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Sept. 25 - Freehold Raceway - Muscle Hill fillies win in NJSS action

Daughters of Muscle Hill won $7,000 divisions of the New Jersey Sire Stakes – Green Acres for trotting fillies on Friday, September 25, 2015 at Freehold Raceway.


In the division for three-year-old trotting fillies, Marion Millionair was the leader at every call and finished four and three-quarter lengths ahead of Riley’s Dream [Muscle Hill], with five lengths back to Blue Muse [Muscles Yankee] in third. The mile was timed in 1:59.1. the complete story


Southwind Frank Adds Wellwood Memorial To Collection

Southwind Frank ran his record to eight-for-nine with seven straight wins thanks to a 1:55.4 tally in the $373,000 William Wellwood Memorial for 2-year-old male trotters on Saturday night's card at Mohawk Racetrack.Ron Burke trains and Burke Racing Stable LLC., Weaver Bruscemi LLC., Our Horse Cents Stables, and J And T Silva Stables LLC., own Southwind Frank, a colt by Muscle Hill. The winner's share of the purse boosted his earnings to $513,505.


Southwind Frank was bred by Southwind Farm and sold for $100,000 at the 2013 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. He is the first foal out of the Cantab Hall mare Flawless Lindy ($99,756).

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Mission Brief Waltzes In Elegantimage

Mission Brief crunched the field in the $404,000 Elegantimage Stakes final for 3-year-old trotting fillies on Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack, winning in an easy 1:52.4. Ron Burke trains Mission Brief, a daughter of Muscle Hill, for owners Burke Racing Stable LLC., Our Horse Cents Stables, J And T Silva Stables LLC., and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. She is seven-for-nine in the win column this year, and this was her 16th career victory. She has earned $781,847 in 2015 and $1,376,387 lifetime. the complete story

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Southwind Indy Leads OSS Grassroots for 3 yo Pacing Colts

Southwind Indy finished the Grassroots regular season atop the division standings and trainer Casie Coleman says everything looks positive for the three-year-old pacing gelding's bid for a top five finish in Friday's Semi-Final at Mohawk Raceway.


"I like the way the draw come out; he's in the middle of the gate. The six-hole is like my favourite hole at Mohawk/Woodbine," said Coleman. "He drew good, and he trained real good this week, and everything seems good, so we'll hope for the best that he can get into the final."

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Mission Brief Wows In Eliminations


It was a wet night at Mohawk Racetrack on Friday for the eliminations of the Elegantimage Stakes and William Wellwood Memorial Trot. A pair of eliminations were needed for both events with the top five finishers in each division advancing to their respective finals next week.

A talented pack of 16 three-year-old trotting fillies, highlighted by superstar Mission Brief, were split into two $35,000 eliminations for the Elegantimage Stakes.

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Southwind Frank wins Champlain Division


In the $117,406 first division, Southwind Frank continued his dominance of the rookie trotters with a 1:54.1 victory -- his fifth win in a row -- while just missing Father Patrick's stakes record by one-fifth of a second.


Driven by Yannick Gingras, Southwind Frank got away third, but was quickly moved to the front in the second quarter and reached the half in :57.1. The Ron Burke trainee trotted his third panel in :29, before drawing away from his rivals with ease in the stretch to score a four and a quarter length victory. Brooklyn Hill, who got a two-hole trip, held position for second, while Zlatan was third.

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Muscle Diamond winning the Colonial Consolation

Muscle Hill Offspring dominate !


Muscle Hill had a great weekend of racing results starting with Mission Brief’s romp in the $174,000

Moni Maker Stakes at The Meadows in 1:52.3f.

On Saturday at Pocono Downs, Muscle Diamond won the $100K Colonial Consolation in 1:53.2 and

EL Titan beat Resolve in the $100,000 Sebastian K Invitational in 1:51.2.  Aldebaran Eagle was second

in the $200K Colonial Consolation.   In Sweden, Princess Face (Muscle Hill –Hepburn Broline-Pine Chip)

won the group 1 E-3 Filly Final (approx $110,000)  in a new Swedish record of 1:11.1 for 1640m.

 On Sunday at Tioga, there were five divisions of the Reynolds Stakes and Muscle Hill swept all five

Divisions.  Hollywood Hill took the first filly division in 1:56.4, defeating 2 other Muscle Hill fillies Everything N

More and Southwind Pearl. The first colt division went to Metatron in 1:57. Silvia took the second filly

Division in 1:56.3.  Southwind Frank, the Peter Haughton winner, defeated 2 other Muscle Hill colts, Brooklyn

Hill and Jack Vernon in the second colt division in 1:54.2. All The Time completed the sweep by taking the final

Filly division in 1:55.4.

Hills Angel Upsets In Pure Ivory final

A John Bax trained filly can never be overlooked and once again Monday night at Mohawk Racetrack that statement rang true in the final of the Pure Ivory Series.


A field of 10 rookie trotting fillies contested the $35,400 final of the Pure Ivory Series. Fresh off her victory in last week's second leg, Pennies From Above was sent off as the 3/5 choice for trainer/driver Dustin Jones. Thisladysdynamite, the first leg winner, shot out to the lead from post ten and posted an opening panel of :28.2. Sound Of Music circled around the leader in the second-quarter from the two hole to take the field by the half in :58.4.


Pennies From Above, who was situated fifth through the opening half, was able to catch the cover of Safekeeping to be second-over at the three-quarter pole. Bax trainee Hills Angel and driver Paul MacDonell got into the outer flow and sat third-over turning for home at odds of 25-1.


In the stretch, Pennies From Above flipped off her cover and charged to the lead, but Hills Angel stuck right with the favorite for the stretch drive and eventually overtook the lead in the final sixteenth to score the upset by a length in 1:58.4. Rose Run Reanna got up for third, while Thisladysdynamite took fourth.


The upset victory was the first career score for Hills Angel in her fourth start. The daughter of Muscle Hill is owned by Bax Stable–Glengate Farms and was a $40,000 yearling purchase at last year's Lexington Selected Sale.


The series finale victory boosts Hills Angel's earnings to $21,300 and the Bax trainee is eligible to the Champlain and Peaceful Way Stakes later this season at Mohawk.

Jack Vernon (Muscle Hill) Sets a Track Record of 1:53.3 at Tioga.

Nichols, NY --- Sixteen stakes events comprised Sunday (Aug. 16) afternoon's card at Tioga Downs. It was 2-year-old trotter Jack Vernon a freshman son of Muscle Hill-Vernon Blue Chip who stole the show with a 1:53.3 effort in his Tompkins-Geers Memorial division.

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Southwind Frank dominates in Peter Haughton

Favored Southwind Frank and Yannick Gingras dominated the $349,850 Peter Haughton Memorial for freshman colt trotters Saturday, August 8 at the Meadowlands. Taking control before the half, the son of Muscle Hill was unchallenged in the stretch on his way to a 1:53.1 score for trainer Ron Burke. Brooklyn Hill trotted second with Earn And Burn finishing third.

The New Jersey Sire Stakes champion found a spot along the rail in fourth early as Earn And Burn fired from post 10 to mix it up early with Dominion Beach. After a :27.2 first panel, Gingras moved Southwind Frank from fourth to brush to the front and reach the half in :56.2. On the engine, the favorite was challenged on the outside briefly by Milligan’s School. However, turning for home, Southwind Frank would not be touched as he easily reached the wire first to earn his fourth win in five attempts.

Bred by Southwind Farm, the freshman is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Our Horse Cents Stables and J&T Silva Stables. The first foal from Cantab Hall mare Flawless Lindy, Southwind Frank was a $100,000 Lexington yearling purchase. With the win, the colt has earned close to $250,000 this season. the video


Mission Brief to flex her "Muscle" in Hambletonian


Manalapan, NJ --- Mission Brief, a daughter of Muscle Hill, was nurtured in the New Jersey Sire Stakes program and proved herself against the best of her age, gait and gender to win divisional honors at two.

When she trotted a mile in 1:50.3 at Lexington’s Red Mile on Oct. 2, 2014, she posted a record that made her not only the fastest 2-year-old filly but the fastest 2-year-old trotter of either gender.

Now she will tackle the best 3-year-old trotters in training in the $1.2 million Hambletonian on Saturday (Aug. 8) at the Meadowlands, bypassing an easier challenge in the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks for fillies. the complete story

Southwind Frank Captures Haughton Elim


The first Peter Haughton elimination saw another favorite return dividends as Southwind Frank made short work of the field of 10, scoring his third victory in four starts in 1:54.1 as the 1/5 betting choice. Leading from the three-eighths pole to the wire, Southwind Frank easily held sway in the stretch over Earn And Burn and Alexander Hanover.

Southwind Frank was driven to victory by Yannick Gingras for Ron Burke, who co-owns the colt with Weaver Bruscemi, Our Hrs Cents Stables and J & T Silva Stables. the video

Mission Brief to take on the boys in 90th Hambletonian

July 26
East Rutherford, NJ --- When the field is drawn Monday morning for the Hambletonian Oaks, Mission Brief’s name won’t be among the entries.  On Sunday night, trainer Ron Burke confirmed to The Meadowlands Racetrack that his star 3-year-old filly will take on the boys in the 90th Hambletonian on Saturday, August 8.

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Southwind Frank 1:53.4 NJSS Winner!!!

July 17

Gingras was back in the winner’s circle with Southwind Frank [$9.00] in the $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes for trotting colts and geldings, the seventh race.


The son of Muscle Hill, bred by Southwind Farms, trotted the mile in a stakes record 1:53.4, supplanting Hill I Am [Muscle Hill, who set the mark of 1:55.3 in 2013.


Southwind Frank controlled the tempo through fractions of 27.2, 56.4 and 1:26.2, covering the final quarter in 27.2 for a length and a half victory. Rallying for second was Bar Hopping [Muscle Hill] with Marion Marauder [Muscle Hill] third by a length and three-quarters.


“I wanted to cut the mile; I thought he was the horse to beat,” said Gingras. “I just wanted to have a clear path. My horse was a little bit shaky tonight, and I had to wait on him [to settle]. But I knew if I could keep him trotting, there was no one who would get near.”


Southwind Frank, trained by Ron Burke, won his opening leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes but broke stride last week. He has banked $60,000 with two wins in three starts for the partnership of Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Our Horse Cents Stables and J&T Silva Stables. He was a $100,000 Lexington Selected Sale purchase.
Southwind Farms will sell the full sister to Southwind Frank - Southwind Fiat at the Harrisburg Sale this October.

The Return Of The Titan

July 13

Fresh off a qualifying victory at Mohawk Racetrack on June 30, E L Titan is gearing up to return for his four-year-old campaign. He cruised to the finish with ease, closing in :27.4 to win by three lengths in 1:56.4 with trainer/driver Riina Rekila.


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Brooklyn Hill, $390k yearling, wins NJSS at Meadowlands

July 10

East Rutherford, NJ --- High-priced yearling buy Brooklyn Hill was a strong winner and pacer Boston Red Rocks remained unbeaten as 2-year-olds in six divisions of the New Jersey Sire Stakes were in the spotlight at the Meadowlands on Friday (July 10).


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Muscle Hill's Sons and Daughters Dominate

July 3

Manalapan, NJ --- Veteran driver John Campbell expertly guided a trio of first-time starters to victory in first round New Jersey Sire Stakes for 2-year-olds on Friday night (July 3) at the Meadowlands. ack Vernon ($6.60), a Muscle Hill son of Vernon Blue Chip, trotted his mile in 1:57.2, finishing a half-length ahead of Dominion Beach (Muscle Hill). Southwind Flash (Muscle Hill), who won both of his 2-year-old races and was the betting favorite, was third by three-quarters of a length.
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Southwind Frank leads four Burke winners at Gaitway

June 12, 2015

Manalapan, NJ --- Training down, 2-year-old male trotter Southwind Frank didn’t act like much of a race horse. But ever since getting a taste of more speed, he’s come around.

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Takter compares Canepa Hanover to Trixton

June 18, 2015

During the winter, trainer Jimmy Takter said 3-year-old trotter Canepa Hanover could be "a Trixton kind of horse." As summer approaches, Canepa Hanover is doing his best to prove Takter correct.

 Canepa Hanover is the 2-5 morning line favorite in Saturday's $233,000 Goodtimes Stakes for 3-year-old trotters at Mohawk Racetrack. Last week, the colt won his Goodtimes elimination by 11 1/2 lengths over Iron in 1:51.3. The time equaled Trixton's track record set in last year's Goodtimes final.
But the similarities don't end there.
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Burke Two-Year-Olds Win 7 in Qualifiers

June 9, Manalapan, NJ

Harness racing trainer Ron Burke was happy with all the 2-year-olds he sent out for qualifiers Monday morning at Gaitway Farms, and particularly pleased with Muscle Hill-sired trotters Silvia, Southwind Flash, and Southwind Frank.

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Muscle Hill Yearling Tops Elite Auction

May 29, Scandic Infra City, Upplands Väsby

Coys Rain (Muscle Hill - Savvy Yankee sold for 1 260 000 SEK ($154,000) to Reijo Liljendahl .

 .... read the  complete story




Leading Money Winning Sires in 2014

2-Year-Old Trotters


Leading Money Winning Sires in 2014

2-Year-Old Pacers



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Sire Name Foals Starters Earnings
MUSCLE HILL 82 42 1,461,435
MUSCLE MASSIVE 85 56 1,439,696
DONATO HANOVER 102 60 1,412,382
CANTAB HALL 71 49 1,373,987
CONWAY HALL 75 55 1,278,495
EXPLOSIVE MATTER 81 47 1,081,641
KADABRA 103 55 835,753
CRAZED 70 41 756,373
LUCKY CHUCKY 84 47 697,597
ANDOVER HALL 99 56 690,883
MUSCLE MASS 90 51 638,742
CREDIT WINNER 59 36 572,997
CHIP CHIP HOORAY 53 47 553,030
RC ROYALTY 35 24 550,623
YANKEE GLIDE 72 42 537,741
NEELY DUNN 31 16 534,017
MUSCLES YANKEE 51 32 476,055
SJ'S CAVIAR 72 30 470,918
HOLIDAY ROAD 81 44 428,769
Sire Name Foals Starters Earnings
SPORTSWRITER 154 99 1,888,599
BETTOR'S DELIGHT 115 82 1,733,245
ART MAJOR 92 73 1,643,479
WELL SAID 100 65 1,504,100
ROCK N ROLL HEAVEN 103 72 1,268,539
DRAGON AGAIN 85 50 1,250,261
WESTERN IDEAL 50 32 1,050,169
WESTERN TERROR 103 63 976,897
AMERICAN IDEAL 85 59 961,348
FEELIN FRISKIE 54 44 937,322
ROCKIN IMAGE 107 70 852,988
SPORTSMASTER 61 39 794,397
ROCKNROLL HANOVER 133 81 735,720
MACH THREE 108 48 512,631
YANKEE CRUISER 40 25 492,464
MCARDLE 37 24 481,026
PONDER 30 14 475,361
THIRD STRAIGHT 15 9 404,620

Barry Skolnick CEO

As President of  BLS Asset Managment (formerly Solgar Vitamin & Herb company), Barry has been involved with the family business since 1979, spearheading a subsidiary in Real Estate- 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 Trustee of the Skolnick Family Charitable Trust.  He has a Bachelor's degree from SUNY Oneonta.  He is currently single with two grown sons.  Barry also enjoys racing and is a founding member of the Monticello Motor Club.  He enjoys sports and actively participates in tennis, yoga and working out at the gym.

Read the recent Hoof Beats article on Barry here

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.

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.








Muscle Hill - 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.

August 2006   Feature article in The Harness Edge

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Farm Manager: Laura Young

29 Burd Rd. Pennington, NJ  08534

Gilbertsville, N.Y.  13825


  Phone: (609) 737-9067  Fax: (609) 737-2481