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Goshen, NY - David Reid, who heads up Preferred Equine Sales Agency, was elected president of the Standardbred Transition Alliance at the first meeting of that group, held Tuesday (Nov. 27) at the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame in Goshen, N.Y. Reid, though his work with Preferred, has sold tens of thousands of Standardbreds at public and private auction, both as a consignment agency and sales manager of Tattersalls and Lexington Selected Yearling Sales Company in Lexington, Ky. and at The Meadowlands. He also breeds and races Standardbreds. "This is a long overdue initiative that will take cooperation of the entire industry and I'm optimistic that, over time, it will make a big difference for our horses and the groups that serve them. It will also give donors confidence that they're supporting groups with solid operational practices," said Reid. "I am honored by the confidence of my fellow board members and look forward to working with all of them." Committees were formed to advance fundraising for and accreditation of groups helping horses in transition from traditional uses. The STA will provide grants to cover partial funding of 501(c)(3) groups serving Standardbreds and ensure they utilize best practices for equine care and financial management through an accreditation process. The STA will adapt the established model used to accredit and partially fund 70 groups serving Thoroughbreds, the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance. The STA is a self-standing organization that has applied for 501(C)(3) status and is a registered charity with the Ohio Secretary of State and Attorney General. Moira Fanning, chief operations officer at The Hambletonian Society, was elected vice president, Mitchel Skolnick of Bluestone Farm will serve as treasurer and Elizabeth Caldwell of Cane Run Farm will be secretary. The board members are Rick Moore of Hoosier Park, Kelly Young of the New York Sire Stakes, Kevin Greenfield of the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association and Hickory Lane Farm, Michelle Crawford of Crawford Farm, Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky of Hanover Shoe Farm, Bill Abdelnour of the New England Amateur Harness Drivers Club, Dr. Donna Franchetti, Standardbred owner and veterinarian, and Dr. Patty Hogan of Hogan Equine Clinic. Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager

Lexington, KY --- Trotting colt Coventry Hall, a full brother to recent 2-year-old stakes-winner Chin Chin Hall and a three-quarter brother to Dan Patch Award-winner Cantab Hall, was the top-selling yearling Saturday (Oct. 6) at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale, purchased for $210,000 by Denmark’s Keld Gregersen. As was reported by the USTA. Saturday’s session brought an end to the five-day sale at the Fasig-Tipton Sales Pavilion, where 702 yearlings sold for a record $39.77 million. The sale’s average price of $56,652 was a 3.2 percent drop from last year’s record $58,537, when 622 horses sold for $36.41 million, but slightly exceeded the 2016 average of $56,304, which was a record at that time. Overall, this year’s sale had 124 horses sell for at least $100,000, breaking the record of 103 in 2017. Last night’s session saw 116 horses sell for $2.76 million, an average of $23,836. The average was the second-best fifth session in the history of the sale, trailing only last year’s $26,908. Among sires with multiple yearlings sold during the five sessions, trotter Muscle Hill topped the standings for highest average price with 48 yearlings selling for an average of $121,000. Pacer Somebeachsomewhere was next with 26 yearlings selling for an average of $106,269, followed by trotter Father Patrick with 48 for $87,208 and trotter Chapter Seven with 27 for $86,963. Muscle Hill was the top-grossing sire, totaling $5.80 million, followed by pacer Captaintreacherous with 58 yearlings totaling $5.04 million ($86,931 average). Saturday sales-topper Coventry Hall, a son of Cash Hall out of Canland Hall, was bred by and consigned by Walnut Hall Limited. In addition to Cantab Hall, who was the Trotter of the Year in 2003, and Chin Chin Hall, Coventry Hall is a half-brother to Ontario Sire Stakes winners Constance Hall and Campbell Hall. The family also includes Dan Patch Award-winner Cameron Hall and Hall of Fame broodmare Amour Angus. Among other top-sellers Saturday were pacing colt Ridicule Blue Chip and trotting filly Queen Paige, who both sold for $100,000. Ridicule Blue Chip, purchased by Jodi Schillaci, is by McArdle out of Fancy Creek Funny and a full brother to $2-million-earner One More Laugh. He was bred by Blue Chip Bloodstock and consigned by Northwood Bloodstock Agency. Queen Paige, purchased by Lina Alm as agent for Lennart Agren’s SRF Stable, is by Muscles Yankee out of Commando Queen. She is a three-quarter sister to Steamy Windows, the dam of New York Sire Stakes champion Gimpanzee, and her family also includes 2009 Horse of the Year Muscle Hill as well as Met’s Inn, the dam of stakes-winner Met’s Hall. Queen Paige was bred and consigned by Winbak Farm. For all the results from the Lexington Selected Sale, click here. Although the yearling sale is completed, action at the Fasig-Tipton Sales Pavilion continues tonight at 7 p.m. with the inaugural Lexington Mixed Sale. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

The catalog and past performances for the inaugural Lexington Selected Mixed Sale are now available at lexingtonselected.com and on the Equineline Sales Catalog app. Those on the mailing list should receive print catalogs and racelines later in the coming week. The sale gets underway Sunday, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. at Lexington's Fasig-Tipton Pavilion, following the afternoon's Kentucky Futurity Day races at Red Mile. With 115 head cataloged, co-manager Randy Manges said he was extremely pleased with the initial response by sellers and the overall quality in the book. "Not only did we get a great selection of racehorses, but our in-foal mares and stallion shares are simply outstanding," Manges said. Co-manager David Reid agreed, adding, "Every breeder in the industry will want to make it a point to be here when they see what's selling." There are 39 broodmares in the sale, in foal to such leading sires as Muscle Hill, Captaintreacherous, Walner, Chapter Seven and Huntsville, plus nine stallion shares including Muscle Hill, Father Patrick, Captaintreacherous and others. The racehorse section of the sale is also “must-see,” Reid said. There are a significant number of multiple stakes winning 2 and 3-year-olds, including freshman Ontario standouts CT Conabra and Cambridge Kate, and sophomores such as last week’s Ohio Sire Stakes Final winner Impinktoo, The Veteran, and What A Knockout. "This is a sale that will give something back," Reid said, referring to sale proceeds going to support the new $1-million 2-year-old trot at Red Mile. "It lays a perfect foundation to build upon. With the success we're expecting, you'll see it grow every year." From the Lexington Selected Sales Co.

It's the final call for entries for the new Lexington Selected Mixed Sale, as the main catalog is set to close on Tuesday, Sept. 4.   Those wanting to enter horses should contact sale co-managers David Reid at (914) 773-7777 or Randy Manges at (859) 255-8431.   The new sale comes at the conclusion of the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale on Sunday evening, Oct. 7, following the Kentucky Futurity race card at Red Mile.   As was announced earlier this week, proceeds from the mixed sale will help fund a new stakes race at Red Mile, a $1,000,000 2-year-old trot that will first be contested in 2019.   And speaking of Red Mile, Reid noted that a number of horses already consigned to the mixed sale are racing there now in sire stakes, or plan to race there during the upcoming Grand Circuit meet, which starts Sept. 27.   "Our plan going in was to give consignors an opportunity to race their sale horses at Red Mile--a terrific mile track--and many are taking advantage of that. I think it's a great way to display one's horses before heading across town to the sale," Reid said.   "The sale will have quality throughout... we've also been very pleased with the response as far as breeding stock goes. There are shares selling in top sires like Muscle Hill and Captaintreacherous, plus mares in foal to Muscle Hill, Chapter Seven, Father Patrick, Walner, and Huntsville.   Those planning to enter are encouraged to make the main catalog if possible, to take advantage of catalog downloads, advertising and promotion of horses in the weeks leading up to auction.   From the Lexington Selected Sales Co.    

The catalog for the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale is now available on the sales company's website, lexingtonselected.com, and on the Equineline Sales Catalog app. Print catalogs should be received by those on the mailing list the week of Sept. 3.   The sale gets underway Tuesday evening, Oct. 2 at Lexington's Fasig-Tipton Pavilion and runs through Saturday, Oct. 6. The yearling sale will be followed by the inaugural Lexington Selected Mixed Sale, to be held on the night of the Kentucky Futurity, Sunday, Oct. 7.   According to co-manager David Reid, of note is the fact that this year's sale features 143 first foals and 257 yearlings that offer dual eligibility; that is, thanks to mare residency clauses, eligibility to more than one sire stakes program. Most of those add the Kentucky and Massachusetts Sire Stakes to the program to which their sire is eligible.   "As in years past, we have tremendous numbers of yearlings by sires that are most in-demand," said co-manager Randy Manges. "We have 50 Muscle Hills, 50 Father Patricks, 39 Trixtons and 29 Chapter Sevens... and on the pacing side, 59 by Captaintreacherous, 28 by his sire Somebeachsomewhere and 27 by Sweet Lou.   "With so many of these horses, there's dynamite on both sides of the pedigree."   In regard to those trotters and pacers, Equineline app users will notice that in addition to the multiple "sort" features offered, the app has now added a sort option for trotters and pacers.   "Consignors are shooting or finishing up yearling videos and we're really looking forward to getting things underway," Reid said. "With so many live pedigrees in our catalog as a result of current multiple stakes winners, all signs are pointing to a terrific sale."   From the Lexington Selected Sales Co.     

  The sale roster, catalog and past performances booklet for the Meadowlands Summer Mixed Sale are now available on the Tattersalls Sales Co. website, tattersallsredmile.com.   The catalog and racelines are also available for iPad users on the Equineline Sales Catalog app.   Held on the weekend of the Meadowlands Pace on Sunday, July 15, the sale will get underway at noon in the track's race paddock.   The sale, comprised entirely of horses of racing age, has more than 120 in the main catalog, including 21 2-year-olds. "This is the kind of sale where buyers can roll up their sleeves, do their homework, and come away with a perfect horse for wherever they race," said sale manager David Reid.   Reid noted that 16 horses won their last starts on the weekend right before the catalog was published, June 22-25, and that the vast majority in the sale will race right up to auction time.   "There's literally something for everyone, and for those looking for very high-class racehorses we have a number racing in stakes and top condition races, like D'Bomb, Blatantly Best, Fool Me Once and the fast trotter Tuonoblu Rex, to mention just a few," Reid said.   "One thing that's important to point out is that we have a number of fillies in the sale with standout commercial pedigrees, and they're by sires like Muscle Hill and Somebeachsomewhere. Their buyers will get a two-in-one package, a racehorse and potentially outstanding future broodmare," he added.   Supplemental entries to the Summer Mixed will be accepted through Friday, July 6.   From the Tattersalls Sales Co.    

Lexington Selected Sales Co. announced today that the company will launch a new mixed sale this fall in Lexington, Ky.   The sale will be held on Sunday evening, Oct. 7 at the Fasig-Tipton sales grounds. It will follow an afternoon of racing at Red Mile that features the Kentucky Futurity and Tattersalls Pace, and will come at the conclusion of the selected yearling sale held the previous five days.   "The principals of Red Mile--Winbak Farm's Joe Thomson, Brittany's George Segal, and Lindy's Frank Antonacci--along with the owners of Kentuckiana Farms, are all committed to strongly supporting the sale," said Lexington Selected co-manager David Reid.   "The new sale will further enhance what we call 'the Lexington experience,'" co-manager Randy Manges added. "Its revenues will be directed toward improving the purse structure at Red Mile and perhaps one day, creating new stakes events."   Reid also said the mixed sale hopes to capitalize on the diverse, international crowd that will already be in Lexington for racing and the yearling sale.   "We'll have the buyers in town, and we have use of one of the world's greatest horse sale facilities. But what makes it even more appealing is that sellers will have the opportunity to showcase their racehorses prior to the sale in stakes races, late closers and overnights at Red Mile the previous two weeks. It's a natural," he added.   According to Reid, the sale will focus not only on attracting racehorses of all ages, but also in-foal mares and race fillies--"the kind of fillies with pedigree and pizzazz that light up a bid board."   From the Lexington Selected Sales Co.  

Tattersalls announced today that its annual Meadowlands Spring Mixed Sale will be held on Sunday, May 7 in the racetrack's back paddock.   Entries are currently being accepted for what is expected to be primarily a racehorse sale. Horsemen may enter by using the Tattersalls website's online entry form or by calling the sale office at (914) 773-7777.   This year's sale is scheduled almost a month earlier than last year's Spring Mixed, and according to sale manager David Reid, the decision to conduct the sale on the new date was made with both sellers and buyers in mind.   "Selling in early May--right about the time the summer race meets get started-- should help our consignors, as with the racehorse shortage, demand is going to be extremely high for quality horses," Reid said.   "We also have the big stables migrating north to their home base at that time of year, and we already have some nice horses consigned from the outfits that need to trim their size a bit to accommodate their summer stall space.   "For buyers, early May is a perfect time to reload and take advantage of all the racing opportunities and big purses that lie just ahead."   Reid also mentioned that while 2-year-olds in training would of course be welcomed at the Spring Mixed, he feels the Meadowlands Summer Mixed Sale might be a better fit for many of those youngsters.   "By early July, horsemen will have had a chance to baby race a few times, and promising 2-year-olds should have a lot more appeal to buyers then," he said.   From the Tattersalls Sales Co.  

The main catalogue and past performances booklet for the Meadowlands Summer Mixed Sale is now available for download on the Tattersalls Sales Co. website, tattersallsredmile.com, and on the Equineline Sales Catalog App for the iPad. The print catalogue will be mailed later this week, and also priority shipped to racetracks and training centers in both the U.S. and Canada. Sale manager David Reid said that with the current postal situation in Canada, buyers there are asked to use the website or Equineline app for download, or pick up the print versions wherever they train and race. The sale is the kickoff to Hambletonian week at the Meadowlands, as it will be held Sunday, July 31 at noon, in the racetrack's back paddock. There are 149 horses in the sale, including 49 2-year-olds, plus an expected supplement. "We have racehorse reductions from large operations that are planning for the fall yearling sales, and offering high-quality horses that are ready to go on and be profitable for their new owners," Reid said. "I believe I've seen more of that "continued success" from horses bought at our recent Meadowlands sales than I ever have before." The sale includes reductions from Jules Siegel's Fashion Farms, Burke Racing and partners, and Tony Alagna and partners. Reid urges customers to take a good look at the significant number of 2-year-olds in the sale, as there are several stakes colts and fillies that will be offered. "Like we always say, there's something for everyone at these Meadowlands sales, and buyers will find horses with outstanding earning potential for wherever they race," Reid said. From the Tattersalls Sales Co.  

East Rutherford, NJ -- The annual Tattersalls January Select Mixed Sale at The Meadowlands enjoyed strong bidding on high quality horses. Of the 269 racehorses that sold for a gross of $6,066,500 the average reached $22,697. Billed as the Winter Racehorse Market, this sale has traditionally featured some of the most sought-after top class prospects available. The main attraction of the well-attended Harness Horse auction was this year's Dan Patch co-champion pacing mare ROCKLAMATION p,1:48.3 ($2,255,493). Expectations failed to surpass reality as the Burke-trained Rocknroll Hanover mare hammered down for $360,000 by Eugene Kurzrok & Jerry Silva, two of the three previous owners of the horse. Consigned by Preferred Equine Marketing, she will remain in the Burke stable, with a slightly different ownership compilation. "We intend to breed her and race her for the first season," noted Kurzrock. "Once she gets in foal, we can continue to race for another 4 or 5 months." Silva, one of the previous owners added, "She was the best horse offered in this sale. It was extremely close today, but she is a special mare." Another top selling racehorse was BIG BOY DREAMS p,3,1:50.1 ($462,132). Also trained by the powerhouse Burke Racing, the 4-year-old If I Can Dream stallion was purchased by Rene Allard as agent for $265,000 and was consigned by Preferred Equine Marketing. "We bought him to race in some of these new 4-year-old stakes, including the $200,000 Prix d'Ete where I come from." The Quebec native liked the horse because he is good on all size tracks and can leave or come from off the pace. "He will be a good horse to have around and race on the Grand Circuit." The Burke stable offered another eye-catching prospect in SOMESIZESOMESTYLE p,4,1:50 who earned over $283,000 in 2014, including a second place finish in the $500,000 Breeders Crown final. The Somebeachsomewhere stud was purchased by Ray Remmen, Agent for $145,000. Many of the sport's top breeders were on hand to bid on the several dozen stallion shares that were offered for sale. Four shares of Cantab Hall were the most popular, fetching $50,000 to $52,000 each. Compared to the 2014 sale, 35 more horses were sold pushing the gross up by 2%. Average price saw a decline of 11%. Tattersalls sales manager David Reid was very happy with the overall results of the sale. "We had people from every jurisdiction come in, and we had horses for them. We had a terrific pace for the sale, we got everybody in and out of here on time. I thought the top of the market was very strong, and I thought the middle market was very good as well." Reid added, "The breeding stock, for the quality of what it has been, held up very well. Stallion shares for the most part sold well. It was just another good mixed sale, and we look forward to another one in May when we are going to have the 2-year-olds in training again, and the racehorses. Everything is looking good." by Chris Tully, for Tattersalls            

Hambletonian Champion, Canadian Trotting Classic winner and harness racing's Dan Patch 3-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year, Royalty For Life, will begin his stud career in 2015 at Tara Hills Stud in Ontario. In making today's joint announcement with Tara Hills Stud Ltd., Royalty For Life's breeder and co-owner Al Ross said the ownership group--that also includes Ray Campbell and Paul Fontaine--are very excited to enter the Ontario program. "We have a lot of confidence in the future of Ontario racing and breeding, and have always enjoyed the hospitality shown to us by horsemen there. We think he'll be very well supported by breeders in both Canada and the U.S., as he has all the makings of a very successful sire," Ross said. Royalty For Life 2,1:54.2; 3,1:51.3 ($1,620,166) is a son of RC Royalty-Bourbon N Grits. He was bred by Ross, raised at Chip Campbell's farm in Belchertown, Mass. and trained by George Ducharme. The colt displayed tremendous early speed, going 7-3-1 in 14 starts as a two year old. He won the International Stallion Stakes in Lexington as a freshman and five New York Sire Stakes events. He was second at two in both the elim and $600,000 final of the Breeders Crown. His tour de force, championship season in last year's glamour division saw him win classic races in ultra-impressive style when big money was on the line. His victories included the $1-million Hambletonian in straight heats, the $686,000 Canadian Trotting Classic in track record time, a heat of the $527,000 Kentucky Futurity and the $294,000 Stanley Dancer Memorial. He was retired from racing this summer when injured just prior to the John Cashman Memorial at the Meadowlands. Preferred Equine Marketing's David Reid, who brokered the deal, said Royalty For Life will be syndicated, with details and a stud fee announced in the coming weeks. Those who would like further information are asked to contact Dave Heffering at Tara Hills Stud (905-985-7770, tarahill@on.aibn.com) or David Reid at Preferred Equine Marketing (914-773-7777, davereid@preferredequine.com). From Preferred Equine Marketing & Tara Hills Stud  

Three-year-old trotting colt Harper Blue Chip has made three starts in the Ontario Sires Stakes Gold division this year and has won them all including the second of two $105,000 divisions tonight at Mohawk. Harper Blue Chip was sent off as the heavy favourite and quickly showed why as he flew up from sixth to grab early control and was well settled by the opening quarter in :27.2. He clicked off the half in :56.3 and was at the three-quarters in 1:25.4 and could not be caught down the stretch, winning easily in 1:55.3 for Sylvain Filion. Keystone Trevor closed well to take second while British Steel was third. Trained by Mark Steacy for owners Landmark 6 Racing Stable of Kingston, David McDonald, Cornwall, David Reid, Glenburnie and George Judson, Athens, Ontario, Harper Blue Chip was recording his fifth victory in a dozen starts this year for $481,000 in earnings. Lifetime his bankroll sits at $708,000. His victory tonight puts him squarely atop the point standings in this OSS division. A son of Steacy’s former champion Majestic Son, the colt is from the Muscles Yankee daughter Winning Jonlin and was bred by Blue Chip Bloodstock of New York which also bred the winner of the first division which saw Muscle Matters and Mario Baillargeon establish the tempo through fractions of :27.1, :57.2 and 1:26. However, he could not hold off See The Wind and James MacDonald in the stretch as that colt took over to hit the wire first in 1:54.2. Muscle Matters held for second with Sheer Flex taking third. Chris Beaver of Delaware, Ohio, trains and co-owns the winner, a son of Deweycheatumnhowe, with Synerco Ventures of Toronto, Ontario, and Wilbur Lang of Ohio. Tonight’s effort was the second win in 12 attempts for See The Wind, bred by Blue Chip. A $10,000 yearling purchase at Harrisburg, See The Wind is from a half-sister to $386,000 winner Bramasole. This was the final regular season Gold event for this group. The top point earners will hook up once more in the season ending OSS Super Final on October 11 back at Mohawk. To view the results from tonight’s program, please click Mohawk Results - September 22. OSS News

“He impreses me every time I sit behind him, I can’t ask any more than what he does. He’s very efficient. I love this horse; he’s very easy to drive and that makes my job a lot easier.” That was driver Sylvain Filion praising Harper Blue Chip moments after their victory in the second of three $70,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold divisions for three-year-old trotting colts tonight at Rideau Carleton Raceway Thursday, the home track for Harper’s ownership group and trainer Mark Steacy. In fact it was at Rideau where Harper Blue Chip made his first start in June of last year. The colt earned his victory this night, over a track rated sloppy from heavy rains during the afternoon at the Ottawa oval. He was parked until after the opening quarter, reached in :27.4 by Ole Jack Magic, and took over command before the :58 half. Down the backside Muscle Matters came up to challenge and that pair reached the three-quarters in 1:26.3. Harper Blue Chip repelled that challenger and opened up down the lane to win by more than four lengths in 1:56.1. Muscle Matters took second while Sheer Flex was third. It was the fourth win in nine starts, and second straight Gold victory, for the son of Majestic Son owned by Landmark 6 Racing Stable of Kingston, David McDonald of Cornwall, David Reid of Glenburnie and George Judson of Athens, Ontario. The first Gold test also found Filion posing in the winner’s circle. It was Verdi and Steve Byron first off the gate and they hit the opening quarter in :29.3 and the half in a sedate 1:02.2. Entranced passed the leader before the three-quarters in 1:31.1 but he was quickly passed by Mr Lover and Filion who pulled away in the stretch to win in 2:00.1. Lucky Mass closed well to get second while Verdi held for third. Filion’s father, Yves, trains the winner, a son of Deweycheatumnhowe for owner/breeder Ecuries Belanger of Laval, Quebec. It was Mr Lover’s first win in four tries this year. Yves had also trained Mr Lover’s dam, Norway No Day, a winner of $337,000 in her career. The third and final Gold division saw heavy favourite Maximuscle make a break leaving. Meanwhile Jack Litten and Doug McNair hit the quarter in :28.3 and the half in :58.4 where he had company in the form of Warrawee Promesse on the outside. That colt had a slight lead past the 1:27 three-quarters and held off Massive Talent to win in 1:57.1. Jack Litten was right there for third. Trainer Wayne Henry was up behind the winner, a son of Windsong Espoir he co-owns with Fred Brayford of Alliston, Ontario. Warrawee Promesse now has five wins in nine attempts. Tonight’s effort was his fifth consecutive win. The first of three $18,000 Grassroots events for three-year-old trotting colts saw Tyrone Haji control the tempo for Trevor Henry through splits of :28.3, :59.3, 1:29.3 and hold on to win in 1:59.3 over Massacaia and American Superman. Bob McIntosh trains and co-owns the winner with breeder Dave Boyle of Bowmanville, Ontario. A gelded son of Kadabra, Tyrone Haji was recording his third win in a dozen starts this year. “He’s been a lot of first up trips, if I could get to the front earlier he’d be one of the best,” noted Henry afterwards. The second Grassroots test saw favourite Totally Ripped gain control well before the :57.3 half. Jody Jamieson had Justcallmeronald on the move before the 1:26.3 three-quarters and that colt and Totally Ripped raced as a team through the stretch with Justcallmeronald getting up for the win in 1:57.2. Windsun Cobra took third. Tony O’Sullivan trains the winner, a son of Muscle Mass owned by Patrick Ryan of London, Ontario. “He was a little tired at the wire. His former trainer was here telling me how to drive him so that helped,” said Jamieson of the colt’s former conditioner and Rideau regular Robert Robinson. Jamieson also captured the final Grassroots event of the evening, using a three wide move on the final turn with Massive Pockets to win by open lengths in 1:57.3 and defeat Stonebridge Rich and Kremlin. Owned by breeder MT Pockets Stables of Florida and trained by Chantal Mitchell, the son of Muscle Mass was recording his second win in 11 tries. This was Rideau Carleton’s turn to celebrate the OSS’s 40th anniversary and the trotting colts put on a good display of the talent in the Program for the fans. The next Gold event for this group goes postward on September 22 while the Grassroots boys will hook up on September 1. Both events are at Mohawk. To view the full results from tonight, please clickRideau Results - August 21. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

The catalog for the 2014 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale is now available on the company’s website, www.lexingtonselected.com. It will also be available early next week on the Equineline Sales Catalog App for iPad users. Printed catalogs should be received by those on the company’s mailing list around Labor Day. The sale begins its annual run on Tuesday, Sept. 30, and continues through Saturday, Oct. 4. Each of the five sessions will get underway at 7:00 p.m. The sale coincides with the historic Red Mile Grand Circuit meet. During sale week, racing will be conducted Thursday through Sunday, with an afternoon post time of 1:00 p.m. Those accessing the catalog on the Lexington Selected website may download the catalog in its entirety, or use the sortable roster to arrange pedigrees in any fashion desired. Yearling videos will be added as they become available. Lexington Selected bills itself as “The Sale of Champions” and on Hambletonian Day added to its honor roll of sale graduates. Lexington grad Trixton won the $1,006,125 Hambletonian and Mission Brief won the $352,050 Merrie Annabelle in world record time. From the Lexington Selected Sales Co.  

Harper Blue Chip made a triumphant return to the Ontario Sires Stakes tonight at Mohawk as he won the first of three $70,000 Gold divisions handily for Sylvain Filion. It marked the three-year-old trotting colt’s first 2014 harness racing appearance in the OSS and his first start since finishing third in the prestigious Hambletonian on August 2. In that race Moonlight Espoir hit the opening quarter first in :28.1 but was covered up by heavy favourite Harper Blue Chip, who was parked from the start, well before the :57 half. Up to challenge at the 1:26.4 three-quarters was Keystone Trevor but that colt couldn’t catch the leader who cruised to the finish line in 1:56.1. Ole Jack Magic, last in the early going, closed well to edge out Keystone Trevor for second. Mark Steacy trains the winner, a son of his former champion Majestic Son, for owners Landmark 6 Racing Stable of Kingston, David McDonald of Cornwall, David Reid of Glenburnie and George Judson of Athens, Ontario. It marked the third win in eight tries this year for Harper Blue Chip and upped his 2014 bankroll to $298,000. Lifetime he’s just shy of the half million mark in earnings. The second division saw Mr Lover on top early to hit the opening marker in :28.1. P L Hercules took over and was settled on top by the :57 half. Filion popped out of the pocket briefly with Mr Lover but P L Hercules wasn’t going to let him go by so he tucked back in. P L Hercules, with Doug McNair catch driving, hit the three-quarters in 1:26.2 and drifted out quite a bit down the lane but managed to hold off a late charging Windsun Revenge to narrowly win in 1:56. In the blanket finish for third it was a dead heat between Verdi and Jitterbug. Another son of Majestic Son, P L Hercules was recording his third straight win for owner/ breeder Prince Lee Acres of Uxbridge, Ontario and trainer Matt Dupuis. P L Hercules is the first foal from a daughter of $543,000 winner Corinas Mission, a winner of the OSS Super Final as a three-year-old in 2002. In the third, final and fastest division three colts miscued behind the gate leaving the remaining five colts on their own early. Maximuscle hit the first quarter in :28 and the half in a sedate :58 for Jody Jamieson. Mario Baillargeon then pulled favourite Muscle Matters out from second and was neck to neck with the leader at the 1:26 third panel. That pair battled through a thrilling stretch drive with a determined Maximuscle holding on in 1:54.3. Muscle Matters had to be content with second once again – he’s finished in that spot in all four of his starts to date this year. See The Wind was third. It marked the first start in Ontario this year for Maximuscle, a son of Angus Hall bred and owned by Ecurie Provoquante of Mirabel, Quebec and trained by Eric Valiquette. The colt, a half-brother to $379,000 winner Puissant, has yet to finish off the board this year with six wins and one second and one third in eight starts. The next Gold event scheduled for this group is slated for September 22 back at Mohawk. The complete results from tonight’s races may be viewed through this link Mohawk Results - August 14. Ontario Sire Stakes

Harper Blue Chip will make his first Ontario Sires Stakes start of 2014 tomorrow night in the first of three $70,000 Gold divisions for three-year-old trotting colts at Mohawk. It will also be the first start for the colt since the most lucrative outing of his career, in the $1,006,125 Hambletonian on August 2 at the Meadowlands. Driven by Brian Sears, Harper Blue Chip, the only Ontario-sired competitor in the talented field, finished third to earn his thrilled connections $106,247. It was more than many of them expected. "It was quite a decision about whether to go; it's not inexpensive to get in the race. But we agreed that we thought he was fifth best in the field and if he finished there we would make a little money. Some even thought maybe fourth best but when he drew post nine we were hoping for fifth,” explained Howard Pearce who manages a group of people who make up the colt’s co-owner Landmark 6 Racing Stable. "As it turned out we were all wrong and the race turned out great for Harper. There were some pretty happy people." For several years Pearce, who is retired from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, has brought together groups of people to share ownership in colts and fillies trained by Mark Steacy of nearby Gananoque. The Landmark name comes from Steacy and the town where his training stable is located, Lansdowne. Pearce acts as syndicate manager and administrator. The group which co-owns Harper Blue Chip, the sixth iteration of Landmark, includes Joe Loring, Jane Phair, Mike Grace, Conrad Leber, Shaun Finucane, Diane Bertrand, Robert Gilhespy, Barry White, Diane McPerson, Mitche Donoghue, David Reid, Rick Karper, Craig MacKay and Pearce. The other owners on the colt are David McDonald of Cornwall and George Judson of Athens, Ontario. Reid, an accountant from Kingston, also owns an additional share along with his Landmark cut. The Landmark syndicates, which have included owners from just about every province and several states, allow people to share ownership of a horse at a reduced cost, but still enjoy the excitement of owning a harness horse. To have one of their charges reach a coveted race like the Hambletonian, and even better, earn a substantial cheque in such a rich event, is a dream come true for anyone who has ever owned a Standardbred. Harper Blue Chip, who won two OSS events last year at two, is a son of Steacy’s former champion Majestic Son, Canada’s Horse of the Year in 2006. He was bred by noted New York horseman Ray Schnittker and Blue Chip Farms and sold as a yearling for $40,000 the Harrisburg sale. In addition to racing in the OSS this year, he’ll also have an opportunity to compete against the elite of this division in North America in next month’s Canadian Trotting Classic. The richest race for this division in Canada, the final goes September 13 at Mohawk for an estimated $685,000. When he lines up behind the gate tomorrow night at Mohawk Harper will start from post three with Sylvain Filion at the lines. It’s a pattern for the colt – he seems to either draw way outside or post three this year. In eight starts he’s had post 10 once, post nine three times (including the Hambo) and the three spot on three occasions. The three OSS events are featured in races two, six and 10 at the Campbellville oval. The full card may be viewed through this link .      Ontario Sire Stakes

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