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Western Ideal, Cantab Hall to Hall of Fame

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May 4th, 18

Hall Of Fame Stallions

Two racehorses and sires closely associated with Brittany Farms, Western Ideal and Cantab Hall, have been elected to harness racing’s Living Horse Hall of Fame and will be enshrined in the Goshen, NY museum this summer.

Western Ideal p,1:48 ($1,455,422), by Western Hanover-Leah Almahurst, was bred by Brittany Farms and was owned by Brittany throughout his racing career.

Injury shortened his successful 2-year-old campaign and caused him to miss his entire 3-year-old season. But he came back to the races with a vengeance at 4 and 5 with a speed record and victories that would live up to the reputation of his royal pedigree.

He established a mile track World Record of 1:48 and won the Breeders Crown, William Haughton Memorial, Graduate Series and Canadian Pacing Derby en route to being voted Older Pacer of the Year as a 5-year-old.

His value would become even greater as a sire at Hanover Shoe Farms, as thus far he has produced the winners of more than $124-million and an even dozen millionaires. His sons include important sires in their own right, such as Rocknroll Hanover and Brittany’s own American Ideal.

Cantab Hall 3,1:54 ($1,442,303), by Self Possessed-Canland Hall, was purchased as a yearling by Ron Gurfein for owners Brittany Farms and partners Lindy Racing Stable, Jerry Silva and Sampson Street Stables.

He earned out his $310,000 yearling pricetag as just a 2-year-old, going undefeated through 10 starts, making $461,337 and becoming not only the 2-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year, but overall Trotter of the Year.

In his career as a stallion—also at Hanover—he was the leading money-winning trotting sire for three consecutive years and has sired the winners of more than $75-million through 2017, including two-time Dan Patch Champion and World Champion Father Patrick, Hambletonian Oaks winner Wild Honey and a host of other great trotters.

The fact that he has sired 59 yearlings that have sold for $100,000 and higher in the past five years speaks volumes about his popularity in the commercial marketplace.

Even with the Goshen enshrinement still two months away, both stallions are already on the Brittany Farms “Hall Of Fame” page here on the website. Click here to view.