Spirited birthday present proves precious for Brian and Mackenzie Haynes


Smothastenesewisky, the couple’s first year-long purchase, won over $ 100,000 and is now an Ohio Sires Stakes winner after being bought on a whim for $ 3,000.

by James Platz

Some men buy exquisite diamonds and jewelry for their wives to celebrate an anniversary. Others plan extravagant getaways. Ohio rider Brian Haynes bought a stimulation filly for his significant other, Mackenzie. And while Smothastenesewisky may seem like an unconventional gift to give a loved one, the second student recently surpassed $ 100,000 in earnings after capturing an Ohio Sires Stakes (OHSS) division on Saturday, June 5 at Northfield Park.

Haynes is very knowledgeable about racing in Buckeye State. Her late father, Keith, was a longtime horseman who made a living as a trainer in Ohio and later on Winbak Farm. The 34-year-old has been pointing a clock at Red Color Pet Foods, near his home in Washington Court House, for the past eight and a half years. He has always had an interest in harness racing and made his first starts as a coach in 2006. After not sending any starters in 2018, the couple decided to play the claims game.

“We just saved some money and in late winter or early spring 2019 we started claiming horses,” he said. “It started from there.”

At work at 6 a.m. and finished by 2:30 p.m., Haynes would immediately head to the Fayette County Fairgrounds to train his little stable. He enjoyed success in the 2019 campaign, tapping into 36 starters who produced five wins, seven second performances and five efforts for third place. The purse gains totaled just under $ 44,000. Mackenzie pitched the idea of ​​buying a baby, but Haynes was a little reluctant. Still, the couple ended up at the Bloody November Horse Sale.

“We went on sale and wanted a baby walker, but couldn’t afford one,” Haynes said. “We didn’t really choose her. We were just there looking at her and I said, “What do you think of this one? My wife said, ‘She looks good.’ I bid once and bought it.

Bred from Nob Hill High and the unreleased Western Ideal Tender Spirit mare, Smothastenesewisky was hammered for $ 3,000. The rigors of teaching a young horse to race can test a man’s patience. Haynes has been battle tested and up for the challenge, with two boys at home under the age of 3. While working with the filly, the conditioner felt she had potential. His instincts were soon reaffirmed.

“We had a friend of ours who helped her break her up and coached her a bit last year. He said, ‘This filly is very sweet,’ ”said Haynes. “I thought she was nice, but it helped someone else to tell me. After taking her to Delaware and qualifying her, it turned out he was serious.

Not eligible for Fathers Stakes, Smothastenesewisky raced primarily in the Buckeye Stallion Series and a few fairs during the 2020 campaign. She made her Circleville debut in June, slipping the field by four and a half lengths in 2: 03.3 . The filly would win her first six starts before tasting defeat. In the Buckeye Stallion series, she has six wins, including a score of 1: 52.3 in the $ 60,000 Championship at Hollywood Gaming Dayton Raceway.

Smothastenesewisky finished the season winning eight of nine starts while racking up $ 77,981. Her accomplishments are further highlighted by the fact that she has drawn seven or more outdoor positions four times, and has struggled with female issues and attachment throughout the year.

“I kind of wished I had staked it out last year, but maybe it would have worked out better,” said Haynes. “She learned to run, we made a lot of money last year and had a lot of fun.”

Around the barn, Smothastenesewisky is affectionately known as “Snips”, a name given by Ryker, Haynes’ eldest son. Snips refers to the red-haired character Snips Stone in the Spirit Riding Free television series, described online as “rude, mischievous, lovable and energetic.” Ryker’s nickname couldn’t be more fitting, as the spoiled filly likes to keep things interesting in the shed row.

“She will do things just to drive me crazy. If I put her in the cross links and go get the jogging cart, she’ll run to one side and try to turn around. Just stuff she knows better, ”commented the coach. “She’s something else, I’ll say it.”

Mackenzie, his wife of seven years, added, “She’s like a person. She’s like an obscene little kid; she is like dealing with my boys. It fits perfectly with children.

Now in sophomore year, Smothastenesewisky hasn’t pulled out of the gate with a string of wins like she did last season. The familiar struggles of 2020 continue. She started the year with a third place finish at the Scarlet & Gray Invitational in Miami Valley, covering a mile in 1:53. May turned out to be tough starting with a ninth place finish in the Bulls’ first round of stakes.

“She got attached and had female issues again that day. The whole month of May I had to deal with his wife issues and tie him up, ”said Haynes. “I would control one and the other would catch fire.”

An abscess resulted in a scratch on her next scheduled start, and the point guard returned two weeks later to run fourth at Scioto Downs. Eventually, she regained her form in the second round of the Ohio Sires Stakes. The couple’s first yearling purchase saw Haynes clinch victory for the first stallions as a trainer. Led by Hunter Myers, Smothastenesewisky looped wide three times on the back stretch to take the lead and pulled away four lengths on June 5 at Northfield in his $ 50,000 division, crossing under the wire in a best time of 1:52.

“The division of 3-year-old fillies is quite difficult. I said if she’s about to be right she’ll be there with them, ”the coach said. “I really don’t think she was quite right, but I think she was pretty damn close.”

Raised by Robert Mondillo and Donald Robinon, the sophomore now has earnings of $ 109,981. Before securing his first win of the year, Smothastenesewisky used his signature antics, biting Haynes and spilling blood as he prepared to mop up after the warm-ups.

“My wife reminds me all the time, ‘You know this is my birthday present, you have to be nice to her,'” he laughed.

In any other stable, a victory for the first bulls would be the most memorable event of the week. This time around, the feat has been eclipsed, sandwiched between the birth of the couple’s third son, Clayton, on Thursday, June 3, and Aiden’s second birthday celebration on Sunday, June 6. Brian and Mackenzie Haynes have their hands full right now to deal with three precocious boys and the gift of a spirited filly. They couldn’t be happier.


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