August 8, 2005

If there was a universal ‘theme” amongst the many European visitors here for the Hambletonian that we hosted at the farm during our version of “United Nations Week” it had to do with Revenue and the American acceptance of a French sired stallion.

Almost unanimously they were delighted to learn that the horse had serviced some 170 mares in his initial season and that he will get an opportunity to positively impact on the existing “gene” pool in the U. S. And if successful as many believe he will be, Revenue could be a forerunner for other European stallions to stand here.

Revenue attracted a good number of Valley Victory line mares in his initial breeding season.

A prophecy by trotting “guru” Ron Gurfein has come to pass. All along Gurfein insisted that the Muscles Yankee filly was indeed a “good one” and after winning The Merrie Annabelle, Gurf’s confidence was indeed justified.

Over the years we’ve sold some pretty nice horses at Garden State Sales Company’s Showplace sale and with this year’s edition moved to the Horse Park of New Jersey, this trend should well continue.

Last year’s consignment featured MATTIOS, the Matt’s Scooter 2-year-old who on the New Jersey Sires Stakes final in 1:54.3 earlier this year. The hammer price on MATTIOS was just $19,000 and she’s already earned over $118,000 this year. That group also included COLOR SCHEMES 2, 1:59.2 (Dream Vacation-Paisley Yankee) who despite a hammer price of $2,300 is already a DOUBLE stakes winner at two this year with earnings approaching $35,000. And the Ontario Gold earner GREAT BALLDINI (Presidential Ball-Grin n Buy It) has already won in 1:54.1 at two this year. His price was $4,500 last year.

The 2002 crop featured MALTESE ARTIST an Artiscape colt from Hula Dancer who brought $47,000 late in the sale. Maltese Artist is now approaching $600,000 in earnings and has a 1:48.3 mark taken this year. That group also included MR MATTURDAY NIGHT (Matt’s Scooter-Kravis Center) a $15,000 yearling who has been in 1:51.4f already this year. Undoubtedly his Falcon Seelster half brother True Force p,3,1:50.3 would have graced our 2003 Jersey Classic consignment had he not been in-utero at the time the dam was sold as part of the 2001 dispersal

A few others we’ve sent through the ring at The Garden State Sale include Sweet Lady Lee p, 1:51.1 (Presidential Ball-Paper Sweetness) Western Canada Pacing Derby winner In Arms Way (On The Road Again-Disarmament, a quarter million dollar plus winner, Lawrence B Sheppard winner Presidentialantics p,2,1:56.2h (Presidential Ball-Bunny Antics) NJSS winner Falcatraz p,3,1:52 (Falcon Seelster-Village Connie)

This year’s GARDEN STATE SALE offering numbers 17 in its entirety comprised of six trotters and 11 pacers. The trotters are by either first crop success story Dream Vacation or the established Enjoy Lavec. The pacers include Artiscapes like Maltese Artist, Matt’s Scooters like Mattios and one by Life Sign sire of Real Desire etc. The Life Sign colt is from Graylin Grape dam of a 05 2-year-old by Pro Bono Best who’s been timed in 2:00.3 already this year. The dam is a sister to the hard hitting Pedone p,4,1:50.1

Featured Artiscapes could be ART HEARTED (R G Hannah) the first foal from a sister to Noble Intent p,1:50.2. Also CHEYENNE HARVEY (Cheyenne Rose) from a sister to Take Home The Gold 1:52.1 and ETERNAL REVENUE (Eternal Sweetheart) from a three quarter blood sister to Immortality.

Headline Matt’s Scooters could include MATTCEDONIA (Zara) the first foal of a 1:52,2 winner and MATTINEZ the first foal from $125,000 winner Almahurst Tequila p,1:54
There’s also MAMATTMA GHANDI (Arts Golden Lady) from the immediate family of Life Challenger, Gold Coast and Excited.

Then there’s TASHABLANCA the first Dream Vacation sister to the stakes placed 05 Enjoy Lavec filly Tahitien Treat.

Promises to be another representative group.

In addition, some rather distinguished mares will offer foals in The Garden State sale. Miss Easy has a Cams Card Shark filly. Armbro Feather has an Island Fantasy filly. Pacific has a Blissful Hall filly and grand ole Saccharum has a filly by Cams Card Shark. Need more reason to be at the Horse Park on September 11th?.

Bob Marks



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