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Cantab Hall filly brings $500,000 at Harrisburg

12:34 PM 03 Nov 2015 NZDT
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Future Secured - The Cantab Hall filly made $500,000 on the first day at Harrisburg
Future Secured - The Cantab Hall filly made $500,000 on the first day at Harrisburg

Staffan Lind and Karl-Erik Bender hope Future Secured lives up to her name.

A filly trotter, Future Secured sold for a record-equaling $500,000 during the first half of Monday’s (Nov. 2) opening day of the Standardbred Horse Sale at Harrisburg.

When the final price was hammered down, observers at the Pennsylvania State Farm Show Complex responded with applause.

The price equals the auction-sales record for a yearling filly trotter, which was set by Courtney Hall in 2003.

It is tied for the fourth-highest auction price for any yearling and is the highest price for a yearling at auction since Detour Hanover sold for a record $825,000 in 2011.

Future Secured sold for $500,000, which equals the auction-sales record for a yearling filly trotter, which was set by Courtney Hall in 2003.

Future Secured, bred by Stefan Balazsi’s Order By Stable, is by stallion Cantab Hall out of the stakes-winning mare Thatsnotmyname.

The second dam is Graceful Touch, the mother of 2010 Hambletonian winner Muscle  Massive as well as stakes-winner Muscle Mass.

The third dam is stakes-winner Act Of Grace, the mother of 2001 World Trotting Derby winner Cobol, and the extended family includes top performers such as Passionate Glide and Marita’s Victory.

“She’s a beautiful filly and she’s out of a family where those horses don’t come around too often for sale,” Lind said. “She moves good, she has a good conformation; she’s just a very nice filly.”

Lind said he was unsurprised the filly brought a hefty price.

“Those horses hardly ever come for sale,” Lind said. “It’s like buying a painting by Picasso; it’s hard to put a price on it. And she has huge residual value.

“We’ll train her just like any other horse,” he added, noting there was no additional pressure because of her price.

Future Secured was one of two yearlings to sell for at least $300,000 and among four horses to sell for at least $200,000. Colt trotter Royal Dreams, a son of Cantab Hall out of the stakes-winning mare Bold Dreamer, sold for $300,000 to agent Robert Lindstrom. He is a half-brother to multiple Dan Patch Award-winner Pampered Princess and O’Brien Award-winner Was It A Dream.

Ken Weingartner

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