Windsong Stable Travel and Events
As North American trotters have grown increasingly inbred, I have concluded that we would benefit from "outcrossing" our mares to European stallions. Hanover Shoe Farms has taken a great step forward by offering World Champion Sebastian K 1:49f ($2,973,252) to US breeders. Ready Cash is undoubtedly the #1 trotting sire in Europe. His sons are completely dominating racing in France, led by the great Bold Eagle. I visited France to see Bold Eagle win the Prix d'Amerique, and to tour a number of stallion farms... Continue Reading
Unlike its more mountainous neighbors, Finland is a relatively flat country covered with endless birch forests and lakes. Henrikki Halme was my generous host and guide for a tour of Helsinki, lodging at his scenic farm, and teaching me about Finnish Coldblood trotters while attending their championship races in Mikkeli.
Helsinki is a small and very congenial city with wide boulevards, open squares, and colorful Russian-influenced architecture that clearly resembles that of St. Petersburg. The close if often difficult relationship between Finland and Russia is demonstrated by the proximity of the 1830... Continue Reading
Because of the success of Windsong Stable horses in Sweden during the 2008 racing season, I decided to visit Sweden to experience one of the truly great racing events in the world of trotting: The Elitlopp. Harness racing runs rich in the blood of Scandanavians. Billboards advertising the Elitlopp are everywhere in Stockholm. You can discuss the race with immigration officials when you arrive at the airport, and with cab drivers as you ride to your hotel. Everyone knows about the race, and everyone has his favorite horse. The Elitlopp is truly the "Super Bowl" of Sweden... Continue Reading
Windsong's Legacy (Conway Hall - Yankee Windsong) joined a very select and honored group in harness racing by winning the $1,000,000 Hambletonian today at the Meadowlands. Driven perfectly by his trainer, Trond Smedshammer, Windsong's Legacy proved that greatness belongs to him. From Post 7, Windsong's Legacy followed in 7th position behind Cash Hall from the gate, racing outside for the entire mile. A major traffic problem was averted when longshot Lantern's Law went offstride in the backstretch, leaving Cash Hall the reluctant first-over. Windsong's Legacy remained covered, second over, until the top of the stretch, when Smedshammer tipped him three wide past a tiring... Continue Reading