Lawmaker wins PSS at Harrah's July 21
Lawmaker, the 2-year-old trotting son of Muscle Massive-Pretty Amigo has strung together two straight wins in Pennsylvania Sire Stakes action, including the victory on Friday afternoon in 1:57.2. Lawmaker now has career earnings of just under $50,000 including two wins in just three starts.
Stonebridge Gamble Stallion Series for 2yoCG at Harrah's July 20
Stonebridge Gamble scores in 1:57.4 in a division of the Stallion Series races for two-year-old colt and gelding trotters.
Agent Q is impressive winner in Mistletoe Shalee
Agent Q moved alongside leader Brazuca on the final turn and pulled away from the field to win Saturday’s (July 15) $165,700 Mistletoe Shalee for 3-year-old filly pacers by two lengths in a stakes- and track-record equaling 1:48.4 at the Meadowlands.
Agent Q takes no prisoners in Lynch victory
Agent Q and driver David Miller made a sustained first-over drive pay off in Saturday’s (July 1) $300,000 James M. Lynch Memorial for 3-year-old female pacers, taking the lead coming off the final turn and pulling away from the field in the stretch to win by three lengths in 1:51 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.
July 1 - The Meadowlands
Trotter Quantum Kemp won by many, many lengths with trainer Jimmy Takter reliving his Hambletonian memory of 2014 when he drove his full brother Trixton to victory. Takter went right to the front with the $200,000 Lexington Selected Sale Muscle Hill colt and widened at every call through the 1:58.1 mile and appeared to be getting lonely near the wire with the official margin at 26-1/2 lengths. Brixton Medical, John Fielding, Joyce McClelland and Herb Liverman are the owners. American Steele (Marcus Miller) was second with Steven W Hill (David Miller) third.
In the very next race pacing filly Come See The Show (Tim Tetrick), the $550,000 Lexington sale product of the mating of former fastest horse in a race ever Somebeachsomewhere with the former fastest mare in a race ever Put On A Show, put on a show of her own in 1:55.1. She sat along behind eventual place finisher in a gritty effort of her own, Miswave Hanover (Marcus Miller) through a 1:29.1 three quarters then when tipped outside the leader she flashed :25.4 final quarter speed to edge by with minimal encouragement from the driver. Linda Toscano trains this beast for owner-breeders Joanne & Richard Young.
Treviso wins Sire Stakes events at Pocono
The Muscle Massive filly Treviso is the only sophomore trotting miss to have a win in each of the three preliminaries of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes after a 1:54.2 victory Sunday (June 18) at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, while the other division was taken by Overdraft Volo in 1:54.3.
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In A Single Bound NYSS at Vernon - June 18
Winning the fourth division race ($30,450), was In A Single Bound (Billy Dobson). Outkast Blue Chip (Jim Morrill Jr.), would take the first quarter in :26.3. In A Single Bound (Roll With Joe) was restless and took over the lead to take them to the half in :55.4. Owned by Dennis and Simone Noud while trained by Monica Krist, the 3-year-old would open up by four lengths after hitting three-quarters in 1:22.4. Talent Soup (Corey Callahan) would then take a charge at In A Single Bound ($6.00). In A Single Bound would win in 1:50.2 while Talent Soup would settle for second just a length short. Cultural Paradise (Brett Miller) finished third.
Agent Q - second in the Fan Hanover at Mohawk - June 17
Bettors Up got away third while Agent Q and Al Mar Got A Fever battled for the early lead into the first turn. A parked-out Agent Q srtuck the front as they blasted by the quarter pole in :26.4. Bettors Up then made a quick rush to the lead before the :55.1 half. Agent Q, who was sitting second, was fed open racetrack and added pressure to Bettors Up turning for home. The pair dueled to the wire, but Bettors Up kept a nose in front to score the victory in a new lifetime mark of 1:49.4. Agent Q was second in the photo finish and Tequila Monday finished third. Idyllic Beach was advancing from fourth to third but broke stride momentarily, which resulted in her finishing fourth.
Treviso takes PASS - June 8 Harrah's
Division two saw Treviso (Charlie Norris) remain unbeaten on the season, as she is now three-for-three. The daughter of Muscle Massive-Valbonela brushed to the front just past the quarter. She was engaged at the five-eighths pole by Broadway Idole (Dave Miller), but was up to the task, winning by a head in 1:54. Cool Cates (Andy McCarthy) finished second, while Broadway Idole held third.It was the eighth career win for Treviso out of 14 starts. The win put her earnings over $200,000. She is owned by Klis Brothers Racing and Carrie Norris.
Misqued wins - NJSS at The Meadowlands - June 2
Bred by Hunterton Farm, Misqued - If I Can Dream - Lu Lu Q p, 3, 1:53.3M ($104,505) held off the late charge of Livinginthedream in 1:53.3. Misqued was driven by Steve Smith for trainer John Balzer.
In A Single Bound - NYSS winner - June 7 Buffalo Raceway
The fastest NYSS winner of the evening was In A Single Bound Roll With Joe - Armbro Bianca p, 3, 1:52.4H ($61,175) in 1:54.2. The opening leg saw In A Single Bound (Billy Dobson) make it three straight and his fourth in six tries in 2017 with an easy gate-to-wire, two and a half length decision over Octane Blue in 1:54.
Hambo hopeful Sortie breathes easy, wins fastest Currier & Ives split - June 3 The Meadows
Hambletonian hopeful Sortie, reunited with his recently legalized Cornell Collar, made short work of his Currier & Ives division Saturday (June 3) at The Meadows, winning easily in a stake-fastest 1:54. The $118,424 event for sophomore colt and gelding trotters was contested over three divisions, with Moonshiner Hanover and Fraser Ridge taking the other splits — both for trainer Chris Beaver.
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Treviso wins a divsion of Currier & Ives - May 26 The Meadows
Treviso scored in 1:55.1, 2-1/2 lengths better than the pocket-sitting Temple Ruins, with Broadway Idole third. Treviso triumphed for the second time in as many races to start her sophomore campaign and pushed her career bankroll to $186,35. Treviso collected her second win in as many starts this season at The Meadows.
A comfortable first half also was the key to victory for Treviso, who tripped the timer in a leisurely :59.1, Still, Charlie Norris, who trains and drives the daughter of Muscle Massive-Valbonela, for Klis Brothers Stable and Carrie Norris, was taking nothing for granted.
Norris indicated the filly will be pointed to the Hambletonian Oaks, with a pair of Pennsylvania Sires Stake engagements along the way.
Sortie in PASS at Meadows - May 20
They couldn’t collar Sortie in Saturday’s $146.628 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows — literally. The Hambletonian hopeful, one of the most promising freshmen of 2016, had been racing with a Cornell Collar to help his breathing. Moments before Saturday’s race, however, trainer Noel Daley was informed that Cornell Collars can’t be used in Pennsylvania and the device had to be removed.
DRF Harness Weekend - Checking In on $800k purchase Tactical Landing - Derick Giwner - May 18
In just two weeks, many tracks throughout North America will start hosting qualifying races for 2-year-olds. There will be homebreds,
bargain basement buys and of course the sale toppers. Soon we will find out if those paying a King’s ransom for the best bred and perfectly conformed yearlings last fall actually got their money’s worth.
Standing above all yearlings in 2016 was Tactical Landing, an $800,000 purchase at the Lexington Selected Sale in October.
Sortie ready to launch Hambletonian offensive - May 17 2017
If Sortie can breathe a little easier, so can Noel Daley. Sortie, Daley’s Hambletonian Stakes hopeful, begins his 3-year-old campaign Saturday by competing in the first of three Pennsylvania Sire Stakes divisions at The Meadows.
Treviso wins her division of the PSS Stenographer - May 13 2017
Treviso, who banked $155,569 at age two, also got her sophomore campaign off to a fine start for trainer/driver Charlie Norris when she grabbed the early lead from post eight and easily downed the pocket-sitting Sianna Hanover by a half length in 1:54.1.
Agent Q wins Pennsylvania Sire Stakes at Harrah’s - May 11 2017
The first division featured the marquee match-up between Someomensomewhere (2016 Breeders Crown winner) and Agent Q (2016 Breeders Crown runner-up).
Mission Brief returns to Hunterton Farms
The great trotter Mission Brief has been retired. The Muscle Hill daughter won 19 of 27 lifetime starts and $1.6 million during her career. She will return to her birthplace of Hunterton Farm at Stoner Creek where she'll join their broodmare band which includes her dam Southwind Serena.
Hunterton raised and sold
Hunterton foaled and raised
CALL ME QUEEN BE
Hunterton bred, raised and sold
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.