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  Perretti Farms Stallions

 Standing at Cool Winds Farm of Ohio!
LUCKY CHUCKY 2,1:55.1 3,1:50.4 $2,099,973

Standing at Winbak Farm of New York!
MUSCLES YANKEE 2,1:56.3; 3,1:52.2 ($1,424,938)

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THE FEES
Herewith are the services fees and locations for the Perretti stallions in 2011

 

Rocknroll Hanover arguably the most exciting sire to come along in decades will remain at the New Jersey farm and his 2011 fee will be $25,000.

 

Muscles Yankee, “The Hambletonian sire” responsible for the last three Hambletonian winners will also remain at the New Jersey farm and his 2011 fee remains at $20,000.

 

Lucky Chucky, leading candidate for Trotter of the Year in 2010 will stand in New York at Winbak Farms and his introductory fee for 2011 has been set at $10,000.

 

McArdle, sire of this year’s exciting One More Laugh remains at Lindwood Farms of Pennsylvania and his fee remains at $5,000.

 

Matt’s Scooter still hale and hearty at 26 years old remains in New Jersey and he’ll service a limited number of mares at private contract.


Revenue is slated to return to Sweden for the 2011 breeding season.

 

PROMINENT CHAMPIONS
Perretti bred or sired   pacers and trotters were rather prominent in the recently compiled USTA championship balloting accounting for four of the 12 categorical winners.

Among them, Rocknroll Heaven and Put On A Show 3-year old colt and filly champions respectively were both sired by Perretti stallion Rocknroll Heaven.

3-year-old trotting champion LUCKY CHUCKY (Windsong’s Legacy-Aerobic s) qualifies as Perretti sired and bred as the colt was originally sold at Harrisburg in 2008 and is slated to stand stud at Winbak Farms of New York.
The aged trotting champion ENOUGH TALK (Enjoy Lavec-Fashion Setter) was originally sold as Versache at the New Jersey Classic in 2004.


MAKE IT WORK
Call it a reprieve. Call it an opportunity. Call it what you will. The fact remains that through the efforts of Jeff Gural, harness racing is able to replay and hopefully improve upon its uninspiring 2010 Meadowlands session as the track will commence the 2011 season as usual on January 7th.
The impetus then falls squarely upon the performers-namely trainers-drivers and of course the horses to boldly go where many did not go last year to aggressively and enthusiastically make it work.

How?
Let’s start with entering and racing especially by those who inhabit the Jersey based training centers. Yes, the purses may be a tad more enticing at the nearby racino tracks but The Meadowlands is as Reggie Jackson said the straw that stirs the harness drink. It is our capital and to the outside media world very much our flagship racetrack. And as such, its overnight program cannot and must not be secondary to those of its neighbors. After all, the few big players remaining all report that The Meadowlands has the only handle pools large enough to accommodate whale sized wagers.


Therefore, it is imperative not just to race at The Meadowlands but to race well. And get this.  Races need to be exciting and entertaining. One need not be take a rocket scientist to conclude that the incumbent style of racing has been a contributing factor to the apathy level harness racing currently enjoys amongst its dwindling and in some cases barely existent fan base.  While the usual complaints such as too much time between races-antiquated and in some cases less than immaculate grandstands-lousy food etc. are indeed prime culprits to this state of affairs,  there’s no question that the actual racing must appear to be a bit more visually competitive than it so often does.

 

There are far too many “courtesy” tucks and too often it seems that 6-5 and 9-5 kind of prance one-two around the racetrack virtually unchallenged for much of the mile especially on smaller ovals.
 
Yes we all want ‘horse” to come back with for next week’s race and that would be fine if we only raced for ourselves.  Unfortunately that way of thinking is in direct contradiction to the requirements of the betting public.  After all, once the bet is lost, it is LOST. There’s little consolation for those convinced (correctly or otherwise) that they did not receive at least a reasonable run for the money. 
Then too, there are those seemingly endless successions of poor betting propositions such as seeded overnights:  the endless array of marginally competitive stake eliminations in addition to numerous potentially conflicting and confusing trainer-ownership scenarios that leaves the public feeling like outsiders peeking in at a closed scenario where insiders are seemingly in cahoots with everybody else.
 
Thanks to Jeff Gural and the NJSBOA, it’s a great window of opportunity. Now it is SQUARELY up to us-the industry to make it work.

Except for the announced departed Historic races, the traditional Meadowlands stakes program are virtually intact and in the case of the signature Meadowlands Pace, nomination and sustaining fees have been reduced though the added money remains as was. Therefore, come February 15th it is imperative to NOMINATE the appropriate horses to their respective events to ensure that this stakes program remains as vibrant as it has been.

 

MERCHANDISE REALITIES
At the risk of redundancy, permit us to expound a topic we touched on last time that being the comparison of horses to automotive vehicles from the perspective of the factory (breeder) and dealer (consignor).
Every used car on the road today was a new car at one point in its life. No matter how many times it may have changed hands or how many miles it may have traveled, the reality is that during its “newness” if you will, the new car dealer got paid for its purchase as did the factory that created it.

Conversely, every overnight race horse was a yearling at one point in its life but that in far too many cases, its consignor (dealer) and breeder (manufacturer) failed to receive an adequate compensation at the yearling sales as the overwhelming majority of yearlings get sold at a substantial loss.

Sooner or later breeders must question the wisdom of producing an increasingly un-saleable product unless there is a major adjustment to current purse structures which would at least provide incentive for yearling purchase.  As it is now, unless the yearling emerges as a major stakes earner, the costs of training and staking are far too prohibitive to make it worthwhile owning that “nice colt or filly” destined to fill the overnight programs at all the major racetracks.  

 

WHY NOT GREATNESS?
The inescapable conclusion following the Zenyatta stretch explosion in the Breeder’s Cup Classic at Churchill Downs, was that the viewer was privy to a historical happening given the magnitude of the field compiled.
If memory serves, the field was comprised of assorted Triple Crown and mid-summer contenders, the best of the aged handicap runners and of course the mare that rivals Ruffian for recognition as the best of her sex ever.

Kind of makes one wonder why we in harness racing can’t do the same.

Therefore, for it truly to all come down to a breeders crown (still a great slogan), four of the eight events must be for 3-year-olds and up.  This would give the graduating sophomores a true shot at immortality via championship competition versus the best possible opposition. Like our thoroughbred cousins we too can provide give the younger and/or distaff set a competitive equalizer via inside post position draws which would approximate the weight for age method employed by the runners.

Yes as many feel, the Breeders Crown is fine as it is but to some there’s that nagging suspicion that it could be more-so much more.
In short, why not greatness!   
 
ADDENDUM TO DEANO
Re-enforcing good friend Dean Hoffman’s insightful piece entitled two years and out,one cites the ultimate plight of just about every son of legendary sires Adios and Albatross that fell into the early crop brillance syndrome. Noticeably, most like Niatross, Bret Hanover, etc were unable sustain that brilliance into the later crops though in isolated instances a star could pop up in a middle crop.
Niatross managed Nihilator , Pershing Square and many others in his first crop.  Barberry Spur came in the second crop. Thereafter, the headliners were few and far between.

Bret Hanover enjoyed super early crops with Strike Out, Hilarious Way, Breadwinner etc all occurring in the first two but like other sons of Adios the number of headliners dwindled as time went on . He did get Storm Damage in crop # seven but that was also his first encounter with the marvelous mare BreathOSpring. 

For the most part, early crop brilliance seems more a trait of the Hal Dale line than say the Volomite line. 

 

 

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