The roster is up for stallions paid into the Atlantic Sires Stakes for the 2014 breeding season.
Twenty-eight stallions, who will sire the crop of 2015, are eligible for the program with nine trotters and 19 pacers.
On the trot side, there is one new addition from Meridian Farms. The Milton farm will stand millionaire Armbro Barrister this season. The 13-year-old son of Malabar Man-Armbro Rocker-Balanced Image has 55 lifetime wins and $1,039,123 in earnings to his credit. He was a multiple New Jersey Sires stakes winner at two and three for the late Saint John, N.B., native trainer Paul Doherty, racing against greats like Sand Vic and Cantab Hall. His biggest pay day came in the 2004 Zweig stake for three-year-old trotters as he captured the $109,150 stake in 1:55.1 at the Syracuse Mile in New York with Ray Schnittker in the bike.
As an aged horse, he became dominant in the Open ranks winning top trotting classes at Saratoga Raceway, Yonkers Raceway, Freehold Raceway, Monticello Raceway, Pocono Downs and Rockingham Park. He boasts a lifetime mark of 1:53.1 taken at Pocono Downs, while his fastest wins on a half were 1:56.2 victories at Yonkers Raceway in 2008 and Saratoga in 2012 at age 11. His last start was Dec. 4, 2013 at Saratoga at age 13, trotting in 2:01.
Meridian also stands Tad The Stud for his second season. The eight-year-old son of Windsongs Legacy-Chocolate Layered -Valley Victory earned $228,354 in a career where he won 11 races and took a mark of 1:54.4 at Mohawk Raceway in Ontario. Trained by Schnittker, he raced the New Jersey sires stakes including both finals at two- and three-years-old and finished sixth in the final edition of $540,000 World Trotting Derby at Du Quoin state fair in Illinois, won by Muscle Hill. He went to Ontario trainer Herbert Holland at age four, winning a leg of the $20,000 General Brock series in his lifetime mark with Mark MacDonald in the bike. Meridian Farms owner William Andrew claimed the horse for $20,000 on June 23, 2012, at Mohawk.
Meridian also renews Northern Bailey and Neal for the 2014 season. Northern Bailey, a 16-year-old son of Balanced Image, stood two seasons in Ontario before coming to P.E.I. in 2007, where he sired champion trotters like Waiting On A Woman ($190,902, 37 wins, 1:53.2, Pompano Park) and former 1:58.2 Charlottetown Driving Park track record-holder Est Non Ila Dulcis.
Neal, a six-year-old son of Credit Winner, only raced 11 starts in his career but has a record of four wins, four seconds, a third and a fourth. His only start out of the money was a break in the $600,000 two-year-old trot colt Breeders Crown final at Pocono Downs, won by Manofmanymissions. His first crop hit the ground in 2013.
Brian MacPhee of Clyde River will stand Nikes Image. The 17-year-old son of Balanced Image has nine wins, $49,156 in earnings and a mark of 1:59 at Rideau Carleton Raceway in Ottawa to his credit. He has a number of Maritime champions to his credit, including Saulsbrook Balance (44 wins, $91,617, 1:59.3, Charlottetown), Rustico Trisox (24 wins, $79,865, 2:00, Freehold Raceway) and 2012 Atlantic Breeders Crown invitational winner Majian Dillon.
Bo W will return for owner Carl Bagnall of Stratford. The 12-year-old son of Lindy Lane did not sire any foals in 2012 or 2013. His top progeny is 2012 Maritime champion Sweetwater Rukkus (eight wins, $54,113, 2:01.1, Charlottetown).
Black River will stand for Sandra and Garth Cole of Kensington. The 17-year-old son of Donerail was formerly a dominant sire in the Atlantic Sires Stakes with the likes of Maple Leaf Noble (48 wins, $170,863, 1:56, Pocono Downs), Maple Leaf Quix (18 wins, $108,031, 1:57, Georgian Downs) and Dunmore TCB (23 wins, $100,250, 1:59.1, Rideau Carleton).
Mitchell Tierney of New Haven stands Duke Maccallum. The seven-year-old son of Duke Of York boasts a 1:56 record taken at Woodbine Raceway in Rexdale, Ont., and a two-year-old win in a $40,000 elimination of the Ontario Sires stakes at Flamboro Downs for trainer James MacDonald. His first Maritime crop hit the ground in 2013.
Nureyev stand for Blain MacPherson of North Wiltshire. The nine-year-old son of Striking Sahbra has eight wins, $425,311 earned and a mark of 1:54.3 at Mohawk Raceway to his credit. His first crop are two-year-olds currently training down.
Across the continent
Monday at Woodbine Raceway, Hoosier King finished fourth and was claimed for $8,000 from owner Jonah Moase of Warren Grove and Mitchell Tierney of New Haven. The duo claimed the pacer for $6,500 two weeks prior at Flamboro Downs.
Wednesday night at Flamboro Downs, Evalina was a winner in a tough first up mile in 2:00.2 with Bob McClure in the bike for owner William Andrew, owner of Meridian Farms.
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