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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

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      

Breedings to Trixton, Always A Virgin, Andover Hall, Courtly Choice, Jimmy Freight, JK Endofanera and Racing Hill are among the 75+ offered in the 22nd Annual New Vocations Stallion Auction that is currently in progress via OnGait.com. Visit https://ongait.com/s/newvocations to view breedings and bid until 2:00 p.m. Thursday Feb 6. The auction is held in an open-ended-format that allows for bidding up to two minutes after the last bid on breedings with high activity at the 2:00 p.m. cut off. All proceeds go to rehab, retrain, and rehome Standardbreds retiring from the track. For more information call (937) 947-4020 or email dot@horseadoption.com by Dot Morgan, for New Vocations  

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      

Harness Horsemen International (HHI) will hold their annual meetings from February 24-27, 2020 at the Embassy Suites Resort & Spa, Deerfield, Beach, Florida, beginning with an opening reception and meet and greet at 5:30 p.m. on Monday evening, Feb. 24. HHI meetings begin Tuesday morning, Feb. 25 at 9:00 am and continue through Thursday, Feb. 27 followed by HHI Elections and the HHI Awards Luncheon, honoring Tony Somone as the Dominic Frinzi Person of the Year; Dot Morgan with the HHI Appreciation Award; and Dawnelle Mock with the HHI's Clyde Hirt Media Award. Tony Somone is the Executive Director of the Illinois Harness Horsemen's Association, a position he has held since 2007. The Chicago native graduated from George Williams College and began working in the publicity department at Maywood Park in 1985, pursing his passion for harness racing. Somone began purchasing horses with partners in the late 1990s and in 2000, applied for and received, his fair license. He won his first race as a driver on Aug. 21, 2014 behind his own horse, Sleazy Mr E at the Cumberland County Fair in Greenup, IL in his 16th official start. But the Willow Springs, IL resident is best known for representing the IHHA legislatively throughout the state of Illinois. Somone definitely does not shy away from diversity and has been a rock for the Standardbred horsemen who have struggled in the Prairie State for so many years. Dot Morgan is the Executive Director & Facility Manager for New Vocations Racehorse Adoption, located in Laura, OH. Morgan founded New Vocations in 1992 after seeing a need for racehorses to continue with productive lives once their racing careers were finished. For the past three decades she has been the face and sounding board of New Vocations, and also runs the annual Standardbred Stallion Auction and Little Brown Jug Benefit Auction during Jug Week. Morgan has a BA in Agriculture and has been immersed in the Standardbred industry, as she is married to a fifth-generation driver/trainer. To date she has helped to place and rehome more than 5,000 retired Standardbreds and Thoroughbreds. Dawnelle Mock, a 2016 Youngstown State University graduate, has a degree in marketing management and is the Marketing Director for the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association. Prior to taking on her current role beginning in 2017, Mock interned with the MSOA and with The Meadowlands in 2016. The Somerset, PA native grew up in the harness racing industry as her parents, Daniel and Lisa Mock, are Standardbred owners and her sister, Dana Kahrig, is a trainer based at The Meadows. These three well-deserving HHI award recipients will be feted with their HHI Awards during the annual HHI meetings luncheon on February 27, 2020 at the Embassy Suites Resort and Spa, Deerfield Beach, Florida. From Harness Horsemen International  

New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program is currently organizing its 22nd Annual Stallion Auction to be held through OnGait.com Feb 4-6, 2020. The program annually offers hundreds of former harness racing horses a safety-net through rehabilitation, retraining, and placement in carefully screened and monitored homes. New Vocations embraces racing and the excitement and joy of racehorse ownership. At the conclusion of a horse's racing career, New Vocations stands ready to assist with its aftercare needs. "We rehabilitate the horses, break them to ride and care for them until a qualified adopter can be found," said Executive Director Dot Morgan. "Then we educate the adopters on the characteristics of racehorses, answer myriads of questions, encourage them through problems and offer training guidelines. New Vocations adoptees can be returned at any time, for any reason during their life." The stallion auction is New Vocations' biggest fundraiser of the year and a perfect opportunity for stallion owners to show their support of aftercare. Generating dollars is the ultimate goal, so if you don't have a breeding to donate, please consider a year-end contribution. New Vocations is a 501 (c) 3 charity; donations are tax-deductible to the extent of the law. For information about the stallion auction or donating a horse, email dot@horseadoption.com or call (937) 947-4020. Donations can be made through the website at www.NewVocations.org or mailed to New Vocations 3293 Wright Rd. Laura, OH 45337. To maximize advertising, breedings need to be received by January 1; however, breedings will be accepted right up until the auction Feb 4 and throughout the spring. Dot Morgan Executive Director New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program

"Harness racing champions racing for yesterday's stars is what the Breeders Crown pledge is all about." stated Winnie Morgan Nemeth, the Standardbred Program Director for New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program. Trainers and owners have the opportunity to give back to Standardbreds retiring from the track by joining the Breeders Crown pledge. In 2018 this pledge raised over $12,000 for our program and allowed us to care for and transition over 100 Standardbreds into new homes. "This is an easy and effective way for racing connections to get involved and make a difference by giving back to the horses beyond the track," Nemeth said. "It is a positive way to show that harness racing does care about its retirees." New Vocations is a 501 (3) charity that focuses on rehabilitating, retraining and rehoming Standardbreds and Thoroughbreds leaving the track. Since its inception in 1992, New Vocations has placed over 7,000 retired racehorses into new homes. Connections can pledge to donate a small percentage of their horses' earnings in the upcoming Breeders Crown to support New Vocations' mission. To make a pledge, contact Winnie Morgan Nemeth 734-320-7918 or winnie@horseadoption.com or visit us online and pledge: newvocations.org/breeders-crown-pledge by Dot Morgan, for New Vocations  

Dot Morgan, executive director and facilities manager of the New Vocations racehorse adoption program, will be honored as the 2019 Lady Pace Honoree by the Delaware County Fair. A multitalented horsewoman, Morgan started the New Vocations racehorse adoption program in 1992 from her base in Laura, Ohio, and continues to this day as overseer of the organization's Standardbred division. New Vocations takes racehorses that are no longer competitive on the racetrack and helps them find a "new vocation," a second career, through its equine adoption program. More than 150 Standardbreds pass through New Vocations every year. As chief administrator, Morgan visits major equine events, produces newsletters and promotional/educational materials, and aids the group's finances with stallion auctions and the Pre-Jug Gala Benefit during Little Brown Jug week. She was a director of the Ohio Harness Horseman's Association for 17 years and an eight year trustee of the Christian Harness Horseman's Association. She was honored by the United States Harness Writers Association with their LeeAnne Pooler Unsung Hero Award in 2013. The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association honored Morgan with the Rambling Willie Award in 2015. by Jay Wolf, for the Little Brown Jug

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

Auction items and table sponsors are needed for the annual Pre-Jug Party and Charity Auction held Wednesday September 18, at the Delaware County Fair.   The proceeds go to rehab, retrain and rehome retired Standardbreds and the Delaware County Fair. This gala event is held in the Hospitality Pavilion in the first turn following the Jugette card.   Attendees will enjoy gourmet hor d’oheurves, an open bar, live music and shopping the charity auction which is also held online.   “We’re asking owners, breeders, trainers, drivers, racetracks and those that benefit from racing, to please support this important fundraiser,” said New Vocations Executive Director Dot Morgan.   “Vacations, experiences, equine services, entertainment tickets, jewelry, memorabilia and tack, as well as home and barn accessories, are being sought to help make this event a success.”   Table Sponsors are also needed and a good option in lieu of merchandise or services. Show your support by sponsoring a table in your name, your stable, your farm, or the name of a favorite horse.   Seating is Open but signs on the tables recognize the sponsors.   Sponsor a table for $400 and receive tickets for six people; co- sponsors for $200 receive two tickets.   “New Vocations is totally dependent on donations to rehabilitate, retrain, and rehome hundreds of retired racehorses each year,” said Executive Director Dot Morgan.   “Participating in this event is a fun and easy way to give back to the horses we all love.”   For more details contact Dot Morgan at (937) 947-4020, dot@horseadoption.com or Winnie Nemeth at (734) 320-7918, winnie@horseadoption.com.   Register to bid and purchase table sponsorships at http://one.bidpal.net/prejugparty     Dot Morgan Executive Director New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program

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  

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

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

The annual Blooded Horse Winter Sale held Feb 12, at the Champions Center in Springfield, Ohio, was the strongest in its 56 year history. It was standing room only as 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 packed venue of eager buyers is a tremendous marketing tool. Consignors, for the most part, were quite pleased." The sale topper was the Muscle Hill 5-year-old trotter Southwind Cobra who was purchased by Loren Yoder of Iowa for stallion duties for $54,000. Consigned by Windy Ridge Farm, the Grand Circuit winner sported a record of 2,1:53.3 and earnings of $236,834. Runner up honors went to the highly competitive 4-yr old pacer Gerardo, a winner of $104,000 last year. Consigned by Doug Dunbar of Ontario, the son of Rockin Image was bought near the end of the sale by Kayne Kauffman for $50,000. Dunbar also signed the ticket for the solid conditioned pacing mare Big Lis for $35,000, one of 29 that Canadian buyers took home. Of those, six were purchased by Brian Doyle for export to Ireland, including the lovely Art Major broodmare Miri for $17,000. The Burke Racing Stable consignment included a pair of fancy trotting fillies that got breeders' attention. Winterwood Farm acting as agent had the final bid on Pink Fringes, a daughter of Uncle Peter from the family of B Cor Pete 9,1:53.2 ($893,076) and Tall Cotton 8,1:51.3f ($871,621) for $26,000, and Dublin Valley Farm secured Pat On The Back, a Donato Hanover daughter of Buck I St Pat 7,1:51 ($2,320,637) for $15,000. The always popular Spring Haven Farm consignment offered the fast 5-year-old Somebeachsomewhere mare Mylittlesurfergirl p,4,1:51.3 who was purchased by Gray Thunder II Stable of NY for $18,500, and the attractive 4-year-old trotting gelding Fan The Flames that Brandon Presto acquired for $19,000 to race at The Meadows. For complete sale results visit bloodedhorse.com. The next sale is May 14 and it's an exceptionally strong market for racehorses. Entries close April 22. Any questions should be directed to jhaws@bloodedhorse.com by Dot Morgan, for the Blooded Horse Sale      

Harness racing stallion breedings to Kadabra, Always A Virgin, Andover Hall, Racing Hill, Muscles Yankee and Conway Hall are among the 75+ offered in New Vocations Stallion Auction that also includes the recent additions of All Bets Off and Boston Red Rocks along with four Michigan stallions. The auction is currently in progress at https://ongait.com/s/newvocationsauction and will end at 2:00 pm Thursday Feb 7. The auction is held in an open-ended-format that allows for bidding up to two minutes after the last bid on breedings with high activity at the 2:00 pm cut off. All proceeds go to rehab, retrain, and rehome Standardbreds retiring from the track. For more information call (937) 947-4020 or email dot@horseadoption.com by Dot Morgan, for New Vocations          

New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program is currently organizing its 21st Annual Stallion Auction to be held through OnGait.com Feb 5-7, 2019. The program annually offers hundreds of former harness racing racehorses a safety net through rehabilitation, retraining, and placement in carefully screened and monitored homes. New Vocations embraces racing and the excitement and joy of racehorse ownership. At the conclusion of a horse's racing career, New Vocations stands ready to assist with its aftercare needs. "We rehabilitate the horses, break them to ride and care for them until a qualified adopter can be found," said Executive Director Dot Morgan. "Then we educate the adopters on the characteristics of racehorses, answer myriads of questions, encourage them through problems and offer training guidelines. New Vocations adoptees can be returned at any time, for any reason during their life." The stallion auction is New Vocations' biggest fundraiser of the year and a perfect opportunity for stallion owners to show their support of aftercare. Generating dollars is the ultimate goal, so if you don't have a breeding to donate, please consider a year-end contribution. New Vocations is a 501 (c) 3 charity; donations are tax-deductible to the extent of the law. For information about the stallion auction or donating a horse, email dot@horseadoption.com or call (937) 947-4020. Donations can be made through the website at www.NewVocations.org or mailed to New Vocations 3293 Wright Rd. Laura, OH 45337. To maximize advertising, breedings need to be received by January 1; however, breedings will be accepted right up until the auction Feb 5. Dot Morgan Executive Director New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program

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