Day At The Track

Island buyers make purchases at Harrisburg

09:23 PM 17 Nov 2017 NZDT
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Nicholas Oakes
Nicholas Oakes reporting

The Black Book Yearling and Mixed sale was held last week in Harrisburg, Pa., with more than 1,600 standardbreds going through the ring and Island buyers in the middle of the harness racing action.

Windemere Farms of Hampshire purchased the Sportswriter yearling colt Cal Hanover for $27,000 at the U.S. sale.

Blaine MacPherson, master of Howmac Farms in North Wiltshire, bought Clare Hall Hanover for $17,000. The daughter of Well Said is also a yearling.

Allan MacDonald of Souris, of State Treasurer fame, bought the yearling filly Jolie Pearl, by Bettor’s Delight, for $15,000. Jolie Pearl is out of a sister to 2013 Sobeys Gold Cup and Saucer winner Escape The News.

In other yearling sale action, Natasha Campbell of Winsloe signed for Navy Pilot Hanover with a $13,000 price tag. The yearling colt is a son of Western Ideal out of a half-sister to 2017 Gold Cup and Saucer finalist Sapphire City.

Robert Phillips of Caledonia shelled out $7,000 for the Big Jim gelded yearling Rockyroad Slimjim.

Jim Gorman of South Melville also purchased Rave Review, paying $22,000 for the yearling daughter of Bettors Delight. Rave Review is out of a sister to $2.9 million earner All Bets Off.

In the mixed portion of the Harrisburg sale, Ryan Neill of Winsloe bought the broodmare Brown Velvet for $4,000. The 12-year-old daughter of Andover Hall is in foal to Pennsylvania stallion Muscle Massive.

Jamie Whalen of Avondale purchased the 13-year-old broodmare Goddess’s Angel, in foal to Pennsylvania stud Ponder, for $2,000.

Ian Smith of Stratford signed for 13-year-old broodmare Lady Sometimes for a $28,000 price tag. The daughter of Armbro Mackintosh has all ready produced $500,000 winner Sometimes Said and is in foal to world champion Somebeachsomewhere.

Danny Birt of Stratford has had an impressive first year as a harness racing owner and chose to invest once again with the purchase of five-year-old racehorse Winter Blast. The son of Sand Shooter sold for $20,000 at the Pennsylvania sale with Birt signing the papers for the $100,000 winner who all ready won in 1:53.3 this year over the half-mile oval at Flamboro Downs.

Buntainwood Farms of Brackley Beach sold five horses at the Black Book Sale, including Maritime champion Malabrigo. The eight-year-old daughter of Western Paradise sold as a broodmare not in foal for $2,500 with her former trainer Marc Campbell teaming up with fellow Winsloe resident Darryl MacLean to buy the pacing mare. Malabrigo went to Kentucky at the completion of her undefeated 2012 season, and all four of her offspring were also sold by Buntainwood Farms at the sale. Mirasol, a yearling filly by Somebeachsomewhere out of Malabrigo, was purchased by Delaware interests for $17,000, while a weanling gelding out of Malabrigo by Bettor’s Delight was bought by a New York owner for $10,000. Malnificent, a two-year-old Somebeachsomewhere filly out of Malabrigo, was bought by an Ontario owner for $11,000, with the three-year-old filly out of Malabrigo, Millamia by Bettors Delight, was bought by a Michigan owner for $4,000.

P.E.I. Scene

Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway held their final card of the season Sunday afternoon. Action now shifts to Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park with programs scheduled for Saturday and Sunday this week, both with 12:30 p.m. post times. The capital oval currently has three weekends with Saturday-Sunday racing scheduled up until Dec. 3 before the track goes to once a week racing until early February.

Nicholas Oakes' column appears in The Guardian each Friday. He can be reached at

Nick’s Picks

Saturday at 12:30 P.M. at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park:

Race 1 – Regal Party Girl

Race 2 – Brief Interlude

Race 3 – Freddie

Race 4 – West River Ambyr

Race 5 – Hop Up

Race 6 – Zarkana

Race 7 – Nikes Cowgirl

Race 8 – Sir Native

Race 9 – Ramblinglily

Race 10 – Windsun Kenda

Race 11 – Avid Yankee

Race 12 – Forever Paradise

Nicholas Oakes

Reprinted with permission of The Guardian

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