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Marc Hanover tops Harrisburg Day 2 at $275K

02:42 AM 07 Nov 2012 NZDT
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Marc Hanover topped day two of the Stand
Marc Hanover topped day two of the Stand - ardbred Yearling Sale at Harrisburg with a $275,000 pricetag
USTA/Ken Weingartner Photos

Dustin Jones came up empty in his first several attempts at buying a yearling at the Standardbred Horse Sale, but the third time was a charm.

After being the underbidder on colt pacer Joost Hanover, who sold for $300,000 on Monday, and colt trotter Shift Into Glide, who went for $250,000 during Tuesday's (Nov. 6) session, Jones came away with colt pacer Marc Hanover for $275,000 as the auction's second day came near an end.

ones bought the yearling for owner Serge Godin.

Marc Hanover is a son of Cam's Card Shark out of the mare Maremma Hanover. He is a half-brother to Martini Hanover, who won this year's consolation for the Metro Pace. The family also includes stakeswinner Under Your Spell.

"When I went to Hanover and they got all the horses out, he's the one I liked the best, without knowing the breeding," Jones said. "We probably wouldn't have gone that high, but we were the underbidder on Shift Into Glide and Joost Hanover.

"My owner, Mr. Godin, was in Europe and that was the first time we had him on the phone today and we were telling him about all the horses we were missing out on and he decided we were going to buy that one. I don't know if we would've gone higher; we've never bought one higher than this."

Despite the high price, Jones said there was no pressure.

"We can only do what we can do," he said. "We're real happy; he was my No. 1 pick."

Marc Hanover was among 20 horses to sell for at least $100,000 on Tuesday. Last year, 14 sold for $100,000 or more on the sale's second day.

After two days, the average price was $44,270 for 545 horse sold. Last year, the average was $44,218 for 541 horses sold. Pacing colts were averaging $59,433 this year compared to $46,982, an increase of 26.5 percent, the best gains of the sale.

"It was pretty much more of the same; the good ones were selling extraordinarily well and the ones they didn't want were not selling well at all," said Murray Brown, the sale's vice president and general manager. "I thought trotters were a little better today than yesterday. Pacing colts continue to be very, very strong.

"It's a strange sale, but overall if you had what people wanted you did extremely well."

Click here for complete sale results.

by Ken WEINGARTNER (Harness Racing Communications - Courtesy of the US Trotting Association's Web Newsroom)

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