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wins Oss

Southwind Avenger wins OSS

June 25, 2019

There were no surprises at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Monday night as favorites Forbidden Trade and Southwind Avenger delivered impressive victories in the second Gold Series event of the three-year-old trotting colt season.

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Cake Daddy

wins

nyss

Plesac's 2YO Cake Daddy wins NYSS

June 20, 2019

New York Sire Stakes returned downstate Thursday night (June 20), with Yonkers Raceway hosting the moist $155,300 Jim Meagher Pace for 2-year-old colts and geldings.

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Southwind Avenger

wins OSS

division in

1:55.4

Southwind Avenger wins the final OSS division in 1:55.4

May 20, 2019

Despite an outside draw, Southwind Avenger delivered as the 1-5 favourite and overpowered pacesetter Cool Clifford to take the final OSS division in 1:55.4.

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Southwind Serena

inducted into
the Living Horse
Hall of Fame

Graceful Touch, Southwind Serena to Hall

April 17, 2019

The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame is pleased to announce the two broodmares that will be inducted into the Living Horse Hall of Fame on July 7 in Goshen, NY.

The Living Horse Hall of Fame Committee recently voted for broodmares using the criteria implemented in 2018. Eligible mares for consideration are producers of two Dan Patch Award winners, two millionaires or one Dan Patch and one millionaire, or those nominated by a committee member.

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Tactical Landing granted exemption from Stallion Restriction Rules

January 7, 2019

Toledo, OH--- On Jan. 7, 2019, Jeff Gural granted Tactical Landing an exemption from the Stallion Restriction Rule due to an injury he suffered while racing.

The exemption means that Tactical Landing’s first crop of foals and those thereafter will be eligible to compete in all stakes at The Meadowlands, Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs that include the Stallion Restriction Condition.

Tactical Landing stands at Southwind Farms and his book for 2019 is full and closed.

Southwind Amazon

Southwind Amazon Reclaims Win Lead

December 18, 2018

Southwind Amazon posted his 21st win of the season at Northfield Park on Monday (Dec. 17) capturing the evening’s 13th race.

 

His win tally ranks Southwind Amazon as the winningest horse in North America so far in 2018.

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Tactical Landing retired to stud at Southwind Farms

December 3, 2018

Toledo, OH--- The ownership group of Tactical Landing (Muscle Hill-Southwind Serena-Varenne) 2,Q1:56; 3,1:50.2 ($812,300) has made the bittersweet decision to retire him to stud duty as a result of an injury he sustained while racing.

From the day he was born, through the time he sold as the second highest priced yearling for $800,0000 and throughout his racing career, the full brother to world champion Mission Brief 2,1:50.3; 3,1:50.2f ($1,599,587) has created a buzz within the industry. His unmatched regal pedigree, conformation, size, speed and appearance set him apart from all others.

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Fifty Cent Piece was acquired for $500,000 by Lennart Agren’s SRF Stables.
USTA/Mark Hall photo.

Fifty Cent Piece tops opening session of Standardbred Horse Sale with $500,000 bid

November 6, 2018

Harrisburg, PA--- Bidders were active at Monday’s (Nov. 5) opening session of the Standardbred Horse Sale from beginning to end, resulting in a 24.2 percent increase in the average purchase price compared to the first day in 2017. A total of 170 yearlings sold for a gross of $15.9 million and average of $93,541, up from $75,305 last year.

Eight horses sold for at least $300,000 led by Muscle Hill-sired trotting filly Fifty Cent Piece, who was acquired for $500,000 by Lennart Agren’s SRF Stables.

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$500,000 Breeders Crown to Tactical Landing

October 28, 2018

Wilkes-Barre, PA--- The track at Mohegan Sun Pocono may have been sloppy but the effort from Tactical Landing was pretty neat as he took the $500,000 Breeders Crown Three-Year-Old Trot in a speedy 1:52.1.

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Green Manalishi S a green machine in Wellwood romp

September 15, 2018

Milton, ON--- Trainer Marcus Melander admitted he was a bit nervous before the start of the C$400,000 William Wellwood Memorial on Saturday night (Sept. 15) at Woodbine Mohawk Park. As it turned out, he didn’t need to be. In the seconds leading up to Canada’s richest race for 2-year-old trotters, Melander, who conditions top flight trotter Green Manalishi S, admitted he was battling butterflies before the field of 10 got underway. A three length triumph, timed in a career best 1:53.4, changed that trepidation to pure elation.

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The Ice Dutchess captures Peaceful Way final

September 15, 2018

Milton, ON--- Even money betting favorite The Ice Dutchess made every step a sure one on her way to victory in the C$385,000 Peaceful Way final on Saturday evening (Sept. 15) at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Jimmy Takter trainee won in 1:54.2, three open lengths ahead of her nearest rival, Evident Beauty (David Miller, 4/1). Angies Luckeylady (Trevor Henry), a 51/1 longshot, was a distant third.

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Manchego defeats Atlanta in Casual Breeze showdown

August 24, 2018

Milton, ON--- Hambletonian Oaks champion Manchego delivered a stunning 1:51.4 stakes record performance to defeat Hambletonian champion Atlanta in Friday’s $136,000 Casual Breeze at Woodbine Mohawk Park.

The superstar fillies were squaring off for the first time in 2018 and went off as co-favourites at odds of 4/5 in a field of 10.

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Muscle Hill filly SWEEPS PA STALLION SERIES PRELIMS!

Southwind Storm sweeps PA Stallion Series prelims

August 15, 2018

Wilkes-Barre, PA --- Southwind Storm thundered through her Pennsylvania Stallion Series’ four preliminary legs undefeated, as the Muscle Hill–Say What filly won one of the seven 2-year-old trotting filly divisions over sloppy going Tuesday (Aug. 14) at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.

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Crystal Fashion, Tactical Landing win Hambo elims

Crystal Fashion, Tactical Landing win Hambo elims

August 4, 2018

Filly Atlanta set the fractions, but it was Crystal Fashion and Tim Tetrick that reached the wire first in the initial $100,000 Hambletonian elimination Saturday, August 4 at the Meadowlands. The Cantab Hall-Window Willow gelding stopped the timer in a world record 1:50.1, getting up in the final strides over the tiring filly. Met’s Hall rounded out the trifecta, and Evaluate and Hat Trick Habit finished fourth and fifth to advance to the $1,000,000 final. Favorite Wolfgang finished sixth.

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muscle hill son wins the $286,650 John Cashman Memorial

Marion Marauder closes late for Cashman win

August 4, 2018

Hambletonian champ Marion Marauder swung from the pylons and overtook Will Take Charge and favorite Hannelore Hanover late in the lane to capture the $286,650 John Cashman Memorial for free-for-all trotters Saturday, August 4 at the Meadowlands. The five-year-old son of Muscle Hill used a late burst of speed to hit the wire first in the 1 1/8 miles contest, tripping the timer in 2:06. Will Take Charge was second and Hannelore Hanover third.

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Muscle Hill filly trotted to a 1:53.4 victory!

The Ice Dutchess crowned in James Doherty

August 4, 2018

The team of Jimmy and Johnny Takter connected for their second win on the Hambletonian Day card, capturing the $357,450 James Doherty Memorial for freshman trotting fillies with The Ice Dutchess Saturday, August 4 at the Meadowlands. The Muscle Hill-The Ice Queen filly trotted to a 1:53.4 victory. Favored Beautiful Sin raced second and Hanna Dreamgirl was third.
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Muscle Hill

Son sets a new track and stakes record

Don't Let'Em takes Haughton in record time

August 4, 2018

Don’t Let’Em and Yannick Gingras set a new track and stakes record on their way to handily winning the $422,350 Peter Haughton Memorial for freshman colt and gelding trotters at the Meadowlands Saturday, August 4. Trained by Jimmy Takter, the Muscle Hill-Passageway colt took control early and stopped the clock in the day’s fourth race in a time of 1:51.4. Green Manalishi S trotted second while Mass Fortune K finished third.

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Muscle Hill

Son winner in Vincennes

Muscle Diamond barefoot winner in Vincennes

August 4, 2018

Racing at the Meadowlands got off to a fast start Saturday, August 4 when Muscle Diamond opened the Hambletonian Day card with a 1:51 victory in the $30,000 Vincennes for open trotters. The six-year-old son of Muscle Hill, racing without shoes, moved three-wide in the stretch for driver Andrew McCarthy and reached the wire first over a quickly-improving track rated sloppy to begin the day. Satin Dancer surged up the inside to narrowly nab second over a fast-closing Lagerfeld.
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Muscle Hill Mare upsets in Steele Memorial

50-1 Dream Together upsets in Steele Memorial

August 4, 2018

Dream Together provided the biggest upset of Hambletonian Day at the Meadowlands. Driven by Bob McClure, the Muscle Hill mare, sent off at 50-1, came flying late to pass Broadway Donna in the $154,800 Dr. John R. Steele Memorial for free-for-all mare trotters, stopping the clock in 1:51.3. She paid $105.60, $49.60 and $25.20.
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Manchego

wins Hambo Oaks in 1:50!

Manchego wins Hambo Oaks in 1:50!

August 4, 2018

Dan Patch Award winner Manchego took command early in the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks Saturday, August 4 and held off a challenge in the lane by slight favorite Phaetosive to win in a stakes record 1:50. It was yet another record performance for the team of Yannick Gingras and Jimmy Takter, who have won the last five Hambletonian Oaks. Plunge Blue Chip trotted third.
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USTA/Mark Hall photos

Oct. 5 2017 Beautiful Sin at $480,000 becomes new sales-topper at Lexington Selected Sale

Lexington, KY --- As only 20 more of her colleagues prepared to enter the ring for the second session of the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale on Wednesday (Oct. 4), the majority of the crowd had already availed themselves of the exit while firmly gripping their catalogues. Those that remained were obviously paying attention to the price Beautiful Sin was demanding, but all conversation ceased once the toteboard hit $300,000.

From there on in, all the observers held their breath while waiting to discover the sum the daughter of Muscle Hill-Sina would command. The answer supplied was $480,000 and when the next hip number flashed on the screen, those in attendance collectively released their breath while clapping in honor of the new sales-topper.

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Oct. 24 2016 Southwind Farms Drone Video #2

Videographer Aaron Re who does all of the Southwind Farms yearling videos has another stunning drone video of Southwind Farms from the skies. While videoing our yearlings for the Harrisburg Sale Aaron put together the 1 minute 30 seconds long video.

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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.

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Mike Lizzi photo

USTA/Mark Hall photos

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.

Muscle Hill is now the leading sire of trotters in every age group this year – all age, two and three-year-old. He is $700,000 ahead of his nearesty rival on the All Aged list.

 

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

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

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