Archived NEWS 2014

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

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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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 .

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29 Burd Rd. Pennington, NJ  08534

Gilbertsville, N.Y.  13825


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Mission Brief, last year’s champion two-year-old filly trotter, started furthest out in the field of 10 and Gingras let her find her stride while crossing over to the middle. .... read the  complete story


Muscle Hills Tops Sires of Hambo Hopefuls

Muscle Hill hit a home run with a Hambletonian winner Trixton in his first crop and he has a line-up of 34 male eligibles to this year's Hambo that will try to make it two in a row.

Dean Hoffman writes in his Bit On Breeding column in the Apr. 10 issue of Harness Racing Update about Muscle Hill's remarkable accomplishments as a sire.

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Super Freak

To confirm her status as a "freak," it would be easy to point to her world-record mile last October in Lexington. Two-year-old trotting fillies are not supposed to put up 1:50.3 miles, even on The Red Mile’s lightning clay. Yet, driver Yannick Gingras said the performance Mission Brief posted in the Breeders Crown on a frosty New Jersey evening late last November was equally impressive, if not more so. A better word for it might be scary.


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Southwind Farms has announced that first-year stallion E L Titan 2,1:53.4 ($581,351) has a full and closed book for 2015.


The four-year-old son of Muscle Hill – Courtney Hall is standing his first season at stud at Overseas Farm in Campbellville, Ont., while in training for the 2015 racing season.


His first book has been limited to 60 mares and includes such standouts as Random Destiny 3,1:54.1 ($658,314), Early Secret 3,1:56.4 ($489,225), Canaco Runner 1:54.4 ($443,445), Christiana Hanover 3,1:53.4 ($279,266), Freeze Frame 1:53f ($293,815), Corinnas Mission 3,1:58 ($402,177), Angies Lucky Star 3,1:53.1 ($376,694), All Ready Hanover 3,1:53.4 and Fabulous Tag 1:59.2f – the dam of dual O'Brien Award winner Intimidate 4,1:51 ($1,224,008).


Syndicate Manager Mike Klau of Southwind stated that they were pleased with the response from Canadian breeders, as well as from breeders in the United States, calling it "a nice cross section of racemares and proven producers."

Breeding and Racing, E L Titan Will be Back in July - from Harness Racing Update

Joining Father Patrick as 4 year olds that will breed and race in 2015, E L Titan is gearing up for double duty. The stallion aspects of his career will be handled by Southwind Farms in New Jersey, but the horse will remain in Canada with trainer Riina Rekila and the foals will be Ontario breds. He is owned by Erkki Laakkonen of Finland. "The owner originally wanted to breed10 or 12 of their mares to him in Finland," Southwind's Mike Klau explained. "We were going to ship semen to Finland and they decided since they were going to do that they might as well breed him to mares in Canada as well. They contacted us about managing stallion career.

"We'll only breed a limited book, probably 50-60 mares. Riina is very careful with her horses and brings them along slowly. I doubt he'll be ready to race before July." Klau said one mare already lined up to be bred to E L Titan is Fabulous Tag, the dam of Intimidate. E L Titan (Muscle Hill) is 6 for 13 lifetime and beat Father Patrick in the Carl Erskine at Hoosier before finishing second behind him in the Breeders Crown. "I think he is a hell of a horse," Klau said. "He hasn't accomplished quite as much as we had hoped, but next year he's set up for a big year. He only had five starts at 2 and eight at 3. We originally thought they were going to take him to Europe to race in 2015. But they will race him here. He's a horse on the come."

E L Titan To Breed & Race


EL Titan 2,1:53.4 ($581,351) will serve a limited book of mares in 2015 and continue his racing career later in the season.


The multiple stakes-winning son of champion Muscle Hill will stand stud at Overseas Farm, Campbellville, Ontario, under the management of Southwind Farms, and then return to the track under the tutelage of trainer Riina Rekila. the complete story

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Dec. 4 - Muscle Hll Book Full and Closed

Pennington, NJ --- Southwind Farms, manager of the Muscle Hill Syndicate, has announced that the book for the 2015 breeding season is now full and closed. Muscle Hill will once again stand at Marion Farms, New Hope, Pa.
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Nov. 22 - Mission Brief rolls to 1:51.4 score in Crown freshman filly trot


East Rutherford, NJ --- Mission Brief made it mission accomplished as she stormed to a 4-3/4 length win over Danielle Hall in a stakes-record 1:51.4 in Friday’s $500,000 Breeders Crown for 2-year-old female trotters.


Mission Brief, a daughter of Muscle Hill-Southwind Serena, is the fastest 2-year-old trotter in harness racing history, with a mark of 1:50.3. She has won nine of 13 races this year and earned $591,070 for Burke Racing Stable, Our Horse Cents Stables, J&T Silva Stables and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. the complete story


USTA/Mark Hall photo

Nov. 3 - Harrisburg - Brooklyn Hill at $390,000 tops opening session


Buying a yearling is just one step in the process of getting a racehorse, or perhaps more accurately getting a horse to the races, as trainer Jonas Czernyson is well aware. Czernyson, acting on behalf of Swedish interests, bought colt trotter Brooklyn Hill for a sales-topping $390,000 at the opening day of the Standardbred Horse Sale.

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Oct. 9 - Paris - Vincennes - Muscle Hill filly Spada Nera wins Prix Kurse


Robin Bakker teamed Italy’s Spada Nera (3f Muscle Hill-Zelda Per-Crowning Point) to victory in tonight’s featured €85,000 Prix Kurse at Paris-Vincennes.

Sixteen European starters contested the 2100 meter autostart event. Timed in 1.14.4kr, the daughter of Muscle Hill is trained by Paul Hagoort for Germany’s well-respected breeder/owner Alwin Schockemohle.

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Oct. 8 - Freehold, NJ - Southwind Roulette gives goosebumps

She might be best known for once bursting through a gaggle of geese on her way to victory at The Meadows, but co-owner Howard Taylor hopes that by the end of the season people recognize Southwind Roulette for her talent.

Southwind Roulette, who has won five of seven starts this year, races in the third of three Historic-Debutante Stakes divisions at Harrah’s Philadelphia on Friday.

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Curtis Salonick Photo

Oct. 2 - Lexington, KY - Mission Brief sets world record of 1:50.3 in International Stallion Stake

A quartet of Explosive Matter International Stallion Stakes were contested for 2-year-old trotting fillies on a bright and sunny Thursday afternoon (Oct. 2) at Lexington’s famed Red Mile. In the second $80,550 division Mission Brief provided fans with another world record performance, trotting to a 1:50.3 mile with her nearest rival some 16 lengths behind her.
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Nigel Soult photo


Four Bluegrass divisions for 2-year-old trotting fillies went postward Thursday night (Sept. 25) at The Red Mile. In the $84,250 second Norman S. Woolworth division, a field of seven went postward over the red clay, and as expected, 8-5 favorite Jolene Jolene won, and won in a big way -- equaling Mission Brief's world record for a 2-year-old trotting filly of 1:52.1. David Miller steered the daughter of Muscle Hill-Celebrity Speedie-Malabar Man for owner Bill Donovan and trainer Jonas Czernyson.
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Nigel Soult photo

Aug. 12 Muscle Hill Ad


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Trixton winning the Hambo

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 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. the complete story

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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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