RACE VIDEO

Wishing Stone
2010 Kentucky Futurity
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Overview  

International trotting great Wishing Stone Tr 3, 1:51.4 ($2,215,320), the fastest and richest son of former champion trotter Conway Hall, a leading sire of trotters in North America, will again be part of the Stallions Australasia frozen sire roster.

Wishing Stone, who began his career as a two-year-old, raced with great distinction in elite company in North America and Europe throughout his career.

As a two-year-old he won $206,196, highlighted by wins in an $84,600 division of the Bluegrass Stake in 1:55, the $71,200 International Stallion Stake and a leg of the New York Sires Stake.

He took his record of 1:51.4 at three years, winning the $200,400 Kentucky Futurity, in which he defeated Lucky Chucky (1:50.8). His other major successes at 3 included the $237,000 Matron Stake and $150,000 American-National, while he finished runner-up in the Breeders Crown in a world record 1:52.4 and third in the Hambletonian.

Wishing Stone banked a healthy $948,298 in his three-year-old campaign, making him the third highest for his age, gait and sex behind only Lucky Chucky and Muscle Massive.

Wishing Stone raced almost exclusively in Europe at 4 and 5 years, winning a further five races and bankrolling almost $660,000. He numbered among his wins the Group 1 $250,000 Copenhagen Cup (2000m) in Denmark – a leg of the European Grand Circuit - in 1:54.6, the $200,000 Grand Prix du Sud Ouest (2600m) in France and the elimination and final of the prestigious Gran Premio King Gustav Stake in Sweden.

He also raced at the highest levels of competition in Italy and Norway.

Shipped back to North America in 2013, Wishing Stone smashed Varenne’s long standing record for aged trotters on a five-eighths track, winning a $50,000 Invitational at Pocono Downs in 1:51.4 and established a new race record of 1:52 annexing the $250,000 Maxie Lee Memorial at Harrah’s Philadelphia’s five furlong oval.

Ron Burke, the record-breaking trainer of Wishing Stone, said: “This horse is the best trotting stallion I have ever trained. He is great gaited and I plan to breed to him this year. He is a class act.”

Now in the top bracket as a sire Conway Hall, the sire of Wishing Stone, was one of the greatest sons of Hall of Fame trotter Garland Lobell (1:55.6), and he retired from racing with a stake tally of $818,884. Conway Hall is now the sire of 70 in 1:55, including Windsong’s Legacy (1:53), one of the greatest three-year-old trotters of all-time.

Meadowbranch Magic, the dam of Wishing Stone, was herself a $330,000 yearling and a granddaughter of the world champion and millionaire trotting mare Davidia Hanover (1:56).

Meadowbranch Magic (by Valley Victory) has left six foals for six winners, four in 1:55 and five $100,000 winners. Besides Wishing Stone, she left a top flight trotter in Make It Happen 1:54.8 ($947,829), now a sought after stallion in Europe, the Hambletonian Oaks heat winner Jersey Gal (1:54.2) and others in Man Of Action (1:57.6) and Magic Carpet Ride (1:54.4).

Wishing Stone has an 80 percent winners-to-foals strike from four small crops in Australia and New Zealand.

 

 

Progeny

Wishing Stone in North America is the sire of 63 winners, 45 in 2:00, 8 in 1:55, 13 $100,000 winners with earnings of $4,415,620, including:

LAND OF STONE 3, 1:53.2, $586,252. Ohio Sires Stakes 3YO (Lindy Lane)

U NEED STONES 1:53, $241,075, New Jersey Sire Stakes 2YO (SJ’s Caviar)

SHOSHIE DEO 3, 1:53.8, $230,511, New Jersey Futurity, Harold Dancer Memorial (Daquet Rapide)

STONE IN LOVE 3, 1:56.2, $222,206 (Cantab Hall)

TAKE A WISH 1:55.2, $219,903, New Jersey Sire Stakes 3YO (SJ’s Caviar)

WADING BOOTS 3, 1:55, $151,380 (SJ’s Caviar)

STARS AN STONES 1:56, $151,322 (Tom Ridge)

CUMBERLAND GAP 3, 1:57, $132,906 (Dream Vacation)

DIAMONDSTONE US 3, 1:58.2, $123,767 (Andover Hall)

LOCKBOX 2, 1:55.4, $122,020 (Master Glide)

In Australia and New Zealand Wishing Stone is the sire of:

ZAREM 2:00.1, $95,990, 2nd Vicbred 2YO ht, 3rd Tatlow, 3rd Vic Platinum 3YO Home Grown Classic (Keystone Salute)

ARCHLEO 3, 2:02, $72,320, Vicbred 3YO heat (2nd in Final), 3rd Vicbred 2YO ht, 3rd The Holmfield (Ganymede)

CYCLONE S ADAMS 2:00.9, $60,820 (Safely Kept)

PHOEBE ONYX 2:04.9, $54,481 (Monarchy)

KEAYANG NINJA 2, 1:58.9, $53,130, Vic Platinum Home Grown 2YO Classic (Keystone Crosby)

NO BIGGIE 2:00.8, $37,675 (Continentalman)

VENKMAN 3, 2:02.3, $36,560 (Sundon)

SKY EAGLE 3, 1:56.5, $36,055, 2nd Platinum 2YO Home Grown Classic (Conch Deville)

STRONG DESIRE 3, 2:03, $35,754, NSW Foundation Series 2YO Final (Buvetier D’Aunou)

Pedigree

Service Fee

Aust. $3,300 inc. GST; NZ $1,800 + GST