Hardy Falcon Seelster 10-year-old Hugh Hefner continues to win in North America.
Falcon Seelster straws are still available this season from Bromac Lodge.
Hugh Hefner, from the ace, led wire-to-wire in a $8000 pace for $10,000 claimers at Harrah's Philadelphia, on Thursday (NZ time).
Trained these days by Joe Pavia jun, he held by half a length in 1:53.
Hugh Hefner, who has a career best of 1:51.6, won in a faster 1:51.8 on the 1000m track at Harrah’s in August.
He has now won 29 races world-wide for over the equivalent of ,000.
He's been busy in North America this year, lining up 28 times for three wins, six seconds and five thirds, earning ,000.
Hugh Hefner, from the five-win mare Royal Chanel (B G's Bunny-Kelly's Decision, by Apollo's Way-Royal Decision, by Lordship-Royal Belmer), is from the same maternal family as former Bromac Lodge broodmare gem Sabrina Bromac, now the dam of six $100,000 winners, the latest being Simba Bromac in August.
Royal Belmer, the top early 1970s mare who won 12 for the late Weedons trainer Jack Smolenski, including the 1973 NZ Standardbred Breeders Stakes, is the third dam of Sabrina Bromac, and the fourth dam of Hugh Hefner.
She is also the ancestress of top Australasian filly/mare (A) Piccadilly Princess (1:50.4, 17 wins from 51 starts & $733,842), Saveapatrol (11 wins from 18 pacing starts for $145,618, 3rd Auckland Cup), Rondel Franco (1:51.6 US, 35 wins & $684,003), Ok Royal (1:53.6, NZ Messenger), Sovereign (six wins incl. 1979 NZ Derby).
Hugh Hefner initially won eight of 43 NZ starts for $38,721 when co-owned and co-trained in NZ by Graeme Rogerson, with then training partner Peter Blanchard.
He also won nine races in Queensland, taking a 1:52.2 winning mile rate mark there over 1660m at Albion Park in 2015, before heading to North America.