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HOPEWELL TOWNSHIP — Eliminating racing at the Meadowlands Racetrack would not mean the end of Bluestone Farms here.
But, it would mean owners Eric Freeman, Mitchel Skolnick and others like them could likely move parts of their operations out of the state.
Read the remainder of the story from here.
Bar Slide

Bar Slide won the $750,000 Hambletonian Oaks for 3-year-old trotting fillies on Saturday afternoon (August 7) at the Meadowlands in a time of 1:53.4. Bar Slide is owned by Bluestone Farms and Fredericka Caldwell and trained by Joe Holloway and driven by Tim Tetrick.

Read the Story and see the Race Video - courtesy of the Harness Edge
Mitchel Skolnick talks about Bar Slide - View the Video



2008 Foals Begin To Arrive

 February 8, 2008
Bluestone Farms welcomed its first foal, on February 8th, a Yankee Glide filly from the Angus Hall mare Real Live Woman.  RLW earned $136,000 as a two year old before suffering a career ending injury. The next day Unborn Smiles gave birth to a Classic Photo colt.  
The farm expects 18 more foals this year.

Always A Virgin named New Jersey Sires Stakes Three Year Old Pacing Colt of the Year

 December 6, 2007

 Honors for NJSS Three-Year-Old Pacing Colt of the Year went to Always A Virgin, a million dollar winner, who took two legs of the Pacing Triple Crown, the Cane Pace and the Messenger Stake along with the Bluegrass Stakes, Battle of Brandywine, and divisions of the Little Brown Jug and Meadowlands Pace eliminations..
 He earned $1,089,839 overall with 13 victories, in 20 starts and had a mark of 1:48.4. In New Jersey-sired competition, the colt won the $175,000 NJSS Championship at the Meadowlands.
 Always A Virgin was driven by Brian Sears and trained by Joe Holloway for the partnership of the Bluewood Stable (comprised of Mitchel Skolnick, Eric Freeman, Frank Russo, Bob Boni, and Stuart Hankin), Roll The Dice Stables and Val D'Or Farms.

Always A Virgin to race in 2008

 December 4, 2007
The owners of Always A Virgin have announced that he will race again in 2008. Bob Boni of Northwood Bloodstock, one of the owners of Always A Virgin,  is optimistic that the colt will come back even stronger.  "We are all very excited about racing again next year and adding to his resume. This past year was a mixture of brilliant performances and some very bad luck.  The step from three to four is a tough one, but he is an exceptional young pacer and we're not going to shy away from a challenge.“
 Always A Virgin won 13 of 20 starts in 2007 and $1,022,703.  He won the Messenger Stake and Cane Pace (in stakes record time), New Jersey Sires Stakes Final, Holmes, Bluegrass, Battle of Brandywine, eliminations of the Cane, Messenger, Meadowlands Pace, Jug and Breeders’ Crown. The betting favorite in his last 17 starts, he paced to his record 1:48.4 in winning a Meadowlands Pace elimination.  
 "We hope that Always A Virgin can follow in the footsteps of horses like his sire Western Ideal, Artsplace, Jenna's Beach Boy and come back to dominate at four.  It should be fun.” commented Joe Holloway, Always A Virgin’s trainer.
 "We're looking to race where ever and when ever we can, small or large track, US or Canada, " remarked Mitchel Skolnick of Bluestone Farms, who co-owns Always A Virgin with Joe Hurley, Marty Granoff, Lynn Jones, Bob Boni and Stuart Hankin.

Always A Virgin Easily Wins Messenger Pace

 October 27, 2007

 Odds-on favorite Always A Virgin had no problem defeating seven rivals as the three-year-old ran away with the 52nd edition of the Messenger Stakes at Yonkers Raceway.
 Always A Virgin, driven by Brian Sears, and trained by Joe Holloway for Bluewood Stable, Roll the Dice Stable and Val D'or Farms, left from the inside post and quickly took the lead entering the first turn. He was followed by Kenneth J, Watta Hotshot and Hot Rod Mindale.
 Going up the backstretch the second time, Hot Rod Mindale moved into second, but was unable to pressure the leader. Always A Virgin drew away from the field and hit the wire five lengths in front of Kenneth J.
 Finishing third was Watta Hotshot and Meadowlands Pace winner Southwind Lynx was fourth.
 The time for the one-mile was 1:52 flat.
 The Messenger, the third jewel in pacing's Triple Crown, had a purse of $725,480. Last Saturday night there were two $40,000 elimination races with Always A Virgin and Hot Rod Mindale each taking a race.
 The colt captured the first race of the Triple Crown, the Cane Pace, and was third to Tell All in the second jewel, the Little Brown Jug. Virgin has won 12 of 18 starts this year for more than $900,000.

Skad’s Winner won his Bluegrass division in 1:57.3

 September 27, 2007
With George Brennan aboard the Joe Holloway trained colt by Broadway Hall won for his owners Cunningham, Arak, Russell, Agins, Bison Stable and breeder Bluestone Farms.
 “There’s nothing really flashy about him. He just keeps coming and keeps trying,” Holloway said.

Always A Virgin captures Cane Pace

 September 3, 2007

 Freehold, NJ - Always A Virgin, driven by Brian Sears, easily defeated six rivals to win the  $297,500 Cane Pace at Freehold Raceway, the first leg of pacing's Triple Crown.
 Working on a four race win streak, Always A Virgin was part of an entry with Fresh Deck, both trained by Joe Holloway. The entry was sent off as the 4-5 favorite in the seven horse field.
 The time for the 53rd Cane Pace was 1:51 1/5, equaling the track record for three-year-old colts.
 Always A Virgin recorded his 11th career victory in 22 starts. The Cane win was worth $150,000 to bring the colt's bankroll to $580,000. This was the first Cane Pace victory for Sears and Holloway.
 "He is such a dominant horse," Holloway said.
 "I was close enough to the front early on to make a move and everything worked out," noted Sears.

March 29, 2007
Bluestone Farms has expanded to 296 acres with the acquisition of the Rosenthal Property. Norman and Sharky Rosenthal harvested hay and straw from the property and sold it to many Standardbred Owners.  Both loved their farm and relationships they had with their clients and the the other farmers in the area.  Sharky, in the years before his death, expressed his interest in having Bluestone purchase the property.  
The Rosenthal property is adjacent to Bluestone's Yearling Farm.

March 20, 2007

As of March 20, 2007 the following foals have been born at Bluestone Farms. Check for updates on the 2007 Bookings page which can be accessed from the Broodmare Page.
Classic Photo--Ella Minnow Pea, b, f, Feb. 12
Classic Photo--Lady Pine, b, c, Mar. 17
Conway Hall--Falnos Babell, br, c, Feb. 21
Credit Winner--Flawless Bluestone, b, f, Mar. 18
Ken Warkentin—Distaff, b, f, Feb. 15
Like A Prayer--Unborn Smiles, b, f, Feb. 11
Rocknroll Hanover--Silky Satin, b, f, Feb. 21
SJ’s Caviar--College Park, b, f, Feb. 28
Striking Sahbra—Loblolly, br, c, Feb. 15
Windsong’s Legacy--Laughing Louder, b, c, Mar. 17
Windsong’s Legacy--Missy's Goal Fire, br, f, Feb. 15

Our Foals of 2006.  
Bluestone is pleased to announce the arrival of the following foals:
Colt from Azalea Hanover by Dragon Again
Colt from Dream Western by Artsplace
Colt from Cool Cookie by Revenue S
Colt from Ciano by Bettors Delight
Colt from Angela Lane by Tom Ridge
Colt from Treasured Victory  by SJ's Caviar
Colt from Benign Daphne by  SJ's Caviar
Filly from Mehgan's Belle by Artsplace
Colt from Yankee Bailey by Broadway Hall
Filly from Ella Minnow Pea by Broadway Hall
Filly from Missy Goalfire by Cantab Hall
Filly from Unborn Smiles by Credit Winner
Colt from Natasha Hall by Muscles Yankee
Colt from Oolong by Self Possessed
Filly from Tammy G by Windsong's Legacy
Colt from College Park by Windsong's Legacy
Colt from Annette Hanover by Yankee Glide

Also see the Broodmares 2006 booking section.

Laughing Louder wins two legs of the Lifetime Dream Stakes.

In the first leg, split into three divisions, Laughing Louder, a Muscles Yankee filly trained by Brad Maxwell, was seventh at the half-mile pole before going first-over on the final turn and catching the leaders. In what was her WEG circuit debut, the Bluestone Farm's owned mare would eventually
trot away from her foes and record a 2 1⁄4-length margin of victory in 1:56.3. Roger Mayotte was in the bike.

All of the winners from the first leg of the Lifetime Dream Series drew into the first of three divisions for the second leg. Laughing Louder prevailed by 2 1⁄4-lengths, making it two-for-two in the series, with an off-the-pace score for Roger Mayotte in 1:58-flat.

It was the four-year-old mare’s fifth career win ($131,009 in lifetime earnings).

Flawless Bluestone wins her Breeders Crown elimination for 3 year old trotting fillies in 1:55.4

Bluestone Farms has slowly grown over the past several years; concentrating on producing and raising successful race horses.  Bluestone Farms has never sold more than 12 yearlings in one year.  Starting in 2006 our yearling crop will expand to seventeen.

A few of the 2004 yearlings bred and raised by Bluestone Farm's have begun to show potential as top performers.  Of particular note is the Self Possessed colt from Miss Nittany, Mr. Blues Tone now timed in 1:59.1m, the Donerail filly from Long Term Goal, Love on the Rocks 2,1:58.3m (now third in her Breeders Crown elimination), and the Bettor's Delight colt from Silky Satin Logical Design p,2,1:53.4S.

Listed below are some of the 2003 yearlings and how they have performed through 11/20/05.

Speed Demon
p,3,1:51.0f $455,364
Flawless Bluestone
3,q1:53.4 $409,756
Maximum Return
3,1:58.0m $353,518
3,1:57.1m $356,518
Kansas City Spur
p3,1:52.0f $92,661
Corona Bluestone
3,1:56.0m $54,328
Armani Bluestone
3,1:55.3m $22,492
July 30 2005
Flawless Bluestone wins the final Oaks Elimination  
Trained by Joe Holloway, owned by Claire Russell, Carol Agins, Steve Arak, and Bluestone Farms, and driven by David Miller, Flawless Bluestone came off cover, moved wide in the stretch, and won the third of three $35,000 Hambletonian Oaks Eliminations in 1:55.2
Art Director from the Bluestone Farms owned mare Silky Satin wins the Governor's Cup, the featured race of four Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund races.

Armani Bluestone wins at the Meadowlands in 1:55.3.  Armani lowers his mark by nearly 4 seconds as he battles Sundowner Bob down the stretch to win by head.
Maximum Return became the latest to etch his name into the record books with a 1:59.3 victory in a division of the New York Sire Stakes for 3 year old trotting colts and geldings, on Sunday, July 30, at Monticello Raceway.  Maximum Return’s time lowered the previous record by one-fifth of a second set by Lotto S Collins in 1993. Owned by Paul Kinnear and  Doug Hutchins, the son of Credit Winner is from the Bluestone Farm's mare Miss Wall Street.
Real Live Woman, one of last year’s top Ontario Sires Stakes rookie trotting fillies, has been purchased by Bluestone Farms of New Jersey.

The Angus Hall daughter, who suffered an injury in November of last year which ended her racing career, was sold by trainer and co-owner Greg Peck of Pennsylvania and Gerry Bloch of Montreal. She had earned $175,000 to that point in her career.
Flawless Bluestone wins the $175,000 New Jersey Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old trotting fillies. She rallied in the stretch for a half-length victory over Just Like A Dream in a final time of 1:55.4.  
Flawless Bluestone, with David Miller driving, wins the first of two NJSS on June 15, 2005.
Flawless Bluestone was born and raised at Bluestone Farms, Hopewell, New Jersey. She is a Donerail filly from the Homesick mare Foreign Waters and a half sister to Toss Out 3,1:54.1, $409,828 (also $1,600,000 internationally, and presently a leading sire in Europe), and Cruise Team 3,1:55.1 $187,113, winner of a Hambletonian Oaks elimination and third in the final.

The foals of 2005 have arrived...
2005 Foals (sorted by Mare)
Mare Sire
D.O.B. Owned By
Angela Lane Broadway Hall
05/13/05 Bluestone Farms
Azalea Hanover Western Ideal
04/25/05 Bluestone Farms
Benign Daphne Donerail
03/23/05 Bluestone Farms/Tina Brauti
Ciano Real Desire
05/04/05 Bluestone Farms
Distaff Broadway Hall
05/22/05 Bluestone Farms
Dream Western Dragon Again
04/21/05 Bluestone Farms
Falnos Babell Self Possessed
04/18/05 Bluestone Farms
Fimbrethil Real Artist
03/24/05 Bluestone Farms/William Lynn Jones
Fluttering Wings Like A Prayer
05/03/05 Bluestone Farms
Justalittlespice Yankee Glide
05/06/05 Bluestone Farms
Lady Pine Yankee Glide
04/25/05 Bluestone Farms
Miss Nittany Muscles Yankee
04/30/05 Bluestone Farms
Miss Wall Street Donerail
05/12/05 Bluestone Farms
Natasha Hall Self Possessed
5/07/05 Bluestone Farms
Oolong Conway Hall
2/9/05 Bluestone Farms/Dr. Elias Perris
Silky Satin Real Artist
06/01/05 Bluestone Farms
Swiss Queen Tagliabue
2/6/05 Bluestone Farms
Treasured Victory Andover Hall
04/13/05 Bluestone Farms
Unborn Smiles Donerail
1/17/05 Bluestone Farms
Yankee Bailey SJ's Caviar
03/26/05 Bluestone Farms

Outside Owned
Mare Sire
D.O.B. Owned By
Aunt Norma Bettor's Delight
03/27/05 Dr. Scot Leaf
Uncommon Scents Andover Hall
2/20/05 Robert Waxman
Primacy Muscles Yankee
05/03/05 Cane Run Farm

Bluestone Farms looks back over the 2004 season.

In 2002, fourteen foals were born on Bluestone Farms.
All were raised at Bluestone. As two-year-olds in 2004 these fourteen include three $100,000 plus winners, two stakes’ record holders, and one season record holder. Among the fourteen are 11 stakes wins and earnings of $687,540.
Detailed highlights follow:

Armani Bluestone Q2,1:59, $9,680 - Winner of an Early Closer The Red Mile.
Corona Bluestone winner of $5,199.00
Flawless Bluestone 2, 1:58.3m, $44,805 - Winner of a Late Closer at The Red Mile, Second in The Arden, New Jersey Sires Stakes, and a Late Closer at The Red Mile, Third in The Matron.
Kansas City Spur p 2,1:52.0f, $72,776 - Winner of an Early Closer at the Meadows, Pa. Sires Stakes, setting stakes and track Record, and The Standardbred at Delaware, Ohio. Second in the Keystone Classic at The Meadows and third in Pa. Sires Stakes Final
Ladymatic 2,1:57.4f , $159,478 - Winner of the Matron, second in the Matron Elimination and an Early Closer at The Red Mile, Third in the International Stallion Stakes
Maximum Return 2, 2:02.1h, $114,296 - Winner of two N.Y. Sires Stakes and the N.Y. Sires Stakes Final
Speed Demon p 2,1:51.4f, $281,306 - Winner of the Matron, setting Season and Track Record, and an elimination of The Metro, third in Nassagaweya and International Stallion Stakes.

Feb. '05
Flawless Bluestone 2,1:58.3, $77,805 has returned to training for her three year old season in the Joe Holloway Stable.  Flawless is joined in the Holloway Stable by two new Bluestone Farms owned freshman fillies; Desirable - Pine Chip/Deanella Hanover and Saucy Vixen - Donerail/Armbro Vixen.  

Many of the two year olds and three year olds bred and raised by Bluestone Farms have been reported as training well.  Please look for updates at this site in the future.

Nov. 17 04
Speed Demon sets track record in $298,000 Matron win Speed Demon boosted his earnings to $281,306 after setting a season and Stakes Record winning The Matron for two-year-old pacing colts. Speed Demon is from the Bluestone Farms' mare Silky Satin.

Bluestone Farms first and third in The Matron. Ladymatic finished first and Flawless Bluestone third in The Matron for two-year-old trotting fillies. Both fillies were born and raised at Bluestone Farms.

Oct. 30 04
Bluestone Farms 2003 yearlings continue to post wins.

Maximum Return wins the New York Sires Stakes final for Two Year Old Trotting Colts.  Bluestone Farms has been named to receive a Breeders Award from the Harness Horse Breeders of New York State.  The breeders, owners, trainers, and drivers of all the New York Sire Stakes Final winners will be honored at the New York Sire Stakes Annual Banquet, held in conjunction with the U.S. Trotting Association District 8 meeting, at Saratoga Gaming and Raceway on Sunday, October 17, 2004.

Kansas City Spur with driver Dick Stillings aboard wins the $31,384 second division of the Standardbred for 2-year-old colt pacers, on Little Brown Jug Day at the Delaware (Ohio) County Fair. The Roy Davis owned colt took the lead before the first quarter in :274, cut the next two fractions, :583 and 1:272, and then went on and won by one length in 1:55.  Kansas City Spur's half brother, Felloshipofthering,  by Bettor's Delight sells at The 2004 Standardbred Horse Sale, Harrisburg Pa.

Please continue to check here for updates on these and other Bluestone Farms progeny. 

Sept. 15, 2004

Speed Demon, a Life Sign colt from the Bluestone Farms' owned mare Silky Satin, won his elimination of the Metro Stakes.  

Maximum Return wins the New York Sires Stakes at Yonkers.  Maximum Return is a Credit Winner colt from Miss Wall Street.  He was bred and raised by Bluestone Farms.  His full brother sells September 12th at the New Jersey Classic.

Kansas City Spur,  a Western Hanover colt from Fimbrethil, wins a Pa. Sires Stakes tying the track and stakes record.

August 20, 2004
Several of the yearlings Bluestone Farms sold in 2003 are now racing.  Maximum Return a Credit Winner son of Miss Wall Street won a NYSS division on August 13th at Syracuse.  Kansas City Spur the son of Western Hanover/Fimbrethil won a 2-year-old Early Closer Final at the Meadows and took 3rd in the Arden Downs.  Armani Bluestone finished 3rd in the Review at Springfield.  This was Armani’s first lifetime start and he was timed in 1:57.1 missing the win by one half a length.

In addition to these performers Flawless Bluestone took second in the Arden for two year old trotting fillies.  Art Director, a three year old Artiscape colt from the Bluestone Farms’ owned mare Silky Satin, is now sporting a record of 1:49.3 with $152,598 in earnings.

August 4, 2004

Bluestone has completed the purchase of
Missive Hanover 2,1:56.2 ($229,250) and Tammy G 2,1:57.3 ($95,265).  

Missive Hanover won 5 races at 2 including the Bluegrass, International Stallion, Breeders Crown Elimination and Merrie Annabelle Trot Elimination.  She was 2nd in the Breeders Crown Final.  Tammy G had 3 wins at 2 including the Acorn Stakes and 2 NJSS at the Meadowlands.  

These two fillies trained by Tom Gonsalves will add significantly to the quality of yearlings Bluestone expects to sell in the future.  John Cashman and Bob Boni acted as the agents for this transaction.

May 31, 2004
All of the foals of 2004 have now arrived!  
The following is a complete list of all Bluestone’s 2004 foals.
Dam Sire Sex
Angela Lane     S.J.'s Caviar
Annette Hanover Yankee Glide
Bravura Hanover Donerail
Dream Western Real Desire
Falnos Babell Lindy Lane
Justalittlespice S.J.’s Caviar
Lady Pine Self Possessed
Miss Nittany Donerail
Miss Wall Street S.J.'s Caviar
Missy's Goalfire Andover Hall
Natasha Hall Self Possessed
Yankee Bailey Dream Vacation

May 1, 2004
All the 2003 yearling sales results are available in the popular Yearling Database.  The database now has yearling sales records from 1991 through 2003.   

January 15, 2004
The 2003 sale results for the Canadian Classic, Forest City, Great Lakes, Harrisburg, Kentucky Standardbred, New Jersey Fall Classic, Ohio Jug, Tattersalls, and Tattersalls New Jersey sales are now available in the Auction Database.  The database will be updated with many of the remaining 2003 sales results in the near future.

December 5, 2003
Bluestone Farms Yearlings Average over $47,000.00 In Harrisburg
Bluestone Farms is pleased to announce that its 2003 yearling consignment to the Standardbred Horse Sale was well received. Bluestone sold nine yearlings for $425,000. The Life Sign brother to Art Director (who has banked over $100,000 this year) brought $100,000. A Self Possessed colt from Annette Hanover brought $90,000. Also well received was the first foal from Miss Nittany. This Muscles
Yankee filly brought $80,000. The Donerail, first foal, from Oolong and the Muscles Yankee, first foal, from Justalittlespice brought $60,000 and $42,000 respectively

October 11 2003
Art Director wins NJSS final at Freehold.
Art Director a 2 year old Artiscape colt from the Bluestone Farm's mare Silky Satin (No Nukes/Silky's Gal) won the New Jersey Sire Stakes final at Freehold. He was timed in 1:56. Last week, in the featured third round of the $40,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes for 2-year-old New Jersey-sired pacing colts and geldings at Freehold Raceway , Art Director, with Stephane Bouchard in the sulky, closed strongly to upset the heavily favored Squaw’s Fella. Squaw's Fella, the son of Pacific Fella, entered the third round New Jersey Sire Stakes at Freehold with an unbeaten record in nine career starts.
October 10 2003
Bluestone's 2003 yearlings, consigned to the Standarbred Horse Sale, are now in the barn. Visitors are welcome to inspect the yearlings. For an appointment or questions please contact the farm or Robert Boni at Northwood Bloodstock.

Here is a list of our foals of 2003.
Dam Sire Sex DOB
Angela Lane SJs Caviar colt 2/12/03
Yankee Bailey SJs Caviar filly 2/8/03
Long Term Goal Donerail filly 2/22/03
Spicy Hot Credit Winner filly 2/23/03
Natasha Hall Yankee Glide colt 3/4/03
Miss Nittany Self Possessed colt 3/8/03
Annette Hanover Donerail colt 3/22/03
Speedy Trip Yankee Paco colt 4/4/03
Aunt Norma Western Ideal filly 4/7/03
Miss Wall Street Credit Winner colt 4/15/03
Benign Daphne Muscles Yankee colt 4/12/03
Swiss Queen SJs Caviar colt 4/21/03
Silky Satin Bettors Delight colt 4/24/03
Treasured Victory Enjoy Lavec colt 5/8/03
Fimbrethil Bettors Delight colt 5/14/03

for further information also see our Broodmare Section
February 21, 2003
Bluestone Farms has completed booking its mares for the 2003 breeding season.  The complete list of  bookings can be found under the Broodmare Section of  Bluestone's web site.
February 17, 2003
Bluestone has expanded its Broodmare population to 26 with the addition of Treasured Victory (Valley Victory- Miss Flirt), Natasha Hall (Garland Lobell - Nicegirlsdont), and Missy's Goalfire (Yankee Glide - Missy's Goal).
February 10, 2003
The first two foals of 2003 to be born at Bluestone are both by SJs Caviar.  Yankee Bailey had a filly while Angela Lane produced a handsome chestnut colt.
November 14, 2002
Bluestone Farms has purchased two fillies at auction in 2002; a Donerail filly from Excella Hanover and a half sister to Kerry's Crown 3,1:59.4; 4,1:56.2 $311,912 U.S., and the first foal, a Self Possessed filly from Duchess Hanover, she a full sister to World Champion Davidia Hanover 2,1:58.1; 3,1:58 $1,108,252.
October 1, 2002
Bluestone Farms owned Tequila Sunrise a two year old Western
Hanover filly from Distant Sun has now finished second in her last four starts.
September 30, 2002
Bluestone purchases a yearling filly out of Duchess Hanover by Self Possessed from the Kentucky Standardbred Horse Sale.
September 15, 2002
Bluestone purchases an additional 30 acres bringing its total acreage to just under 100 acres.
September 6, 2002
Yearling pedigrees are now available.
July 9, 2002
As the 2002 breeding season ends, Bluestone has 19 of 21 mares pronounced in-foal.
July 8, 2002
Bluestone Farms has contracted for the purchase of a 27 acre farm within 3/4 mile of its main location.
June 28, 2002
  Bluestone Farm's and Mahlon Standardbred's Lady Pine finishes 2nd in a division of the Coaching Club for 3 year old trotting fillies.

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