p,2,1:54.3f; 1:48 Earnings: $1,455,422
H, 1995 By Western Hanover-Leah Almahurst, by Abercrombie
Bred by: Brittany Farms
Sale history: Retained for racing
Owned (during his racing career) by: Brittany Farms
Trained by: Alan Riegle, Blair Burgess, Brett Pelling
Current status: Hanover Shoe Farms stallion
Hall of Fame racehorse and World Champion. In 2000: "Older Pacing Horse of the Year," Canadian record-holder and leading money-winning older pacer.
Breeders Crown, William Haughton Memorial, Canadian Pacing Derby (track and stakes record) and Graduate Series.
Western Ideal, the royally-bred son of Western Hanover from blue-hen mare Leah Almahurst p,3,1:52.3, was a World Champion and classics winner on the racetrack, and is yet another example of the Brittany-bred horses who have gone on to even greater acclaim as harness racing's leading commercial sires.
The highly regarded colt was a stakes winner at 2, but severely injured a tendon late in his freshman season. After missing his 3-year-old campaign, he was brought back slowly, with an appreciation of his potential for greatness. He well fulfilled that potential, becoming a World Champion and the sport's fastest older pacer and leading money-winner in 2000.
He enjoyed immediate success as a stallion at Hanover Shoe Farms, with that success continuing even today. He is harness racings second-leading living pacing sire of million-dollar winners, with 12 to his credit that include a son set to carry on his siring legacy, Artspeak. Also of note, he is the grandsire of the sports all-time fastest pacer, Always B Miki.
As an acclaimed broodmare sire he has produced the dams of numerous world champions, Dan Patch Champions and standouts like State Treasurer, See You At Peelers and Fear The Dragon.