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Southwind Gendry blazes PASS split in 1:49.4 at The Meadows
May 1, 2021
Southwind Gendry solidified his spot as one of the tops in his division Saturday at The Meadows when he blazed a Pennsylvania Sires Stake split in 1:49.4. Literl Lad Hanover captured the other division in the $153,856 event for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers, known as the Bye Bye Byrd, giving trainer Ron Burke a stakes sweep. Purchased as a yearling for a relatively modest $30,000, Southwind Gendry exceeded expectations as a 2-year-old by winning the PASS championship, the Matron and divisions of the Bluegrass and International Stallion stakes en route to banking $583,069 for owners Burke Racing Stable, Phillip Collura, Knox Services and J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby.
Southwind Amazon wins 100th career race
January 26, 2021
Muscles For Life and Seeing Eye Single shared the spotlight at Pompano Park on Monday night, each taking top honors in their respective $11,500 Open events, while Southwind Amazon earned his 100th career victory in style, stopping the timer in 1:49.3.
Southwind Amazon finally reached the coveted 100 career win plateau with a splendid 1:49.3 performance in a conditioned pace. The ageless and courageous 11-year-old gelded son of Camluck survived a rough opening panel in :26.1 where he was three-deep before taking charge and then went on to post fractions of :54.3 and 1:22.1 before a :27.2 final panel capped the milestone win..
Southwind Tyrion’s 1:51.1 sets 2CT world record
October 9, 2020
Southwind Tyrion is now the fastest two-year-old male trotter in harness racing history after his scintillating Grand Circuit score on Friday (Oct. 9) at The Red Mile.
Southwind Tyrion sped to a 1:51.1 victory for trainer-driver Ake Svanstedt, beating Walner’s record of 1:51.3 in the first of three divisions for the $258,800 Six Pack International Stallion Stake Two-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Trot, sponsored by the Six Pack Syndicate and Deo Volente Farms.
Southwind Gendry ties Keystone Classic mark with 1:51.1 win
September 14, 2020
Fresh off his triumph in the Pennsylvania Sires Stake championship, Southwind Gendry equaled the stake record 1:51.1 in Monday’s Keystone Classic at The Meadows — although he had to repel a pair of serious challengers to do it. Sweet Angel Boy took the other division in the $88,500 event for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers.
Although Southwind Gendry typically rallies from mid-pack, David Miller quarter-poled him to the point Monday, where he faced determined bids from the first-over Whichwaytothebeach and the pocket-sitting Chase H Hanover. Southwind Gendry downed Chase H Hanover — also the runner-up in the PASS final — by three-quarters of a length, with Whichwaytothebeach third. The time matched the record Dragon Eddy established in 2014.
Southwind Ozzi scores in 1:51 at Harrah's Philly
September 13, 2020
After being outmatched by the likes of Filibuster Hanover at Pocono, Southwind Ozzi ($4.80) returned to the site of his only prior win to date this year — Harrah's Philadelphia — and delivered a decisive 1:51 score in Sunday afternoon's (Sept. 13) $14,400 top-level pacing feature.
The 4-year-old Somebeachsomewhere landed in midfield in the early stages while Joesstar Of Mia A (Simon Allard) strode clear to control soft early fractions of :28 and :57.2. Before the midway stage, Daniel Dubé angled Southwind Ozzi off the pegs from fourth to gain ground, and gain ground he did. Southwind Ozzi attacked Joesstar Of Mia A up the backstretch and used a :25.4 individually-timed third quarter to seize command. After hitting the three-quarter mark in 1:23.3, Southwind Ozzi opened up a 3-1/2 length lead through the final turn, three of which he maintained at the winning post. Joesstar Of Mia A narrowly held second over Jack's Legend (Pat Berry), who sustained his pursuit after losing cover up the far side.
Southwind Gendry wins PASS at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono
September 5, 2020
The Always B Miki–Gamblers Passion gelding Southwind Gendry won in off-the-pace fashion in 1:51.3.
Bayfield Beach led the field to the quarter in a sharp :26, with Always A Miki, the top point earner and second betting choice, going to the lead in front of the stands and slowing the half to :55.3. Chase H Hanover, who tucked fourth early from the post 9, came up to pressure the leader, passing three-quarters in 1:23.4 and carrying the fight around the turn until Always A Miki made a break nearing headstretch, briefly bothering Bayfield Beach.
Chase H Hanover continued on after his rival’s misfortune but Southwind Gendry, who had been on his back most of the way, went wide and was the fresh horse late. Chase H Hanover finished one-and-a-half lengths behind the winner and a length ahead of a recovering Bayfield Beach..
Southwind Tyrion undefeated with Wellwood elim win
September 4, 2020
Undefeated rookie trotters were the stars of the show in Thursday evening’s eliminations for the Wellwood Memorial and Peaceful Way at Woodbine Mohawk Park.
Each event for two-year-old trotters required two $30,000 eliminations to determine the fields for their respective finals, to be held on Saturday, September 12. This year’s William Wellwood Memorial comes with added stakes, as the winner will receive the tenth and final slot in the $1 million (USD) Mohawk Million.
Southwind Gendry provide Miller with a sweep in PASS action at The Meadows
August 29, 2020
Chase H Hanover and Southwind Gendry each captured a division of Saturday’s (Aug. 29) Pennsylvania Sire Stakes at The Meadows, giving David Miller a sweep of the $213,858 event for freshman colt and gelding pacers. Miller’s big day didn’t end there, as he also won two PA Stallion Series splits and an overnight race to give him five victories on the 15-race card.
Southwind Petyr and King James Express get NYSS wins at Vernon
August 29, 2020
Vernon Downs played host to two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes for freshman pacing colts and geldings on Friday (Aug. 28) and trainer Mark Harder swept both divisions.
Southwind Petyr (Dexter Dunn) charged late to win the $51,300 first division. With unbeaten American Courage out of the race and scratched sick, it was a wide-open affair.
MUSCLE HILL Filly Ramona Hill Wins The Hambletonian
August 8, 2020
Canadian co-owned trotting filly Ramona Hill captured the 2020 Hambletonian on Saturday (August 8) at the Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, N.J. A three-year-old trotting filly by Muscle Hill out of the Lucky Chucky mare Lockdown Lindy, Ramona Hill won for the third time this year in four starts. Her career summary stands at 11-9-0-2 with more than $1.15 million in earnings. She was a $70,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase.
In the history of the Hambletonian, only 15 fillies have been able to defeat male counterparts and capture the coveted title. Atlanta was the last filly to do so in 2018.
Ramona Hill (Muscle Hill - Lock Down Lindy) is trained by Tony Alagna for Brad Grant of Milton, Ont., Crawford Farms Racing of Syracuse, N.Y., Robert Leblanc of Austin, Tex. and In The Gym Partners of Staten Island, N.Y.
MUSCLE HILL Filly Sorella Wins The Hambletonian Oaks for 3-year-old trotting fillies
August 8, 2020
Sorella and driver Yannick Gingras rolled to the front in the first turn and cruised to victory by 1-3/4 lengths over Hypnotic AM in 1:51. Panem, also trained by Takter, finished third. Hypnotic AM and Panem both started from the second tier, with Hypnotic AM in post 12 and Panem in post 11.
Southwind Tyrion stays perfect in Big M’s Garden State
August 8, 2020
Southwind Tyrion continued his impressive winning ways Friday night (Aug. 7) at The Meadowlands, upping his lifetime record to three wins in as many starts after taking the $60,000 Garden State (sponsored by the Standardbred Owners and Breeders of New Jersey) for 2-year-old colts and geldings on the trot in 1:54.3 over a track labeled ‘good.’ The popular 1-9 favorite swung wide off the far turn and sprinted past his foes through the stretch to record a safe one length win for trainer-driver Ake Svanstedt. Cricket Fashion was second with Red Redemption third.
Southwind Gendry sets mark, Lou’s Pearlman stays unbeaten in Adios Day stakes
August 1, 2020
Saturday’s Adios Day card at The Meadows was rich with supporting stakes that included a pair of Grand Circuit events for freshmen and two Pennsylvania Sires Stakes for 3-year-old filly trotters. Here are the highlights:
$59,088 Arden Downs — 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pacers
Last week, Southwind Gendry (Yannick Gingras) scored with a covered trip. In the Gov. David L. Lawrence, as this stake is known, he needed no help, powering to the point at the quarter and winning in a stake record 1:51.2. That knocked a tick from the mark set by Yankee Bounty in 2014.
Southwind Tyrion score in NJSS Finals
July 25, 2020
Southwind Tyrion both found their way to the winner's circle in a pair of $160,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes finals at The Meadowlands Friday night.
In the 2-year-old colt and gelding trot, the Ake Svanstedt trained and driven Southwind Tyrion stayed perfect in two lifetime outings after scoring in a lifetime-best 1:54 coming from off the pace.
The son of Muscle Hill-Taylor Jean was pushed wide into the first turn and took back to mid-pack before emerging from the five-hole approaching the half, flushing cover from Mon Amour, who was looking for a three-race Sire Stakes sweep.
Major Betts’ 1:49.4 fastest in NYSS 3CP splits
June 28, 2020
Tioga Downs played host to three divisions of the New York Sires Stakes for sophomore pacing colts and geldings at Tioga Downs on Sunday.
Major Betts (Dexter Dunn) rocketed past Splash Brother (Tyler Buter) to take the $38,233 first division.
Major Betts ($10.20) jumped out of the gate and went to the front and led to a first quarter in :26.1. The big favorite Splash Brother went first-over from third and took over the lead with a circuit to go. He led to the half in :53 with Major Betts following in the pocket. As they made the move down the backstretch it was Groovy Joe (Matt Kakaley) to make the first move going first-over from third. He couldn’t make any traction and actually fell back as Splash Brother hit three-quarters first in 1:21.
Southwind Avenger won the other Graduate division in 1:51.3
June 28, 2020
Southwind Avenger won the other Graduate division in 1:51.3 at odds of 22-1, one of four victories on the night for driver Andy McCarthy.
After a :27.3 first quarter McCarthy gunned the Richard "Nifty" Norman trainee to the point and led past a :56 half before yielding command to Soul Strong. Sitting in the pocket through three-quarters in 1:24, McCarthy readied his charge into the stretch as Soul Strong tired, lunging Southwind Avenger to the front in the final strides to score the upset. Winnerup skimmed the cones for second while Reign Of Honor split horses late for third.
Southwind Chrome wins Meadowlands feature
June 27, 2020
Southwind Chrome was sent on a mission by his driver Scott Zeron in the $22,500 feature Trot Friday night at the Meadowlands. And he completed it in spectacular fashion.
The 5-year-old son of Chapter Seven-Counter Pointe won a second straight start in the Preferred for trotters, as the razor-sharp Jeff Cullipher trainee scored in 1:50.4 after going a less-than-ideal trip.
Propulsion Dazzles In 2020 Elitloppet
May 31, 2020
Spectators may not have been in attendance at Sweden's Solvalla race track on Sunday, May 31, but harness racing fans that watched the 2020 Elitloppet remotely from all over the world were provided with a treat.
Although he didn't win his elimination heat earlier in the day, the American-bred Propulsion had impressed while in defeat. He had raced three-wide throughout his elim and had gutted it out in the lane to advance to the final.
Southwind Chrome scores in Big M feature
December 7, 2019
East Rutherford, NJ — After going off stride just after the half a week ago as the 4-5 favorite on the way to a ninth-place finish, Southwind Chrome rebounded in a big way Friday night (Dec. 6), taking the featured $30,000 Preferred for trotters at The Meadowlands.
Muscle Hill Colt sells for record $1 million at Lexington Selected Sale
October 1, 2019
Lexington, KY — Damien, by Muscle Hill out of Danae, is a full brother to international $3 million-earner Propulsion as well as stakes-winner Dream Together. He is a half-brother to stakes-winner D’Orsay. He was purchased by Bengt Agerup’s Brixton Medical AB and will be trained by Daniel Reden, who also trains Propulsion for Brixton subsidiary Stall Zet. The colt was consigned by Cane Run Farm and bred by Fredericka Caldwell and Bluestone Farms.
Manchego, Jimmy Freight win at Dayton
September 28, 2019
Dayton, OH – Manchego not only won the $171,250 Dayton Trotting Derby over a talented field of older male trotters, the 4-year-old daughter of Muscle Hill obliterated the Hollywood Dayton Raceway track record and established a new world record for trotting mares on a five-eighths-mile oval on Friday (Sept. 27) night. The 1:50.1 clocking shaved a fifth of a second off the previous best by both Mission Brief and Emoticon Hanover.
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