Southwind acquires interest in Sportswriter
January 08, 2010
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Southwind Farms, home to world champion trotters Muscle Hill and Chocolatier, has acquired an interest in world champion Sportswriter p, 2,1:49.2 ($815,680) from owners Steve Calhoun and West Wins Stable (Casie Coleman/Ross Warriner/Zoltan Kovacs) for an undisclosed amount.
Sportswriter became the fastest 2-year-old pacer of all time when he won the $1 million Metro Pace at Mohawk on Sept. 5 in 1:49.2. His other stakes wins include the Champlain Stakes and the Nassagaweya. In all, he won 7 of 8 starts, with one second-place finish, that being his final start of the year in the Breeders Crown, where he battled All Speed Hanover the length of the stretch before dropping a nose decision. He was recently named the Dan Patch Award 2-Year-Old Colt Pacer of the Year by USHWA.
A son of Artsplace – Precious Beauty, Sportswriter will continue in the care of Casie Coleman and has recently resumed jogging. An ambitious stakes schedule is planned for 2010, with the North America Cup, Meadowlands Pace, Little Brown Jug, and Breeders Crown among his targets.
Allen Skolnick of Southwind Farms said, “We are very pleased to be partnering with Steve, Casie, Ross and Zoltan. Being a son of Artsplace and from his last crop, we at Southwind thought it was a natural fit for our program. When we inspected the horse and found that he was a mirror image of his sire, we decided to invest in his future. We are looking forward to a very successful racing campaign in 2010.” (Southwind Farm)