SOUTHWIND farms NEWS
Farm Manager: Laura Young
29 Burd Rd. Pennington, NJ 08534
Gilbertsville, N.Y. 13825
Phone: (609) 737-9067 Fax: (609) 737-2481
It's the Muscle Hill's Again at Mohawk!
Sept. 17 2016 - Mohawk Raceway
Many of harness racing's top trotters converged at Mohawk Racetrack for Saturday's $2.6 million stakes night featuring the $687,000 Canadian Trotting Classic and $632,000 Maple Leaf Trot.
Bar Hopping (Muscle Hill) Scores 'Classic' Victory
Resolve (Muscle Hill) Prevails In Maple Leaf Trot
Ariana G (Muscle Hill) Perfect In Peaceful Way
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Muscle Hill's dominate at Mohawk
Sept. 10 2016 - Mohawk Raceway
Canadian Trotting Classic Elim - 3 yo Colts
1 Marion Marauder
2 Winter Harbor
in the 2nd Elimination:
1 Bar Hopping
2 Southwind Frank
in the Maple Leaf Trot Elim.
Southwind General Debuts A Winner
Two-year-old pacing colt Southwind General was an impressive winner in his career debut on Wednesday evening (August 17) as he posted the fastest time out of the three $18,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots divisions held at Grand River Raceway.
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Everybody wants a Muscle Hill in Swedish sale
Aug. 17 2016 - Sweden
Once again offspring of Muscle Hill were in high demand at the European yearling sales.
At the first Wenngarn Sale held at the historic Wenngarn Castle outside Stockholm on Tuesday (Aug. 16), six yearlings sired by Muscle Hill were sold for an average price of $96,600.
The sales topper, Ivory Boko, a colt by Muscle Hill and out of Frances Lavec, was sold for $165,000.
A total of 79 yearlings went through the ring and 76 of them were sold for an average of $41,945.
Dream Together sweeps Pure Ivory
Aug. 15 Campbellville, ON --- The combination of driver Sylvain Filion and trainer Luc Blais has been red hot lately at Mohawk Racetrack and Monday night (Aug. 15) was no different, as they teamed up to capture the Pure Ivory Series final and Preferred Trot.
A field of seven 2-year-old trotting fillies competed in the $28,490 Pure Ivory Series finale. Blais trainee Dream Together entered the final off a pair of victories in the preliminary legs.
A daughter of Muscle Hill-Danae, Dream Together lived up to her 1-5 billing and went gate-to-wire for a 1:56.1 victory.
Stakes - four races, four Muscle Hill winners
Aug. 11 2016 - Nichols, N.Y. -- A pair of 2-year-old trotters from the Ron Burke stable proved victorious in their respective Arthur Tompkins Memorial divisions on a rainy Thursday (August 11) evening at Tioga Downs, both upending heavy harness racing favorites in the last yards.
Muscle Hill's Dominate Trotting Statistics
Marion Marauder was a 1:51.4 winner in the Hambletonian.
All The Time in the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks.
Muscle Hill wins BIG at the Big M
Champion trotting sire Muscle Hill had a red-letter day on Hambletonian Day at The Meadowlands last Saturday.
The winner of the Hambo in 2009, Muscle Hill sired the winners of seven big trotting classics including the $1-million Hambletonian and $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks.
Muscle Hill produced the winners of both $70,000 Hambo eliminations in Marion Marauder (1:51.6) and Bar Hopping (1:51.8) with Marion Marauder returning to win the Final in 1:51.8 beating Southwind Frank (by Muscle Hill) by a nose.
Marion Marauder, who is out of a Donerail mare, is now the richest trotter in North America this year with $729,905. He is the second Hambo winner sired by Muscle Hill, the other being Trixton who took out the 2014 edition.
All The Time, last year’s Breeders Crown champion, added the Hambletonian Oaks to her list of major race successes, scoring in 1:52.2.
Muscle Hill sired the winners of both two-year-old classics on the Hambo undercard.
What The Hill (ex Angus Hall mare) captured the $294,450 Peter Haughton Memorial in 1:54.8, while Ariana G won the $306,500 Jim Doherty Memorial in a season’s record 1:53.2. Ariana G, out of a mare by Cantab Hall, is the richest two-year-old trotter in America with a $215,587 bankroll.
To cap off a brilliant day Resolve, a five-year-old entire son of Muscle Hill, hoisted a season’s record 1:50.4 in winning the $273,600 John Cashman Memorial. The performance follows his close second in the prestigious Elitlopp in Sweden two starts earlier.
Resolve trots to 1:50.2 mark in Cashman Memorial
Aug. 6 2016 East Rutherford, NJ --- Resolve and driver/trainer Ake Svanstedt withstood a judge’s inquiry to win the $273,600 John Cashman Memorial for older trotters on Saturday (Aug. 6) at The Meadowlands in a time of 1:50.2.
Berlin Germany Yearling Sales Topper is a Muscle Hill
At the Derby sale in Berlin Saturday evening the highest price was $110,000 paid for Il Capo dei Capi, sired by Muscle Hill. The dam is an Italian mare, Revolution Bi, sired by Varenne, and this is her first foal.
Il Capo dei Capi was bought by the Austrian stable, Stall Antonhoff, who bought a total of four yearlings, which combined cost $170,000.
Sports Column wins Battle of Waterloo
Elora, ON---Confidently handled by driver Chris Christoforou, Sports Column delivered on his pari-mutuel promise with a front-end effort in the $159,500 Battle of Waterloo for Ontario-sired 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings to close out Grand River Raceway's Industry Day celebrations on Monday (Aug. 1).
Blake MacIntosh shares ownership of the Sportswriter-Lady Leslie colt with Joe and Joann Thomson's Pennsylvania-based Hutt Racing Stable, and Daniel Plouffe of Bromont, Que.
Muscle Hill offspring in high demand at Swedish sale
At the Kolgjini Sale in Sweden Monday night (July 25), offspring of Muscle Hill were in high demand. The five most expensive yearlings sold at the sale were by him and the average price for the 10 Muscle Hill yearlings sold at the sale was $144,700.
The sales topper was a colt, Forfantone AM, out of the Cantab Hall mare Tamla Celeber, who sold for $311,000 to trainer Roger Walmann on behalf of his biggest owner, Lennart Aagren.
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Bar Hopping wins Zweig
Vernon, N.Y.-July 24 Bar Hopping, and Flowers N Songs proved victorious in their respective main events of the Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial for harness racing 3-year-old trotters at Vernon Downs.
Bar Hopping used an aggressive middle move to seize command in the $300,000 Zweig main event for colts and geldings, brushing from fifth and clearing just after a :57 half mile. The son of Muscle Hill would go on to face pressure from Hititoutofthepark (Corey Callahan) on the far turn, but edged clear upon straightening for home. Bar Hopping subsequently held sway of a late bid from pocket rival Milligan's School (Andy Miller) to prevail by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:53.1. Milligan's School narrowly held second from Love Matters (Brett Miller) and the leveled-off Hititoutofthepark, who shared third in a dead heat.
Tim Tetrick drove Bar Hopping, now a 3-time winner, for trainer Jimmy Takter and owners Christina Takter, the Hatfield Stables, Marvin Katz, and Al Libfeld.
Huge Weekend in Australia for Sportswriter
July 23 - Australia - Saturday night proved a good one for Alabar's Sportswriter with feature harness racing wins at Tabcorp Park Menangle and Tabcorp Park Melton.
Sportswriter progeny won four races at the two venues, two wins at each, including a pair of Group 3s.
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Dave Landry photo
Southwind Farms welcomes Googoo Gaagaa
July 21 - Pennington, NJ --- World champion Googoo Gaagaa 3,1:504f ($665,339), a son of Cam’s Rocket–Kora’s Trotter, has joined world champion Muscle Hill and Muscle Hill’s stakes winning son, EL Titan, at Southwind Farms, Pennington, N.J., for freezing semen for European and Southern Hemisphere export.
For the 2016 season the pacing-bred trotter stood at owner Richard Hans' farm in Maryland.
Muscle Hill stood in Pennsylvania at Marion Farms for the 2016 season and EL Titan stood at Tara Hills Stud in Ontario. Both stallions have returned to Southwind after their respective breeding seasons concluded.
Southwind Farms, along with Walnridge Equine Clinic, Cream Ridge, N.J., have been certified by the USDA for freezing semen for export. Southwind has been certified for more than 15 years and now welcomes outside stallions to our facility for freezing.
If you would like to visit the farm, stallions and yearlings are available for inspection during business hours. Farm tours are available for small and large groups. Please contact the farm at 609.737.9067 or e-mail Southwindfarms@aol.com.
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 .....click 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.
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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Southwind Farms is in the business of breeding, foaling and marketing standardbred horses.
Mike Lizzi photo
USTA/Mark Hall photos
Oct. 15 2016 - Yonkers, NY - Resolve rolls to race record in International Trot triumph
Resolve and trainer-driver Åke Svanstadt, representing the US, staked out their spot on the lead early on and went a 1-1/4 miles with no serious challengers to win the $1 million Yonkers International Trot on Saturday afternoon (Oct. 15) at Yonkers Raceway. The time of 2:23.4 was a stakes and North American race record for the distance on a half-mile track.
Muscle Hill yearling sells for $800,000
Hip 70 Tuesday’s opening session of the Lexington Select Yearling Sale saw harness racing bloodstock agent Martinez Equine put up a final bid of $800,000 for a Muscle Hill colt out of the Varenne mare Southwind Serena. It was lot 70 in the Lexington Selected Sale and his name is Tactical Landing.
The colt was sold by Hunterton Sales Agency.