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  • McWicked finishes a strong second in his debut at Harrah's Philadelphia; McDave and McPhil place in PASS action at The Meadows pacing their miles in 1:52.3 and 1:52 respectively

    Jul 27, 2015
         It was a busy weekend for McArdle's offspring this past weekend. McWicked, making his first start of the year Sunday at Harrah's Philadelphia in the $30,000 Open Pace, came from next to last around the final turn and turned on the afterburners to finish a strong second pacing his mile in 1:50.4. McWicked now looks ready to take on the best of the sport the rest of this year after being named Pacer of the Year in 2014.
         In PASS action Saturday evening for 2 year old colt pacers at The Meadows, the two fine young McArdle colts, McDave and McPhil,  turned in gutsy performances against the Somebeachsomewhere's. McDave was second by a neck in 1:52.3f while McPhil was a solid third pacing his mile in 1:52 flat. The Somebeachsomewhere winner in McPhil's race paced to a national season's record in 1:51.1f, showing just how good the McArdle's stack up against the best competition in the world, especially given the fact that there are only 25 2 year old McArdle's in Pennsylvania this year. When the McArdle's appear on the scene in Ohio next year, they should be more than capable of winning their share of stakes both in Ohio and nationally, especially given the fact that he will have close to 100 2 year olds for the first time since his initial crop years ago.
         Finally, we can't leave out the McArdle fillies as Macarena Momma finished a strong third in PASS action for 3 year old pacing fillies Saturday at The Meadows.
         All of Hickory Lane's yearlings are now in the barns being prepped for the upcoming yearling sales. Without a doubt, this is the finest group we have ever sold both in looks and in pedigree. We encourage you to come out and inspect our 28 yearlings that will sell at the Ohio Sale September 19th at Eden Park, Sunbury, Ohio; you will not be disappointed.
  • McArdle's 2 Year Old Colts Give A Strong Showing In PASS Action at Pocono

    Jul 16, 2015
    The first leg of the tough PASS Sire Stakes for 2 year old pacing colts kicked off last evening in at Pocono. The two McArdle colts in the six divisions gave good accounts of themselves by both placing close second's in their respective divisions. In the first, McPhil (McArdle-Philadelphia), paced in 1:54 with a last quarter in 27.3 to gain place honors. In another division, already two time winner McDave (McArdle-Southwind Piper) was pinched on the inside in an attempt to rally up the passing lane just coming up short by a neck in 1:53.4 with a last quarter paced in 27.4. Both colts look to be prime contenders this year on the tough PASS circuit and could very likely shine in the upcoming rich grand circuit stakes this year. Hickory Lane will be selling 17 of the best bred first crop of Ohio eligible McArdle's this Fall at the Ohio Select Jug Sale. If you want to compete next year at the top level for the rich Ohio Sires Stakes, you can't leave the Sale without one.
  • McDave Victorious in Pennsylvania All Stars Stake at Pocono

    Jul 06, 2015
         The 2 year old McArdle colt, McDave, continued his impressive unbeaten start to his freshman season with a convincing win in the Pennsylvania All Stars at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs last Friday, shooting up the rail to win by a length and a quarter in 1:53.4f with a last quarter sprint in 27.1. McDave is a big, strong colt with a flawless gait who looks to be one of the very best freshman colt pacers on the Pennsylvania circuit. McDave is owned by Ronald Michelon, Ill. and David and John Prushnok of Punxsutawney, Pa.,and trained by Erv Miller and driven by Marcus Miller.
         What is so impressive about McArdle as a sire is that this is his very last crop of Pennsylvania eligibles of which there are only 25. Yet, McArdle continues producing grand circuit stake winners even with these paltry numbers besting the likes of the Somebeachsomewhere's, Well Said's and Dragon Again's. Now, in 2015, with close to 100 foals from his first Ohio crop, McArdle is certain to have a large share of Ohio Sires Stakes and Grand Circuit performers in 2016. Hickory Lane is selling 16 McArdle's at the Ohio Selected Jug Sale Sale September 19th. You don't want to miss them because they are some of the finest bred individuals that will be selling at that sale. Please feel free to come to the Farm and inspect them any time. You are always welcome.
  • Katniss, a full sister to Dejarmbro, wins Empire Breeder's Elimination in 1:53; McDave, a 2 year old McArdle, Wins Fastest Baby Race at Mohegan Sun

    Jun 15, 2015
         Two of Hickory Lane's stallions were showcased this past week. Katniss, the 3 year old full sister to Dejarmbro, drew off easily by 2 lengths in Sunday's elimination for next week's $250,000 Empire Breeder's Classic final at Vernon Downs in New York in 1:53. Owned By Mario Mazza and trained by Ake Svanstedt, this filly is rounding into form at the right time and looks now to be one of the top 3 year old trotting fillies in the country. Watch out for her going forward.

         What can you say about McArdle? With only 37 foals from his last Pennsylvania crop, he is at it again with another top 2 year old colt named McDave (McArdle-Southwind Piper-Artsplace) who blistered the mile at Mohegan Sun Pocono in a swift 1:56.1 last Friday drawing off by over six lengths under no urging at all. It was the fastest pacing mile of the day for 2 year old colt pacers and his second straight victory. Erv Miller trains this colt. Look for him making a huge impact this year in Pennsylvania.

         Hickory Lane will be selling 12 Dejarmbro's and 16 McArdle's at the Ohio Selected Jug Sale September 19th at Eden Park, Sunbury, Ohio. These are some of the best bred yearlings we have ever sold at public auction. We also have a handful we are selling privately.We are excited about them and would be pleased to show them to you. Please feel free to stop at the Farm anytime, we would be happy to have you visit and see these wonderful yearlings..
  • Allbeef N Nobull gives McArdle another PASS Winner in the 3 Year Old Colt Pace at Harrah's Philadelphia

    May 29, 2015
         Allbeef N Nobull (McArdle-She Likes It All-The Big Dog) rode a perfect pocket trip to victory in the second $71,389.00 division of the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes for three year old pacing colts in a snappy 1:51f yesterday at Harrah's Philadelphia. Owned by Donald Emonds of Massachusetts, trained by Monte Gelrod and driven by Brett Miller, this colt now has 5 wins in 8 lifetime starts. McArdle's Lightning, last weeks McArdle winner, finished third. What McArdle offspring have accomplished in the tough Pennsylvania circuit this year so far is just incredible. From only 41 foals, he already has 2 sire stake winners. It will be exciting to see the results he'll produce in Ohio when his 2 year olds begin racing in 2016. Additionally, It should be an exciting time at the Ohio Select Yearling Sale this Fall. Hickory Lane has most of the finest bred McArdle's that will sell there this Fall. Make sure you check them out, you will not be disappointed!
  • McArdle's Lightning Scorches Competition in PASS at Mohegan Sun

    May 18, 2015
         The first leg of PASS for 3 year old pacing colts took place Saturday evening at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. The first and fastest $56,442.00 division was won by McArdle's Lightning (McArdle-Winning Venture-Jate Lobell) who made a dramatic move from last to first in scorching his competition by 3 1/4 lengths in 151.1f. Looking like a seasoned veteran, this three year old has sounded the alarm early that he is poised to be one of the top 3 year old colt pacers on the tough Pennsylvania circuit this summer. Maybe he can fill McWicked's shoes and represent McArdle well this year. Congratulations to his owner and McArdle Syndicate member, Lightning Stables, LLC, Florida; trainer, Steve Elliot; and, driver, Anthony Napolitano. McArdle is having another banner year in the breeding shed in Ohio. Even though this is his third year standing in Ohio, he has surpassed last year's numbers and has booked well in excess of 100 mares for the third year in a row. Thank you to all the breeder's for your support!
  • McWicked- Ending 2014 on a good note!

    Jan 21, 2015

    McWicked was the richest pacer and awarded the Dan Patch Award as the top 3 year-old pacer in North America, with a purse of $1.47 million for owner SSG Stable and trainer Casie Coleman. McWicked won 12 of 23 times and was on the board 21 of the 23 times this year. He finished the season on a three-race win streak, which included The Breeders Crown and a stakes record in the Progress.Other victories for McWicked this year included The Delvin Miller Adios and The Max C. Hempt memorial. In the Max C.Hept memorial McWicked set the fastest five-eighths-mile record for 3-year-olds in 1:47.3 at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. He was primarily driven by David Miller, with Brian Sears in the sulky for The Breeders Crown.

  • Trainforthefuture Filly, Emilene's Future, Kicks off Season of Ohio Sires Stakes Action at Miami Valley With a Convincing Win

    Dec 23, 2014

    EMILENE'S FUTURE (Trainforthefuture-K W's Lasermachine-Armbro Laser) won the final $40,000.00 division of the inaugural Ohio Sires Stakes for three year old trotting fillies at Miami Valley Raceway last Friday evening with an easy 3 1/2 length victory in 2:00.3f. Kurt Sugg moved Emilene at the half and drew off on her competition with little urging to earn 50 valuable points in the first leg of OSS action this season. Rickie Williams trains this fine filly for owners Lillian Williams, Judith Moyer and Robert Burkhart, all of Ohio. Congratulations to all. Ohio Sires Stakes action continues late in May at Scioto Downs where Emilene will look to make it two in a row.

  • Harrisburg Videos are Avalable for Viewing

    Oct 17, 2014

    You may view the Farm's consignment of yearlings at the Harrisburg sale at yearlingvideos.com. Just click on the site, click on "Farms" and click on Hickory Lane Farm to view. the videos.  Hickory Lane's consignment includes two superb trotting colts by Explosive Matter and Majestic Son. The fillies include three by first year sire Big Jim and one by Crazed. Check them out.

  • World Champion Uncle Peter To Stand At Hickory Lane

    Oct 13, 2014

    Hickory Lane is please to announce that it is adding another world champion trotter to its stallion roster in 2015 when world champion, Uncle Peter (Cantab Hall-Victory Treasure-Enjoy Lavec) 2, 1:54.2, 3, 1:52.3f, 4, 1:50.3f ($1,290,660) joins world champion, Dejarmbro,  to form the most prolific tandem of promising young stallions to stand in the state of Ohio.

    The winner of just under 1.3 million dollars and 13 races, Uncle Peter, at age 2, won the elimination and final of the Breeder's Crown at Woodbine and took his 1:54.2 record at The Red Mile. At 3, he won the Stanley Dancer Memorial, an elimination of the Hambletonian, a Pennsylvania Sires Stakes and the Pennsylvania All Stars, among other races. At 4, he established a world record for four year olds on a 5/8 mile track of 1:50.3f while banking in excess of a half a million dollars while racing against the top trotters in North America.

    Born and raised in Ohio at Winterwood farm, Uncle Peter will stand for an introductory service fee of $6,000. Uncle Peter is syndicated and shares are still available for purchase. For more information, contact R. Kevin Greenfield, Syndicate Manager, at 419-346-0609 or kgreenfield@gkflaw.com or Farm Manager, Brad Wallace at 419-422-3004 orbrad@hickorylanefarm.com.


    Aug 25, 2014

    Hickory Lane's Ohio Select Yearlings can now be viewed online at yearlingvideos.com.  Just click on "Farms", then click on "Hickory Lane Farm" and you can view videos of all the Ohio yearlings. 2014 marks the return of the Ohio Select Yearling Sale at Eden Park Equestrian Center, Sunbury, Ohio on Monday, September 15, 2014, during Jug week. Monday, the 15th, is an off day racing which enables all Horseman to attend this fine sale. Hickory Lane is selling 17 Ohio bred yearlings at this sale by sires Stand Forever, Trainforthefuture, Lovin Every Moment and Big Bad John. Yearlings can also be inspected at the Farm. Just call Farm Manager Brad Wallace and he will be happy to arrange a time for your inspection. Lexington and Harrisburg yearlings offered by Hickory Lane will be up for viewing in early September.


    Aug 18, 2014

    In one of the more thrilling races you'll ever watch DATSYUK (Explosive Matter-Pink Ribbons-Mr Vic) rallied from off the pace to wear down Father Patrick in deep stretch to beat him by 1/2 length in the $36,000 Tompkins-Geers Stake at Tioga Downs Sunday. In upsetting one of the sports greatest trotters, DATSYUK established a new track record at Tioga for 3 year old trotting geldings with his 1:53.1 effort. DATSYUK is a homebred of Hickory Lane, born and bred right here on the Farm. PINK RIBBONS, his mother, was a high end trotter in her day and was a Hambletonian Oaks finalist in 2005. DATSYUK is owned by co-owner of Hickory Lane, Leonard Buckner along with his trainer, Charlie Norris. Charlie also drove DATSYUK to this monumental victory.

    DATSYUK will next race in the PASS at The Meadows on August 26th before the PASS final on September 7 at Harrah's Chester. Congratulations to Leonard, Charlie and Datsyuk. We are proud of you!


    Aug 08, 2014

    Even being saddled with the far outside post position proved to be no problem for MCWICKED as he easily defeated six other rivals in PASS action at Harrah's Philadelphia yesterday drawing off by over 4 lengths in a blistering 1:48.4f, last quarter in 27 seconds. Currently rated the sixth best standardbred in North America, this world champion son of MCARDLE has his sights firmly set on The Little Brown Jug in September. Hickory Lane is excited for this event as it will allow MCARDLE'S finest son of 2014 to showcase his immense talents before our fans in our home state of Ohio.  Next stop for MCWICKED, the final PASS leg and then the PASS final and then to the Jug. Congratulations to his connections, SSG Stables, Casie Coleman and David Miller.


    Jul 28, 2014

    MCWICKED showed once again why he is among the very best pacers by capturing the $400,000.00 Adios at The Meadows Saturday in wire to wire fashion in 1:49.1f. This WORLD CHAMPION now has earnings approaching $800,000.00. Congratulations to his owner SSG Stables, NY, trainer Casie Coleman and driver David Miller.

    MCARDLE has stamped himself as one of North America's leading pacing sires. His 2 year olds rank third in average earnings per foal and his 3 year olds rank second only behind Somebeachsomewhere. This is truly an astounding accomplishment especially given the limited number of foals he has on the ground that were bred in the ultra tough Pennsylvania market. In Ohio next year, over 100 foals will begin their training. Given these kind of numbers, the likes MCARDLE has never seen consistently before, the sky is the limit for his success here in Ohio.


    Jul 17, 2014

    Two year old colt pacers were in action at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs last evening and co-scripting the fastest mile of the evening was MCARDLE'S superb freshman, MCARDLES LIGHTNING who made an impressive move from the rear at the top of the stretch to get up by a nose in a wicked time of 1:51f. That win makes it 2 for 2 in PASS competition for this fine colt owned by LIghtning Stable, LLC, Boca Raton , Florida, trained by Steve Elliott and driven by Matt Kakaley.

    At the time of this writing, MCARDLE stands third in overall average of all three year old colt pacers. His two year olds, from a limited crop, have been equally impressive with multiple sire stakes winners and performers competing every week on the grand circuit. It's been a great year so far for MCARDLE. Congratulations to all!


    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.