Shadyshark Hanover, the fastest three-year-old in North America last year and a member of the dominant Cam Fella sireline, was purchased by the Slater family for stud duties in Australia in 2012 and stands at Morley Park, Shepparton.
Shadyshark Hanover stood his first season at the stud in Indiana, covering a full book of 140 mares with 129 returning positive tests.
Shadyshark Hanover took his record of 1:47.8 winning a division of the Oliver Wendell Holmes at The Meadowlands, in which he defeated Roll With Joe after coming from last, establishing a new stakes record in the process.
He also finished second in the Battle of Brandywine Consolation and North America Cup elimination and third in the New Jersey Classic and Somebeachsomewhere Stakes.
As a two-year-old he won in 1:50.8 at Woodbine in a heat of the Governor’s Cup and finished second (beaten a head) to Big Jim in the $709,000 final in 1:49.2. His other successes in his initial campaign included the $102,000 Nassagaweya Stakes, the $96,000 Metro Pace Consolation and an elimination of the Breeders Crown.
In the $600,000 Breeders Crown final, run at Pocono Downs, Shadyshark Hanover settled down next to last before mounting a probing three-wide run, going down by three-quarters of a length to Big Jim in 1:50.8 with the final half in 54.6 seconds.
From 12 starts at 2 Shadyshark Hanover won four and was five times placed for $518,826 in stakes.
Champion US horseman Erv Miller, who trained him throughout his career, said: “Shadyshark Hanover was a very fast horse that would have made a lot more money if he hadn’t suffered a minor injury during his three-year-old year. I will be breeding some of my own mares to him and I’ll be looking to buy his yearlings.”
A commanding bay horse, foaled in 2008, Shadyshark Hanover is the fastest three-year-old son of Cam’s Card Shark 1:50 ($2.4million), a champion pacer of his time, and today a leading sire with 46 in the 1:50 list including Bettor’s Delight 1:49.8, the premier sire in Australia and New Zealand this season.
Shady Past, the dam of Shadyshark Hanover, has been one of the gems of the American stud book. She is the dam of nine individual winners, with eight in 1:55, two in 1:50 and five $100,000 earners including Sharky Osborne 1:49.8 ($867,681), a full brother to Shadyshark Hanover, and Shaky Hanover 1:51.4 ($508,189).
By the great No Nukes, Shady Past was out of the world champion racemare in Forbidden Past, one of the finest daughters of a champion sire and broodmare sire in Albatross. Forbidden Past, who won 19 races and $276,185, retired as the second fastest female pacer of all-time with a time trial record of 1:51.4 and at the stud left 12 winners with two in 1:55 and nine in 2:00.
By any standards Shadyshark Hanover’s female line has been a distinctive one in all spheres.
After his first two cropws in America, he is already in the top 20 sires in America.
Progeny eligible for Breeders Crown, Vicbred and NSW Breeders Challenge
Standing his second season in Australia.