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An exciting new Breeders Group is about to hit the airwaves, with “The Breeders Voice Inc.” having being formed by an enthusiastic group of knowledgeable breeders from NSW.   The aim of this team was to establish a new, vibrant and informative platform that comes to you both via an information-filled, unique website — together with its very own Mobile Phone App that will put an array of information at your fingertips, whenever a smart-phone is handy!   It will be your one-stop info. shop! The website is packed with information to help make the breeding journey as easy, and trouble-free, as possible.  There will be loads of statistics to allow breeders to make informed decisions on stallion choice for their mares - based on fertility, sales, and racing results.  Other information will include general veterinary and nutritional information, as well as interesting articles from successful breeders (both large & small), plus articles regarding the latest Group 1 winners from around the country. A concise and feature-packed calendar of events is included, with this also displaying futurity payment dates, and industry events.  This calendar can be easily accessed, and reminders set to message your phone or email, so there will be never a reason to miss a payment or event again! Another benefit will be an Online Business Directory – listing businesses that may be used throughout industry, such as trainers, transport companies, veterinarians, feed suppliers etc., all at your fingertips.  News will be provided both in short bites [News Snippets] — and longer form articles for when you have more time.   The short, sharp pieces  (including ‘Did you know …?’) are intended to provide all sorts of information to help you on your journey.  In time there will also be video interviews — with  stakeholders from various parts of the industry — all designed to make more information available to breeders, and covering a diverse range of topics.  Other features will be trivia competitions, as well as surveys, so that all participants can engage in the matters that directly affect them. Another interesting section will be a ‘Blog Page’, where matters of current interest can be commented on, and opinions given.  Initially (for a maximum of two months) the website will be open for all to see — but the Mobile Phone App is only available to registered users.   Note, we have kept our annual membership fee to a low $35, to encourage people to join and come along on a journey which will hopefully lead to them breeding the next race-track champion. We want everyone to see just how much information we have to offer, and how breeding a standardbred can be such a rewarding experience — if you are armed with the correct information and tools to make your breeding a success.    The Breeders Voice website can be found at www.breedersvoice.net and they also have a Facebook page,  along with Twitter and Instagram accounts.   

By any measure, the 2020/21 harness racing breeding season was simply sensational. Launching amidst a rollercoaster of new breeding regulations, an unchartered new racing season, lucrative breeding incentives, COVID-19 challenges including imposed movement restrictions on transport and people, and an uncertain economic outlook, there was understandable trepidation among the industry when 1 September 2020 ticked over.  But again, the resilience, optimism, practicality, and collaboration of the harness racing industry came to the fore to deliver one of the greatest breeding seasons in most people’s memories. The logistical efforts of Geoff and Lorraine Barnes, for example, epitomise the season, partnering with studs to plot a path and timeline for semen transport through the regulatory minefield, and finding themselves busier than ever, covering thousands of miles and making thousands of deliveries to underpin what was to become the reality of a successful season for so many. In the end (as of 5 May 2021), services totalled 5,144 which was an increase of 10.3 per cent on the previous year, reversing 12 consecutive years of decline at averaging 358 each year over the same timeframe, and only the second increase since Equine Influenza (EI) which interrupted the 2006/07 season. Even more impressive was the staggering 11 per cent increase in mares served nationally.  Each State ended the season in positive territory with 4,843 mares served in total – 478 more than the previous year. Breeders spent a gross amount of $25.9m on service fees from the 197 registered stallions during the year.  This was seven sires more than the previous year. Rounding out the impressive statistics was the fact that 21 sires served over 100 mares.  This was a massive 75 per cent increase on the previous season (12), and the first time in 12 seasons that more than 20 Sires had achieved such a feat.  The resultant foal numbers will assist wagering growth into the future as they will underpin the equivalent of two additional race meetings per week (on going), or at the very least, add valuable runners to increase field sizes. HRA - Andrew Kelly

Up and coming stars - Two emerging young harness racing horses to win features races last weekend were Perfect Major, from Perth, and the Victorian pacer Somewhere Secret, who are both members of the same family. Perfect Major, who won the Group 2 $50,000 RWWA Cup at Gloucester Park, beating Chicago Bull, and has won five of his seven starts since shipping to WA, is a four-year-old gelding by the champion sire Art Major. Perfect Major looks certain to take a tight mark and as a stayer he has a bright future. He ranks as a brother to the Southern Cross winners That’s Perfect and Perfect Look and a half-sister to promising filly Rogue Wave, being out of Perfect Life (1:58), by Live Or Die from Secret Life. Somewhere Secret, who captured the Claiming Masters at Melton, has won 13 races including nine this season. He is a six-year-old by Somebeachsomewhere from the Safely Kept mare Secret Life (1:58.6), the dam of the NSW Derby winner Major Secret 1:55.1 ($464,872), now at the stud in SA, the Victoria Oaks and Breeders Crown champion Beauty Secret 1:52.4 ($425,921) and Perfect Life, the dam of Perfect Major. This family has consistently produced a number of classic winners over the years. A close relative of Perfect Major and Somewhere Secret in Victoria is the Vicbred champion Out To Play, also by Art Major. Out To Play’s dam Play Ball, is a half-sister to Somewhere Secret and Perfect Life. Majestuoso bred to be a top trotter One of the most outstanding young trotters racing in Victoria is Majestuoso, a NZ bred gelding trained by Andy Gath. A four-year-old, Majestuoso downed the top trotters in commission in the $50,000 Australasian Trotting Championship last Saturday night, one of the season’s major features for square-gaiters. As a three-year he captured the Victoria Derby and The Holmfield and finished third in the Breeders Crown. Majestuoso is a member of the same family as an earlier top Kiwi trotter in Easton Light, who won 36 races and was 59 times placed for $130,420 in stakes. He won the Dominion Handicap and NZ Trotting Free-for-all twice. Majestuoso is by Majestic Son from Rosemaryz Luck, by Monarchy, a Balanced Image horse and a brother to the USA Breeders Crown champion Duke Of York. Rosemaryz Luck, who was only lightly raced, was out of Howz Lucky (2:00.3), winner of five races and by Sundon from Great Memories, by Great Heights (son of Great Evander) from Mighty Mir, by Gerry Mir, a dual-gaited son of Rodney. Rosemaryz Luck was a half-sister to nine trotting winners including Tuiz Luck (1:58.4) and the Australian winners Lanez Luck and Primz Luck. Majestuoso was bred by Alabar Bloodstock. Majestuoso winning at Melton last Saturday Group success for Enchanted Stride Enchanted Stride, winner of the Group 3 Vicbred Platinum Pace at Melton, continues to prove herself in the top bracket among the female pacers. She is a member of one of New Zealand’s most successful families, being a four-year-old Bettor’s Delight mare from a useful racemare in Lenola Stride (1:53.7), a Christian Cullen mare half-sister to the NZ 2YO Colt of the Year Krug 1:54.4 ($253,420), the winner of nine races to date, the exported Prince McArdle (1:49.6), Jay Dub (1:57.6) and the trotter Champagne Prince (10 wins). Their dam, Champagne Princess 1:56.9 ($143,484), won 12 races including the Southland Oaks and left five winners. A full sister to Champagne Princess in the unraced Champagne N Diamonds figures as the dam of the prolific Gloucester Park winner McArdle’s Gem 1:56 ($140,280), Sparkling 1:56.4 (Melton) and the three-year-old American Colt 1:59.2 (five wins to date). Champagne Princess was a Soky’s Atom mare from Champagne Royal (1:59.7), by Smooth Fella from the Lordship mare Regal Guest (1:58.2), a half-sister to a champion racemare in Hilarious Guest. Other members of this family, which was founded in North America by the imported mare Estella Amos, were the Harness Jewels winners Lancome 1:54.9, Jack’s Legend (1:49) and Fiery Falcon (1:54.6), Lumos (1:50.9), The Phantom’s Guest (1:53), Lightning Magic (1:55), In Monaco (Shepparton Gold Cup) and others. Enchanted Stride winning at Melton last Saturday Balcatherine top WA mare Balcatherine, a good looking American Ideal mare, is rated Western Australia’s top female pacer of the season, particularly after her success in the $125,000 Westral Mares Classic, one of the season’s major features. She has won six and been three times placed from 12 starts for $148,664 in stakes. Balcatherine has not raced a great deal. She did not race as a two-year-old, while at three she raced on only five occasions for three wins and a placing. Balcatherine ranks as a half-sister to the metropolitan winners Glenisla (1:54.8), Levi Jade (1:55) and Tyler Bromac (1:58.7), being a four-year-old by the Western Ideal horse American Ideal from Touche Franco (2:07.7), by Holmes Hanover from the American-bred mare Trilogy Franco. Touche Franco, a three-year-old winner in NZ, was a half-sister to the Menangle and Albion Park winner Franco Talon (1:57) and to the Badlands Hanover mare Triple Franco, dam of the good Albion Park winner Speedie McArdle (1:54.6) and the Melton winner Our Warwick Lad (1:55.6). Another daughter of Trilogy Franco was Twice Again Franco, a sister to Touche Franco, who figures as the dam of the Perth winner Nomore Mr Niceguy (1:57.4), Showtime Prince (1:58.6) and others. Trilogy Franco, a lightly raced placegetter in NZ, was by Jate Lobell from Tropez Lobell, by Storm Damage from the champion Albatross mare Three Diamonds, whose family today is one of the best in the American stud book. It includes the Little Brown Jug winner and highly successful sire Life Sign (1:50.6), the millionairesses Eternal Camnation (1:49.4), Caviart Ally (1:48) and American Jewel (1:48.4), the 2019 USA 3YO Colt of the Year Bettor’s Wish (1:47.6), the Breeders Crown champions Luck Be Withyou (1:47.8) and All Speed Hanover (1:49.8), and American Ideal (1:47.8), the sire of Balcatherine. Balcatherine was bred by Macca Lodge, of Brent and Sheree McIntyre, Gore, in NZ’s Southland district. Well related three-year-old Torque Onetwothree, a Hurrikane Kingcole three-year-old and a winner of the Group 3 Garrard’s QBred For Life at Albion Park, is out of Torque In Motion, a top racemare with a record of 1:52.5, who is proving a successful broodmare. Torque In Motion is also the dam of Justalittle Torque 1:51.6 ($146,894), a Listed winner at Albion Park, Torque Is My Girl (1:56.2) and the two-year-old Let’s Torque A Deal (1:56.8). Torque In Motion is a P B Bullville mare from Ella Palms, by Speed King from Thelma Palms, by Palm’s Romeo from the Password mare Thelma Pass. Torque In Motion is a half-sister to the Albion Park winners My Secret Torque (1:55.4), Its All Torque (1:57.4) and Torque Of Page (1:57.8). Their dam, Ella Palms, was only lightly raced but she left four winners. She was a half-sister to a grand warrior in Turbo Torque (1:54), a winner of 73 races and ($369,914), and to the Albert Albert mare Leica Torque, dam of the Menangle winner Torque Lively (1:52), who won 14 races, and Torque Feels Good (1:56.2). Torque Onetwothree was bred and is raced by Queensland enthusiast Ian Corazzol. Torque Onetwothree Fifth on end Sir Lucas won his fifth race on end in a heat of the Southern Cross, for three-year-old colts and geldings, at Globe Derby Park last Saturday. The chestnut has won 10 races so far this season. Sir Lucas is by the Christian Cullen horse, Cullen’s Legacy, a Harold Park and Globe Derby winner a decade ago. Sir Lucas is out of Metrorama (1:57.9), a winner of 10 races and by Metropolitan from Jessicarama, by Panorama from the Kawartha Robust mare, Dusty Squaw (six trotting wins), a daughter of Dusty Princess, the dam of the Moonee Valley winner Ayr Rowan, Prince Halayr (Globe Derby Park) and others. Dusty Princess was a half-sister to the Globe Derby winner Big Dough and a member of the same family as the SA Sapling Stakes winner Captain Rama. A star from Lagoon Lady A star three-year-old in Victoria so far this season is Soextra, who was bred and is raced by Western District identity Richard Matthews. A gelding by Bettor’s Delight, he is out of a fine racemare in Lagoon Lady 1:57.3 ($203,183) and the fourth of her produce to win. He won the Group 3 Breeders Crown Silver at Bendigo and looks a three-year-old with the potential one would expect of his breeding. Trotting yearling sale produces winners When Utopia won the Group 3 Breeders Crown Silver, for two-year-old trotters, at Bendigo recently, he became the 13th winner which had been sold at the 2019 Australasian Premier Trotting Sale. Utopia was sold for $30,000 at the sales to Tom Hogan, who syndicated the Trixton colt. Aldebaran Ursula, the fastest two-year-old trotter ever in Australasia, Sweet On You, Dont Care, Aldebaran Zeuss, Illawong Moonbeam, Eva’s Image, Aldebaran Selena, Bromwich, Quick Quaker, Sunsup, Maestro and My Mate Yankee are other winners from the sale. Petacular’s brother Idyllic, a brother to the former glamour racemare Petacular, is proving himself a two-year-old of some worth in Victoria. He won the Group 3 Breeders Crown Silver at Bendigo and was placed in the Victoria Sapling Stakes and Bathurst Gold Crown earlier in the year. Idyllic was an Australian Pacing Gold purchase in 2019 in Melbourne, and is a colt by the Mach Three horse Somebeachsomewhere from the American-bred Ideal Priority (1:54.6), by Western Ideal from Priority Overnite, dam of the metropolitan winners Uncle Peter (1:54.6) and Itcan Happen (1:55). Death of celebrated broodmare Maori Acacia, whose death is reported, was one of the most successful trotting broodmares in the past decade. She was aged 26. She was the dam of nine winners including the Group 1 winning trotters Skye Rocket (Vic. Trotters Oaks and Vicbred 4YO Final) and the Wagon Apollo mare Aftanoondelite (SA Trotters Derby and Oaks). Others from Maori Acacia were the Vicbred heat winner Posseidon (1:59.8), Nerveracking and the CR Commando mare Sparks Ignite (TT1:56.5), who, in turn, is the dam of the Vicbred 2YO Final winner Powderkeg and Muscle Hillbilly 1:55.3 (SA Parker Classic). Another daughter of Maori Acacia was the Sundon mare Sundonna, who became the dam of Austrasia’s fastest ever trotting mare in Maori Time 1:51.5 ($421,301), winner of 12 Group races, and the cup class trotters Maori Law (1:58.7) and Happy Maori (1:59.6). A half-sister to the Derby winners Noopy Kiosk and Tennotrump, both successful sires, Maori Acacia was got by Smooth Fella from the Broodmare of the Year Maori Trump, by Overtrick from the noted producer Maori Miss. Maori Acacia was owned and bred from by Geoff Easom, of Wyndown Stud, One Tree Hill, near Adelaide. Mr Easom has retained five daughters of Maori Acacia for breeding in Aftanoondelite, Sparks Ignite, Maori Mischief, Nervracking and a two-year-old Peak filly currently in work. Peter Wharton

Columbus, OH –  The U.S. Trotting Association released the 2020 List of harness racing Mares Bred statistics on Thursday (Nov. 12). As of that date, there have been 12,229 mares bred by 623 stallions. In 2019, there were only 11,513 mares reported by this date.  The numbers indicate an increase of 6.21 percent compared to 2019. The expectation is that the reports on the numbers of mares bred will increase during the final two months of the year.  Based upon previous years, it is estimated that the reported number of mares bred will increase by 1,500 by the end of 2020. “We are pleased to report that the 2020 List of Mares Bred numbers are once again up over the previous breeding season,” said USTA Registrar TC Lane.  “This marks the fifth straight year that the number of mares bred has increased.” Following are the statistics for the List of Mares Bred for the previous five years: 2015    12,811 2016    13,390 2017    14,316 2018    14,980 2019    14,997 Ohio is the state with the most Mares Bred to date with 2,860.  The following are the top five states as of Nov. 12, 2020. Ohio- 2,860 Indiana- 2,497 Pennsylvania- 2,216 New York- 1,181 Illinois- 997 Another interesting statistic is related to the location of the mares around the country. Following are the top five states by mare location in 2020: Ohio- 2,530 Indiana- 2,334 Pennsylvania- 2,054 New York- 1,223 Illinois- 933 Some mares have been bred to more than one stallion and more than one report has been submitted for those mares.  Each of those reports has been counted separately in the statistics on the List of Mares Bred.  “Despite the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, all of the major sales have been fairly pleased with their results considering all factors,” added Lane. “Five years ago, with foal crops on the decline, there was some concern about where the industry was headed.  But with purse structures as high as they’ve ever been in many states and the positive trends in breeding, there may never be a better time to be an owner in harness racing.” from the USTA Communications Department

SOMETIMES the measure of a stallions success at stud rests not only on his standing on the premiership table, but his reputation with trainers.   Careers can blossom or plummet based on what “he or she" has said.   Some are so successful that the “mail", no matter how negative, are still irresistible to owners and trainers alike.   And some get the winners and the acclaim of their trainers.   Former USTA two year old of the year He's Watching is one of them.   The 2014 Meadowlands Pace winner, and still the fastest horse on the planet despite been retired seven years ago, stands in New South Wales this seaon and its trainers in his new home state leading the chorus of praise.   Star Menangle horseman Jason Grimson is generally considered guarded and not one to use three words when two will suffice.   However, even Grimson struggles to hide his enthusiasm when it comes to Experia, a New Zealand bred  three year old son of Hes Watching.   “I absolutely love him.... he is very good,” beamed Grimson.   “He has had the two starts for me and both have been easy wins and I can’t see why that won’t continue in the foreseeable future.”   Experia was purchased out of the shaky isle with big wraps on him by Tim Butt and scored a good debut win at Menangle but his seven subsequent runs netted just one third place before Grimson purchased the imposing looking gelding.   He scored a soft win at Menangle first up but it was his latest outing at Bathurst which emphasised Grimson's huge opinion of him.   Racing well out of his class, Experia led and smashed a quality field, roaring home his last half in 55.5 seconds to win in the easiest fashion.   “He had an abscess burst out after his first win and since then has gone to a whole new level,” Grimson said.   “I put him in at Bathurst way out of his class because to be honest, it didn’t matter what was in it, he wasn’t going to be beaten.”   So impressed with Experia, Grimson has recommended Hes Watching to all of his clients who are breeding this season.   “He has speed, strength, brains and character.” Grimson said of Experia.   “And I know I am only forming an opinion on one horse, but id love in the years to come to have horses like this coming into my stable so its easy for me to be a He's Watching fan.”   Another leading New South Welshman to share Grimson’s sentiment is Jackson Painting.   Painting has partnered Silent Rapture, another NZ bred 3yo import, to two wins from as many starts, the first at Albury by a whopping 45 metres.   “She is a beautiful filly, she’s fast, a good eater, as a matter of fact there isn’t a box she doesn’t tick,” Painting said.   “So much so that we are sending a number of mares to He's Watching this season.   “Its amazing to think that Silent Rapture can leave such an impression, but she has.   “Add that with the fact He's Watching is leaving elite level horses all over the world and at a $2500 service fee is clearly the best value stallion in Australia.   “All I can say is you would want to have a great reason not to be using Hes Watching, because I wouldn’t be breeding anywhere else.”   High praise from two of the brightest young stars of the sport, but with only two crops of racing age, including Group 1 and Group 2 winners, He's Watching is their equine equivalent with the record and now reputation to ensure his rise up the premiership tables.     Harnesslink Media

Here is the latest harness racing two-year-old money winning sires list in North America. We include the list of average earnings of the top 20 stallions that show an interesting comparison. For breeders down under this is an important time for deciding on what stallion they need to breed their mare to this current season. One thing is for sure and that is the first season sires Always B Miki and Betting Line are doing very well but are no threat to Somebeachsomewhere and his son Captaintreacherous who completely dominate the money winning two-year-old sires list this year to date. This father and son combination have combined progeny earnings of $5,300,000 (with 80 winners from 226 foals) double the amount of money for first season sires Always B Miki and Betting Line (56 winners from 231 foals). Of note is that these four stallions all stand in the State of Pennsylvania. The next two weekends will feature the Breeders Crowns for all age groups and could change these statistics some as the North American season winds down. For interest there are 30 starters in this years Breeders Crown for two-year-olds. Somebeachsomewhere has 9, his son Captaintreacherous has 6, Always B Miki 5, Betting Line 3, Sweet Lou and Always A Virgin have 2 each and Bettor's Delight, American Ideal and JK Endofanera have 1 each. Of real interest in the Breeders Crown for first season sire Always B Miki will be the performance of his star two-year-old Perfect Sting, trying to keep his unbeaten record in tact. Perfect Sting is from the former fastest mare in history Shebestingin p3,1:47 ($760,000). The statistics are freely available on the Standardbred Canada site daily. Leading Money Winning Sires - 2 Year Old Pacers - 23rd October 2020 SIRE                                                   Starters      Foals       Winners     Money won     $100,000+ winners SOMEBEACHSOMEWHERE 85 116 45 $2,881,826 7 CAPTAINTREACHEROUS 68 110 35 $2,435,582 5 BETTORS DELIGHT 50 121 19 $1,640,909 7 ALWAYS B MIKI 53 112 22 $1,451,087 4 SHADOW PLAY 48 91 19 $1,355,409 4 BETTING LINE 76 119 34 $1,276,097 2 ART MAJOR 43 69 16 $1,208,755 2 AMERICAN IDEAL 63 113 32 $1,175,143 3 ALWAYS A VIRGIN 59 102 34 $985,096 2 SUNSHINE BEACH 56 143 25 $984,571 2 WELL SAID 49 71 22 $955,178 1 JK ENDOFANERA 52 88 26 $954,881 2 SWEET LOU 47 84 24 $917,840 2 SPORTSWRITER 74 137 31 $859,503 0 ROLL WITH JOE 47 71 22 $727,973 2 RACING HILL 55 93 24 $727,917 1 MCARDLE 30 48 12 $716,554 2 BETTERTHANCHEDDAR 52 102 15 $617,507 2 ROCKIN IMAGE 62 96 28 $563,169 0 PET ROCK 53 83 26 $465,160 0 Leading Sires by Average Earnings - 2 Year Old Pace 24th October (2020) Sire Foals Starters Money per Starter CAPTAINTREACHEROUS 110 68 $2,435,582 $35,817 SOMEBEACHSOMEWHERE 116 85 $2,881,826 $33,903 BETTORS DELIGHT 121 50 $1,640,909 $32,818 SHADOW PLAY 91 48 $1,355,409 $28,237 ART MAJOR 69 43 $1,208,755 $28,110 ALWAYS B MIKI 112 53 $1,451,087 $27,379 BRING ON THE BEACH 15 8 $209,492 $26,186 MCARDLE 48 30 $716,554 $23,885 PANTHER HANOVER 23 7 $146,106 $20,872 SWEET LOU 84 47 $917,840 $19,528 WELL SAID 71 49 $955,178 $19,493 ALLAMERICAN NATIVE 17 8 $150,707 $18,838 AMERICAN IDEAL 113 63 $1,175,143 $18,653 JK ENDOFANERA 88 52 $954,881 $18,363 MR APPLES 19 13 $236,550 $18,196 CONTROL THE MOMENT 44 24 $427,518 $17,813 SUNSHINE BEACH 144 56 $984,571 $17,581 BIG JIM 47 12 $201,497 $16,791 BETTING LINE 119 76 $1,276,097 $16,790 ALWAYS A VIRGIN 102 59 $985,096 $16,696 For further interest here is the three-year-old money winning sires list. Interesting is how He's Watching is performing in his first crop to the races in North America. With just 54 starters he is ahead of top sires Art Major and American Ideal. Leading Money Winning Sires - 3 Year Old Pace (2020)                          Sire Starters in 2020 Money ==== ======== ===== CAPTAINTREACHEROUS 81 $5,121,441 BETTORS DELIGHT 95 $3,638,150 SOMEBEACHSOMEWHERE 101 $2,968,598 SWEET LOU 70 $1,951,519 SPORTSWRITER 91 $1,775,417 HES WATCHING 54 $1,461,813 ART MAJOR 71 $1,358,771 AMERICAN IDEAL 83 $1,341,817 ROLL WITH JOE 55 $1,309,100 ROCKIN IMAGE 71 $1,228,796 PET ROCK 44 $1,191,971 SUNSHINE BEACH 79 $1,149,570 ALWAYS A VIRGIN 68 $981,046 WESTERN IDEAL 33 $976,328 SO SURREAL 31 $917,765 BIG JIM 49 $856,478 TELLITLIKEITIS 35 $848,651 WELL SAID 60 $841,808 BIG BAD JOHN 46 $813,340 BETTERTHANCHEDDAR 40 $770,122 And again for further interest here is the all-age money winning sires list; Leading Money Winning Sires - All ages Pace (2020) Sire Starters in 2020 Money ==== ======== ===== BETTORS DELIGHT 600 $14,648,336 SOMEBEACHSOMEWHERE 488 $13,287,285 CAPTAINTREACHEROUS 216 $9,228,699 AMERICAN IDEAL 433 $7,408,385 MACH THREE 418 $6,813,932 ART MAJOR 357 $6,600,185 SPORTSWRITER 400 $5,500,545 SHADOW PLAY 262 $4,978,367 ALWAYS A VIRGIN 291 $4,659,805 SWEET LOU 176 $4,625,512 WELL SAID 287 $4,592,437 ROCKIN IMAGE 283 $4,069,093 ROCK N ROLL HEAVEN 198 $3,644,992 ROLL WITH JOE 209 $3,602,176 PET ROCK 196 $3,543,520 BIG JIM 165 $3,258,412 MCARDLE 208 $3,254,956 WESTERN IDEAL 190 $3,250,272 SUNSHINE BEACH 195 $3,099,395 DRAGON AGAIN 228 $3,057,997 Harnesslink Media

Champion sire Timoko is the latest French stallion to join Haras des Trotteurs’ roster for this year’s breeding season in Australia and New Zealand. He stands at Hingstdepan in France alongside Bold Eagle and Brillantissime, which are also new to Haras des Trotteurs this season. Timoko was a stunning on the track and is now enjoying an outstanding stud career. The son of Imoko stamped himself as one of Europe’s best trotters by joining elite company as a two-time Elitloppet in 2014 and 2017. He would ultimately become France’s highest all-time stakes earner  with Eu5,006,731 in stakes. Timoko won 36 races, including 16 group 1 events. A 2007 foal, Timoko began his racing career as a two-year-old and continued on the track until he was 10, the age at which he won his second Elitloppet. He started his stud career as a five-year-old and this month had his 500th individual winner. TIMOKO is available in Australia and New Zealand this Breeding Season. New Zealand: SERVICE FEE: $7,000 + GST. Frozen Semen payable on live foal. Australia: SERVICE FEE: $7,700 (Incl. GST) Frozen Semen payable on live foal For more information, please contact: Louise Toulmin 0428 792 834 louise@harasdestrotteurs.com.au Book via their website: https://www.harasdestrotteurs.com.au/timoko

American Dealer (NZ) (American Ideal) reigned supreme as NZB Standardbred graduates dominated the first Group One of the new harness racing season at Alexandra Park on Friday night.  The Ray Green trained pacer showed himself to be a complete racehorse when taking out the $128,000 Garrard’s Sires Stakes Final (1700m) for driver David Butcher in an exciting finish. American Dealer showed brilliant gait speed early in the race and just as much dash at the finish to hold out the favourite and fellow NZB Standardbred National Yearling Sale graduate, Krug (NZ) (Bettor’s Delight), in an exciting finish to the $140,000 feature. Green was full of praise for his colt following American Dealer’s maiden Group One win. “I am very proud of him,” Green told HRNZ. “He is a real little racehorse and he has a big season ahead of him.” After finding the front early, American Dealer set a solid pace to set up his slick winning time of 2-00.9 and mile rate of 1-54.4. American Dealer became the fourth individual Group One winner from NZB Standardbred’s National Yearling Sale, following a highly interrupted first season on the track for its graduates. The American Ideal (USA) colt from Bettor’s Delight (USA) mare, Maddison’s Delight was a bargain $23,000 purchase by Lincoln Farms Bloodstock at Christchurch in 2019. The classy customer was offered as a member of the White Stables of Winton draft and was sold on account of Auckland breeder-owner and trainer Lew Driver. With his win on Friday night, American Dealer became the latest in a lengthy list of Group One performers bred by leviathan breeder, the late Charles Roberts. The victory also saw driver David Butcher win his first Group One race in New Zealand since 2011. Krug launched a brave finish after enduring a tough run outside the leader early in the race and got within a head of the winner at the finish. With NZB Standardbred graduates making up the entire field for the Garrard’s Sires Stakes Final, 2019 National Yearling Sale purchases were always going to fill the trifecta. At the finish, It’s All About Faith (NZ) (Captaintreacherous) took third after making a searching run around the field from his wide second row draw. B D Joe (NZ) (Roll With Joe) ran into fourth placing after trailing American Dealer throughout. American Dealer has the chance to bank another big race purse just seven days after achieving Group One glory. The classy colt will take on an almost identical field in the $200,000 Listed Harness Million Two Year Old Colts And Geldings at Alexandra Park on Friday night. Aladdin (NZ) (Sweet Lou) will be out to make up for his unlucky run for fifth in the Garrard’s Sires Stakes Final. The All Stars stable colt, who was forced to race at the rear from his wide front row draw, flashed home in an eye-catching effort.   NZB Standardbred

Harness Racing Australia (HRA’s) recent announcements to reform the Australian harness racing industry for the long-term sustainability of the sport continue to gain support. John Campbell, from Loddon Valley Standardbred Stud, has added his voice to the growing chorus, saying, “As a second generation studmaster and breeder for over 50 years, I’ve supported 150 limits right through the consultative period.  The benefits may not be immediate, but this decision is critical to futureproof our industry, create competition and promote diversity. Campbell also sees advantages for the industry with the announcement to permanently change the Racing Season to start 1 January from next year.  “Southern Hemisphere mares are in the peak of their fertility during the December to February period, so the change in Racing Season is more great news for breeders as it will relieve pressure to push for early foals.  “There will be nothing wrong with December, January or even February foals under this scenario, so breeders can continue to serve beyond the current “artificial cut-off” of mid to late December”, Campbell said. Statistics support this argument, with very little difference between the “average number of starts” or the “winners to starters percentages” for 2yo, 3yo and 4yo’s over the past three racing seasons (2016/17 to 2018/19). Average Starts Sept – Nov:             8.81 Dec – Feb:               8.58 Winners : Starters Sept – Nov:             46.79% Dec – Feb:               43.63% With even more opportunities for 2yo’s from 1 January 2020, these trends looks set to continue. For further information please contact: ANDREW KELLY | CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER p:  +61 3 9227 3000    e:  akelly@hra.com.au    HRA

Harness Racing Australia has gone ahead and put Rules in place just weeks before the breeding season and failed to consult properly with stakeholders. More mares are bred in Victoria than any other state yet the Harness Racing Breeders Association of Victoria executive were waiting for answers when Harness Racing Australia announced the limits. How many stallions does this affect? Based on the 2019 figures five stallions served over 150 mares; Art Major, American Ideal, Always B Miki, Sweet Lou and the deceased Alta Christiano.   After contacting the Harness Racing Breeders Association of each state it is clear they do not accept that a proper consultative process has taken place. Based on the number of outraged breeders contacting Alabar Australia and Woodlands Stud it appears the majority of commercial broodmare owners are against the HRA proposal as it is written.  There is no one that is against limiting books but it needs to be properly worked out with consideration of free returns and other economic considerations. Below is the outline of the letter written to Andrew Kelly. A reply from the HRA board is expected this week. 1. Phase limits in:   There should be no limit for 2020 season, 180 plus returns for 2021 season,150 plus returns for 2022 and beyond:   Reasons why?    a) Implementing changes at this late stage of the season simply makes it all too hard to implement without creating upheaval and ill feeling between HRA and both broodmare owners and Studs.   b) there will be cases when travel and delivery of semen due to  Covid -19 will not reach a mare when needed and having flexibility has never been more important than this 2020 season.   c)  the follow-on economic effects of Covid-19 means 2021 will have its challenges. By 2022 we hope to see some sense of normality.   d) HRA should follow the example of other countries. The implementation of stallion limits would  normally be done over several years seasons as what happened with USTA. The overseas experience of limiting books has always provided a lead-in time to allow corrections to the worth of stallions being purchased or syndicated. The latest example was the Jockey Club (USA) where limits were introduced this year.   The conditions were that a limit of 140 but starts for those stallions born in the 2020 foal crop. All stallions born 2019 and before  are not affected as they were valued for syndication differently . There is no mention of free returns in the Jockey Club Rules because there are no live foal guarantees to consider as it is “pay on live foal” (POLF). Attached Jockey Club rule below.   2. Remove the limit of 20 on free returns:  There should be no limit or other conditions imposed on a genuine free return: a) There have been instances in NZ and Australia over the years where through no fault of the stud or stallion more than 20 free returns have occurred in any one season. These can be the accumulation of returns over previous seasons or unexpected losses from climatic changes or infection. For instance an abortion outbreak can cause significant unforeseen losses well in excess of 20 per stallion, as happened in 2001 with Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome (MRLS) in the U.S. state of Kentucky when some farms had between 20% to 30% of pregnant mares aborting.How can a stud be expected to carry the uncertainty of such a loss of income with no recourse of providing free returns to all losses if required? b) the broodmare owner should be able to transfer a free return and use another mare. The first mare may no longer be a viable breeding proposition,or a substitute maybe a more fertile option, or the mare died and needs replacing are examples why this makes sense.  c) I see a big difference on how free returns are adopted in future by studs if there is a limit imposed. In the T’Bred a standard free return is only provided for the first 24 hours of the foal’s life and thereafter it is the mare owner who takes the risk or insures the foal. In S’Bred's studs more often than not they provide free returns for foals that die much later than 24 hours, in some cases months later. That eases the burden of the broodmare owner carrying insurance from 24 hours. Under the current proposed HRA 20 free return criteria stallion owners could not allow this leniency to continue towards the breeder. d) Free returns are easy enough to police with the studbook registrations checking each free return is valid, and the registered stallion owner would have to justify the free return number yearly with HRA. I declare my conflict of interest as co owner in Woodlands Stud and the stallions Sweet Lou and American Ideal. Andrew Grierson Woodlands Stud .................................................................................................................................................. Thursday, May 07, 2020 The Jockey Club Adopts Rule Regarding Thoroughbred Stallion Breedings The Jockey Club board of stewards today announced that it has adopted a final rule limiting the annual breeding of individual stallions. The rule reflects The Jockey Club’s goal to preserve the health of the Thoroughbred breed for the long term and will apply prospectively to stallions born in 2020 or later. Effective today, The Jockey Club’s Principal Rules and Requirements of the American Studbook are amended by adding the following italicized language to the text of Rule 14C: C. Based on the information on a completed Report of Mares Bred form, The Jockey Club will forward to the stallion owner, lessee or authorized agent a preprinted Service Certificate for each broodmare bred, including the name of the stallion, the name of the broodmare, the name of the dam of the broodmare, and the date of the last cover. The total number of broodmares bred per individual stallion whose year of birth is 2020 or thereafter shall not exceed 140 per calendar year in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. The Jockey Club shall limit the number of Stallion Service Certificates for such stallions to a maximum of 140 per calendar year. When the stallion owner, lessee or authorized agent receives the preprinted Service Certificate, it should be examined for accuracy, signed by the stallion owner, lessee or authorized agent and forwarded to the breeder of the foal or submitted to The Jockey Club through Interactive Registration™ at www.registry.jockeyclub.com. The Service Certificate is required to register a foal. Service Certificates will not be issued unless a completed Report of Mares Bred form is on file at The Jockey Club and until genetic or re-DNA typing of the stallion has been completed (see Rule 5). In an effort to illustrate the operation of the new rule, The Jockey Club offers the following examples of how it will be applied: (1) For stallions born in 2019 and earlier, there will be no limit to the number of mares reported bred in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. The Jockey Club will issue stallion certificates for all mares bred by such stallions within the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico during a calendar year. (2) For stallions born in 2020 and later, the maximum number of mares covered within the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico in a calendar year will be 140. It would be a violation of Rule 14C for such a stallion to cover more than 140 mares within the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico during a calendar year. The aforementioned limit will apply to all mares bred during a calendar year regardless of when The Jockey Club receives a Report of Mares bred (or any amendments or supplements thereto). The Jockey Club will modify its Report of Mares Bred form and other related forms in recognition of the amendment to Rule 14. Stallion Service Certificates will be issued on the basis of first cover date in the order of mares listed on the Report of Mares Bred. The Jockey Club is grateful for the many thoughtful comments in response to its September rule proposal. The stewards carefully considered those comments in formulating a rule that will promote diversity of the Thoroughbred gene pool and protect the long-term health of the breed. The Jockey Club will continue to maintain the Principal Rules and Requirements of the American Studbook in keeping with its mission to ensure the health of the Thoroughbred breed. The Jockey Club, founded in 1894 and dedicated to the improvement of Thoroughbred breeding and racing, is the breed registry for North American Thoroughbreds. In fulfillment of its mission, The Jockey Club, directly or through subsidiaries, provides support and leadership on a wide range of important industry initiatives, and it serves the information and technology needs of owners, breeders, media, fans and farms. It is the sole funding source for America’s Best Racing, the broad-based fan development initiative for Thoroughbred racing. You can follow America’s Best Racing at americasbestracing.net. Additional information is available at jockeyclub.com.  

Here is the latest harness racing two-year-old money winning Sires list in North America and at Harnesslink we will keep you up to date every Friday, New Zealand and Australian time with the actual statistics. Again this week we include the list of average earnings of the top 20 stallions that show an interesting comparison. For breeders down under this is an important time for deciding on what stallion they need to breed their mare to this coming season. The new first season sires are well on their way to giving some indication of what chance they have of competing with the established sires. From a breeders point of view they need the facts rather than the bluster from the Stallion Owners as to what they breed to this coming season is going to impact their financial situation in three years time. These statistics are freely available on the Standardbred Canada site daily. Captaintreacherous continues to lead the list with two winners of over $100,000. They are his top filly Marsala Hanover 1:52f at $192,435 and his top gelding Chase H Hanover 1:52f at $109,332. First season sire Always B Miki has increased his standing jumping to 9th on the top twenty list. Champion sire Bettors Delight already has three $100,000 plus winners, all fillies to boot. They are Bet On Becky 1:50.4 ($150,333, Scarlett Hanover ($125,924) and Best Head West ($108,637). There is a lot of money up for grabs this week in North America for the two-year-olds with Sire Stake Finals in both Pennsylvania and Ohio. This coming Saturday at Pocono Downs will feature the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes Championships that go for $253,000 and the Consolations that go for $50,000 so this week will give these stallions a chance to hit the big time against Captaintreacherous, Somebeachsomewhere and Sweet Lou. In the Fillies Final for $253,000 there are 3 by Captaintreacherous, 3 by Somebeachsomewhere, 1 by Sweet Lou, 1 by Betting Line and 1 by Always B Miki. In the $50,000 Consolation there are 3 by Captaintreacherous, 2 by Somebeachsomewhere and 1 by Sweet Lou and Western Ideal each. Just the 7 starters. In the Colts Final for $253,000 there are 3 by Somebeachsomewhere, 2 by Captaintreacherous, 2 by Always B Miki and 2 by Sweet Lou. In the $50,000 Consolation there are 3 by Sweet Lou, 2 by Somebeachsomewhere and 1 by Captaintreacherous, Artspeak and A Rocknroll Dance. To see the complete program for the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes Championships click here. On Sunday at Scioto Downs the Ohio Sire Stakes Championships go for $300,000 each with stallions Well Said, Racing Hill and McArdle well represented.. To see the complete program for the Ohio Sire Stakes Championships click here. Leading Money Winning Sires - 2 Year Old Pace (2020) - 4th September 2020 SIRE                                                   Starters      Foals       Winners     Money won CAPTAINTREACHEROUS 64 110 30 $1,121,860 SOMEBEACHSOMEWHERE 80 116 36 $1,105,424 AMERICAN IDEAL 60 113 27 $839,093 BETTING LINE 74 119 26 $758,521 SHADOW PLAY 38 91 16 $711,768 BETTORS DELIGHT 47 121 14 $708,524 ART MAJOR 40 69 12 $615,643 WELL SAID 47 71 21 $613,547 ALWAYS B MIKI 46 112 15 $602,511 SWEET LOU 41 84 13 $542,592 RACING HILL 53 93 21 $524,262 SPORTSWRITER 66 137 23 $524,246 SUNSHINE BEACH 49 143 14 $513,387 ROLL WITH JOE 47 71 19 $475,201 JK ENDOFANERA 50 88 21 $409,074 ALWAYS A VIRGIN 54 102 27 $385,083 MCARDLE 29 48 9 $378,788 BETTERTHANCHEDDAR 46 102 9 $368,907 PET ROCK 51 83 24 $352,379 ROCKIN IMAGE 60 96 22 $266,084 It is important to note that five of the stallions listed in bold type stand in the state of Pennsylvania, probably the toughest of all competing states standing stallions in North America. The stallions in italics above are stallions standing in Canada where they have no stallion limits. Leading Sires by Average Earnings - 2 Year Old Pace (2020) 4th September 2018 Starters Average Sire Foals in 2020 Money per Starter ==== ===== ======== ===== =========== SHADOW PLAY 91 38 $711,768 $18,730 CAPTAINTREACHEROUS 110 64 $1,121,860 $17,529 ART MAJOR 69 40 $615,643 $15,391 BETTORS DELIGHT 121 47 $708,524 $15,074 BIG JIM 47 11 $164,094 $14,917 AMERICAN IDEAL 113 60 $839,093 $13,984 SOMEBEACHSOMEWHERE 116 80 $1,105,424 $13,817 SWEET LOU 84 41 $542,592 $13,233 ALWAYS B MIKI 112 46 $602,511 $13,098 MCARDLE 48 29 $378,788 $13,061 WELL SAID 71 47 $613,547 $13,054 MR APPLES 19 13 $163,913 $12,608 BRING ON THE BEACH 15 8 $97,751 $12,218 CONTROL THE MOMENT 44 22 $231,604 $10,527 SUNSHINE BEACH 144 49 $513,387 $10,477 BETTING LINE 119 74 $758,521 $10,250 ROLL WITH JOE 71 47 $475,201 $10,110 RACING HILL 93 53 $524,262 $9,891 WESTERN VINTAGE 17 9 $88,107 $9,789 PANTHER HANOVER 23 7 $65,086 $9,298 Harnesslink Media

The Western Australian Standardbred Breeders Association is conducting our annual Stallion Service Tender in conjunction with Allwood Stud Farm (WA and Vic), Burwood Stud (QLD), Cobbitty Equine Farm (NSW), Global Breeding Farms (WA), Highlight Lodge (WA), KTC Bloodstock (WA), Northern Rivers Equine (Vic), Soho Standardbreds (Vic), Woodlands Stud (Vic and NZ), Yirribee Stud (NSW), Alabar Bloodstock (Vic) and Pinjarra Harness Racing Club. This is a great opportunity for breeders EVERYWHERE to get an exceptionally well-credentialed stallion at a reasonable price. Tender is for the 2020/21 season. The 14 fantastic stallions available are: Bling It On 1:50.2 - $1,833,597. Australasia’s richest and fastest son of American Ideal USA o/o dual Aus. Broodmare of the Year Alldatglittersisgold. Australian 2yo and 3yo Pacer of the Year. 48 wins incl. 18 Group wins - 6 Group 1 wins incl Hunter Cup, Victoria Cup etc. Half brother to Miracle Mile winner Baby Bling. Oldest progeny are 2YOs in 20/21. Standing in NSW. Caribbean Blaster 1:52.6 - $1,113,677. Multiple Group 1 winning son of champion Bettors Delight USA. Won Chariots of Fire, 4YO Breeders Crown, Victoria Cup. Raced and beat Smoken Up, Im Themightyquinn, Washakie, Melpark Major etc. First two crops racing produced 36 individual winners. Standing in WA. Control The Moment USA 1.48.2 - US$1,227,832. Canadian 2yo Pacing Colt of the Year, winning 8 out of 9. Won Metro Pace, Meadowlands Pace, Cane Pace. Richest and fastest son of 2yo and 3yo Pacer of the Year Well Said 1:47.3 US$2.6M. First crop racing in 2020 with 12 winners and 50% starters to foals already. FROZEN SEMEN. Downbytheseaside USA 1:48.3 - US$2,179,558. Champion racehorse and son of mighty Somebeachsomewhere USA. 22 wins at 2 and 3, equal fastest 2YO in history. 3YO Pacing Colt of the Year beating Huntsville, Fear The Dragon etc. Race timed 1:50 on half mile track. Oldest foals are yearlings in 20/21. Standing in NZ. Follow The Stars 1:53.8 - $707,237. By super sire Art Major from a Cams Card Shark mare. Multiple Group 1 winner. 19 wins, 9 places from only 29 starts. Won 10 of 11 as a 2yo. 2014 Australian and New Zealand 2YO of the Year. Second on Australian first season sire list in 2018/19. Sire of sensational filly Black Jack Baby. Standing in Vic. Foreclosure NZ 1:48.4 - $807,746. By champion Rocknroll Hanover out of a Fake Left mare. Bred in NZ, raced entirely in US for 15 wins. Competed against and beat the best including Foiled Again. 16 winners from only US crop of 21 foals, 14 in 1:55, 1 in 1:50. $93,000 ave. earnings per starter. Oldest Aus crop are weanlings. FROZEN SEMEN. Franco Nelson NZ 1:50.3 - $872,493. By champion racehorse and sire Christian Cullen from a Falcon Seelster dam. Multiple Group 1 and Harness Jewels winner, defeating some of the greats incl. Christian Me, Have Faith In Me, Lazarus, Tiger Tara, Smolda. Family of NZ 2Y0 Filly of Year Nevermore, champion NZ mare Spanish Armada, Chancellor Cullen and Cardigan Bay. First public season. Standing in Qld. Lather Up USA 1:46.0 - US$1,735,623. World Champion. Broke seven track records racing from 2yo to 4yo. By a son of Bettors Delight from a daughter of champion NZ sire In The Pocket. 23 wins. Fastest 4yo in history World record 1:46.0 set as a 4yo. Dam has produced 2 in 1:50, 5 in 1:52 and is a full sister to a millionaire. First season at stud. Standing in Vic. Mel Mara USA 1:47 – US$1,028,350. By Lis Mara, the fastest and richest son of still speed champion Cambest (set 1:46.1 World Record 27 yrs ago). Dam-sire and Grand-dam sire were the fastest of their time. Won 28 races, millionaire and champion performer in his own right, beating Sweet Lou, Always B Miki, McWicked etc. From maternal family of No Nukes and Rock N Roll Heaven. Second season. Standing in Vic. My Hard Copy NZ 1:51.6 - $1,270,660. Multiple Group 1 winning son of American Ideal USA. From the family of Adios Vic, Manifold Bay, Run Oneover, etc. Won 27 races from 2yo to 8yo over all distances. Wicked finish. Won 2018 Fremantle Cup defeating Lazarus, Chicago Bull and Soho Tribeca. Dual WA Pacing Cup winner. Inter Dominion Heat winner. Standing in WA. Renaissance Man 1:53.1 - $297,904 Multiple Group 1 winner. By champion racehorse and sire Art Major out of dam of 7 individual winners incl. Group 1 winners Louvre 1:54.5 $402,665, and Miss Hazel. Sire of 17 winners from first two small crops including Group 1 winner Longreach Bay, Group 3 winner My Prayer, and Fifty Five Reborn. Standing first season in NSW. Rock N Roll World USA 1:48.3 - US$712,737. By world champion Rocknroll Hanover 1:48.3 US$2,754,038 out of champion US 2YO/3YO Pacing Filly of the Year. Dam a full sister to the dam of Captaintreacherous. Granddam a full sister to the dam of Art Major. Raced successfully from 2yo to 5yo at the highest level. Set season record Hoosier Park Invitational defeating Freaky Fete Pete. Second season. Standing in Vic. Soho Tribeca 1:53.8 - $1,103,854. Outstanding son of super sire American Ideal USA. Art Major dam was the Australian Broodmare of the Year and dam of 5 in 1:55 incl. 3 Group 1 winners. Multiple Group 1 winner incl. Golden Nugget, Vicbred Super Series and multiple Inter Dominion Heat winner. Just beaten into 3rd in Miracle Mile in 1:46.9 Raced against and beat Lazarus, Tiger Tara, Chicago Bull, Lennytheshark etc. First season at stud. Standing in Vic. Sportswriter 1:48.6 - US$1,566,460. By World Champion racehorse and sire Artsplace USA. 22 wins at 2 and 3. USA and Canadian 2YO Pacing Colt of the Year. Family of Whats Next USA, Downbytheseaside USA, Custard The Dragon USA. Three quarter brother to the dam of current leading US 3yo colt Tall Dark Stranger USA p3 1:47.1. Noted sire of juveniles, with 2yo Group 1 winners Mitch Maguire, Niki No No, Shezallapples, Lumineer. Standing in Vic. The relevant state Breeding Scheme applies to each stallion. Funds raised from the Stallion Tender go towards stakes, subsidies and other incentives, including rehoming. WASBA strongly supports rehoming initiatives and provides funds annually for this purpose. All proceeds from Sportswriter USA go to Pinjarra Harness Racing Club on behalf of Alabar Bloodstock. WASBA would like to sincerely thank all the studs concerned for their generosity and support. For the Full flyer with all the details and the Tender form, use this link, http://www.wasba.com.au/images/2020/WASBA_2020_Stallion_tender.pdf  or go to www.wasba.com.au  or call/SMS 0447 053 040 to get more information or a Tender Form.The Western Australian Standardbred Breeders Association is conducting our annual Stallion Service Tender in conjunction with Allwood Stud Farm (WA and Vic), Burwood Stud (QLD), Cobbitty Equine Farm (NSW), Global Breeding Farms (WA), Highlight Lodge (WA), KTC Bloodstock (WA), Northern Rivers Equine (Vic), Soho Standardbreds (Vic), Woodlands Stud (Vic and NZ), Yirribee Stud (NSW), Alabar Bloodstock (Vic) and Pinjarra Harness Racing Club. This is a great opportunity for breeders EVERYWHERE to get an exceptionally well-credentialed stallion at a reasonable price. Tender is for the 2020/21 season. The 14 fantastic stallions available are: Bling It On 1:50.2 - $1,833,597. Australasia’s richest and fastest son of American Ideal USA o/o dual Aus. Broodmare of the Year Alldatglittersisgold. Australian 2yo and 3yo Pacer of the Year. 48 wins incl. 18 Group wins - 6 Group 1 wins incl Hunter Cup, Victoria Cup etc. Half brother to Miracle Mile winner Baby Bling. Oldest progeny are 2YOs in 20/21. Standing in NSW. Caribbean Blaster 1:52.6 - $1,113,677. Multiple Group 1 winning son of champion Bettors Delight USA. Won Chariots of Fire, 4YO Breeders Crown, Victoria Cup. Raced and beat Smoken Up, Im Themightyquinn, Washakie, Melpark Major etc. First two crops racing produced 36 individual winners. Standing in WA. Control The Moment USA 1.48.2 - US$1,227,832. Canadian 2yo Pacing Colt of the Year, winning 8 out of 9. Won Metro Pace, Meadowlands Pace, Cane Pace. Richest and fastest son of 2yo and 3yo Pacer of the Year Well Said 1:47.3 US$2.6M. First crop racing in 2020 with 12 winners and 50% starters to foals already. FROZEN SEMEN. Downbytheseaside USA 1:48.3 - US$2,179,558. Champion racehorse and son of mighty Somebeachsomewhere USA. 22 wins at 2 and 3, equal fastest 2YO in history. 3YO Pacing Colt of the Year beating Huntsville, Fear The Dragon etc. Race timed 1:50 on half mile track. Oldest foals are yearlings in 20/21. Standing in NZ. Follow The Stars 1:53.8 - $707,237. By super sire Art Major from a Cams Card Shark mare. Multiple Group 1 winner. 19 wins, 9 places from only 29 starts. Won 10 of 11 as a 2yo. 2014 Australian and New Zealand 2YO of the Year. Second on Australian first season sire list in 2018/19. Sire of sensational filly Black Jack Baby. Standing in Vic. Foreclosure NZ 1:48.4 - $807,746. By champion Rocknroll Hanover out of a Fake Left mare. Bred in NZ, raced entirely in US for 15 wins. Competed against and beat the best including Foiled Again. 16 winners from only US crop of 21 foals, 14 in 1:55, 1 in 1:50. $93,000 ave. earnings per starter. Oldest Aus crop are weanlings. FROZEN SEMEN. Franco Nelson NZ 1:50.3 - $872,493. By champion racehorse and sire Christian Cullen from a Falcon Seelster dam. Multiple Group 1 and Harness Jewels winner, defeating some of the greats incl. Christian Me, Have Faith In Me, Lazarus, Tiger Tara, Smolda. Family of NZ 2Y0 Filly of Year Nevermore, champion NZ mare Spanish Armada, Chancellor Cullen and Cardigan Bay. First public season. Standing in Qld. Lather Up USA 1:46.0 - US$1,735,623. World Champion. Broke seven track records racing from 2yo to 4yo. By a son of Bettors Delight from a daughter of champion NZ sire In The Pocket. 23 wins. Fastest 4yo in history World record 1:46.0 set as a 4yo. Dam has produced 2 in 1:50, 5 in 1:52 and is a full sister to a millionaire. First season at stud. Standing in Vic. Mel Mara USA 1:47 – US$1,028,350. By Lis Mara, the fastest and richest son of still speed champion Cambest (set 1:46.1 World Record 27 yrs ago). Dam-sire and Grand-dam sire were the fastest of their time. Won 28 races, millionaire and champion performer in his own right, beating Sweet Lou, Always B Miki, McWicked etc. From maternal family of No Nukes and Rock N Roll Heaven. Second season. Standing in Vic. My Hard Copy NZ 1:51.6 - $1,270,660. Multiple Group 1 winning son of American Ideal USA. From the family of Adios Vic, Manifold Bay, Run Oneover, etc. Won 27 races from 2yo to 8yo over all distances. Wicked finish. Won 2018 Fremantle Cup defeating Lazarus, Chicago Bull and Soho Tribeca. Dual WA Pacing Cup winner. Inter Dominion Heat winner. Standing in WA. Renaissance Man 1:53.1 - $297,904 Multiple Group 1 winner. By champion racehorse and sire Art Major out of dam of 7 individual winners incl. Group 1 winners Louvre 1:54.5 $402,665, and Miss Hazel. Sire of 17 winners from first two small crops including Group 1 winner Longreach Bay, Group 3 winner My Prayer, and Fifty Five Reborn. Standing first season in NSW. Rock N Roll World USA 1:48.3 - US$712,737. By world champion Rocknroll Hanover 1:48.3 US$2,754,038 out of champion US 2YO/3YO Pacing Filly of the Year. Dam a full sister to the dam of Captaintreacherous. Granddam a full sister to the dam of Art Major. Raced successfully from 2yo to 5yo at the highest level. Set season record Hoosier Park Invitational defeating Freaky Fete Pete. Second season. Standing in Vic. Soho Tribeca 1:53.8 - $1,103,854. Outstanding son of super sire American Ideal USA. Art Major dam was the Australian Broodmare of the Year and dam of 5 in 1:55 incl. 3 Group 1 winners. Multiple Group 1 winner incl. Golden Nugget, Vicbred Super Series and multiple Inter Dominion Heat winner. Just beaten into 3rd in Miracle Mile in 1:46.9 Raced against and beat Lazarus, Tiger Tara, Chicago Bull, Lennytheshark etc. First season at stud. Standing in Vic. Sportswriter 1:48.6 - US$1,566,460. By World Champion racehorse and sire Artsplace USA. 22 wins at 2 and 3. USA and Canadian 2YO Pacing Colt of the Year. Family of Whats Next USA, Downbytheseaside USA, Custard The Dragon USA. Three quarter brother to the dam of current leading US 3yo colt Tall Dark Stranger USA p3 1:47.1. Noted sire of juveniles, with 2yo Group 1 winners Mitch Maguire, Niki No No, Shezallapples, Lumineer. Standing in Vic. The relevant state Breeding Scheme applies to each stallion. Funds raised from the Stallion Tender go towards stakes, subsidies and other incentives, including rehoming. WASBA strongly supports rehoming initiatives and provides funds annually for this purpose. All proceeds from Sportswriter USA go to Pinjarra Harness Racing Club on behalf of Alabar Bloodstock. WASBA would like to sincerely thank all the studs concerned for their generosity and support. For the Full flyer with all the details and the Tender form, use this link, http://www.wasba.com.au/images/2020/WASBA_2020_Stallion_tender.pdf  or go to www.wasba.com.au  or call/SMS 0447 053 040 to get more information or a Tender Form.    

At a scheduled meeting of the HRA Executive last week, a decision was made to provide a concession to studs and stallion owners regarding Free Returns in the 2020/21 Breeding Season. In light of COVID-19, this was already going to be a year like no other, but as 1 September approaches the Executive understands the difficulty’s breeders will face with transporting semen not only between countries, but also across borders within Australia for the foreseeable future.  Sporadic and necessary shutdowns at airports and borders along with reduced airline schedules and cargo space will cause issues with freight and distribution, likely requiring either private charter or road courier.  Further, the compounding impacts of the Avian Influenza (AI) outbreak/declaration in Victoria also put agriculture, primary industry and reproductive material transports under more scrutiny - which in turn will apply time pressures for semen distribution. While ultimately decision for each State and organisations therein, HRA will continue to work cooperatively with interested stakeholders on border entry and transport permit issues, but today a concession of 20 free return services above the 150 mare limits (stallion services) for the 2020/21 season is being announced in an effort to assist studs and stallion owners with their planning given the various circumstances at play. These free returns will be regulated with studs applying to HRA for approval for each free service.  This process will be designed to ensure that the semen from the same stallion can only be used for the same mare within this additional 20 free return service cap. Free returns aside, there has been widespread support for the 150-mare limit, and it is important to note that this announcement does not alter that proposition into the future.  It does, however, illustrate that the HRA Executive are monitoring, listening and have an appreciation for the range of difficulties and impacts faced by breeders in the coming season – a year like no other. For further information, please contact Andrew Kelly on akelly@hra.com.au or 03 9227 3000.   Andrew Kelly

At a meeting of the Harness Racing Australia (HRA) Executive on 12 June 2020, two important amendments to the Breeding Rules were finalised and unanimously approved. Subsequently, the Members of HRA have provided the requisite support for their formal approval, and as such, notice is now being given to the industry that these changes will be implemented from 1 September 2020 and therefore effect the coming breeding season. These changes, which relate to limiting the services of Stallions in any one season and the treatment of dead or disappeared Stallions, or geldings, harmonise Australia’s (breeding) Rules and Studbook with the major jurisdictions across the world on these issues. The changes are set out below: 1.  Stallion Limits The total mares bred to a stallion registered in Australia, regardless of method used, in any given breeding season shall not exceed 150, including free returns from previous seasons. No foal will be registered from a service performed beyond this limit. A person who fails to comply with this rule is guilty of an offence. 2.  Dead, Disappeared or Gelded Stallions The use of semen from a dead or disappeared stallion, or one that has been gelded, is forbidden beyond the end of breeding season following his death or disappearance or date of gelding. A provision will be allowed to “grandfather” a Registered Standardbred that is dead or disappeared, or one that has been gelded prior to 1 September 2020. No foal may be registered for an insemination performed beyond this time limit with the exception of a free return to the same broodmare in the second breeding season after death. A person who fails to comply with this rule is guilty of an offence. At this stage of the process, the industry is being notified of the amendments, their clear intent, the implementation date (1 September 2020) and fact that action can be taken if not observed.  Actual wording within the Australian Harness Racing Rules (AHRR’s) will be formalised by the National Rules Committee and published following its next meeting. For further information, please contact Andrew Kelly, Chief Executive, on +61 3 9227 3004.   Harness Racing Australia

Do you want the good news, or the bad news first? I was told to start with the bad news first so we could end on a high note. There isn’t a lot of good harness racing news in this and I won’t sugar coat it. The number of individual mares served in New Zealand has taken another hit this season and for the first time dips below 2,300 mares bred, with the number now resting at 2,171 individual mares served. Down from 2,333 the previous year. It’s a 35% decline over 10 years when we had 3365 individual mares bred in 2011. Before we go any further on the matter, let’s get one thing straight. We as standardbred breeders in New Zealand are not unique in the sense of a declining participation. Every jurisdiction globally that races standardbreds (and thoroughbreds) is facing the same challenges. Australian breeding declined 42 percent in the 10 years to 2018/19 and have even bigger challenges when it comes to wastage (more on that on Tuesday) Rising costs, stagnant returns and a dwindling social acceptance of racing are factors with apathy to harness racing growing demonstrated through a decline in TAB turnover. Similarly, this problem is not unique to the equine racing codes. All major sports are struggling to remain relevant in today’s society and some of our greatest pastimes are facing significant challenges also.  I draw a parallel with rugby because it too is suffering at the grass roots to non-traditional sports in terms of participation to codes like basketball having once been the only ticket in town. Sound familiar? Basketball now represents almost a third of the TAB’s sports turnover. Harness racing is now around 22-24%. Our greatest strengths are also our greatest weakness in the sense that we breed and develop the best athletes in our respective codes, creating demand for product offshore at the expense of the domestic product. To keep people coming through the gate and interested, we need to retain our best athletes and that is a challenge we both face. You can’t blame a young rugby player, or the owner of a fringe open class pacer or a promising young filly for chasing a solid return when the opportunity presents itself. It’s encouraging to hear that in the challenging climate we now face, as we head into racing post Covid-19, that the TAB, RITA and the codes will focus on maximising turnover, but given the lack of funding that will be available we all need to be realistic about what racing will look like when it returns. The breeding industry is our focus however so I’ll stick to my knitting. The ramifications of this seasons breeding’s won’t be felt for five years, but is something our racing people need to be conscious of and prepare for in their forecasting. The number of registered foals has gone well below 2000 and will only get worse if we continue to get bad information regarding stallion fertility. The increasing use of frozen semen comes with its own limitations and costs. A breeding industry already struggling for investment will no doubt take a hit as participants look at their expenditure. The NZSBA has very little control over so much of the above on its current funding which is going to get worse before it gets better. We will be tightening our belts but looking to continue serving breeders. The current challenge for me and the executive of the NZSBA is continuing to be vigilant, strategic and tactical as to its contribution to an industry that has to radically changing how it does business. There is no silver bullet to solve breeding numbers and we have about as much chance of Lord Module winning this year’s New Zealand Cup. Victoria provides an example we perhaps should study. Victoria went from 3893 mares bred to 4073 and last breeding season tapered off again to 3928. This season’s statistics have yet to come through, but it does have the widely applauded VicBred scheme to promote racing the local product. The bonuses from HRV haven’t been merely funded by their own code, they had an enormous government contribution also. Four million was spent initially by HRV when announcing their initiatives in 2012. The state government injection, $2.4m came in 2016 with a further $3 million from HRV causing a slight spike in numbers. So all in all, HRV has spent close to $10 million to see their breeding numbers stay almost exactly as they were seven breeding seasons ago which is a hell of a lot better than here and the rest of Australia. That is the level of investment required, and is it sustainable? Governments here have never shown an inclination to support racing under economic development allocations. Perhaps we should be advocating for this post-Covid-19? A decade ago Winnie threw $1 million at the Cup.  His bloodstock breeding tax concessions at that time did steady the decline for a short while. The first win bonus recently came with the best of intentions, but it was never sustainable either. The stallion service records (and yearling sales) paint a pretty accurate picture of the current climate. The top four pacing stallions on average at this year’s Yearling Sales: Bettor’s Delight, Art Major, Sweet Lou & Captaintreacherous served only 18 less mares between them season on season. Those in the $7000 or less bracket were down nearly 300 mares and that was with Always B Miki doing 72 more mares than last season. In my opinion we need to do more to cater to this demographic of horse and can do so simply with our programming. It doesn’t cost a pinch of salt to programme a race for horses sired by the middle to lower tier stallions regularly. I say regularly because the Sires 7000 is a nice concept but a one off race we need more of, and they don’t need to carry the $30,000 stake. But why not a series? Data shows that in Canterbury alone, there are over 500 four year old and older pacers registered with trainers that fall into this bracket of being sired by stallions at prices of $7,000 or less. Is it going to solve the worlds problems? No. But if you’re serious about providing opportunities for those at the bottom end, start with programming. It isn’t a numbers problem, and it couldn’t hurt to try. Why couldn’t an extended Sires 7000 type series be part of a bigger carrot? Last year only 17% of horses sired by New Zealand-bred stallions paid up for the Sires Stakes scheme with foal payments. Their progeny struggle to beat the better bred horses on the track or and because of this are not in demand at the sales so what incentive is there for anyone to breed to them? The one and two mare hobby breeders are disappearing and we need to give them hope. They need to be able to either race or sell horses bred to stallions other than the expensive top four! It can’t be a case of commercial or nothing which it is becoming. Going back to Government contributions, there is potential for a policy change with the IRD. The current ‘Stand Out Yearling’ policy has unofficially yielded minimal applications in either code. The policy which has finding of close to $4 million in ‘incentives’ attached over four years, but every year it goes unutilised it is dead money. No refunds sorry! It would appear that the IRD and Winston are cottoning on to the fact that for stimulus in the breeding industry, perhaps another approach is needed. Hence a review that is being finalised now. Is the purchase of a standardbred yearling on price alone the best indication of someone looking to start a breeding business? John Aubrey the well-known bloodstock tax accountant hits the nail on the had in my opinion with his summation of the scheme; existing breeders in business are not faced with any of these time-consuming information requirements (the paperwork and documentation involved to apply); a standout yearling is best based on pedigree and type, not sale price; the threshold proposals should be abandoned and a simple amendment made to the existing bloodstock sections of the act that new investors should be subject to the same legislative rules as existing breeders and that their new breeding business should commence at time of purchase of their potential breeding bloodstock; and in lieu of endeavouring to promote standout yearlings the best course of action by far is to promote standout broodmares. The NZSBA is closely involved in working with the IRD, RITA and the thoroughbred code in urging government to reform bloodstock taxation as suggested by John Aubrey. In addition to John’s fourth point, why couldn’t both codes be tasked with coming up with some race bonus’ or credit schemes of their own to further sustain the sectors? But I would like to believe that we could work together to come up with something that is of long term value to breeding. Next week we will discuss with the NZ Sires Stakes Board and their vision for a possible return to racing and how they endeavour to best utilise the resources they hold on behalf of breeders, owners and studs who pay handsomely to participate in these series. It will be interesting to get their thoughts. I said I would finish with good news and that is what I will do. For the fourth year in a row, New Zealand’s trotting renaissance has continued. Over the same period as the VicBred scheme (seven years), trot mares bred have managed to maintain their numbers. There were 642 services in 2012/13, and this year there were 643. It took a dip in the 2015/16 season at 545, but the bounce back is a reflection of the improved genetics and a greater parity when it comes to racing. That’s not a dig, it’s a fact. It’s imperative we look to invest in our growth areas like this, and it’s about time the trotters got more respect when it came to Group Race races and stakes. Now, now. Let’s not finish on a sour note. As always, I welcome your views and would love to hear your ideas and suggestions. We can and will come out of this malaise not helped by Mr Covid-19. We can’t pretend the challenge is not immense, but let’s not shirk the task either. A collaborative approach will be needed to ensure the sustainability and viability of harness racing if we hope to be anything more than an export market. Again, that sounds scarily like the challenge before New Zealand Rugby. By Brad Reid To read more articles like this in the Breeders Update, click here.

Stone named the promising filly Maud S after his eldest daughter, Maud Stone. Maud S made her professional debut at the Carthage Fair track in 1877. Harness racing is a different sport than horse racing. Horses trot rather than gallop and a driver rides behind in a sulky, a cart on two bicycle-like wheels. During her first race, Maud S came to a stop and tried to go through the gate to the stables. Once the driver got her back on track, she took off. Then she … showed that she was a trotter, and a rare trotter, too,” Stone recalled. “She threw up her head, got down to business and went through that back stretch like a cyclone, reaching the bunch in front, overhauling them one by one, and finishing at the wire a winner of the heat.” Maud S drew the attention of railroad tycoon William H. Vanderbilt, who offered $20,000 to buy her if she could run a mile under two minutes, 20 seconds. Stone then promised his trainer Bair $1,000 if Maud could beat 2:19. “She finished in 2:17 ¾, and the country went wild,” Stone said. “It was the fastest mile up to that time that had ever been trotted by a four-year-old.” Vanderbilt agreed to pay $20,000 plus the $1,000 to Bair. But he wanted Maud S as a road horse, and she didn’t play along. So, Vanderbilt agreed to allow Stone to manage her racing career and Bair to train her. Maud S was some horse. “Queen of the turf,” celebrated from coast to coast, she was a record-breaking trotter, the fastest in the world in the 1880s. And she was ours, trained and quartered at Chester Park, once a great racetrack on Spring Grove Avenue in what is now Spring Grove Village. That’s where she came to the attention of Capt. George N. Stone. Stone had earned his rank in the Civil War and settled in Cincinnati, where he was president of the Cincinnati Bell Telephone Co. (then called the City and Suburban Telegraph Association). But his passion was horse racing. In 1875, Stone started the Chester Park Driving Association, named for his favorite horse, Lady Chester. To show confidence in his trainer, W.W. Bair, he let him pick any horse for sale at the park to train. Bair chose an unbroken 2-year-old filly that cost $350, considered a fair price because of her lineage. The standardbred filly, born in 1874 in Woodburn Farm, Kentucky, didn’t even have a name yet, and was resistant to training. “She showed very little speed, and I was not congratulating myself at all,” Stone told The Enquirer in 1900. “She was inclined to mix gaits and rack, and would do most anything but trot.” He suggested that Bair run her through the rye growing on the edge of the track. She floundered and stumbled and fought all the way, but found her trotting gait. She got faster and faster. Over a five-year period, Maud S lowered the world trot record seven times. When the horse Jay-Eye-See bested her time at 2:10 on Aug. 1, 1884, the next day Maud S set a new record at 2:09 ¾. “It was the most graceful performance by any horse, before or since,” Stone said, “and while she made still faster time subsequently, on the same Cleveland track, it was not the graceful effort that marked her regaining her crown after Jay-Eye-See had enjoyed the title of king for exactly 24 hours.” Vanderbilt then surprised the racing world by selling Maud S to Robert Bonner for $40,000. An oft-told story, likely untrue, was that Vanderbilt was jealous that folks would say, “There goes Maud S with Vanderbilt!” rather than the other way around. In 1885, Maud S set the world record again with her fastest time of 2:08 ¾, nearly 28 mph, then retired. She died in 1900. Stone passed away in 1901 and is buried in Spring Grove Cemetery, a few blocks from where Chester Park once stood. The racetrack where the legendary Maud S ran was replaced by a man-made lake as Chester Park was made into an amusement park. By Jeff Suess, Cincinnati Enquirer Reprinted with permission of The Enquirer

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