Hickory Lane Farm

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News from around the track


    Jul 08, 2014

    McARDLE'S 2 year old colt, MCJAGERSONTHEMOVE (McArdle-Grand Fancy-Historic) today captured his $47,212.00 division of the PASS 2 year old colt pace in 1:55f, going wire to wire on a sloppy track, drawing off by 5 lenghts with a 28.4 last quarter. He is now undefeated in two lifetime starts. Congratulations to owner Mark Howard, Md, trainer, Willard Reynolds and driver, Brett Miller.


    Jul 08, 2014

    McArdle colts just keep on winning this day at The Meadows in PASS  action as MCARDLES LIGHTNING (McArdle-Winning Venture-Jate Lobell) captured the fourth of five $47,212.00 divisions in 1:55.4 in the slop circling the field the final quarter to get up and win by a neck for owner Lightning Stables, LLC, Florida, Steve Elliott, trainer, and Dave Palone , driver. It was the second win for McArdle colts this day, winning 2 of the 5 divisions in the ultra-tough Pennsylvania circuit. This is a true testament to this sire who has been successful on extremely small foal crops. We can't wait until his foals are racing here in Ohio; McArdle is certain to have an immdiate impact on the Ohio racing scene! Congratulations to all.


    Jun 30, 2014


    Last Saturday evening proved to be a bellweather night for Hickory Lane and our stallion, McARDLE, as two of his 3 year old offspring shined on the big stage at Pocono Downs. No pacer was more impressive this evening than McWICKED who absolutely dominated his competition in cruising to a 1:47.3f WORLD RECORD for 3 year old pacing colts on a 5/8 mile track in the final of the $500,000.00 Hempt Memorial. It was simply a devastating performance, one that stamps McWICKED as one of the premier 3 year old pacers in the world and sets him up as one of the early favorites for the Little Brown Jug in September. Congratulations to his breeder, Andray Farm, one of owners of McCARDLE, and his owner, SSG Stables, N.Y., his trainer, Casie Coleman and his driver, David Miller.

    Not to be overlooked was the stellar performance by TYRA, who, after winning the Lismore earlier this month at Yonkers, came off cover down the stretch at Pocono and flew by her rivals like she was shot out of a cannon to win by 3 lengths in a personal best of 1:50.1f in the $50,000.00 Lynch Consolation. TYRA has established herself as one of the premier pacing fillies in not only Pennsylvania, but in the country as well. She is tough, gritty and never gives up. Tim Tetrick drove her to victory for owners CC Racing LLC, Ill. and trainer Jim King, Jr. Congratulations to all.

    Finally, Leonard Buckner and Charlie Norris' fine 3 year old trotter DATSYUK put in an outstanding performance in finishing third to Father Patrick and Nuncio in the $500,000.00 Earl Beale Final trotting his mile in an incredible 1:51.1, DATSYUK'S 1:51.1 mile was 1.1 seconds faster than Spyder Blue Chip's 1:52.2 world record mile for 3 year old geldings trotted last year at Pocono. This is all the more incredible when you note that DATSYUK has only had 6 lifetime starts in his career, never raced at 2, has lowered his time in all 6 starts by one second every start and has gone toe to toe with the  finest 3 year old trotters on the planet. Right now he is rated 4th in the country behind Jimmy Takter's big three. Congratulations to Leonard and Charlie and DATSYUK. There is still the Hambo on the horizon-you never know!


    Jun 23, 2014

    McWICKED  was "McWicked Awesome" in his elimination of the Max C. Hempt Memorial at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs Saturday evening crushing a fine field of 3 year old colt pacers drawing off by over 5 lengths in a monster mile timed in 1:48f. That time set a national season's record for 3 year old colt pacers on a 5/8 mile track, shattered his own personal best time and just missed tying the world record of 1:47.4. Just an amazing performance given that he was stung and stretched out on the outside through a blistering half of 53.1. Yet, it was no problem for the son of McARDLE as he drew off effortlessly. He will undoubtedly be the favorite for next week's Hempt final. Good luck to his connections in the final.

    DATSYUK, the Explosive Matter gelding, and son of the Farm's mare, PINK RIBBONS, trotted to a personal lifetime best of 1:52.2f finishing a strong second to Nuncio in his elimination in the Earl Beale Memorial at Pocono. 1:52.2 is a national season's record at Pocono. DATSYUK has lowered his time by a second in all of his last 4 starts while having only only 5 lifetime starts going into the final next week.  Owned by Farm co-owner, Leonard Buckner and trainer Charlie Norris, DATSYUK is rated fifth on the Hambletonian Watch List behind Trixton, Father Patrick, Nuncio and Harper Blue Chip. All of us at Hickory Lane are thrilled and excited for DATSYUK and his connections and wish them the very best of racing luck in this week's $500,000.00 final.


    Jun 09, 2014

    MCWICKED (McArdle- Western Sahara- Western Ideal) is now the second fastest son of MCARDLE after he romped home to victory in his $50,000.00 elimination heat of the North America Cup at Mohawk in 1:48.3, the fastest of the three divisions.MCWICKED stands second only to Meadowlands Pace winner and world record holder ONE MORE LAUGH, 1:47.4 as MCARDLE'S fastest son.MCWICKED popped the pocket at the top of the stretch for drive David Miller and paced home in electrifying and convincing fashion, letting everyone know he will be one of the betting favorites to win next week's North America Cup. Congratulations to owner, SSG Stables, New York , Casie Coleman, trainer,and breeder Andray Farm.MCWICKED'S win, coupled with TYRA'S victory in the Lismore Stakes last weekend, gives MCARDLE two major stakes winners in just two weeks, all from a 3 year old crop of only 43 foals! When you consider his competition at the sire level, this is an incredible feat.Hickory Lane has numerous MCARDLE babies this spring and we are impressed with every one of them. We can't wait to show them off next year at the yearling sales!Good luck next Saturday in the North America Cup final to MCWICKED and his connections.


    Jun 04, 2014

    Last evening ROSE RUN ORIANA (Trainforthefuture-Rose Run Doorah-Armbro Laser) set a new lifetime mark at Mohawk Raceway in a $20,000.00 conditioned trot in 1:53.3 easily wiring the field by open lengths from the eight hole. This 4 year old daughter of TRAINFORTHEFUTURE has established herself as one of the best conditioned aged trotters at Mohawk this Spring and early Summer. Congratulations to her owners the Rolling Hills Stables and Dimithri Pieria, Ontario. Hickory Lane Farm will sell 6 yearlings by TRAINFORTHEFUTURE at the Ohio Select Sale on September 15, 2014 at the Eden Park Equestrian Center, Sunbury, Ohio. Don't miss them!


    Jun 02, 2014

    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!
  • Tyra's Victorious in the Lismore Elimination at Yonkers

    May 26, 2014

    McARDLE'S offspring continue to impress on the big stage. Saturday evening at Yonkers, TYRA (McArdle-Pernilla-Abercrombie) picked up where she left off as a two year old winning an elimination of the $164,744.00 Lismore Stakes for three year old pacing fillies in 1:54.4h, setting herself up as one of the favorites in next weekend's final. After a two hole trip, TYRA flushed out at the top of the stretch and paced home in 27.4 to take the victory by a length and a half for owner Cc Racing LLC, Illinois, trainer, Joanne Looney-King and driver, Jim Morrill. 

    McARDLE has had another successful year breeding in Ohio with a 2014 book totalling to date, 98. His book will more than likely  exceed 100 by the conclusion of the breeding season for the second year in a row. This is quite an accomplishment given the enormous increase in stallion competition that has come into Ohio this breeding season. It is a testament to McArdle's reputation, that breeder's know, that he is an extemely fertile stallion that consistently produces good looking foals that consistently compete not only at the sires stakes level but also at the very top levels of the sport. We look forward to his first Ohio crop selling at the yearling sales in the Fall, 2015.

  • Stand Forever Passes Away at Age 22

    Mar 17, 2014

    It is with deep sadness that Hickory Lane announces that Stand Forever (Dragon's Lair-Niajet-Niatross) passed away at the Farm on March 15, 2014 from natural causes at the age of 22. "Stanley" as he was affectionately known to all on the Farm, was a favorite of the staff and many who came in contact with him due to his wonderful personality. A fixture at Hickory Lane since 1997, Stand Forever had a productive siring career, siring 595 offspring with 264 in 2:00, 93 in 1:55 and one in 1:50 and winners of over 18 million dollars. Among his top performers were Dream Proof, 1:48.4m ($590,976), Perfect M Forever, 1:51.3f ($581,436) and Talk Forever, 1:52.1m ($476,023) along with the 2013 Ohio Sires Stake Champion and 2 year old Ohio pacer of the year, Chance I Might. Stanley was laid to rest at Hickory Lane Farm. He will be truly missed by all of us. Rest in Peace Stanley, we will be forever grateful for you and your contributions to Hickory Lane.  

  • Tyra wins Grand Circuit Event at Harrah's Philadelphia; Soul Train wins OSS at Scioto Downs, sets a Track Record

    Sep 03, 2013

    Labor Day weekend stakes action was highlighted by two sparkling performances by offspring of McARDLE and TRAINFORTHEFUTURE.

    Last Friday at Harrah's Philadelphia, the sensational 2 year old filly TYRA (McArdle-Pernilla) won her fifth race in six starts by capturing the $42,812.00 Historic two year old Grand Circuit filly pace in 1:53.2f for owner CC Racing, Illinois, trainer Joann Looney-King and driver Tim Tetrick. TYRA increased her freshman earnings to $144,929.00 which ranks her eighth in North America among all two year old pacing fillies; job well done!

    Not to be outdone, SOUL TRAIN (Trainforthefuture-Dances on Air) continued his hot streak by capturing a $30,000.00 division of Ohio Sires Stakes action at Scioto Downs Saturday in a track record time of 1:57.2f for owners Parent Racing Stables, LLC, Robert Crynick and John Novak, trainer Scott Cox and driver Chris Page. SOUL TRAIN increased his lifetime earnings over $50,000.00 and will enter this Saturday's $150,000.00 OSS Final as one of the favorites. It has been an incredible year for his sire, TRAINFORTHEFUTURE who, year after year, continues to produce multiple sire stakes winners. Good luck to SOUL TRAIN and his connections in the final. We are proud to have produced at Hickory Lane Farm this fine young trotter!

  • McArdle and Trainforthefuture Offspring Highlight Big Weekend of Sires Stakes Action

    Aug 19, 2013

    This last week of sires stakes action In Pennsylvania and Ohio saw Hickory Lane Stallions MCARDLE and TRAINFORTHEFUTURE offspring win in impressive fashion.

    On Friday evening, August 16th at The Meadows, McArdle two year old fillies TYRA (McArdle-Pernilla) and MARYBELLE finished 1-2 in the $87,245.00 divion of the PASS 2 year old filly pace. Driven by Tim Tetrick, TYRA took command at the quarter pole and never looked back crushing the filed by 3 1/2 lengths in a blistering 1:52.4f. Jim King, Jr. trains and CC Racing, LLC, Illinois own this fine, mare.

    Sunday evening, August 18th saw Hickory Lane Farm homebred SOUL TRAIN (Trainforthefuture-Dances on Air) sit patiently until the three-quarter pole and then he unleashed a wicked brush to cruise past his foes down the lane to win by 2 3/4 lengths in 2:03f in a $30,000.00 division of the Ohio Sires Stakes for two year old trotting colts at Raceway Park. SOUL TRAIN has now banked over $48,000.00 this year as a two year old and will undoubtedly be one of the favorites in the $150,000.00 OSS Final on September 7th at Scioto Downs. Congratulations to all!

  • McArdle Freshman colt wins division of Pennsylvania Sires Stakes

    Aug 14, 2013

    McWICKED, (McArdle-Western Sahara) driven by Andy Miller for trainer Julie Miller and owners the Andy Miller Stables, Paymaq Stables and Hannah Miller, easily defeated his rivals by 3 lengths in 1:53f at The Meadows Tuesday afternoon to capture a $66,252.00 division of the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes 2 year old colt pace. McWICKED went off at the 4-5 favorite. He made his move from fourth at the half to the lead and never looked back, widening his lead down the stretch. This is the second sires stakes win for McWICKED who has established himself as one of the premier two year old colt pacers in Pennsylvania in 2013.

  • Dejarmbro and McArdle Service Full Books in 2013

    Aug 14, 2013

    Hickory Lane is pleased to announce that both DEJARMBRO and MCARDLE serviced full books in 2013. DEJARMBRO's book of 140 quality mares was full and closed by February 15th. Dejarmbro's conception rate was over 90%. Due to the tremendous demand, The Dejarmbro Syndicate will be accepting applications for the 2014 breeding season the remainder of this year. It is anticipated DEJARMBRO's book will be full and closed again early next year so if you are desirous of breeding to DEJARMBRO next year, it is recommended that you contact Hickory Lane before Thanksgiving and request an application so that your mare can be considered for next year.

    MCARDLE also proved to be a very popular stallion in Ohio in 2013. MCARDLE (who's book is not subject to limits) bred a full book of 175 mares with over 80% confirmed in foal to date. Given the number of foals MCARDLE will have in 2014, there is no doubt his offspring will have a major impact in Ohio and elsewhere. From limited crops the past couple of years in Pennsylvania, MCARDLE continues to sire top level stakes winning performers like MCWICKED, who won a division of the PASS 2 year old colt pace at The Meadows yesterday (see story below). There is not a better pacing sire for the value currently standing in Ohio. It will be exciting to watch his foals develop and race over the next few years.


    Jun 28, 2013

    Both STAND FOREVER and TRAINFORTHEFUTURE offspring turned in impressive winning performances this last saturday at Northfield Park in the annual Summit County Fair Stakes.

    NORMA JEAN (Stand Forever- Emkea) ised a second over trip to fly past her foes down the stretch to capture a division of the three year old filly in 1:57h for owner Jerome Osborne, trainer Eric Hamlet and driver Keith Kash, Jr.

    HICKORY LANE bred and raised SOUL TRAIN (Trainforthefuture- Dances On Air) dominated the $9,100.00 two year old colt trot with an awesome quarter move, trotting his last half mile in 59 seconds to win in 2:02h. This impressive freshman trotter is owned by Parent Racing Stables, John Novak and Robert Cynick, trained and driven by Scott Cox.

    Congratulations to all these inpressive performances.


    Jun 22, 2013

    ROSE RUN PRINCESS (Trainforthefuture-Cinder Char) showed her dominance in the $30,000.00 Division of Ohio Sires Stakes action at Northfield Park last Friday evening benefitting from a perfect two hole trip by her driver Chris Page to deliver a win for owners James Keller and Jerry Bell in 2:02.2h. Devin Miller has done a wonderful job training this filly, who now figures to be one of the favorites in the two year old trotting filly division. Congratulations to all. 

    In other news, JESSE E (Jailhouse Jesse-Marty E) lost the $200,000.00 Indiana Sires Stakes final Saturday evening at Hoosier Park by a mere nose finishing second but pocketing a cool $50,000.00 for owner/trainer Steve Carter. MARTY E is owned by Hickory Lane, she also the dam of half million dollar winner, REMBRANDT SPUR. MARTY E is in foal to the exciting new stallion, DEJARMBRO. We can't wait to see what Marty produces from this mating

  • A Big Weekend For Hickory Lane Stallion Offspring

    Jun 15, 2013

    This past weekend proved to be a big weekend for offspring of McARDLE and STAND FOREVER in stakes and overnight action. Friday evening, Pennsylvania Sires Stakes action took place at Harrah's Chester featuring 2 year old pacing fillies. In the $57,227.00 first division, MCARDLE filly TYRA (McArdle-Pernilla-Abercrombie) came from way off the pace to win in 1:54.1f for driver Tim Tetrick, trainer Joanne Looney-King and owner, the CC Racing, Ill. TYRA paced her final quarter in 27.2.

    Not to be out done, on Saturday, BAKIN ON THE BEACH, 4,g 1:50.4f (McArdle-Elizabeth Street-Falcon Almahurst), bred here in Ohio by Cool Winds Farm, set a track record at Scioto Downs winning in a blistering 1:50.4f. (Unfortunately, the record only lasted a few races where it was later lowered by a fifth of a second.). With a limited number of foals racing from his last few Pennsylvania crops, McARDLE is showing he can compete with the very best. McARDLE was bred to a full book of mares his first season in Ohio. He will have well over 100 foals on the ground by this time next year assuring everyone that he is here to stay and will be a major force competing in the Ohio stakes program.

    Also on Saturday evening, CHANCE I MIGHT (Stand Forever-Nature's Course-Precious Bunny) was back at it, winning again in Ohio Sires Stakes action in the 2 year old colt pace at Scioto Downs winning his $30,000.00 division in a fine 1:56.2f for owner Rebecca Dwyer, Trainer Jim Dailey and driver Brad Hanners. STAND FOREVER, from very small crops just keeps on producing quality sire stake caliber horses. Congratulations to all on a very successful and exciting weekend of racing.


  • Stand Forever and Trainforthefuture two year olds shine in Ohio Sires Stakes Action

    Jun 08, 2013

    Offspring of STAND FOREVER and TRAINFORTHEFUTURE continue to impress in Ohio Sires Stakes action during the July 4th holiday week. At Northfield Park July 3rd, CHANCE I MIGHT (Stand Forever-Nature's Course) got a perfect two hole trip to win a $30,000.00 division of the 2 year old colt pace in 1:59h for owner Rebecca Dwyer, trainer Jim Dailey and driver, Tony Hall.

    On July 4th at Scioto Downs, TRAINFORTHEFUTURE fillies finished 1-2-3-4 in a $30,000.00 division of the 2 year old filly trot with ROSE RUN PRINCESS (Trainforthefuture-Cinder Char) coming from well off the pace to charge home in 2:02.4f to win by three-quarters of a length for owners James Keller and Jerry Bell of Ohio, trainer Devan Miller and driver Chris Page. Congratulations to all and best of luck the rest of the racing season!

  • Stand Forever Colts Dominate Again in OSS Action at Scioto Downs

    May 28, 2013

    Memorial Day at Scioto Downs proved to be another banner day for Stand Forever colts in Ohio Sires Stakes Action as his 3 year olds finished 1-3 in both $30,000.00 divisions. In the first division HANKY L (Stand Forever-Sheer Sahbra) used a strong last half mile move to get up by a half a length in 1:53f for owner, Melissa Levan, trainer Herb Levan, and driver Jack Dailey. FIRETOWERS STAND finished third. In the second division, RETRIEVE FOREVER (Stand Forever-Retrieve Almahurst, who, incidentally, was raised right here at Hickory Lane Farm) also came off the pace with a strong first over move at the half to get up victorious by a half a length in 1:54.1f for owners Country Club Acres, Inc., Daniel Wozniak and Kalinowski Stable. Brian Brown trains this colt and Brett Miller was in the sulky. OUTDOOR FEVER (another colt raised at the Farm) was third. Congratulations to all and best of luck the rest of the way to the $150,000.00 final! 

  • Stand Forever Three Year Olds Dominate Ohio Sires Stakes Action at Lebanon Raceway

    May 06, 2013

    Ohio Sires Stakes action kicked the season off Friday at Lebanon Raceway and STAND FOREVER three year old colts and fillies took three of the four $30,000.00 divisions in convincing fashion.

    Starting the weekend off on Friday was FOREVER LA NIGH (Stand Forever-Game Madonna) who breezed to an easy wire to wire victory in 1:57.4h for owners Bruce and Patricia Soulsby, driver Tony Hall and trainer Ron Steck.

    Saturday night saw trainer Tom Brinkerhoff sweep the two divisions of the colt pace with a pair of colts owned by Rebecca Ewing and Leonard Buckner, both colts, by the way, were born and raised at Hickory Lane Farm.  MY MISTER E (Stand Forever-She's a Ruff One) carried over his strong finish to his two year old campaign with a ridiculously easy wire to wire win in 1:58h for Rebecca Ewing. Not to be outdone, OUTDOOR FEVER (Stand Forever-Bang the Door) was declared the winner in his heat when another Stand Forever, FIRETOWERS STAND, was disqualified for interference nullifying a one-two finish for the Stand colts. OUTDOOR FEVER's winning time was the fastest of the evening, 1:57h for his owner, Leonard Buckner. It should be quite a battle this year between these two fine colts; can't wait for the second leg of action! Congratulations to all and best wishes for a successful 2013 campaign.


    Feb 18, 2013

    Hickory Lane Farm, Findlay, Ohio and the newly formed Dejarmbro Syndicate are pleased to announce that Dejarmbro's book for the 2013 breeding season is now full and closed. Hickory Lane and The Dejarmbro Syndicate wish to thank everyone for their support. Dejarmbro stands at Hickory Lane Farm, Findlay, Ohio for $5,000.