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Southwind Farm buys part of Muscle Hill

December 05, 2008

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Allen and Connie Skolnick’s Southwind Farm has purchased an interest in Muscle Hill, who turned in a world record-setting 1:53.3 mile to win the Breeders Crown 2-Year-Old Colt Trot at the Meadowlands last Saturday night.


“We’re thrilled that Southwind Farm has joined the Muscle Hill team,” said Greg Peck, who has trained the colt since Tommy and Louis Pontone’s TLP Stable and Jerry Silva bought him as a yearling. Peck said Southwind purchased a \"significant interest\" in the colt.


Muscle Hill, a son of Muscles Yankee out of the American Winner mare Yankee Blondie, finished his 2008 campaign with his Breeders Crown triumph, giving him eight wins in nine starts and $817,301 in earnings for the season and making him the top contender for year-end honors. Muscle Hill’s 1:53.3 time in the Crown lowered the one-mile track world record by one-fifth of a second and was also faster than the 3-year-old colt trotters posted in Crown competition that night.


Peck said that in addition to the sale to Southwind, “we will be selling some additional shares.” He added that Bill Weaver, who has bred such top performers as Valley Victory and Chocolatier, has already purchased a share in Muscle Hill. Chocolatier stands at stud at Southwind.


Peck, who is based at White Birch Farm training center in New Jersey, said Muscle Hill will stay in training and enjoy a little turn-out time early this winter.


“This year we had to get him ready three times to accomplish our goals—the (Peter) Haughton, Lexington (where he won three straight races) and the Breeders Crown. Next year the main goal will be the Hambletonian,” Peck added.

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