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Duneside and Artcotic highly ranked

08:49 PM 22 Jan 2008 NZDT
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Duneside Perch
Duneside Perch - Winning the 2007 New Jersey Sire Stakes 2yo CGP Final
Photo by Michael Lisa - Lisa Photo, Inc.

New Jersey-bred champions Duneside Perch and Artcotic sold for prices that ranked among the Top 10 at a record-setting auction on Monday (January 21) at the Meadowlands.

A total of 387 horses were auctioned at the Tattersalls January Mixed Sale for a gross of $13,440,400, an average of $34,730. Of that group, 287 were race horses who sold for $11,745,600, an average of $40,925.

s anticipated, the sale of several protégés of trainer George Teague produced the highest prices and most buzz at the several hour sale.

t was bittersweet for Teague who did not want to part with any of the horses but was selling them to dissolve a partnership with one of his owners, Rodney Mitchell Inc. of Camden, DE.

n the instance of sale’s topper Total Truth, who was hammered down for $900,000, and Artcotic at $315,000, Teague re-purchased the pacers.

I was prepared to go for a million, maybe slightly over, so that was good,” said Teague, referring to Total Truth, the 2006 Pacer of the Year and a $1.9 million earner.

“I feel better than I have for the last two or three months. I’m going to race him. He’s always got potential as a stallion, but I think he’ll work on a better mark [than 1:48.3] this year. If he has any racing luck, I think he’ll do well. I’ve got a lot of faith in the horse.”

ew Jersey horseman Kelvin Harrison, an SBOANJ director, was the under bidder on Total Truth, representing Down Under interests.

wo highly prized three-year-olds did change hands as Moon Beam was acquired by Richard Annunziata of Mahopac, NY for $750,000 and Duneside Perch was signed for by Ross Croghan of Colts Neck, NJ for $700,000.

wo top mares were also among those in the Teague-trained dispersal, the 2007 Hambletonian Oaks winner Danae, who was acquired by Mitchell for $240,000, and Isabella Blue Chip, the Two-Year-Old Pacing Filly of the Year in 2006, by Diamond Creek Farm of Paris, KY for $210,000. Diamond Creek indicated that Isabella Blue Chip would now be retired to their broodmare band.

rtcotic, a one time $5,000 yearling purchase who wrapped up her sophomore campaign with a Breeders Crown victory in November and a bankroll of more than $600,000, will return to Teague’s barn in Delaware. The daughter of Artiscape was a New Jersey Sire Stakes divisional Horse of the Year in both 2006 and 2007.

I think she’s a great filly,” Teague said. “I think she’ll step up to the four-year-old year. She’s never ever had any soundness problems. I feel pretty confident in her, and she doesn’t owe my son [co-owner Montrell Teague] anything. So I just wanted to retain the other part of her.”

he all time record for a standardbred sold at auction of $1.1 million for Cameron Hall, a three-year-old trotting filly [in 2001] was not eclipsed by Total Truth’s price, but he did establish a record for a male pacer and new marks were set for three-year-old pacing colts – first by the $700,000 for Duneside Perch and then, 20 hip numbers later, by Moon Beam for $750,000.

oon Beam won four of six starts at two, finished second in the finals of both the Woodrow Wilson and Metro, and banked $407,650.

roghan acquired Duneside Perch, a son of Cam’s Card Shark, for an as yet unnamed owner or group of owners. The colt was a New Jersey Sire Stakes divisional Horse of the Year in 2007, winning three of four starts. He captured the $175,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Final in a stakes record 1:50.2.

I thought he’d go for between $800,000 and a million,” Croghan said. “I went a little more than I wanted to, but I split the difference. Horses of this caliber entering their three-year-old season are not usually on the market for sale. Coming off his two-year-old season, he’s a possible major player, a major contender.

There are not too many horses that do not have injuries somewhere along the line,” Croghan added.

“He was a very sound two-year-old when I saw him race. He fractured a bone so he finished his two-year-old season very early [in late August]. But that could be a blessing in disguise. We examined him this morning. Physically he looks terrific. The kind of fracture he had last year, he had time for it to heal three times over. [It was worth] taking a shot.”

he top eight at the sale were all consigned by Northwood Bloodstock Agency of Secaucus, NJ, which is owned by Bob Boni, an SBOANJ director.

TATTERSALLS JANUARY 2008 MIXED SALE TOP 10

Hip, Name(Gait/Sex), Buyer, Amount

400, TOTAL TRUTH(PH), GEORGE TEAGUE, HARRINGTON DE, $900,000

306, MOON BEAM(PH), RICHARD R. ANNUNZIATA, MAHOPAC NY, $750,000

286, DUNESIDE PERCH(PH), ROSS CROGHAN, COLT'S NECK NJ, $700,000

117, ARTCOTIC(PM), GEORGE TEAGUE, HARRINGTON, DE, $315,000

366, GOLD DUST BEACH(PH), JOHN CARVER, SHERMAN IL, $280,000

126, DANAE(TM), RODNEY MITCHELL, CAMDEN, DE, $240,000

130, ISABELLA BLUE CHIP(PM), DIAMOND CREEK FARM, PARIS, KY, $210,000

364, FOX VALLEY TRIBAL(PG), GESTION ZANE INC, LACHINE PQ CANADA, $200,000

328, LINDY'S BANDIT(PH), SCOTT A. DILLON, ANSON ME, $190,000

357, BOULDER CREEK(PG), LARRY BARON, HORSHAM PA, $185,000

Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ

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