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Pratt is looking forward to 2015 campaign with NYSS champion Barn Doll

Friday, 30 January 2015 14:39

 by Kimberly French, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent

Louisville, KY --- He loved her gait, conformation and family, but none of those factors ultimately determined why Steven Pratt purchased Barn Doll, New York’s 2014 2-year-old filly trotting champion.

“She was a cycle-bred,” said the Corfu, N.Y., resident. “I don’t have a big stable and never have. As long as I’ve been doing this for, maybe about 20 years, I’ve only had one horse that was a cycle-bred not make it to the races as a 2-year-old.

Cycle breeding involves putting a mare under lights intensely when their eggs are most productive, which is all measured through basal temperature, mucus, etc., then breeding at that exact moment whether it be through embryo transfer or live cover.

“I read about it roughly 40 years ago in an article in Hoof Beats,” said Pratt. “I can’t remember who wrote it, but they said it had a 70 percent success rate. I ran the numbers myself twice and came up with 70 and 71 percent. I don’t want to give my secrets away, but that criteria has been important to me since seeing that article.

” It appears that Pratt has a pretty solid point.

The daughter of Conway Hall and the Yankee Glide mare Headintheclouds sold for $20,000 at the 2013 Standardbred Horse Sale under the name Heading Home.

Shortly after Pratt bought her to New York, Wanda Polisseni, who he has helped buy horses for years, inquired about buying into the filly. As the two never owned horses together, Pratt and his wife Nancy agreed. They developed the nickname of ‘Barn’ quite some time ago and asked Wanda what she would like to name the newest member of the shedrow. She selected Barn Doll and mentioned something else to the Pratts.

“We had Barn Babe (Cash Hall-My Baby's Momma, 3,1:54.2f, $350,463) for the two years before we got Doll,” Pratt said. “She was a nice filly and I’ve done very well with them, especially for not having many horses. Wanda reminded me that there are some horses that just don’t work out. This filly might be one of them and then Doll went out and did what she did. Like I said Barn Babe is nice but Doll is all class. She is in a level above her.”

In her debut season, Barn Doll was 9-7-1-0, trotted her swiftest mile in 1:58.4h and collected $207,787 in purse money.

Steered in all but one of her races by Jeff Gregory, the filly served notice she possessed ability with a first over, second place trip to George Ducharme’s highly regarded Concentration at Vernon Downs in her first trip to the post in a New York Sire Stakes race.

She then captured her next four races, three in NYSS company, before coming home last on August 6 at Saratoga. After that miscue, Barn Doll ended her season with three more triumphs, the last being on Sept. 13 at Yonkers Raceway in the $225,000 New York Sire Stakes final. She was much the best as she came home a full second faster than Nunkeri, her closest competitor.

“I can’t say enough about what she accomplished last season,” Pratt said. “She overcame a lot of adversity and never let it bother her. It started off with her driving a nail up into the inside of her foot while she was in the barn, then she popped a curb and next she came into heat.

“The week before the final I had to scratch her because she had a virus for 10 days. I could have raced her, but she wouldn’t have been at her best and obviously, we wanted to go in the final with her.

“All year long it was about making adjustments with her and she responded. Not a lot of trotting fillies that age would have kept going on like that.

” As to her inexplicable effort at Saratoga, that is actually easily explained.

“That is when she was in heat,” Pratt said. “She just decided she did not want to race that night. She wanted nothing to do with the whole thing. Jeff said she never picked up the bit the entire race.

“Coming into heat doesn’t usually happen with 2-year-old fillies, but I also had it happen with Barn Babe. We put her on Regumate to manage it and it hasn’t been a problem since. If that had not happened she probably would have won eight consecutive races.”

While Barn Doll certainly enjoyed a fantastic season, Pratt’s stats are nothing to sneeze at. From 44 purse starts as a conditioner, he cleared $241,998 with a UTR of .495. In 2013, it was 23 starts, $220,826 and a .565 UTR and in 2012, 16 starts, $146,848 and a .479.

Hence, Wanda’s warning that Pratt may not hit the jackpot with this filly.

“I prefer the fillies to the colts,” he said. “It is always something with them and they can have an attitude but that’s how you want them.

“I have really been very lucky. I won’t pay a lot for horses. I think I paid like ($5,000) for Barn Babe and I don’t buy very many. I race at the most three at a time and that is a lot for me, but truthfully I think I might be getting to the end of the tunnel. It’s cold here jogging in the mornings and I’ve been doing this for a long time.”

As for this year, Barn Doll will remain on the New York circuit and attempt to defend her crown.

“I already have her jogging and she is ready to go out there to race,” he said. “She has not gotten taller but thicker and her attitude is excellent. I will probably wait to qualify her twice at Vernon and then race her there. Unfortunately, the few stakes she was paid into conflict with the times of the sire stakes races so we will just go with those.

“I am looking forward to this year with her and think she will do really well because she is such a good filly, but things happened last year. Also, you never know how they will come back, but she is a very talented, classy filly that should have a nice season.

“Jeff never touched her all last year and she was only shown the whip once. He is looking forward to driving her.”



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NYSS to donate purse money to RUS NY

Wednesday, 28 January 2015 11:28

  from RUS NY 

The New York Sire Stakes will once again generously donate initial purse money for another Racing Under Saddle season at New York fairs.

 Members of the Agriculture and New York State Breeding Development Fund Board approved a grant of $5,000, which is $1,000 more than what was given last year. However, additional sponsorship and help will be needed to make a 2015 season possible.

   The goal is to make the second season even bigger and better than the first. In order to do that we need to start organizing a more formal committee and perhaps create subcommittees within that committee. We need more people involved. We do not only need committed owners, trainers and riders, but we need people who will help get sponsors, write blogs, promote the sport etc.

  There are already more fairs that want to get on board and host a race. Our biggest challenge is getting enough sponsorship funds to have reasonable purses at each fair.

   While the racing season may seem far away, it will be here before we know it. Now is the time to start organizing and planning!

   The first step is to see who we can get on board and to see if we can find a central place to host meetings. We will also work on a way to get people involved via internet chat such as Skype or something similar if people are too far to attend personally.

 If you are interested in getting involved please contact Race Coordinator Michelle Miller at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or 607.643.8047. Also keep an eye on our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/RUSNYSeries, and webpage, 

rus-newyork.com, for upcoming meetings and plans as we move forward.

We would also like to get some idea of how many horses/riders we might get this summer so we can plan on raising more money for multiple divisions if needed. Interest seemed to get greater as the season went on last year and we want to be prepared and not be scrambling for purse money at the last minute.

   If you plan to ride, expect to participate in at least one fundraiser and get involved with the committee at some level.

   Last season the RUS NY 2014 Fair Series featured six legs and a championship final race. The series ran throughout the months of July and August, giving participants the opportunity to earn points towards the final.

   In order to be eligible for the final, horses needed to compete and finish in any two of the six legs. Eleven horses participated in the series with seven qualifying to race in the final. Six horses competed to be named the first RUS NY Fair Series champion.

  Excitement and participation got greater throughout the summer. By mid-season horses were split into two divisions -- allowing fans to get to see more than one race at certain fairs.

The main goal is to promote Racing Under Saddle and the versatility of the Standardbred breed as both a racing and a riding horse, to help Standardbreds find great homes after they finish their days on the track. Fair races have different conditions to allow horses that are not as competitive at the bigger tracks a chance to race and perform.

 



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Heston Blue Chip to Winbak of New York for 2015

Friday, 30 January 2015 14:48

by Elizabeth Lewis-House, public relations, Winbak Farm Chesapeake City, MD --- Winbak Farm of New York is proud to introduce Breeders Crown winner and millionaire pacer Heston Blue Chip p,2,1:50.4f; 3,1:48f ($1,781,881) for 2015. Heston Blue Chip was an USHWA Dan Patch Award Winner for 3-year-old pacing colts. At 2, Heston Blue Chip’s stakes wins included the John Simpson Memorial, Matron final, seven New York Sire Stakes legs and the final. At 3, he came back for a stellar year that included wins in the Breeders Crown elimination and final, Cane Pace elimination, Empire Breeders Classic elimination and final, Historic, Matron final, Meadowlands Pace elimination, four New York Sire Stakes legs and the Progress Pace elimination and final. Heston Blue Chip set track records at both Dover Downs and Tioga Downs in his racing career. As a racehorse, he had



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Manningly to stand at Morrisville College

Thursday, 08 January 2015 14:23

Morrisville, NY --- Morrisville College has announced the addition of a new stallion for 2015, the Yankee Glide son Manningly, who earned $353,771 during his racing career.

A multiple stakes winner at two, Manningly went on to compete successfully as a free for all trotter, winning opens at several tracks including the Meadowlands and The Red Mile.

A half-brother to Logan's Hero ($387,526) and Keystone Bernard ($238,905), Manningly’s second dam is world champion Cindys Action, a winner of $223,406 and many stakes in her career.

Manningly’s introductory stud fee for 2015 will be $2,500.

Morrisville College will be hosting their annual yearling sale Sept. 20.

For further information please visit http://morrisvillesale.com.



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New York State Gaming Commission adopted eight Controlled Therapeutic Medication standardbred horse racing rules on December 22, 2014.

Thursday, 08 January 2015 14:26

For the entire report click here 


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Shelliscape repeats in Breeders Crown Mare Pace

Sunday, 23 November 2014 18:32

by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications East Rutherford, NJ ---

Shelliscape came from the back of the pack to win Saturday’s $281,250 Breeders Crown Mare Pace by a half-length over Rocklamation in 1:49.4 at the Meadowlands, giving the 5-year-old mare her second consecutive victory in the event.

The win also gave Bamond Racing, the father-and-son team of Jeffrey Bamond and Jeffrey Jr., its fourth consecutive win in the Breeders Crown Mare Pace. Bamond Racing co-owns 2011-12 winner Anndrovette, who finished fourth tonight.



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