Our Best Standardbred Trotters in Year 49

Name A S Source Sire Dam Dam Sire St 1st 2nd 3rd Earn Comments
His Darkness 5 H Ylg  1.5m His Greysomeness Mi Got Blues Quarter Hog 24 6 5 4 700k Multiple stakes winner at 2 and 3; Grade 1 at 4, SW at 5
Kissing Cousin 6 M Ylg   1.1m Quarter Hog Kadabra Kiss Diamond Boy 26 7 8 3 387k 2nd Steward's Cup at 2, multiple stakes winner at 4
Gaelic Gala 3 F Homebred Royalty for Life Gaelic Gait Fighting Irish 10 3 5 1 374k 2nd Steward's Cup at 2, multiple stakes winner at 3
Royal Rumba 4 G Homebred Royalty for Life Dishy Digga Battle Creek Road 16 5 3 3 274k Multiple stakes winner at 2, stakes winner at 4
Royal Combo 5 G Ylg  1.0m Royalty for Life Awesome Combo Made of Awesome 23 6 3 4 210k Stakes winner at 2 and 3
Wish Way 3 C Homebred Wishing Stone Mindy Malabar Quarter Hog 9 2 4 0 191k GPS stakes winner at 2
The Madness 4 G Homebred Royalty for Life Money Madness Quarter Hog 22 5 1 5 159k Multiple stakes winner at 3
Clay Palace 7 G Homebred Diamonds N King Dream Palace Victory Palace 25 7 4 1 109k Stakes winner at 3
Echo Echo M Homebred Royalty for Life Echo Dreamer Dreams of Cash 21 5 6 3 108k Stakes winner at 4

 

 

Our All Time Best Standardbred Trotters

Name DOB S Source Sire Dam Dam Sire St 1st 2nd 3rd Earn Comments
LIFEAHOLIC YR43 M Homebred Royalty for Life Dark Choc Chocolatier 23 19 3 1 3013k New Track Record, SC at 2; Triple Crown, SC, HOTY at 3, 5; multiple G1 at 4
HIS DARKNESS YR44 C Ylg   1.5m His Greysomeness Mi Got Blues Quarter Hog 24 6 5 4 700k Still Racing
KISSING COUSIN YR43 M Ylg   1.1m Quarter Hog Kadabra Kiss Diamond Boy 26 7 8 3 387k Still Racing
BE EXTRA YR34 H Ylg   333k Will Be Battle Creek Extra Battle Creek Road 33 13 3 3 366k SW at 3, 4, 5, 6
GAELIC GALA YR46 F Homebred Royalty for Life Gaelic Gait Fighting Irish 10 3 5 1 374k Still Racing

 

 

Prior Notable Standardbred Trotters

HIS DARKNESS
YR44 Dark Bay Standardbred Trotter Colt
(His Greysomeness x Mi Got Blues, by Quarter Hog)
 24: 6-5-4 $700,350
An unnamed "freak" colt was put up for sale as a yearling and, without any homebreds in the crop, Magic Raven purchased him for $1.5 million.  He was named HIS DARKNESS and finished second in his stakes debut.   He was entered in another stakes, and broke his maiden by more than a length.  His next start was another comfortable victory, and he was entered in the Steward's Cup, where he was four wide and could only get seventh.

HIS DARKNESS was also off the board in his sophomore debut, but he was back in the winner's circle in his next start.  After finishing third in the Grade 1 Yankee Trot, he took another listed stakes.  He finsihed the year with two seconds, and then a fourth in the Steward's Cup.  HIS DARKNESS could only get fourth in his 4yo debut, and then was a disappointing sixth.  After that, he was shipped to Belgium, and responded with a 3/4 length victory in the Grade 1 Belgian Grand Prix.  He didn't win again while remaining in Europe the rest of the year, but did get two placings.

HIS DARKNESS was still in Belgium at five, and he started the season with a second in the Grade 1 Prix d'Waffle.  After two off-the-borad performances, he was third in the Grade 1 Belgian Grand Prix.  He was shipped to America, and was unplaced in two starts, before finishing his career with an easy victory in the Dutch Liberty Stakes for PA-breds.

He was eagerly retired as a badly needed outcross for the Royalty for Life sire line in the Magic Raven trotter broodmare band..

  His Darkness

 

BE EXTRA
YR34 Bay Standardbred Trotter Colt
(Will Be x Battle Creek Extra, by Battle Creek Road)
33: 13-3-3 $366,190

This colt was from the same million dollar package purchase as Triumphant Trot (below), and since it he had only one win and a stakes placing in his first six starts, he was on the verge of being gelded.  However, midway through his 3yo season, BE EXTRA pulled off three wins in a row, topping them off with a stakes.  Two races later, he won a second stakes.  In his 4yo season, he raced exclusively in stakes, garnering two victories by mid year, and surpassed his stablemate in wins, consistency, and earnings.  HIs 5yo season was more challenging, but when he pulled of a stakes victory in Week 16, he became the all-time leading male trotter ever campaigned by the farm, and got the go-ahead to race at age six.  It was a fortuitous decision, as he won his YR40 debut with an 84 speed figure, which matched his career best.  When he won his third stakes of the season Week 10, his 350k in earnings make him the most successful trotter ever campaigned by the farm.  He was off the board his remaining starts.  Upon retirement, he proved to be a much better nicker than his stablemate. I absolutely love the feistiness of this headshot, and the bared teeth is a nice touch.
  Be Extra

 

TRIUMPHANT TROT
YR34 Black Standardbred Trotting Colt
(Winning Combo x Fifteen Minutes, by Battle Creek Road)
23: 5-4-4 $184,390

Year 34, it was apparent that homebreds weren't going to be providing a viable stallion for the farm, at any point in the foreseeable future.  Thankfully, top trotter breeder Gigi Gofaster was willing to sell all her "scary" colts in the yearling crop the following year.  That turned out to be three horses, with a collective purchase price of a million dollars.  Gigi felt that the one I would name TRIUMPHANT TROT was likely the best of the trio, considering he was from a solid A nick.  He did indeed jump out with the first stakes success, winning a listed event at age two.  It was a struggle from there, as he could only win one stakes in his sophomore year, and another in his 4yo season.  Early in that season, the other remaining colt in the package purchase had almost caught up to him in stakes victories and earnings.  Still, when considering a stallion prospect between the two, TRIUMPHANT TROT got the nod for having a slightly stronger pedigree. He was retired to stud midway through his 5yo season.  After a few seasons, he was sold at auction.  In the graphic, I like the shadowing that accents his black coat.
  Triumphant Trot

 

 

HAMLET TWIST
YR31 Bay Standardbred Trotter Gelding
(Will Be x Swift Twister, by Midnight Tornado)
28: 5-11-5 $239,920

As a yearling, HAMLET TWIST was the hope to be Magic Raven's first reigning homebred male trotter, as he was a well-bred "wow".  However, he could only place in stakes at two and three.  At four, he had improved to be a "scary", but still his best stakes effort was the loss of a nose.  Finally, in his first start at five, he got the job done.  That victory also made him the leading male trotter ever campaigned by the farm.  Two races later, he got his second stakes victory. He closed out the season with four consecutive second place finishes.  At five, he had degraded back to "wow", and he was retired after three off-the-board finishes.  I love the personality of this head shot, especially how it gives the impression that he's "twisting", and not particularly happy about it.
  Hamlet Twist

 

SWIFT TWISTER
YR25 Bay Standardbred Trotter Mare
(Midnight Tornado x Swift Mist, by Jogging for Fun)
17: 4-4-2 $93,900  YR28 3YO Female Trotter Nominee

Going into Year 28, Magic Raven Ranch had only ever had one stakes winner in the trotting breed, that being when 4yo CAH filly Swift Mist took the Morning Drive Stakes.  Therefore, it was all the more befitting that the farm's second stakes win in the breed was with that mare's first daughter, who also accomplished the deed in the Morning Drive Stakes, but as a 3yo beating older.   The only other black type effort that Swift Twister had was when she was third that same year in the Grade 1 American Trotting Derby.  Those two races got her a SIMMY nomination.  She retired after her 4yo season to be a "formidable" broodmare.  Three of her first four foals were "wow", including Hamlet Twist (above).  The detail of this headshot is fantastic.  She has such a bright, alert demeanor, with a focused, determined eye.
  Swift Twister

 

MALABLE CONTESTANT
YR25 Chestnut Standardbred Trotter Mare
(Challenge Hanover x Malable Belle, by Malabar Man)
25: 7-10-3 $338,720    YR30 Older Female Trotter Nominee

This mare is, far and away, that best of her breed ever campaigned in the RLM colors.  She was a fast-working yearling, so therefore it was difficult to not be disappointed when she finished fifth in her stakes debut.  After winning two overnight races, she was fifth again in a stakes at the beginning of her 3yo season.  She was only able to win a NW3 that year, though also managed a stakes third.  At four, she finally started to blossom, getting a stakes victory and placing in two others.  At five, she shined, getting two stakes wins, including a Grade 3.  Most importantly, she concluded her career with a second place finish in the Steward's Cup, losing to a freakishly monster filly, but beating her five other challengers.  She and the winner were the only two nominated for best older mare of their breed.  I was enormously proud of her for finally becoming what she had promised as a yearling.  I like the regal, yet feminine look, of her focused gaze in the distance.  The stray forelock hairs resting above her eye is a nice touch.  The bridle of the headshot is the purple of the RLM colors.  
   
  Malable Contestant

 

 

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