It’s true I get extremely excited when I see fillies from the world’s best families entered into the Neds-Apg sales each year. While Lot 196 maybe by the greatest sire every to stand in Australasia, I’m even more intoxicated by the wonderful and truly outstanding family she is from.

Although North America has around 3,000 recorded families, one seems to be leading the way in the modern era, especially on the latest release of Harness Racing Living Hall Of Fame List.

The  U7 – Miss Duvall family has a staggering 7 living greats on the list (this is the same magnificent  family as Lots 139 & 196).

Fan Hanover 1978 F U7 – Miss Duvall Albatross Bret Hanover
Perfect Profile 1990 F U7 – Miss Duvall Nihilator Big Towner
Bunny Lake 1998 F U7 – Miss Duvall Precious Bunny Abercrombie
Eternal Camnation 1997 F U7 – Miss Duvall Cam Fella Nihilator
Western Ideal 1995 Colt U7 – Miss Duvall Western Hanover Abercrombie
Art Major 1999 Colt U7 – Miss Duvall Artsplace Nihilator
Captaintreacherous 2010 Colt U7 – Miss Duvall Somebeachsomewhere Artsplace

If we take a quick look at each of the bio’s from the Harness Museum of the Stallions above, it’s clear to many just how special these stars are.

Western Ideal U7 – Miss Duvall

Western Ideal Bred by Brittany Farms, world champion pacer Western Ideal was foaled on May 23, 1995 in Versailles, Kentucky, and raced in 1997, 1999 and 2000. As a five-year-old in 2000, trained by Brett Pelling and driven by Mike Lachance, Western Ideal won the Breeders Crown, William R. Haughton Memorial, Canadian Pacing Derby and the Graduate Series. In his Breeders Crown victory, Western Ideal set a world record 1:48 for a five-year-old and older Standardbreds on a mile track. He was voted 2000 Dan Patch Older Pacing Horse of the Year.

As a stallion, Western Ideal has sired winners of over $150 million, with 382 $100,000 winners and 16 millionaires to date. They include the 2005 Horse of the Year and Hall of Fame Immortal Rocknroll Hanover p,3,1:48.3 ($2,754,038); 2009 Adios winner and world champion Vintage Master p,4,1:48.1f ($2,160,953); 2010 Matron Stakes winner and world champion Krispy Apple p,6,1:48.4f ($1,905,676); 2005 Woodrow Wilson winner Western Ace p,4,1:48.4 ($1,891,133); New Jersey Sire Stakes star Dial Or Nodial p,5,1:48.3f ($1,764,975); 2014 Two-Year-Old Pacing Colt of the Year Artspeak p,3,1:47.4 ($1,628,762); and 2010 Two-Year-Old Pacing Colt of the Year and world champion Big Jim p,2,1:49.1s ($1,541,924).

Western Ideal has sired three sub-1:48 pacers – world champion American Ideal p,3,1:47.4 ($786,055), winner of the 2005 Confederation Cup and Tattersalls Pace; 2014 Dan Patch and O’Brien Two-Year-Old Pacing Colt of the Year Artspeak p,3,1:47.4 ($1,628,762); and 2013 Breeders Crown winner Luck Be Withyou p,5,1:47.4f ($1,454,166).

As a broodmare sire, Western Ideal has sired the dams of winners of over $65 million to date, with 9 millionaires (listed below): 2014 Dan Patch and O’Brien Three-Year-Old Pacing Colt of the Year, world champion Mcwicked p,3,1:47.3f ($5,103,271) as the best.

Mcwicked 2011 5,103,271 USD Western Sahara Mcardle
Bettor’s Wish 2016 2,781,240 USD Lifetime Star Bettor’s Delight
This Is The Plan 2015 2,574,742 USD Thats The Plan Somebeachsomewhere
State Treasurer 2009 2,072,450 USD Ideal Treasure Real Desire
Lyons Sentinel 2017 2,016,472 USD Tutu Hanover Captaintreacherous
Fear The Dragon 2014 1,720,297 USD Armbro Cinnamon Dragon Again
See You At Peelers 2008 1,566,900 USD West Side Glory Bettor’s Delight
Jimmy Freight 2015 1,457,405 USD Allamerican Summer Sportswriter
Solar Sister 2012 1,177,468 USD Cabrini Hanover Mach Three

Bred by Brittany Farms of Versailles, Kentucky, pacing horse Art Major was foaled on June 11, 1999 and has a lifetime race record of 49-32-7-2. His primary driver and trainer were John Campbell and William Robinson respectively.

Art Major U7 – Miss Duvall

In 2002, three-year-old Art Major finished on the board in 25 of 31 starts with 20 wins. Victories included the Breeders Crown, Hoosier Cup, Cane Pace, Progress Pace, Confederation Cup, James Dancer Memorial, Tattersalls Pace and Bluegrass. His earnings of $1,562,779 were the most of any Standardbred in 2002 and he was voted Dan Patch and O’Brien Three-Year-Old Pacing Colt of the Year.

Four-year-old Art Major won 8 of 11 starts with 3 seconds in 2003. Major victories included the Breeders Crown, Canadian Pacing Derby and U.S. Pacing Championship. Ranked fourth in earnings for all Standardbreds in 2003 with $1,082,930, Art Major was voted Dan Patch and O’Brien Older Pacing Horse of the Year.

As a stallion, Art Major has sired winners of over $200,000,000 with 12 millionaires, including world champion Art Official p,3,1:47 ($2,082,885), winner of the 2008 Meadowlands Pace, Hoosier Cup and Cane Pace; 2014 North America Cup winner JK Endofanera p,3,1:48.2 ($2,049,580); world champion Hypnotic Blue Chip p,4,1:47.2 ($1,787,311), winner of the 2010 U.S. Pacing Championship; and 2007 Breeders Crown and Governor’s Cup winner Santanna Blue Chip p,9,1:51s ($1,666,701).

As a broodmare sire, Art Major is clearly leading the way with an incredible 19 stars that have won north of $500,000.

Tall Dark Stranger 2017 2,365,549 USD Precocious Beauty Bettor’s Delight
Soho Tribeca 2012 1,103,374 AUD Pixel Perfect American Ideal
Fire Start Hanover 2018 1,032,772 USD Fit To Frame Somebeachsomewhere
Divine Caroline 2012 959,588 USD Loving Caroline Rock N Roll Heaven
Jk Will Power 2013 891,162 USD Whats New Pussycat Somebeachsomewhere
Jk First Lady 2017 889,880 USD Jk Shesalady Western Ideal
Lakeisha Hall 2013 824,265 USD Lantana Hall Third Straight
Big Top Hanover 2013 798,264 USD Blind Ambition Western Ideal
Hickfromfrenchlick 2016 698,377 USD My Girls A Star So Surreal
Melmerby Beach 2011 689,875 USD Db Blue Chip Somebeachsomewhere
Max Delight 2015 665,840 AUD Lady Euthenia Bettor’s Delight
Validus Deo 2010 644,088 USD Madam Countess Lis Mara
Gratian Hanover 2012 621,056 USD Gray Major Western Ideal
Soto 2012 617,115 USD Incredible Beauty Rock N Roll Heaven
Big Boy Dreams 2011 580,146 USD Stefani Blue Chip If I Can Dream
Captain Barbossa 2017 578,494 USD Swinging Beauty Captaintreacherous
Beautyonthebeach 2016 554,567 USD Precocious Beauty Somebeachsomewhere
Whichwaytothebeach 2018 550,469 USD Swinging Beauty Somebeachsomewhere
American Courage 2018 539,122 USD Nota Fool Bluechip American Ideal

Captaintreacherous U7 – Miss Duvall

Bred by White Birch Farm in Allentown, New Jersey, two-time Pacer of the Year Captaintreacherous was foaled on February 17, 2010 and has a lifetime race record of 33-23-5-2. He was driven by Tim Tetrick and trained by Tony Alagna.

In 2012, two-year-old Captaintreacherous finished on the board in all of his 10 starts, winning 8 and earning $918,253. Victories included the Metro Pace, Woodrow Wilson and Nassagaweya. The leading money winning two-year-old Standardbred of 2012, he was voted Dan Patch Pacer of the Year and Dan Patch and O’Brien Two-Year-Old Pacing Colt of the Year.

Three-year-old Captaintreacherous earned $2,055,033 while winning 13 of 16 starts including the Breeders Crown, North America Cup, Meadowlands Pace, Hempt Memorial, Cane Pace, American-National, Tattersalls Pace and the Bluegrass. He was voted 2013 Dan Patch Pacer of the Year and Three-Year-Old Pacing Colt of the Year. Captaintreacherous was the leading money winning Standardbred of 2013.

As a four-year-old in 2014, Captaintreacherous earned $175,371 in seven starts, including a victory in the Meadowlands Maturity. He retired as the 9th leading single-season money winning pacer of all time.

As a sire in NA, Treacherous has set the bar too high for others to compete with him, his top 17 are as follows.

Lyons Sentinel 2017 2,016,472 USD Tutu Hanover Western Ideal
Captain Crunch 2016 1,725,495 USD Sweet Paprika Artiscape
Catch The Fire 2017 1,263,069 USD Dream Outloud Bettor’s Delight
Tall Drink Hanover 2016 1,053,023 USD Take Into Account The Panderosa
Allywag Hanover 2017 1,024,945 USD Anderosa Hanover The Panderosa
Blue Diamond Eyes 2018 1,012,264 USD Aria Hanover Well Said
Treacherous Reign 2016 994,147 USD Scandalous Hanover Dragon Again
Rocknificent 2017 986,854 USD Rocklamation Rocknroll Hanover
Party Girl Hill 2017 932,545 USD Look Cheap Geartogear
Reflect With Me 2017 928,892 USD Remember When Camluck
Workin Ona Mystery 2016 741,829 USD Dragons Tale Dragon Again
Capt Midnight 2017 662,286 USD It Was Fascination American Ideal
Captain Barbossa 2017 578,494 USD Swinging Beauty Art Major
Marloe Hanover 2017 577,559 USD Mesmerize Bluechip Sportswriter
De Los Cielos Deo 2016 559,369 USD Lisjune Camluck
Chase H Hanover 2018 516,250 USD Calgary Hanover Western Ideal
Blue Ivy 2016 508,910 USD Ali Blue American Ideal

The total List U7 – Miss Duvall family members with earnings over $1,000,000 are:

Eternal Camnation F U7 $3,748,574 Cam Fella Nihilator
Mr Feelgood M U7 $3,365,757 Grinfromeartoear Jate Lobell
Captaintreacherous M U7 $3,023,286 Somebeachsomewhere Artsplace
Bunny Lake F U7 $2,843,476 Precious Bunny Abercrombie
Art Major M U7 $2,727,224 Artsplace Nihilator
Downbytheseaside M U7 $2,179,558 Somebeachsomewhere Allamerican Native
Chancey Lady F U7 $2,072,092 Camluck Artsplace
Dancin Yankee M U7 $1,969,987 Yankee Cruiser Cambest
Life Sign M U7 $1,912,454 Abercrombie Albatross
Worldly Beauty F U7 $1,900,255 Artsplace Nihilator
American Jewel F U7 $1,840,565 American Ideal Camluck
Western Fame M U7 $1,726,975 Western Ideal Artiscape
Robust Hanover M U7 $1,613,667 Warm Breeze Meadow Skipper
Caviart Ally F U7 $1,585,716 Bettors Delight No Nukes
See You at Peelers F U7 $1,573,260 Bettors Delight Western Ideal
Sportswriter M U7 $1,566,460 Artsplace Jate Lobell
Bettors Wish M U7 $1,561,000 Bettors Delight Western Ideal
Big Jim M U7 $1,529,924 Western Ideal Big Towner
Western Ideal M U7 $1,455,422 Western Hanover Abercrombie
Luck Be Withyou M U7 $1,454,166 Western Ideal Camluck
Chairmanoftheboard M U7 $1,341,823 Meadow Skipper Race Time
Quality Western M U7 $1,292,528 Western Hanover Abercrombie
Camille F U7 $1,276,532 Camluck Artsplace
Dynamic Youth G U7 $1,229,372 Bettors Delight Western Hanover
DM Dilinger M U7 $1,226,789 Camluck Striking Force
Metropolitan M U7 $1,175,630 The Panderosa Artsplace
Noble Falcon G U7 $1,156,936 Nobleland Sam Albert Albert
Caramore M U7 $1,129,411 Jolly Roger Adios Ronnie
Hes Watching M U7 $1,116,450 American Ideal Real Desire
Always At My Place G U7 $1,108,120 Always a Virgin Artsplace
Arts Virtue F U7 $1,100,639 Artsplace No Nukes
Fancy Filly F U7 $1,080,806 Western Hanover Artsplace
Tucson Hanover M U7 $1,072,623 Albatross Bret Hanover
Naughty But Nice F U7 $1,062,197 Meadow Skipper Bret Hanover
Speed Again G U7 $1,058,239 Dragon Again Matts Scooter
Leah Almahurst F U7 $1,053,201 Abercrombie Meadow Skipper
Feeling You F U7 $1,028,496 Cambest Artsplace
Code Word M U7 $1,026,623 Western Terror Northern Luck
Nadia Lobell F U7 $1,007,119 No Nukes Albatross
Rum Customer M U7 $1,001,548 Poplar Byrd Knight Dream


John Coffey has been inspecting all of the Victorian yearlings over the last few months and will be pleased to answer any questions that you may have on the individuals featuring in the sale, or to bid on your behalf.  John can be contacted on 0418 500 211.

Corinna Davey (Sales Executive – VIC/TAS ) for International Animal Health  will be on hand to select and to award the most sort after garland and product prizes for the best presented filly and colt. This is going to be a hotly contested event and should not be missed.

Please contact Linda Graham on 0428 955 998 or via email and she’ll be pleased to assist you with your online registrations, pre- bidding sale approvals or to answer any other questions that you may have on your travel and accommodation needs.