Mark Weaver, whose partnership with Mike Bruscemi as Weaver Bruscemi LLC shares ownership of Breeders Crown 2-Year-Old Colt Trot champion Southwind Frank with Burke Racing Stable, Our Horse Cents Stables and J&T Silva Stables, told harnessracing.com Tuesday afternoon that an interest in the son of Muscle Hill has been sold to Adam and Chris Bowden's Diamond Creek Farm.
"I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of interest from respectable operations in purchasing an interest in Southwind Frank,” said Weaver. "People recognize his talent, not only as a breeding prospect, but also as the early favorite to win next year's Hambletonian too. I'm sure that played into a lot of interest because winning the Hambletonian is such a big goal for so many people in our sport.”
Weaver said trainer Ron Burke's Burke Racing Stable retained its full interest, but the other three entities all reduced their percentages for the sale to Diamond Creek.
"Ronnie and his family maintained their interest but the other owners all sold a percentage of their original investment,” said Weaver. "It shows he believes in the horse.”
The odds-on favorite to be voted 2015 Dan Patch Award divisional honors and a contender for Trotter of the Year and Horse of the Year accolades, Southwind Frank's Breeders Crown victory capped off a freshman year in which he won 11 of 12 starts and $786,419 in purse earnings. Southwind Frank's other victories include the $349,850 Peter Haughton Memorial, the $283,480 William Wellwood Memorial, the $100,000 New Jersey Sires Stakes final, and divisions of the Champlain and International Stallion Stakes.
Weaver said Southwind Frank will stand stallion duty at Diamond Creek Farm in Pennsylvania upon his retirement. Diamond Creek already stands the 2014 Pacer of the Year Sweet Lou, who is co-owned by Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Burke Racing Stable.
"We had a lot of interest from a lot of well-respected operations, and some of them were based on a higher valuation, but it came down to us having such a good relationship with Diamond Creek,” said Weaver. "We have our partnership with Sweet Lou so it made sense as a group to continue that. Diamond Creek will be the best place for Southwind Frank.”