Tough Rain (former named Dusted Busted) ,a Danish-bred colt sired by harness racing US champion Deweycheatumnhowe, was the sales topper at the annual Elitsale in Stockholm Friday night. Swedish trainer Stefan Hultman had the final bid at $124,000.
90 yearlings went through the ring and unfortunately for the breeders there was a lack of buyers - 30 yearlings were bought back by their breeders - one didn't get a bid. The average price dropped 22% from last year to $28,000.
Among the ten most expensive yearlings, five were sired by North American based sires.
The most popular stallion at the sale was Going Kronos, as seven of his offspring from his first crop sold for an average of $41,800, four of them landingin the top ten.
Going Kronos is an Italian-bred horse sired byout of Bell Power - she by . Going Kronos was a very popular trotter in Sweden - he holds a record of 1.51.3f, 21wins from 40 starts, and earnings of$1.06 million.
A full sister to Going Kronos, Lantern Kronos was campaigned in the US by Jimmy Takter and wonstakes races like the American-National,Dunroven Stud Trot,Elegantimage Stakes and World Trotting Derby.
by Karsten Bønsdorf