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Counting On 'Cliffy'

Published: June 26, 2014 12:02 pm ET

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When Meadowview Cliffy scored his first lifetime victory at Georgian Downs on June 14, it helped brighten a rather dismal week for his owner and breeder Charlie Reid of Meadowview Farms in Orono, Ont.

Just two days earlier, Reid was forced to have ‘Cliffy’s mother, Meadowviewprincess, put to sleep due to a tumour on her liver. She was one of many horses Reid has owned over the years which trace back to Flemingtons Jane, a member of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame.

Reid’s father, Jack, selected and raced Flemingtons Jane to many stakes victories during her racing career and once she retired to the broodmare ranks she produced many top trotters including Bobbo, a foal of 1977 who won $905,000 during his career, and the multiple stakes winner Wendys Joker ($302,000).

“I did a chart which showed Flemingtons Jane and her daughters’ production, and between she and her daughters and their daughters, their offspring have won more than $9 million, the richest being Corn Cob Conch (with just over $1 million),” said Reid, who has owned many of those daughters and their foals.

Frisky Mitchelle was one of Flemingtons Jane’s top producing daughters with her offspring having earned just shy of $2 million. The most successful of which was the Classic Adam son Meadowview Sunny who earned in excess of $814,000 for Reid during his racing career and was named Canada’s two-year-old trotting colt of the year in 2002.

Sunny’s Angus Hall half-sister is the dam of Reid’s latest Ontario Sires Stakes hopeful, Meadowview Cliffy, who has Post 3 in the first of six Grassroots divisions for three-year-old trotting colts Thursday night at Mohawk Racetrack.

“He had a little trouble finishing his miles last year,” explained Reid of the son of Muscle Mass that made six starts and $3,500 last season. Trained by Mark Etsell, Meadowview Cliffy comes into Thursday’s contest off a resounding nine-length, 1:59.4 victory at Georgian Downs.

“He’s the spitting image of his dam, he’s small like she was. He was a piece of cake to break, a gentleman from day one,” said Reid, who named the colt after his good friend, Cliff Francis.

Reid owns another Muscle Mass three-year-old competing in the Grassroots program in the filly Meadowview Vicky. “She broke stride in her first Grassroots at Georgian, but she won her qualifier on Saturday by 14 lengths,” said Reid.

Vicky’s dam is Meadowview Tiffy, the final foal from Frisky Mitchelle, who died just 11 days after her birth. Tommy Jane, Flemington Jane’s second foal, and a retired 31-year-old broodmare at the time, adopted the filly who went on to earn $171,000 in her career.

On Thursday, Meadowview Cliffy will attempt to carry on his family’s success in the Ontario Sires Stakes program. The three-year-old trotting colts are featured in Grassroots action in Race 1, 3, 5, 7, 8 and 9 at Mohawk.

To view the harness racing entries for Thursday at Mohawk, click the following link: Thursday Entries – Mohawk Racetrack.

Please join Standardbred Canada in offering condolences to the connections of Meadowviewprincess.


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