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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

The 71st Annual Fall Blooded Horse Sale, held November 13-15, at the Champions Center in Springfield, Ohio, witnessed its highest average in the history of its fall edition.  The sale was topped by former Ohio 2-Year-Old Filly Pacer of the Year Berazzled at $76,000.  The daughter of Charley Barley, now an Open Pacer, earned over $90,000 this year en route to lifetime earnings of nearly $400,000. Consigned by Marion Beachy and Kerry O’Keefe to dissolve the partnership, Beachy prevailed against serious bidders throughout the pavilion to keep the beautiful black mare. As usual, Spring Haven Farm was agent for a strong consignment of racehorses and had the second highest seller in Dragonology at $54,000. The Ohio Sires Stakes competitor and consolation winner, trained by Ron Burke, was purchased by Dynasty Racing of Michigan. Spring Haven (agent) also offered Rock N Jo Z, a classy $30,000 conditioned claimer from the Brian Brown Stable. He was purchased by Ed Dobrowolski of MI for $40,000. The tall, handsome, Indiana-bred trotting gelding Mystical Motor attracted a lot of attention, with Bruce Soulsby getting the nod at $35,000. Trained by Sally Gilbert and consigned by Move On Stable, the son of Swan For All was a consistent performer in the conditioned classes at Hoosier Park. The yearling session on the first day yielded plenty of fireworks with Boundless Dragon lighting up the board at $52,000. Consigned by Bruce Trogdon's Emerald Highlands Farm, Trogdon bought out his partners on the stunning, dark daughter of Dragon Again. The handsome Somebeachsomewhere colt Gingras Beach, also consigned by Emerald Highlands Farm, created quite the stir at the sale and on social media with his being named after the illustrious driver Yannick Gingras. Burke Racing Stable, LLC appropriately won the bidding war for the rights to train this popular pacer. Top yearling trotter honors went to the lovely Wishing Stone daughter Laurels Dream at $37,000. Consigned by Spring Haven Farm (agent), the half-sister to winners in excess of $600,000 was purchased by Allen Schmidthorst of Ohio for $37,000. Also of note was a pair of strikingly beautiful yearlings by the exciting first-crop sire Nob Hill High. Consigned by Hunterton Sales Agency, Dr. Lyndsay, named after promising vet student Lyndsay Hagemeyer, and Stanford Court, were both purchased by Brian Brown (agent) for $35,000. Visit www.bloodedhorse.com for complete sale results and to enter horses for the upcoming Winter Mixed Sale scheduled on February 12-13. Questions should be directed to jhaws@bloodedhorse.com by Dot Morgan, for the Blooded Horse Sale

Prominent owners are stepping up to support aftercare by participating in the New Vocations Breeders Crown Pledge. This event asks owners, trainers and drivers of Breeders Crown finalists to pledge a percentage of their earnings or commissions from the championship races Saturday night. No amount is too small. Every dollar goes toward the rehabilitation, retraining and rehoming of Standardbreds leaving the track. So far, Diamond Creek Farm has pledged their exceptional 2-year-old pacing colts Proof and Blood Money, as well as their stellar 3-year-pacing colt Grand Teton and the awesome aged pacing mare Pure Country.  Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi have pledged their ownership interests in the crack 2-year-old pacing fillies St Somewhere and Warrawee Ubeaut, along with the extremely fast 3-year-old pacing filly Double A Mint and the 3-year-old pacing star Dorsoduro Hanover. Howard Taylor has pledged for his interest in the amazing elimination winners Atlanta, Tactical Landing and Shnitzledosomethin. Jim and Joanne King just came on as trainers. "Diamond Creek Farm has always stressed the importance of aftercare for the Standardbred, from our herd of retired mares to our ex-racehorse babysitters,” said farm owner Adam Bowden. “We applaud the efforts of New Vocations, who with the support of others is able to directly contribute to the successful futures of many of these horses.  "The Standardbred is sadly often overlooked as a riding horse. Intelligent and durable, they can be some of the best companions in the ring or on the trail. Diamond Creek believes it is important to promote the versatility of the breed.  We are proud to continue to support New Vocations through this pledge. Through their training and rehoming program, they have been able to educate the public on the attributes of the Standardbred as a riding companion and have provided successful and happy 2nd careers for many deserving animals." New Vocations continues to seek pledges from additional owners, trainers and drivers through Saturday. Any that have not pledged but feel especially blessed following the races are encouraged to consider donating to this important effort. To make a pledge, contact Winnie Morgan Nemeth 734-320-7918 or winnie@horseadoption.com or Dot Morgan 937-947-4020 ordot@horseadoption.com or go to newvocations.org/breeders-crown-pledge. by Dot Morgan, for New Vocations

“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. Owners, trainers and drivers have the opportunity to give back to Standardbreds retiring from the track by joining the Breeders Crown pledge. In 2017, this pledge raised over $20,000 to help rehab, retrain and rehome Standardbreds. “This is an easy and effective way for Breeders Crown connections to get involved and make a difference by giving back to the horses beyond the track,” Nemeth said. “It is important to show that harness racing does care about its retirees.”  The percentage pledged is totally up to the donor and applied to their percentage of the earnings or commissions. No amount is too small. “There is no overhead with this fundraiser,” Nemeth said, “so every dollar goes to the horses.” To make a pledge, contact Winnie Morgan Nemeth 734-320-7918 or winnie@horseadoption.com or Dot Morgan 937-947-4020 or dot@horseadoption.com or go to newvocations.org/breeders-crown-pledge. by Dot Morgan, for New Vocations

The 71st Annual Blooded Horse Fall Sale is almost to capacity and closing is imminent. The mega-sale held November 13-15 at the Champions Center in Springfield, Ohio will feature over 100 yearlings on opening day in addition to over 200 racehorses. The balance of the sale is composed 2 & 3-year stakes horses, seasoned raceway stock, young green prospects, and an abundance of in-foal mares and weanlings. Buyers from throughout the United States and Canada flock to this last shopping extravaganza of the year. Don't be shut out. Online entries can still be made at www.bloodedhorse.com until stated otherwise. by Dot Morgan, for the Blooded Horse Sale        

The opportunity to lead the post parade for the 1st heat of the Little Brown Jug with Foiled Again has just been added to the Pre-Jug Party Charity Auction Sept. 19, at the Delaware County Fair! The offering is for one person sharing a double seat jog cart with the driver as they parade the first heat of the Little Brown Jug. Foiled Again is on his farewell tour before retiring as the richest horse in harness racing history with earnings in excess of $7,500,000! The annual Pre-Jug Party auction generates thousands of dollars each year to benefit New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program and the Delaware County Fair. "Foiled Again is the classiest, wisest, most accommodating Standardbred I've ever met," said New Vocations Executive Director Dot Morgan. "I was privileged to spend three days with him at Breyerfest, and I was astounded at his personable, kind temperament and total professionalism. We are thrilled to be able to auction off this once in a lifetime experience with the proceeds benefitting retired racehorses. I'd like to express my deep appreciation to Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi and JJK Stables for this exciting donation." If leading the Little Brown Jug post parade with Foiled Again would be your dream come true, email Dot Morgan at dot@horseadoption.com or text (937) 205-4667 to get a party invitation. From New Vocations  

The annual charity auction to benefit New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program and the Delaware County Fair will be held Wednesday September 19 in conjunction with the Pre-Jug Party immediately following the Jugette. Over 125 items and services will be offered in a silent auction via mobile bidding followed by a live auction of 10 premier items at 7:30 p.m. People will be able to view the items in advance and bid remotely from their mobile devices beginning at 10:00 a.m. To see the items and register to bid, visit: www.wedoauctions.net/prejugparty. New items will be added daily up to the event. Featured offerings include a South African Photo Safari, John Deere Lawn Tractor, Spyder race bike of choice, a live Miniature weanling and a set of New Nitro wheels. These items along with vacations, harness racing art and memorabilia, jewelry, tickets to sporting events, home accessories, tack 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 are still being sought. FMI contact Dot Morgan (937) 947-4020 dot@horseadoption.com or Winnie Morgan Nemeth (734) 320-7918 winnie@horseadoption.com The Beneficiaries New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program New Vocations is the largest racehorse adoption program in the country. It was founded in 1992 to offer retiring Standardbreds and Thoroughbreds a safe-haven, rehabilitation, and vocational training prior to placement in carefully screened and monitored homes. New Vocations accepts horses from racetracks and farms throughout the eastern United States at locations in Ohio, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and New York. Horses are equipped with new skills and placed with experienced, caring individuals where "once again, each can be a star." Over 6,500 retired racehorses have found new homes and careers through the efforts of New Vocations. The Delaware County Agricultural Society The Delaware County Agricultural Society has run its annual fair since 1834. The organization promotes agriculture through the operation of the fairgrounds and the many events held there throughout the year. The Delaware County Agricultural Society is celebrating its 73rd year conducting the greatest pacing race in the sport, The Little Brown Jug. The Fairgrounds is home to a thriving community of harness horses and maintains one of the fastest racetracks in the world. The Delaware County Agricultural Society promotes harness racing and its lore to thousands of fans and strives to maintain the history while promoting the future of our sport. From Dot Morgan, for New Vocations  

Horsemen flooded the Champions Center in Springfield, Ohio on Aug 28 & 29 seeking racehorses and yearlings among the 686 catalogued in the Blooded Horse Sale. It was the strongest Summer Sale in its 63-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 are real pleased with the new location, too. The stalls are safe and bright; the facility is accommodating and easily accessible." Young competitive, conditioned horses were especially in demand and dominated the upper end. The sale topper at $72,000 was the handsome 4-year-old Who's Better that had been competing in open stakes company, but is still a NW 4. Consigned by Brian Brown agent, the son of Bettor's Delight was purchased by William Hart of Maine. Hart also signed the ticket for the 3-year-old Always A Virgin gelding, Roan Color, at $37,000. The beautiful roan consigned by Spring Haven Farms for Emerald Highlands was eligible to NW 3. Shellie De Vie, a Bettor's Delight NW 3 filly consigned by Michael Timpano was purchased by Howard Taylor for $35,000. Burke Racing sold the NW 5 Stark Hanover for $32,000 to Les Givens of DE followed by the Cantab Hall daughter Mother May I a NW 2 for $27,000 to Louis Peachy of PA. Louis Peachy also picked up the 5-year-old Muscles Yankee daughter Catch All, a stakes winner at two from the family of Moni Maker, for $32,000. Following that trend at $30,000 each were Icingon de Cupcake, a Dejarmbro NW 3 gelding purchased by Brian Downing and Always Close, a 2-year-old Always A Virgin NW 2 gelding purchased by Mark Goldberg; both were consigned by Spring Haven Farm, Agt. Z Tam Stable LLC brought a nice five horse consignment that averaged $21,800, led by Trevor Z Tam at $30,000, a 3-year-old American Ideal NW 2 filly that was purchased by Josh Green. For complete sale results and information on the Fall Blooded Horse Sale Nov 13-15 visit www.bloodedhorse.com Entries for the black type yearling session Tues. Nov. 13, close Oct 1. Questions should be addressed to jhaws@bloodedhorse.com by Dot Morgan, for Blooded Horse Sale      

New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program is seeking auction items and table sponsors for its annual Pre-Jug Party & Charity Auction to be held Wednesday September 19, at the Delaware County Fair. Proceeds go toward the retraining and placement of retired Standardbreds and the Delaware County Fair. "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, tickets to sporting events, equine services, memorabilia and tack, as well as, home and barn accessories are all being sought. Items that can be easily mailed are a plus since bidding can be done off site from any mobile device. Higher end items like vacations and experiences are especially helpful. 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 or the name of a favorite horse. Attendance is not required as Seating is Open. Signs on the table recognize each sponsor for their support. It's $400 to sponsor a table or $200 to co-sponsor. Visit www.wedoauctions.net/prejugparty to sponsor a table, view items as they arrive and register to bid. All bidding is via mobile device whether at the party or off site. "New Vocations is totally dependent on donations to rehabilitate, retrain, and rehome hundreds of retired racehorses each year," said Morgan. "Participating in this event is a fun & easy way to give back to the horses we all love. I can't emphasize enough, how much we need everyone's help." For the first time, people will be able to view the items in advance and bid remotely from their mobile devices. To see the items and register to bid, visit: www.wedoauctions.net/prejugparty. New items will be added daily up to the event. For more details contact Dot Morgan at (937) 947-4020, dot@horseadoption.com or Winnie Nemeth at (734) 320-7918, winnie@horseadoption.com. Table Sponsorships can be paid online at www.NewVocations.org under Events. From New Vocations

The 62nd Annual Blooded Horse Summer Sale is close to capacity and will be open no later than Friday July 27. Held Tuesday and Wednesday August 28-29 at the Champions Center in Springfield, Ohio, the sale will feature 128 black type yearlings on Tuesday (that session is closed) along with a couple hundred 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. Don't be shut out. Online entries can be made at www.bloodedhorse.com until July 27. by Dot Morgan, for the Blooded Horse Sale  

Harness racing horsemen flooded to the Champions Center, the new site for the Blooded Horse Sale, in Springfield, Ohio, on May 15, seeking racehorses and breeding stock among the 404 catalogued. It was the strongest Spring Sale in its 55 year history with a lot of happy sellers and happy buyers. "Everyone seemed to appreciate the fresh new venue," said sale manager Jerry Haws. "It's bright, spacious and easily accessible. The racehorse market is booming with good purses driving demand." The sale topper at $52,000 was the ultra-consistent conditioned pacer Outrajus Blue Chip who just finished 2nd in 1:51.3 at Miami Valley. The 4-year old was purchased by Keith Pippi of PA and came from Kim Dailey's powerful consignment that also sold the promising pair of Pet Rock 3-year olds Missplaced Rock for $42,000 and Big CCs Rock for $37,000. Those Ohio eligibles were purchased respectively by Andy Gardner of PA and Allard Racing Inc. Runner-up honors at $45,000 each went to the 3-year-old NYSS placed Art Major filly Line Dancer consigned by Frank Chick and the 7-year-old Open pacing gelding Always The Sun consigned by Duck Creek Farm. They were purchased respectively by Rick Bucci of NY and Noble Racing LLC. The lone trotter among the top 12 horses was the precocious 3-year-old gelding Vote for Pedro, a winner in three of four lifetime starts. Tom Pollack consigned the son of Dejarmbro who was purchased by Steve Taylor of Ontario for $43,000. Allard Racing was the leading buyer with 16 horses. In addition to Big CCs Rock, above, those purchases included the royally bred Indiana Sires Stakes winning Rockin BB for $40,000 and Ohio Sires Stakes eligible That's Amazing for $35,000. The Summer Blooded Horse Sale will be held Tuesday Aug. 28 and Wednesday Aug. 29 at the Champions Center. 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. Please direct any questions to jhaws@bloodedhorse.com Dot Morgan

Over 400 horses are catalogued for the Spring Blooded Horse Sale that will be held for the first time at the Champions Center in Springfield, Oh. Located at the intersection of I-70 & SR 41, the sale takes place Tuesday May 15. 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 8:30-9:30am and resumes with the bigger items sellling after the last horse. "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 facility change to Springfield. Everything is paved; the stalls are roomy, well-lit and safe; and there is dining and a bar adjacent to the arena." Visit bloodedhorse.com to view the catalogue beginning Friday April 27 or to order a copy. Dot Morgan

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