My Man Charley

Standardbred

Bred by 2020 Dan Patch Breeder of the Year Brittany Farms, Kentucky and Daisy Acres, New York, My Man Charley was a $100,000 Harrisburg yearling who outperformed his six-digit sale price

In his five years on the track in Ontario, My Man Charley won 22 of 130 starts. Making just two starts in his first year racing, the Mach Three son came off a winning August 27 qualifier at Mohawk (1:56.2s) to finish second by a neck in his career debut there, timed in 1:56 flat.

My Man Charley was a 6-time winner at age three, breaking his maiden at Mohawk Racetrack in his second start of the season, May 30, 2011, in a 1:54.2s effort. The colt won twice more at Mohawk that spring. His back-to-back Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots victories at Grand River Raceway (August 24, 1:58.2h in the slop) and Flamboro Downs (September 9, 1:54.1h) suggested that the Casie Coleman-trained colt was as good, if not better, on a small track. His fastest win that year was June 20 at Mohawk (1:52.1s), although he was individually timed faster on eight different occasions.

Campaigned by trainer Victor Puddy at age four, My Man Charley first wired Preferred Handicap pacers February 6 at The Raceway at Western Fair, winning in 1:57.2h. Despite facing older horses, he won 8 of 43 races at Ontario tracks in 2012, proving dangerous on the front end: My Man Charley went gate-to-wire at Woodbine Racetrack November 3, winning in 1:51.3s, then lowered that lifetime-best mark December 15, opening up by three lengths to win in 1:51 flat at the same track. He ended the year at Woodbine’s Preferred level.

As an aged horse, My Man Charley continued to show toughness on Canada’s toughest circuit. He made 31 starts as a five-year-old, winning 4 times, beginning with a 1:51.1s victory at Woodbine January 26. A long year didn’t take away from his late-season ability: My Man Charley won again at Woodbine both December 7, in 1:51.3s, and again December 28, 1:53s. In 2014, the six-year-old stallion displayed his half-mile track talent, capturing Flamboro’s January 5 Preferred in 1:57.1h over a snowy surface. It was his first of four seasonal victories, all at the Preferred level, divided between Flamboro and Western Fair.

He retired in 2015, after 11 more starts. My Man Charley opened the year with a going-away 1:57s flat win in a March 19 Woodbine qualifier, and while winless in pari-mutuel starts, he set the pace and finished narrowly second in a May 22 Western Fair Preferred. Another big qualifier was his last career win: October 31 at Flamboro, he coasted in a 1:58.2h mile that saw him open up by more than 7 lengths at the wire.

By sire of sires Mach Three, My Man Charley is out of an Artsplace mare with a deep female family. Break of Day is an unraced daughter of Two-Year-Old Pacing Filly Breeders Crown winner Before Sunrise (p,2,1:53.0m; $416,252). Before Sunrise won 5 of 9 starts at age two, battling fillies like Steinams Place and Michelles Jackpot. She was off to a promising start at age three, winning a Reynolds Stake division at Pocono for her second win in a 5-race season halted by injury.

From limited opportunity in Ontario, My Man Charley served five mares in 2020.