Sports Column Prevails

Sports Column Prevails In Preferred

September 2, 2018

Sports Column and driver Paul MacKenzie shot through the passing lane to prevail in a close finish that saw the entire Preferred 2 field spread across the wire in Sunday night's featured $11,500 pace at Flamboro Downs. the complete story

Jimmy Freight sets track record in Messenger elim

August 26, 2018

Yonkers, NY--- Saturday, August 25, 2018- Owner Adriano Sorella paid $30,000 for the privilege of Jimmy Freight entering the 63rd Messenger Stakes. the complete story

Muscle Hill yearlings

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Muscle Hill yearlings again in high demand in Sweden

August 14, 2018

At the annual Sweden International Yearling Sale, held Monday (Aug. 13) at the Wenngarn Castle outside Stockholm, offspring to Muscle Hill were again in high demand.

Some 16 yearlings were sold for an average price of $72,600. the complete story

Dream Together upsets in Joie De Vie

August 12, 2018

Nichols, NY --- Dream Together ($29.60) charged late to upset in the $141,000 Joie De Vie Mares Trot at Tioga Downs on Sunday (Aug. 12).

Ariana G (Tim Tetrick) put up the first quarter time of :26.4. Yannick Gingras then charged out from third with big favorite Hannelore Hanover, but she had to use a little extra effort to clear to the half in :55.4 and three-quarters in 1:24.1. the complete story

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Demon Onthe Hill seeks third straight PASS win Saturday at The Meadows

August 9, 2018

Washington, PA --- After an inauspicious career debut -- he broke stride as the 1-2 favorite in a PA All-Stars split -- Demon Onthe Hill has righted the ship, winning two straight PA Sires Stakes divisions.


On Saturday (Aug. 11) at The Meadows, he’ll try to extend that streak to three in the Florida Pro, a $181,388 PASS for 2-year-old trotting males that goes as races one, three and four. Demon Onthe Hill leaves from post three in the first race with Yannick Gingras in the sulky. Post time is 1:05 p.m. the complete story

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Southwind Storm wins third straight PA Stallion Series split

August 6, 2018

Washington, PA --- Southwind Storm captured her third straight Pennsylvania Stallion Series split Monday (Aug. 6) at The Meadows, a facile victory in which she never was cut loose.


The $100,000 stakes for freshman trotting fillies was contested over five divisions, with Navarone Hanover, Sand Lauren Blu, Lollypop Lindy and Cardinale taking the other splits. Dave Palone enjoyed a stakes double — among his three wins on the 13-race card — behind Southwind Storm and Navarone Hanover. the complete story

Muscle Hill Sons fastest
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Prospect Hill, Demon Onthe Hill fastest in PASS

August 2, 2018

A pair of sons of Muscle Hill, Prospect Hill and Demon Onthe Hill, became the fastest freshmen trotters of 2018 on a five-eighths mile track with 1:55.4 clockings while running their Pennsylvania Sire Stakes records to two-for-two in winning Thursday afternoon at Harrah’s Philadelphia. Their clocking was then equaled in the third Sires division by the Cantab Hall colt Osterc, with all three victors taking lifetime bests. the complete story

Cecere takes three PA Stallion races

Trainer Cecere takes three PA Stallion races

August 1, 2018

A big week for Pennsylvania-sired 2-year-old colts at Harrah’s Philadelphia started on Wednesday afternoon (Aug. 1) with six divisions of the second preliminary leg of the Pennsylvania Stallion Series for trotters. the complete story

2018 Hambo Contenders -- Southwind Chrome

July 31, 2018

The USTA sat down with co-owner Mike Keeling to talk about Southwind Chrome’s chances in the 2018 Hambletonian

Jimmy Freight third Gold


Rideau Carleton nets Jimmy Freight third Gold win

July 23, 2018

Gloucester, ON --- After two weeks spent south of the border taking on the best 3-year-old pacing colts in North America, Jimmy Freight returned to the Ontario Sires Stakes program on Sunday (July 22) and delivered his third straight commanding Gold Series victory, circling the Rideau Carleton Raceway oval in 1:50.3. the complete story



Muscle Hill mare wins Stochampionatet

July 23, 2018

Mellby Free, driven by Björn Goop, won the prestigious Stochampionatet at Axevalla Sunday afternoon (July 22).

The Stochampionatet race over the 1-5/8th mile distance is for 4-year-old mares and this was the 59th edition of the race, which carries a purse for the winner of $135,000. the complete story

Prospect Hill fastest in PASS 2CT divisions

Prospect Hill fastest in PASS 2CT divisions

July 17, 2018

Prospect Hill captured his second straight stakes with a persuasive 1:56.3 score, fastest in Tuesday’s $184,588 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes at The Meadows. The event for freshman trotting colts and geldings, known as the Hickory Pride, was contested over four divisions, with White Tiger, Demon Onthe Hill and Mass Fortune K taking the other splits. the complete story



PA All-Stars

Muscle Hill juveniles dominate PA All-Stars

July 10, 2018

Wilkes-Barre, PA --- Prospect Hill and Fashion Possessed trotted matching 1:56.4 miles — the fastest to date in 2018 by 2-year-olds on a five-eighths-mile track — in their $30,000 divisions of the Pennsylvania All-Stars for colts and geldings Monday night (July 9) at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. In addition to Prospect Hill, sire Muscle Hill accounted for four other winners in this All-Stars event. the complete story

Muscle Hill fillies run top two in the Oaks

March 24, 2018

Addington - New Zealand --- Trotting sire Muscle Hill produced a notable harness racing quinella at Addington

last night, when two of his progeny finished first and second in the Storer Motors (Group 2) New Zealand Trotting Oaks. The winner of the Oaks was the Mark Purdon/Natalie Rasmussen trained Luby Lou (Muscle Hill - Luby Ann), who whistled home in the middle of the track to easily beat the North Island trained Girls On Film (Muscle Hill -

Regal Volo) . the complete story

Muscle Hill

Photo courtesy of Southwind Farms

Charlie Williams, the 2017 Caretaker of the Year Award winner, with Muscle Hill.

Charlie Williams is 2017 Caretaker of the Year

January 26, 2018

Harrisburg, PA --- Charlie Williams, the stallion manager at Southwind Farms in New Jersey, has been named the recipient of the 2017 Caretaker of the Year Award by the U.S. Harness Writers Association.

Williams, 68, has worked at Southwind Farms for nearly three decades. Williams was born in Georgia and began working with horses as a young man in Florida. He spent the early part of his career with Thoroughbreds, as an exercise rider and caretaker, before a knee injury forced him to give up riding.


While sidelined because of his injury, Williams answered an advertisement for a part-time job at Southwind Farms. His horsemanship and attention to detail eventually led him to his current position at the farm, where he has cared for some of the sport’s top stallions, beginning with Valley Victory and Artsplace right through to today with Muscle Hill. the complete story