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Optimistic harness racing owners and trainers flocked to the Blooded Horse Fall Sale in Delaware, Ohio, Nov 14-17 to upgrade racehorses and breeding stock. Strong demand plus a quality 1200 horse catalogue made it the best sale in 69 years. Ohio-bred stakes winners topped the hot racehorse category. The bidding started at $100,000 for the striking black 2-year-old pacing filly Loreenas Ruffian. Consigned by Hickory Lane Farm, agent the daughter of McArdle was hammered down for $160,000 to Virgil Morgan, Jr, on behalf of Ohio owners Carl Howard, Dick and Joyce McClelland and AWS Stable. "The Ohio program is so good now, that we'll solidify her there first, then branch out to Grand Circuit races," Morgan said. "She's already won against open company at Pocono, Tioga and Lexington." Ironically, Carl Howard was the consignor for the runner up sale topper with Ohio's 2016 3-year old sires stakes champion Whataboy. The $274,096 winning son of Big Bad John was purchased by Carl Atley of Ohio. Atley was also the winning bidder on the Illinois Sires Stakes winner, Char N Marg at $42,000. Consigned by Patrick Quaid, the 3-year-old daughter of Sportsmaster had 13 wins at two and three, and earnings of $195,910. Pennsylvania Sires Stakes winning 3-year-old trotter Moneycounts De Vie attracted a lot of interest coming off a 3rd place finish in the Circuit City at Hoosier Park. The son of Andover Hall was purchased by Randall Duncan for $40,000 from the Dirk Simpson consignment. Soaring yearling prices across the country inspired breeders to seek quality broodmares. Jonas Schlabach of Ohio eagerly plucked up the fancy Garland Lobell trotter Judge Judy with a Chapter Seven filly by her side for $48,000. Consigned by Wisconsin Standardbreds, the 18-year-old proven dam of multiple stakes winners was open. The sale pavilion was buzzing with excitement over the 14 beautiful, young, blue blooded mares offered by Al and Michelle Crawford in the Winterwood Farm consignment. That group was led by a pair of lovely Somebeachsomewhere daughters both in foal to Roll With Joe. JK Isn't She Lovely was purchased by Rob & Tammy McNiven of Ontario for $37,000, and McVita Belle went to Alvin Yoder of Ohio for $35,000. Also in that group was the Broadway Hall daughter Tattoo You in foal to Credit Winner picked up by Ray Campbell of Massachusetts for $33,000, and the barren, stakes winning Lady Clarabella 2,1:54.2s ($15,057) acquired by Aaron Schmucker of Indiana for $29,000. Black Type yearlings comprised the bulk of the opening session on Monday. Divisional honors went to one of the last of the Cambest's, Watchmetwirk, that was purchased for $22,000 by Robert Halstead of Michigan from the Chapel Ridge Farm consignment. Allen Tomlinson also from Michigan signed the ticket at $22,000 for Nordic Super Star, a son of And Away We Go consigned by Ben Lee Troyer. Visit bloodedhorse.com for complete results. The next Blooded Horse Sale is Feb 13-14. Entries close January 16. Dot Morgan              

The 60th Annual Pre-Jug Mixed Sale held August 29 & 30 in Delaware, Ohio, featured harness racing black type yearlings along with several hundred racehorses and some excellent broodmares. Bidding was fast and serious in each division. The racehorses were led by the sale topping Open pacer Aimo Hanover p,4,1:50 $161,836 at $60,000. Consigned by Burke Racing Stable LLC, the son of Artiscape was purchased by Dave Clinard of Illinois to race at Hoosier Park. Next in line were two promising young horses from Canada that brought $35,000 each. Conditioned trotter Kadabrasnewrecruit 3,1:56.2 $86,269 from the Robert McIntosh consignment was purchased by Rene Allard, and Burke Racing Stable LLC got the nod on Janette's Image p,3,1:54.3, a Rockin Image winner in three of four lifetime starts, consigned by Wisconsin Standardbreds. Best To Hurst p,3,1:52 $87,470, fresh off a 2nd place finish in the Kentucky Sires Stakes Championship, was picked up for $26,000 by Walter Whelan of Ontario from Tammy Carter's consignment. Rugged 9-year-old warhorse Dalhousie Dave p,3,1:49.4 $624,186 was purchased by Howard Taylor of Pennsylvania for $25,000 along with the beautiful gray Somebeachsomewhere mare Gadsden Hanover p,1:52.4f $156,726 for $21,000. The Walnut Hall Ltd broodmares in the Winterwood Farm consignment generated a lot of interest led by Arabella Hall, a half-sister to the richest trotting gelding ever, Arch Madness. In foal to Muscle Mass, the daughter of Donato Hanover was purchased by Atlee Shetler, agent, for $45,000. Also, from that consignment was the dam of Arch Madness, Armbro Archer, that was purchased by Michael Goldberg of Massachusetts for $20,000 and a daughter of the great Amour Angus, Absinthe Hall, that went to Stephen Sexton for 20,000. Another exciting broodmare was Circle of Love with an A Rocknroll Dance filly by her side and back in foal to Well Said. Consigned by Wisconsin Standardbreds, this attractive breeding package was purchased by Nancy MacNevin of Ontario for $30,000. In the yearling category, the first Ohio eligible crop of Manofmanymissions was led by Mission On My Mind at $22,000. Consigned by Trotting Traditions, the daughter of Lindy On My Mind was purchased by Stephen Sexton of Ohio. The initial Pet Rock yearlings made their debut and were led by the filly Petrify at $18,000. Consigned by Ruddick Stables, the beautiful daughter of Best of Ball p,4,1:52.2f was purchased by John & Mary Van Horn of Ohio. Smell That Rock, out of the Dragon Again mare Dragon So p,1:51, was purchased from Winterwood Farm by Jim Arledge, Jr. for $16,000. For complete results and information on the Fall Blooded Horse Sale, November 14-17, visit www.bloodedhorse.com. Dot Morgan      

An elite group of in foal mares from Walnut Hall Ltd share the stage with 170 yearlings and several hundred racehorses at the 60th Annual Blooded Horse Summer Sale to be held August 29 & 30 in Delaware, Oh. The harness racing sale offers a 722 horse catalogue sure to contain something of interest for every Standardbred enthusiast. Monday features 170 mostly black type yearlings along with racehorses and breeding stock. Tuesday is a full day of racehorses, green prospects and broodmares. On Tuesday, Walnut Hall Ltd continues its major reduction of equine holdings with a star studded consignment of in foal mares. These include a young daughter of the great trotting matron Amour Angus; a young half sister to the winningest trotting gelding of all time, Arch Madness 1.50.2 ($4,288,881), along with his dam; a daughter of Walnut Hall Ltd foundation mare Canne Angus and half sister to Cameron Hall 4,1.53.4s ($1,816,236) and to the dam of Cantab Hall; and a half sister to Godiva Hall 4,1.53.3f ($808,008). "We have a wide selection of black type yearlings, as well as a lot of competitive racehorses and attractive green prospects," said Blooded Horse Sale Manager Jerry Haws. "And of course, we are pleased to have this stellar group of Walnut Hall Ltd mares. There are a number of other nice broodmares in the sale, some with foals by their side." Visit www.bloodedhorse.com to view the catalogue online or to order a copy. Dot Morgan      

Crowds thronged the Delaware County Fairgrounds in Delaware, Ohio, Monday, May 9 for the 53rd Annual Blooded Horse Spring Sale. The 440 horse catalogue attracted harness racing buyers from across the United States and Canada, as well as from Europe. Racehorses were in high demand with the four-year-old Swan For All gelding Chines For All topping the sale at $35,000. Frank Chick of Delaware consigned the solid conditioned trotter that was purchased by Rene Allard of Pennsylvania. Jackie Goldstein was another high class trotter that generated a lot of excitement. Racing competitively at Yonkers and the Meadowlands, the 6-year-old son of Credit Winner, consigned by Jean Drolet, agent, was purchased by James Ellison of Illinois for $30,000. Michael Jurczykowski, also from Illinois, got the nod on the solid conditioned pacer Chip Again for $29,000 from the Mark Goldberg consignment. The 5-year-old Intrepid Seelster gelding had recently paced in 1:50.4, :27 finishing second at the Meadows. Chad Foulk of Delaware waited all day to sign the ticket for the hard hitting upper class pacer Fashion Delight at $26,000. Racing very competitively at Hoosier Park, the 8-year-old winner of over $917,000 life was consigned by Giberson Racing. Among the other top sellers was the Sportswriter son, Grantland that went to Harla Renee Loney of Ohio for $25,000, Tonka Girl went to Delaware on a $24,000 bid from Frank Chick and Flirtnwithdisaster also headed that way with Dylan Davis for $23,000. It was the strongest Spring Blooded Horse Sale in 53 years with 41 horses selling for over $10,000. The next sale is August 29-30, with a special black type yearling session on Monday, August 29. The deadline for black type yearlings is July 1. All other horses need to be entered by July 25. Visit www.bloodedhorse.com for additional information. Please contact jhaws@bloodedhorse.com with any questions. Dot Morgan

Catalogues are now available for the Blooded Horse Sale that will be held May 9 at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in Delaware, OH. With 440 horses to choose from, this is a good opportunity to restock the stable or pick up another mare to breed. "We have a lot of competitive racehorses and very attractive green horses in this sale," said Blooded Horse Sale Manager Jerry Haws. "There is also a nice selection of broodmares, some with foals by their side." Visit www.bloodedhorse.com to view the catalogue online or to order a copy. by Dot Morgan, for the Blooded Horse Sale      

The Fall Blooded Horse Sale held November 16-19 posted its best gross and average in 68 years. Buyers from 25 states and Canada flocked to the Delaware Ohio fairgrounds in search of harness racing yearlings, weanlings, racehorses, and breeding stock. Monday featured 180 black type yearlings led by the Dejarmbro colt Dust Off The Gate at $35,000. Winklepleck Farm consigned the promising young trotter that was purchased by Patrick Graham of Illinois. The Big Bad John colt, John's Messenger consigned by Conquest Acres Lp, was purchased by Dan Ater, agent for $22,000. Duets Too, another son of the hot young sire Dejarmbro, was purchased by Crist Hershberger of Ohio from the Winterwood Farm consignment for $20,000. Walnut Hall Ltd continued its downsizing by offering a formidable group of mares and weanlings. These were led by the stunning two-year-old Choice Hall out of the great Canland Hall. Jonas Schlabach of Ohio got the prized half-sister to Cantab Hall for $38,000. David Wayne Miller of Kentucky was happy to get the winning bid on Acapulco Hall, the Deweycheatumnhowe half-sister to Hambletonian winner Amigo Hall, at $32,000. Cum Laude Hall, from the immediate family of CR Kay Suzie, was purchased by Pond-A-Acres of Indiana for $26,000. Burke Racing Stable LLC brought a powerful consignment including the sale topper Life Is A Beach. Racing very competitively in upper level conditions at Pocono, the 4-year-old daughter of Somebeachsomewhere was purchased by Randy Bendis of Pennsylvania. Also in this consignment were the Indiana Sires Stakes competitors Jumpinthejailhouse purchased by Kate Marotta of Michigan for $26,000 and U R It BB purchased by Ernest Graber of Indiana for $25,000. Mark Goldberg of Pennsylvania signed the tickets for conditioned pacer Chip Again and Invitational trotter Princess Pablano at $27,000 and $25,000 respectively. Alvin Miller of Indiana brought four competitive NW 2-4 three-year-olds that attracted a lot of attention. Rene Allard was the winning bidder on the Always A Virgin son Am Magic Man for $45,000 and the Dontgetinmyway gelding Winning Is Sweet for 32,000. JL Adams of Pennsylvania got the nod on the Keystone Blitz trotter Cash Leebrook at $19,000. A handsome pair of Mr Cantab geldings racing strongly in NW 2 sparked notable bidding wars. Rose Run Quickley consigned by Winterwood Farm agent was purchased by Tom Ceraso of Connecticut for $30,000 and Grand Premiere consigned by Henry Wilson went to Simon Allard of Pennsylvania for $27,000. For results click here The Blooded Horse Winter Sale is February 8 & 9. Entries close in early January. For more information and complete sale results visit www.bloodedhorse.com Dot Morgan  

The annual charity auction to benefit New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program and the Delaware County Fair will be held Wednesday September 23rd in conjunction with the Pre-Jug Party immediately following the Jugette. Over 150 items and services will be offered in a silent auction followed by a live auction of ten premier items at 7:30 p.m. Featured offerings include a John Deere Gator, Gorilla race bike, South African Photo Safari, colorful Miniature colt, Nitro wheels, custom bottled and labeled Little Brown Jug red wine and a Jugette white wine, and exceptional art and memorabilia from the Dean Hoffman collection. In addition, Tony Morgan, Ronnie Wrenn, Jr, Aaron Merriman and Scott Zeron have each donated autographed colors. Harnesses, jewelry, vacation packages, tickets to sporting events, home accessories, and professional services are all up for grabs at this exciting fundraising event. Come to the party or just support these two great organizations! Table sponsors and item donations are still being sought. All major contributors receive invitations. FMI contact Dot Morgan (937) 947-4020 dot@horseadoption.com or Winnie Morgan Nemeth (734) 320-7918 winnie@horseadoption.com Dot Morgan

The 59th Annual Pre-Jug Mixed Sale featured black type yearlings along with several hundred racehorses. The first Dejarmbro yearlings to hit the sales were led by Impress The Best at $20,000. Consigned by Hickory Lane Farm, the striking black colt out of Lexis Electra was purchased by Mary Timura of Ohio. The initial Ohio eligible crop of McArdle's was led by Frita's Rose at $17,000. Consigned by Jake Schwarts the daughter of Margarita Frita was purchased by Jim and Kim Dailey. Competitive racehorses were in high demand with trainers eagerly trying to restock their stables. Ultra consistent high class pacer Southwind Terror topped the sale at $48,000. Consigned by Rene Allard the 5-year old son of Camluck returned to Yonkers under the ownership of Empowered Stables LLC. While Rene Allard brought a strong consignment to the sale, he also left with new purchases to replace them. Among these was the Open trotter Silent Son for $29,000, that happened to be the last hip number in the supplement of the 723 horses offered. Allard also got the bid on the promising 3-year old full brother to Color's A Virgin for $27,000 and the handy half mile track specialist Innocent Victim for $23,000. The very fast aged pacer A J Corbelli p,3,1:49 $483,849 came in from Mohawk and was purchased by Tommy Householder of Ohio to compete at the state's newly revived tracks. Cory Stratton of New York came shopping specifically with Yonkers on his mind. Stratton was successful in getting the fast 4-year old trotter Pasadena Star for $26,000 and the high end claimer Stone Tree for $23,000. For complete results and information on the Fall Blooded Horse Sale November 16-19 visit www.bloodedhorse.com. For additional information contact jhaws@bloodedhorse.com Dot Morgan

From start to finish the 52nd Annual Spring Blooded harness racing horse sale in Delaware, Ohio was the strongest ever! Frank Chick of Harrington, Delaware topped the sale from his powerful consignment with Preparty at $42,000. The handsome Somebeachsomewhere four-year-old upper level conditioned pacer was purchased by Renee Allard. Chick quickly reinvested that money in Emerald Highland Farms' Miami Valley track record holder Warp Factor Three for $42,000. Talk Strategy and Keystone Real Deal, both solid conditioned pacers from the Chick consignment sold for $27,500 and $20,000 respectively. Talk Strategy was purchased by RTC Racing LLC of Ohio, and Keystone Real Deal went to Keith Pippi of Pennsylvania. Burke Racing Stable LLC brought an excellent consignment that was led by $1million earner Southwestern Dream for $22,000. The 10 year-old son of Cambest that just won in p,1:51.2f at Pocono was purchased by Blake Baker of Delaware. Mystic Karissa and The Ladies Man, both quality conditioned pacers from the same consignment, were purchased for $20,000 each by Thomas Pollack of Pennsylvania. Interestingly, the top ten horses were all pacers except for the five-year-old trotting mare, Pinehall Lady, purchased by Dino Lo Castro near the end of the sale for $22,000. The next Blooded Horse Sale is August 31 - September 1 and will feature black type yearlings, racehorses, and breeding stock. Black-type yearling entries close July 1, mixed sale entries July 20. For information, visit www.bloodedhorse.com. Dot Morgan

Entries for the Blooded Horse Spring Sale will be taken through Friday April 17. Held Monday May 11 at Delaware, Ohio, this sale is a timely venue to market harness racing horses, green prospects, yearlings, and broodmares.  Don't miss this opportunity. The catalogue goes to press on Monday. Visit www.bloodedhorse.com to enter or call (859) 858-4415. Dot Morgan  

The beautiful five year old Somebeachsomewhere broodmare prospect, Antigua Hanover, topped the Blooded Horse Winter Mixed Sale held in Delaware, Ohio, February 9-10. Consigned by Buter Racing Inc., the $230,353 winner with a record of p,3,1:50.4f was purchased by Merlie A Schwartz of Indiana. Burke Racing Stable LLC brought a powerful consignment that contained another exceptionally nice Somebeachsomewhere, Chaxiraxi Hanover.  The maiden half-sister to Little Brown Jug winner P-Forty-Seven was purchased by Bill Rice of Michigan for 23,000.  Mark Ford signed the tickets on a couple of solid condition horses from that consignment, Tex p,4,1:52.4f for $31,000 and Dream Rocker 3,1:56.2f for $26,000. Other featured entries from Burke Racing Stable LLC were Mayela Hanover, a NW 2 Dragon Again filly purchased by Frank Chick for $26,000 and Megawatt Blue Chip, a three-year-old Art Major half-sister to One More Laugh p,3,1:47.4 $2,633,318, purchased by Kenneth Slabach of Indiana for $18,000. Owner and trainer Tim Lancaster of New Jersey added Passionate Kisser to his stable on a $30,000 bid.  The lightly raced son of Real Desire was consigned by Spring Haven Farm, agent. Josh Green was pleased to sign the ticket on the Ontario Sires Stakes winning trotter Tyrone Haji for $25,000 for owner Keith Pippi of Pennsylvania. “It was the strongest winter sale we’ve had in ten years,” said Blooded Horse Sale President Jerry Haws. “The number of mares bred fell dramatically during the last decade and now, better purses are driving demand for both breeding and racing stock.” The highly popular Spring Blooded Horse Sale is May 11 where competitive racehorses and racing prospects are sure to bring a premium.  Entries close in mid-April.  Visit bloodedhorse.com for more information. Dot Morgan Executive Director                                                       

Breedings to Conway Hall, Western Ideal, Deweycheatumnhowe, A Rocknroll Dance, Dragon Again, Big Bad John, and Crazed are among the 70+ seasons donated to New Vocations 17th Annual Stallion. The auction starts Monday February 9th and runs through 2:00 pm Friday Feb 13th at www.ongait.com.  The auction is conducted in an Open Ended format that allows for bidding slightly beyond the 2:00 p.m. deadline if less than five minutes have elapsed since the last bid on a particular breeding.  Participants are asked to be considerate and not bid for mares over 20, ones that have been barren two or more consecutive years, any that are due after May 21, and those that are already booked.  To view the list of stallions visit www.NewVocations.org or emaildot@horseadoption.com.  Breedings are still being sought and can be added until the auction begins. New Vocations is the largest racehorse adoption program in North America accepting over 400 retired Standardbreds and Thoroughbreds each year. Proceeds from the stallion auction go toward the care, retraining, and placement of retired Standardbreds. “We would like to thank all the stallion donors for their generous support,” said Executive Director Dot Morgan.  “They enable us to equip these horses with useful skills and get them into loving homes that will give them a life beyond the track. Every horse we adopt becomes an ambassador for the breed and many of the adopters become racing fans, as well.” Dot Morgan Executive Director                                                        New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program

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