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$92G sales topper - Harrisburg third sesssion

01:13 PM 10 Nov 2011 NZDT
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Lily Pad Hanover sold
Lily Pad Hanover sold - to Nifty Norman for $92,000.

The third session of the Standardbred Horse Sale was held on Wednesday (Nov. 9) in Harrisburg. The sales topperon Wednesday was the Kadabra filly Lily Pad Hanover, who sold for $92,000 to Allentown (New Jersey) harness racing trainer Richard (Nifty Norman) Norman.

Lily Pad Hanover is a daughter of the Balanced Image mare Lettersfromshanghai, from the Hanover Shoe Farms consignment.

Antzinthepantz was another one of the higest priced yearlings of the day on Wednesday. The Angus Hall-Lookin At You Babe-Malbar Man colt sold for $85,000 to Dave Menary of Cambridge, Ontario, from the Vieux Carre Farm consignment.

He's a full brother to Caught My Eye, a standout on the Ontario Sire Stakes circuit.

Day three of the Standardbred Horse Sale saw 281 yearlings sell for a total of $5,148,700 -- or an average of $18,323. The strongest segment was pacing colts, selling for an average of $19,895. Pacing fillies have, on average, fetched $15,577 and on the trotting side, colts averaged $19,023 and fillies $18,949.

In 2010, day three horses grossed $6,584,500 for an average of $20,014.

Sales Manager Murray Brown noted that the market stays strong for the best horses.

"I thought it was a terrific day," Brown said. "Again, anything worthwhile sold very well, in many cases better, on a relative basis than they might have even sold on Monday or Tuesday. Wearing my Hanover hat, we sold probably a dozen horses that in my opinion might not have brought half as much on Monday or Tuesday. It was strong; the market's holding up.

"(The Ontario-breds) were fantastic; the degree to which they sold well surprised me. We've always sold our Ontario-breds real well and they've always performed well up there. We usually -- unless we have a real start -- we keep our Ontario-breds for the Wednesday and Thursday session.

"Again, the horse that the consensus such as it is focuses on is going to be expensive, but it pays to look at them all because there's always good value available, it's just a question of being aware of it."

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by Ellen Harvey, Harness Racing Communications

Courtesy of the US Trotting Association's Web Newsroom

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