Muscle Hill, Real Desire elected to Hall of Fame
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Stallions must rank among the 10 all-time leading money-winning sires at their gait or have sired at least 100 $200,000 winners or been a leading money-winning sire at his gait in three or more seasons.
Broodmares are automatically elected if they have produced a $1 million winner and two other winners of $500,000 or produced a Harness Horse of the Year (US and/or Canada) and another $500,000 winner.
The 2016 Living Horse Hall of Fame inductees
(nominated as racehorse)
2,1:53.3; 3,1:50.1 ($3,273,342) Bay Horse, 2006
(Muscles Yankee-Yankee Blondie-American Winner)
World champion trotter Muscle Hill raced in 2008-2009 and owns a lifetime record of 21-20-1-0. He continues to rank as the leading single-season money-winning Standardbred ($2,456,041) of all time.
Muscle Hill finished second in his freshman debut, a New Jersey Sire Stakes event, but never lost another race. Major 2-year-old wins included the Peter Haughton Memorial, Bluegrass, International Stallion Stakes and the Breeders Crown, where he set a world record 1:53.3 for 2-year-old trotting colts on a mile track. Muscle Hill finished the season with earnings of $817,301 and was voted 2008 Dan Patch 2-year-old Trotting Colt of the Year.
Muscle Hill was undefeated in 12 starts as a 3-year-old in 2009. Major victories included the Hambletonian, Canadian Trotting Classic, Breeders Crown, World Trotting Derby, Kentucky Futurity and American-National. His world record-equaling Hambletonian (1:50.1) is still the fastest ever. Muscle Hill's efforts earned him the titles of 2009 Dan Patch and O'Brien Horse of the Year, Dan Patch Trotter of the Year, and 2009 Dan Patch and O'Brien 3-year-old Trotting Colt of the Year. Muscle Hill was the first trotter to win Horse of the Year after an unbeaten season.
With three crops racing, Muscle Hill has sired the winners of more than $14 million, including 2014 Hambletonian winner Trixton 3,1:50.3 ($947,057) and Breeders Crown and Hambletonian elimination winner, world champion Mission Brief 2,1:50.3 ($1,426,687).
(nominated as racehorse)
p,4,1:48.2 ($3,159,814) Bay Horse, 1998
(Life Sign – Deadly Desire - Troublemaker)
In three racing seasons (2000-2002), pacer Real Desire amassed more than $3 million, clocked nine sub-1:50 victories and was honored with Horse of the Year awards in both the United States and Canada. At the time of his retirement, Real Desire was ranked third among the leading money-winning pacers of all time and is currently ranked 13th. He recorded 25 wins out of 40 starts, finishing off the board only twice in his career.
As a 2 year old in 2000, Real Desire was victorious in eight of his 10 starts, including a division of the Champlain Stakes, the Nassagaweya Stake and the Kentucky Sire Stakes final, where he set a 1:50.4 world record mile for 2-year-old pacers.
During his 2001 sophomore season Real Desire continued to show brilliance with wins in the Meadowlands Pace, the Hoosier Cup, a division of the Bluegrass and the Breeders Crown final. He closed the season with a 17-7-7-2 record and earnings of $1,646,036 that have kept him among the top 20 single-season money-winning pacers of all time.
Real Desire's 2002 four-year-old season included wins at his second Breeders Crown final, the Canadian Pacing Derby and the U.S. Pacing Championship. He finished the season with a 13-10-1-1 record and $1,059,790 in earnings, and was elected 2002 Horse of the Year and Pacing Horse of the Year in both the U.S. and Canada.
In 2008, Real Desire was inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame.
As a stallion, Real Desire has total North American foal earnings of more than $52 million, with 305 in 1:55 and 151 $100,000 winners. He is the sire of 2015 Dan Patch Pacing Horse, Canadian Pacing Derby and U.S. Pacing Championship winner State Treasurer p,1:47 ($1,804,358) and 2007 Little Brown Jug and North America Cup winner Tell All p,3,1:48.3 ($1,509,227). Real Desire is the broodmare sire of 2013 Dan Patch 2-year-old Pacing Colt of the Year and 2014 Meadowlands Pace winner, world champion He's Watching p,3,1:46.4 ($1,116,450).
p,4,1:53.2 ($143,945) Bay Mare, 1992
Troublemaker – Kawartha Quality – Southampton V
Broodmare Arl's Troublemaker was foaled on Jan. 27, 1992 in Cream Ridge, N.J. Bred by Bernard Foti, Arl's Troublemaker raced from 1994 to 1998, earning $143,945.
The progeny that qualified Arl's Troublemaker for the Hall of Fame are Art Maker p,1:49.1 ($1,036,217), Stock Market Wiz p,1:49.3 ($739,283) and Breakin The Law p,1:49.4 ($504,932).
To date, Arl's Troublemaker has produced seven fillies and six colts, with 11 starters and earnings of $2,630,432. (Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame)