Mission Brief
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Sept. 4 - Mohawk - Mission Brief sets world record in Peaceful Way elimination

Mission Brief (Muscle Hill – Southwind Serena) came to Mohawk Racetrack Thursday night as a co-World Record holder and left the Campbellville oval as the fastest two-year-old trotter ever on a seven-eighths of a mile or one mile track.

The sport’s best freshman trotting fillies were at Mohawk Thursday night to contest two $30,000 eliminations for the Peaceful Way stakes. 16 two-year-old trotting fillies were split into two eliminations with the top five finishers earning a spot in the $385,000 final on September 13.
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Southwind Luna
Southwind Luna as a yearling
Southwind Farms photo

Aug. 23 Georgian Downs- Southwind Luna fastest in OSS Grassroots

There were five C$18,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots events for 2-year-old pacing fillies on Saturday night (August 23) at Georgian Downs, and the last split was the quickest as Southwind Luna toured the five-eighths mile oval in 1:54.
With driver Billy Davis Jr. calling the shots, Southwind Luna was in the lead through panels of :27.2, :56.3, and 1:24.3. Faithful Friend (Rick Zeron) took a shot out of the pocket in the final quarter, but Southwind Luna held sway to prevail by a half-length. Wicked Speed (Scott Young) finished third.

Otis Hall trains Southwind Luna, a Sportswriter filly, for owner Nasussito Racing Inc. of Ayr, Ontario. Southwind Farms bred Southwind Luna, who has won twice from five starts and has earned $23,540.

Southwind Luna, the first foal out of Lil Presto Hanover, a The Panderosa half-sister to $2.6 million earner McArdle, sold for $20,000 at last year’s Standardbred Horse Sale.


Aug. 20 Yonkers - Southwind Masimo takes NYSS

A Canadian-owned colt remained perfect in four starts as Yonkers Raceway hosted the $202,599 New York Sire Stakes Jim Crawford Pace for two-year-old colts and geldings on Tuesday night.
Three divisions - at $67,933, $67,933 and $66,933 - comprised the competition.
The evening’s first division saw a formful favourite in Southwind Masimo (Pat Lachance, $2.60) roll off cover to run his record to four wins in as many starts. From Post 5, he tracked Azorean Art (Larry Stalbaum), then blew past that one to widen out by 2-1/4 lengths in 1:55.1. Dees Rocketman (Brian Sears) was third.
For Southwind Masimo, a Bettors Delight colt trained by his driver for co-owners Hudson Standardbred Stable and Conrad Leber, he took over the points lead in this division.

Southwind Roulette
Chris Gooden photo

Aug. 16 - Washington,PA - Southwind Roulette 1:53.1 winner

Southwind Roulette and Well Hello There won Pennsylvania Sires Stake divisions Friday (Aug. 15) at The Meadows, giving driver Yannick Gingras and trainer Ron Burke a sweep of the $223,960 event for 2-year-old filly pacers.
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Aug. 12 Muscle Hill Ad

Muscle Hill has firmly established himself as a leading trotting sire!
2014 Hambletonian Champion TRIXTON 3,1:50.3 ($840,604) By MUSCLE HILL-Emilie Cas El-Garland Lobell
2014 Merrie Annabelle Winner & World Champion MISSION BRIEF 2,1:52.2 ($255,775)
By MUSCLE HILL-Southwind Serena-Varenne

See the ad that highlights the Muscle Hill 2014 Yearlings that highlight the Lexington and Harrisburge Sales.


Aug. 10 - Georgian Downs - Sportswriter Rookies Set Track Records

Two-year-old pacers of both sexes competed in Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Series action on Sunday evening at Georgian Downs and the top performance was turned in by Sportskeeper, who established a new track record of 1:52.3 for a rookie pacing colt. Each race went for a purse of $70,000. Sportswriter is the leading Pacing Sire in the Ontario Sires Stakes!
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Muscle HIll

Aug. 2 - Mariendorf Racetrack in Berlin - Muscle Hill colt tops German Derby sale

Muscle Boy AS, a yearling colt sired by Muscle Hill and out of the Italian mare Zelda Per, fetched the top price of $175,000 at the annual Derby Sale, held at the Mariendorf Racetrack in Berlin.
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USTA/Mark Hall photo
Aug. 2 - The Meadowlands - Trixton wins the Hambletonian

Trixton and trainer/driver Jimmy Takter bested a stubborn stablemate Nuncio (John Campbell) in a stretch drive down the lane to win the $1,006,125, 89th Hambletonian on Saturday (Aug. 2) at The Meadowlands in 1:50.3. The time was the second fastest in the history of the race, behind his sire Muscle Hill, who won the 2009 Hambletonian in 1:50.1.
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USTA/Mark Hall photo

Aug. 2 - The Meadowlands - Mission Brief equals world record in Merrie Annabelle

It was mission accomplished for Mission Brief (Muscle Hill - Southwind Serena), who was “in a world of her own” according to track announcer Ken Warkentin, as she finished in a world-record tying 1:52.2, way ahead of the field, to win the $352,050 Merrie Annabelle for 2-year-old trotting fillies on Saturday (Aug. 2) at The Meadowlands.
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July 28 - Grand River Raceway - Sportswriters Dominate Battle Elims

Sportswriter has taken the province by storm this season, and all you had to do was watch Monday’s Battle Of Waterloo and Battle Of The Belles eliminations if you wanted proof.
The white-hot sire has been on fire to start the 2014 season, and he produced four of the five elimination winners on the card.
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Chris Gooden photo

July 19 - Washington, PA
Southwind Roulette avoids geese to capture PASS split

A filly and her driver may be asked to do many things to win a stake race, but finding a path through a flock of truculent geese typically isn’t among them. That was the case Friday at The Meadows, however, when Southwind Roulette and Yannick Gingras avoided the geese and captured a division of the Sand Tart, an $227,160 Pennsylvania Sires Stake for freshman filly pacers.
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July 16 - Grand River Raceway- Coleman & Christoforou Sweep OSS

It was a banner night for trainer Casie Coleman and driver Chris Christoforou as they teamed up to sweep the trio of $70,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Series events for two-year-old colt and gelding pacers on Wednesday (July 16) at Grand River Raceway.
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July 12 - Mohawk - Sportswriter Fillies Grab All The Gold

The spectacular run of the first crop of Sportswriter continued on Friday night at Mohawk Racetrack as his daughters won all three $70,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Series divisions for two-year-old pacing fillies. Southwind Mischief kicked things off in race two, rallying off a third-over trip to prevail by half a length in 1:54, which was the fastest time any of the OSS Gold Series winners recorded.
Sportswriter is now the leading pacing sire in the Ontario Sire Stakes (as of July 12 2014)
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July 7 - Sportswriters Sweep Gold Divisions at Mohawk

Twenty-two rookies battled in the first OSS Gold Series event of the season during Monday’s 11-race card at Mohawk Racetrack, and sons of Sportswriter put on a clinic.
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Two Year Old Sire Statistics as of 8/12/2014
Sportswriter 154 91 41 34 $1,217,513
Bettors Delight 115 75 37 22 $667,163
Well Said 100 59 27 25 $650,621
Dragon Again 85 48 20 19 $560,052
Art Major 92 67 36 26 $559,072
Somebeachsomewhere 67 51 24 23 $516,196
Rocknroll Heaven 103 65 31 23 $515,575
Western Terror 103 55 26 20 $507,976
Rockin Image 107 65 26 24 $480,579
American Ideal 85 53 36 23 $463,728
Feelin Friskie 54 44 24 10 $460,610
Panspacificflight 124 58 22 15 $372,948
Rocknroll Hanover 133 72 20 16 $310,114
Real Desire 75 43 22 19 $168,174
Muscle Hill 82 36 19 9 $596,135
Muscle Massive 85 52 22 6 $579,834
Conway Hall 75 54 27 5 $490,204
Donato Hanover 102 55 26 13 $451,479
Explosive Matter 81 44 22 13 $441,217
Muscle Mass 90 48 20 8 $440,046
Lucky Chucky 84 41 15 8 $420,208
Cantab Hall 71 40 19 11 $373,995
Kadabra 103 52 17 6 $330,884
SJ's Caviar 72 29 15 3 $327,097
Crazed 70 36 16 5 $280,461
Chip Chip Hooray 53 45 16 0 $262,896
Swan For All 77 33 16 2 $254,345
Credit Winner 59 34 18 2 $240,546
Yankee Glide 72 40 19 6 $227,136
Andover Hall 99 52 19 9 $201,689
Mr. Cantab 85 46 21 2 $170,309
Jailhouse Jesse 76 40 16 4 $164,067
Muscle HIll

Muscle HIll Off to Spectacular Start

Muscle Hill, Muscles Yankee's greatest son and the 2009 USA Horse of the Year, has made a spectacular start to his siring career.
In his first season he left 81 foals, and of these he had 56 to the races half-way through their three-year-old season, and 40 were winners with 33 in 2:00 and 10 in 1:55.
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NEW for 2014
MUSCLE HILL will stand at
New Hope, PA

Under the Management of: SOUTHWIND FARMS
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Sporty Belle Jan. 16 - Australia
Sportswriter is now the leading sire of Two Year Olds in Australia.
As of 1/16/14 he has had 6 starters, with 12 starts, 4 winners
Totaling 6 wins and 6 placings.
Heading back to Tara Hills at the end of January and standing for $4,000 for the 2014 season.
His first North American crop will race in 2014 and the results in Australia serve as a preview of things to come.
Watch the video of Sporty Belle winning the Tab.com.au 2 yoPace at Newcastle.

Dec. 16 - Australia
Sportswriter's first crop 2yo winner
a boost for WA Yearling Sale

When Sports Chaton led throughout to win at Leeton in New South Wales on Friday 13th it was anything but bad luck for the vendors of the seven yearlings by Sportswriter in the 2014 Gloucester Standardbreds WA Yearling Sale.
Sports Chaton is the first of the Sportswriters to win and he won comfortably by six metres in a time of 2:01.9 over the 1758 metres.

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HULAS Z TAM p,1:52.2h ($1,003,660) Surpassed the $1 million mark to become
The fifth millionaire bred by Southwind Farm and the second from her Hall of Fame

Southwind has a full sister to both Hulas Z Tam and Southwind Tempo, SOUTHWIND TANGO ( Bettor’s Delight – Tsunami Hanover) that we are retaining.

USTA/Ken Weingartner photo

Nov. 4 - Harrisburg

MUSCLE HILL COLT Canepa Hanover sells for $300,000

Canepa Hanover sold for $300,000 during Monday's session of the Standardbred Horse Sale in Harrisburg.

The Muscle Hill-Cressida Hanover colt was purchased by Jimmy Takter. He is a half-brother to 2006 Horse of the Year Glidemaster.

Sept. 18 - Southwind Spirit sets Balmoral mark in Am-Nat

Despite a track that had been drenched by heavy rains during the late afternoon hours, Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Stable 45's Southwind Spirit had no problem negotiating his way over the sloppy going Wednesday night as the $105,000 yearling purchase etched his name into the Balmoral Park record books knocking off nine other 2-year-old trotting colts by 11 ¼ lengths in 1:54.1 while taking the $69,000 American National. The previous mark of 1:54.3 had been set in 2008 by Swan For All.

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Sept. 15 - Harrah's Philadelphia

In the $260,000 final for the two-year-old filly pacers, Southwind Silence, opened up in the stretch, for a 1:52.1 victory.

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Sept. 12 - The Red Mile Southwind Spirit in 1:54.4 !

Southwind Spirit (pictured) finished up the speed parade at The Red Mile on Thursday night as the 2-year-old colt by Muscle Hill won by 9 1/4 lengths in 1:54.4.
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Barry Skolnick

Barry Skolnick CEO

As President of CAMBR Company, Inc. (formerly Solgar Vitamin& Herb Company), Barry has been involved with the family business since 1979, spearheading a subsidiary CAMBR Realty - investing, acquiring and developing in residential, commercial and industrial real estate and now a privately-held family office, investing in a variety of diverse investment opportunities.
Barry is a Trustee of the CAMBR Charitable Foundation.  He has a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Oneonta.  He is currently single with two grown sons.
He enjoys racing and is a founding member of the Monticello Motor Club.  He enjoys all sports and actively participates in tennis, yoga and working out in the gym.
Read the recent Hoof Beats article on Barry .....click here

Connie and Allen Skolnick

Connie & Allen Skolnick

Everyone at Southwind mourns the passing of our founders, Connie & Allen Skolnick, who passed away on March 28th and April 24th, respectively.   The farm will operate under the guidance of their son, Barry, who will take over as CEO.  We will continue to maintain the highest levels of management and integrity that were established by Connie and Allen.   Barry Skolnick and Michael Klau, Syndicate Manager can be reached at our New York corporate Headquarters at 516-599-2442.



Sportswriter's first crop takes off

2009 USA 2YO Pacing Colt of the Year, Sportswriter’s first crop of yearlings are currently on offer at the Australian Pacing Gold yearling sales and are being snapped up by astute trainers and owners.

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Internships Available at Southwind Farms

Southwind farms is now opening it's doors to students that would like to participate in our internship programs.  We are a large scale, equine reproduction facility that can offer a lot of hands on experience in the reproduction and farm management fields.  .... read more.

Laura Young, her husband Chris Pazdan, and son C.J. - Mark Hall Photo

August 25 2010 Farm Manager Laura Young is profiled in Hoof Beats Way of Life, written by Nicole Kraft.

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Aug. 8 2009
Southwind Farms owner, and Muscle Hill co-owner Allen Skolnick raises the Hambletonian trophy with Southwind Farm manager Laura Young.

Aug. 8 2009 - wins Hambletonian
With an absolutely dominant world record 1:50.1 performance in today’s $1,520,333 Hambletonian Final, Muscle Hill made the dreams of many come true.

The win, his fifth in a row this year and 13th of 14 lifetime, puts Muscle Hill’s ’09 earnings at $1,015,241. Lifetime he now has $1.8 million banked for owners Jerry Silva, the TLP Stable, Southwind Farm and Muscle Hill Racing.

“It’s something we’ve waited for a long, long time and something that we’ll cherish for a long time. I can’t give enough credit to the whole team that made this possible. It’s been quite a ride all season long, the horse has been perfect,” said co-owner Allen Skolnick of Southwind.

Southwind Lynx
p,3,1:48.3 ($1,449,360)
Real Artist-Luxury Class

Became the first horse to win two $1,000,000 races in one year when he captured the Art Rooney Pace at Yonkers and the Meadowlands Pace. Seasonal earnings of $1,356,150 and was tied as the fastest three year old of the season with his 1:48.3 mark.
Southwind Tempo
p,3,1:49.3f 5,1:48.3f($2,000,131)
Bettor's Delight-Tsunami Hanover

Won 16 of 21 starts during her sophomore campaign, including a World Record 1:49.3f performance, capturing the Lynch Memoridal at Pocono. Other stakes wins include The Lady Catskill, Tarport Hap, and eliminations of the Breeder's Crown and Misletoe Shalee.
Southwind Tempo has been voted the Dan Patch 3-year-old pacing filly of the year by the U.S. Harness Writers Association.
Southwind Serena
3,1:55.2 ($388,784)
Varenne-Spice On Ice

Became Southwind Farms second Breeders Crown champion when she upset the Three Year Old Filly Trot field in 1:55.2 at the Meadowlands, increasing her seasonal earnings to $377,384.

August 2006
Feature article in The Harness Edge
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Farm Manager: Laura Young
29 Burd Rd. Pennington, NJ  08534
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