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Manalapan, NJ --- Yannick Gingras was impressed with 2-year-old female pacer Warrawee Ubeaut when he trained her earlier this year in Florida, and the filly continued to get high marks from Gingras following her first qualifier on Monday (June 11) at New Jersey's Gaitway Farm. Warrawee Ubeaut, a daughter of Sweet Lou out of Great Memories, paced her mile in 1:56 with a :26.3 final quarter-mile to win by eight lengths for trainer Ron Burke. She was a $70,000 purchase at the Lexington Selected Sale and is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Phil Collura, J&T Silva - Purnel & Libby, and the Weaver Bruscemi partnership. She is a half-sister to O'Brien Award-winning millionaire Warrawee Needy. "When I was in Florida I really liked her; she was one of my favorite fillies that Ronnie had," Gingras said. "She's a little fussy with her mouth, has little quirks about her, but today she came a quarter in :26 and change and was very strong. I was really happy with her." There were nine qualifiers for 2-year-olds Monday at Gaitway, where the Burke Brigade sent out 21 of the day's 45 rookies and won six of the races. The remaining three qualifiers for the 2-year-olds were won by Team Orange Crush, the wife-and-husband duo of trainer Julie Miller and driver Andy Miller. Gingras won four times with 2-year-olds, with female pacers She's Allright and Pace Baby Pace along with male pacer Semi Tough joining Warrawee Ubeaut. She's Allright, a daughter of Sweet Lou-Atsallrite Hanover, won in 1:54.3. She was bred by owners Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, Michelle Yanek, and Collura. Her family includes Dan Patch Award-winner Allamerican Native and stakes-winner Apprentice Hanover. This was She's Allright's second qualifying effort; she went off stride last week. "I was a little careful with her, but she didn't offer to do anything wrong today," Gingras said. "There are little things to work on with her, I have to talk to Ronnie, but she had plenty of pace as well." Pace Baby Pace (Sweet Lou-Breakheart Pass) won in 1:56.3 and Semi Tough (Somebeachsomewhere-Jan It Jackson) won in 1:54.3 with a :26.2 final quarter. Pace Baby Pace is owned by breeders Burke Racing and Weaver Bruscemi. Semi Tough, who was purchased for $115,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale, is owned by Burke Racing, Frank Baldachino, J&T Silva - Purnel & Libby, and Weaver Bruscemi. His family includes stakes-winner Sunshine Beach. "A bunch of the pacers went very well," Gingras said. "A lot of them went (1):54, (1):55, (1):56, so a lot of them have speed. You want to see how they do it and if they have manners. You need a quick turn of speed, but have to be able to turn it on and off and turn it on again. "A lot of horses have one quarter in them, but if you want a top horse you need two quarters at different times in the race, not just back-to-back quarters. They've got to come back to you when you ask them. That's kind of what you're looking for now." Burke's remaining winners were male pacer Bicorne Hanover (Art Major-Boldnbrash Hanover) in 1:55.3 with driver Joe Bongiorno and male trotter Goes Down Smooth (Muscle Hill-Peach Martini) in 1:57 with Andy McCarthy. Bicorne Hanover was a $47,000 purchase at the Standardbred Horse Sale and is owned by Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, James Martin, and William Switala. His family includes Dan Patch and O'Brien awards winner Big Jim. Goes Down Smooth was purchased for $82,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale and is owned by Burke Racing, Switala, Martin, and Weaver Bruscemi. Winners for the Millers were 2-year-old female trotters Reilly K in 2:00.1 and Paint The Corners in 2:00 along with male trotter Klutzy in 1:57.2. Reilly K (Donato Hanover-Athena Miss) was purchased for $50,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale and is owned by Andy Miller Stable, Nick Surick Stable, and Daniel Plouffe. She is a full-sister to stakes-winner Make Or Miss. Paint The Corners (Andover Hall-Nuvola) is owned by breeder Al Libfeld. Klutzy (Cantab Hall-Upside Hanover) was purchased for $55,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale and is owned by Stroy Inc. Trainer Trond Smedshammer had two second-place finishers among the 2-year-olds, sending out four starters in three races. Matterlei (Explosive Matter-Hawaiian Lei) finished second to Reilly K and Skyway Kon Man (Conway Hall-Keystone Sadie) finished second to Goes Down Smooth. "They were OK," Smedshammer said. "There were no real surprises. That's all you ask for, that they behave and finish with a little trot." Smedshammer has 18 total 2-year-olds this season. "I don't see any stars in there, but they're training down pretty solid," he said. "But you don't really know until you start racing." by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA   

Saturday, June 2 was a perfect day to pay a visit to the Diamond Creek Farm Open House and get up close and personal with the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono 2016 Earl Beal Jr. Memorial Trot winner Southwind Frank; 2016 Ben Franklin Winner Always B Miki; and 2014 Ben Franklin Winner Sweet Lou, along with numerous Mares and a few adorable foals. Children of all ages experienced the farm's amenities, including tours of the stallion barns; hay rides; demonstrations and exhibits from the Harness Horse Youth Foundation (hhyf.org), including a special meet and greet with ambassador Sweet Karen; and a menu of delicious grilled food and ice cream. It has been reported that 1,500 people attended the special Open House. Notable attendees from the State Horse Racing Commission included Standardbred Bureau Director Brett Revington; Commissioners Ed Rodgers and Darryl Breniser; and Marketing Director Ashley Eisenbeil. Also attending were Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association president Sam Beegle and Executive Director Mike Harant as well as Bob Boni, a notable bloodstock agent and co-owner of Always B Miki. To learn more about Diamond Creek Farm, visit https://www.diamondcreekfarm.com/about/ From Diamond Creek Farm

First season sires just don’t have $100,000 yearlings sold at sales ‘down under’ do they? Recent history says that’s the case but at the 2018 Australasian yearling sales at Karaka, one stallion defied history. His name is Sweet Lou! Sweet Lou was a rock star on the race track. He is still the equal fastest 2yo in harness history pacing 1.49. 0 flat in the Breeders crown at Woodbine where defeated A Rock N Roll Dance by 7 ½ lengths! Sweet Lou made over a $1,000,000 at three and went on the become one of the greatest North American Free For Aller’s in recent history. Sweet Lou banked close to $3.5 million in stakes and was still breaking records in his final race track season. Sweet Lou’s maternal family has made over $7,000,000 in stakes, it is clearly one of harness racing’s most influential and modern families. Sweet Lou average over $78,000 at last year’s Lexington sales, he is leaving outstanding progeny on type! Woodlands Stud is proudly consigning over 20 weanlings by Sweet Lou on Friday June 1st at Karaka at the annual All Age and Weanling sale. At least year’s weanling sales the progeny of Sweet Lou where highly sought by a raft of New Zealand’s leading trainers. Sweet Lou’s progeny is very intelligent, easy to handle and many have broken in exceptionally well. Down under breeders flocked to Sweet Lou last season, as he served his biggest book. Don’t miss your opportunity to buy a Sweet Lou weanling that has been bred and raised at New Zealand’s leading standardbred nursery. Only recently Woodlands bred, raised and sold progeny ran the trifecta in the PGG Wrightson sales series race for 2yo colts and geldings. Information regarding the weanling sale is available on our website. Go to www.woodlandsstud.co.nz for all the details. You can also contact our New Zealand agent Stacey Markham on 021595492 or contact our Australian agent Mark Hughes 0n 0451650707. From Woodlands Stud    

Offaly, Ireland - Management at Oakwood Stud have announced that they have reached an agreement with Adam Bowden of Diamond Creek Farms in Pennsylvania in the USA, to have semen shipped over from Sweet Lou, for breeding to pacers in Ireland and the UK. Sweet Lou is sired by Yankee Cruiser out of the mare Sweet Future. As a two-year-old, Sweet Lou set, and still holds, the world record on all sized tracks at 1:49. Sweet Lou currently holds the world record for older horses and the all-age mark on a five-eighths mile track in 1:47 with lifetime earnings of $3,478,894. In the summer of 2014 he won 10 consecutive races, with six consecutive wins in sub 1:48. He is the only pacer in harness racing history to achieve this feat. “It’s an honor for us at Oakwood Stud to be able to work on such a milestone project with Diamond Creek Farms,” said Derek Delaney of Oakwood Stud. “and make World Champion Sweet Lou available to breeders in Ireland & the UK via frozen semen for the 2018 Breeding season. Sweet Lou will be the fastest and richest stallion ever to stand in Ireland and the UK. “The timing of this could not have been better with the juvenile stakes racing at an all-time high with record purses in the Vincent Delaney Memorial, the Sire Stakes Ireland Program and the Breeders Crown UK/IRE in 2017,” Delaney added. “This has encouraged breeders to import record numbers of broodmares from USA in 2016, bred to top US studs and now they will have the opportunity to breed their mares to World Champion bloodlines in their own back yard. This in turn will make for a very exciting and competitive racing opportunity in the future for both Ireland and the United Kingdom. “We would also like to take this opportunity to thank Adam Bowden and all the team at Diamond Creek Farms,” Delaney said. “For their shared vision and forward thinking for the future of racing in both Ireland and the UK as we do at Oakwood Stud.”  There is no price yet set on how much breeding’s in Ireland and the UK will cost to Sweet Lou. For more information contact www.oakwoodstud.ie.   From Oakwood Stud

For the 3rd consecutive year, the former US Pacer of the Year has booked full before the start of the harness racing breeding season.  His book includes impressive race mares such as Loyal Opposition and Naughtytilltheend, millionairess Carolina Sunshine and West Side Glory, dam of See You at Peelers. Sweet Lou recently returned from Down Under where he also served an impressive book, including 3 and 4 year old champion Adore Me, winner of A$1,677,032 and 1:47.7 mile-track record holder. Adore Me was bred to Sweet Lou last year as well and had an impressive filly this year. “A stallion’s third year at stud is often a tricky year,” says Diamond Creek owner Adam Bowden.  “Often breeders are waiting to see the results of the yearling sales or how the 2 year olds do on the track.  It goes to show the confidence the breeders have in him as a sire.” Sweet Lou’s first weanling at sale, a colt out of Whetstone Hanover, sold in Harrisburg for $80,000. Sweet Lou stands at Diamond Creek Farm for a fee of $7,500. Sweet Lou’s debut crop of "baby blazes" will be on display at the yearling sales this fall.

Woodlands Stud, Charles Roberts and the Kenny Family are delighted to announce the safe arrival of the first foal from champion harness racing mare Adore Me. Born at 2.00am on Wednesday 7th September the filly by Woodlands Sire Sweet Lou is a lovely type with good size, confirmation and an aura of class. Mary Kenny exclaimed ‘We are all just so thankful that Adore Me has foaled safely and that her first foal is such an outstanding individual. The prospect of having this Sweet Lou filly on the track in a couple of years’ time is truly exciting’ Adore Me’s phenomenal race record of 26 wins, over $1.6m dollars in stakes and a sizzling 1.47.7 mile rate has seen her etch her name in the history books. Bred in the purple being a daughter of World Champion Sire Bettor's Delight out of New Zealand "Broodmare of the Year" Scuse Me – Adore Me’s pedigree is simply world class. To continue the dynasty Adore Me needed an equally breathtaking match, enter Sweet Lou, the fastest two-year-old (1:49) in history and the fastest five-year-old (1:47) in history. Winner of 33 Races, holder of multiple world records, Dan Patch Horse of the Year title winner at 2 and 5 and USA Pacer of the Year in 2014. A champion horse who raced with and defeated the best throughout his extensive career. He has served two full books in North America and stands his second season here in NZ. His ‘date’ with Adore Me was not his first encounter with a champion mare, having already served other World Class Mares including the dam of Rock N Roll Heaven 1:47.3 ($2,774,478), and Pure Country p3, 1:49.2 ($1,716,749) and a full sister to the sensational Captaintreacherous 1:47.1 ($3,153,541) .  Woodlands Stud co-owner Dr Andrew Grierson explains; “Sweet Lou’s athleticism, speed, toughness and pure class made him a sensational cross for the daughter of Bettor’s Delight. We are very hopeful of a quality cross from Lou over Bettor’s mares as his half-brother Bettor Sweet is one of the best sons ever of Bettor’s Delight, so we know Sweet Lou’s maternal line ‘clicks’ with that bloodline. “This is one of the many reasons we bought him down to give Australasian breeders an outcross option for their Bettor’s Delight mares – we’re very excited to see what the future holds for this sire.”  Harnesslink Media

Champion racemare, Adore Me, has become a mother for the first time. The New Zealand Trotting Cup winning mare foaled a healthy filly by American stallion, Sweet Lou in the early hours of Tuesday morning. Based at Woodlands Stud in Auckland, Adore Me was initially said to be heading to Christian Cullen for her first mating, but issues there meant she was instead sent to Sweet Lou, who carries the moniker - The Great White Blaze, due to his distinctive markings. Woodlands Sales, Marketing and Racing manager, Charlotte Mooney said there was a real buzz about the place with the arrival of the royally bred filly. “Everyone is really excited about it,” she said. “To have a foal on the ground by Sweet Lou out of a mare of the calibre of Adore Me is great.” Mooney said the most pleasing aspect of the whole experience was that Adore Me had taken to motherhood very well. “She’s being a great Mum and is more like an old pro than a first time mother. “The foal is in great health and order too, so it’s a very exciting time for us.” Adore Me’s owners, Paul and Mary Kenny are currently in Franco holidaying but were told of the news at the first possible opportunity while their co-owner, Woodlands Stud principal and harness racing great, Charlie Roberts was also told early on Tuesday morning and was said to be delighted by the news. There has been no talk of a name for the filly yet, although social media reports are identifying her stable name as Renee. It’s the first foal for Adore Me who was the winner of 26 of her 36 career starts with earnings over and above $1,670,000. She set harness racing down under alight when she won the 2015 Ladyship Mile at Menangle - pacing 1:47.7 an Australasian record for a mile and the fastest time by a mare over the distance on a track of less than one mile. Her Australasian record stood until earlier this year when her close relation, Have Faith In Me paced 1:47.5 to win the Miracle Mile. The Kennys’ and Roberts are yet to announce who Adore Me will be mated with, or if she will be bred from at all, in the upcoming breeding season. Matt Markham

Macharoundtheclock, a mare who won more than $500,000 in her career and thrilled crowds with her patented "Silky Sullivan" rallies, was retired from harness racing following her start Monday at The Meadows and will begin her career as a broodmare with a booking to Sweet Lou. Tim Twaddle, who trained the 6-year-old daughter of Mach Three-Summers Soul, said her owner, Seth Rosenfeld's Birnam Wood Farms, actually planned to breed her last year to Sweet Lou, transfer the embryo and return Macharoundtheclock to racing. Unexpected complications prevented the mating from taking place, resulting in a prolonged layoff for Macharoundtheclock. "She came back off her game," Twaddle said. "She wasn't winning at the top levels like she had been. I think they were waiting for her to hit the half-million mark to retire her. "I knew my time with her was borrowed time, but I'm grateful for the time we had with her. It's been a treat racing a horse like her. I'll miss her." He said this retirement is final, as plans are for Macharoundtheclock to carry her foal. Macharoundtheclock couldn't write a storybook ending to her racing days, finishing seventh in a conditioned event. She completed her on-track career with 22 wins in 91 starts, 51 in-the-money finishes, $501,013 in earnings and a fine mark of 1:51.1 taken at Mohawk at 3. Rosenfeld and Twaddle have a concrete reminder of Macharoundtheclock in their barn. They're partners with Don Tiger in a 2-year-old half sister to the distinguished retiree. In Monday's $22,500 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace, Set Me up overcame post 9 with a second over trip that carried her to victory in 1:52.1 on a "good" surface, 1/2 length better than early leader Show Runner. Do Me Honor was third. Dave Palone piloted the 7-year-old daughter of Shark Gesture-Moccasin Flight, who boosted her lifetime bankroll to $413,255, for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Aaron Merriman and Palone each fashioned a triple on the 15-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Addington are excited to announce renowned stallion proprietors, Diamond Creek Farm, USA are the proud new sponsor of the Group One $200,000 New Zealand Derby. Adam Bowden, CEO of Diamond Creek Farm is delighted to be partnering with Addington. “We are a firm supporter of the breeding industry in the Southern Hemisphere and sponsoring the prestigious New Zealand Derby is an excellent fit for us as our stallion ‘A Rocknroll Dance’ is the first pacer in the harness racing history to be the winner of 3 consecutive sub 1:48 races, with two of these being Canadian Derby’s.”  Adam continued to state “after A Rocknroll Dance served a full book in 2014 in the Northern Hemisphere, he was then able to stand in the Southern Hemisphere at Nevele R/Alabar Studs. There he was bred to over 300 mares between New Zealand and Australia, making him an in demand stallion. Upon returning to the states for the 2015 year, ‘Dance’ has once again been fully booked. With such an outstanding first crop in both hemispheres, ‘A Rocknroll Dance’s’ continued success and popularity looks bright.”  This year Sweet Lou followed his stable mate and travelled down under, joining the roster at Woodlands Stud. “By partnering with studs in the Southern Hemisphere, the potential reach of these great champions will be limitless.” stated Adam. ‘A Rocknroll Dance’ New Zealand Derby will be held at Addington on Friday, 8 April.  For more details on nominations and conditions of ‘A Rocknroll Dance’ New Zealand Derby please visit addington.co.nz/racing/promotions-incentives/. Alternatively, please call Brian, Richard or Colin of Addington’s Racing Department on (03) 338 9094.  Keryn McElroy

Diamond Creek Farm announced today that the book for harness racing World Champion and "Pacer of the Year" Sweet Lou is now full and closed for the upcoming breeding season.   "He closed just as quickly this year as he did last year, during his first season at stud," said Diamond Creek owner Adam Bowden. "I think it speaks very well of the confidence breeders have in him, not only in regard to his siring potential, but in the enthusiasm that's expected from buyers when his foals sell as yearlings," he added.   Sweet Lou p,1:47f ($3,478,894), by Yankee Cruiser-Sweet Future, is the only horse in history to pace six consecutive winning miles faster than 1:48. He was a World Champion and Dan Patch Champion as a 2-year-old and was voted "Pacer of the Year" as a 5-year-old in 2014. He has stood for a fee of $7,500.   He booked full in 2015--his first season at stud in the U.S.--and repeated the feat Down Under. Those mares from Australia and New Zealand included the 3 and 4-year-old champion Adore Me, a winner of A$1,677,032 and 1:47.7 mile track record holder.   With this year's book including big names like I Luv The Nitelife, Somwherovrarainbow, Ginger And Fred, and the dam of the undefeated 2015 Dan Patch Champion 2-year-old filly Pure Country, Sweet Lou's popularity continues to shine.   "We'll start seeing his first foals any time now," Bowden said. "We look forward to welcoming the 'baby blazes' and expect them to be just as athletic and charismatic as their sire."   Breeders and fans may follow the siring career of the original "Great White Blaze" on Twitter @greatwhiteblaze.   Diamond Creek Farm   For further information contact Adam Bowden: (859) 707-5987, email bowdenmaine@gmail.com    

When it was announced earlier this year that the queen of harness racing in New Zealand Adore Me would visit the champion sire Christian Cullen in her first year at stud, lots of knowledgeable breeders nodded in agreement that the choice made a lot of sense. The resulting foal would be a three quarter brother or sister to the two time grand circuit champion Christen Me 1:49 ($2,325,592) which would make the foal even more valuable. However due to circumstances beyond anyones control  there has been a change in plans according to Andrew Grierson of Woodlands Stud. " We served Adore Me with Christian Cullen but she missed on the first service and that has led to a change of plans." " We really want an early foal from Adore Me and much as we wanted a Christian Cullen foal from her, we just couldn't take the risk that she might miss a second time." "Hence we made the decision to switch her over to Sweet Lou." " He is proving unbelievably fertile with the first 14 mares he has served all in foal on the first service which we are thrilled with." "Therefore it was really an easy decision to make the switch in the end,"Andrew said. Sweet Lou 1:47 ($ 3,484,251 is standing his debut season at Woodlands Stud after completing his first season at Diamond Creek Farm in Pennsylvania where he served 140 mares and is on track to serve an even bigger book in his first season down under . Harnesslink Media

While both of their harness racing careers have come to an end, world champions Sebastian K and Sweet Lou will be honored this weekend with unique giveaways at the tracks that hosted two of their signature wins. Friday night, fans at Vernon Downs will receive a Sebastian K travel mug (while supplies last), celebrating the world's fastest trotter's win in last year's Crawford Farms Open Trot. This year's $200,000 event is the highlight of a stakes-filled card at the Central New York oval that will also include the $177,000 Muscle Hill Mare Trot and the $194,000 Artiscape Open Mare Pace plus the New York Sire Stakes Two-Year-Old Filly Pace. The giveaway begins at 5:00 p.m. and a spectacular fireworks show will take place after the races. "Sebastian K superseded all our expectations during his North American adventure and we enjoyed bringing him to many different tracks around the region," said Tristan Sjoberg, who along with his brother own Sebastian K under the Knuttson Trotting banner. "His win in the Crawford Farms Trot at the picturesque Vernon Downs when he wired the field in effortless fashion was one of the highlights of a sparkling season." The nine-year-old Sebastian K was recently retired after a European and North American career where he earned $2,973,252. Sunday afternoon, fans at Tioga Downs will receive a Sweet Lou travel mug (while supplies last); celebrating the 2014 Pacer of the Year's win in last year's Roll With Joe Open Pace. This year's $155,000 renewal highlights Sunday's stakes-filled card that will also include the Empire Breeders Classic Finals and the Reynolds Stakes for freshman trotters. The giveaway begins at 12:30 p.m. with post time set for 1:30 p.m. Sweet Lou earned $3,478,894 during his four-year racing career for owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Larry Karr, and Phil Collura. For more racing and promotional information, visit www.tiogadowns.com and www.vernondowns.com. Justin Horowitz

Diamond Creek Farm will host an Open House on Friday, July 10th, from 3pm-6pm at our farm in Wellsville, Pennsylvania.   We will be raffling 3 stud fees (one each for A Rocknroll Dance, Ponder, and Sweet Lou) to benefit the Standardbred Retirement Foundation.     RACHEL CLIFT  

The Standardbred Retirement Foundation's (SRF) online auction is open with new additions. Sweet Lou's winning shoes from the 2014 TVG are beautifully framed and finished off with his named in brass and top the newest items. SRF's 23rd annual golf outing slated for this coming Tuesday, May 26th, 2015 at Knob Hill Golf Club in Manalapan, NJ has their Sealed Bid auction linked to their website so all can bid even if getting to the dinner is not possible. In addition several other items will be auctioned live that evening that can also be accessed offsite; simply email your interest to officeaa@srfmail.com we will make arrangements. Some items include a Pennsbury Trainer in your colors; an oil painting of Foiled Again; a signed print of Foiled Again's oil painting; a Spyder Bike in your colors; state of the art diagnostic Bone Scan from Mid-Atlantic Equine valued at $1,500-$1,800, and a Arthroscopic joint procedure valued at $2,500; Disney Hopper tickets; Bow River Jewelry; stall space, and swim package at Gaitway Farms; stall space from Show Place Farms, and much more. To access the online auction go to AdoptaHorse.org. There are 4 foursomes left and the weather forecast looks perfect. To join SRF for the golf outing with lunch at 11 am, and tee time at 1pm contact Tammy at 609-381-2488. The day includes lunch, greens fees, cart, cocktails, dinner and more fun. The Standardbred Retirement Foundation's (SRF) online auction is open with new additions. Sweet Lou's winning shoes from the 2014 TVG are beautifully framed and finished off with his named in brass and top the newest items. SRF's 23rd annual golf outing slated for this coming Tuesday, May 26th, 2015 at Knob Hill Golf Club in Manalapan, NJ has their Sealed Bid auction linked to their website so all can bid even if getting to the dinner is not possible. In addition several other items will be auctioned live that evening that can also be accessed offsite; simply email your interest to officeaa@srfmail.com we will make arrangements. Some items include a Pennsbury Trainer in your colors; an oil painting of Foiled Again; a signed print of Foiled Again's oil painting; a Spyder Bike in your colors; state of the art diagnostic Bone Scan from Mid-Atlantic Equine valued at $1,500-$1,800, and a Arthroscopic joint procedure valued at $2,500; Disney Hopper tickets; Bow River Jewelry; stall space, and swim package at Gaitway Farms; stall space from Show Place Farms, and much more. To access the online auction go to AdoptaHorse.org. There are 4 foursomes left and the weather forecast looks perfect. To join SRF for the golf outing with lunch at 11 am, and tee time at 1pm contact Tammy at 609-381-2488. The day includes lunch, greens fees, cart, cocktails, dinner and more fun. SRF has 203 Standardbreds in its care today all hoping for a home. Support of this event is greatly appreciated. Standardbred Retirement Foundation | 353 Sweetmans Lane, Suite 101 | Millstone Twp. | NJ | 08535

The Art Major pacer JK She’salady is the first filly to be voted Horse of the Year since the award originated in 1947. She is obviously expected to do extraordinary things during her sophomore campaign. While questions about Mission Brief taking on the boys in the Hambletonian are a given, as dominant as JK She’saldy has been, expectations of her being entered in the pacing classics are understandably less common. Still, the winner of all 12 starts, including the Breeders Crown, Three Diamonds, Eternal Camnation and Shes A Great lady, will be expected to crush her peers.   Her world record matching 1:50.1 mile in the latter at Mohawk was very impressive. I Luv The Nitelife’s 1:48.4 5/8 world record taken at Pocono Downs is certainly in her sights, and breaking Shebestingin’s 1:47 mile record, raced at The Red Mile, would constitute a giant step on the road to glory.   Will she make us forget about Put On A Show, See You At Peelers and American Jewel? World record holder; perfect record; Horse of the Year: I guess it’s a done deal.   Not so fast.   Sometimes the slippage on the part of the anointed is subtle, while in other cases it can’t be missed. The 2013 pacing division champs, Precocious Beauty and He’s Watching, serve as examples of the former.   At two Precocious Beauty, a paternal sister to JK She’salady, tied a world record of 1:50.1 in the International Stallion Stakes and won 7 of her 11 starts, with 3 second place finishes. Like JK She’salady, she swept the Canadian stakes—the Eternal Camnation, Shes A Great Lady and Champlain. (The Three Diamonds, which she did not start in, was raced at the Meadowlands).   In 2014 Precocious Beauty still managed to bank $315,000, but she only won four times and the American National and Empire Classic were the best of them.   After an undefeated season in the NYSS at two, with a world record 1:50 mile at Tioga, He’s Watching won the Pace in a world record 1:46.4 and earned $825,000 on 5 wins in 13 starts. But the Empire Classic was his only stakes win in the last five months of the year, and that one is a restricted race. Overall, one would have to label the diminutive American Ideal speedball a disappointment.   In 2011 Sweet Lou impressed with a 10 win freshman season, capped off with a decisive world record 1:49 mile in the Breeders Crown at Woodbine. Unfortunately, his only noteworthy open win the following year came in the Tattersalls Pace. He took an elimination of the North America Cup, another in the Meadowlands Pace and he won a heat of the Jug, but he couldn’t shake his Mr. Elimination moniker.   Lou obviously achieved a measure of redemption in the aged ranks, becoming the first horse to win in under 1:48 four times (in succession), and falling only five votes short of JK She’salady’s winning tally in the Horse of the Year voting.   And one could say the same thing about his predecessor in the “next big thing” ranks, Big Jim. The Western Ideal colt, who set the world record Lou broke when he won the Governor’s Cup in 1:49.1, didn’t win any open stakes during his sophomore season; a Pace elimination was as close as he got. And he was retired early due to injuries to both rear ankles. The debate over who should be driving him ran out of steam in a big hurry.   French Chef (Meadow Skipper) was a great two-year-old, winning 21 of 23 starts and setting world records on half, 5/8 and mile tracks. He only won 3 of 14 starts at three, and retired with a faster mark at two than he had at three. He was a foul-gaited sort and being out of a Nevele Pride mare made him stand out—not necessarily in a good way. Still, he sired Beach Towel, Frugal Gourmet and Amity Chef and was the grandsire of Jenna’s Beach Boy and Miss Easy.   The Abercrombie colt Sportsmaster won more money--$727,000—than Western Hanover at two. He won the Wilson and a split of the International Stallion Stakes, among others. But he only managed to bank $28,000 the following year and was subsequently sold to Walker Studs in Illinois for $200,000, where he was a high volume, successful regional stallion.   Jate Lobell suffered a measured fall from grace at three. He won his division, just as he had done as a freshman, when he triumphed in all 15 starts, leading to a $12 million syndication deal. But there were holes in his game. Call For Rain beat him in the Breeders Crown and the Slutsky Memorial; Frugal Gourmet did the same in the Meadowlands Pace elimination and final as well as the Prix d’Ete; Redskin took him out in the Messenger; Run The Table also beat him a couple of times.   He went on to sire plenty of solid pacers, including Riyadh, but he failed to extend himself. If JK She’salady won her division in 2015 by staying one step ahead of the rest, the way Jate did, she’d be deemed a disappointment.   Truluck, Max Hochberg and Lou Resnick’s fleet Torpid colt, who raced against a stout class back on the late 60s, is another who was ahead of the pack at two, but got caught the following year. He won his freshman division, banking more than $167,000—good money for a two-year-old in those days. And he finished the year with a dramatic win in the $94,000 Roosevelt Futurity, as George Sholty overcame Roland Beaulieu’s artless drive on Columbia George.   The following year the latter was very good; Most Happy Fella became what Dancer referred to at the time as the best pacer he ever had; plus there was a supporting cast of Shreik, Keystone Pat, Adover Rainbow and Ferric Hanover. Truluck was competitive all season and was one of the favorites in the Messenger in November, but he couldn’t win a major stakes race.   Will the cream of the class catch up to JK She’salady in 2015? It’s hard to see that happening. Sassa Hanover, the star of Rocknroll Heaven’s first crop, was very strong in the NYSS, and she did win her split of the International Stallion Stakes in a world record 1:50.1, a tick faster than JK She’salady won hers.   But final impressions stand out and, while Sassa was clearly better than the rest in the Breeders Crown, she was no match for the winner. Then again, one would have been justified in saying the same thing after Sweet Lou gutted the field on his way to a world record mile in his freshman level Breeders Crown start, with A Rocknroll Dance a distant second. We’ll know soon enough.   Joe FitzGerald has been an avid harness racing fan and historian for the last half-century.   He writes a weekly blog for  http://viewfromthegrandstand.blogspot.com/.   Joe’s commentary reflects his own views and not that of Harnesslink  

Harness racing followers on both sides of the Tasman are never slow to claim the superiority of their racehorses when stock bred in their country have a big day on the Australasian harness racing scene. So it is no surprise today that Kiwi breeders and enthusiasts are feeling very smug after the huge day at Menangle yesterday by racehorses with the prefix NZ beside their name. Their were seven Group 1 races yesterday and Kiwi breds won four with Australian breds winning two and the Europeans one. And all that success on Australia's biggest harness racing day and in their  own backyard makes it all the more memorable for the Kiwis. There were a couple of constants throughout the day and that was the dominance of Bettor's Delight and Art Major in the Group 1 pacing races. Of the six pacing Group1 races that pair won four with the tally being two a piece. Fight For Glory in the New South Wales Oaks and Sky Major in the Chariots Of Fire did Art Major proud while Adore Me and Beautide made sure Bettor's Delight hogged the limelight as well. Both sires had multiple runners in most of the Group 1 races and Bettor's Delight ended up with five placed runners and Art Major two placed runners to reinforce their dominance. A lot of comment has been made in recent years from leading Australian breeders about how they were getting on top of their Kiwi counterparts. They put this down to the ever increasing number of well bred Kiwi mares who now call Australia home and that they saw a time in the not to distant future where the Australian bred horse would dominate racing in Australia. New Zealand breeders from the start of this industry in New Zealand have sold racemares and broodmares to Australia and will continue to do so in the future. It has never affected the ability of the New Zealand breeder to churn our those top horses year in year out. With Bettor's Delight serving 301 mares in New Zealand this year and Art Major over 170 there will be no shortage of horses by these two dominant sires in New Zealand in the next few years. Throw in the likes of Mach Three (130) and newcomers such as A Rocknroll Dance (161) and next year the recently announced Sweet Lou and there is a real confidence amongst New Zealand breeders that the glory days are far from coming to an end. Harnesslink Media

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