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2009 LIVING HORSE HALL OF FAME BALLOT

Ballots for Living Horse Hall of Fame in the Mail!

Goshen , NY … Only a few weeks left to submit ballots for the Living Horse Hall of Fame. The box closes on December 27, so ballots must be postmarked by that date. All members (in good standing) of The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame are eligible to vote for TWO horses they feel exemplify greatness. If you are not a member or have not renewed your membership and would like to vote, call or email Joanne Young , Development Director, at development@harnessmuseum.com for a membership application, or obtain one online at http://www.harnessmuseum.com/pages/membership/membership.htm. Mail completed membership applications to The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame, PO BOX 590, GOSHEN , NY 10924. Phone: 845.294.6330.

The box closes December 27, 2008 .

The winners will be announced in early January 2009.

THE LIVING HORSE HALL OF FAME CRITERIA

To be considered, a horse must be retired from racing for five years, have had a drug-free career AND

AS A RACEHORSE:

Must have won 70% of its lifetime starts OR
Gone undefeated in a single season campaign of 12 or more starts OR
Been the winner of $2.75 million lifetime OR
Been named Harness Horse of the Year (US and/or Canada )

AS A STALLION:

Must rank among the 10 all-time leading money-winning sires at his gait OR
Have sired at least 100 $200,000 winners OR
Been leading money-winning sire at his gait in three or more seasons

NOTE: BROODMARES are automatically elected if they have produced a $1 million winner and two other winners of $500,000 OR produced a Harness Horse of the Year (US and/or Canada ) and another $500,000 winner

THE 2009 SLATE OF NOMINEES ARE:

MISS EASY – MUSCLES YANKEE – PRESIDENTIAL BALL – REAL DESIRE – VARENNE

Miss Easy
(Nominated as Race Horse)
p,2,1:51.2; 3,1:51.1
($1,777,656) Bay Mare, 1988
(Amity Chef – Pleasure Seeker – Bret Hanover)

After Miss Easy retired from racing, she ranked in the top fifty Leading Moneywinning Pacers for fourteen years. During two racing seasons she amassed an amazing $1.778 million in earnings. The first two-year-old filly to win over a million dollars, she has thirty-two starts, twenty-five wins and only missed hitting the board once. Miss Easy became the first pacing filly to break 1:52 at both two and three years of age.

In 1990, her freshman year, Miss Easy had seventeen starts, with fifteen wins and total earnings of $1,128,956. She tied Central Park West’s 1988 two-year-old filly record for the most 2:00 miles in a season – sixteen. She was named the USTA Horse of the Month in September and was awarded year-end USTA Two-Year-Old Pacing Filly of the Year honors. She won four New Jersey Sire Stakes, including the final and was the first filly ever to be named New Jersey Sire Stakes Horse of the Year. Other major wins for Miss Easy were The Sweetheart (in a stake record 1:52.3 victory), The Three Diamonds, a division of the Countess Adios (in which she set a new track record), the Lady Baltimore and the Breeders Crown Two-Year-Old Filly Pace, during which she set a season’s record for a five-eighths mile track of 1:54 .

In 1991, as a three-year-old, Miss Easy won the Mistletoe Shalee (in a world and race record mark of 1:51.1), the Historic Ladyship, and a division of the Tarport Hap. She also won the Breeders Crown Three-Year-Old Filly Pace in a world record 1:52.2f. She was named the USTA August Horse of the Month and at year-end was named the USTA Three-Year-Old Pacing Filly of the Year.

Miss Easy retired at the end of her three-year-old season. She is the dam of JFK p,3, 1:52 ($252,930) and Easycrombie p,5,1:52.3 ($115,972).

Muscles Yankee

(Nominated as Race Horse & Stallion)
2,1:56.3; 3,1:52.2
($1,424,938) Bay Horse, 1995
(Valley Victory – Maiden Yankee – Speedy Crown)

Muscles Yankee was the fastest two-year-old trotter in 1997 and the fastest three-year-old trotter in 1998. He was voted 1998 Three-Year-Old Colt Trotter of the Year and 1998 New Jersey Standardbred of
the Year.

As a two-year-old, Muscles Yankee won six of nine starts with earnings totaling $166,327. He was victorious in the Champlain, International Stallion, Standardbred and the Bluegrass Stakes and the eliminations of the Breeders Crown and the Valley Victory.

Muscles Yankee had twelve starts with nine victories during his three-year-old season. In 1998 he accumulated $1,258,611 in total earnings, the most money won in North America regardless of age, gender or gait that year. Muscles Yankee won the Hambletonian Stake by three lengths in 1:52.2, establishing himself as the fastest three-year-old trotter of 1998. Additional wins included the Yonkers Trot, Breeders Crown, Beacon Course Trot and the Transylvania Trot.

With seven crops of racing age in the record books, Muscles Yankee was the Leading Moneywinning Sire by Gait in 2003, 2004 and 2005. He has sired 577 starters with 305 in the 2:00 and 58 in 1:55. Their earnings total over $46 million with 112 $100,000 lifetime winners, five $1 million winners and two $3 million winners. Exceptional progeny include Mr. Muscleman 5,1:51.1s ($3,582,823), winner of the 2003 Kentucky Futurity; Deweycheatumnhowe 3,1:50.4 ($3,155,178), 2007 Two-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year as well as the 2008 Hambletonian Stake, Canadian Trotting Classic and Kentucky Futurity; Strong Yankee 3,1:50.3 ($1,434,351), winner of the 2005 Yonkers Trot and Kentucky Futurity; Housethatruthbuilt 3,1:52.4 ($1,164,931); Blur 3,1:55.1s ($1,022,268); and Tom Ridge 3,1:50.2 ($886,144), whose 1:50.2 mile at the 2004 World Trotting Derby made him one of the fastest trotters in history.

Presidential Ball
(Nominated as Race Horse)
p,2,1:54.2f; 3, 1:50
($3,021,363) Brown Horse, 1990
( Cam Fella – I Marilyn – Mountain Skipper)

Presidential Ball’s tremendous success at the track not only made him victorious in some of the sport’s most prestigious pacing races, but also earned him the title of Leading Moneywinning Pacer of 1993. In his two year career, he became a two-time USTA honoree as both Two-Year-Old and Three-Year-Old Colt Pacer of the Year.

Presidential Ball debuted at Ontario ’s Greenwood Raceway in the 1992 Kindergarten Series with a 2:00.3 win. Winning would become habit for Presidential Ball, with nine wins out of thirteen starts in his freshman season. These victories included the Lawrence B. Sheppard Pace, the Nassagaweya, and The Niatross. His two-year-old season concluded with the privilege of being elected USTA’s Two-Year-Old Colt Pacer of the Year and earnings of $799,197.

Presidential Ball’s three-year-old season cemented his legacy. Not only did he take the $1 million North American Cup and Meadowlands Pace, he was victorious in the Provincial Cup (equaling the track and stakes record), the New Jersey Classic, and the New Jersey Sire Stakes Championship. His results showed an impressive seventeen wins out of twenty-five starts and purse winnings totaling $2,222,166. That year he claimed the titles of Leading Moneywinning Pacer, New Jersey Standardbred of the Year and was again honored by the USTA--this time as 1993 Three-Year-Old Colt Pacer of the Year.

Presidential Ball won twenty-six out of thirty-eight lifetime starts and amassed more than $3 million in lifetime earnings, ranking seventh among Leading Moneywinning Pacers of All Time. At the conclusion of his sophomore season, Presidential Ball began his breeding career. His offspring have earned nearly $52 million and two have topped the million-dollar mark: Cathedra Dot Com p,3, 1:51 ($1,520,487) and Allamerican Native p,3,1:49.4 ($1,296,304).

Real Desire
(Nominated as Race Horse)
2,1:50.4; 3, 1:49 ; 4,1:48.2
($3,159,814) Bay Horse, 1998
(Life Sign – Deadly Desire – Troublemaker)

In only three racing seasons, Real Desire amassed over $3 million dollars, clocked eleven sub-1:50 victories and was honored with Harness Horse of the Year Awards in both the United States and Canada.

As a two-year-old Real Desire was victorious in eight of his ten starts, including a division of the Champlain Stakes, the Nassagaweya Stake and the Kentucky Sire Stakes Final.

During his sophomore season Real Desire continued to show talent with wins in the Meadowlands Pace, a division of the Bluegrass , and the Breeders Crown Final. He closed the season with a 17-7-7-2 record and earnings of $1,646,036 that have kept him among the top fifteen single-season moneywinning pacers of
all-time.

Real Desire’s four-year-old season included wins at his second Breeders Crown Final, the Canadian Pacing Derby and the United States Pacing Championship. He closed the season with a 13-10-1-1 record and $1,059,790 in earnings. That season he was not only elected 2002 Horse of the Year, Pacing Horse of the Year and Aged Pacing Horse of the Year in the US , but he was also awarded Canada ’s Horse of the Year and Older Pacing Horse of the Year titles. At the time of his retirement he was ranked third among Leading Moneywinning Pacers of All-Time and is currently ranked fifth.

Although Real Desire has only sired three crops that are of racing age, among those starters are an impressive seventy-nine 1:55 class and nine 1:50 class pacers. Exceptional progeny include Tell All p,3,1:48.3 ($1,509,227), winner of the 2007 Little Brown Jug; and Cabana Fever p,4, 1:51 ($471,236), winner of the 2006 Kentuckiana. Real Desire was inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 2008.

Varenne
(Nominated as Race Horse)
6,1:51.1; 7,1:51.3f
($5,636,255) Bay Horse, 1995
( Waikiki Beach – Ialmaz – Zebu)

Varenne, a paternal grandson of Speedy Somolli, is the richest trotter of all-time and the fastest all-age and aged trotter on a five-eighths mile track (1:51.3). It is no wonder fans refer to him as “Il Capitano.”

Varenne began his racing career in 1998 as a three-year-old. He had eight wins, including the Italian Derby, in eleven starts and banked nearly $600,000 that year. As a four-year-old he was undefeated in his fourteen starts, including the European Championship and the Premio d’Europa, with season earnings of $716,579.

As a five-year-old in 2000, Varenne took victories in France’s Grand Prix Encat and Coupe du Monde. In addition, he took Sweden ’s Olympia Travet and Italy ’s Gran Premio del Lotteria, clinching Italy ’s Horse of the Year title. His thirteen wins out of eighteen starts netted him $1,085,254.

Varenne continued to excel with age and in 2001 became the first trotter in thirty-four years to sweep three of international harness racing’s prestigious titles: the Prix d’Amerique (winning in the second fastest time ever), the Elitlopp and the Gran Premio del Lotteria. He became the first European horse to win a Breeders Crown, and even set a world record of 1:51.1 in the process. That year he took the USTA’s Trotting Horse of the Year title. With fourteen starts and thirteen wins, Varenne had season earnings of $1,825,297.

In 2002 Varenne became the fifth horse to have consecutive wins in the Elitlopp. He scored his second Prix d’Amerique victory, this time in 1:57 (mile-rated) for the 15/8 mile race. That year, Varenne amassed $2,188,048 in fourteen wins out of fifteen starts.

Varenne was retired in November 2002 with a reported sixty-two wins from seventy-two starts. He now stands at stud in Italy . From two North American crops, he is the sire of twelve starters, including Southwind Serena 3,1:55.2 ($385,088) and Gallantly 3,1:55h ($153,675).

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