BIT OF A LEGEND FOR OHIO STUD IN 2020
By Jeff Scott
Big-winning former Kentuckiana Lodge pacer Bit Of A Legend will stand at Midland Acres Stud in Ohio next year for a fee of $US2500.
A last-start Yonkers winner, the 10-year-old is looking to go back-to-back from the ace barrier again in a $22,000 pace at Yonkers, New York, on Sunday (NZ time) to possibly end his illustrious race career.
Bit Of A Legend, who won $810,101 in Australasia for the Cran Dalgety stable, including the 2012 Listed $243,743 PGG Wrightson NZ Yearling Sales 2YO Open Pace at Addington at two, and both the 2012-13 Australasian Breeders Crown 2 and 3YO Finals, has been a huge success story in North America in his twilight years.
In NZ, he was race-timed in a sensational 1:50.6 in when beaten half a head by Border Control in the 2013 Harness Jewels Emerald at Ashburton. He was also second to Border Control in the NZ Derby.
After being sold to the Peter Tritton stable in January 2016, the Bettor’s Delight-Soky’s Legend entire relished racing on the half-mile circuit at Yonkers, where his early speed, and toughness, shone through.
He won the 2016 $600,000 George Morton Levy Memorial at Yonkers and also numbered several $50,000 heat wins in that series. He also added another big one, the 2018 Battle of Lake Erie at Northfield in a career best 1:49.4 (fifths) on the half-mile track there.
Bit Of A Legend will retire with earnings of more than $2.5 million, including $1,887,685 in North America. The USTA have. for their purposes, reduced his Australasian earnings of over $800,000 to $659,686.
Despite having a troubled year, Bit Of A Legend has a chance to top $100,000 again for the year on Sunday. He’s added seven wins from 20 starts on his record, for $97,900, in 2019.
The big-winning ex-Kiwi will stand alongside Grand Circuit millionaire pacer Fear The Dragon (p3, 1:48.4, winner of $1.5 million), and the big-winning Pet Rock (p4, 1:47, winner of $1.9 million) at Midland Acres.