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Cluster Hanover tops Day 4 at Harrisburg

11:30 PM 08 Nov 2012 NZDT
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Cluster Hanover
Cluster Hanover - sold for $95,000 on Thursday morning (Day Four).
USTA/Ellen Harvey photo

Harness racing's top price on Day Four (Thursday November 8) of the Harrisburg Sale went to hip #951, Cluster Hanover, who sold for $95,000 to Jack Darling of Cambridge, Ontario.

The son of Badlands Hanover-Clouding Over was placed on day four as a nod to his Ontario breeding, says Hanover Shoe Farms Manager Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky.

"We try to sell our Canadian-breds Wednesday and Thursday," said Dr. Jablonsky. "That's when most of the Canadian customers are here.

"In that colt's case, he was the first colt from a mare that's had three fillies that made it, two that are doing very well, Artsy Princess (by Western Hanover, p,4,1:52f, $165,471) and Clear View Hanover (by Western Ideal, p,3,1:51.3f, $89,992) and they were not nearly as good looking as him.

"He's just a good looking horse, nice colt. Badlands has done exceptionally well in Canada and I think all the pieces just came together."

Trainer Chris Ryder has purchased a quartet of Muscle Hill progeny - three of them within a couple hours of each other at this week's Standardbred Horse Sale. "Any one in my price range, I jump right on them," said Ryder, a native of New Zealand. "I was the under bidder on one for $145,000 in Lexington.

"I bought one in Kentucky for $30,000 and I bought three here; two for $20,000 and one for $15,000. Ryder says the Muscle Hill he bought in Kentucky is coming along nicely."He's not learning quickly, it seems like he learned it before I got him," he said. "He's out of a Ken Warkentin mare in Me Maggi's family.

The yearlings Ryder bought at Harrisburg are hip #299, Southwind Poseidon, #336, Muscle On In and #473, Walk The Walk. Ryder says he‘s not looking to switch to a stable of all trotters, but sees an opportunity in the market. "The pacing colts are through the roof, this is all I could buy," he said.

"I buy what I can buy. "I loved Muscle Hill even before the sale. I know he's in New Jersey and that's probably costing the prices here. I bought the ones that were correct and looked OK and they were in my price range."


Erv Miller acting as agent purchased Hip 916 Guaranteed Lindy for $77,000 from the Preferred Equine Marketing Inc. consignment. The daughter of Conway Hall is the second foal out of Credit Guaranteed.

She is out of a half-sister to Pizza Dolce (1:52.4 - $668,824).

Click here for complete Sales results.

by Ellen HARVEY, Harness Racing Communications

Courtesy of the US Trotting Association's Web Newsroom

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