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In spite of Covid concerns and the opportunity to bid online, harness racing horsemen thronged the Champions Center in Springfield, OH Aug. 25, to view and purchase horses in person. The sale was strong throughout all categories and consistent with last summer's best sale in 64 years. Three-year-old Indiana Sires Stakes winning Nassau Desire topped the sale with a $32,000 bid from Brandon Bartley of OH. The Real Desire gelding was consigned by Burke Racing Stable. Bartley also signed the ticket for $22,000 for the Ohio Fair Stakes winning two-year-old pacer, Pan's Pro. Another Indiana bred, Ron's EOM, was sale runner up at $25,000. Purchased by No Recall Stable of Ohio, the upper class conditioned pacer was consigned by Vicki Givens of Delaware. Vicki and Wayne Givens came to Springfield determined to replenish their racing stable. They went home with two promising Indiana bred three-year-olds in Life Is A Highway for $24,000 and Candy's Image for $22,000, both consigned by Simmons Stable. The Givens also picked up the conditioned trotter Teddy Brosevelt from Tim Betts for $21,000, along with two more green pacers that fit the Delaware conditions. A couple of young mares were purchased for their fine bloodlines rather than their racing lines. Kota's Swan, a $232,846 stakes winning daughter of Swan For All, went to Cool Winds Farm in Ohio on a $21,000 bid, and the three-year-old pacing filly, Off To Win, out of the dam of Funknwaffles p,5,1:49.2f ($959,194) and Poker Hat p,5,1:49.4f ($916,790) was purchased by Jonas Schwartz of Indiana for $17,000. Ohio-breds topped the 118 catalogued yearlings. Long Hilltop, a Long Tom colt out of the double $300,000 producer Angel Touch went to Jack Wray of Ontario for $19,000. The handsome dark colt was consigned by Marlin Yoder. Next was Rose Run Xtatic, a striking black son of And Away We Go out of the NY Sires Stakes winning Incredible Fortuna, that was purchased by Mike Polhamus of OH for $18,000. Also hammered down for $18,000 was the beautiful black Fineartnrosa consigned by Trotting Tradition. The daughter of The Panderosa and Fine Art Mindale p,2,1:54.1; 4,1:52.3f was purchased by Matt Rowe of OH. "We were pleased that 17 of the horses sold via Proxibid, along with a lot that were under bidders," said Blooded Horse Sale Manager Jerry Haws. "Nonetheless, it inspires people to physically see and touch the horses, and experience the excitement of being in the hunt at the sale. Most of the time, that translates into on site bidders prevailing over the internet competition." Visit bloodedhorse.com for full sale results and to enter horses for the Fall Blooded Horse Sale Nov. 17-19. Dot Morgan Executive Director New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program

Black Type yearlings will continue to be taken for the 64th Annual Blooded Horse Summer Sale through Friday July 17. The deadline was extended to accommodate yearlings that missed the deadline for other early closing sales. The yearlings will sell on Tuesday August 25 with mixed horses rounding out that day and continuing into Wednesday. Make entries and order a catalogue at bloodedhorse.com by Dot Morgan, for the Blooded Horse Sale      

The 64th Annual Blooded Horse Summer Sale will be held Tues. and Wed. Aug 25-26 at the Champions Center in Springfield, Ohio.  Black type yearlings will sell on Tuesday with mixed horses rounding out that day and continuing into Wednesday.  The deadline for black type entries is July 1; mixed horses will be taken through July 20 or until full. “People are especially eager right now to have the opportunity to physically attend a sale and see the horses in person,” said manager Jerry Haws. “The added dimension of real time online bidding should give consignors confidence that their horses will bring top dollar in a very strong market.” The Champions Center is an expansive facility with an abundance of space to implement social distancing.  Enter horses and register to bid online at bloodedhorse.com.    Dot Morgan

We've waited to make a decision about the May Sale hoping things would change quickly, however after speaking with Champions Center and listening to the CDC announcements it's clear we will not have a May Sale, after much deliberation about moving to June we have decided that this is still too fluid to make that decision and have decided to just wait for our August sale. We look forward to seeing you in August in much better times. Please stay safe at home. We will get through this. We're all in this together! Blooded Horse  

The Blooded Horse Winter Sale held Tue. Feb. 11, at the Champions Center in Springfield, Ohio, was the strongest in its 57-year history. Owners, trainers and breeders flooded the pavilion to restock stables and acquire broodmares. "People love coming to a sale to actually see and touch the horses they want to buy," said sale manager Jerry Haws. "It may take a bit more time and resources, but the dividends far outweigh the cost. Bringing horses to a venue of eager buyers is a tremendous marketing tool. Consignors seemed to be pleased as there were substantially less RNAs." The sale topper was the Grand Circuit placed 5-year-old Donato Hanover broodmare Sneeker Hanover 3,1:55.2s purchased for $49,000 by Michael I Miller of Ohio. From the immediate family of Marion Maurader 1:51 ($3 Million+) the classy bay trotter consigned by Cactus Acres was in foal to Kadabra. The sale runner up was the consistent 5-year-old conditioned trotter U Need Stones, consigned by Burke Racing Stable. Popular Canadian owner Adriano Sorella purchased the son of Wishing Stone for $45,000 as well as another Burke Racing Stable graduate, the beautiful chestnut Cracklin Rosie for $37,000. Burke Racing Stable also offered the innovative opportunity to choose one of two almost equally matched trotting mares that were presented in the ring simultaneously. The winning bidder got to choose the mare they wanted and Burke Racing Stable kept the other to continue racing. Both Wildfire Seelster and Matterlei were 4-year-old daughters of Explosive Matter; both had nine wins lifetime; and both had won five or six of their last eight starts at the Meadows. Herman and Morgan Hagerman of Ohio got the final bid at $43,000 and chose Wildfire Seelster to add to their powerful stable. For complete sale results visit bloodedhorse.com. The next sale is May 12 and it's an exceptionally strong market for racehorses. Entries close April 22. by Dot Morgan, for the Blooded Horse Sale      

To paraphrase horse owner Mark Weaver, everything old is new again. Weaver, part of the Weaver Bruscemi partnership that owns horses with trainer Ron Burke, is resurrecting the practice of offering two horses -- at the same time -- for sale at auction. On Tuesday, 4-year-old female trotters Matterlei and Wildfire Seelster will be sold as hip numbers 120B and 120A, respectively, at the Blooded Horse Sales' Winter Speed Sale. The winning bidder will have his or her choice of one of the horses. The unselected horse will return to the Burke Brigade. Murray Brown, the former Hanover Shoe Farms public relations director and general manager/VP of the Standardbred Horse Sales Company, recently wrote about the practice in Harness Racing Update. "I've heard Murray Brown and Eric Cherry (horse owner-breeder and co-owner of online auction onGait.com) talk about it," Weaver said. "We need to get rid of horses. Particularly, with these two, they fit the same class and they've had to race against each other and that just doesn't make good business sense. They're very similar horses. "I've had a lot of feedback. People said they'll be watching to see what happens. Just to see two horses in the ring will be kind of different." Matterlei, by Explosive Matter out of Hawaiian Lei, has won five of her last seven races dating back to November. Wildfire Seelster, by Explosive Matter out of Warrawee Lassie, has won six of her last eight starts, also dating back to November. "We figure we'll sell them and let the buyer decide which one they want, and we'll keep the other one," Weaver said. "I think that gives the buyer an added level of confidence. I think the buyers will appreciate it. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. We're keeping the other one, so it's not like we're trying to dump anything. It'll be interesting. It's an old idea, but I think it's a new idea. It'll be cool." Weaver plans to continue the practice of offering two horses together in upcoming auctions at onGait.com. He said, though, it might not be two horses of the same type, as is the case with Tuesday's sale. For example, a 4-year-old pacing gelding might be offered with a 6-year-old trotting mare. "I really like the concept," Weaver said. "They have to be similar in value, but it really doesn't matter if they're like horses. You're still giving the buyer the option to pick. "Every year, we need to move about 30 or 40 horses to make room for others. It's a big cycle. We try to sell horses when they'll bring good money based on their current form. If we sell a bunch of horses and none of them go on, we're going to have trouble selling horses (in the future). We want them to do well. Fortunately, over the last six, eight, 10 years many of our horses have." The Blooded Horse Sales' Winter Speed Sale begins at 9:30 a.m. (EST) at Champions Center Expo in Springfield, Ohio. For more information, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

Entries for the Blooded Horse Winter Sale will be taken at least through Friday Jan 17.  The one day sale takes place on Tues, Feb.11 at the Champions Center in Springfield, Ohio.   Take a break and join horsemen from 27 states and Canada as they converge at this 57th annual event to replenish their racehorses, look for young prospects, pick up broodmares, and sort through yearlings. Visit www.bloodedhorse.com to enter or to order a catalogue.    by Dot Morgan, for the Blooded Horse Sale      

The 72nd Annual Fall Blooded Horse Sale, held November 19-21, at the Champions Center in Springfield, OH, witnessed its highest average in the history of its fall edition. The harness racing horse sale was topped by leading Ontario Sires Stakes Grass Roots filly Splurge On Me at $82,000. Consigned by Robert McIntosh, the 3-year-old daughter of Kadabra, had 12 wins and $102,000 life. Mahlon Hochstetler of Loudenville, OH, prevailed against serious bidders throughout the pavilion to secure the classy trotter. Hochstetler plans to give the filly to LeWayne Miller to race this winter in Ohio and hopefully next year in Indiana before eventually breeding her. Sale runner-up honors went to Letme Fly Low from the strong Alvin Miller consignment. The competitive upper level 4-year-old Rockin Image mare was purchased by John Ackley to race in Ohio. Indiana Sires Stakes finalist Pure Rock was hammered down to Tom Ceraso, Jr of CT for $52,000. The Rockin Image son, consigned by Emerald Highlands Farm, earned $66,000 this year. Also hitting the board at $52,000 was the beautiful 4-year-old broodmare Bubblesnritz who was carrying her first foal by Crazy Wow. The daughter of Chapter Seven was part of the highly popular Crawford Farms reduction with Spring Haven Farm acting as agent. Allard Racing consigned the competitive conditioned pacer Beyond Delight who sold to Mitchell Standardbreds for $45,000 on Wednesday. Allard then reinvested the proceeds back in the Open pacing mare Berazzled for $45,000 at the end of the sale on Thursday. Consigned by Abby Stables, agt, Berazzled was runner up in the aged Ohio Sires Stakes championship. Bidding was spirited for the beautiful black trotter Milford's Z Tam with William Hartt of ME getting the nod at $43,000. The son of Swan For All was consigned by Z Tam Stables LLC. The Uncle Peter colt Credit Ace and the Pet Rock colt Rocksursocksoff shared top honors at $23,000 among the 150 yearlings that sold on Tuesday. Credit Ace was purchased by Winterwood Farm from Spring Haven Farm acting as agent for Winklepleck Farm. The latter also consigned the handsome Triumphant Caviar son American Scandal that was purchased by Joe Kramp of OH for $20,000. Visit www.bloodedhorse.com for complete sale results and to enter horses for the upcoming Winter Mixed Sale scheduled for February 11-12. From the Blooded Horse Sale

Black-type harness racing yearlings are now online for the Blooded Horse Sale to be held Nov 19-21 at the Champions Center in Springfield, OH. The 155 yearlings sell on Tuesday. Hundreds of racehorses, broodmares and green prospects will round out Tuesday's session and all day Wednesday and Thursday. Entries for racehorses and breeding stock will remain open until noon Friday Oct 25; a supplement will be taken after that. Visit www.bloodedhorse.com to view yearlings, enter horses and order a catalogue. From the Blooded Horse Sale  

The Champions Center in Springfield Ohio was abuzz with talk of Uncle Peters Love Aug 27 for the opening of the two day summer sale. The two-year-old trotting filly was coming off her 3rd win in the Ohio Sires Stakes, and the new owners could enter her the next morning in the $300,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Championship. Consigned by Spring Haven Farm for Erv Miller Stable, the classy bay daughter of Uncle Peter had already earned $65,144 and just won a Sires Stakes leg last week from post nine at Scioto Downs. Bidding was spirited, but trainer Virgil Morgan, Jr prevailed for owners Carl T Howard and Joyce Ann McClelland at $95,000. Uncle Peters Love drew post four and is the morning line co-favorite in the eight horse Championship on Sunday at Northfield Park. Burke Racing Stable brought a nice consignment that included the very consistent Open pacer Winwood Mac that was purchased by Adam Short of Ohio for $38,000 and the 3-year-old conditioned claiming filly, Twinsburg,that sold to Nick Sodarao of NY for $29,000. Another competitive conditioned claiming filly, Mary Goodnight, from the William DeLong consignment was purchased for $35,000 by Mike Dimmers of Ontario. Tuesday's black type yearling session was topped by the Always A Virgin filly Angels Touch at $27,000. Burke Racing Stable purchased the beautiful dark Indiana bred from the Bold Bidder Farm consignment. Another Indiana bred filly, Fear The Heat by Whom Shall I Fear, was purchased by Ira Steinberg of IL for $21,000 from the Winterwood Farm consignment. Smooth Racer from the first crop of Racing Hill was purchased for $20,000 by Kelly O'Donnell from Spring Haven Farm's consignment for Emerald Highlands Farm. This was the strongest Blooded Horse Summer Sale in its 64-year history with a lot of satisfied sellers and optimistic buyers. "The racehorse market is on fire and that also drives demand for breeding stock and yearlings," said sale manager Jerry Haws. "People love to come to a horse sale, and consignors were well rewarded for bringing their horses. We continue to be real pleased with the new location, too. The stalls are safe and bright; the facility is accommodating and easily accessible." For complete sale results and information on the Fall Blooded Horse Sale Nov 19-21, visit www.bloodedhorse.com Entries for the black type yearling session Tues. Nov. 19, close Oct 1. by Dot Morgan, for the Blooded Horse Sale

The 63rd Annual Blooded Horse Summer Sale will offer 131 yearlings on Tuesday August 27, the first day of its 2-day venue at the Champions Center in Springfield, Oh. These include 117 Ohio-breds, 38 Indiana-breds, 7 NY-breds and 10 from PA, NJ, KY, and ON. Four of the yearlings have dual eligibility. In addition, over 450 racehorses, racing prospects and broodmares are being offered. Visit www.bloodedhorse.com to view the yearlings and order a catalogue. by Dot Morgan, for Blooded Horse Sales  

Entries for the 63rd Annual Blooded Horse Summer Sale to be held at the Champions Center in Springfield, OH will close Friday Aug.2; a supplement will be taken after that. The sale will feature 130 black type yearlings on Tuesday Aug. 27, along with 150 mixed horses. The balance of the sale is composed 2 & 3-year olds, seasoned racehorses and breeding stock. Buyers from throughout the United States and Canada flock to this late summer shopping opportunity. Enter online at www.bloodedhorse.com. From the Blooded Horse Sale

Entries close Monday July 1, for the Black Type Yearling session to be held Tuesday Aug 27, during the 63rd Annual Blooded Horse Summer Sale at Springfield, OH. Entries for all other horses will be taken through July or when full. Buyers from throughout the United States and Canada flock to this late summer shopping opportunity. Don't be shut out. Onlinies can be made at www.bloodedhorse.com                 Dot Morgan      

Horsemen flooded to the Champions Center in Springfield, Ohio on May 14, seeking harness racing racehorses and breeding stock among the nearly 400 catalogued horses. The sale was virtually tied with last year as the best Spring Sale in its 56 year history with a lot of happy sellers, and buyers that were grateful to get horses to stock their stables. Burke Racing Stable brought an especially strong consignment that included five of the top ten sellers. Leading the way at $65,000 was consistent Preferred pacer Arthur Pendragon. Mark Wright of Frankfort Kentucky had the winning bid on the handsome son of Dragon Again. Next in line was solid conditioned pacer Cheese Melt fresh off a 1:51.2h win at Northfield Park. Fred Linz of Indiana signed the ticket for the 4-yr-old son of Betterthancheddar for $62,000. Other heavy hitters in the Burke consignment were conditioned pacers Reagans Avenger and Aleppo Hanover purchased by Rick Bucci for $42,000 and $32,000 respectively along with Fordham Sixty Two who was picked up for $35,000 by Allard Racing. The consistent young trotter Lion King AS from the Ruddick Stables also went to Allard Racing on a $37,000 bid. A potential story in the making was the purchase of Indiana Sires Stakes eligible Mr Bigly by 15-yr-old Breana Carsey (of Ohio Champion MJB Gotta Have Faith fame) and her dad Brian for $47,000. The precocious son of Always A Virgin came from the very nice Emerald Highlands Farm consignment that also featured the competitive 4-yr-old conditioned mare McPansy purchased by A Piece of Racing for $40,000. The Summer Blooded Horse Sale will be held Tuesday and Wednesday Aug. 27-28. This sale includes a black type yearling session in addition to several hundred racehorses. The black type yearling session closes July 1. Mixed entries will be taken until full. Visit www.bloodedhorse.com to enter or order a catalogue.   Dot Morgan

The Spring Blooded Horse Sale will offer 393 horses on Tuesday May 14 at the Champions Center in Springfield, Oh. There is a vast array of race horses and green prospects, as well as, yearlings and broodmares. A used tack sale including stall gates, jog carts, race bikes and trailers runs from 8:30-9:30 a.m. and resumes after the last horse sells. "We have a lot of competitive racehorses and very attractive green prospects," said Sale Manager Jerry Haws. "There is also a nice selection of broodmares, some with foals by their side. I think buyers and sellers are going to be really happy with the sale." The catalogue can now be viewed online or ordered at bloodedhorse.com. Past performance lines will be posted May 8. Dot Morgan

Entries for the Blooded Horse Spring Sale will be taken through Thursday morning April 18; supplemental entries will be accepted after that.  Don’t miss this opportunity to take advantage of the strong demand for racehorses, green prospects, yearlings, and broodmares. Nice consignments have already been received from Anthony MacDonald, Ron Burke and Spring Haven Farm with Emerald Highlands expected to bring some blue blooded stock, as well. Held Tuesday May 14 at the Champions Center in Springfield Ohio, the sale is a timely venue to both market and restock. Don’t be shut out! Visit www.bloodedhorse.com to enter or call (859) 858-4415. Please direct any questions to jhaws@bloodedhorse.com   Dot Morgan

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