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WALLKILL, NY – September 26, 2017 Blue Chip Farms has announced that its 2017 Yearling Videos for the harness racing Harrisburg Yearling Sale are now available online here.   Forty one yearlings from sires including American Ideal, Bettor’s Delight, Chapter Seven, Somebeachsomewhere, Sunshine Beach and Sweet Lou are offered for inspection and available for x-ray by appointment at the farm.   Please contact Operations Manager, Eddie Amezcua, for more information.  

Standardbred Horse Sales Company has posted the 2017 Black Book 1, 79th Annual Yearling Sale catalog on its website here. Download the harness racing catalog and other handy PDF packets, or create and track your own yearling lists with our "My Black Book" program. QR codes on individual yearling pages will link your Smart Phone or iPad to yearling videos when available. Download a "QR reader" application from your Smart Phone's "App Store", and scan the QR code on the printed catalog page with your Smart Phone. The yearling video will soon appear! We hope you enjoy this handy innovation closer to the Sale. Standardbred will also provide the USTA's new "Best Beaten Times" report, downloadable as individual PDFs for trotting colts, trotting fillies, pacing colts, and pacing fillies. If a yearling's sibling or half sibling has a "best beaten time" faster than its official race record, or has raced but has no official race record, that horse's "best beaten time" will be listed on this report. European customers will especially appreciate this new information, which is often very important to their purchase decisions. Standardbred's goal is to incorporate this information into the catalog itself in 2018. Our iPad formatted catalog can now be downloaded using the Sales Catalog app - follow the link from the Black Book website DOWNLOADS page. The Black Book offers great yearlings for everyone's needs, from Grand Circuit to Fair racing. Find your champion today! Paul F. Spears Standardbred Horse Sales Company 2310 Hanover Pike Post Office Box 339 Hanover, PA  17331 Phone:  717-637-8931 Ext. 212 Fax:  717-637-6766 Email:

Standardbred Horse Sales Company is proud to announce that our 79th Annual Harrisburg Yearling Sale Preview is now posted on our harness racing website, Individual yearling pedigrees will soon follow, with yearling video links posted closer to the Sale. Yearling Sale dates are Monday, November 6 through Wednesday, November 8, featuring 876 fabulous yearlings - 425 by Pennsylvania sires, 213 by New York sires, 178 by Ontario sires, 28 by New Jersey sires, 21 by Ohio sires, and 11 by Indiana sires. Yearlings by first year sires including Captaintreacherous (45), Sweet Lou (33), Trixton (20), Sunshine Beach (15), Royalty For Life (12), Father Patrick (8), Uncle Peter (3), Western Vintage (3), Heston Blue Chip (2), E L Titan (2), and Detour Hanover (2). Printed catalogs will be mailed September 15. Standardbred will again offer catalogs formatted for the iPad through the Sales Catalog app. As always, Standardbred provides multiple "Search" functions and downloadable PDF packets on our website to help you find your champion. Our convenient "My Black Book" feature allows customers to store lists of yearling prospects with pedigrees, video links, and personal notes in a confidential format that is accessible from any Internet-capable device. Paul Spears Standardbred Horse Sales Company

Harrisburg, PA --- The final day of the harness racing sale at Harrisburg, the Mixed Sale took place on Friday (Nov. 11) at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg. Among the horses that were sold on Friday was the 4-year-old trotting stallion Crescent Fashion, purchased by Ross Croghan for $250,000. The son of Muscle HIll-Fashion Feline is a career winner of $440,196 and competed in the Breeders Crown in his most recent start for trainer Ake Svanstedt. The 4-year-old pacing mare Bettor Be Steppin brought a $200,000 bid from Hanover Shoe Farms. The daughter of Bettors Delight-Two Steppin' Sally earned $787,466 in her three years on the racetrack with nine wins in 47 starts. Trained by Joe Holloway, Bettor Be Steppin was a multiple stakes winner and set her mark of 1:50 in winning the Valley Forge as a sophomore at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Sophomore pacing colt Another Daily Copy, with 2016 earnings of $194,050, went for $155,000 to Richard Banca. The son of Somebeachsomewhere-Court Stenographer paced to a 1:50 mark in a Pennsylvania Sires Stakes race this summer at The Meadows. He raced in such classics as the Meadowlands Pace, the Messenger and the Adios. Banca also bid $150,000 for 3-year-old trotting gelding Bee In Charge, a Simcoe Stakes winner who was also a regular on the Ontario Sires Stakes circuit in 2016. The Manofmanymissions-Beehive trotter raced in the Per Henriksen stable this year. Millionaire Charmed Life, a 6-year-old trotting mare, was purchased for $150,000 by Rene Allard. The daughter of Majestic Son-Christina M has earned at least $150,000 in each of her five seasons of racing. The Dave Menary trainee set her lifetime mark of 1:52.2 as a 4-year-old in a leg of the Miss Versatility Series at Tioga Downs. One of the more prominent horses to sell was Venus Delight, the Dan Patch Older Pacing Mare of the Year in 2015, who brought a winning bid of $95,000 from Brad Grant. The 6-year-old daughter of Bettors Delight-Venus Killean has won 27 times in her career with earnings of $1,049,156. She banked $205,123 this year while in the Jeff Bamond Jr. stable. More information on the sale may be found at   USTA Communications Department 

Harrisburg, PA --- Thursday (Nov. 10) was Ladies Day at the Standardbred Horse Sale, with some distinguished harness racing matrons commanding the largest bids. “On a day like today, we saw the people who brought yearlings to sell, especially if they had a good sale, reinvesting,” said Russell Williams, chairman of the event. “They went from consigner to customer; they were buying. A couple hundred thousand is a good price for a broodmare. I would never sell a broodmare anywhere else but Harrisburg.” Satin Pillows, Hip No. 1059, brought a bid of $250,000 for Peninsula Farms. Steve Stewart of Hunterton Farm signed the check. The 11-year-old daughter of Conway Hall is a half-sister to Pampered Princess, two-time divisional champion, and the dam of Breeders Crown and divisional champion To Dream On (1:52.1, $975,395). She is in foal to Cantab Hall. “Where we have made our most money, Pizza Dolce, Southwind Serena, Graceful Touch, Emilie Cas El – (broodmares) have been the best,” Stewart said. “That’s what we are trying to do, playing at the top level with one of the best. We were very surprised that we bought her for that price, we were ready to go quite a few more (bids). If you can play at that level, that is where you need to try to play. It’s worked out for us and she will be a great addition to the other girls at the farm.” Satin Pillows had a 2016 colt by Muscle Hill who died, but Stewart is inclined to try again in 2017 with that leading stallion. “Probably Muscle Hill (who she will be bred back to); I was told by Carter (Duer, of Peninsula Farms) that the foal was spectacular," he said. "She’s had some bad luck, but hopefully now that will work out better for us. She will be very happy.” Another trotting mare, Cedar Dove, found a new home not far from the sale at Hanover Shoe Farm, changing hands for $160,000. Her race history, divisional champ in 2011 and nearly $1.2 million in earnings along with a 1.52.3 record, was part of the attraction. “She was a great mare, a lot of name recognition and a great-looking mare,” said Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky, the farm manager at Hanover Shoe. “I like the fact that she’s in foal to Explosive Matter because he never had a mare bred like that to him, so I’m excited to sell the best-bred Explosive Matter (progeny) ever. We will wait (to see the 2017 foal before deciding who to breed her back to), but he would be logical. I don’t know, we sit down in January and figure that out. She has a Muscle Hill weanling and it probably would be nice to breed her back to Muscle Hill, but we’ll see in then.” Sugar Wheeler will go right back where she started from, selling for $150,000 from the Concord Stud Farm consignment as agent for the estate of Bill Weaver and partners Wellwood, Hainsworth and Kelley. She was bought back for the farm, with the sales ticket signed by Julie Meirs. Her 2016 yearling colt by Muscle Hill sold on Monday for $400,000 and the current weanling colt by Kadabra sold for $60,000 to Thomas Dillon just minutes before the mare sold. “We did not have the intention (to try to buy her) at all," Meirs said. "We sold her $400,000 Muscle Hill colt earlier in the week, so you have to do a double-take on looking at her that way. We had a good sale and needed to make sure we put something back in to the broodmare band every year that will continue to produce those yearlings that everyone’s looking for, so we thought that she would be one to get. She had a nice-looking Kadabra weanling here so we will see what happens. “It will be nice to have one of the mares that we’ve had on the farm for Mr. Weaver and his partners," added her father, David. “They were family for us and we have one of the better ones now.” At the other end of the price spectrum, the 21-year-old Neverhaveneverwill, Hip No. 1249, sold for $2,000 as the third from last sale of the day, to Mitchel Skolnick of Bluestone Farm. The grey mare is the dam of Always A Virgin (1:48.4, $1,135,559) and thus granddam of the fastest Standardbred in history, Always B Miki (1:46, $2,519,368). Skolnick is a partner on both Always A Virgin and Always B Miki. “She will go out in the field and she’ll live out the rest of her life," he said. "She won't be bred. I was told she did a great job for us; she gave us Always A Virgin. I didn’t come here thinking I was going to buy her. I was told I was going to buy her by a lot of bleeding heart employees (Emily Homan and Kelly Deitweiller). by Ellen Harvey, Harness Racing Communications 

Harrisburg, PA --- The decision was not a hard one for harness racing trainer Benoit Baillargeon when he saw Alarm Detector.  “I like the whole package,” he said of the Chapter Seven – Final Countdown – Yankee Glide colt whose sales ticket he signed for $110,000, the day’s sales topper,  at the Standardbred Horse Sale on Wednesday.  “There’s a guy (Bryan Montgomery) who put me on to him,” said Baillargeon.  He said, ‘Ben, this is a very nice looking colt, you should go take a look at him.  He knows I’m a trotting man.  I buy mostly trotters all the time.  He said you should go take a look at this horse.  “Bryan saw him raised, really, because he lives locally, near the farm (Concord Stud Farm, consignor for Order By Stable).  He said he’d seen the horse grow up and he was a nice horse.  So I looked at the horse, I looked at the video and he had a beautiful way of going and I said, ‘Well, let’s try to buy him.’ “I know all these horses (in his pedigree), it’s a good family.  Trotters have been good to me; they’ve been bread and butter to me. I buy and race a lot of trotters, it’s good fit for me.  “He will head north, in Canada, no Florida for me.  I’m at Ideal Training Center, about half an hour north of Mohawk.   He will have the harness on him Monday.” Russell Williams, Chairman of the Standardbred Horse Sale, was pleased with the virtual wrap up of the yearling portion of the sale.  “It was the second best average we ever had,” he said.  The top average came in 2007, when 1,048 yearlings sold for an average of $40,824. This year’s average was $38,662 for 866 yearlings. “Very satisfying, particularly when you think of all the work that goes in to raising these horses.  It’s really great that our consignors can have a pay day.” Top ticket horses for the day included: Hip #515 Photobomb Hanover (Explosive Matter – Phaeton) $65,000 filly to Purple Haze Stables - Hanover Shoe Farm Hip # 590 Sweet Toujours (Mach Three – Sweet Hedge) $60,000 filly to Determination – Preferred Equine Marketing Hip # 685 Muscle Miley (Muscle Mass – Bar Ballad) $60,000 filly to Bjorn Noren, Agent – Fair Winds Farm Hip # 704 Brandon Hanover (Big Jim – Brissonte Hanover ) $60,000 colt to David Menary – Hanover She Farms Hip # 723 Shadow Moon (Shadow Play – Lofty Yankee) $60,000 colt to Dr. Ian Moore – Spring Haven Farm Hip # 759 Everyone Hanover (Sportswriter – Edra Hanover) $65,000 colt to Mark Steacy – Hanover Shoe Farms Hip # 765 Western Passage (Sportswriter – Ever Western) $80,000 colt to Casie Coleman – Winbak Farm The day’s offering of  brought the three day total to 866 yearlings sold for an average $38,662 against  $30,818 after three days in 2015 for 1,010 yearlings, and $32,903 in 2014 for 1,089 yearlings. Trotters led the overall totals, bringing an average of $40,438 against $37,207 for pacers.  The sale resumes Thursday morning at 10 a.m., with a limited number of yearlings and weanlings selling first, then bloodstock.  Friday’s sale features racehorses.  For more detailed results and a look at the catalog for the next two days, go to  by Ellen Harvey, Harness Racing Communications 

On Tuesday November 8th, Pacing For The Cure will be hosting its 1st Annual Fundraising Dinner Party at the Best Western Premier Hotel and Conference Center in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, with proceeds from the event benefitting Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Survivors. Pacing For The Cure is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization with a mission to INSPIRE others to join our cause, create HOPE for MS survivors, and BELIEVE that a cure will be found. Pacing For The Cure raises funds to support MS survivor’s medical equipment needs and the necessary research to find a cure. The scheduled event will begin at 6:30pm with a Cocktail Reception and Hors D’Oeuvres until 7:30 pm. Janine Gesek, Pacing For The Cure President, will kick off the dinner beginning at 7:30pm with a brief video documentary and introduction to one family’s MS struggle followed by a MS research update from world renowned MS researcher, Dr. Jeffrey Greenstein. Dr. Greenstein’s life work has been dedicated to curing MS and he founded the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-based Multiple Sclerosis Research Institute (MSRI) to FIND the cause, STOP the progression and CURE this disease. The dinner buffet begins at 8:00pm and features a great selection of entrees, a beef carving station, beverages and premier dessert bar. There will also be live entertainment provided by a local DJ, Sam with Klock Entertainment, and dancing until 11:30pm. The event will also feature a silent auction from 8pm-10pm with great items for purchase and a Pacing For The Cure merchandise display. The Pacing For The Cure dinner is a perfect event for all the harness racing fans, owners, trainers, drivers, and breeding farm personnel to come relax and have fun after a long day at the Harrisburg sale. Attendees will enjoy great food, entertainment and meet new friends while raising money for a good cause. The Co-founders of Pacing For The Cure greatly appreciate our sponsors and individual donors and continue to seek additional supporters of any kind. If you wish to support Pacing For The Cure, or obtain more information, please contact Jeff Gesek at 609-354-8992 or by email at We hope to see you at the event! 

The Videos of roughly half of the Hanover Shoe Farms yearlings including most of the trotters are now available on the Farms' harness racing website The remaining videos will be posted daily as they are completed. All of them should be up and available by no later than Monday, October 17th. The yearlings will be available for inspection daily except Sunday beginning each day at 11.00 A.M. beginning on October 17th. Appointments are not necessary, but they would be greatly appreciated. For further information, please contact Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky at or at 717-578-7395 or Murray Brown at or 717-487-1812. Murray Brown Hanover Shoe Farms, Inc.

The Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission and Standardbred Horse Sales Company are proud to promote Standardbred yearling ownership to “new” International buyers from outside North America at our Annual Sale in Harrisburg! “New” International harness racing yearling buyers are eligible for a $1500 incentive award through a grant from the Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission. Never been to Harrisburg, or haven’t purchased a yearling at Harrisburg in at least three years? Have you hesitated because of the expense of travel? Now you can easily attend the Harrisburg Sale! THE INCENTIVE PROGRAM Eligibility: International buyers from outside North America who have not purchased a Standardbred yearling at the Harrisburg Sale for three years (2016: no yearling purchases 2013 – 2015). Qualified yearlings: All yearlings in the Harrisburg Sale! Award: $1500 incentive award, to be paid by Standardbred Horse Sales Company by check after the Sale. Checks will be mailed to the buyer at his home address. One award per buyer! Total Awards: Limited to the first 20 International buyers submitting approved and completed registration forms. Registration forms are submitted after the yearling is purchased. “First come, first serve” conditions. HOW TO REGISTER Register at the Harrisburg Sale: Visit the Incentive Program representative in the Main Hall next to the Information Booth. Registration forms and informational materials will be available. Not sure if you are eligible? Confirm your eligibility with our representative before bidding.  Buy your yearling, and return to the Incentive Program table with your “sale ticket” for initial processing. Visit the Sale Credit Manager’s Office for final approval. Return the completed and approved Registration form to the Incentive Program representative. You will receive your $1500 incentive award from Standardbred Horse Sales Company at home by mail. QUESTIONS ABOUT THE PROGRAM? If you have questions about the program, please contact Paul Spears at  For details on the Harrisburg Sale click here.  

The 2016 edition of The Black Book 2 can now be found on Standardbred Horse Sales Company's website here.. Printed catalogs are expected to be available for shipping on October 12. The Mixed Sale begins on Thursday, November 10 and ends on Friday, November 11 at the PA Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, PA, following the Select Yearling Sale which takes place from Monday, November 7 through Wednesday, November 9. Standardbred's popular "Black Book for the iPad" from is available for download from a link on our website. Past Performances First Edition for race lines is also available for download on the website. Past Performances Second Edition with most current race lines will be available for download on November 1, and will be distributed in printed form at the Sale. The Mixed Sale has a total of 768 entries, including 197 broodmares and broodmare prospects, 24 weanlings, 32 yearlings, 58 stallion shares, and 457 race horses. The Mixed Sale features top quality dispersals from Peninsula Farm selling broodmares from William Weaver Estate, Concord Stud Farm selling Katz/Libfeld broodmare reduction, and Concord Stud Farm selling stallion shares from William Weaver Estate; LITTLE MISS DRAGON p,3, 1:50.2 ($767,634), dam of DELIGHTFUL DRAGON p,5, 1:50 ($475,411) and in foal to ROLL WITH JOE; SYMPHONY IN MOTION p,6, 1:49 ($1,065,949), dam of NORMANDY BEACH p,2, 1:52.1f-16 (($95,794) and in foal to SWEET LOU; VENUS DELIGHT p,5, 1:49.4 ($1,031,164); CHARMED LIFE 4, 1:52.2 ($999,708); BETTOR BE STEPPIN p,3, 1:50f ($782,516); and many more! For further information, please visit the website or call 717-637-8931. Paul Spears Standardbred Horse Sales Company

Standardbred Horse Sales Company is proud to announce that our 78th Annual Harrisburg Yearling Sale Preview is now posted on our website, Individual yearling pedigrees will soon follow, with yearling video links posted closer to the harness racing sale. Yearling Sale dates are Monday, November 7 through Wednesday, November 9, featuring 899 fabulous yearlings - 478 by Pennsylvania sires, 269 by New York sires, 126 by Ontario sires, 19 by Ohio sires, 4 by New Jersey sires, and 3 by Indiana sires. Yearlings by first year sires including A Rocknroll Dance (25), So Surreal (11), Betterthancheddar (10), Possess The Will (3), Wishing Stone (3), and Pet Rock (2) will be presented. Printed catalogs will be mailed September 15. Standardbred will again offer catalogs formatted for the iPad through the Sales Catalog app. As always, Standardbred provides multiple "Search" functions and downloadable PDF packets on our website to help you find your champion. Our convenient "My Black Book" feature allows customers to store lists of yearling prospects with pedigrees, video links, and personal notes in a confidential format that is accessible from any Internet-capable device. Paul Spears                       Vivian G. Jewitt   Standardbred Horse Sales Company   2310 Hanover Pike   Post Office Box 339   Hanover, PA 17331   Phone: 717-637-8931 Ext. 122   Fax: 717-637-6766   Email:       ---- Absent completed agency authorization forms accepted by Standardbred Horse Sales Co., the person signing the Confirmation of Sale slip remains 100% responsible for payment (see our Terms and Conditions of Sale) and billing to any other person is an accommodation to the purchaser and not an extension of credit.       IMPORTANT: The contents of this e-mail and any attachments are confidential. They are intended for the named recipient(s) only. If you have received this e-mail by mistake, please notify the sender immediately and do not disclose the contents.-----          

The annual Harrisburg yearling sale has turned up its fair share of diamonds in the rough, for John Bax, it was HIP #558 in 2014. Now he is sending out tough contender Danish Darby, HIP #558, in Saturday's S.B.O.A. Final for harness racing three-year-old trotting fillies at Mohawk Racetrack looking to upset the probable favourites. "We were looking for an Ontario bred and it was the third day," said Bax. "The pedigree was all racehorse, she's a Majestic Son so we thought she would be a good fit and the price was right at $20,000." Danish Darby is the third foal from Danish Diamond, an SJ's Caviar mare who traded in racing for a second career after only three starts. The Majestic Son filly is her second foal to take a mark under 1:55, the other being Andover Hall sired Danish Durango, who has become a steady competitor at the Meadowlands. "She was all business right from the get-go when we were breaking her, a little aggressive. A little bit of a bully but always went ahead as she started training. She seemed to have her own agenda sometimes." While her two-year-old season was hardly lacklustre, she failed to set the trotting world alight. A regular on the freshmen Sires Stakes circuit, Danish Darby only hit the board twice in eight starts and retained her maiden status coming into 2016. "Physically, I thought she could play in the Gold but mentally she wasn't mature enough," noted Bax. "It cost her...she broke a few times, self-destructed behind the gate. Something as simple as her not getting her own way." Fast forward to April, where she promptly got off the wings to grab the lead and refused to relinquish it in her first qualifier of the year at Mohawk. This set the tone for her next three starts, with back to back wins and a second. "She's better this year; last year she didn't capitalize on her talent. The talent was there but she was a bit hard on herself and hard on us as far as the manners part. She wanted sometimes to go more than she should or could at the time, so it cost us a little." Bax is quick to note that she has become a bit more agreeable since, much to the appreciation of those around the barn. Though she still has her competitive edge, she has grown both physically and mentally, developing an essential maturity coming into this season. Danish Darby will start from post seven in the S.B.O.A Final on Saturday at the Campbellville oval, having put up an impressive second-place finish in her elimination for driver Paul MacDonell. After Rick Zeron trainee Radiant Beam broke prior to the half, MacDonnell capitalized on the situation from the pocket and held the lead to the three-quarter marker. 2015 O'Brien Award winner Caprice Hill trotted home in 28 seconds flat to steal a 1:53.1 victory, but Bax is confident his filly is poised to be a tough contender in the final. "I was real happy with her, she had to do most of the work in that race. Any time you trot in 1:53.3 in your third start of the year, I think it's impressive. I guess we will find out if she can come back to that. I'm hoping in the final that one of those two other really nice fillies will do the work." The $174,329 final is stacked with a group of tough trotters, featuring Caprice Hill, Celebrity Eventsy and second Bax trainee Moonlight Cocktail. Finishing fourth in her elimination, she will team up with Steve Condren from post position eight alongside her stablemate. "She's come a long way as well from last year; she's been dropping in time and she's always done it right. She's been very well mannered and it's a matter of her learning to go faster. She trotted in the 55 range which is new territory for her and I'm hoping that she'll keep progressing, get a trip and pick up a cheque." Danish Darby will be pointed next to Ontario Sires Stakes Gold engagements in June, with her connections optimistic about what the 2016 season has in store. "You always hope to see the best from them," Bax said. "I'm hoping that she can trot consistently in the 1:54 range because that's what it's going to take to play in the big leagues. "If she can do that we'll have a lot of fun this year. The Anderson family are already having's always nice to have a group of owners who take as much enjoyment in their horses as they do." Saturday night's card at Mohawk also features the S.B.O.A. Final for three-year-old filly pacers headlined by last year's O'Brien Award winner L A Delight. The first race goes to post at 7:30pm. Here are the fields for the S.B.O.A Finals. (PP/Horse/Driver/Trainer) Race 5: S.B.O.A Filly Trot - Purse: $174,329 1. Tymal Tempest (Phil Hudon - Mark Etsell) 2. Caprice Hill (Randy Waples - Tony Alagna) 3. Celebrity Eventsy (Sylvain Filion - Staffan Lind) 4. Major Muscle (Mario Baillargeon - Mark Etsell) 5. Dottie (Chris Christoforou - Jerry Duford) 6. Flowers N Songs (Doug McNair - Paul Reid) 7. Danish Darby (Paul MacDonell - John Bax) 8. Moonlight Cocktail (Steve Condren - John Bax) 9. Jangone (Dagfin Henriksen - Dagfin Henriksen) 10. P L Jill (Mike Saftic - Matt Dupuis) AE: Treasure Gifts K (Doug McNair - Paul Reid) Race 8: S.B.O.A Filly Pace - Purse: $173,329 1. Tonightimlovingyou (James MacDonald - Jimmy Takter) 2. Good Will Hanover (Chris Christoforou - Dr. Ian Moore) 3. Lay Lady Lay (Doug McNair - Chris Matthews) 4. L A Delight (Randy Waples - Bob McIntosh) 5. Free Show (Jody Jamieson - David Menary) 6. Lady Marina (Trevor Henry - Stacy Reinsma) 7. Thatsoveryverynice (Sylvain Filion - Tony Alagna) 8. Noone To Depend On (Phil Hudon - Carl Jamieson) 9. Mayhem Seelster (Jack Moiseyev - Tony O'Sullivan) 10. Divas Image (Jonathan Drury - Mark Steacy) AE: Maniana (Trevor Henry - David Menary)   Mark McKelvie  

Multimillionairess Put On A Show (1:47.3) was the sales topper on Thursday's Standardbred Horse Sale at Harrisburg, featuring a smattering of yearlings and weanlings, but otherwise all aged bloodstock. The first bid opened at $300,000 and bidding ended at $450,000 for the daughter of Rocknroll Hanover - Stienam's Place whose first foal (Beach Showoff by Somebeachsomewhere) sold at the Lexington Selected Sale this fall for $250,000. Richard Young, co-owner with his wife Joanne Young and Craig Henderson, signed the sales slip for the Northwood Bloodstock consignee. "I always wanted to have her," said Young. "North of five ($500,000) and I would have to let her go over five. "She'll go back home to Hanover, where she's been all along. They love her and didn't want to lose her. They said, 'You've got to bring her back.' I said I'm going to bring her back unless she brings a number that I have to take. I owned the majority of her when I sold her. It truly was to dissolve a partnership. She came in last night and she leaves now, right back where she was." The $165,000 trotting broodmare Mistresswithmuscle, hip # 1187, went back home again - briefly - when she sold from the Concord Stud Farm consignment on Thursday afternoon. She was consigned by Concord for owner Steve Farrell and sold to Reijo Liljendahl. The four-year-old mare is in foal to Donato Hanover. "She was born and raised at Concord Stud in New Jersey as a baby," said Chris Coyle, assisting with the Concord consignment on a break from his Olive Branch Farm in North Carolina. "They still own her mother. She was an $80,000 sale yearling; she was purchased by Mr. Steve Farrell from Florida, formerly from New England. Steve also owned the champion pacer Rockincam a few years back. "He's retiring and decided to sell all his horses, he's going to do some traveling with his wife and close up his barn. It doesn't happen often with the breeding farms, to have one that you raised as a baby come back and resell a second time. We're very proud of her. She raced against a lot of the best fillies of her year and he trained her himself." The yearlings sold at Harrisburg will disperse all over the continent, but hip #343 will make perhaps the longest ship of all - to Scotland. Scotsmen Hugh O'Neil and Steven Gilvear have been shopping all week for both yearlings and broodmares. "I bought a yearling on Tuesday, hip 343, a Somebeachsomewhere colt," said Gilvear. The son of My Fantasy sold from the Preferred Equine Marketing consignment for $30,000. "I'm taking him back to Scotland. I'm going to race him, hopefully, I can race him at Stirling, York, Wales, go roundabout," he said. "I will break him and train him myself I have a farm and we train there. We don't have any two-year-old races, all ages. Purses will be anything from $10,000 to $30,000. Shipping [to Scotland] will be $5,000 sterling, seven and a half thousand US. We buy broodmares as well. I'm looking at some just now. The fourth day of the sale was a departure from last year's schedule, with a small number of yearlings selling in the morning. Last year, Thursday was fully devoted to yearling sales, with no bloodstock offerings. The day's total for 295 horses was a gross of $7,294,400 for an average of $24,727. The strongest sector of the market was broodmares, for an average of $33,297. The average was almost even between pacing and trotting mares, $33,393 for pacing mares and $33,189 for the trotters. The 41 yearlings who sold brought an average of $10,561. The average was helped by the top seller of the day among youngsters - hip number 1060, Worldly Pageant (Donato Hanover - Asian Pageant) who sold to Thomas Dillion of Anson, Maine for $70,000. "It looked like there was a high degree of enthusiasm for mares," said Standardbred Sales Company Chairman Russell Williams. "That must give you some certainty about the future. The market is long on Standardbreds at the moment and that's a good sign. The best possible thing you could see would be for broodmares to be strong; they're buying horses who won't race for three years." In racing news, Breeders Crown champ Always B Miki may be in for a long vacation soon, says co-owner Mitchel Skolnick, who was shopping at Harrisburg on Thursday. "He's got post three in the American National on Saturday," says Skolnick, "and I think that's going to be it for the season, he's not eligible for anything else. "Mr. Takter (trainer Jimmy) will hold on to him over the winter. I imagine Mr. Takter won't let him out of his sight," he said with a laugh. "I think that he's in good hands with Jimmy." "We've had lots and lots of people congratulating us on Miki, saying he's their favorite horse. It's pretty remarkable, maybe a dozen people, but for our business that's a huge number. Skolnick said Always B Miki's gentlemanly demeanor was an asset in his recuperation from a broken bone last fall. "We had him in a stall for three months, and as Bob Boni says, 'Great horses seem to know you're taking care of them.'" "He was so easy. I worried every minute about him pulling the stall down, he just didn't do it. He had plenty of opportunities to give me worries, but he didn't take any of them." Ellen Harvey

Tammy McNiven, proprietor of Twinbrook Farm in Embro, Ontario with her husband, Rob, had small dreams for a pacing filly they raised and sold on Wednesday at the Standardbred Horse Sale in Harrisburg, PA. But when hip number #917, Twin B Babe, Wednesday's sales topper at $100,000, attracted a steady stream of lookers, they thought perhaps their estimates might be exceeded. "We bought the mare pregnant with this filly for $6 or $7,000, she was from the He's Watching family and he was good that year," she said. "We thought if we got $15,000 for the first foal, if it was a nice one, that would be great, but never dreamed of this. "She was very busy with people looking at her. Casie Coleman was the underbidder and she doesn't usually pay that kind of money, so you know how good she is. She is pretty. Her name suits her, she's real babe. "She has an impeccable pedigree," said Myron Bell, who signed the $100,000 ticket as Captain's Court. "She looks just like her sire, Artiscape, spitting image. [Trainer] Tony Alagna is going to take her to Florida and hopefully she'll make the races and do some good, get a record and maybe make a few dollars. In two years, she's in the Captain's court, she'll be bred to Captaintreacherous. She has her partnership already, it's Mike Gulotta, myself, Tony Alagna and Joe DiScala, a good friend of ours." A little earlier in the sale, Twinbrook also sold the $90,000 trotting colt Twin B Argo, a son of Chapter Seven and Anklets Aweigh to Mike Kimelman. The new connections of Lovin A Player, hip #687 at Wednesday's Standardbred Horse sale in Harrisburg, PA never had a doubt her was the horse for them. . "We loved him," said Toscano who signed the $92,000 sales ticket on the Roll With Joe - Lovin A Fool colt, whose video can be seen here. "Wanda (Polisseni, of Purple Haze Stable) and I looked at him the first day and we loved him from the minute we saw him. "We hoped that he'd go cheaper, but unfortunately that was not to be. He's a beautiful colt. Mike Kimelman told me he looked as much like Roll With Joe as any colt he's seen. He has a beautiful head and just enough "boy" in him, which I like and stood real correct. He's just a very, very nice looking horse, pretty colt. "He will be going to Pinehurst, I'm training down there this year. After three winters in the cold, we decided it was time." Opulent Blue Chip, hip # 763, was among the highest selling yearlings of the day. The Art Major filly out of the Bettor's Delight mare Haze's Zure Bet was sold for $67,000 to Mark Steacy of Lansdowne, Ontario. Her Shadow Play brother, Nvestment Blue Chip (1:51.1), is a winner of over $280,000, won a division of the Champlain Stakes, three Ontario-sired events and was third in the Breeders Crown. ""She was a beautiful filly and with the colt out there, she's got tons behind her," said Jean Brown of Blue Chip. "We're very excited about her. She was good sized (born February 1), beautiful filly, got a great home with Mark Steacy and wish them a lot of luck." "I went to the annual Blue Chip Open House and she was probably my pick of them all that day," says Steacy. "I liked her conformation. She just had that racey look to her. I also have been racing against Nvestment Blue Chip, I've seen the wrong end of him a few times and I knew the family could produce a good horse like that; she looked the part and hopefully she's a sound filly. She was eye catching I thought. She's very athletic, she moved nice on the video." Through three days of yearlings sold, a total of 1,010, the cumulative average is $30,835 and a gross of $31,143,500. In 2014, there were 1,089 sold for an average of $32,903 and a gross of $35,831,500. Russell Williams, chairman of the Standardbred Sales Company, said, at the close of the day, "Those who brought a commercially attractive product to market were well rewarded. Therefore, this sale was like every other sale. I will say that the Pennsylvania yearlings were exceptionally low on average, I was surprised by that." Asked if he thought that low average was due to the current difficulties in structuring an adequate operating budget for the Pennsylvania Racing Commission and the looming possibility of a racing shutdown, he said, "I think we're going to find out if that is the cause. The facts will develop." by Ellen Harvey, for Harness Racing Communications

It is that time of year again as the annual marathon that is the Standardbred Horse Sales Company Annual Sale at Harrisburg got under way yesterday. There are 1015 yearlings up for grabs on the first three days with  615 by Pennsylvania sires, 261 by New York sires, 100 by Ontario sires, 31 by New Jersey sires, and eight by Ohio sires. Of the new sires on offer this year, most interest is centered on the debut of Chapter Seven who has 31 yearlings in the sale. The mixed sale follows the yearlings on Thursday and Friday. Pedigrees and yearling videos are available online on The roster may be searched by trotters and pacers, colts and fillies, as well as by consignors, sires, and state of eligibility. Harnesslink Media Important Links: The Online Catalogue Updated List Of Outs Up to date Sale Results Live Video Stream (active during the sale)

Staffan Lind and Karl-Erik Bender hope Future Secured lives up to her name. A filly trotter, Future Secured sold for a record-equaling $500,000 during the first half of Monday’s (Nov. 2) opening day of the Standardbred Horse Sale at Harrisburg. When the final price was hammered down, observers at the Pennsylvania State Farm Show Complex responded with applause. The price equals the auction-sales record for a yearling filly trotter, which was set by Courtney Hall in 2003. It is tied for the fourth-highest auction price for any yearling and is the highest price for a yearling at auction since Detour Hanover sold for a record $825,000 in 2011. Future Secured sold for $500,000, which equals the auction-sales record for a yearling filly trotter, which was set by Courtney Hall in 2003. Future Secured, bred by Stefan Balazsi’s Order By Stable, is by stallion Cantab Hall out of the stakes-winning mare Thatsnotmyname. The second dam is Graceful Touch, the mother of 2010 Hambletonian winner Muscle  Massive as well as stakes-winner Muscle Mass. The third dam is stakes-winner Act Of Grace, the mother of 2001 World Trotting Derby winner Cobol, and the extended family includes top performers such as Passionate Glide and Marita’s Victory. “She’s a beautiful filly and she’s out of a family where those horses don’t come around too often for sale,” Lind said. “She moves good, she has a good conformation; she’s just a very nice filly.” Lind said he was unsurprised the filly brought a hefty price. “Those horses hardly ever come for sale,” Lind said. “It’s like buying a painting by Picasso; it’s hard to put a price on it. And she has huge residual value. “We’ll train her just like any other horse,” he added, noting there was no additional pressure because of her price. Future Secured was one of two yearlings to sell for at least $300,000 and among four horses to sell for at least $200,000. Colt trotter Royal Dreams, a son of Cantab Hall out of the stakes-winning mare Bold Dreamer, sold for $300,000 to agent Robert Lindstrom. He is a half-brother to multiple Dan Patch Award-winner Pampered Princess and O’Brien Award-winner Was It A Dream. Ken Weingartner

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