Delaware Equine Council Offers Scholarships

December 8, 2014 in General, Youth Corner

DEC logoDelaware Equine Council’s contributions to the equine and agricultural community are numerous and the scholarship program is one of the Council’s favorite projects.  This scholarship is awarded to one or more individuals who meet the criteria listed in the DEC Scholarship rules below.

  • Must be a U.S. citizen, or a legal resident alien, and a Delaware resident or DEC member. ($20.00 for individual membership)
  •  Must be enrolled and in good standing at an agricultural or equine course of study or related field, or a veterinary or vet tech program in the United States and have completed, or are about to complete, one full semester.

If you are interested in applying for the scholarship, the process is simple and straightforward.  Please follow this link to the website to download the application http://delawareequinecouncil.org/ScholarshipPAGE.html.  Tell all your relatives, friends, clients about this opportunity.  The deadline for applications is January 31st, 2015.  Be sure to get your application in on-time.  In 2014, DEC awarded five $1000 scholarships to deserving students at their annual scholarship dinner held in March.

USHWA Announces Pacing Divisional Winners

December 18, 2014 in Uncategorized

JK She’salady and Sweet Lou were landslide winners in Dan Patch Award voting announced Wednesday by the U.S. Harness Writers Association, but one of the six pacing divisions resulted in a rare dead heat.

Anndrovette and Rocklamation will share the Dan Patch Award for best older female pacer after each received 51 of 157 votes. The only previous tie for a Dan Patch Award came in 1965 when Cardigan Bay and Race Time finished in a dead heat for best older pacer.

JK She’salady, who was undefeated in 12 starts, came within one vote of being the unanimous selection for best 2-year-old female pacer. Sweet Lou, who set a record with six consecutive wins in faster than 1:48, was three votes from being the undisputed top older male pacer.

Completing the list of division champions were 2-year-old male pacer Artspeak, 3-year-old male pacer McWicked, and 3-year-old female pacer Color’s A Virgin. Artspeak received 90 percent of the vote in his group while McWicked had 82 percent and Color’s A Virgin had 68 percent.

Seven-year-old Anndrovette and 5-year-old Sweet Lou are repeat winners.

Pacer of the Year, Trotter of the Year and Horse of the Year will be announced at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Meadowlands Racetrack’s Victory Sports Bar. Thursday’s announcements will be streamed live on the racetrack’s website, www.playmeadowlands.com.

Anndrovette now has received a record four Dan Patch honors in the pacing mare division, and is tied with Eternal Camnation for the most honors for any pacer in history.

Rocklamation’s trophy is the first in the division for trainer Ron Burke, who has conditioned the six most recent winners among older male pacers.

This season, Anndrovette won six of 22 races and earned a division-leading $520,352 for driver Tim Tetrick, trainer P.J. Fraley, and owners Bamond Racing and Joe Davino. Her victories included the Roses Are Red Stakes and Betsy Ross Invitational.

Rocklamation, a 6-year-old, won four of 18 races and banked $517,364. Her triumphs for driver Yannick Gingras and owners Our Horse Cents Stables, Stable 45, and J&T Silva Stables included the Golden Girls, Artiscape, and Lady Liberty.

Artspeak won eight of 10 races and earned $742,185, with top wins coming in the Metro Pace and Governor’s Cup. He is owned by Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, Joe Sbrocco, and In The Gym Partners. He is trained by Tony Alagna, who also captured this division in 2012 with Captaintreacherous, and was driven by Scott Zeron.

After losing her first three starts of the year, Color’s A Virgin rebounded to win all but one of her next 14 races, with her victories including the Jugette and Nadia Lobell. She finished the campaign with 13 wins in 18 starts and earnings of $532,622 for driver Trace Tetrick, trainer Brian Brown and owner Emerald Highlands Farm.

JK She’salady won her final nine starts by a minimum of one length and closed her campaign with a stakes-record victory in the Breeders Crown. She equaled the world record of 1:50.1 for a 2-year-old female pacer in winning the She’s A Great Lady Stakes at Mohawk and also captured the Three Diamonds Stakes.

Owned by 3 Brothers Stables, JK She’salady is trained by Nancy Johansson. The filly was driven by Tim Tetrick in the Breeders Crown and by Gingras in her previous starts.

McWicked was the richest pacer of the year, with $1.47 million in purses for owner SSG Stables and trainer Casie Coleman. The colt won 12 of 23 races and hit the board a total of 21 times. He finished the season on a three-race win streak, which included the Breeders Crown and a stakes-record triumph in the Progress Pace.

Other victories for McWicked included the Delvin Miller Adios and Max C. Hempt Memorial.  His time of 1:47.3 in the Hempt at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs is the fastest mile ever by a 3-year-old on a five-eighths-mile track. He was driven primarily by David Miller, with Brian Sears in the sulky for the Breeders Crown.

A Dan Patch Award winner in 2011 at the age of 2, Sweet Lou added a second trophy this year for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Larry Karr, and Phil Collura. He won 11 of 19 races for the season and earned $1.36 million.

Sweet Lou, driven by Ron Pierce, won the Ben Franklin Pace at Pocono Downs in 1:47, the fastest-ever mile on a five-eighths track, and won the Dan Patch Invitational in 1:47.2, the fastest-ever mile at Hoosier Park. Other victories for Sweet Lou included the TVG Free For All Series championship, William R. Haughton Memorial, U.S. Pacing Championship, and the Roll With Joe.

Complete vote totals for all awards will be released Thursday with the Horse of the Year announcement.

2-YEAR-OLD MALE PACER
Artspeak 
(141 of 157 votes)
Western Ideal – The Art Museum – Artsplace
Yearling Price: $100,000 at Lexington Selected Sale.
Breeders: Brittany Farms, Melvin Hartman.
Owners: Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, Joe Sbrocco, In The Gym Partners.
Trainer: Tony Alagna. Driver: Scott Zeron.
Races: 10-8-0-2. Purses: $742,185. Mark: 1:50.2 at Mohawk.
Top wins: $613,640 Metro Pace; $502,850 Governor’s Cup.

2-YEAR-OLD FEMALE PACER
JK She’salady 
(155 votes; one abstention)
Art Major – Presidential Lady – Presidential Ball
Yearling Price: Homebred.
Breeders: 3 Brothers Stables.
Owners: 3 Brothers Stables.
Trainer: Nancy Johansson. Drivers: Yannick Gingras, Tim Tetrick.
Races: 12-12-0-0. Purses: $883,330. Mark: 1:50.1 at Mohawk (equals world record).
Top wins: $500,000 Breeders Crown; $441,600 She’s A Great Lady; $377,360 Three Diamonds.

3-YEAR-OLD MALE PACER
McWicked 
(128 votes)
McArdle – Western Sahara – Western Ideal
Yearling Price: $35,000 at Standardbred Horse Sale.
Breeder: Andray Farm.
Owner: S S G Stables.
Trainer: Casie Coleman. Drivers: David Miller, Brian Sears.
Races: 23-12-5-4. Purses: $1.47 million. Mark: 1:47.3 at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs (world record).
Top wins: $531,250 Breeders Crown; $500,000 Hempt Memorial; $400,000 Adios.

3-YEAR-OLD FEMALE PACER
Color’s A Virgin 
(106 votes)
Always A Virgin – Full Color – Allamerican Ingot
Yearling Price: Homebred.
Breeder: Emerald Highlands Farm.
Owner: Emerald Highlands Farm.
Trainer: Brian Brown. Driver: Trace Tetrick.
Races: 18-13-2-0. Purses: $532,622. Mark: 1:51 at Meadowlands.
Top wins: $298,100 Jugette; $176,500 Nadia Lobell.

OLDER MALE PACER
Sweet Lou 
(154 votes)
Yankee Cruiser – Sweet Future – Falcons Future
Yearling Price: $38,000 at Standardbred Horse Sale.
Breeder: Birnam Wood Farms.
Owners: Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Larry Karr, Phil Collura.
Trainer: Ron Burke. Driver: Ron Pierce.
Races: 19-11-3-1. Purses: $1.36 million. Mark: 1:47 at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs (world record).
Top wins: $500,000 TVG Final; $500,000 Ben Franklin; $463,300 William Haughton Memorial.

OLDER FEMALE PACER (tie)
Anndrovette 
(51 votes)
Riverboat King – Easy Miss – Big Towner
Yearling Price: Private sale.
Breeder: Golden Touch Stable.
Owners: Bamond Racing, Joseph Davino.
Trainer: P.J. Fraley. Driver: Tim Tetrick.
Races: 22-6-4-4. Purses: $520,352. Mark: 1:49.1 at Mohawk.
Top wins: $303,600 Roses Are Red; $250,000 Betsy Ross.

Rocklamation (51 votes)
Rocknroll Hanover – Art Sale – Artsplace
Yearling Price: $50,000 at Standardbred Horse Sale.
Breeder: Perretti Farms.
Owners: Our Horse Cents Stables, Stable 45, J&T Silva Stables.
Trainer: Ron Burke. Driver: Yannick Gingras.
Races: 18-4-5-2. Purses: $517,364. Mark: 1:48.3 at Meadowlands.
Top wins: $183,450 Golden Girls; $178,000 Artiscape; $177,750 Lady Liberty.

 

Source:  United States Harness Writers Association news release

U.S Harness Writers Association Announces Trotting Divisional Award Winners

December 16, 2014 in Uncategorized

USHWA logoThe fastest trotter of all time and the richest Standardbred of the year were among the six trotters to receive divisional honors in Dan Patch Award voting announced Tuesday by the U.S. Harness Writers Association.

Divisional honors for pacers will be revealed Wednesday, followed by the live announcements of Trotter of the Year, Pacer of the Year, and Horse of the Year at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Meadowlands Racetrack’s Victory Sports Bar. Thursday’s announcements will be streamed live on the racetrack’s website, www.playmeadowlands.com.

Sebastian K, an 8-year-old who won in 1:49 in June to become the fastest trotter in history, was voted harness racing’s best older male trotter of 2014. Father Patrick, who earned $1.69 million this season to lead all Standardbreds, was named the sport’s best 3-year-old male trotter.

Father Patrick is from the stable of trainer Jimmy Takter, who also conditioned Pinkman, the Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old male trotter, and Shake It Cerry, who was one vote shy of being the unanimous selection for best 3-year-old female trotter.

Shake It Cerry and Father Patrick also were honored last year at age 2.

Completing the list of this year’s award winners were 2-year-old female trotter Mission Brief and older female trotter Classic Martine.

A total of 157 ballots were returned. Mission Brief, Pinkman, and Sebastian K joined Shake It Cerry in exceeding 89 percent of the vote in their respective divisions. Father Patrick received 60 percent and Classic Martine garnered 58 percent.

Yannick Gingras was the primary driver for three of the trotters to receive Dan Patch honors: Mission Brief, Pinkman, and Father Patrick.

 

Classic Martine won nine of 18 races this year and hit the board a total of 16 times to lead all older female trotters in purses with $438,912. Her victories included the Armbro Flight Stakes, Miss Versatility Series championship and the Ima Lula Series final in a then-world-record-equaling performance.

Trained by Chris Oakes and driven primarily by Tim Tetrick, Classic Martine is owned by Hauser Bros. Racing, Susan Oakes, Conrad Zurich, and Edwin Gold.

 

No harness racing horse earned more money this year than Father Patrick, who banked $1.69 million for the Father Patrick Stable ownership group. His victories included the Breeders Crown for 3-year-old male trotters, Canadian Trotting Classic, Beal Memorial, Zweig Memorial, Stanley Dancer Memorial, American-National Stakes, and Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship.

His 1:50.2 win in the Beal Memorial on June 28 at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs is the fastest mile ever by any 3-year-old on a five-eighths-mile track.

Father Patrick joins Lucky Chucky, Muscle Hill, Deweycheatumnhowe, and Donato Hanover as male trotters in the last 10 years to receive a Dan Patch Award at both ages 2 and 3.

 

Mission Brief trotted the fastest mile ever by any 2-year-old, stopping the clock in 1:50.3 in winning her division of the International Stallion Stakes on Oct. 2 at The Red Mile. It was the third time Mission Brief either equaled or lowered the world record. She finished her campaign by winning the Breeders Crown for 2-year-old filly trotters in a stakes-record 1:51.4.

For the year, Mission Brief won nine of 13 races – she went off stride in all four losses – and earned $591,070 for owners Burke Racing Stable, Our Horse Cents Stables, J&T Silva Stables, and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. She won eight of her starts by at least three lengths and had a combined margin of victory of 65-3/4 lengths – an average of more than seven lengths per triumph.

In addition to the Breeders Crown, her wins included the Merrie Annabelle Stakes and New Jersey Sire Stakes championship.

 

Pinkman, who was entered in November’s Standardbred Horse Sale’s Mixed Sale before Takter reconsidered, won six of eight races and earned $566,960 for owners Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, Joyce McClelland and Herb Liverman. Named after a character from the television series, “Breaking Bad,” the gelding’s victories included the Breeders Crown, in a stakes-record-equaling 1:53.2, and Valley Victory Stakes.

Takter-trained horses have been named best 2-year-old male trotter three times in five years, with Pinkman following Father Patrick in 2013 and Pastor Stephen in 2010.

 

Sebastian K arrived in the U.S. this season after a record-setting career in Europe. The Swedish-born stallion trotted a world-record-equaling 1:50.1 in his debut at the Meadowlands and capped a record streak of four consecutive victories in 1:50.3 or faster with his 1:49 triumph at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.

Owned by Knutsson Trotting Inc., Sebastian K was driven by trainer Ake Svanstedt and finished the year with eight wins in 13 races and $663,853 in purses. His victories included the Cashman Memorial, Crawford Farms Open Trot, and Cutler Memorial.

 

Shake It Cerry won 15 of 17 races this year, earning $1.23 million for the Solveig’s Racing Partners ownership group and driver Ron Pierce.

The Takter-trained filly finished her season by winning the Breeders Crown in a stakes-record 1:52.2. She also won the Matron Stakes in a stakes- and track-record 1:52.4 over a “good” surface at Dover Downs, the American-National in a stakes-record 1:52.2 and equaled the stakes record of 1:52.1 in capturing the Elegantimage.

Both of Shake It Cerry’s parents were Dan Patch Award winners. Donato Hanover was Horse of the Year at age 3 in 2007 and Solveig was voted best 2-year-old female trotter in 2004. Solveig also was trained by Takter, who named the filly in honor of his mother.

Shake It Cerry joins Passionate Glide and Pampered Princess, both also trained by Takter, and Check Me Out as female trotters to receive Dan Patch Awards at ages 2 and 3.

Complete vote totals for all awards will be released Thursday with the Horse of the Year announcement.

 

2-YEAR-OLD MALE TROTTER

PINKMAN (144 of 157 votes)

Explosive Matter – Margie Seelster – Angus Hall

Yearling Price: $77,000 under name Traffic Jam at Lexington Selected Sale.

Breeder: O Narutac Equine Nursery.

Owners: Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, Joyce McClelland, Herb Liverman.
Trainer: Jimmy Takter. Driver: Yannick Gingras, Sylvain Filion.
Races: 8-6-1-0. Purses: $566,960. Mark: 1:53.2 at Meadowlands.
Top wins: $500,000 Breeders Crown; $463,690 Valley Victory.

 

2-YEAR-OLD FEMALE TROTTER

MISSION BRIEF (150 votes)

Muscle Hill – Southwind Serena – Varenne

Yearling Price: $150,000 at Lexington Selected Sale.

Breeders: Steve Stewart, Black Creek Farm, Andrea Lea Racing Stables Inc.

Owners: Burke Racing Stable, Our Horse Cents Stables, J&T Silva Stables, Weaver Bruscemi LLC.
Trainer: Ron Burke. Driver: Yannick Gingras.
Races: 13-9-0-0. Purses: $591,070. Mark: 1:50.3 at The Red Mile (world record).
Top wins: $500,000 Breeders Crown; $352,050 Merrie Annabelle.

 

3-YEAR-OLD MALE TROTTER

FATHER PATRICK (94 votes)

Cantab Hall – Gala Dream – Enjoy Lavec

Yearling Price: $105,000 under name Royal Press at Lexington Selected Sale.

Breeder: Brittany Farms.

Owner: Father Patrick Stable.
Trainer: Jimmy Takter. Driver: Yannick Gingras.
Races: 17-12-3-0. Purses: $1.69 million. Mark: 1:50.2 at Pocono Downs (world record).
Top wins: $613,800 Canadian Trotting Classic; $500,000 Breeders Crown; $500,000 Beal Memorial.

 

3-YEAR-OLD FEMALE TROTTER

SHAKE IT CERRY (156 votes)

Donato Hanover – Solveig – Yankee Glide

Yearling Price: Homebred.

Breeder: Solveig’s Breeders.

Owner: Solveig’s Racing Partners.
Trainer: Jimmy Takter. Driver: Ron Pierce.

Races: 17-15-0-1. Purses: $1.23 million. Mark: 1:51.2 at The Red Mile.
Top wins: $500,000 Breeders Crown; $368,100 Elegantimage; $224,000 Kentucky Filly Futurity.

 

OLDER MALE TROTTER

SEBASTIAN K (141 votes)

Korean – Gabriella K – Probe

Yearling Price: Homebred.

Breeder: Knutsson Trotting AB.

Owner: Knutsson Trotting Inc.
Trainer: Ake Svanstedt. Driver: Ake Svanstedt.

Races: 13-8-2-0. Purses: $663,853. Mark: 1:49 at Pocono Downs (world record).
Top wins: $300,650 Cashman Memorial; $236,000 Crawford Farms Trot; $175,000 Cutler Memorial.

 

OLDER FEMALE TROTTER

CLASSIC MARTINE (91 votes)

Classic Photo – Drinking Days – Andover Hall

Yearling Price: None (sold privately at age 3).

Breeders: Todd Schadel, Christine Schadel.

Owners: Hauser Bros. Racing, Susan Oakes, Conrad Zurich, Edwin Gold.
Trainer: Chris Oakes. Driver: Tim Tetrick.

Races: 18-9-5-2. Purses: $438,912. Mark: 1:51.1 at Meadowlands.
Top wins: $244,720 Armbro Flight; $121,500 Miss Versatility.

Source:

Ken Weingartner

@HarnessKenW

Media Relations Manager

Harness Racing Communications

@harnessracenews

A division of the USTA

www.ustrotting.com

Manure Management Strategies-Help Your Horse, the Farm AND Protect Our Water FREE Webcast

December 8, 2014 in Advice and Tips, Educational Programs, Events, Uncategorized

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Date: Dec. 9, 2014

Time: 7-8 p.m. EST

Location: Online Webinar

FREE WEBCAST! Did you know that each horse makes about 50lbs of manure, EVERY DAY?  Excess nutrients, found in the manure and urine, My Horse Universitycan get into the ground and surface waters, potentially making it undrinkable. Both nationally and internationally, water quality is becoming a very serious issue.  The good news is that properly managing the manure and pastures is neither difficult, nor impossibly expensive.  This webinar will explain how to properly utilize Best Management Practices, BMPs, allowing a farm to flourish,  stay productive and protect our water, a most precious resource.  BMPs are practical, cost-effective and science based techniques that may be already getting used on your farm or boarding facility, so watch this webinar to find out how to keep the horse, the farm and the water stay its best.  To participate in this free webcast, click on the link below to register.

http://events.anr.msu.edu/event.cfm?folder=MHUWebcastWater

Winter Care for Horses- Free Recorded Webinar

November 21, 2014 in Advice and Tips, Educational Programs, Events

My Horse UniversityWith temperatures dropping rapidly over the past week on Delmarva, horse owners should pay extra attention to the care of their horses during the winter season.  Often caretakers have a tendency to spend less time in the barn during the winter but there are some special considerations to keep in mind for winter horse care.  This is a recorded webinar so it can be viewed at any time.  Topics include forage quality and forage alternatives, changes in exercise routines, and clipping and blanketing.

About the Presenter: Nettie Liburt grew up on eastern Long Island, NY and has been a life-long horseperson. She spent 11 years as a 4-H member of the East End Equestrians, and consequently is a strong advocate of horsemanship, proper horse care and animal welfare. Nettie received her Master of Science degree in Animal Science from Rutgers University in 2005, and earned her PhD in January, 2011 (Equine Exercise Physiology & Nutrition). Her research focused on the effects of age and exercise training on endocrine control of the cortisol response and insulin resistance. She worked as a Technical Equine Nutritionist for the Kent Nutrition Group/Blue Seal Feeds for 3 1/2 years, and is now an independent consultant on equine nutrition, exercise physiology and equine product development.

http://www.myhorseuniversity.com/resources/webcasts/wintercare