Football star and harness racing enthusiast Ricki Herbert is syndicating the ownership of an unraced filly to be trained by Kyle Marshall Racing.
The three-year-old brown filly (pictured with trainer Kyle Marshall) is Tennesee Honey, by Rock N Roll Heaven from Amaretto Dream.
She qualified on Christmas Eve, coming second in a 2200m qualifying trial at Cambridge Raceway, covering the distance in 2-49.2 with the winner’s mile rate of 2-03.7.
Herbert, the former coach of the All Whites and the Wellington Phoenix, is a keen owner of harness racers and has previously trained them in partnership with his late father, Clive Herbert.
Recently, he regained his driver’s licence and has been working with the Kyle Marshall Racing team on a number of initiatives. These include forming syndicates of owners to enjoy the fun and benefits of ownership.
Shares in Tennessee Honey (min. of 10% for an investment of $2,500) have been made available, and Herbert has other syndicated opportunities available.
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She’s the daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven, an American Horse of the Year and inductee to harness racing’s Hall of Fame.
He earned $2.7 million on the track before starting a stud career that has produced multiple winners in the United States, Australia and New Zealand.
His first five crops of starters in the US produced the winners of $26.6 million in stakes.
His Australian progeny have won more than 200 races, earning more than $10.5 million.
His daughter Shez All Rock won the $160,000 New Zealand Oaks.
Tenessee Honey’s dam is the unraced Amaretto Dream (Artsplace-Adios Dream), bred by Platinum Breeding and owned by Woodlands Stud (NZ) Ltd.
Amaretto Dream’s mother, Adios Dream, won more than $100,000 in stakes from only 21 starts in New Zealand and ran a best mile time of 1-58.4.
Working at the track
Here’s Tennessee Honey learning how to work at the training track.