Our Best Standardbred Pacers Racing in Year 49

Name A S Source Sire Dam Dam Sire St 1st 2nd 3rd Earn Comments
Eternalness 5 M Ylg   1.5m Hot Misschief Neverends Holy Roller 16 5 0 4 466k Steward's Cup at 2, stakes placed at 3, SW at 4
Press Rant 4 C Homebred Sportswriter Got Mad Missile Mike 16 5 4 1 392k Won first two starts with 90+ figs
Ancient Winds 2 C Homebred Ancient Truth Blowing Rolls Holy Roller 4 3 0 0 332k Steward's Cup at 2
Master Chef 6 G Ylg  1.75m Holy Roller Julia Childs Pepper Flash 29 7 5 3 201k Stakes winner at 2 and 6
Got Spiced 3 F Homebred Summer Spice Got Mad Missile Mike 9 2 3 3 200k Grade 1 at 2, 2nd G1 at 3
Placard 3 F Homebred Sportswriter Museum Art Leo Da Vinci 9 3 0 1 150k GPS stakes winner at 2
Heated Deadline 4 F Homebred Sportswriter Snortin' Fire Hotternell 12 2 6 2 143k Stakes winner at 3
Court in Bed 4 F Ylg   500k Wiggle It Jiggleit Drop Your Line Cumberbatch 18 4 3 5 121k Stakes placed at 2, 3, and 4
City Fox 3 C Homebred Summper Spice Foxy Fox On Da Run Holy Roller 9 2 3 0 110k G3 at 2, SW at 3



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 16 5 0 4 466k Still Racing
PRESS RANT YR45 M Homebred Sportswriter Gt Mad Missile Mike 16 5 4 1 392k Still Racing



Prior Notable Standardbred Pacers

Year 44 Black Mare
(Hot Misschief x Neverends, by Holy Roller)
16: 5-0-4  $465,950
YR46 Standardbred Pacer Champion Two Year Old Female

Early in Year 45, an unnamed "freak" Standardbred Pacer filly was put up for sale by her breeder for $1.5 million.  Since there weren't any top gallopers in the homebred crop, she was purchased and named ETERNALNESS.  Though her workouts were adequate for her gallop level, purchases from other players are so frequently hugely disappointed that there wasn't much anticipation for her debut.  So, it was a pleasant surprise when ETERNALNESS won at first asking, pacing a 91 speed figure.  Since she was "very unsound", it was three weeks later that she became a stakes winner.  Off those two starts, she went against seven more experienced competitors in the Steward's Cup and eventually ran down the runaway leader to win by a neck.  Thus, she ended the season undefeated in three starts and garnered the SIMMY for her division.  That was quite a gratifying outcome for such an expensive purchase.

ETERNALNESS suffered her first defeat in her 3yo debut, finishing third.  She won her next start, and then was third again.  After that, she was never as consistent, and was off the board twice, including a sixth in the Steward's Cup.

ETERNALNESS started her 4yo season with a third in a Grade 2, but was then off the board twice more.   Finally, she returned to the winner's circle with a stakes victory Week 11.  She wouldn't win again, and could only get a third in allowance at five.  She was retired mid year, and was assessed to be a "star" broodmare.



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


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


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


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


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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