This past weekend was a very successful one for Hickory Lane Farm's stallion, MCARDLE. McArdle again proved he can produce winners on a national level as his fine 3 year old filly, TYRA, set a stakes record in the final of the $164,744.00 Lismore Stakes at Yonkers annihilating her competition by 7 lengths in 1:52,1h, pacing her last quarter in a blistering 27.3. She is owned by Cc Racing, LLC, Illinois; trained by Joanne Looney-King and driven by Tim Tetrick. TYRA has now bankrolled well over $200,000.00 in her short racing career. Congratulations to all.
Three year old colts were in action at Mohawk Saturday evening in the Somebeachsomewhere Stakes, a prep for the upcoming North America Cup. MCWICKED proved he belonged with the best in North America by finishing a hard closing second in his $75,000.00 division. MCWICKED, purchased by the Casie Coleman Stable last Fall at Harrisburg, McWICKED will now set his sights on the North America Cup in a couple of weeks. Best of luck to his connections. Hickory Lane Farm homebred DATSYUK (pronounced, "Dat-sook") (Explosive Matter-Pink Ribbons-Mr. Vic) has burst onto the 3 year old national trotting scene by going undefeated in his first three lifetime starts. Last Friday evening, he captured his second straight Pennsylvania Sires Stakes victory in 1:54.1f going wire to wire, besting a competitive field. DATSYUK, named after Detroit Red Wings hockey great, Pavel Datsyuk, is eligible to all the big races, including the Hambletonian. DATSYUK is special to us at Hickory Lane. He is co-owned by one of our longtime owners, Leonard Buckner, along with his trainer and driver, Charlie Norris. DATSYUK was born, nurtured and raised at Hickory Lane by Farm Manager and co-owner of the Farm, Brad Wallace. DATSYUK is out of the Farm's Hambletonian Oaks finalist and multiple stakes winning mare, PINK RIBBONS, 1:54.1f, the daughter of the great Ohio champion, DJ BABE, 1:55.1f. DATSYUK is now on the Hambletonian Society's watch list and ranks right below Jimmy Takter's trio of outstanding 3 year old trotters. Given that DATSYUK has only had 3 lifetime starts, all this year, the ceiling for his growth is unlimited. His next scheduled start (assuming all goes well) is June 14th at Pocono Downs in the third leg of the PASS. From there (again, assuming no major hurdles), he will go to the Earl Beale Memorial at Pocono and then hopefully, to the Hambo. All of us at Hickory Lane will be cheering Leonard, Charlie and DATSYUK every step of the way. Good luck fellas!