Twenty-three reside in Prince Edward Island
There are 28 stallions paid into the Atlantic Sires Stakes for the 2014 breeding season, up from 26 last year.
Five stallions will stand in Nova Scotia, while the remaining 23 reside on Prince Edward Island. We profiled the nine trotters last week, while the pacing side has 19 entries.
Westwardho Hanover may be one of the best stallions ever offered in Atlantic Canada. The six-year-old son of Dragon Again – Western Duel – Western Hanover is a winner of 13 races and $691,023 in purses while taking a mark of 1:49.1 at Dover Downs in the $330,000 Progress final for three-year-old colt pacers. At three-years-old, he also scored wins in a Breeder’s Crown elimination at Woodbine (1:49.4), a Matron elimination at Dovers Downs (1:49.1), and the $162,200 Cleveland Classic at Northfield Park (1:51.1).
Also on the Meridian roster is Andreoli Hanover (The Panderosa – Allamerican Indigo) who earned $666,364 while taking a mark of 1:50.3 at The Meadowlands. The 12-year-old is bred very similar to Brandon’s Cowboy, who passed away last fall. He has raced against horses like Rocknroll Hanover, Village Jolt, P Forty Seven and Won The West. Andreoli Hanover swept the Summertime series at Mohawk, and has a number of preferred victories at The Meadows in Pennsylvania to his credit.
Pang Shui (No Pan Intended – Road To Pandalay) will stand his first season in 2014 after being paid into the program in 2013, but being trained down instead of standing stud. His lone Atlantic start in 2013 was a 1:57.2 victory over preferred pacers in Charlottetown. Meridian Farms will stand the winner of $534,549 in career earnings. He enjoyed considerable success in the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes, along with a second-place finish in the Max Hempt final at Pocono Downs to Fred And Ginger, as well as a third-place finish in the $500,000 Adios Final. Driven To Win (Jennas Beach Boy – Shes The Greatest) currently has 18 two-year-olds training down. The 2005 Gold Cup and Saucer champion will stand another season for Meridian Farms. His first crop raced in Alberta Sires Stakes action last year as two-year-olds.
Meridian also stands Ameripan Gigolo (Artsplace – Town Pro) who had a number of stakes winners from his first Atlantic crop including JJ Laser, Sea Anna Win and Island Gigolo.
Proven Lover (Real Desire – Loving Proof) stands for Casey Gavin of Tignish. The winner of $465,382 was a force on the Maritime free-for-all circuit in 2013, winning the $7,500 Exhibition Cup at Truro and the $8,000 Cecil Ladner series final. He has four two-year-olds training down.
Carnivore (Real Desire – Party Animal) is paid into the Atlantic Sires Stakes with Blaine MacPherson of North Wiltshire as the contact but the horse is now owned by Valleygrove Farms of Kensington. The winner of $598,789 currently has yearlings on the ground.
Stonebridge Terror (Western Terror – No Paradise) is a new addition for Bob Gordon of Elmsdale. The winner of 16 races and $834,408 in earnings boasts a mark of 1:51.1 taken at Mohawk Raceway in Ontario. The eight-year-old, two-time Gold Cup and Saucer finalist had his biggest payday as a three-year-old when he won the $480,000 Upper Canada Cup at Georgian Downs. He is a brother to top Maritime stud Western Paradise.
Image Of Dawn (Life Sign – Clear Copy) is likely the richest horse to ever stand stud in Atlantic Canada. Jamie MacKinley of Cornwall stands the 15-year-old winner of 63 races and $1.2 million after 367 lifetime starts. The pacer earned his money the hard way, with his biggest payday finishing second in the $162,000 2004 Isle Of Capri final at Pompano Park, Florida. He was also a Kentucky Sires Stakes winner at two- and three-years-old.
Camshaft Hanover (Artiscape – Cams Little Star) will stand his third season at stud for owner Ian Smith of Charlottetown. The eight-year-old pacer has $266,632 in lifetime earnings and a mark of 1:50.3 at The Meadowlands. He has six yearlings on the ground.
Bruce Wood of Marshfield has a deadly combination of Articulator and Western Paradise. Articulator (Artiscape – Naraculous) has sired the winner of more than $1 million from three crops that have raced. Western Paradise (Western Hanover – No Paradise) has sires seven crops of racing age with more than $5 million in total earnings from his progeny.
Winfromheretohere (Grinfromeartoear – Carolache) stands at Blair Campbell’s farm in North Wiltshire. He has sires nine foals to date. William MacKay of Breadalbane stands Toofunnyforwords (Cam Fella –Giggle Box). The 20-year-old stallion’s top progeny includes 1:51.4 winner Balbriggan Fox.
Standing in Nova Scotia are Electric Stena, Celebrity Citation, Immachulate, Township Comet and Force Of Life. Among those missing from the roster that stood in 2013 are Coastocoast Yankee and Windfall Blue Chip.
Across the continent
Monday night at Woodbine Racetrack in Rexdale, Ont., Kennairn Buckwheat was a winner in 1:53 in a $8,000 claimer for owners Mitchell Tierney of New Haven and Jonah Moase of Warren Grove. Jonathan Drury was in the bike as the six-year-old son of Million Dollar Cam captured the winner’s share of the $9,000 purse.
Nicholas Oakes' column appears each Friday in The Guardian. He can reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.