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2016 US Living Horse Hall of Fame Inductees

Sunday, July 3, 2016  By: Standardbred Canada


Real Desire p, 2, 1:50.4; 3, 1:49; 4, 1:48.2 ($3,323,606) qualified for the Hall of Fame based on his $3 million in lifetime earnings and being voted Horse of the Year in both the U.S. and Canada in 2002 at age four. He was driven throughout his career by John Campbell for trainer Blair Burgess and co-owners Brittany Farms, Perretti Farms, Bob Burgess and Karin Olsson Burgess.


“This horse was a life-changer for us,” said Blair Burgess, whose wife, Karin, groomed Real Desire. “He allowed us to buy a farm, which we always wanted to do. And to this day -- which is probably a bad sign because it was 15 years ago -- he was probably the fastest horse I ever had. He had that line gait that Bruce Nickells told me you need in a pacer -- no wasted motion.”


Muscle Hill 2, 1:53.3; 3, 1:50.1 ($3,318,682) qualified for induction by all criteria: he was a $3 million lifetime winner, unbeaten in 12 starts at age three, and voted Horse of the Year at age three in 2009. He also won 95.2 percent of his lifetime starts for driver Brian Sears, trainer Greg Peck, and co-owners Muscle Hill Racing LLC, Southwind Farm, T L P Stable, and Jerry Silva.


“You don’t start in this industry as an owner with Muscle Hill,” said Silva. “You start many years ago with other horses, whether they are claimers or babies or whatever they are. You need a lot of luck; you need a good trainer and a good vet; and you need a lot of money to succeed.”


Solveig 4, 1:54.4f ($930,132) was elected for owners Solveig’s Breeders after producing Shake It Cerry 3, 1:51.2 ($2,627,961), Uncle Lasse 3, 1:51.4f ($971,071) and Dontyouforgetit 3, 1:52.1f ($598,049).


Spending her broodmare days at Winbak Farm, Arls Troublemaker produced Art Maker p, 1:49.1 ($1,109,717), Stock Market Wiz p, 1:49.3 ($754,213) and Breakin The Law p, 1:49.4 ($504,932).

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