Our Best Standardbred Pacers Racing in Year 48

Name A S Source Sire Dam Dam Sire St 1st 2nd 3rd Earn Comments
Eternalness 4 F Ylg   1.5m Hot Misschief Neverends Holy Roller 13 5 0 3 418k Steward's Cup at 2, stakes placed at 3, SW at 4
Press Rant 3 C Homebred Sportswriter Got Mad Missile Mike 10 3 4 0 350k Won first two starts with 90+ figs
Heated Deadline 3 F Homebred Sportswriter Snortin' Fire Hotternell 10 2 5 1 140k Stakes winner at 3
Master Chef 5 G Ylg  1.75m Holy Roller Julia Childs Pepper Flash 23 6 4 2 138k Stakes winner at 2
Placard 2 F Homebred Sportswriter Museum Art Leo Da Vinci 3 1 0 1 115k GPS stakes winner at 2

 

 

Our All Time Best Standardbred Pacers

Name YOB S Source Sire Dam Dam Sire St 1st 2nd 3rd Earn Comments
ANCIENT TRUTH YR41 M Homebred Leo Da Vinci Faster Pace Paceys Boy 26 13 4 8 2925k The SIM's Fastest and Most Successful Pacer
BLACK LIFE YR38 M Ylg   36k Holy Roller Life is Hot Hot Fury 24 8 7 5 918k Steward's Cup at 3
GAS LAMP DISTRICT YR36 M 4yo   1.4m Leo Da Vinci Be a Corn Star Yukon Cornelius 13 5 4 1 748k Horse of the Year, Steward's Cup at 5
ETERNALNESS YR44 F Ylg    1.5m Hot Misschief Neverends Holy Roller 11 4 0 3 418k Still Racing
DIFFERENT PACE YR20 M 4yo    2.5k       34 10 15 2 390k Stakes winner at 6,7,8,9

 

 

Prior Notable Standardbred Pacers

BLACK LIFE
Year 38 Black Horse
(Holy Roller x Life is Hot, by Hot Fury)
24: 8-7-5  $917,500
YR41 Standardbred Pacer Horse of the Year, Champion Standardbred Pacer Older Male

In Year 39, the long-time dominating player in Standardbred Pacers decided to leave the breed.  He put all his "scary good" yearlings up for auction without reserves.  Only the horses that had all their equipment had been given workouts, so I focused on those that hadn't been worked out yet, hoping to hit lightening in the bottle.  The strategy worked as, for a mere $36,000, I came away with a future Steward's Cup winner, a "freak" when the SIM added that top comment, and the leading earner of the breed in the history of Magic Raven Ranch.

BLACK LIFE debuted with a second place finish in the New Jersey Juvenile Pace, and the broke his maiden with a victory in the Glidemaster Pace.  He then disappointed with two off the board finishes, including the Steward's Cup.   His 3yo season begin with a listed stakes victory, then a fourth place, and then two consecutive placings, including the Grade 1 Niatross Pace.   He took another listed stakes before finishing third in the Grade 1 Bucket Stakes.  He then completed a thrilling double Week 16 when he took the Steward's Cup Classic Pace, moments after his stablemate (below) had scored a victory in the older division.

BLACK LIFE's 4yo season only saw two listed stakes victories, but his only off the board finish was a fifth in the Steward's Cup, while being off stride.  Kept in training at five,  he could still only get two listed stakes wins, but was never off the board, and finished his career with a second in the Steward's Cup, which allowed him to retire as the most successful horses of his breed to race in the RLM colors.


  Black Life

 

GAS LAMP DISTRICT
Year 36 Black Horse
(Leo Da Vinci x Be a Corn Star, by Yukon Cornelius)
13: 5-4-1  $748,000
YR41 Standardbred Pacer Horse of the Year, Champion Standardbred Pacer Older Male
About a third of the way through Year 40, player Regina Hagert posted that there was a "very good" 4yo pacer colt available for taking offers.  He had won a stakes, but beyond breaking his maiden, he had placed in four stakes, three of them Grade 1 events, with a top speed figure of 86.  Most amazingly, since he was bred by an eventually-abandoned stable, he had started only once at 2, and once at 3.  Considering my poor luck with pacers, especially with breeding my own, I decided I to offer 1.5 million.  In difference to us having the same first name, Regina cut the price down to 1.4 million, and I had an instant star in my barn.   GAS LAMP DISTRICT was shipped from Australia to the U.S., and he became in a stakes winner in his first start in the RLM colors.  Three races later, he took a Grade 3.  He then raced in the Steward's Cup Open Pace, and gave me my first placing for the breed when he fought his driver, but was beaten only two necks.

At 5, he was second in a listed event, and then won a Grade 2 stakes comfortably with an 87 figure.  Next came two listed placings, and then he won a sponsored Grade 3.  He was fourth in his prep for his second attempt at the Steward's Cup Open Pace.  In the big race, which had a full field of fourteen, it was one of my most thrilling moments in the SIM when he had the lead by the midway point, and won comfortably by 3/4 of a length, while sizzling a career best speed figure of 88, which was two points ahead of the second horse.  His graded stakes wins were enough to get him voted Horse of the Year for his breed -- the first such title any of my horses had ever attained, after playing the SIM 18 game years.

 I was looking forward to another impressive campaign at age 6, but GAS LAMP DISTRICT had regressed in his jog from "freak" to "stakes".  I gave him one try in the Grade 1 Outerdominion Final in Australia, and he was well-beaten.   Retirement to stud immediately after.

GAS LAMP DISTRICT was easily the most successful Standardbred Pacer I had ever campaigned, until his mark was bested by Black Life (above).  While earning $748,000 in the RLM colors, he earned over a million in his overall career.

  Gas Lamp District

 

PERPETUAL FIRE
Year 34 Black Gelding
(Writeitiagain x Snortin' Fire, by Hotternell)
23: 5-4-5  $105,160
When PERPETUAL FIRE got his nose on the wire in a stakes race Week 4 of his 4yo season, a check back through farm records revealed that, after 14 game years, it was the first time a Magic Raven homebred had ever won a stakes race for the pacing breed.  So, that was quite a momentous occasion and worthy of a headshot.  PERPETUAL FIRE had been one of two "scary" colts in his crop, both by Writeitagain (below), and he turned out to be the better of the two, though it took him a while to show it.  He was pensioned midway thruogh his 5yo season, as the farm's leading homebred pacer, and became a pony horse for the youngsters at Magic Raven Australia.  I absolutely love the sheer beauty of this headshot. 
   
  Perpetual Fire

 

CASH NOTE
Year 29 Bay Mare
(Writethisdown x PC Evil Cash, by Igetmoney)
26: 5-8-4  $197,690

I like the "heads up" nobility of this graphic.  This "scary good" filly had made one start, finishing second in a stakes, when she was part of a dispersal auction by her breeder.  I had to go to 777k in the final seconds to acquire her.  She won a MSW for her first in the RLM colors, and I was notified by The Steward that her name, which I thought was pretty awful, needed to be changed because it was the same as a real life top Standardbred.  I happily chose CASH NOTE, which admittedly conjures up images of trotters.  In any case, she placed in two subsequent stakes, before finishing sixth with a 77 speed figure in the Steward's Cup.  That's the way it went the next two seasons -- lots of stakes placings, and the occasional allowance win, which was frustrating.  Finally, in Week 13 of her 4yo year, she became only the second female stakes winner for her breed in the RLM colors, and the most successful overall, which earned her a headshot.  She was retired at the end of her 5yo season, and was assessed to be a "star" broodmare, and later re-categorized as a "blue hen".   She produced two stakes winners before being pensioned at the age of 13. 
   
  Cash Note

 

DIFFERENT PACE
Year 20 Dark Bay Gelding
(no pedigree)
34: 10-15-2  $389,940  YR29 Older Male Standardbred Pacer Nominee

This guy was, far and away, that best of his breed ever campaigned in the RLM colors, until Gas Lamp District was purchased in Year 40.  I love the blind bridle, which he raced in most of his career, along with a headpole.  His personality-packed expression is really great, accented by the wayward forelock.  DIFFERENT PACE was a mere $2500 purchase off the sales list after Week 11 of his 4yo season.  He was struggling in NW3 competition and I wasn't expecting much.  He didn't win for me until Week 4 of his 5yo season.  After that, he got better with age, and in his remaining 30 starts, was off the board only five times, while never being worse than fifth.  He pulled off his first stakes victory at the age of seven, had another stakes victory at eight, and then concluded his career at age nine with a Week 15 victory in a Grade 3.  Upon retirement, he was turned into a lesson horse and had trouble adapting to such a serene life, for he threw his rider early in his new career.  He retained his own sense of justice, for he later perturbed his young students by rolling in his stall after being groomed.  He died at the age of 22.
   
  Different Palce

 

 

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