Brittany Farms was harness racing’s leading breeder in average earnings per starter in 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021… and it repeated the title again in 2022!
In a sport where a racehorse’s money earnings make the carousel go ‘round, there is perhaps no better benchmark of breeding success than average earnings — and the farm is proud that those who buy and race the horses it breeds have been the recipients of that substantial amount of money.
Two horses stand atop the 2022 earnings chart among Brittany breds: Pebble Beach and Special Way. Both are Breeders Crown Champions, and both received Dan Patch Awards in their respective divisions.
Pebble Beach p,3,1:48.1 ($1,720,875), bred, raised and sold as a Lexington Selected Sale yearling by Brittany, was harness racing’s leading money-winning 3-year-old of 2022 ($1,359,625) and ranked second among all horses behind likely Horse of the Year Bulldog Hanover. He joined the farm’s Millionaires Row
After a sensational freshman campaign in 2021, the son of Downbytheseaside-Santa Rosa came back at 3 to win the $1,000,000 North America Cup in June, then started a five-race win streak that included the Tattersalls Pace, Breeders Crown and Matron. He has now taken up stud duties at Diamond Creek Farm in Kentucky, not far from where he was foaled and raised.
Brittany congratulates his ownership team of Patricia Stable, Joe Sbrocco, Country Club Acres, John Fodera, LA Express and Deo Volente Farms and trainer Noel Daley.
Special Way 2,1:52 ($697,475), the year’s fastest and richest 2-year-old filly trotter, did about all you could ask of a racehorse.
The Ake Svanstedt trainee won seven straight starts from August through October — all in stakes races — and captured the ultimate prize, the $600,000 Breeders Crown, after winning three legs and the $400,000 final of the Kentucky Sire Stakes Championship Series and the Bluegrass Stakes during the Red Mile’s Grand Circuit stand.
Perhaps it goes without saying, but it takes more than two horses to create a number one earnings ranking. They created the largest headlines, but were joined by a throng of Brittany-bred big-money winners like older FFA pacer American History p,3,1:47 ($1,433,494) and up-and-coming freshmen stars like Espresso 2,1:53.3 ($243,400) and Combustion p,2,1:49.3 ($292,275), along with countless others.
The success buyers have had with horses bred, raised and sold by Brittany Farms enabled the farm to rank among the leading consignors
at last fall’s Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. It is the farm’s hope that those yearlings — now 2-year-olds of 2023 — continue the winning ways!