Day At The Track

Shift Into Glide hammered down to $250K

10:48 PM 06 Nov 2012 NZDT
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Noel Daley was looking for the best
Noel Daley was looking for the best - trotter in this year’s Sale. Is it Shift Into Glide?
USTA/Ken Weingartner photo.

Harness racing trainer Noel Daley was looking for the best trotter in this year's Standardbred Horse Sale. If price is any indication, he found the one. Daley purchased colt Shift Into Glide for $250,000 on Tuesday for owners Bill Weaver and Caviart Farms.

The price was the highest for a trotter through the first 436 horses sold at the annual auction and made Shift Into Glide the sales topper through the midway point of Tuesday's (November 6) session.

Shift Into Glide is a son of Yankee Glide and the first foal out of the mare Arbor Hanover. Second dam Armbro Pantomime is the mother of stakes-winner Arlanda Hanover and the third dam, Wendys Joker, is the mother of stakes-winner Armbro Trick.

"Bill Weaver told me to buy the best one I could find and he was the nicest one we saw here," Daley said. "The trotting colts seemed like one area that wasn't so strong in the sale. I didn't think we'd go to that money to get him. To us, he was the nicest horse in the sale. By the looks of it (other people did as well).

"He was a great moving horse, good looking horse, so we took a shot. It started with the video. He had an awesome video and when you looked at him you couldn't fault him anywhere. It wasn't like he had a classic pedigree; he had a good enough page. He was the only one that had a video that matched his looks. Bill said he wanted the best one, and that's the best one we could find him."

Shift Into Glide was one of 11 yearlings to sell for at least $100,000 through the first 176 horses sold on Tuesday.

Colt pacer Toronto Hanover, a son of Somebeachsomewhere out of the millionaire-earning mare Tricky Tooshie, sold for $177,000 to Irwin Samelman and was the second-highest sale of the early afternoon. He is a half-brother to stakes-winner True North Hanover.

"I like the fact he is by Somebeachsomewhere and I like the fact he is a beautiful, athletic looking colt," said Samelman, who will turn over the colt to trainer Don Milby. "It was between (Toronto Hanover) and some others, but we settled on him. I'm thrilled to get him. Hopefully, we'll catch a break."

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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