Fear The Dragon To Retire To Stud

Published: December 8, 2017 01:56 pm EST

Emerald Highlands Farm has announced that 2017 North America Cup champion Fear The Dragon is being syndicated and has been retired to stand stud at Midland Acres in Ohio for a $6,000 fee. The multiple Grand Circuit wining son of Dragon Again posted marks of 1:50.3 at two and 1:48.4 at three, amassing career earnings in excess of $1.7 milion.

Fear The Dragon impressed the harness racing world in 2017 with his dramatic come from behind and first-over wins in major races throughout the year. His thrilling victory in the North America Cup over the previously top rated colts Downbytheseaside and Huntsville was a classic demonstration of both heart and speed. It was the only time those "big three" faced off together in one race this year. His elimination win was also dramatic as he drew off from the field in the stretch and overcome having to jump over a fallen head number near the finish.

In his career, Fear The Dragon also won the $500,000 Hempt Memorial (Elimination and Final), defeating Downbytheseaside and Fillibuster Hanover; the $400,000 Adios (Elimination and Final) defeating Fillibuster Hanover; the $500,000 Little Brown (First Heat) defeating Downbytheseaside and Fillibuster Hanover; the $206,000 Tattersalls Pace (Division); the $140,000 Elevation (defeating Filibuster Hanover); the Arden Downs and six Pennsylvania Sires Stakes legs.

"Fear The Dragon is a fabulous looking horse with flawless conformation," said Bruce Trogdon, owner of Emerald Highlands Farm, in making the announcement. "He will always be remembered for his tremendous gait and huge heart. He won on all size tracks, from on or off the pace, first over, any way that he was asked. David Miller picked him to drive over all the others for a reason."

Fear The Dragon represents a great outcross, being a son of the recently deceased Dragon Again (sire of harness racing's all-time richest horse Foiled Again 1:48f - $7.5 million). Maternally, he is impeccably bred. He is a half brother to the multiple stakes winning pacing mare Cinamony p,4,1:49.3f ($532,404). His dam, Armbro Cinnamon p,3,1:54.4h, is herself a stakes winning Western Ideal daughter of the Dan Patch Two-Year-Old Pacing Filly of the Year Mattaroni p,2,1:52.4 ($744,481).

Trogdon is very bullish on Fear The Dragon's siring potential, saying "I will breed the majority of our broodmares to him, including champions like Colors A Virgin, Jerseylicious and Blazin Britches. I can't wait!"

Midland Acres' Dr. John Mossbarger says that the farm is "very excited to be getting a stallion of this magnitude. He was the horse we wanted and pursued him all year. We are buying into the syndicate ourselves and will breed both quality and quantity to him. We are very high on Fear The Dragon and the future of our sport in Ohio."

(with files from Emerald Highlands Farm/Midland Acres)

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