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Hill 'N' Dale Equine Holdings & Edward McGhee

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Streaming, Hollywood Starlet, 7th December 2013

Trained by Bob Baffert, Sire: Smart Strike. Dam: Teeming

Streaming’s connections liked her chances in the Hollywood Starlet enough to supplement her for $10,000 and spend another $10,000 to start. She didn’t disappoint them.

Hill ‘N’ Dale was founded originally in Canada in 1960 by the late John Sikura Jr., the father of current owner and president of Hill ‘N’ Dale in Lexington, Kentucky, John G. Sikura. Edward McGhee is John G. Sikura’s father-in-law. Hill ‘N’ Dale Canada still operates in Aurora, Ontario, where it is owned and managed by Glenn Sikura, John G.’s brother.

John Sikura Jr. emigrated from Czechoslovakia as a teen and was a self-made millionaire. He bought and sold Thoroughbreds for 35 years, establishing farms in Ontario, Canada, and in Lexington in 1981 when he purchased 164 acres.

John G. Sikura took over Hill ‘N’ Dale’s Kentucky Farm when his father was killed in a car fire in 1994. Glenn became partners in the Kentucky property when it acquired North Ridge Farm in 1967 and expanded it to 950 acres. That has now expanded to 1,300 acres.

John G. was born in Ontario and played hockey collegiately and professionally in Europe before returning to North America to join the family business.

Hill ‘N’ Dale Equine Holdings is the racing division of Hill ‘N’ Dale which is a full service breeding and sales operation. There are stars galore attached to the farm, none brighter than Seattle Slew, the only undefeated Triple Crown Champion in 1977. He spent his final days at the farm in 2002 and is buried there.

Among the stallions who have stood and/or are standing at the farm include two-time Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner Midnight Lute and undefeated 2002 Two-Year-Old Champion Vindication, who died in 2008. Candy Ride began his stallion career at Hill ‘N’ Dale before moving to Lane’s End Farm for the 2010 breeding season. The broodmares at the farm include Horse of the Year Azeri and two-time champion Silverbulletday.