Champion mares sold to Ernie Gerbaulet

02:42 PM 30 Aug 2011 NZST
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Windylane Hanover in cruise control
Windylane Hanover in cruise control - as she sprints with her ears pricked to another victory.
Michael Lisa/Lisa Photo

World Champion harness racing mare Windylane Hanover, in foal to Muscle Hill, and Merrie Annabelle winner Miss Wisconsin, carrying a foal by Donato Hanover, have been purchased by Ernie Gerbaulet, a Hunterton Farm and Sales Agency client who resides in Recklinghausen, Germany.

Hunterton's Steve Stewart, who made the announcement today, said "We are honored that Mr. Gerbaulet was able to purchase those mares and will be allowing us to help him fulfill his dreams of producing champions. It's always wonderful when a great mare like Miss Wisconsin, who we bred, raised, and sold, returns home as a broodmare."

Windylane Hanover 2,1:57; 3,1:53 earned more than $1.1-million on the track. She was a multiple stakes winner at both two and three, including the Hambletonian Oaks, and went on to being voted "Older Trotting Mare of the Year" as a four year old.

She's one of harness racing's top-priced broodmares ever sold at public auction, bringing a final bid of $600,000 at the 2006 Harrisburg Mixed Sale. Her first three foals sold for $235,000, $140,000 and $125,000.

Miss Wisconsin 2,1:56.3; 3,1:55, a $515,074-winning daughter of Muscles Yankee, sold as a yearling in Hunterton Sales Agency's 2004 consignment for $150,000 and resold in the "Fabulous Fillies" section at the Harrisburg Mixed Sale two years later for $485,000. Her own yearlings have sold for up to $105,000.

Gregory SCHULER

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