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A tall, powerful stallion with extraordinary conformation, named after a Presbyterian Minister, is about to make an impact on the harness racing breeding Industry throughout North America and the Southern Hemisphere. Pastor Stephen, the 2010 Dan Patch Two-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year in North America, has been purchased from Europe for an undisclosed price by Taylor Made Stallions and will be standing in Indiana for the upcoming 2021 breeding season. His race record of 1.52.4 and $1,058,188 in earnings, together with his pedigree makes him one of the most impressive prospects available to Breeders in recent years. The fact that he is a full brother to the $2.6m winner Father Patrick is even more appealing.  Now standing at US$30,000 Father Patrick has been an instant hit at Stud in North America with the sensational trotter Greenshoe t3;1.49.4 emerging from his first crop. Pastor Stephen is by one of North America’s leading sires in Cantab Hall, the sire of winners of just under $100m in North America. Pastor Stephen is from the Broodmare gem Gala Dream, who in turn is a half-sister to World Champion trotter Chocolatier 1.53 ($1.3m). Pastor Stephen’s pedigree is loaded up with two year old speed, aside from his own record; Father Patrick  -  the USTA Two and Three Year Old Trotting Colt of the Year. Cantab Hall  -   the USTA Two Year Old Trotting Colt of the Year. Chocolatier  -   the USTA Two Year old Trotting Colt of the Year Pastor Stephen, the Dan Patch two-year-old Trotting Colt of the Year and a winner of more than $1m as a two and three year old was exported to Europe after his brilliant race career ended in his 3 year old season upon suffering a broken coffin bone.  Pastor Stephen Pastor Stephen has been very successful in the breeding shed all across Europe with a more than 70% rate of his foals making it to the races, all despite the fact that he was held up in a court case and losing two full breeding seasons. With his progeny making a good impact early on the European breeding scene American interests had fixed their eyes on the grand circuit super star Pastor Stephen. They entered into an agreement early 2018 to purchase the “Dan Patch two year old of the Year” and bring him back to North America. However, there were disagreements in connection with the purchase contract, and after almost two years of legal fighting, the case was finally heard in the Uppsala District Court, Sweden. The case has now been resolved with the American interests winning the case. Pastor Stephen has now arrived back in the USA!  “He was a really good gaited colt, easy horse to be around and to race. He was top three of his class as a three-year-old. Unfortunately he got injured in a transport incident before the Hambletonian where he finished third in his elimination and fifth in the final from post 10. After that a coffin bone injury put an end to his career in the USA and was sold to Europe. I am glad he is back in the USA. He will be a big asset to the Indiana Breeding Industry as he is the full-brother to Father Patrick, as a matter of fact I reserved two breeding rights to Pastor Stephen myself.” Jimmy Takter on Pastor Stephen Pastor Stephen was recently purchased by Taylor Made Stallions, adding to their exceptional group of Standardbred stallions, What The Hill, Lazarus and Lather Up, Pastor Stephen will no doubt enrich the Taylor Made Standardbred stallion portfolio with influence throughout the breeding world. Pastor Stephen is now in Lexington, Kentucky with semen being frozen for distribution to Australia, New Zealand and Europe in 2021. Pastor Stephen is now back in the US and frozen semen is available in NZ nationwide by contacting either Stacey White on 021 595 492 or the Woodlands Stud office on 09 2998932. The 2020/21 stud fee is $5,000 + GST POLF.  by Steve Wolf

A tall, powerful stallion with extraordinary conformation, named after a Presbyterian Minister, is about to make an impact on the harness racing breeding Industry throughout North America and the Southern Hemisphere. Pastor Stephen, the 2010 Dan Patch Two-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year in North America, has been purchased from Europe for an undisclosed price by Taylor Made Stallions and will be standing in Indiana for the upcoming 2021 breeding season. His race record of 1.52.4 and $1,058,188 in earnings, together with his pedigree makes him one of the most impressive prospects available to Breeders in recent years. The fact that he is a full brother to the $2.6m winner Father Patrick is even more appealing.  Now standing at US$30,000 Father Patrick has been an instant hit at Stud in North America with the sensational trotter Greenshoe t3;1.49.4 emerging from his first crop. Pastor Stephen is by one of North America’s leading sires in Cantab Hall, the sire of winners of just under $100m in North America. Pastor Stephen is from the Broodmare gem Gala Dream, who in turn is a half-sister to World Champion trotter Chocolatier 1.53 ($1.3m). Pastor Stephen’s pedigree is loaded up with two year old speed, aside from his own record; Father Patrick  -  the USTA Two and Three Year Old Trotting Colt of the Year. Cantab Hall  -   the USTA Two Year Old Trotting Colt of the Year. Chocolatier  -   the USTA Two Year old Trotting Colt of the Year Pastor Stephen, the Dan Patch two-year-old Trotting Colt of the Year and a winner of more than $1m as a two and three year old was exported to Europe after his brilliant race career ended in his 3 year old season upon suffering a broken coffin bone.  Pastor Stephen Pastor Stephen has been very successful in the breeding shed all across Europe with a more than 70% rate of his foals making it to the races, all despite the fact that he was held up in a court case and losing two full breeding seasons. With his progeny making a good impact early on the European breeding scene American interests had fixed their eyes on the grand circuit super star Pastor Stephen. They entered into an agreement early 2018 to purchase the “Dan Patch two year old of the Year” and bring him back to North America. However, there were disagreements in connection with the purchase contract, and after almost two years of legal fighting, the case was finally heard in the Uppsala District Court, Sweden. The case has now been resolved with the American interests winning the case. Pastor Stephen has now arrived back in the USA!  “He was a really good gaited colt, easy horse to be around and to race. He was top three of his class as a three-year-old. Unfortunately he got injured in a transport incident before the Hambletonian where he finished third in his elimination and fifth in the final from post 10. After that a coffin bone injury put an end to his career in the USA and was sold to Europe. I am glad he is back in the USA. He will be a big asset to the Indiana Breeding Industry as he is the full-brother to Father Patrick, as a matter of fact I reserved two breeding rights to Pastor Stephen myself.” Jimmy Takter on Pastor Stephen Pastor Stephen was recently purchased by Taylor Made Stallions, adding to their exceptional group of Standardbred stallions, What The Hill, Lazarus and Lather Up, Pastor Stephen will no doubt enrich the Taylor Made Standardbred stallion portfolio with influence throughout the breeding world. Pastor Stephen is now in Lexington, Kentucky with semen being frozen for distribution to Australia, New Zealand and Europe in 2021. His Service Fee in Australia will be $5,500 including GST - Pay on live foal. Frozen semen in Australia will be available through Northern Rivers Equine - phone +61 3 5852 2845 or John Coffey +61 429278279 by Steve Wolf

A tall, powerful stallion with extraordinary conformation, named after a Presbyterian Minister, is about to make an impact on the harness racing breeding Industry throughout North America and the Southern Hemisphere. Pastor Stephen, the 2010 Dan Patch Two-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year in North America, has been purchased from Europe for an undisclosed price by Taylor Made Stallions and will be standing in Indiana for the upcoming 2021 breeding season. His race record of 1.52.4 and $1,058,188 in earnings, together with his pedigree makes him one of the most impressive prospects available to Breeders in recent years. The fact that he is a full brother to the $2.6m winner Father Patrick is even more appealing.  Now standing at US$30,000 Father Patrick has been an instant hit at Stud in North America with the sensational trotter Greenshoe t3;1.49.4 emerging from his first crop. Pastor Stephen is by one of North America’s leading sires in Cantab Hall, the sire of winners of just under $100m in North America. Pastor Stephen is from the Broodmare gem Gala Dream, who in turn is a half-sister to World Champion trotter Chocolatier 1.53 ($1.3m). Pastor Stephen’s pedigree is loaded up with two year old speed, aside from his own record; Father Patrick  -  the USTA Two and Three Year Old Trotting Colt of the Year. Cantab Hall  -   the USTA Two Year Old Trotting Colt of the Year. Chocolatier  -   the USTA Two Year old Trotting Colt of the Year Pastor Stephen, the Dan Patch two-year-old Trotting Colt of the Year and a winner of more than $1m as a two and three year old was exported to Europe after his brilliant race career ended in his 3 year old season upon suffering a broken coffin bone.  Pastor Stephen Pastor Stephen has been very successful in the breeding shed all across Europe with a more than 70% rate of his foals making it to the races, all despite the fact that he was held up in a court case and losing two full breeding seasons. With his progeny making a good impact early on the European breeding scene American interests had fixed their eyes on the grand circuit super star Pastor Stephen. They entered into an agreement early 2018 to purchase the “Dan Patch two year old of the Year” and bring him back to North America. However, there were disagreements in connection with the purchase contract, and after almost two years of legal fighting, the case was finally heard in the Uppsala District Court, Sweden. The case has now been resolved with the American interests winning the case. Pastor Stephen has now arrived back in the USA!  “He was a really good gaited colt, easy horse to be around and to race. He was top three of his class as a three-year-old. Unfortunately he got injured in a transport incident before the Hambletonian where he finished third in his elimination and fifth in the final from post 10. After that a coffin bone injury put an end to his career in the USA and was sold to Europe. I am glad he is back in the USA. He will be a big asset to the Indiana Breeding Industry as he is the full-brother to Father Patrick, as a matter of fact I reserved two breeding rights to Pastor Stephen myself.” Jimmy Takter on Pastor Stephen Pastor Stephen was recently purchased by Taylor Made Stallions, adding to their exceptional group of Standardbred stallions, What The Hill, Lazarus and Lather Up, Pastor Stephen will no doubt enrich the Taylor Made Standardbred stallion portfolio with influence throughout the breeding world. Pastor Stephen will be standing at Premier Acres in Indiana for a fee of $7,500. Dennis Bontrager of Premier Acres says he is really excited about Pastor Stephen standing in Indiana. For the first time he says, Indiana breeders have a chance to breed to the best ever and most high profile stallion to stand in Indiana. For enquiries phone Dennis Bontrager (260) 585 4927 by Steve Wolf

Taylor Made Stallions and Deo Volente Farms are pleased to announce an exciting new program which will give you the opportunity to breed to the harness racing Wonder From Down Under, Lazarus N, in his second season at stud in North America in 2020 for 50% of the advertised stud fee! It is called the “Taylor Made Advantage Program”.  If you have a mare that meets certain criteria, you can breed a second mare for 50% off the advertised stud fee. Criteria that must be met for the mare to be qualified are If the mare is in foal, her last bred date must be May 31st or earlier, She must be a stakes winner and have career earnings of $300,000 or more, or She must be a daughter of a mare that is a stakes winner and has career earnings of $600,000 or more. Up to 10 qualified mares will be selected for this program at the discretion of Deo Volente Farms and the qualified mare must be nominated no later than January 31st. Lazarus N (Bettor’s Delight-Bethany) Q1:48.3 – BT 1:46.3 ($3,070,095 converted from $4,125,988 in real earnings) was retired from racing on November 30, 2018 to begin his dual hemisphere stud career.  Named New Zealand Horse of the Year twice, 3 Yr. Old, 4 Yr. Old, and 5 Yr. Old Pacer of the Year as well as Australasian Grand Circuit Champion for two years, Lazarus N compiled an impressive International race record of 51 starts with 37 wins, 8 seconds, 4 thirds, and 2 unplaced races. Lazarus N seen above winning the Dan Patch in 1:48.4 at his first start in North America. He started from the outside post and was clearly the best of the best, beating easily the "Horse Of The Year" McWicked. Lazarus N is as impressive in the breeding shed as he was on the racetrack and has attracted some high profile mares to his 2019 book including Worldly Beauty  p, 1:49.3M ($1,900,255); Rocklamation p, 1:48.3M ($2,277,384); Odds On Stephanie, sister to Captaintreacherous p,1:47.1M ($3,148,657) and Shake It Miki, sister to Always B Miki, to name but a few ourstanding mares that he bred in 2019. Rocklamation p, 1:48.3M ($2,277,384) seen here is due to foal to Lazarus N in early 2020 Lazarus N stands at Deo Volente Farms in Flemington, NJ (www.deovolentefarms.com) at a stud fee of $10,000. Please call Linda at 908-782-4848 for further information.  

Duncan Taylor, the CEO of Taylor Made Farms and of the California Chrome fame, joins Freddie Hudson, Trade Martin & Bob Marks on this weeks Harness Racing Alumni Show. In an interesting discussion, Duncan reveals to our Alumni Show about his humble beginning's in harness racing and his most recent stallion purchases, Lazarus N and Lather Up. Taylor also uncovers his plans for Lather Up's special appearance at this weekends Breeders Crown and where his "star stud" Lather Up will service all his lovely mares next year.   by Freddie Hudson, for the Harness Racing Alumni Show      

Harness racing sensation Lazarus is putting the writing on the wall that his stud career could be every bit as prodigious as his talents on the racetrack. The "Wonder From Down Under" has started his first Southern Hemisphere breeding season at Yirribee Pacing Stud at Wagga Wagga, in the NSW Riverina. An early season Charles Sturt University fertility analysis has given a glowing report of Lazarus' semen, for its quality and longevity. And now that's being backed up in the barn, with perfect early service results for the superstar. The first three mares served in Australia are all confirmed to be in foal and in New Zealand Breckon Farms Manager Nigel Fahy is thrilled the first mare served in New Zealand has a confirmed pregnancy. "The first mare served by Lazarus in New Zealand is in foal - it's one of our own mares Tyler Bromac," Fahy said. "Tyler Bromac is a half-sister to promising pacer Mohs Em Down who has won three races this year for leading North Island trainer Barry Purdon." Lazarus had a full book of 136 mares in North America and his conception rate was excellent, with over 90 percent of the mares confirmed in foal. With the excellent clinical reports on Lazarus' semen and confirmation of four pregnancies from his first four services in Australasia, breeders can proceed with confidence in snapping up remaining opportunities to send their mares to the first-season fresh semen stallion. Lazarus so far has 200 Southern Hemisphere confirmed bookings, with a number of black-type mares, indicating fastidious breeders are keen to take advantage of the impeccable pedigree on offer. Lazarus is bred on Australasia's "golden cross" - by breed-defining stallion Bettor's Delight out of a Christian Cullen mare. He has eight crosses to the great Meadow Skipper in his five-generation pedigree, similar to Sweet Lou, McWicked, Foiled Again and Anndrovette. A multiple Stakes winner at 2, the precocious Lazarus displayed his brilliance as a juvenile winning six times from eight starts, pacing the fastest two-year-old mile ever down under in 1:52.4. He was named New Zealand Horse of the Year twice, three-year-old Pacer of the Year, four-year-old Pacer of the Year and five-year-old Pacer of the Year, and Australian Horse of the Year, as well as Australasian Grand Circuit Champion for two years, compiling an international race record of 51 starts, 37 wins, eight seconds and four thirds. With stakes of more than $4 million, Lazarus is the richest standardbred stallion in history to stand at stud anywhere in the world and was sold to US thoroughbred breeding giant Taylor Made Stallion in a record deal last year. He served a full book of mares in his first season at the prestigious Deo Volente Farms in New Jersey USA and NSW premier racing outfit Club Menangle beat several leading stud farms earlier this year to buy the Southern Hemisphere breeding rights. Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura  

A 50 percent share of the world’s co-fastest harness horse, Lather Up, has been sold to a group headed by Taylor Made Sales and Stallions, it was reported by Ernie Martinez of Martinez Equine, who brokered Taylor Made’s previous Standardbred entity, the imported Down Under Lazarus N. “We were pleased with the reception accorded Lazarus N in his first breeding season at Deo Volente Farms and are confident this co-world champion Lather Up will be proportionately received,” offered Taylor Made’s CEO Duncan Taylor. According to Martinez, “Further details will be released as they become available; for now it’s on to Hoosier Park for tonight’s running of the Dan Patch.”  

Duncan Taylor of Taylor Made Stallions and Mike Gulotta of Deo Volente Farms are pleased to announce that all available shares in Lazarus N,  “The Wonder From Down Under” have been sold celebrating a successful syndication and would like to thank every member for their support. Lazarus N (Bettor’s Delight – Bethany – Christian Cullen) New Zealand earnings $2,016,841 Australian earnings      $1,671,597 USA earnings               $  294,050 Canadian earnings       $  158,500 …………………………………........ Total earnings             $4,140,988 ………………………………….......... Lazarus, the richest son of super sire Bettor's Delight was retired from racing on November 30, 2018 to begin his dual hemisphere stud career.  Lazarus was named New Zealand Horse of the Year twice, 3yr, 4yr, and 5yr old Pacer of the Year as well as Australian Pacer Of The Year and Australasian Grand Circuit Champion for two years. Lazarus N compiled an impressive International race record of 51 starts with 37 wins, 8 seconds, 4 thirds, and only 2 unplaced races lifetime. Lazarus N has attracted some outstanding high profile breeders to his court this season including; Hanover Shoe Farm, Blue Chip Farm, Deo Volente Farms, Tara Hills Stud, Concord Stud, Walnridge Farm, Spring Haven Standardbreds, Fox Valley Starndardbreds, Caviat Farm, Heritage Hill Farm, Preferred Equine, Let It Ride, Steve Stewart, Mark Ford, Twinbrook Farm, Anthony Perretti Farm and bloodstock, Taylor Made Stallions, Nick Surick, Chris Ryder, Thomas Pontone, Stonegate Standardbred etc etc Lazarus N is as impressive in the breeding shed as he was on the racetrack and has attracted some outstanding high profile mares to his 2019 book including; Worldly Beauty p1:49.3 ($2,146,076) Rocklamation p1:48.3 ($2,281,795) Odds On Stephanie, a race winning sister to Captaintreacherous p1:47.1 ($3,153,541) Artstopper, dam of Always B Miki p1:46 ($2,826,176) Shake It Miki, sister to Always B Miki p1:46 ($2,826,176) West Side Glory, the race winning dam of See You at Peelers p1:49.2f ($1,566,900). Realuhcamnation, a daughter of champion race mare Eternal Camnation 1:49.2 ($4,129,390) Teenage Paige, the dam of Agent Q 1:48.3 ($1,292,415) Ab Fab, a half to millionaires Betterthancheddar ($1,636,086) and Ashlees Big Guy ($1,009,523) Dashboard Dancer, a race winning half-sister to Maltese Artist 1:48.3 ($2,340,872). Docdor Cameo, a daughter of champion race mare Eternal Camnation 1:49.2 ($4,129,390) Double Jeopardy, a half to Western Terror 1:48.3 ($1,289,422) & If I Can Dream ($2,038,153) Dreamingofwichita, a half to A Rocknroll Dance 1:47.2 ($2,441,164) Olivette Hanover, from super race mare Ohyouprettything ($1,135,873) and a race winning full-sister to Jeremes Jet 1:47 ($1,659.413) Mach A Wish 1:50 ($601,975) Cinamony, 1:49.3 ($532,404) Etc, etc, etc The Lazarus N Syndicate is also pleased to announce a contract to breed from the owners of top race mare, Shartin N p, 5, 1:48.2M ($1,192,553) in 2020.  Lazarus N stands at Deo Volente Farms in Flemington, NJ (www.deovolentefarms.com) at a stud for a fee of $10,000. For more information call Linda at 908-782-4848. Deo Volente Farms

Anderson, Ind.--Aug. 3, 2018 -- He's been immersed in the horse industry nearly his entire life, but Duncan Taylor admitted there is plenty of emotion involved when it applies to Lazarus N's North American and Grand Circuit harness racing debut in the 25th edition of the $325,000 Dan Patch Stakes on Friday (Aug. 10) evening at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. "When we had the opportunity to become partners on California Chrome and preparing to watch him race for the first time we were truly over the moon," said the CEO of Taylor Made Sales and Stallions. "To have a horse like him was a dream come true, but I feel the same way about Lazarus. Like California Chrome he has proven himself, but it is very exciting to see what he will do in the U.S." The world will most certainly be watching when Lazarus N takes on eight extremely competitive rivals in this year's edition at the Anderson oval. Trained by Jimmy Takter, the horse will commence his journey from post position nine with Yannick Gingras holding the lines in the 11th race on the card. Despite the outside post, Lazarus N has been installed as the 6-5 morning line selection. His journey, however, will certainly be impacted by the presence of Dan Patch Award winner and world champion McWicked (post position six, Brian Sears, 2-1), 2017 Levy Memorial victor Bit Of A Legend N (post position five, Jordan Stratton, 12-1) and Breeders Crown winners Beckham's Z Tam (post position five, Ricky Macomber Jr., 20-1) and Split The House (post position two, Trace Tetrick, 20-1). "We realize there are some very nice horses in this field and are not taking this lightly," Taylor, who operates his business in conjunction with his brothers Ben, Frank and Mark and partner Pat Payne, said. "We just hope the horse provides a true account of himself. Jimmy has totally been the decision-maker in all things when it comes to him, but we trust his judgment." Although Lazarus N is not a two-time Horse of the Year like California Chrome, his credentials are just as impressive. Known as the Wonder from Down Under, the 6-year-old son of Bettor's Delight-Bethany earned US$2.66 million while capturing 35 of his 45 career engagements. He has failed to hit the board on only one occasion. Lazarus N is the richest Standardbred of all time from the Southern Hemisphere and the New Zealand-bred established seven track records at various distances while being conditioned by Mark Purdon. The stallion was New Zealand's Pacer of the Year in 2015, 2016 and 2017 and is that nation's defending Horse of the Year. The industry received their first glimpse of the stallion in action at The Meadowlands on July 28 when he bested North America Cup winner Lather Up in a stellar 1:48.3 with an effortless :25.3 last quarter panel. "In my experience with Thoroughbreds they usually need about 90 days or more to acclimate after arriving from the Southern Hemisphere," Taylor said. "When Lazarus qualified he had only been here 50-plus days, but Jimmy said he was ready to go and the demonstrated he was. We could not have been more pleased with this qualifier." After Lazarus N appears at Hoosier Park the next engagement penciled in on his 2018 calendar is a trip to Woodbine Mohawk Park for the Canadian Pacing Derby eliminations on Aug. 25. The ultimate goal is the Breeders Crown at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Oct. 20 and 28. "That is the plan (Canadian Pacing Derby) as of now," Taylor said. "In this sport you can make a tentative plan, but it is always about what is the best for the horse. We will just allow the horse to take us where he wants to go and looking forward to seeing what the future brings. "We are also very excited about coming to Hoosier Park. We have never been there before and have only heard great things about the track and the facility." The $325,000-est. Dan Patch Stakes, Indiana's richest harness race and reputed as one of North America's premier races for older male pacers, will highlight the 14-race card and is set to be the 11th race on Friday, August 10 with a post time of 9:50 EDT. With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 10. For more information about the upcoming Dan Patch Stakes Festival weekend and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. About Hoosier Park Racing & Casino Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, which is owned and operated by a subsidiary of Caesars Entertainment Corporation (NASDAQ: CZR), holds multiple awards from industry publications for customer service, entertainment, gaming, dining, and team member culture. Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, a fully-integrated gaming and racing facility, features 2,000 of the latest slots and electronic table games and a 7/8 mile oval horse track offering live harness racing each year. Simulcast wagering is offered year-round at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, the Winner's Circle Pub, Grille & OTB in Indianapolis and Winner's Circle OTB & VooDoo BBQ & Grill in New Haven/Fort Wayne, Ind. For more information, please visit www.HoosierPark.com. Must be 18 or older to wager on horse racing at racetracks and 21 or older to gamble at casinos. Know When To Stop Before You Start.® Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-9-WITH-IT (1-800-994-8448) ©2018 Caesars License Company, LLC. Kim French, for Hoosier Park Racing & Casino B-roll footage of Lazarus N preparing for the $325,000 Dan Patch Stakes at Hoosier Park (19:08).  Video Footage courtesy of Hoosier Park Racing & Casino.  Click to follow link:   Lazarus & McWicked Broll 8 9 18.mp4    

Despite being on the other side of the globe, Lazarus is still King. The champion pacer is gearing up for a racing campaign on North American soil in the coming months following his sale earlier this year and the charismatic stallion is still very much on everyone’s mind. And with good reason. The 2017/18 Australian Pacing Gold Grand Circuit season has come to a close and the Bettors Delight entire has claimed back to back titles following another brilliant season. Lazarus amassed 304 points during the term. Points are awarded during the Grand Circuit, 100 points for a win, 60 points for second, 40 points for third, and so on, to last placing. The eight leg series which commenced back in 1977 is now worth more than $4.4 million and starts in October at Melbourne with the Victoria Cup followed by the New Zealand Cup in Christchurch, Inter Dominion (Perth), Auckland Cup, WA Pacing Cup, Hunter Cup, Miracle Mile before concluding with the Blacks A Fake Queensland Championship. The Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen trained star becomes the first pacer since Christen Me (2014/15) to record back to back titles as Grand Circuit champion. His Grand Circuit haul during the season included the New Zealand Cup, Inter Dominion and Hunter Cup while his only unplaced run for the season came at his most recent start, finishing 7th in the Miracle Mile in Australasian record time. While Young Rufus and Smolda have been crowned previous Grand Circuit champions, Lazarus becomes the first horse from the All Stars stable to record back to back titles. Overall, he won 8 of his 13 starts while amassing more than $1.6 million in prizemoney. The All Stars stable claimed 4 of the 8 legs with Lazarus winning three events while Vincent won the Auckland Cup. The full list of Australian Pacing Gold Grand Circuit winners during the season were Lennytheshark (Victoria Cup), Lazarus (New Zealand Cup), Lazarus (Inter Dominion), Vincent (Auckland Cup), Soho Tribeca (WA Pacing Cup), Lazarus (Hunter Cup), My Field Marshal (Miracle Mile) and Let It Ride (Blacks A Fake Qld Championship). And the Top 5 point scorers were; Lazarus – 304 points Soho Tribeca – 205 Tiger Tara – 145 Lennytheshark – 134 Chicago Bull – 120 Congratulations to the owners of Lazarus – Phil & Glenys Kennard, Trevor Casey and Kevin Riseley.   Hoofnote – Lazarus is now trained by Jimmy Takter after being purchased by Taylor Made Stallions.   Chris Barsby

New Zealand's greatest racehorse Lazarus has been sold to a North American syndicate in a record deal and will not race here again. The $3.8million earner will leave for the US on May 24 where he will be aimed at a possible four-race mini career in an attempt to secure a major win there to help his dual hemisphere stallion credentials. While the exact price is confidential the Herald estimates it must be close to $4 million when the other public offer for the five-year-old stallion is taken into account. Lazarus has been purchase by US thoroughbred breeding giant Taylor Made Stallions, a Kentucky-based operation run by the Taylor brothers, who started their racing lives in harness racing but have concentrated on thoroughbred breeding and yearling preparation for the last three decades. It is believed they have recently reignited their interest in standardbred breeding by purchasing at least part of champion US trotter What The Hill but the Lazarus deal, put together by South Auckland agent John Curtin, breaks new ground. While North America's best horses shuttling here to stand at stud in their off-season is common, trying to turn an Australasian standardbred into a dual hemisphere stallion is extremely rare. Christian Cullen stood one season at stud in the US but without having raced there was never going to be hugely commercial. Lazarus will be given his chance with two races at the famous Red Mile track in October targeted as well as the Breeders Crown at Pocono, a series his new connections would need to pay a supplementary payment to make him eligible for. But he will head to the US without his champion trainer Mark Purdon, with two of North America's leading trainers apparently in the frame to take over his training. If, and it is a big if, Lazarus could win a serious race in the US and pace a super fast mile he has the attributes to become that rare dual hemisphere stallion. In his 45 start career he has proven to be one of the greatest stayer bred in this part of the world, with some remarkable wins in two New Zealand Cups, an Inter Dominion, Hunter and Victoria Cups. But just as importantly from a stallion appeal point of view he was a sensational two and three-year-old, suggesting his stock will have the natural speed to run early. And he is bred on Australasia's golden cross, being by breed-defining stallion Bettors Delight out of a Christian Cullen mare. The one down side to that he is obviously can't serve Bettors Delight mares, who could be the dominant broodmare bunch in Australasia over the next decade. Details on where he will stand and for which studs in either hemisphere are yet to be decided. His departure will sadden many local harness racing fans as it means Lazarus will not get the chance to attempt a third New Zealand Cup win at Addington in November. And with several other high profile retirements or exports in the last year - Smolda, Heaven Rocks, Vincent being the biggest - next season's open class pacing ranks looks the most open in a decade. LAZARUS Breeding: 5h Bettors Delight-Bethany Trainers: Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen. Record: 45 starts, 35 wins, nine placings. Earnings: $3,821,066. Highlights: New Zealand Cup (twice), Inter Dominion, Hunter Cup, Victoria Cup, Chariots Of Fire, Messenger, Taylor Mile, New Zealand, Northern and Victoria Derbys, Harness Jewels 2-yo, Sires' Stakes Final 3-y-o. By Michael Guerin Courtesy of The New Zealand Herald New Zealand Cup 2016 New Zealand Cup 2017 2017 Inter Dominion Grand Final Hunter Cup Victoria Cup

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