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Sugar Valley Farm announced today that the book for Adios champion Catch The Fire is now full and closed for the upcoming breeding season.  Because he will be doing double duty and returning to the racetrack in 2021, Catch The Fire’s book was limited to 65 mares for his inaugural season. Sugar Valley Farm and Catch The Fire’s connections would like to extend thanks to those who booked their mares to him.  “We were thrilled to get such a quick response after we announced that he would be standing stud this year and are so excited by the quality of mares he attracted,” said Joe McLead of Sugar Valley Farm. “We’re proud to have him on our roster in Ohio.”     by Joe McLead for Sugar Valley Farms

Sugar Valley Farm and the owners of the harness racing pacing standout Catch The Fire are excited to announce that The Adios victor will be joining the Sugar Valley Farm stallion roster for the 2021 season, while continuing his racing career. Catch The Fire will stand in Ohio for an introductory fee of $3,500. Catch The Fire, a son of standout stallion Captaintreacherous and out of the Bettor’s Delight mare Dream Outloud, is a top performer among the talented 2020 sophomore pacers. A Grand Circuit winner and KYSS 2-year-old champion, he has earnings of $655,001 lifetime and has proven to be a formidable competitor across the country and on all racetracks. Owner Charles Taylor is excited for this new opportunity, “Fire was exceptional right from the time he went into training. He has a flawless gait with no wasted motion. He has proven that with his sub 1:50 wins on all size tracks. He loves to race and has been very versatile in how he wins. He raced the best of his class every week. H never dodged the competition.” “He’s been a dream to drive. He’s just so smart on the track and does everything so easily. He’s incredibly versatile. To have a horse pace sub 1:50 miles on all sizes of racetracks is really something special,” said driver Mike Wilder. Sugar Valley Farm’s Joe McLead loves adding another strong pacing stallion to the Buckeye state, “He’s going to be a great addition to Ohio. He’s the Adios winner and a Jug elim winner and just an excellent individual. Being the first son of Captaintreacherous to come to the state makes it even better. He is a great addition to our roster that will allow us to cover all different maternal families. He’s the perfect fit to our puzzle. I was honored to have Mr. Taylor call to stand him. It’s going to be a lot of fun to manage his breeding career and watch him race when the breeding season is over.” For further information, contact Sugar Valley Farm at 740.363.5618 or email   From Sugar Valley Farm

It has been announced that world champion Lather Up (p,4,1:46 [$1,917,935]) has completed his rookie breeding season and has bred a full book of 140 harness racing mares. Lather Up is a son of Im Gorgeous (Bettors Delight) and stands at stud at Sugar Valley Farm in Ohio for owners Gary and Barbara Iles, George Teague Jr. and Taylor Made Stallions. “Being the co-fastest harness racing horse of all time and the fastest four-year-old in history, we had high hopes for Lather Up, and we’re thrilled with his full book, and especially the quality of the mares,” said Sugar Valley’s Joe McLead. McLead said Lather Up’s book included Mozzi Hanover, the dam of Wiggle It Jiggleit. Mozzi Hanover is owned by George Teague Jr. Inc. “All of the owners supported Lather Up, which is always of importance when you’re standing a stallion,” said McLead. “All of the pieces are in place for Lather Up and his foals to make a big impact on the sport.” Sugar Valley Farm

Lather Up’s ownership announced on Friday (Nov. 15) the decision to stand their world champion at Sugar Valley Farm in Ohio rather than at the new Diamond Creek farm in New York. “When we saw the overwhelming reception on the part of Ohio breeders coupled with that of top breeders from other states who appreciate the convenience of shipped semen, Adam [Bowden] and I thought it best to stand the horse in Ohio,” said Duncan Taylor of Taylor Made Farm. “He will be standing at Sugar Valley Farm as a Diamond Creek / Taylor Made Stallion. “We could not be more excited about the addition of Lather Up, the co-fastest horse on the planet, to our stellar roster,” Joe McLead of Sugar Valley Farm said. “With Ohio re-establishing itself as a top state in the industry with a top notch stakes program and opportunities galore, it became more apparent to us at Sugar Valley to continue the full court press to bring Lather Up back to Ohio. “Our industry has the appeal of the most prolific thoroughbred operation, in Duncan Taylor & Taylor Made Farm, wanting to be a part of Ohio’s program. It is quite humbling to be working alongside of them, standing the fastest pacer in Lather Up and a champion trotter in What The Hill. Working with Adam Bowden and Diamond Creek Farm while standing Downbytheseaside has been tremendous.” Lather Up was described by the Daily Racing Form as “the fastest horse in harness racing history” when he equaled Always B Miki’s world record time for the mile in 1:46. He also set multiple track records from ages 2 to 4. Lather Up established a new track record in one of every five starts, an achievement that will likely define him as one of the most accomplished Standardbreds . All inquiries regarding season or share purchases should be directed to Diamond Creek Farm. Lather Up in The Haughton Final  The $230,200 Sam McKee Memorial for free-for-all pacers on Saturday (Aug. 3) at The Meadowlands was one more sizzling showcase for Lather Up as the pacer broke the 1-1/8 mile record, winning in a world record 1:59.2. Hear from Montrell Teague and Sam Mckee's family On July 6, 2019, Montrell Teague drove the four year old pacer Lather Up to a winning victory in 1:46 flat. That time equals the fastest mile in the history the sport! Lather Up, who resides in Delaware, is trained by Clyde Francis and owned by Harrington residents Gary & Barbara Isles. In this segment was talk with Montrell about this eye popping mile!

Downbytheseaside, the richest harness racing racehorse of 2017, is now booked full and closed for 2018.   "We are in the enviable position of being oversubscribed," says Sugar Valley's Joe McLead, "We are proud to be part of this horse and to have him here in Ohio."   The world champion, Downbytheseaside, wrapped up his racing career with a win in the Hap Hansen Progress Pace, tying his lifetime mark of 1:48.3.  He earned $2,179,558 over his lifetime and became the richest 3 year old pacer of 2017.     "The response for the horse has been outstanding, especially the support from the Ohio breeders," says Adam Bowden of Diamond Creek. "We are all very excited about the future."   Downbytheseaside will be standing his first season in 2018 at Sugar Valley Farm in partnership with Diamond Creek Farm.       

World champion harness racing pacer Downbytheseaside will be joining the star-studded roster of Diamond Creek Farm stallions in 2018. “We are thrilled to have one of the top Somebeachsomewheres ever to race come to Ohio,” said Sugar Valley Farm’s Joe McLead. “Ohio's program is gaining on a national scale,and this is an incredible opportunity for the growing popularity of Ohio breds. With the loss of Dragon Again, I never thought I'd be able to replace him with a horse of this caliber, but through our relationship with Diamond Creek, it has been made possible.” Downbytheseaside caused a splash as one of the best 2-year-olds in his class.  He equaled the world record (1:49) for freshman pacing colts during his International Stallion Stake division at The Red Mile and broke the world record (1:50) for his age/sex on a half-mile track when racing at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. Downbytheseaside ended his initial campaign with a dominating win in the $520,000 Governors Cup at Woodbine Racetrack. Downbytheseaside continued to perform as a 3-year-old, ending up in the winner's circle in both the $500,000 Messenger Stakes and $300,000 Art Rooney at Yonkers Raceway, and posting an impressive track-record setting 1:49 3/5 victory in the $300,000 Carl Milstein Memorial over Fear The Dragon at Northfield Park. Most recently, Downbytheseaside rebounded from a tough runner-up finish in the Breeders Crown with a win the $245,000 Monument Circle at Hoosier Park, setting a new lifetime mark of 1:48 3/5. “Downbytheseaside has shown his grit and determination time after time,” said Diamond Creek's Adam Bowden. “Earlier this year he was roughed up a few times, but he continued to persevere and ended up being arguably the top 3-year-old. Standing him in Ohio makes sense. The horse has Ohio racing connections and he is a good outcross for the horses there as a son of Somebeachsomewhere.” Downbytheseaside will stand at Sugar Valley Farm in 2018 in partnership with Diamond Creek Farm. The 2018 stud fee will be $6,000. For bookings or share information, please contact Diamond Creek Farm at 7176387100 or  The Monument Circle 3yo Pace Carl Milstein Memorial 3yo Pacers Harnesslink Media

 In an exciting turn of events for Ohio harness racing breeders, multi-millionaire trotter, Creatine, will be standing at Sugar Valley Farm in 2018. Creatine, one of the richest sons of Andover Hall, made over $2,000,000 throughout his career, with wins that included the Kentucky Futurity, Breeders Crown and Allerage Trot, over heavy favorite Sebastian K.   This move to Ohio will make him one of the fastest and most successful stallions to stand in the state. "We decided to stand Creatine in Ohio as a testimony to the Ohio breeding industry", says Diamond Creek's Adam Bowden, "The industry in Ohio is no longer limited regionally, but is becoming a national force." Sugar Valley Farm has already had success with stallions such as Well Said and the ill-fated Dragon Again, adding Creatine to their lineup will give them even more star power.  Sugar Valley's Joe McLead says, “Creatine standing in Ohio is a value play for breeders.  Creatine has everything a breeder could be looking for; the pedigree, speed and heart. We are excited for this partnership with Diamond Creek”. Diamond Creek will continue to manage and support Creatine in this lateral move to Ohio. "Our full support is behind Creatine," emphasizes Bowden, "not only will we be handling his bookings and interests, we will continue to breed many of our top mares to him. We are very proud of Creatine and we intend to remain fully involved to ensure his continued success." Creatine will stand at Sugar Valley Farm in partnership with Diamond Creek Farm.  His 2018 stud fee will be $4000. For bookings or more information on breeding, please contact Diamond Creek at 717-638 -7100 or find out more at  

Dragon Again, a winner of more than $2.3 million on the harness racing track and the sire of the winners of more than $122.7 million, including the $7.5 million-winner Foiled Again, the sport's all-time richest racehorse, was euthanized Wednesday afternoon, April 19, at Sugar Valley Farm in Ohio, where he had stood stallion duty since 2014. Dragon Again's death comes one week after Sugar Valley Farm announced the retirement of the 22-year-old son of Dragon's Lair. In making that announcement, Sugar Valley Farm co-owner Joe McLead said Dragon Again had a fused right ankle that was ailing him. "He's had that fused right ankle the last 14 years and in the last day or so the ankle became just too much for him to deal with. It had begun to take its toll on the rest of his body," McLead said on Thursday morning. Dragon Again was bred by Andray Farm and was purchased as a yearling for $40,000 by Ohioan Ed Mullinax. Mullinax owned Dragon Again his entire racing career and is still the majority shareholder in the Dragon Again Syndicate. "I consulted with Mr. Mullinax and we made the decision to euthanize together," said McLead. "We did not want the horse to suffer." Dragon Again won 29 of 70 starts, with his biggest victory coming in the $450,000 Hoosier Cup in 1998 at Hoosier Park. Other big wins for Dragon Again included the $350,000 Canadian Pacing Derby at Mohawk Racetrack and the $250,000 Prix d'Autumn at Hippodrome de Montreal in 1999, and the $150,000 Battle of Lake Erie in 1999 at Northfield Park. Dragon Again's career best of 1:48.3 came on June 17, 2000, when he won the $87,600 Pacing Classic at Woodbine. At the time the mile was the fastest ever paced in Canada. Dragon Again was retired following his 5-year-old season in 2000, going on to a stud career at Hanover Shoe Farms in Pennsylvania. He stood at Hanover for 13 years before moving to Sugar Valley in 2014, where the size of his books were 116, 107 and 82 in years 2014-16. Dragon Again bred some mares this season, with a few already pronounced in foal. In addition to Foiled Again, Dragon Again's other $1-million-plus performers include My Little Dragon ($2.3 million); Atochia ($1.8 million); Aracache Hanover ($1.7 million); Wakizashi Hanover ($1.3 million); Versado ($1.2 million); and Tidewaterdragonfly ($1 million). Overall, Dragon Again sired 334 lifetime $100,000 winners from 940 performers. From those performers, 562 took marks of 1:55 or better. His fastest progeny were 1:48 winners Foiled Again, Wakizashi Hanover and Vlos. McLead said Dragon Again was buried on the farm near his paddock by the Sugar Valley office. "We have a pond near his paddock and there are two oak trees at the back of the pond, and we buried him between those two trees so he can see all the broodmares and his paddock," said McLead. Gordon Waterstone The Horseman And Fair World

Delaware, OH --- Dragon Again, a sire of the winners of more than $124 million, has been officially retired from stallion duties effective Tuesday (April 11). The 22-year-old stallion, himself a winner of more than $2.3 million, will live out his retirement at Delaware, Ohio’s Sugar Valley Farm, where he has been standing stud since 2014. “We made the decision in the best interest of Dragon,” said Joe McLead, co-owner of Sugar Valley Farm. “As syndicate manager I consulted with Mr. (Ed) Mullinax, who owned him throughout his racing career and is still his majority shareholder, as well as Hanover Shoe Farms’ Dr. Jablonsky and Jim Simpson, where he stood the majority of his career. “Dragon doesn’t owe anyone and has been a huge asset to our wonderful sport and will continue to be in the years to come. I would like to thank everyone who has supported him and helped in his success, both at Hanover and Sugar Valley Farm.” For his stallion career, Dragon Again has had an impact on the Standardbred breed from beginning to end. Foiled Again, the richest Standardbred of all time with earnings of more than $7.5 million and counting, was a foal of his 2004 crop. More recently, he was the sire of 2015 North America Cup winner Wakizashi Hanover. He was the sire of the 2016 sales topper at the Ohio Selected Jug Yearling Sale, the colt Allgonowhoa, who sold for $80,000. All starters by Dragon Again average over $116,000 each. He is also the sire of seven millionaires.  


Mr Wiggles, sire of Little Brown Jug and world champion Wiggle It Jigglit, is returning to Sugar Valley Farm in Delaware, Ohio for the 2016 harness racing breeding season. Mr Wiggles’ first foals are three-year-olds this year, led by Wiggle It Jiggleit p, 1:47.4 ($1,776,020). His second crop includes Ohio Breeder’s Champion Mr Wiggle Pants p, 1:53.2h ($90,993) and Ohsowigglesspecial p, 1:57h ($27,335) with just 11 registered foals. “Obviously we are very excited to have Mr Wiggles back at our farm,” noted Joe McLead, co-owner of Sugar Valley Farm. “Jug week was very good for the sons of Mr Wiggles. Mr Wiggle Pants equaled a stakes record and Wiggle It Jiggleit’s effort in the Little Brown Jug was one of the gutsiest performance I have ever seen.” McLead added,” Mr Wiggles arrived at the farm last week and looks great. George (Teague) and I have been friends and have done business with each other for a long time and it means a lot for us to bring Mr Wiggles back home.” As a racehorse, Mr Wiggles won the $500,000 Hoosier Cup and was second in the $600,000 Breeders Crown Final, earning $1,171,484 a lifetime mark of 1:49.1f. For all the latest updates on Mr Wiggles go to Mr Wiggles’ 2016 stud fee will be $4,000.  

Delaware, OH - Sugar Valley Farm and the Dragon Again Syndicate have announced that Dragon Again's book is full and closed for 2015. Sire of the richest pacer ever, Foiled Again p,1:48f ($6,925,031), Dragon Again p,1:48.3 ($2,343,428) is perennially ranked among harness racing’s leading pacing sires in both speed and earnings categories. Standing his second Ohio season in 2015, he has been enthusiastically received by breeders in the Buckeye state with full books in both 2014 and 2015. His first crop of Ohio-eligible foals will be yearlings in 2016. For further information, contact Sugar Valley Farm at 740.363.5618 or e-mai

International trotting star Wishing Stone, a winner of the Kentucky Futurity at three and the Copenhagen Cup in Denmark at age five, will be officially retired from harness racing and will stand stud. On Friday, Bob Marks of Deo Volente Farms and Joe McLead of Sugar Valley Farm jointly made the announcement that Wishing Stone will stand at Sugar Valley Farm in Delaware, Ohio. Both Marks and McLead emphasized, “Wishing Stone’s world record performances on five-eighths and half-mile tracks make him a natural for the Buckeye State which at this time features exclusively five furlong and half-mile ovals. Given the fact that he raced sound from ages two through seven strongly suggests that his foals would be ideal for the Ohio racing circuit and beyond.” A winner of more than $2.3 million lifetime, Wishing Stone returned to the races this year at age seven after fulfilling stallion duty at Deo Volente Farms in New Jersey. He has been entered in the Breeders Crown for older trotters and will be retired following that event. By one of the great sire of sires, Conway Hall and from the productive Meadowbranch Magic, Wishing Stone won such stakes as the Kentucky Futurity, Copenhagen Cup, Maxie Lee Memorial, and Cutler Memorial and was stakes placed in eliminations or finals of the Hambletonian, Peter Haughton Memorial, and Elitlopp in Solvalla, Sweden. In addition, Wishing Stone was the New York Sires Stakes trotting champion during his two-year-old year. Wishing Stone’s stellar race career against some of the fiercest competition in both America and Europe earned him 24 lifetime wins. Wishing Stone will bring this international speed, performance and durability to Ohio for the 2015 breeding season. He will stand for a fee of $4,500 and all foals will be eligible to the growing Ohio Sires Stakes program. Wishing Stone breaking Varenne's long standing World Record From Deo Volente Farms and Sugar Valley Farm

Sugar Valley Farm and the Dragon Again syndicate are pleased to announce that the 2014 book for Dragon Again is full and closed. We are extremely pleased with the response and the support our stallion has received, noted Syndicate Manager Joe McLead. We are proud to be a part of the renaissance of Ohios racing and breeding programs and we look forward to Dragon Agains offspring leading the way. Dragon Again is one of seven sires of at least 10 foals with records faster than 1:49. With foal earnings of more than $93 million, he ranks among the top six active pacing sires in North America. Some of his top performers include Foiled Again ($6,030,968; 1:48f), My Little Dragon ($2,318,623; 1:48.1), Atochia ($1,795,122; 1:49f) and Aracache Hanover ($1,590,859; 1:48.1f).   Dragon Again moved to the Delaware, Ohio farm this season after 13 years at Hanover Shoe Farm in Pennsylvania. For further information, contact Sugar Valley Farm at 740.363.5618 or e-mail

Sugar Valley Farm will be hosting their annual open house on Sunday, March 2, 2014 from 1:00 3:00 p.m. at the Delaware County Fairgrounds, the home of the Little Brown Jug. The Sugar Valley Farm stallions will be available for inspection in the Jugette Barn and stallion videos and a reception will be held in the Log Cabin. Food and beverages will be provided by Shortys BBQ. RSVPs are preferred but not necessary. To RSVP, please call Sugar Valley Farm at (740) 363-5618 or email For more information on the Sugar Valley Farm stallions, please visit their website at

Sugar Valley Farm and the Yankee Cruiser syndicate are pleased to announce that Yankee Cruiser will stand at the Delaware, Ohio nursery for the 2014 breeding season. The son of Artiscape out of the Jate Lobell mare A Yankee Classic has sired four sub 1:50 performers and winners of $24.6 million, including Sweet Lou (1:47.4s - $2,054,001) and the 2012 Jugette champion, Darena Hanover (1:50.1f - $650,607). On the racetrack, Yankee Cruiser was a very consistent performer finishing on the board in 26 of 35 career starts, winning $1,150,123. He established his lifetime mark of 1:49.3s in winning the $1 million North American Cup. Yankee Cruiser returns to Ohio after standing the last six seasons at Hanover Shoe Farm in Pennsylvania. "We are pleased to have Yankee Cruiser back in the Buckeye State," noted Joe McLead, co-owner of Sugar Valley Farm. "He was a dominate sire in Ohio in the late 2000s and we expect the same in the future." Yankee Cruiser will stand for a $4,500 fee in 2014. by Jay Wolf for Sugar Valley Farm  

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