Sortie in PASS at Meadows - May 20
They couldn’t collar Sortie in Saturday’s $146.628 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows — literally. The Hambletonian hopeful, one of the most promising freshmen of 2016, had been racing with a Cornell Collar to help his breathing. Moments before Saturday’s race, however, trainer Noel Daley was informed that Cornell Collars can’t be used in Pennsylvania and the device had to be removed.
DRF Harness Weekend - Checking In on $800k purchase Tactical Landing - Derick Giwner - May 18
In just two weeks, many tracks throughout North America will start hosting qualifying races for 2-year-olds. There will be homebreds,
bargain basement buys and of course the sale toppers. Soon we will find out if those paying a King’s ransom for the best bred and perfectly conformed yearlings last fall actually got their money’s worth.
Standing above all yearlings in 2016 was Tactical Landing, an $800,000 purchase at the Lexington Selected Sale in October.
Sortie ready to launch Hambletonian offensive - May 17 2017
If Sortie can breathe a little easier, so can Noel Daley. Sortie, Daley’s Hambletonian Stakes hopeful, begins his 3-year-old campaign Saturday by competing in the first of three Pennsylvania Sire Stakes divisions at The Meadows.
Treviso wins her division of the PSS Stenographer - May 13 2017
Treviso, who banked $155,569 at age two, also got her sophomore campaign off to a fine start for trainer/driver Charlie Norris when she grabbed the early lead from post eight and easily downed the pocket-sitting Sianna Hanover by a half length in 1:54.1.
Agent Q wins Pennsylvania Sire Stakes at Harrah’s - May 11 2017
The first division featured the marquee match-up between Someomensomewhere (2016 Breeders Crown winner) and Agent Q (2016 Breeders Crown runner-up).
Mission Brief returns to Hunterton Farms
The great trotter Mission Brief has been retired. The Muscle Hill daughter won 19 of 27 lifetime starts and $1.6 million during her career. She will return to her birthplace of Hunterton Farm at Stoner Creek where she'll join their broodmare band which includes her dam Southwind Serena.
Hunterton raised and sold
Hunterton foaled and raised
CALL ME QUEEN BE
Hunterton bred, raised and sold
Our Goal ... to raise a great racehorse
How can you top back-to-back years when horses you bred, raised and sold at auction won and finished second in trotting’s greatest race? In 2014 the Hunterton-bred, raised and sold Trixton won the Hambletonian; last year the filly Mission Brief, also bred, raised and sold by Hunterton, was the runner-up in the race.
Sweeping the Breeders Crown 3-year-old pacing events is a pretty good encore. This year Hunterton graduates Call Me Queen Be won the Crown 3-Year-Old Filly Pace and Racing Hill captured the colt event, with those achievements capping big seasons for the two sophomores.
Located on more than 900 acres in Kentucky’s Bluegrass horse country, where the limestone-laced land delivers nutrients for strong bones, Steve and Cindy Stewart’s Hunterton Farm has become a leading producer of harness racing’s stars. The work is year-round and the goal of breeding and raising a great horse is always present.
“Our efforts to totally focus on trying to raise an exceptional racehorse is paying off,” says Steve. “By not standing stallions, we can focus on all of our horses, our broodmares, weanlings and yearlings.
There’s no doubt Hunterton knows how to raise a yearling with the good looks to turn the heads of discerning buyers. That’s what happened this fall when Tactical Landing, a full brother to Mission Brief who Hunterton bred with partners, spurred a bidding war at the Lexington Selected Sale that ended with a final bid of $800,000. Also in Lexington, Hunterton sold the two highest- priced trotting fillies: Ciao Dolce, a Credit Winner daughter of Pizza Dolce, for $300,000 and Redeeming Grace, by Cantab Hall out of Graceful Touch, for $285,000.
Bloodlines, of course, are the starting point and Hunterton has invested in broodmares and stallion shares so it can continue to breed and raise the best horses possible. In addition to being a shareholder in top trotting sire Muscle Hill, Hunterton also owns a share of Captaintreacherous and next year will sell 10 yearlings from his first crop. And for the future, Hunterton and its partners have continued to invest in top bloodlines, purchasing shares in the stallions Always B Miki and Southwind Frank and the broodmare Satin Pillows, who hails from the prolific trotting family of Bold Dreamer.
“With more Hunterton graduates winning the big races in 2016, and yearling sales of more than $6.5 million, we’re especially thankful for everyone who plays a role in our success,” said Steve.