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 be an exciting addition to the ranks of trotting stallions.

Wishing Stone, a compact, brown stallion foaled in 2007, is standing his first season at the renowned Deo Volente Farms in New Jersey. He is also breeding a strong book of mares in Europe this year via frozen semen.

At the end of the northern hemisphere stud season Wishing Stone will be put back into work to again lock horns with the top trotters in United States and Canada to add to his already prestigious racing resume.

Wishing Stone, who began his career as a two-year-old, has 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).

Progeny

Wishing Stone is standing his first season at stud in 2014

Pedigree

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$5,500 incl. GST in Aust; $5,000 + GST in NZ.