Brent wins Macca Lodge race at Addington with his son’s Panspacificflight mare
Something rather nice happened at Addington on Friday night.
Different race, different night, same series, same result, same headline.
In short, Macca Lodge co-proprietor Brent McIntyre won his second race as a trainer at the home of harness racing on 28 July. It happened to be the final of the Macca Lodge South of the Waitaki winter series. The winner, four-year-old mare Pantastic, is by Macca Lodge sire Panspacificflight. And she happens to be part-owned by son Caine McIntyre who put together the Custom Made Syndicate with some mates new to harness racing ownership.
A week earlier Pantastic won a heat of the series on the same track and paid $44 on the tote.
That was a pretty impressive win and the odds weren’t nearly as fancy for the final despite probably the worst draw on the inside of the second line. It didn’t matter. Driver John Dunn soon had Pantastic off the fence and in a trailing position on the outside. She still had plenty to do at the 400 but won impressively.
Caine, on track for the final with a mate from the syndicate, says they all got a huge thrill from the two wins. He admits some syndicate members had been getting the stitch after a barren three-year-old season, when Pantastic was struck down by a virus that got the whole Macca racing team. But they’ve now got a few options and are looking forward to the new season.
Pantastic is out of Tuapeka Osprey, a Falcon Seelster half-sister to the dams of speedy filly Bonnie Joan and big winner Machtu. Her half-brother, Mister Lennox, won the Tasmanian Derby in 2015.
MACCA LODGE sire Panspacificflight provided the two stars at the Hoosier Park meeting in his home state of Indiana on 08 July.
Panspacificflight mare sets track record . . .
Four-year-old Panspacificflight mare Au D Lox Bluegrass broke the track record for older mares with a sizzling mile in 1:49.4. She was taken straight to the lead from a wide draw and posted fractions of 25.2, 53.6 and 1:22.2 before coasting away to win by five lengths. Au D Lox Bluegrass has now won five races this year and taken her life-time earnings past $US250,000. Footnote: She won again at Hoosier Park in 1:50.4 on 21 July.
. . . and Pans filly wins $US75,000 Sires Stakes Final
Just a few races later Panspacificflight filly Jd’s Chancey Gal won the Indiana Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old fillies with a mile in 1:51.6. This was her fifth consecutive win on the track and took her earnings past $US100,000. Jd’s Chancey Gal, who won again in 1:52 on 22 July, is raced on lease from Panspacificflight’s owner, Jacob Miller. He bred — and named — Jd’s Macca Lodge, who has also been in top form at Hoosier Park with a recent best time of 1:50 neat and earnings of more than $US100,000.
60 per cent winners from first NZ crop . . . just 14 horses who’ve won more than 80 races!
Net Ten EOM two-year-olds firing in North America . . . six individual winners already
NEW MACCA LODGE sire Net Ten EOM has made a dream start to his stud career with six individual winners already from his first crop of two-year-olds in North America.
Filly Loony Bin is the latest winner, running down the hot favorite in a leisurely run mile in 1:58.6 at Hoosier Park on 25 July. She’s out of a Real Desire mare.
Somehowsomeday — named more after his grand sire Somebeachsomewhere than his sire — led all the way in a $US10,000 event at Hoosier Park the week before, running his mile in 1:57 (final quarter in 27.2).
The fastest of Net Ten EOM’s winners so far is Bluebird Recon (1:54.6), who was one of the favourites for the $US75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final at Hoosier Park on 14 July. Not surprisingly he faded after taking the field through a first quarter in 25.9!
Another son of Net Ten EOM, Call Me West (1:56.8), also qualified for the first of five Indiana Sires Stakes finals this year.
It’s very early days yet, but these results are making breeders sit up and take notice of the young Somebeachsomewhere stallion, whose frozen semen is available in New Zealand through Macca Lodge.
Now we know why 25 late bookings were taken for Net Ten EOM in the last northern hemisphere breeding season.
“Those late bookings are pretty telling,” Macca co-proprietor Brent McIntyre says. “They’ve come from trainers who’re impressed with the Net Ten EOM two-year-olds.”
Net Ten EOM has 20 rising two-year-olds in his first New Zealand crop and early reports from trainers here are most encouraging. Arden Lodge co-owner John Stiven, who was with the McIntyres when they secured the frozen semen rights to Net Ten EOM, has a filly out of Young Tegan (a daughter of New Zealand Oaks winner Young Eden) heading to Clevedon to be trained by Barry Purdon.
And Harness Racing New Zealand board member Murray Swain is suitably impressed with his Net Ten EOM colt. “He’d be the pick of my yearlings,” he told southlandharness.co.nz. “I’ve got Art Majors and some Mach Threes and I still think this guy is the pick. He’s very solid and the sort of horse that could run at two. I’m going to call him Stiven as John (John Stiven) convinced me to go to Net Ten EOM.”
Brent’s not one to get over-excited but he has broken in a few Net Ten EOMs and is chuffed with them. “Even the worst-looking one broke in really nice,” he says.
MACCA LODGE: NEW ZEALAND FROZEN SEMEN base for PANSPACIFICFLIGHT AND NET TEN EOM
You do not have to send your mare to Southland to be served. Macca Lodge provides other NZ breeding centres with frozen semen.