Following a successful racing career highlighted by a Breeders Crown victory, an O’Brien Award and lifetime earnings of $1,003,260, Camluck went on to become one of the most outstanding Standardbred sires in history.
Bred by Jef’s Standardbred, Sacramento, California and Prince Lee Acres, Uxbridge, Ontario, Canada in 1986, Camluck was foaled on February 23, 1987 in Columbus, New Jersey. His dam was Hall of Fame broodmare Lucky Lady, co-bred by Vincent Colantuoni and Hilda Heydt, who in the late 1940s was a pioneering female driver/trainer in a male-dominated sport.
The colt was purchased for $70,000 at the 1988 Kentucky Standardbred Sale by Hall of Fame trainer Bob McIntosh, who bought yearlings for groups of owners, and was immediately placed into the ownership group of New Destiny Stable and Al McIntosh Holdings, Inc. Camluck was trained by Bob McIntosh and was primarily driven by Mike Lachance, Steven Condren and William Gale.
Camluck was unraced at two because of a bone chip in a hind ankle. He won seven of twenty-two starts at three, including victories in the Provincial Cup, the MacFarlane Memorial and an elimination of the Motor City Pace.
Camluck won nine of twenty-two starts at four including victories in the Breeders Crown final and the Stewart Fraser Memorial, and was awarded the 1991 O’Brien Award for Older Pacing Horse of the Year.
At five, Camluck set his world record time-trial mark of T1:48.4 at Lexington and was victorious in ten of twenty-five starts including a leg and final of the Nihilator Series. He retired at the end of his five-year-old season with the career total of twenty-six victories. Camluck was inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 2003 and the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 2008.
At the time of his death, Camluck was the second-leading moneywinning Standardbred sire of all time ($203,545,168), the leading sire of $100,000 winners (558) and the second-leading sire of 2:00 performers (1,434). He sired 1,942 starters with 1,434 in 2:00, 752 in 1:55 and 63 in 1:50. His offspring average more than $104,000 per starter and include 558 $100,000 winners, 266 $200,000 winners and 21 millionaires. Camluck was the leading moneywinning sire in Ontario from 2001 through 2011, ranking second in 1999-2000 and 2012-2014.
Camluck was the sire of 2003 Dan Patch and O’Brien Three-Year-Old Pacing Filly of the Year and 2006 Dan Patch Older Pacing Mare of the Year Burning Point p,6,1:49.2 ($2,853,289), winner of the 2003 and 2006 Breeders Crown; 2009 O’Brien Older Pacing Mare of the Year and 2010 O’Brien Horse of the Year and Dan Patch and O’Brien Older Pacing Mare of the Year, world champion Dreamfair Eternal p,8,1:49f ($2,478,093), winner of the 2009 and 2011 Roses Are Red and 2010 Breeders Crown; 2008 O’Brien Three-Year-Old Pacing Filly of the Year Chancey Lady p,5,1:48.4f ($2,072,092), winner of the 2007 Ontario Sires Stakes Super Final and 2008 Fan Hanover; 2004 Ontario Sires Stakes Super Final and 2005 Roses Are Red winner Invitro p,4,1:50s ($1,983,077); 2010 Metro Pace winner Mystician p,3,1:49.2s ($1,921,529) and 2012 O’Brien Horse of the Year and Three-Year-Old Pacing Colt of the Year Michael’s Power p,3,1:48.1s ($1,867,801), winner of the 2012 Little Brown Jug and Confederation Cup.
As a broodmare sire, Camluck sired the dams of 1,403 starters with 929 in 2:00, 487 in 1:55, 51 in 1:50, and 284 $100,000 winners, with total earnings of over $104 million.
Camluck sired the dams of 2012 O’Brien Two-Year-Old Pacing Filly of the Year and 2013 Dan Patch and O’Brien Three-Year-Old Pacing Filly of the Year, world champion I Luv The Nitelife p,3,1:48.4f ($1,944,667), winner of the 2012 She’s A Great Lady and 2013 Breeders Crown; 2012 North America Cup winner Thinking Out Loud p,4,1:47.2 ($1,929,765); 2011 O’Brien Two-Year-Old Pacing Filly of the Year and 2012 Dan Patch and O’Brien Three-Year-Old Pacing Filly of the Year, world champion American Jewel p,3,1:48.2s ($1,840,565), winner of the 2011 She’s A Great Lady and 2012 Breeders Crown; 2010 Confederation Cup winner Aracache Hanover p,5,1:48.1f ($1,726,617) and 2007 Jugette winner, world champion Western Graduate p,4,1:51.1 ($1,305,072).
Camluck stood at Seelster Farms, Lucan, Ontario for 23 years, retiring from active stud duty in October 2014. He passed away at Seelster on August 9, 2015.