Our Goal ... to raise a great racehorse
How can you top back-to-back years when horses you bred, raised and sold at auction won and finished second in trotting’s greatest race? In 2014 the Hunterton-bred, raised and sold Trixton won the Hambletonian; last year the filly Mission Brief, also bred, raised and sold by Hunterton, was the runner-up in the race.
Sweeping the Breeders Crown 3-year-old pacing events is a pretty good encore. This year Hunterton graduates Call Me Queen Be won the Crown 3-Year-Old Filly Pace and Racing Hill captured the colt event, with those achievements capping big seasons for the two sophomores.
Located on more than 900 acres in Kentucky’s Bluegrass horse country, where the limestone-laced land delivers nutrients for strong bones, Steve and Cindy Stewart’s Hunterton Farm has become a leading producer of harness racing’s stars. The work is year-round and the goal of breeding and raising a great horse is always present.
“Our efforts to totally focus on trying to raise an exceptional racehorse is paying off,” says Steve. “By not standing stallions, we can focus on all of our horses, our broodmares, weanlings and yearlings.
There’s no doubt Hunterton knows how to raise a yearling with the good looks to turn the heads of discerning buyers. That’s what happened this fall when Tactical Landing, a full brother to Mission Brief who Hunterton bred with partners, spurred a bidding war at the Lexington Selected Sale that ended with a final bid of $800,000. Also in Lexington, Hunterton sold the two highest- priced trotting fillies: Ciao Dolce, a Credit Winner daughter of Pizza Dolce, for $300,000 and Redeeming Grace, by Cantab Hall out of Graceful Touch, for $285,000.
Bloodlines, of course, are the starting point and Hunterton has invested in broodmares and stallion shares so it can continue to breed and raise the best horses possible. In addition to being a shareholder in top trotting sire Muscle Hill, Hunterton also owns a share of Captaintreacherous and next year will sell 10 yearlings from his first crop. And for the future, Hunterton and its partners have continued to invest in top bloodlines, purchasing shares in the stallions Always B Miki and Southwind Frank and the broodmare Satin Pillows, who hails from the prolific trotting family of Bold Dreamer.
“With more Hunterton graduates winning the big races in 2016, and yearling sales of more than $6.5 million, we’re especially thankful for everyone who plays a role in our success,” said Steve.