09/03/2014 4:18PM

Marks: Trixton, Father Patrick trace back to an obscure Lindy Farms mare

Nikki Sherman
Trixton is a son of Emilie Cas El.

It all started at Lindy Farms.

There is no question we’re dealing with a pair of very special trotting colts in Father Patrick and Hambletonian winner Trixton this year. Both colts owe their genetic origins to a cast off Lindy Farms mare named Lindys Speedy Lady.

Lindys Speedy Lady, a foal of 1968 by Speedy Count-Brendina Hanover, was herself a nice mare, trotting in 2:03 1/5 and earning $54,079. She had one notable contribution as a broodmare named Kenwood Scamper, an unraced Texas foal of 1982 who might have resided forever in obscurity if not for her mating with the unraced though exquisitely bred Magna Force, he by Florida Pro from the exceptional Rosemary and thus a half-brother to the well known Royal Prestige.

Kenwood Scamper’s first two offspring by Magna Force turned out to be none other than Amour Angus, a foal of 1987, and Canne Angus, a foal of 1989. From there it suddenly gets interesting.

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Without fanfare, Amour Angus is arguably one of the all time great trotting broodmares, responsible for no less than three major sires in the Garland Lobell full brothers Conway Hall, Angus Hall, and Andover Hall.

From Conway Hall, we got Windsongs Legacy, who in turn sired Lucky Chucky and Chapter Seven.

Angus Hall has yet to leave a major siring son although his son Majestic Son is a solid regional sire in Canada. In addition he did sire one of the all time greatest Canadian race-mares in Peaceful Way.

Andover Hall has donated Donato Hanover, perhaps the best trotting filly sire around these days, in addition to son Nuncio, a top colt who just may have been born in the wrong year given the current prowess of stablemates Father Patrick and Trixton.

The very first foal of Amour Angus was Emilie Cas El (1992, by Garland Lobell). Emilie Cas El wound up trotting in 1:57 1/5 at age 3 while earning $245,199, and was the Canadian 3-year-old trotting filly of the year in 1995. She wound up at Hunterton Farms in Kentucky visiting the court of several leading stallions, but for the most part her broodmare career was respectable though not exceptional.

That is until 2010 when the decision was made to breed the then 18-year-old Emilie Cas El to the then first crop stallion Muscle Hill, arguably the greatest trotting colt of this or perhaps any generation. And as has happened before, the vigorous young stud injected new life into the old girl resulting in Trixton.

This brings us to the present day as Trixton, when through racing, figures to be one of the most sought after stallions in history given the ramifications of his immediate pedigree.

Trixton’s sire, Muscle Hill, by the sire of sires Muscle Yankee, has emerged as one of the most exciting first-crop stallions in years. Muscles Yankee is generally considered the leading stallion son of super-sire Valley Victory, and prior to Muscle Hill, accounted for stallion sons in Muscle Mass, Deweycheatumnhowe, and Muscle Massive.

Trixton’s dam, the accomplished Emilie Cas El, is a full sister to a trio of acclaimed sires in Conway Hall, Angus Hall and Andover Hall.

Thus Trixton brings the prolific Valley Victory male line to an incredible female line from which many notable stallions already stem, and in many ways he could be at the pinnacle of where this contemporary trotting breed is today.

As for Father Patrick, he is the leading son of Cantab Hall, arguably the number one trotting stallion in the world today, and once again there’s the connection to Lindys Speedy Lady. Cantab Hall, by Self Possessed, is the first foal of the accomplished Canland Hall, she in turn the first foal of Amour Angus’ full sister Canne Angus.

Interestingly enough, Canland Hall and Emilie Cas El could be considered full sisters in blood sharing the same father Garland Lobell while the mothers are full sisters by Magna Force from Kenwood Scamper. Both Canland Hall and Emilie Cas El were the first foals of their respective dams though neither would be considered the optimum foal of their dam—those honors going to Cameron Hall for Canne Angus and Andover Hall for Amour Angus. But Canland Hall and Emilie Cas El can each be credited with what appears to be milestone performers in leading sire Cantab Hall and potential siring prospect Trixton, both of whom are third generation from the male line of Valley Victory.  

Cantab Hall becomes a third generation Valley Victory on his male side via his sire Self Possessed, he by Valley Victory’s first great son Victory Dream. This bodes well for Father Patrick seeing as how the male line is reacting with daughters of Amour Angus and Canne Angus.

Being Cantab Hall’s optimum son thus far, Father Patrick will indeed be a  much sought after stallion prospect in his own right, though it remains to be seen if the so-called Gural rule (addressed in our last DRF column) mandating horses race as 4-year-olds will be maintained and/or rescinded this fall.

The same will also apply to the Hambletonian champion Trixton, although he differs slightly from Father Patrick in that this is his first major season while “Patrick” was the 2-year-old champion in 2013 and preseason Hambletonian favorite for this year.

Both Father Patrick and Trixton are headed next for the C$682,000 Canadian Trotting Classic at Mohawk on Saturday September 13th.  

It sure looks like we’ve come quite a ways from the castoff Lindys Speedy Lady.