Over in harness racing this year, superstar trotter Father Patrick has been generating considerable buzz by performing “double duty” since the start of the 2015 breeding season. According to an article last month in Harness Racing Update, the 4-year-old is “the most notable standardbred ever in the United States” to serve as an active stallion while remaining in training for top-level races.
“It’s such a foreign concept that there were questions about us being out of the box,” said Adam Bowden of Diamond Creek Farm, who bought Father Patrick as a stallion prospect but then saw no reason not to keep campaigning him. “To this point it’s been a huge success. He’s done a fantastic job in the shed in getting mares pregnant, has never trained any better, and seems happy.”