Top 20 Pennsylvania Breeders of 2017

By Linda Dougherty

  Top 20 Pennsylvania Breeders of 2017 by Linda Dougherty       It was a record-setting year for Glenn E. Brok, who in 2017 collected the most Pennsylvania Breeding Fund awards in the program’s history.    Brok, who owns Diamond B Farm in Mohrsville with his wife Becky, saw his homebreds earn $374,651, while he garnered stallion awards of $75,191, for a total of $449,842. The top homebred for Brok was The Man, a son of Ecclesiastic, who formerly stood at Diamond B. He captured the Banjo Picker Sprint Stakes for Pennsylvania-breds at Parx Racing, as well as five consecutive allowance races for a perfect six-for-six season.     “The Pennsylvania breeding program has been really great for us,” Brok said. “And our program is stronger and better than other states.”       * Donald L. Brown Jr. was the second-leading breeder in Pennsylvania in 2017, with his combined breeder and stallion awards totaling $326,862. His top three award winners were all sired by the stallion Messner, who stood at Penn Ridge Farms in Harrisburg before being exported. These were Ruby Bleu ($42,127), Wildcat Cartridge ($42,806) and Wildcat Combat ($41,794).    “The Pennsylvania breeder awards give you the best opportunity to recover and possibly profit from the expenses of raising a horse,” said Brown. “Further, the awards are great for Pennsylvania agriculture! I would rather see a farm and green grass than a parking lot or strip mall.”        * It was sheer sire power for Northview-PA, as the Peach Bottom nursery owned by Richard Golden earned $321,053 in stallion awards. Dominating the Pennsylvania sire list in terms of stallion awards earned was Jump Start, whose progeny garnered $207,984. Other stallions who stand or stood at the farm were Fairbanks ($54,988), Medallist ($28,836), Love of Money ($21,298), El Padrino ($7,352), and Bullsbay ($366). Jump Start was the top sire in the Mid-Atlantic region in 2017, with total progeny earnings of more than $5.4 million. His top Pennsylvania-bred during the year was Late Breaking News, who earned more than $47,000 in awards for his breeder, Stacy McMullin Machiz.       * Thanks to a pair of stakes-winning half-sisters, the Barlar LLC stable of owner/breeder Larry Karp was the fourth-leading recipient of breeders awards in 2017. Karp’s homebreds earned $214,866 while he earned $58,431 in stallion awards from the progeny of E Dubai, for a total of $273,297. Imply, a daughter of E Dubai out of Allude, by Orientate, captured the Northern Fling Stakes at Presque Isle Downs, accruing $161,000 in breeder awards. Her younger half-sister Advert, by Lonhro, won the Malvern Rose Stakes at Presque Isle, earning $92,624 in breeder awards.        * A bevy of homebreds and a slew of stallion awards combined to boost William J. Solomon VMD, owner of Pin Oak Lane Farm in New Freedom, into fifth place of all Pennsylvania award winners last season. Solomon had 14 homebreds running at area racetracks and they earned $102,616 in breeder awards, with the top two earners being Invisible and Hygh Life. Stallion awards for horses that stand or stood at Pin Oak Lane were $162,981, for a total of $265,597, with his leading stallion being Offlee Wild ($35,159), followed by Albert the Great ($34,102).       * Thanks to the success of homebreds at Pennsylvania racetracks sired by her champion Smarty Jones, Patricia L. Chapman completed 2017 as the sixth-leading breeding fund award recipient. Chapman earned $162,409 in breeder awards and $94,120 in stallion awards, for a total of $256,529. Chapman’s top homebreds were Someday Jones, a multiple allowance winner and second in the Lyman Stakes at Parx Racing, and Mama Jones, who placed in the Plum Pretty Stakes and the Dr. Teresa Garofalo Memorial, both at Parx.    “I’m thrilled about my top award winners,” said Chapman. “The Pennsylvania Breeders Award program has been very good to me. I am especially happy that my top winners are homebreds, by a homebred, out of my homebred mares, and that both are trained by John Servis.”       * Tom Coulter’s Arrowwood Farm, Inc. was the seventh-leading breeder last year, with 34 homebreds earning $245,533 in awards. Island Romance, a daughter of Petionville, collected $28,755 in awards after winning or placing 10 times from 13 starts, while Jumpmaster, a two-year-old colt by Jump Start, was never off the board in three Pennsylvania starts, breaking his maiden in a $59,870 maiden special weight at Parx in December.       * Homebreds of Xanthus Farms, Inc. were extremely active at Pennsylvania ovals last year, earning $215,910 for the Gettysburg-based nursery. Xanthus had 32 homebreds running, with less than $500 separating the two top earners, Andy’s Love ($25,560) and I Am So Jealous ($25,128). Both Andy’s Love, who won or placed 13 times in 2017, and I Am So Jealous, who captured three races, were sired by the farm’s stallion Andiron, a son of A. P. Indy owned by the Tea Party Stable of Walter Downey. Overall, Andiron’s progeny earned $24,410 in stallion awards for Tea Party Stable.       * The WynOaks Farm of Chip and Barbara Wheeler had an extremely profitable 2017, thanks to farm stallion Weigelia. The farm’s homebred progeny of Weigelia earned $133,824 in breeder awards, while he collected $79,419.82 in stallion awards, which placed him among the top five in the state. Total breeder awards for WynOaks was $213,244. Topping WynOaks homebreds was Disco Rose, who placed in the Mrs. Penny Stakes at Parx and earned $50,076 in breeder awards. Disco Rose’s half sister Pink Princess earned $26,422.        * Michael W. Jester earned a total of $210,064 through the Pennsylvania breeding fund program last year, divided between homebreds’ earnings of $137,506 and stallion awards of $72,557. The bulk of Jester’s stallion awards came from the progeny of Cat Thief, the sire of his top two breeder award winners -- Tactical Plan ($38,063) and Grasshoppin ($35,080). Tactical Plan earned awards in eight of 13 starts in the state, while Grasshoppin placed in both the Robellino Stakes at Penn National and Roanoke Stakes at Parx.        * Thomas G. McClay, a longtime participant in the Pennsylvania breeding program, had another outstanding season, with 31 homebreds earning $190,903. While a large percentage of McClay’s homebreds were sired by stallions standing outside of the state, his top two earners were by Jump Start, who stands at Northview-Pa. Gurt Boys ($23,353) won twice and placed in multiple allowance races, while Purcell won a $50,100 starter allowance at Parx en route to collecting $22,848 in breeder awards.        * Henry R. “Hank” Nothhaft, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, benefitted from both breeder and stallion awards, with his total of $187,999 split nearly evenly. Horses that Nothhaft bred earned $98,477, while he earned stallion awards of $89,521, all from the progeny of Silver Train, whom Nothhaft stood at Northview-Pa before the stallion’s untimely death in 2013.    “This was my best year in Pennsylvania and I was very proud to win two Pennsylvania-bred stakes races with Grand Prix,” said Nothhaft, who foals his mares at Northview-Pa. Grand Prix, a half-sister to champion Finest City (also bred by Nothhaft), captured the New Start Stakes at Penn National and the Dr. Theresa Garofalo Memorial Stakes at Parx Racing.        * Blackstone Farm’s homebreds excelled not only on the national stage but at Pennsylvania racetracks, where they earned $172,079 for the Pine Grove-based enterprise. Tom’s Ready, a graded stakes-winning son of More Than Ready, won the Leemat Stakes at Presque Isle Downs in July, in which he earned $12,000 in breeder awards. The farm’s top award winner was Tin N Lint, a daughter of Maclean’s Music who made 11 starts in the Keystone State and earned $26,262.        * Charles A. Cuprill enjoyed an outstanding 2017 with a combination of homebreds and stallion progeny, earning a total of $169,419. Cuprill, who owns Woodvale Farm in Oxford with his wife Luisita, saw Campeona, a homebred daughter of farm stallion City Sharpster, win or place in six allowance events during the year, bringing home $40,988 in breeder awards. Diadema, another daughter of City Sharpster, was also an allowance winner, earning $22,576 in awards. Nearly all of the $32,766 Cuprill earned in stallion awards was collected by the progeny of City Sharpster, a son of Carson City.       * While the St. Omer’s Farm of Stephen Quick is located in Maryland, the decision to foal many of its mares in Pennsylvania at nearby WynOaks Farm in Delta proved to be an extremely lucrative one. St. Omer’s Pennsylvania-breds, all sired by the WynOaks stallion Weigelia, earned $169,411 last season. Chief earner among the eight Weigelia runners was Risque’s Diamond, whose first victory of 2017 was in a $61,470 maiden special weight at Parx Racing in March and who went on to win or place in six allowance tests. Chippewawhitechief was also a prolific breeder award earner, collecting $27,328.         * The Fantasy Lane Stable of Bob Hutt reaped the rewards from the progeny of stallion Uptowncharlybrown in 2017. ‘Charly’s’ progeny dominated Fantasy Lane’s breeder awards, and collected more than $37,000 in stallion awards, for a total of $147,449.       “Making Uptowncharlybrown a stallion and standing him in Pennsylvania was a very wise decision,” said Hutt. “Moving him to Glenn and Becky Brok’s Diamond B Farm was even wiser. Without question, the Pennsylvania-bred program, with its numerous incentives, is the best in the nation.”       * With just a very small broodmare band, Daniel W. McConnell, Sr. had a very profitable year as a Pennsylvania breeder, with his homebreds earning $135,760. McConnell’s top three award winners were Flashy Kyem, a daughter of Medallist out of Flash Riot; Prince Lucky, a son of Corinthian and Lucky Notion; and Prince Lucky’s half-sister, Saint Main Event, by Redeemed.    “To be in the top 20 of Pennsylvania breeders, but only really breeding one or two horses each year, is something I could not do by myself,” said McConnell. “I give credit to the whole team -- my son John McConnell, Karen Godsey at Eagle Point Farms, Tim Fazio at Northview-Pa, jockey Jorge Vargas, trainers Keith Nations and Larry Jones, and Larry’s assistant trainer Andre Stock.”       * Judy Barrett’s Godstone Farm has had much success over the years with its homebreds and stallions. In 2007, Godstone was the state’s leading breeder, and in 2008 the second-leading breeder. For 2017, Godstone collected a total of $130,332 ($115,315 in breeder awards, $15,016 in stallion awards), ranking 18th. Sixteen Godstone homebreds earned breeders awards, topped by Nancy Pants ($20,251) as well as Golden Promise ($13,256), who was third in the Blue Mountain Juvenile Fillies Stakes.     “My new stallion Well Spelled will have his first crop of 2-year-olds running in 2018,” said Barrett. “Just a handful of them, but I’m excited to see how they do. The Pennsylvania program is wonderful and enables breeders like me to make a living and stay in the business.”       * The Pewter Stable of Greg and Kathleen DeMasi earned $118,211 through a combination of breeder and stallion awards last year, which placed them among the Top 20 breeders in the state. Pewter had 14 homebreds competing at Pennsylvania tracks, topped by Superling, a daughter of Congressionalhonor, who won three races for $23,311 in breeder awards. Congressionalhonor formerly stood in Pennsylvania for Pewter, and his progeny earned $11,521 in stallion awards for them in 2017. In addition to Superling, Maximus Meridius and Merry’s Honor also represented him as Pewter homebreds.       * Jim McGreevy’s Hope Hill Farm in Oxford rounded out the Top 20 breeder award winners for 2017, with homebreds earning $99,379 and his stallion Stonecoldbroke $15,401 in stallion awards, for a grand total of $114,780. Stonecoldbroke is the sire of Hope Hill’s top breeder award earner Portent, who won two races and placed three times for $24,056. Another homebred, Cowboy Mz (by Friesan Fire) captured two allowance races at Parx Racing for $23,757 in awards.

It was a record-setting year for Glenn E. Brok, who in 2017 collected the most Pennsylvania Breeding Fund awards in the program’s history.

Brok, who owns Diamond B Farm in Mohrsville with his wife Becky, saw his homebreds earn $374,651, while he garnered stallion awards of $75,191, for a total of $449,842. The top homebred for Brok was The Man, a son of Ecclesiastic, who formerly stood at Diamond B. He captured the Banjo Picker Sprint Stakes for Pennsylvania-breds at Parx Racing, as well as five consecutive allowance races for a perfect six-for-six season.

“The Pennsylvania breeding program has been really great for us,” Brok said. “And our program is stronger and better than other states.”

* Donald L. Brown Jr. was the second-leading breeder in Pennsylvania in 2017, with his combined breeder and stallion awards totaling $326,862. His top three award winners were all sired by the stallion Messner, who stood at Penn Ridge Farms in Harrisburg before being exported. These were Ruby Bleu ($42,127), Wildcat Cartridge ($42,806) and Wildcat Combat ($41,794).

“The Pennsylvania breeder awards give you the best opportunity to recover and possibly profit from the expenses of raising a horse,” said Brown. “Further, the awards are great for Pennsylvania agriculture! I would rather see a farm and green grass than a parking lot or strip mall.”

* It was sheer sire power for Northview-PA, as the Peach Bottom nursery owned by Richard Golden earned $321,053 in stallion awards. Dominating the Pennsylvania sire list in terms of stallion awards earned was Jump Start, whose progeny garnered $207,984. Other stallions who stand or stood at the farm were Fairbanks ($54,988), Medallist ($28,836), Love of Money ($21,298), El Padrino ($7,352), and Bullsbay ($366). Jump Start was the top sire in the Mid-Atlantic region in 2017, with total progeny earnings of more than $5.4 million. His top Pennsylvania-bred during the year was Late Breaking News, who earned more than $47,000 in awards for his breeder, Stacy McMullin Machiz.

* Thanks to a pair of stakes-winning half-sisters, the Barlar LLC stable of owner/breeder Larry Karp was the fourth-leading recipient of breeders awards in 2017. Karp’s homebreds earned $214,866 while he earned $58,431 in stallion awards from the progeny of E Dubai, for a total of $273,297. Imply, a daughter of E Dubai out of Allude, by Orientate, captured the Northern Fling Stakes at Presque Isle Downs, accruing $161,000 in breeder awards. Her younger half-sister Advert, by Lonhro, won the Malvern Rose Stakes at Presque Isle, earning $92,624 in breeder awards.

* A bevy of homebreds and a slew of stallion awards combined to boost William J. Solomon VMD, owner of Pin Oak Lane Farm in New Freedom, into fifth place of all Pennsylvania award winners last season. Solomon had 14 homebreds running at area racetracks and they earned $102,616 in breeder awards, with the top two earners being Invisible and Hygh Life. Stallion awards for horses that stand or stood at Pin Oak Lane were $162,981, for a total of $265,597, with his leading stallion being Offlee Wild ($35,159), followed by Albert the Great ($34,102).

* Thanks to the success of homebreds at Pennsylvania racetracks sired by her champion Smarty Jones, Patricia L. Chapman completed 2017 as the sixth-leading breeding fund award recipient. Chapman earned $162,409 in breeder awards and $94,120 in stallion awards, for a total of $256,529. Chapman’s top homebreds were Someday Jones, a multiple allowance winner and second in the Lyman Stakes at Parx Racing, and Mama Jones, who placed in the Plum Pretty Stakes and the Dr. Teresa Garofalo Memorial, both at Parx.

“I’m thrilled about my top award winners,” said Chapman. “The Pennsylvania Breeders Award program has been very good to me. I am especially happy that my top winners are homebreds, by a homebred, out of my homebred mares, and that both are trained by John Servis.”

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