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Hot Air Balloon fetches highest price - Day 3

04:09 AM 08 Nov 2012 NZDT
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Hot Air Balloon (Yankee Glide - Tori Ann
Hot Air Balloon (Yankee Glide - Tori Ann - topped Day 3 at the Harrisburg Sale selling for $130,000.
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Hot Air Balloon, a $130,000 purchase, topped the third day of the 2012 Standardbred Horse Sales Company's annual harness racing sale at the PA Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg on Wednesday (November 7).

The son of Yankee Glide out of the S Js Photo mare Tori Ann (Half sister to takes-winner Charlie De Vie ($272,918, 1:53.2), was sold as Hip 699.

Consigned by agent Peninsula Farm Inc., the colt was purchased by Fashion Farms LLC of New Hope, Pennsylvania.

Crazy Bug, Hip 880, earned the second highest bid of the day at $80,000. The son of Crazed is the first foal out of the Muscles Yankee mare Cecada. He was purchased by Linda Toscano of Freehold, New Jersey from the Northwood Bloodstock Agency consignment.


At the end of day three of the Standardbred Horse Sale, Sales Manager Murray Brown summed up, "Once again, if you had what they wanted, they were willing to pay for it.

"I thought trotters were a lot stronger in relative terms. Pacing colts sold very well, especially anything that had a little glamour associated with it. Pacing fillies were very weak, they're always the weakest segment."

Asked if he thought there might have been an uptick because of the announcement on Tuesday that the Ontario Sire Stakes would continue for the indefinite future, Brown said, "Maybe a little, not huge. If I were doing it in numerical terms, I'd say 20 percent, which is pretty darn good. It went along really well."

When asked if he thought the horses sold on the first two days of the sale would have seen a significant price increase had the sire stakes announcement come before they sold, Brown said, "Perhaps, perhaps. There weren't all that many (64) Ontario horses in the first two days. No question they were hurt. One area where it might have helped would have been to bring more Canadians down here."

The most striking statistic through the first three days of the sale was the 22 percent increase in sales prices for pacing colts. In 2011, 251 pacing colts sold in the first three days of the sale for an average of $37,945. This year, 253 colts sold for an average of $46,344.

Here are 2011 and 2012 numbers for day three of the sale this year versus last year (Category-Sold-Gross-Average):

2012 Pacing Colts-81-$1,500,000-$18,518

2011 Pacing Colts-81-$1,611,500-$19,895

2012 Pacing Fillies-101-$1,173,500-$11,618

2011 Pacing Fillies-75-$1,163,700-$15,516

2012 Trotting Colts-60-$1,375,500-$20,227

2011 Trotting Colts-66-$1,255,500-$19,023

2012 Trotting Fillies-60-$1,025,000-$17,083

2011 Trotting Fillies-59-$1,118,000-$18,949

2012 Totals-310-$5,074,000- $16,367

2011 Totals-281-$5,148,700-$18,323.

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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