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Welcome to issue #16 of Insider Access.

Released every 2 weeks, Insider Access showcases insider rumors and commentary in the worldwide harness racing industry.

Each issue includes an exclusive Stallion review not available anywhere else - this week we review Angus Hall.

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Winners announced in "Win The Wheels Contest"

The winners have been randomly selected in Harnesslink’s "Win The Wheels Contest" that ran throughout the entire month of October.

The first twelve winners selected won either a set of Razorhorse shoes www.razerhorse.com, or a five pound pail of Lifeline Horse Supplement www.horse.watchthemthrive.com/horses/elite/ and anyone who lives in an area that cannot accept those prizes will get a $100 Amazon.com gift certificate.

The thirteenth name drawn is the Grand Prize winner and they will receive a set of Forward Motion Technology’s state of the art race bike wheels in the color of their choice forwardmotiontechnologies.com.

The prize winners range from all around the world with winners in the USA, Canada, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

The Grand Prize winner is Bob Carson of Ohio in the USA. Bob is a freelance writer who specializes in baseball and harness racing. He currently writes his "Outside the Box" column for the United States Trotting Association and in 2012 was a finalist for the prestigious national Stan Bergstein Horse Racing Writing Award.

Bob Carson

Here are the prize winners by name and which prize they won.

  1. Jeska Davis of New Zealand (RazorHorse Shoes)
  2. Craig Grummel of USA (Lifeline Horse Supplement)
  3. Kris Wolfe of USA (RazorHorse Shoes)
  4. Deborah Quinlan of USA (Lifeline Horse Supplement)
  5. Wayne Lebda of USA (RazorHorse Shoes)
  6. Jack Worley of USA (Lifeline Horse Supplement)
  7. Alister Thompson of Australia (RazorHorse Shoes)
  8. Doug Ross of USA (Lifeline Horse Supplement)
  9. John Coffey of Australia (RazorHorse Shoes)
  10. Ryan Dokas of New Zealand (Lifeline Horse Supplement)
  11. Dean Lewis of Canada (RazorHorse Shoes)
  12. Al Burdick of Germany (Lifetime Horse Supplement)
  13. Bob Carson of USA (Won the set of race bike wheels)

Keep checking the Insider Access newsletter and Harnesslink as we will soon have another great contest for everyone to enter!

Top tracks/races run over each other

Two Saturday’s back, two of the top tracks in harness racing, Woodbine and Yonkers, both had superb race cards. Woodbine with the Big Four and Yonkers the Yonkers Trot, Messenger Stakes, International Trot and more.

But yet these two powerhouse facilities could not properly arrange their post times so that the Yonkers Trot at Yonkers and the Valley Victory at Woodbine ran right over each other by a matter of seconds.

Betting money was left on the table, racing fans and purists of the sport had to make a choice of maybe which race not only to wager on, but to watch live.

In this day and age of technology why couldn’t the managers of these two tracks work it out between them so that theses top races and others in the past, are not in a direct conflict?

All it takes is a phone call, a text, an email, whatever and one race goes a little sooner, and another a little later…two and a half minutes between the two tracks and all is right with the word. But NOOOOOO…they gotta run over each other.

Why can tracks throughout Europe and Australia/New Zealand time their races so well as to never run over each other and in North America it happens way too often?

Can you catch the race you missed later on video replay? Sure, but the anticipation and excitement of watching a classic race of national importance live certainly outweighs watching a replay.

Come on Woodbine and Yonkers, can we please try a little harder to not let races like these run over each other again. In the long run you will make your betting fans and your diehard race fans a lot happier and your coffers filled with more wagers.

Free Entry to Racetracks

Following last month’s exclusive Inside Access article on free entry to race tracks – particularly Globe Derby - it’s believed Adelaide’s home of harness racing is about to adopt the policy.

In recent weeks, Globe Derby has attracted fewer than 300 people, including staff, industry participants and Tabaret members.

With that group taken out of the equation, the number of paying patrons is lucky to be 100!

In fact, one particular Saturday night had 40 vehicles in the car park – including staff and Tabaret visitors.

By the time the cub pays tellers and gate attendants, the exercise of charging entry is costing money.

Champion horseman Fred Kersley declared years ago race tracks need to stop charging patrons, stating "they are the only casinos in the world where you have to pay to go and gamble."

Is it time for every harness racing venue throughout Australia to open the gates?

Stallion Review - Angus Hall
Angus Hall
Angus Hall

Angus Hall is by the ABC Freight horse Garland Lobell from Amour Angus by Magna Force from Kenwood Scamper by Texas from Lindy Speedy Lady by Speedy Count.

Angus Hall's sire Garland Lobell trotted 1:55.3 at Lexington as a three-year-old. He had 63 starts for 14 wins, 15 seconds and 7 thirds for a total of $345,689 in purses.

Garland Lobell did much better as a stallion at stud as he has become this century's dominant sire of sires and sire of dams of sires. Especially when bred to the sensational producing mare Amour Angus (dam of Angus Hall) and her full sister Canne Angus.

The combination of Garland Lobell over Amour Angus and Garland Lobell over the full sister to Amour Angus, Canne Angus, has significantly improved the entire breed dramatically throughout the harness racing world.

Amour Angus produced Angus Hall 3,1:54.3 ($830,654), Andover Hall 3,1:51.3 ($875,047), Conway Hall 3,1:53.4 ($818,884), Emile Cas El ($454,688) dam of this year's Hambletonian winner Trixton 3,1:50.3 ($961,876) and Impressive Kemp ($501,074), Adams Hall 3,1:55.1 ($395,019) and Garnelia Angus the grand dam of Godiva Hall 1:53.3f ($818,475).

Canne Angus produced the great mare Cameron Hall 1:53.4s ($2,138,787) who in turn left three winners including Ultimate Cameron 1:53.3s ($809,899) before her untimely death, and Canland Lobell a good race winning mare that has produced perhaps the best stallion in the world today Cantab Hall 3,1:54 ($1,524,305).

Cantab Hall is the current 2014 leading all-aged sire of trotters with $5,610,718 in purses. He is also the current 2014 leading sire of three-year-old trotters with $2,327,493 in the bank. Cantab Hall is also the current 2014 leading all-age sire of average earnings per starter at $48,489.

Garland Lobell - statistics

Eligible to race - 873

Winners - 542

$1,000,000+ - 1

$750,000+ - 5

$500,000+ - 11

$250,000+ - 45

$100,000+ - 167

Sub 1:53 - 2

Average earnings per starter $82,298

Average earnings per eligible horse - $61,747

Total earnings to date $53,905,102


A handy racehorse but no champion on the racetrack, Garland Lobell is one of those freakish stallions that comes along every twenty years or so and completely changes the breed.

Of the top six trotting sires on the 2014 all-aged trotting sires earnings list, three are sons of Garland Lobell and one (Cantab Hall) is from a daughter of Garland Lobell and then there is Donato Hanover a son of Andover Hall by Garland Lobell. That is 5 of the top 6 trotting sires in the world today.

No other sire or dam in recent memory has had such a profound influence on the breed and their sons and daughters will ensure that continues for a few years yet.


Angus Hall started his two-year-old season off slowly in minor races before announcing his real arrival to the racing public with a victory in the $112,695 Champlain Stakes at Mohawk in 1:58.3.

Angus Hall followed that victory up with a gutsy second to American High Noon in the $81,650 Campbellville Trot at Mohawk in 1:59.

Angus Hall's next start was in the $118,960 Bluegrass Stakes at Lexington where he again finished second, this time to Self Possessed in 1:58.4.

From there Angus Hall progressed to an elimination of the Valley Victory at Garden State which he won, defeating CR Commando in 1:56.3. Angus Hall couldn't back that performance up in the $343,000 final of the Valley Victory, trotting third to Starchip Enterprise in 1:56.4.

From there Angus Hall went to Colonial Downs for the Breeders Crown. He won his heat beating Starchip Enterprise in 1:54.4 with a last quarter in 27.3 but again came up short in the $340,700 final where he ran third to CR Commando in 1:54.3

That brought the curtain down on the two-year-old season of Angus Hall and he went to the spelling paddock with a record of 13 starts for 6 wins 2 seconds and 3 thirds for $229,203 in stakes and a best time of 1:54.3

Angus Hall started his three-year-old campaign in a three-year-old open at the Meadowlands and as was to happen a lot over the season he finished second to Self Possessed in 1:52.3.

From there Angus Hall ran third to CR Renegade in an elimination of the Stanley Dancer at the Meadowlands in 1:54.1 and again finished third in the $430,000 final of the Stanley Dancer to CR Renegade in 1:55.1.

In great form, Angus Hall was ready for the biggest race of the year, the Hambletonian and he didn't disappoint in his $100,000 elimination, defeating Cherry Halls in 1:54.3. In the $1,000,000 Hambletonian final Angus Hall went super but once again had to bow to his nemesis Self Possessed in 1:52.3

Watch - Hambletonian Final 1999 Angus Hall ( finished second to Self Possessed)

Next up for Angus Hall was the $170,000 American National at Balmoral Park but once again he had to bow to Self Possessed who beat him in 1:53.4.

From there Angus Hall moved to the Du Quoin State fair for the World Trotting Derby. He finished second in his elimination to none other than Self Possessed in 1:52.3 but couldn't back up in the $530,000 World Trotting Derby final where he finished fourth to Enjoy Lavec in 1:53.3.

Next up in the $87,500 Bluegrass Stakes at Lexington, Angus Hall was once again the bridesmaid as he finished second to Enjoy Lavec in 1:54.1.

From there Angus Hall went into the $153,600 Kentucky Futurity and once more he had to bow to Self Possessed, finishing third in 1:54.2.

Then it was back to Mohawk for the $588,000 Breeders Crown final and another horse who had proved troublesome all year to Angus Hall in CR Renegade took out the race with Angus Hall finishing third in 1:55.

Then it was off to Dover Downs where Angus Hall won his $56,162 elimination of the Matron Trot in 1:55.4 over Raffaello Ambrosio but Angus Hall looked a tired horse in the final of the Matron Trot, finishing seventh.

That race brought an end to the three-year-old season of Angus Hall and he went to the spelling paddock with a three-year-old record of 13 starts for 2 wins, 5 seconds and 4 thirds for stakes of $601,451 and a best time of 1:54.3.

Overall Race Record

Starts - 26

Wins - 8

Seconds - 7

Thirds - 7

Total Stakes - $830,654

Best Winning Time - 1:54.3 - Placed in 1:52.3.


Angus Hall was one of those horses who always seemed to find one better than himself in the big money races.

Self Possessed 1:51.3 ($1,346,390) beat Angus Hall into minor placing's on numerous occasions while Enjoy Lavec 1:52 ($933,956) and CR Renegade 1:53.4 ($903,785) also did their part into turning Angus Hall into a perennial bridesmaid.

Of course a little more luck with the draws wouldn't have gone amiss as Angus Hall drew barrier 9 in the $1,000,000 Hambletonian, $588,000 Breeders Crown and the $430,000 Stanley Dancer at three.

All up a very tidy record but not one that would suggest that Angus Hall would be the success at stud he has been.


From the time Angus Hall's progeny hit the racetrack he has consistently finished in the top echelon of trotting stallions for money won in North America. In 2007 Angus Hall reached the top of the overall sires list for money won in North America with $9,551,981. His full brother Andover Hall was second on that 2007 list.

In 2008 and 2009 Angus Hall was second to Muscles Yankee on the overall list of money won and in 2010 Angus Hall was second again this time to Yankee Glide.

One thing Angus Hall really has in his favour is that he has served big books of mares throughout his stallion career right up to today October 31st 2014. Standing in Canada, Angus Hall never had any restrictions on the numbers of mares allowed to be bred. In 2003 and 2004 Angus Hall bred 247 and 207 mares respectively. The lowest number of mares bred in any season by Angus Hall was in 2013 when he only bred 82 mares. In 2014 though, he once again bred a book of over 100 mares.

Angus Hall's first crop of 99 foals from 173 mares bred in 2000 resulted in 48 colts and 51 fillies born in 2001.

Three of his top ten money earners in this crop are fillies. It was a stunning first crop of foals. It produced the outstanding mare "Peaceful Way" (from a Royal Prestige mare). Peaceful Way is the richest Canadian-bred trotter of all time, earning $3,245,055 with a record of 1:51.4. Born, bred and raised by Angie Stiller of Stonebridge Farms, Ontario, she won numerous stakes events, including The Maple Leaf Trot, Breeders Crown and the Ontario Sires Stakes Super Final.

Others in that first crop include the very good Cincinnati Kid 1:54.4s ($911,480), Beardmore 1:54.4 ($626,456), Eilean Donan 1:54 ($516,722), Miccall Magic 1:55.1s ($483,263), Ihallscouldtalk 1:55.2s ($440,768), Lucky George 1:56.1 ($415,542), B The Snitch 1:57.2f ($385,435), Samuel Oaks 1:56.1s ($351,777) and Gonnabe An Ottlaw 1:56.1f ($337,927).

Watch - Eilean Donon - Hambletonian Elimination 2004

There have been 15 of this crop exported to date. There have only been eleven of his progeny that have not raced to date, from this crop.

Eligible to race - 99

Winners - 66

$1,000,000+ - 1

$750,000+ - 2

$500,000+ - 4

$250,000+ - 15

$100,000+ - 27

Sub 1:53 - 1

Average earnings per starter $148,576

Average earnings per eligible horse - $124,563

Total earnings to date $12,331,768

Angus Hall's second crop of 108 foals from 159 mares bred in 2001 resulted in 50 colts and 58 fillies born in 2002.

This crop produced Stonebridge Diablo 1:56.1h ($783,186), Fan Favourite 1:56.3s ($539,916), Adam T 1:53.1f ($539,351), A Hay Luva Paige 1:56.1 ($458,916), Surfing Angus 1:53.3s ($427,963), Honour Way 1:57.3f ($400,757), Northern Ensign 1:55.2s ($375,998), Smooth Moves 1:56s ($306,989), Fancy Shot 1:54f ($287,280) and Margie Seelster 1:55.1s ($271,077).

There have been 10 of his progeny from this crop exported to date. There have only been 17 of his progeny from this crop that have not raced to date.

Eligible to race - 108

Winners - 68

$1,000,000+ - 0

$750,000+ - 1

$500,000+ - 3

$250,000+ - 12

$100,000+ - 25

Sub 1:53 - 0

Average earnings per starter $105,129

Average earnings per eligible horse - $80,793

Total earnings to date $8,725,679

Angus Hall's third crop of 120 foals from 199 mares bred in 2002 resulted in 67 colts and 53 fillies born in 2003.

This crop produced the top racehorse and now great sire Majestic Son who was out of a King Conch mare.

Majestic Son has a race record to die for. At two he faced the starter 13 times for five wins and five placing's. His best win at two was undoubtedly in the $300,000 final of the Ontario Sires Stakes in 1:56. Further wins in the $106,965 final of the Champlain Trot in1:55.4 and the $130,000 final of the Ontario Sires Stakes Gold series in 1:55 were other highlights. The only negative was having no luck in the final of the $555,485 Valley Victory where he finished second. At three, Majestic Son stepped up to the plate with a record of 19 starts for 14 wins and 2 placing's. His best win all season was in the final of the $1,000,000 Canadian Trotting Classic where he took his lifetime mark of 1:52.2 in spectacular fashion and in the process destroyed the Hambletonian winner Glidemaster ($2,038,575) by six and a half lengths.

Other notable wins were in the $569,250 Breeders Crown Final in 1:54.2, the $280,600 Goodtimes Trot in 1:53.2, and the $175,534 Canadian Breeders Trot Final in 1:53. It was a long and tiring season but he performed at his best the whole way through it.

Besides Majestic Son, Angus Hall did also produce six other horses that performed really well from this crop, all earning over $400,000. They included Starsel 1:53f ($741,572), Ericskarri 1:54.3s ($659,788), Porsche Hall 1:56s ($642,396), Heaven And Hall 1:56f ($449,856) and Lance Hall 1:54.1 ($439,897)

Angus Hall had only the one filly in this crop out of the top ten money earners. Eight of his progeny have been exported from this crop to date.

Eligible to race - 118

Winners - 72

$1,000,000+ - 1

$750,000+ - 1

$500,000+ - 4

$250,000+ - 12

$100,000+ - 25

Sub 1:53 - 0

Average earnings per starter $123,617

Average earnings per eligible horse - $92,189

Total earnings to date $10,878,261

Angus Hall's fourth and largest crop of 155 foals from 247 mares bred in 2003 resulted in 74 colts and 81 fillies born in 2004.

Angus Hall produced another millionaire in this crop, the very good three-year-old Laddie, who was out of a Valley Victory mare. Laddie had just the 27 starts for 11 wins and 5 placing's for $1,029,920 in purses. His claim to fame was running third to Donato Hanover and Adrian Chip in the $1,500,000 Hambletonian. Others to perform well in this crop were Flirtin Man 1:52.2 ($604,658), Caught My Eye 1:55.1s ($551,274), Guilford 1:54.2f ($496,872) and Meadowview Matty 1:55 ($411,101). Four of his top ten money earners are fillies.

Eligible to race - 153

Winners - 94

$1,000,000+ - 1

$750,000+ - 1

$500,000+ - 3

$250,000+ - 15

$100,000+ - 36

Sub 1:53 - 2

Average earnings per starter $97,406

Average earnings per eligible horse - $77,670

Total earnings to date $11,883,478

Angus Hall's fifth crop of 144 foals from 207 mares bred in 2004 resulted in 72 colts and 72 fillies born in 2005.

Angus Hall produced yet again another millionaire in this crop, the very good mare Frenchfrysnvinegar 1:52 ($1,111,627).

Frenchfrysnvinegar competed mostly on the WEG circuit against aged trotting horses, winning multiple Preferred events and even finishing second in an Open Trot in 2011 to eventual Horse of the Year San Pail. That year was the breakout for Frenchfrysnvinegar, culminating with an effort in the 2011 Breeders Crown Older Mare Trot that solidified her place among the sport's best. Parked every step from the 10-hole, regular driver Jody Jamieson patiently tracked down pacesetter Action Broadway to score the half-length victory at Woodbine Racetrack.

As good as Frenchfrysnvinegar was in 2011 at age six, she was just as good if not better at age seven. She lowered her mark to 1:52 in the Allerage Mare Trot at The Red Mile and also captured the Masters Series Final at Georgian Downs in a Canadian record time of 1:52.3 as well as the Miss Versatility Final at the Delaware County Fair in 1:54. Despite falling just short in the 2012 Breeders Crown, the year's efforts gave Frenchfrysnvinegar older trotting mare of the year honours on both sides of the border.

Watch - Breeders Crown Mare Trot 2011 - Frenchfrysnvinegar

Others that have performed well in this crop are the mares Somebody To Love 1:56f ($613,728) and Allmar Surprise 1:52.1 ($531,518). Five of his top ten money earners in this crop are mares including the top three money earners.

Eligible to race - 143

Winners - 86

$1,000,000+ - 1

$750,000+ - 1

$500,000+ - 3

$250,000+ - 14

$100,000+ - 29

Sub 1:53 - 3

Average earnings per starter $93,796

Average earnings per eligible horse - $72,150

Total earnings to date $10,317,514

Angus Hall's sixth crop of 112 foals from 151 mares bred in 2005 resulted in 67 colts and 45 fillies born in 2006.

Angus Hall did what very few stallions can do and that is to produce two millionaires from the one crop. In this crop he produced a top mare and a top colt. The top mare was Elusive Desire 1:52.1 ($1,383,848) and the colt was Winning Mister 1:51.3 ($1,142,759).

From 44 career starts, Elusive Desire compiled a record of 17-8-7 and earned $1,383,848 in purses for her owners. The four-year-old daughter of Angus Hall was bred by Valley High Stable of Freehold, New Jersey and lowered her mark to 1:52.1 over the Meadowlands Racetrack in a leg of the Miss Versatility Trotting Series. A two-time winner of the Ontario Sires Stakes Super Finals, Elusive Desire had a knack for putting in impressive efforts during big-time stakes events. In addition to multiple wins in OSS Gold finals, she captured the Ontario SBOA Stakes, Simcoe Stakes and Canadian Breeders Championships.

Watch - Elusive Desire - OSS Super Final - 3-Year-Old Trotting Fillies

Winning Mister a millionaire and free for all trotting star, established track records at every Pennsylvania harness track, and six track records in all. The Ontario-bred son of Angus Hall is from the American Winner mare Winning Missbrenda, making him a three-quarter brother to Bob Key's World Champion filly Win Missy B 1:52 ($1,595,769). Winning Mister has retired from racing and now stands at stud. "The horse's raw speed is what I think sets him apart from the rest," said part-owner Bob Key. He had tremendous ability to get around the turns on the five-eighths mile tracks very handily, and to carry his high speed throughout the mile."

Watch - Winning Mister

Eligible to race - 112

Winners - 61

$1,000,000+ - 2

$750,000+ - 2

$500,000+ - 2

$250,000+ - 7

$100,000+ - 19

Sub 1:53 - 2

Average earnings per starter $92,471

Average earnings per eligible horse - $68,933

Total earnings to date $7,582,660

Angus Hall's seventh crop of 113 foals from 154 mares bred in 2006 resulted in 54 colts and 59 fillies born in 2007.

This is Angus Halls least performed crop to date with only eight of his progeny earning over $200,000. They include the mare Cross Of Lorraine 1:52.4 ($340,150), Northern Spark 1:54.3 ($332,115), Ipromisenottotell 1:55.4f ($240,351), Canada Cool 1:57.4h, Keystone Swagger 1:55s ($228,002), Angostura T2, 1:56.1s ($224,136), Thro Time 1:55.4 ($221,410) and Civic Duty 1:54.2f ($201,690).

Four of his top six earners are fillies in this crop.

Eligible to race - 110

Winners - 64

$1,000,000+ - 0

$750,000+ - 0

$500,000+ - 0

$250,000+ - 2

$100,000+ - 16

Sub 1:53 - 1

Average earnings per starter $64,728

Average earnings per eligible horse - $50,017

Total earnings to date $5,501,919

Angus Hall's eighth crop of 118 foals from 164 mares bred in 2007 resulted in 60 colts and 58 fillies born in 2008.

This crop has produced five very good performers with four of them earning $599,508 plus in thier careers. This crop is headed by the Imperial Count 1:53.2f ($680,392).

Imperial Count was a top flight trotter and a most genuine racehorse, winning 17 races and being 21 times placed for $680,392 in stakes. As a two-year-old he earned $190,174 from his ten-start freshman campaign. They included successes in two eliminations and the $123,500 Final of the OSS Gold Series, and placing's in two OSS Finals and the Champlain Stakes. As a three-year-old he won $215,085 racing against top horses and he was a finalist in the $1 million Canadian Trotting Classic, Goodtimes Stakes and Simcoe Stakes. In the $300,000 Ontario Sires Stakes 3YO Super Series Final at Mohawk, Imperial Count beat all but Mister Herbie 1:50.4s ($1,842,312) in a world record 1:52 after being required to start from a wide gate and having to work overtime in a furious 26.8 opening quarter.

Angus Hall produced several other very good horses from this crop including Oh Sweet Baby 1:54.4s ($660,168), the very fast Traverse Seelster 1:1:51.2f ($599,761) and Tamarind 1:53.2f ($599,508).

Eligible to race - 116

Winners - 67

$1,000,000+ - 0

$750,000+ - 0

$500,000+ - 4

$250,000+ - 5

$100,000+ - 20

Sub 1:53 - 1

Average earnings per starter $78,166

Average earnings per eligible horse - $61,320

Total earnings to date $7,113,151

Angus Hall's ninth crop of 131 foals from 169 mares bred in 2008 resulted in 63 colts and 68 fillies born in 2009.

This crop is headed by the mare Sugar Wheeler 1:55.3s ($354,501), Keystone Orion 1:56,4h ($307,688), Dancehall Mistress 1:52.3s ($306,520), Elin 1:56.1s ($275,510) One More Ginny 1:53.1s ($219,088) and I'm On Cloud Nine 1:54.2s ($214,374).

Seven of the top ten money earners in this crop are fillies. 110 of the 131 foals old enough to race have raced to date.

Eligible to race - 134

Winners - 70

$1,000,000+ - 0

$750,000+ - 0

$500,000+ - 0

$250,000+ - 4

$100,000+ - 18

Sub 1:53 - 1

Average earnings per starter $55,899

Average earnings per eligible horse - $41,715

Total earnings to date $5,589,874

Angus Hall's tenth crop of 112 foals from 159 mares bred in 2009 resulted in 60 colts and 52 fillies born in 2010.

This crop is headed by the good filly Angies Lucky Star 1:53.1 ($382,375). Angies Lucky Star etched her name in the history books with a 1:56.1 track record performance in a Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Series leg at Grand River Raceway in 2013.

Watch - Angies Lucky Star

Eligible to race - 110

Winners - 55

$1,000,000+ - 0

$750,000+ - 0

$500,000+ - 0

$250,000+ - 3

$100,000+ - 6

Sub 1:53 - 2

Average earnings per starter $40,250

Average earnings per eligible horse - $31,470

Total earnings to date $3,461,647

Angus Hall's eleventh crop of 87 foals from 147 mares bred in 2010 resulted in 41 colts and 46 fillies born in 2011 and now three-year-olds in 2014.

This crop is headed by the good filly Sweetie Hearts 1:54.3s ($367,446). The daughter of Angus Hall trained by Ron Parsons for owner/breeder Bob Key of Pennsylvania, hails from one of Key's top maternal families. Two other fillies, White Becomes Her 1:54.1s ($305,523) and Margie 1:55.2s ($288,185) made it a clean sweep for three fillies topping the money earned list for Angus Hall in this crop.

Eligible to race - 88

Winners - 25

$1,000,000+ - 0

$750,000+ - 0

$500,000+ - 0

$250,000+ - 3

$100,000+ - 4

Sub 1:53 - 0

Average earnings per starter $38,799

Average earnings per eligible horse - $21,604

Total earnings to date $1,901,175


Eligible to race - 1,372

Winners - 738

$1,000,000+ - 6

$750,000+ - 8

$500,000+ - 23

$250,000+ - 92

$100,000+ - 225

Sub 1:53 - 14

Average earnings per starter $84,332

Average earnings per eligible horse - $62,385

Total earnings to date $85,579,442


Angus Hall has had a stellar stud career in North America which has still not finished. From his first crop he has shown the ability to leave horses better than himself which is always a defining issue for stallions. Angus Hall has proved over a long period that not only can he leave outstanding colts such as Majestic Son but his fillies and mares are equally as smart, led of course by the champion mare, Peaceful Way.

Watch - Peaceful Way Tribute

Of course breeders move on to the next generation of sires over time and sires with longevity like Angus Hall will always struggle over time to continue to attract the very best mares. However as his success in Australasia shows, with the right mares he can still produce those elite level trotters.


The first crop by Angus Hall made its debut in Australia as two-year-olds in the 2013/2014 season and although that crop only numbered 15 foals, it produced two of the best juvenile trotters in Australia for that season.

Shared Interest ($25,700) was the second best two-year-old colt last season in Australia with two wins and three seconds from just five starts. Endsino ($56,058) was the best of the two-year-old fillies in Australia last season but missed a clash with the star New Zealand filly Arya in the Breeders Crown through injury.

Watch - Shared Interest, 4th August 2014, Australia

Of the 15 foals that were two-year-olds last season, six raced at two with three winners which was a great start for Angus Hall.

The small crops continue this year with just 13 live foals now two and the following year is only slightly better with 24 yearlings.


It was an outstanding start to the siring career of Angus Hall in Australia. To produce such a smart couple of two-year-olds last season from those few numbers argues well for the future of Angus Hall Down Under. He should serve much larger books from now on on the back of that success.


The first crop by Angus Hall made its debut in New Zealand as two-year-olds in the 2013/2014 season

That first crop numbered just 18 foals but managed to produce the outstanding two-year-old filly Arya. She had ten starts for five wins and four placing's for stakes of $102,076 with her biggest win coming in the final of the Australasian Breeders Crown at Melton Park. Three other Angus Hall's won as two-year-olds last season with the very promising Petite One probably the pick of them.

Watch - My Arya NZ, 24th August 2014, New Zealand

As of November 1st 2014, which is three months into that first crops three-year-old season, eight of the 18 live foals have qualified to race in New Zealand which is equivalent to 44% of that first crop.

Angus Hall has only got 15 live foals who are now two-year-olds and 10 yearlings to follow that first crop.


It is a great start by Angus Hall to have four winners from just 18 foal's last season, especially when that four includes the brilliant Arya ($102,076). To have eight of those eighteen qualified this early in their 3 year old season in New Zealand race conditions is an outstanding achievement as well. Of those eight that are qualified, seven are fillies and that is another positive for Angus Hall. Angus Hall should serve a much larger book this season off the back of this great start in New Zealand


Can lift a maternal family by his ability to leave horses better than himself. The fillies/mares by Angus Hall have done just as good a job as his colts/geldings and that is a big plus for breeders. As his stunning results from his first small crop last season in Australasia showed, he still has the ability to sire outstanding elite grade trotters if given quality mares. Not only do the Angus Hall's race at two and three but they go on with the job as aged horses as well. His best performed colt Majestic Son was the leading age group trotting sire in both Australia and New Zealand last year which is a great achievement as breeders down under have access to most North American sires.


Time waits for no one and that applies to the shelf life of stallions regardless of how successful they are. Breeders are always looking for the next big stallion which means that sires with longevity such as Angus Hall gradually find it harder and harder to attract the quality mares their record says they deserve. The longevity issue also means that stallions such as Angus Hall tend to get overlooked by a lot of the major commercial breeders as they get older and that contributes to the perception that the sires best days are behind them.


Angus Hall deserves to be ranked one of the elite trotting sires of the last 20 years. Angus Hall has over $85,000,000 on his card to date and looks on course to join the very elite group of trotting sires with $100,000,000 earnings before he is finished. His broodmares are on a roll in the breeding shed and will be for years to come. His influence on the trotting breed in Australasia is huge with his best colt Majestic Son the leading age group sire in both Australia and New Zealand last season and Angus Hall's small first crop also making a big statement in both countries. While his influence in North America is slowly declining the opposite seems to be occurring down under.

Overall rating - 8.5/10

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