No sooner do we launch the anticipated first crops of Red
River Hanover and McArdle both well received at Harrisburg
and attention turns to next year and the initial selling
crops of Windsongs Legacy and Revenue.
Windsong’s Legacy became the first trotter since
Super Bowl to actually win the triple crown of trotting.
It should be noted that Glidemaster did likewise winning
the Yonkers Trot.
Revenue seeks to accomplish what our throughbred cousins
have done for years and that is an invigoration of the incumbent
breed via the importation of foreign bloodlines. Actually
in Revenue’s case it’s also the return of superior
American bloodlines in that his dam’s side is pure
American tracing directly back to Scotch Love, dam of two
Hambletonian champions in Speedy Scot and his full brother
Speedy Streak. Speedy Scot ranks as one of the all time
great American trotters and is the sire of super stallion
Windsongs Legacy and Revenue will consign impressive first
crops to next year’s auction sales.
It’s interesting that one of the Revenue’s
will be his filly from D Train dam of Donato Hanover and
Here Comes Herbie. Undoubtedly much attention will be focused
on that chancy lass come Harrisburg time next year.
Revenue’s fee for 2007 has been set at $5,000. Windsong’s
Legacy will stand for $12,500.
McArdle will again stand at Lindwood Farms in Pennsylvania
and his fee for 2007 will be $4,000
Matt’s Scooter affectionately called The Patriarch
around here remains hale and hearty and will stand for 2007
at private treaty. The World Champion bred some 70 odd mares
in 2006 and will have no problems covering a similar number
this year. Just call the farm and we’ll discuss it.
WHATS IN A NAME
Couldn’t help but notice the recognition factor accorded
Art Major and Artiscape in Standardbred Canada’s recent
web poll associating Artsplace and his major offspring.
Could the results indeed be an affirmation of how name associations
are retained similar to the dynamics of packaging and labeling?
BELIEVE IN MIRACLES
Gotta admit it, but when little Palone Ranger was pulling
away in the Yonkers homestretch en route to his Messenger
shocker, strains of broadcasting legend Al Michaels “DO
YOU BELIEVE IN MIRACLES” did indeed flash to mind.
Of course it wasn’t quite like when the US Olympic
Team shocked the Russians in the Lake Placid Olympics but
with all he’s gone through it was quite a comeback
for Mercy Mercy Mercy’s colt. Mercy Mercy Mercy will
offer an Art Major brother to Palone Ranger in 2007. He’s
slated to be named MAJARARTY RULES
HORSE OF THE YEAR
Don’t know if he’s even the best of his age
group, but after his Yonkers heroics, GLIDEMASTER is the
horse of this year. It was a great story and congratulations
to all the connections especially Blair Burgess who must
be considered a prime candidate for trainer of the year.
Fascinating that slots fueled Yonkers and Dover offered
super cards within 48 hours of each other last week in which
oodles of money was doled out. The results were duly reported
and all the honors and credits were received. However, have
yet to read even one word about attendance and betting handle
or don’t our media outlets consider that kind of stuff
Just because they choose not to disclose is hardly rationale
not to inform.
A total of $1million was allocated for the quartet of CLASSIC
SERIES FINALS at Dover Downs last Monday funding for which
is extracted from both sellers and buyers at the yearling
In that three of the four classics had just FIVE starters
and the aged trotting mares drew but seven starters, one
has to wonder just when breeders and buyers will question
if those extracted monies are being allocated wisely.