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STUD STALLION REVIEW 2013
Adversity brings opportunity
Betterthancheddar, a world record holding son of Bettor's Delight standing at Alabar
It is said that one person's misfortune is
This is certainly the case for the two new
stallions standing at Alabar's New Zealand
farm this season.
A multiple world record holder, and
Bettor's Delight's fastest and richest entire
son, Betterthancheddar had a busy
summer of racing planned -- hopefully
culminating in a world record on the one
mile circuit at Lexington to go with his
world records on the half and five-eighths
Instead, his race career tragically came to
an abrupt end on 29 June this year. When
defending his crown in the $500,000 Ben
Franklin, he blasted to the lead from gate
seven -- with a first quarter in 25.8 on a
wet, boggy track - and then took a trail
before being posted three back on the rail.
He never saw daylight and finished hard-
held behind the leaders. Tragically he
appeared to take a bad step on pulling up,
virtually tearing his suspensory from the
Betterthancheddar became a superstar as
a three-year-old. In just his third start he
sent out a signal for what was to come,
winning in 1:49.4 by half the length of the
straight with a last half in 53 seconds.
In 2012, Betterthancheddar handled the
huge jump from three-year-old racing to
taking on the free-for-all ranks as a four-
year-old with ease, winning nine from
eleven and blasting out two World Records.
Overall, he recorded 19 wins and 9 placings
in 33 starts for a bankroll of $1,634.314.
His major victories were in the $500,000
Breeders Crown, $225,000 American
National Stake, $342,000 Cane Pace and
$175,000 Windy City Pace as a three-year-
old and the $500,000 Ben Franklin Final
and $216,500 Bobby Quillen Memorial as a
Betterthancheddar was trained throughout
his career by leading North American
trainer Casie Coleman, who said ''I really
swore this was the fastest, most talented
horse I have ever had in my care and I
really thought on a perfect day with the
fractions set up right we would see
Cheddar set a world record.''
As a son of champion sire Bettor's Delight
from the Camtastic mare Lady Ashlee Ann
(the dam of 8 in 1:55), Betterthancheddar
is bred 3x3 to Cam Fella and boasts the
rare distinction of having both his sire and
his dam in the Hall Of Fame.
The other opportunity presented to
breeders through adversity is New
Zealand's own Auckland Reactor -- a
stallion who had a truly wonderful career -
but plenty of misfortune along the way as
This misfortune means that the son of
Mach Three (a champion sire and sire of
sires including Somebeachsomewhere) will
be available to breeders at a much lower
fee than would otherwise have been the
This has been recognised by breeders on
both sides of the Tasman as Auckland
Reactor is being flocked with bookings.
After all, this is a horse who won his first
17 starts in a row -- 24 of his first 27 starts.
The quickest New Zealand horse ever to
get to $1 million in earnings.
Auckland Reactor arrived in the big time
with a bang in winning the Group 1 NZ Sires
Stakes 3yo Final, kicking away after sitting
three wide without cover for the last 1000
metres. This was the start of a dominating
two seasons where he blitzed the
opposition in six further Group 1's -- the NZ
Derby (NZ Record), NZ Free-For-All (NZ
Record), Auckland Cup, Taylor Mile, NZ
Messenger (Race Record) and NZ Jewels
In Southland he will be remembered for his
astonishing win in the Southern
Supremacy where he cleared away to
victory with a 54 second last half and a
25.9 second final quarter.
Remarkably he has five sub-26 second final
quarters and nine sub-55 second final
halves (one in sub-54) on his record.
In total, Auckland Reactor won 21 Group
races. He was the New Zealand Horse of
the Year as both a three and four year old.
Champion trainer Mark Purdon said ''He's
the best horse I'd trained''.
These two outstanding stallion prospects
join the Alabar flagships -- Art Major,
Courage Under Fire, Grinfromeartoear and
The Alabar ranks are also bolstered this
year by the return to New Zealand of
Majestic Son -- the stallion that absolutely
dominated the juvenile trotting ranks last
season with the likes of One Over Da Moon,
Daenery's Targaryen and Not About The
Money in New Zealand and I'm Stately in
Majestic Son's return has been eagerly
awaited by the trotting breeders of
Australasia and his book is already virtually
The 2013 North America two-year-old
season has also brought great excitement
to the team at Alabar as the first crops of
Art Official, Mister Big and Shadow Play
have been making a real impact. Shadow
Play is the second overall leading sire of
two-year-olds in North America and Art
Official and Mister Big have both already
sired multiple stakes winners.
Of the other resident sires, Gotta Go
Cullect has made a promising start to his
siring career with three winners to date
including the talented Offtocullect. Gotta
Go Cullect should be in for an excellent
year with his first crop of three-year-olds
Panspacificflight crossing well
Paco Labrook, by Panspacificflight,
sizzled over one mile in 1:48.4 at Scioto
Downs in Ohio last weekend. The time
broke Gallo Blue Chip's 13-year-old track
Panspacificflight is crossing well with a
variety of mares but like most sires is
clicking especially with daughters of
He also crosses very well with Presidential
Ball mares, like Paco Labrook, who last
weekend paced 1.48.4 to break Gallo Blue
Chip's 13-year-old track record at Scioto
Downs in Ohio. Paco's mare is by
Panspacificflight offers you access to a
horse with amazing sire and pedigree from
the noted Miss Duval family responsible for
sires such as American ideal, Art Major,
Life Sign, Real Artist and Western ideal.
Plus, you get the added bonus of being the
immediate family of current world star
Captain Treacherous who is rated number
one harness horse in the world right now.
This coming season in the USA there will
be 190 2-year-old's from mares served by
Panspacificflight. This was a result of his
first crop of 2-year-old's achieving well
making him a champion sire.
Brent and Sheree have enjoyed their first
five years at Macca Lodge and have built
on the services that were available to
encompass a One-Stop-Shop from
breeding through to breaking-in, pre-
training and preparing yearlings for sale.
They believe in the Harness Racing
industry wholeheartedly and are always
striving to promote both the breeding
aspect and the fun of racing a horse.
Paco gives families amazing ride
Paco Labrook with the Baucher family: Bret Baucher, left, his daughters Brooke, left,
and Bryn and father Jim.
Paco Labrook, by Panspacificflight, is
owned by Jim Baucher and his family
of Celina, Ohio.
The Bauchers bought Paco Labrook
privately after the Indiana Downs meetings
finished in November.
The gelding transferred to trainer-driver
Brad Hanners who at the time, was at
Dover Delaware racing a team at Dover
Downs for the winter.
After Dover closed, Paco Labrook was
aimed at meetings at Hoosier Park and
Scioto Downs for the spring, summer and
Baucher's son, Bret, told The Southland
Times this week that Paco Labrook was the
''alpha male'' in Hanners' barn.
''Paco loves to do his job and win races.
He can definitely be a handful at times and
that attitude is what he takes with him to
the track and makes him such a great
racehorse. He does love to be fed apple
treats, but otherwise would rather be left
alone while in his stall.
''Paco has given the Baucher and Hanners
families an amazing ride that we are so
grateful to be a part of.
''He gives his all every race and it has
culminated with the track record at Scioto
Downs in 1:48.4.''
Panspacificflight is a resident sire at
Schwartz Boarding Farm, which is 30
minutes by road from Bret Baucher's
Panspacificflight Fact File
Top Money Earners
Paco Labrook, 1.48.4, $501,228
GD Airliner, 1.50.2, $359,000
Flight Elal, 1.52, $557,000
Fridaynightflight, 1.52, $537,000
Pacific Sun Rae, 1.51.4, $285,000
Ashleys N Flight, 1.52.4, $275,000
Will Panout, 1.53.2 , $235,000
151 starters in USA
103 winners -- 68 2-year-old winners
Average earnings per foal - $29,930
Total earnings - $US6,956,948.
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