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Miss Gypsy Witt to be inducted into Wisconsin Hall

January 05, 2012

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The Wisconsin Harness Horse Association will hold its awards banquet on January 21 in Madison at the Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel on East Washington Avenue. Numerous awards will be presented, including three inductions into the Wisconsin Harness Racing Hall of Fame. One of this year’s inductees will be the broodmare Miss Gypsy Witt (Horse Category).
As Castleton Farms began advertising their annual fall mixed sale, Robert Wand of Shullsburg, Wis., made plans to attend, in hopes of adding that one special broodmare to his increasingly growing band of mares. The pedigree reader began tooting the horn of Miss Gypsy Witt, a daughter of Gypsy Bret, as she entered the ring and a few short bids later, the mare, who was in foal to Falcon Seelster, was on her way back to Wisconsin where she was to spend the rest of her days.

As a racemare, she bankrolled more than $50,000 and took a mark of 1:58.2 in the mid-1980s and was quickly taken to the breeding shed which proved to be very beneficial for all.

Miss Gypsy Witt had her first foal for Robert Wand and then co-owner, David Sullivan, in 1990, right in the backyard of the Wand residence. The first of eight Wisconsin-based foals proved to be the best as Gypsy Falcon went on to earn more than $180,000 and took a mark of 1:53.3. In 1993, he paced the fastest last half of the year in the state of Wisconsin -- :59.1 at the Mineral Point Late Race Meet.

As the years went on, Miss Gypsy Witt foaled seven more horses that were trained at the rural Wisconsin training track. All made it to the races and all but one became victorious. She’s proven herself as a versatile producer (producing winners from six different stallions) and one that produces durable race horses (foals averaged more than 100 starts each).

Her Wisconsin-based foals have a combined bankroll of over a half-million dollars, and three of them each went on to earn in excess of $100,000 (Gypsy Falcon, $183,236; Wand’s High Gypsy, $121,771; and Wand’s Banjo, $103,677, currently still racing at age 7). Wand’s High Gypsy was tied for fourth in the entire United States in 2005 for the number of wins (17) in a single season.

The Wisconsin Harness Horse Association saw all eight foals race at some point on Wisconsin soil and bestowed Pacer of the Year honors to her final foal, Wand’s Banjo (2007), and Top Ten Pacing honors to Wand’s High Gypsy (2004) and Wand’s Little Gypsy (2005).

Wand Stables is now working with the second generation of Miss Gypsy Witt babies as her offspring Ancient Gypsy is the proud dam of two winners, both of which began racing at the Southwest Wisconsin Wind-Up Circuit -- Wand’s Cowgirl, 1:53.4 ($54,504) and Wand’s Little Alex, 1:51.3 ($87,214). Wand’s Little Alex is also the fifth fastest horse to be bred by a Wisconsin resident and to have been trained and raced in the State of Wisconsin at some point during their career.

Very few mares have matched the versatility and durability of Miss Gypsy Witt. She has proven her offspring competitive, not only in the State of Wisconsin, but on tracks all over the country from the Midwest to New York and even the Meadowlands in New Jersey.

For additional information regarding the WHHA banquet, all of their weekend festivities, or to book tickets to the event, contact WHHA President Gabe Wand at 608.574.5468 or e-mail gabewand@yahoo.com. (WHHA)

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