been fourth-over at three-quarters, began to close in as well. Regally Ready managed to fight off Bet Ya, but Dana Dearest was unrelenting with her brush, and she got up to win by about a neck in 1:53.3. Regally Ready came in second and Bet Ya was third. Mea Lilley Mark (Mike Saftic) checked in fourth and Double Joy (Mario Baillargeon) finished fifth. Dana Dearest, a daughter of Jeremes Jet, is trained by Casie Coleman for owner/breeder Charalambos Christoforou of Campbellville, Ontario. Dana Dearest was winless in four starts last year, but she’s turned it around in her sophomore campaign, going eight-for-15. She has season’s earnings of $77,820 and a career bankroll of $82,048. Dana Dearest has only been defeated once in five Grassroots starts in 2014. Her Own Land (James MacDonald), the public’s 4-5 choice, led through fractions of :26.4, :56.1, and 1:24 on her way to a 1:54 decision in the second Semifinal. She beat runner-up Shadows Wonder (Chris Christoforou) by about two lengths with Artful Impulse (Randy Waples) back in third. Fourth went to Born To Dream and Royal Mama (Steve Condren) collected fifth. Dave Menary trains Her Own Land, a filly by Blissfull Hall, for owner Hutt Racing Stable of Paoli, Pennsylvania. Her Own Land now has five wins in Grassroots company and six wins from 14 starts overall this year. Now a seven-time winner in her career, Her Own Land has earned $77,490 in 2014 and $87,050 lifetime. Trotting Fillies In the first Semifinal for this group it would be Serendipitious (Chris Christoforou) who took the field of ten through fractions of :27.4, :58.3, and 1:28. Flexible Woman (Steve Byron) attacked the pace-setter from first-over on the final bend, and that gave a second-over tow to public choice Mystical Wishes (Doug McNair). Serendiptious put away Flexible Woman turning for home, but Mystical Wishes was sent into three-wide territory for McNair, and she would trot past the pace-setter on her way to a 1:56.4 victory. Serendiptious held second, beaten a length by the winner, and Diamonds For Life (Sylvain Filion) took third. Also securing positions in next week’s final were fourth-place finisher Missys Ga Ga (John Campbell) and fifth-place filly Chelseas Chance (Randy Waples). Tony Alagna trains the winner, a daughter of Muscle Mass, for co-owner/breeder Mystical Marker Farms LLC. of Dyer and co-owner Peggy Hood of Valparaiso, Indiana. Mystical Wishes is eight-for-13 in the win column this year after going winless in four tries as a rookie. Mystical Wishes has earned $63,990 in 2014 and $67,740 lifetime. This was Mystical Wishes’s fourth OSS win of the year, joining her successes on August 12 at Mohawk, September 2 at Mohawk, and September 11 at Flamboro Downs. Quadrophenia (James MacDonald) blasted out from post ten to take the second Semifinal field to the opening quarter in 28 seconds, but 3-5 favourite and point standings leader Torches Star (Steve Condren) trotted her way to the top before the :57.1 half. Torches Star was still the boss at the 1:27.2 three-quarters, but she didn’t have her best game on this night, and she was overtaken by first-over challenger Doweypuffandhow (Steve Byron) with an eighth of a mile to go. A host of closers were coming after the new leader, though, and trotting fastest of all was Lenny Mac (Randy Waples), who surged from third-over at the top of the lane to win in 1:57.3. Wonderland Snow (Trevor Henry) split horses to get second and Quadrophenia was third. Nickange Two (Mike Saftic) got fourth at 60-1 and Northern Secret (Mario Baillargeon) nailed down the last spot in the final. Trainer Bob McIntosh of Windsor, Ontario, also co-owns Lenny Mac, a filly by Kadabra, with partner Earl Hill Jr. of Ohsweken, Ontario. McIntosh also bred Lenny Mac with C S X Stables and Michael Kohler. Lenny Mac has four triumphs from 14 trips behind the gate this year, and this was her seventh career trip to the winner’s circle. She has banked $57,759 this season and $97,099 in her life. This was Lenny Mac’s third Grassroots win of the season, matching her total from her freshman campaign. Mohawk Racetrack will roll out the red carpet again next Saturday night with eight $50,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots Finals for two- and three-year-olds. For full results of this Saturday night’s races at Mohawk, please visit - OSS News

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