Hoof Beats Magazine

DEC 2017

Official magazine of the U.S. Trotting Association, covering harness racing and the Standardbred horse.

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Image, $304,538). Peace A Pie was also a full sister to Choco- late Layered ($167,306). Beside Pizza Dolce, who was named 2002 Dan Patch 2-Year-Old Filly Trotter of the Year, Peace A Pie produced Mars Bar (Malabar Man, $390,176), Big Stick Lindy (Con- way Hall, $236,176), and The Lindy Treaty (Conway Hall, $188,422). Quillo Prolific broodmare and Illinois Harness Racing Hall of Famer Quillo was euthanized in May 2017 at Last Hurrah Stables after ongoing health complications. She was 24. The daughter of Trottin' Happy – Arsenals Dynasty nota- bly produced the great racehorse and sire Kadabra 4,1:51.3 ($1,806,779), as well as the Illinois champion Lifes A Holiday 1:54 ($721,659). From 10 foals of racing age, Quillo's off- spring amassed over $2.8 million in earnings and more than 100 victories. Quillo was bred by Homer Miller and Dennis Yoder. She was a $10,000 yearling purchase in 1994 by the great harness racing ambassador Beulah Dygert. Quillo never raced after she suffered a career-ending fall at Maywood Park. Following health complications, Beulah Dygert gifted Quillo to the Hochstetler family. The gift turned into a life-changing moment for Connie and Homer Hoch- stetler as Lifes A Holiday and Kadabra brought the racing stable to new heights. Both of the sons of Quillo are Illinois Harness Racing Hall of Famers. "Quillo was the most precious gift we have ever received," said Connie Hochstetler. "She truly changed our lives, and Quillo has altered the course of harness racing with her off- spring. We are very blessed to have had her in our lives." Quillo's final offspring is a yearling RC Royalty filly named Lady Rapidash, named after a Pokémon character just like the great Kadabra. Super Pleasure Super Pleasure 3,1:58f ($827,238) died on May 26, 2017. Bred and owned during his racing career by Bob Key and John Glesmann, the son of Super Bowl – B J's Pleasure won 15 out of 39 career starts as a freshman and sophomore in 1990-'91. He went on to stand stud in Ontario for two decades and produced 607 foals, with 411 total starters, who banked more than $18.4 million. His co-fastest and richest offspring was Rama's Pleasure 1:53.1s ($1,057,776). Tune Town Well-known Delaware Standardbred Tune Town, 24, died Nov. 18, 2016, due to the complications of old age. Tune Town, who was retired from breeding in 2013, lived out his final days at Safe Haven Farms in Ellendale, Del. "Everybody remembers him as the incredible racehorse he was," said his owner, Rhonda Owens-Whitehouse. Tune Town, by Big Towner – Paris Song, won 25 races in his six-year career on the track. He was the Dan Patch Award Older Pacing Horse of the Year and Nova Award Older Pacer of the Year in 1997. He took his mark of 1:49.1 at age 5 and earned $1,098,140 in his career. In a decade in the breeding shed, he sired 120 foals, 74 of whom made it to the races. Stand- out performers include Dina's Gamble p,1:50.3f ($521,507), Fine-Tuner p,1:50.1 ($184,814), and Tuneariffic p,1:50.2 ($277,511). Owens-Whitehouse, who managed Tune Town's breeding career, said that while he was initially one of the most difficult stallions she'd ever worked with, they came to understand each other. She discovered the subtleties—his interest in entering the breeding shed only after seeing a favorite paint mare, his penchant for strawberry Pop-tarts—that made him easier to work with and came to appreciate his character. "He became part of the family," she said. "We spoiled him rotten." And she didn't even know Tune Town in his days as a champion pacer. Through the years, however, she's heard various horsemen recount his victories on the track. She said driver Ron Pierce even called to offer his condolences when the horse died. Tune Town, who was trained by Andrew Kovath for An- thony Cotroneo (they were also the co-breeders), raced 115 times and earned more than $1 million in his career. Though he didn't race as a 2-year-old and made just one start as a 3-year-old, between 1996 and 2000 Tune Town won 25 rac- es and earned $1,097,390. Four years in a row he exceeded $100,000 in earnings, racing against horses like Western Dreamer, Red Bow Tie, and Pacific Fella in the U.S. Pacing Championship, the Canadian Pacing Derby, the American- National, and other events for older pacers. "He made a million the hard way," Owens-Whitehouse said. "He went sub-1:50 miles before it was hardly heard of." HOOF BEATS DECEMBER 2017 39 Tune Town with Jack Moiseyev

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