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Looking Back to Falcon Seelster (01/10/13)
Posted Thursday January 10, 2013
By Mike Paradise
He’s shown here winning with his trainer Tom Harmer in 1985 at Sportsman’s Park when Falcon Seelster put together a dazzling 3-year-old season.
Starting just twice in Canada as a 2-year-old, this son of Warm Breeze was sold before the start of the sophomore season for $65,000 to Ciara Stable, Charles Day and Castleton Farms and went on to win an amazing 24 times in 31 starts, knocking down $843,470 in purse money.
Among his 1985 victories was an all-age world record of 1:51 on the Delaware, Ohio half-mile track, a record that lasted 17 years. He also took the American National, the Prix d’Ete Provicial Cup, eliminations of the Cane and Messenger and the Nat Christie Memorial.
Falcon Seelster’s last year of racing was at four when he when he had 11 wins and 6 seconds in 18 starts, including victories in George Morton Levy Series Final and legs of the Presidential, Graduate, Levy and U.S. Pacing Championship.
He went on to be a great stallion in both in the U.S. and Down Under before he passed on at the age of 21 in 2011. Falcon Seelster’s offspring won over $80 million in the U.S. and another $30 in Australia and New Zealand.
Falcon Seelster produced such millionaire champions in this country as Shady Daisy, McArdle, Shady Character and Falcon Dakota, along with millionaires Elsu and The Falcon Strike in the southern hemisphere.
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(Mike Paradise writes an additional weekly column—Trot Topics—in Saturday's The Daily Journal. The Kankakee, IL based newspaper has expanded its coverage of racing at Balmoral Park and welcomes comments and questions on Illinois harness racing.