• Workaholic

    Workaholic was the first winner of the Breeders Crown, winning the inaugural BC for 2 year olds in 1984. The $165000 yearling purchase was put in the training at Continental Farm's Swedish trainers Johnson, Wallner and Lindstedt. They considered the beautiful Speedy Crown son to be perfectly gaited and expectations were high. Workaholic started really well and finished off his 2-year old season by winning the inagural Breeders Crown at The Red Mile. He also won the Matron, the Harriman, the John Simpson Memorial and an elimination to the Peter Houghton, which lead him to be awarded the 1984 USHWA Dan Patch Award for Two Year Old Trotting Colts. He did good at 3 but failed to meet the big expectations, only winning the American-National while Prakas, Flak Bait and Master Willie won each of the Triple Crown races (Hambletonian, Kentucky Futurity and Yonkers, respectively), although he won a Yorkers Trot elimination and finishing second in the Breeders Crown and Dexter Cup. At 4 he was retired to stud duty at Lauxmont Farm but 2 years later he was sold to France.

    The French studbook was closed in 1937 but partially opened starting in 1977 when Florestan was acquired by the French state. In 1987 the US-born Mickey Viking, a son of Bonefish, stood stud in France but died at the end of the year. Seeking to replace him, in the summer of 1988 a French delegation traveled to the US and looked at Workaholic. The owners were looking to sell as they felt his popularity was falling and they managed to sell him for the large sum of 11 million francs (1.7 million euros, $2 million dollars). The large sum surprised many as Workaholic was not only falling a bit out of fashion but also had some fertility problems in the States.

    Initially, however, Workaholic was meant to stand stud in Sweden. The plan was for KG Bertmark to buy Workaholic. When the Swedes learn that Workaholic was a cryptorchid (only one testicle), however, the purchase was cancelled since Swedish rules at the time would automatically disallow him from standing stud.

    In France Workaholic was part of the rapid development of the French trotter and in 1996 he was the sire champion, while he from 2006 to 2011 was the damsire champion. He produced 4 group I winners in Cygnus d'Odyssee, Carpe Diem, Classe de Tillard and Premiere Steed and is found in the pedigrees of numerous top trotters in France and the rest of Europe. In fact, Workaholic might have been his worst enemy as a stallion in France: in an interview with Norwegian magazine TGN, Jacques Pauc, former editor at Paris Turf and part of the French delegation to the States in 1988, stated that "his outcross on the traditionally heavier and slower French trotters created horses that trainers had not been encountered before. Instead of poorly gaited horses without much talent, the trainers suddenly got talents with lots of speed and it went very wrong for many. Many simply drove the Workaholic offspring too quickly and too hard to early. With time trainers learned that they had to be more careful with the new American blood."

    Workaholic passed away on February 19, 2013 at the Haras du Pin in France after producing 950 French foals (in addition to 160 in the States) and leaving behind a great legacy.