Born in 1927, Jules Siegel, the owner of New Hope, Pennsylvania’s Fashion Farms, knows about good horses. A retired pharmacist who operated a successful chain of drug stores before turning his full attention to harness racing, Siegel and his late wife Arlene owned 1995 Hambletonian winner Tagliabue 4,1:53.3 ($904,600). Other successes have included divisional champion horses and five victories in the Breeders Crown.
Jules and Arlene established Fashion Farms in New Hope, Pennsylvania in 1984 for their own pleasure, but when the college pharmacy major sold his drug store chain and retired in 1995, Arlene insisted “that you cannot do nothing.” The Siegels acquired first-rate broodmares, bred them to top sires to produce successful racehorses, then retained the mares for future breeding, building success upon success, lasting to this day.
Tagliabue was the first of the Siegels’ Dan Patch Award-winning horses, followed by 1998 Dan Patch Three-Year-Old Pacing Filly of the Year, 1999 Dan Patch Older Pacing Mare of the Year, 2000 O’Brien Older Pacing Mare of the Year, world champion Galleria p,4,1:49.1 ($1,814,453), winner of the 1998 Breeders Crown; 2002 Dan Patch Two-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year Broadway Hall 2,1:56.4 ($436,790), winner of the 2002 Breeders Crown; 2004 Dan Patch Two-Year-Old Pacing Colt of the Year, 2004 O’Brien Two-Year-Old Pacing Colt of the Year Village Jolt p,3,1:50.4f ($1,634,220), winner of the 2004 Breeders Crown; 2009 Dan Patch Trotting Filly of the Year Broadway Schooner 3,1:53.3 ($885,933), winner of the 2009 Hambletonian Oaks and Breeders Crown; 2011 Dan Patch Two-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year Possess The Will 2,1:54 ($618,262), winner of the 2011 Valley Victory; and 2015 Dan Patch Two-Year-Old Trotting Filly of the Year, 2016 Dan Patch Three-Year-Old Trotting Filly of the Year Broadway Donna 3,1:51.1 ($1,297,823), winner of the 2016 Breeders Crown.
Other notables for the Siegels include Real Artist p,3,Q1:51 ($424,947), winner of the 1997 Woodrow Wilson, and Arts Virtue p,3,1:50.3 ($1,100,639), winner of the 1999 Three Diamonds and 2000 Mistletoe Shalee. As stallions, Real Artist has sired winners of over $84 million with seven millionaires; Broadway Hall, winners of over $37 million with two millionaires.
Jules Siegel was Standardbred Canada’s Owner of the Decade for the 2000s and the Pennsylvania Chapter of the U.S. Harness Writers Association Breeder of the Year in 2008 and 2009. He was named to the Little Brown Jug Wall of Fame in 2007. Siegel received the Owner of the Year Award from the U.S. Harness Writers Association in 2002 and 2009, an honor he shared with Arlene, who passed away in December 2010.