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Windsong Stable

OWNER and MANAGER:
Paul F. Spears
PFSpearsMD@aol.com

Proud Winning Breeder of the 2004
Trotting Triple Crown


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Windsong Stable News — 2024 Highlights

Ester Degli Dei Rushes To A Dramatic Victory in Gr 2 Delicious at Solvalla

May 26 - On Elitloppet day at Solvalla (SE), Ester Degli Dei stunned the crowd by storming relentlessly from a seemingly hopeless position in deep stretch to win the 950,000 SEK Grade 2 Fyaaringseliten Ston - Delicious race today. Starting from the very disadvantageous post 7 for driver Robin Bakker, Ester Degli Dei found herself quickly blocked by traffic from a breaking horse, and shuffled to the rear on the outside. By the time the confusion resolved, Ester was 7th, and fourth in line in the outside flow about 8 lengths behind the early leader Karaboudjan. Still blocked entering the final turn with only 325 m remaining, Bakker angled Ester 5 wide to the far outside. In the stretch with only 150 m to go and with a horse still directly in front of her, Ester Degli Dei ignited her afterburners in an all-out effort to pass the field for a 1/2 length victory over Reijo Liljendahl-trained Eteria (IT). Her winning time was an amazing 1.09.5 (1:51.4f mile rate) for the 1640 m. event, and a new lifetime mark. Ester Degli Dei has surely confirmed her status as a world class 4yo mare with this victory. Ester Degli Dei is now 12 - 11 - 1 - 0 lifetime with earnings of 3,454,502 SEK ($323,754) for trainer Paul Hagoort, owner L.C.J. Schalkoort, and breeder Tomasso Cavalli of Az. Agr. Degli Dei SAS of Italy.

Harness Racing Update covered the 2024 Elitloppet and this race here (scroll down to the header "HAGOORT AND BAKKER RARELY LEAVE SOLVALLA EMPTY-HANDED"). The race can be viewed on YouTube here.

Windsong Stable owns and Julie Miller trains 2yo Raggedy Ann, a Cantab Hall half-sister to the dam of Ester Degli Dei. Windsong Stable owns and has booked Polyester Hanover, the granddam of Ester Degli Dei, to Maharajah in 2024.

Ester Degli Dei Begins 2024 Season With An Odds - Victory at Charlottenlund

May 12 - Ester Degli Dei (Maharajah - Twill Be Done) demonstrated her immense talent with a decisive victory in the 2000 m. 4YO Elite race today at Charlottenlund (Denmark). Send off at odds of 1/4, she nevertheless faced two stiff challenges during the race. But Ester Degli Dei did not disappoint her bettors as she delivered a decisive 3/4 length victory in 1.12.5 (1:56.3 mile rate for the 2000 m. race) for driver Robin Bakker, trainer Paul Hagoort, and owner L.C.J. Schalkoort of the Netherlands. Her 100,000 DKK share of the purse increased her lifetime earnings to 2,954,502 SEK. Ester Degli Dei is now 11 - 10 - 1 - 0 lifetime, her only loss a 3YO Open at Wolvega (NE) last year. The race replay can be viewed here.

Ester Degli Dei's dam Twill Be Done 2, 1:56.1f; 3, 1:55.3 ($131,210) was bred by Windsong Stable. At 2, Twill Be Done earned victories in the $60,000 PASS Consolation and the PA AllStars; was second in the Liberty Bell S.; and was third in two PASS. At 3, Twill Be Done was second in a PA Stallion Series, and third in the Keystone Classic. After her 3YO racing season, Twill Be Done was purchased at Harrisburg by Tomasso Cavalli. Ester Degli Dei is therefore Italian bred, Swedish sired, and Dutch owned. Her connections have announced their intentions to race the mare at Solvalla during the Elitloppet celebration.

Windsong - Bred 3YO Fillies Shine In Early Season Racing

May 12 - Windsong Stable bred 3YO fillies are making an impression in early season action, setting themselves up for successful future competition.

Leading the list is Wish List (Bar Hopping - A List Lindy), already a winner of a $20,000 division of the PA Stallion Series at The Meadows in 1:55.4f for trainer / owner Bob Baggitt. Wish List previously won a NW1 in 1:55.3f at Pocono, proving that her Stallion Series victory was no fluke.

Yesterday Rock Em Rosie (Chapter Seven - Monroe County) had a thoroughly impressive win in 1:57.0 in a NW1 at Vernon Downs for trainer/driver Claude Huckabone and owner James Crawford. After missing the gate by several lengths, Rock Em Rosie nevertheless charged forward on the outside to assume command by the quarter pole. Rosie remained in command until early stretch, as everything came up Rosie when she pulled away from the group to win by 7 lengths.

Love Those Legs (Kadabra - Legzy) broke her maiden in a NW1 at Mohawk on April 18 in 1:59.0 for trainer Luc Blais and owner Determination Inc. She followed up that performance with an excellent second place to 2023 2YO star Willy's Home Run in the SBOA Elimination on May 3 at Mohawk, timed in 1:56.2 with a LQ 28.0.

Greenspring (Greenshoe - Ilia) demonstrated some of the talent that made her a $500,000 yearling purchase for Determination Inc. breaking her maiden in a NW1 in the pouring rain in 1:58.3 at Mohawk on April 11.

And finally, Readly Success (Readly Success - Sweetspellosuccess) cruised to a wire-to-wire victory in a NW1 in 1:59.4f at Oak Grove on April 29th. Readly Success previously had two second place finishes at Oak Grove already this year, and has been timed in 1:56.4f. Trained by Julie Miller and retained by Windsong Stable, Readly Success has raised her lifetime earnings to $20,400 with the win.

Wish List Wins $20,000 PA Stallion Series at The Meadows

May 10 - Wish List (Bar Hopping - A List Lindy) made her owner's wishes come true in winning her division of the $20,000 3TF PA Stallion Series at The Meadows today. Driver David Miller was content to give Wish List a perfect pocket trip behind pacesetter Lexi B, only to tip out in the stretch and rush to an easy 1:55.4f victory for trainer/owner Bob Baggitt. Previously a winner this year in 1:55.3f at Pocono, Wish List increased her lifetime earnings to $32,690 with the victory.

Windsong Stable will sell Glitterati, a KY and NJSDF eligible yearling filly by Swedish champion and Menhammar stallion Readly Express, in the Concord Stud Farm consignment at Harrisburg.

Greenspring Starts Racing Career With A Win

April 11 - Greenspring (Greenshoe - Ilia) started her racing career tonight at Mohawk in the driving rain and a very sloppy track, but nothing was stopping her from making a great initial impression with a 2 length victory in 1:58.3 in a 5YO & Under NW1 for $17,000. A $500,000 yearling owned by Determination Inc., Greenspring did not race at two. But tonight, despite the terrible conditions and the unfavorable post 7, Greenspring showed the kind of talent implied by her high yearling price. Driven by Louis-Phillipe Roy for trainer Luc Blais, Greenspring got away safely if cautiously in fifth position in a 28.1 first quarter. Just before a 59.1 half, Greenspring pulled out first over and quickly bore down on the leaders, taking the lead by the 3/4 pole in 1:30.2. From there it was all Greenspring, who came smartly home in 28.1 to score a two length victory in 1:58.3 over Myfriendjose. The race can be viewed on YouTube by following this link.

Windsong Stable will retain 2024 yearling filly She's A Rainbow, a 1/2 sister to Greenspring and a full sister to prominent Ohio stallion Long Tom 3, 1:52.1 ($410,513). Greenspring is also 1/2 sister to Ohio stallion In Range 3, 1:51.4 ($793,037), and Tight Lines 1:51.2 ($625,074)

2024 Racing Highlights for Horses Bred by Windsong Stable

6/13/10

Date

Horse

Sire – Dam

Track

Race (purse)

Win

Time

Trainer

7/14/24

Puddin N Pie
– video race 12, pp 3

Yankee Glide
– Banbury Cross

Harrah’s

Philadelphia

AHDC
($7,500)

1st

1:57.3

H. Birney

7/12/24

Go Boom

– video race 8, pp 8

Muscle Hill

– Ilia

Meadowlands

NJSS

($25,000)

2nd

1:54.2
(1:54.1)

M. Melander

7/13/24

Rock ‘Em Rosie

– video race 11, pp 2

Chapter Seven

– Monroe County

Tioga

NW2

($8,500)

1st

1:57

C Huckabone

7/11/24

Lil’ Sweet

– video race 2, pp 3

Green Manalishi S

– Sweetspellosuccess

Mohawk

ONSS-GE

($95,000)

3rd

1:56.3

(1:55.4)

D. Menary

7/7/24

Oh Brother

– video race 11, pp 3

Greenshoes

– Oh My Darlin’

Harrah’s

Philadelphia

NW1

($10,500)

1st

1:55.2

T. Alagna

7/6/24

Rock ‘Em Rosie

– video race 3, pp 3

Chapter Seven

– Monroe County

Tioga

NW2

($8,500)

1st

1:57

C. Huckabone

6/28/24

Lil’ Sweet

– video race 4, pp 1

Green Manalishi S

– Sweetspellosuccess

Mohawk

NW1

($16,000)

1st

1:58.4

D. Menary

6/25/24

Morning Angel

– video race 2, pp 5

Chapter Seven

– S M S Princess

Yonkers

NYSS

($75,000)

3rd

2:00.1

M. Melander

6/21/24

Smooth As Silk

– video race 9, pp 2

International Moni

– Polyester Hanover

Buffalo

NW2

($5,200)

1st

2:00.3

J. Leggio

6/7/24

Joey
– video race 2, pp 3

Yankee Glide
– Jodis Jayme

Scioto

NW14000L4CD
($19,000)

1st

1:53.1

L. Zendt

5/31/24

Joey
– video race 5, pp 7

Yankee Glide
– Jodis Jayme

Scioto

NW7500L4CD
($12,000)

1st

1:52.2

L. Zendt

5/20/24

Joey
– video race 4, pp 6

Yankee Glide
– Jodis Jayme

Pocono

NW4400L4CD
($8,500)

1st

1:53.2

L. Zendt

5/11/24

Rock ‘Em Rosie

– video race 5, pp 4

Chapter Seven

– Monroe County

Vernon

NW1

($4,000)

1st

1:57

C Huckabone

5/10/24

Wish List
– video race 4, pp 1

E L Titan

– Monroe County

Pocono

PA Stallion Series

($20,000)

1st

1:55.4

R. Baggitt, Jr.

4/30/24

Wish List
– video race 4, pp 6

E L Titan

– Monroe County

Pocono

NW2

($14,000)

1st

1:55.3

R. Baggitt, Jr.

4/29/24

Readly Success

– race 9, pp 5

Readly Express
– Sweetspellosuccess

Oak Grove

NW1

($13,000)

1st

1:59.4

J. Miller

4/28/24

Barzy
– video race 6, pp 5

Bar Hopping
– Legzy

Flamboro

NW65000LT

($10,500)

1st

157.4

S. Coulter

4/18/24

Love Those Legs

– video race 3, pp 8

Kadabra

– Legzy

Mohawk

NW1

($17,000)

1st

159

L. Blais

4/11/24

Greenspring

– video race 5, pp 7

Greenshoe
– Ilia

Mohawk

NW1

($17,000)

1st

1:58.3

L. Blais

4/6/24

Barzy
– video race 9, pp 1

Bar Hopping
– Legzy

Flamboro

NW1500L3CD

($6,600)

1st

2:00.2

S. Coulter

3/25/24

Wish List
– video race 9, pp 7

E L Titan

– Monroe County

Pocono

NW1

($12,000)

1st

1:58.4

R. Baggitt, Jr.

2/20/24

Swan By Land
– video race 14, pp 2

Swan for the Road
– Andover Hall

Dover

NW6001L5CD

($8,000)

1st

1:56.3

J. Columbo

1/21/24

Barzy
– video race 2, pp 4

Bar Hopping
– Legzy

Flamboro

NW60000LT
($9,500)

1st

1:59

S. Coulter

1/14/24

Barzy
– video race 9, pp 4

Bar Hopping
– Legzy

Flamboro

NW60000LT
($9,500)

1st

1:57.4

S. Coulter

1/5/24

Barzy
– video race 10, pp 6

Bar Hopping
– Legzy

Flamboro

NW2920L3CD
($6,500)

1st

1:58.1

S. Coulter

1/1/24

Joey
– video race 12, pp 7

Yankee Glide
– Jodis Jayme

Meadows

NW3450L4CD
($7,800)

1st

1:56.1

L. Zendt

12/14/23

Barzy
– video race 9, pp 5

Bar Hopping
– Legzy

Flamboro

NW2920L3CD
($6,500)

1st

1:58.2

S. Coulter

12/7/23

Barzy
– video race 8, pp 5

Bar Hopping
– Legzy

Flamboro

NW2500L3CD
($6,500)

1st

1:59

S. Coulter

11/21/23

Swan By Land
– video race 6, pp 5

Swan for the Road
– Andover Hall

Dover

NW8001L5CD

($9,500)

1st

1:57.3

J. Columbo

11/9/23

Oh My Gosh

– video race 2, pp 2

Swan for All

– Oh My Darlin

Meadows

NW1

($9,000)

1st

2:00

D. Kahrig

10/19/23

All A Twitter

– video race 4, pp 1

Muscle Hill
– SMS Princess

Harrah’s

Philadelphia

NW3

($12,600)

1st

1:55.2

T. Cancelliere

10/19/23

Swan Jovi

– video race 2, pp 1

Father Patrick

– Swan For The Road

Meadows

NW1

($9,000)

1st

1:59.3

L. Mullet

10/1/23

All A Twitter

– video race 12, pp 3

Muscle Hill
– SMS Princess

Harrah’s

Philadelphia

NW3

($16,000)

1st

1:56.3

T. Cancelliere

10/5/23

Suits Me

– video race 1, pp 2

Explosive Matter

– Polyester Hanover

Meadows

NW4

($7,300)

1st

1:57.3

B. Brocklehurst

10/4/23

Smooth As Silk

– video race 4, pp 1

International Moni

– Polyester Hanover

Meadows

NW1

($9,000)

1st

1:58.1

S. Callihan

10/1/23

All A Twitter

– video race 11, pp 5

Muscle Hill
– SMS Princess

Harrah’s

Philadelphia

NW2

($12,000)

1st

1:59.3

T. Cancelliere

9/27/23

All The Rage
– video race 8, pp 5

E L Titan

– Monroe County

Pocono

NW2

($13,000)

1st

1:56.4

A. Svanstedt

9/4/23

Love Those Legs

– video race 3, pp 5

Kadabra
– Legzy

Mohawk

ONSS-GL

($103,100)

3rd

1:56.2

(1:56.1)

L. Blais

9/2/23

Climb The Pole
– video race 4, pp 2

Kadabra
– Legzy

Mohawk

Simcoe S.

($157,000)

1st

1:52.2

C. Jamieson

8/25/23

Climb The Pole
– video race 9, pp 1

Kadabra
– Legzy

Mohawk

Casual Breeze S.

($71,050)

1st

1:53.4

C. Jamieson

8/25/23

Smooth As Silk

– race 1, pp 4

International Moni

– Polyester Hanover

Indiana Fair

PASS3YRFTA

($5,300)

1st

2:06.1

S. Callihan

8/20/23

Smooth As Silk

– race 1, pp 4

International Moni

– Polyester Hanover

Meadville Fair

PASS3YRFTA

($7,950)

1st

2:03.4

S. Callihan

8/16/23

All A Twitter

– video race 6, pp 3

Muscle Hill
– SMS Princess

Harrah’s

Philadelphia

NW1

($10,800)

1st

1:54.2

T. Cancelliere

8/15/23

Climb The Pole
– video race 7, pp 4

Kadabra
– Legzy

Mohawk

ONSS-GL

($159,000)

1st

1:54

C. Jamieson

8/11/23

Joey
– video race 2, pp 2

Yankee Glide
– Jodis Jayme

Scioto

NW18500L4CD
($25,000)

1st

1:52.2

L. Zendt

7/17/23

Smooth As Silk

– video race 2, pp 1

International Moni

– Polyester Hanover

Bedford Fair

PASS3YRFTA

($5,375)

1p2nd

1:58.4

TDIS

S. Callihan

7/16/23

Climb The Pole
– video race 8, pp 1

Kadabra
– Legzy

Rideau Carlton

ONSS-GL
($101,300)

2p1st

1:54.2

TDIS

C. Jamieson

7/13/23

Smooth As Silk

– race 7, pp 3

International Moni

– Polyester Hanover

Hughesville F.

PASS3YRFTA

($5,225)

1st

2:03.2

S. Callihan

7/10/23

All The Rage
– video race 7, pp 7

E L Titan

– Monroe County

Pocono

NW2

($13,000)

1st

1:56

A. Svanstedt

7/9/23

Smooth As Silk

– race 1, pp 3

International Moni

– Polyester Hanover

Wattsburg F.

PASS3YRFTA

($5,375)

1st

2:03.1

S. Callihan

6/30/23

Joey
– video race 13, pp 5

Yankee Glide
– Jodis Jayme

Scioto

NW14500L4CD
($20,000)

1st

1:53

L. Zendt

6/29/23

Smooth As Silk

– race 2, pp 1

International Moni

– Polyester Hanover

Butler Fair

PASS3YRFTA

($5,300)

1st

2:05.1

S. Callihan

6/12/23

Readly Success

– video race 6, pp 2

Readly Express
– Sweetspellosuccess

Oak Grove

2YOFEKYSS

($25,000)

3rd

1:59.2

(1:58)

J. Miller

6/9/23

Adore Me
– video race 12, pp 4

Father Patrick
– Sleep Tight My Luv

Harrah’s

Philadelphia

W04-7PMLT

($150,000)

1st

1:54

J. Miller

6/5/23

Readly Success
– video race 1, pp 3

Readly Express
– Sweetspellosuccess
 

Gaitway

Qua2TF

1st

1:59

J. Miller

5/30/23

Joey
– video race 14, pp 1

Yankee Glide
– Jodis Jayme

Pocono

NW10750L5CD
($13,000)

1st

1:53.3

L. Zendt

5/29/23

Adore Me
– video race 4, pp 7

Father Patrick
– Sleep Tight My Luv

Oak Grove

M4YOKYSS Final

($150,000)

2nd

1:52.3
(1:52.3)

J. Miller

5/22/23

Adore Me
– video race 7, pp 3

Father Patrick
– Sleep Tight My Luv

Oak Grove

M4YOKYSS

($50,000)

2nd

1:51.4
(1:51.4)

J. Miller

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