Hollywood’s Hits: 10 great siring feats in honor of Father’s Day
10. Meadow Skipper siring, grand-siring or great-grandsiring the entire 12-horse field in the sport’s first $2 million dollar race — the 1980 Woodrow Wilson won by his son Land Grant. Every finalist traced back to the legendary Meadow Skipper, who died January 28, 1982.
9. Carl and Rod Allen teaming up to win the 1992 Meadowlands Pace with Carlsbad Cam.
8. Cam Fella siring the winner of the Meadowlands Pace four straight years: 1991 – Precious Bunny; 1992 – Carlsbad Cam; 1993 – Presidential Ball; 1994 – Cams Card Shark. Oddly, guess which race marked the very last time Cam Fella missed hitting the board? The 1982 Meadowlands Pace eliminations. He was seventh.
7. Dragon Again ($2.343 million) and Foiled Again on the verge of $10 million combined lifetime for sire and son.
6. Muscles Yankee siring the winner of three straight Hambletonian winners in 2008-2009-2010 in Deweycheatumnhowe, Muscle Hill and Muscle Massive.
5. Albatross (1972), Niatross (1980) and Nihilator (1985). Three generations — all father-son — each retired as both the richest and the fastest pacer of all time.
4. Stars Pride siring the winners of five out of six Hambletonians
3. Valley Victory selling the six highest-ticketed yearlings of 1996 — and eight of the top nine.
2. Valley Victory getting every check in the 1996 Stanley Dancer (then called the Beacon Course): Lindy Lane – Continentalvictory – Act Of Grace – Mr Vic and Pietro Pan.
1. Oregon, age 13 besting Zealot, age 7, in a Meadowlands race. Father and son horses in the same race on Father’s Day Sunday at the Meadowlands in 1991. This year marks the 25th anniversary of that once-in-a-generation scenario. Bill O’Donnell drove the winner and the exacta was $64.