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               July 2013

 
July 8, 2013~Goshen, New York
Weaver & Miller on Living Hall of Fame Ballot
Bill Weaver David Miller 
               William Weaver                                          David Miller

Peninsula Farm congratulates breeder William Weaver and driver David Miller, who were placed on the summer’s ballot for election to the Living Hall of Fame by the US Harness Writers on July 8, 2013.

Weaver has owned horses since the late 1960s, and made his mark as a breeder in 1988 when his Valley Victory won the Breeders Crown and the Dan Patch Award for best 2-year-old male trotter. Undefeated in seven races at age 3, Valley Victory was retired because of illness and began his career as a stallion. He produced three Hambletonian winners: Victory Dream, the filly Continentalvictory and Muscles Yankee.

Valley Victory’s sons Victory Dream and Yankee Glide sired Hambletonian winners Self Possessed and Glidemaster, who captured the 2006 Trotting Triple Crown. Muscles Yankee sired three consecutive Hambletonian winners in Deweycheatumnhowe, Muscle Hill and Muscle Massive.

Other top horses sired by Valley Victory include Lookout Victory, Rum Boogie, Lindy Lane, Donerail, Southwind Allaire, Armbro Monarch, Act Of Grace, Bullville Victory and Must Be Victory.

Weaver’s Valley High Stable is listed as the breeder of only 346 horses, but has produced a number of big-money earners. His credits of horses with at least $500,000 in earnings include Chocolatier, Laddie, Fun And Strokes, Sugar Trader, Was It A Dream, Juliet's Fate (a rare pacing Breeders Crown winner), Quick Credit, Count The Goal, China Princess, and Elusive Desire.

In 2012, Weaver-bred colt trotter Wheeling N Dealin and filly trotter To Dream On were Breeders Crown winners and divisional 2-year-old champions, a feat last accomplished 22 years ago. Overall, Weaver has bred five Breeders Crown champions and four second-place finishers and ranks No. 12 among all breeders in Crown earnings.

Miller ranks fourth in harness racing history for purses, with $169.5 million, and eighth in wins, with 10,723. The 48-year-old Ohio native has won at least $10 million in purses in a year a record 11 times.

In 2003, Miller drove No Pan Intended to the Pacing Triple Crown and was named Driver of the Year by the U.S. Harness Writers Association. He has won a total of 11 Triple Crown races (trotting and pacing) and 12 Breeders Crown events. He is a three-time winner of the Little Brown Jug and in 2011 joined Billy Haughton as the only drivers to win the Little Brown Jug and Jugette in the same year.

Miller dominated racing in Ohio before moving to the East Coast in 1999. He was the leading driver at Scioto Downs for eight consecutive years (1991-98) and on the Ohio Sire Stakes circuit for seven consecutive years (1992-98). He also has won driving titles at Freehold Raceway, the Meadowlands and Garden State Park.

The election results are traditionally announced just after Labor Day, with the honorees feted first at the annual USHWA awards banquet, to be held at Dover Downs on Feb. 23 of next year, and then formally inducted into the Hall of Fame on the Sunday of Fourth of July weekend.


July 4, 2013~Ontario, Canada
Muscle Matters wins OSS Debut
Muscle Matters
, a freshman son by Muscle Mass-Sister Mary Lindy-Conway Hall, captured his career debut in a $39,900 Ontario Sire Stakes Gold event on July 4 at Mohawk Raceway. Mario Baillargeon was in the sulky for his brother/trainer Benoit Baillargeon for the maiden victory that was timed in 2:00. Muscle Matters is owned by Nunzio and Santo Vena, Richard Thompson and Benoit Baillargeon. He was bred by Reg and Donna Higgs and sold in the Peninsula Farm consignment for $17,000 at the 2012 Canadian Yearling Sale.

July 2, 2013~Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Secluded Beach wins Pocono Debut
Secluded Beach,
a freshman daughter by Somebeachsomewhere-Moselle Hanover-Cambest, captured her career debut in 1:55 on July 2 at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. Tim Tetrick handled the driving duties for trainer Tony Alagna and owners Cheap Speed Stable, Joe Sbrocco and Eagles Soar Partners. This filly was a $50,000 yearling sold by Peninsula Farm at the 2012 Standardbred Horse Sale at Harrisburg, and was bred by Peninsula Farm and George E. Hobbs.


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