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Cams Card Shark Retired

Published: February 25, 2014 9:21 am ET

Last Comment: February 25, 2014 12:39 pm ET | 1 Comment(s) | Jump to Comments

After joint consultation Jim Simpson, President of Hanover Shoe Farms and majority owner Jeff Snyder have decided to retire Cams Card Shark from active stallion duty at Hanover.

"The horse has been good to everybody associated with him from the day he was foaled," Simpson said. "He has now reached the stage in life where it is both difficult and dangerous for him and those around him to mount the phantom mare or even to be collected using a live mare".

Cams Card Shark is a foal of 1991. As a two-year-old he was lightly campaigned under the guidance of trainer Micky McGivern. His wins at two included the Lou Babic Memorial and two New Jersey Sire Stakes.

At three, he was transferred to the Bill Robinson Stable. He was voted 1994's Horse of the Year in both Canada and the U.S., winning the O'Brien, Dan Patch and Nova awards for Horse of the Year. His wins at three include the $1,000,000 Meadowlands Pace, the $1,000,000 North America Cup, the Art Rooney Memorial, the Adios, the Messenger, the New Jersey Classic and the Miller Memorial.

He was syndicated at the end of 1994 and retired with two and three-year-old earnings of $2,498,204. He entered the stallion ranks at Hanover's New Jersey Farm in 1995.

His stallion accomplishments are many and varied He has sired ten millionaires including five who have earned in excess of two million dollars.

He is credited with three Little Brown Jug winners and two winners of The Meadowlands Pace. His most renowned performers have been Shark Gesture, Bettors Delight, Four Starzzz Shark, Royalflush Hanover, Holborn Hanover, Roll With Joe, Village Jolt and Million Dollar Cam.

Of special note is that his son Bettors Delight is the fifth great stallion from a paternal line that follows from Meadow Skipper, through Most Happy Fella, to Cam Fella, to Cams Card Shark and now Bettors Delight. This is a feat unprecedented in both Standardbred and Thoroughbred breeding. It's quite possible that the line will be extended through his grandson Betterthancheddar.

Snyder said that Cams Card Shark will live out his remaining days, "which I hope will be many" at Hanover Shoe Farms.


February 25, 2014 - 12:39 pmAll he did was produce

All he did was produce winners...... AND he is a sire of Sires..... have a good retirement fella!

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