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Officials of the Lexington Selected Sales Co. have announced COVID-19 protocols for both consignors and those planning to attend the upcoming yearling and mixed sales, to be held Oct. 5-10 at Fasig-Tipton's Newtown Paddocks in Lexington, Ky.   "We're fortunate to follow Fasig-Tipton's own successful Thoroughbred yearling sale, which was held here Sept. 9 and 10," sale co-manager David Reid said. "Both Randy (co-manager Randy Manges) and I were in attendance and able to see firsthand the measures they had in place. Everyone adhered to the regulations and the yearling shows and the sale went very smoothly.   Reid said the Thoroughbred sale utilized two large tents for expanded seating and gathering areas, and those will be kept in place. They are located alongside the pavilion and in the lot behind the back walking ring.   The company's statement regarding protocols follows:   In advance of the upcoming Lexington Selected Yearling and Mixed Sales, the company has announced the following COVID-19 protocols will be in place in accordance with Kentucky regulations: Screening measures, including temperature checks and health screening questions, will be in place to gain admittance to the sales grounds for all staff, participants, and attendees. Cloth face coverings are required in accordance with U.S. CDC recommendations.Participants will not be allowed to congregate. At least six feet of distance must be maintained between people.Seating capacity in the sales pavilion will be reduced below 60% of capacity. Buyers are encouraged to enter the arena just before they are ready to bid on a horse.No food service will be available in the sales pavilion. Food service will be available in the restaurant and back bar. Valet parking will not be available. Increased cleaning and disinfection procedures will be implemented with regular sanitation of high touch surfaces at least every two hours. Frequent hand washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds is recommended for all attendees. Sales company management requests that anyone showing symptoms of the virus--or if they are not feeling well--not attend the sale, and stay home. The health and safety of sale participants is of paramount importance. These guidelines are intended as a supplement to assist with safe operations during the COVID-19 pandemic and are subject to change.   Those who would like further information are asked to call Randy Manges (859-255-8431) at the sales company's Lexington office.   From Lexington Selected Sales Co.  

Lexington Selected Yearling Sales Co. announced today that its annual selected yearling sale, originally scheduled to begin on Tuesday, Oct. 6, will now start on Monday, Oct. 5 and run through Friday, Oct. 9.   The yearling sale will be followed by the company's mixed sale, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 10.   All sale sessions get underway at 7 p.m. at Fasig-Tipton's Newtown paddocks in Lexington, Ky.   According to the company's sale managers Randy Manges and David Reid, yearlings are expected to begin arriving on the grounds beginning Friday, Oct. 2 and will be shown through the weekend prior to the sale.   Both the yearling and mixed sales will offer "live" in-person attendance, with COVID-19 safety measures and social distancing protocols in place. Live online bidding and enhanced phone bidding will also be available.   The two Lexington Selected sales will be preceded by Fasig-Tipton's own Thoroughbred "Selected Yearlings Showcase" sale in early September.   "Having the Thoroughbred sale there ahead of us gives us a chance to see best practices... how the setup is handled and how everything flows, from inspections at the consignment areas to the pavilion," Reid said.   "We're looking forward to playing host to consignors and buyers, and with the quality on offer, expect the sales to go very well."   Catalogs for the sales may be requested by filling out the forms at lexingtonselected.com or by calling (859) 255-8431.   From the Lexington Selected Yearling Sales Co.  

The dates are set, Lexington Selected's sale managers are currently on the road inspecting yearlings, and all systems are go for the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale, to be held Tuesday, Oct. 6 through Saturday, Oct. 10 at the beautiful Fasig-Tipton sales grounds in Lexington, Ky.   "With all the uncertainty out there, we just want to be sure that horsemen and women know that we're on track and everything is set for the sale," said co-manager Randy Manges. "We want to be sure people understand this will be an 'in-person' sale at Fasig-Tipton, even though live online bidding and expanded phone bidding will be offered."   Manges said all the usual COVID-19 safety precautions will be in place at Fasig-Tipton, and that every effort will be made to make buyers feel safe and comfortable coming to the sales facility and inspecting the yearlings firsthand.   His co-manager David Reid agrees. "We look forward to seeing our customers here inspecting yearlings, meeting friends, and getting caught up in the excitement each night," he said.   "But for those unable to attend, the option is still there for live online bidding or phone bidding. It will be extremely important though that they take the time themselves, or through their trainer or agent, to inspect yearlings at the farms beforehand.   "Both Randy and I have been out and about looking at horses, and we've dined in several downtown Lexington restaurants this week. Preventive measures are in place everywhere and people are adhering to the COVID-19 guidelines. It appears things here are moving forward."     Lexington Selected Yearling Sales Co

Lexington Selected Yearling Sales Company has announced that it will offer live, online bidding at its annual harness racing Selected Yearling Sale, scheduled for October 6-10 at the Fasig-Tipton sales grounds in Lexington, Ky.   The company’s full statement follows:   As we navigate through this fluid COVID-19 environment, our management team continues to assess the overall situation. With the addition of state-of-the-art online bidding to our live auction format, we continue our vision to create the best marketplace in our industry for our buyers and sellers in 2020 and beyond.   The company is also making additional plans to increase capacity to its current phone bidding service that will allow pre-approved customers to bid through a member of the auction staff for prospective buyers who are not able to attend the on-site auction.   We will carefully evaluate and monitor the health conditions throughout the United States and Canada, as the current stay-at-home orders and travel restrictions in place have delayed our physical inspection appointments. However, as soon as it is safe and practical, we will be reaching out our consignors/breeders to set up appointments for our inspection teams to resume the important inspection process for the class of 2020.   We understand these are trying times and the management of Lexington Selected is committed to remaining flexible while working with its consignors and will attempt to make any adjustments needed to properly preserve “The Lexington Experience.”   This is an unprecedented situation for everyone, and it is important for our industry to work together. Above all, it is our hope that you, your family and your staff are staying safe and healthy through all of this.   As always, please feel free to contact Randy Manges, David Reid or any member of the Lexington Selected staff as we look forward to working with our loyal consignors and buyers during the coming months.   For more information contact David Reid at (914) 773-7777 or Randy Manges at (859) 255-8431. ________________________ Greg Schuler Interactive, LLC 6222 Sudbury Ct. South Bend, IN 46614

Aldebaran Park, the Victorian-based standardbred breeding establishment specialising in trotting stock, will break new ground for Australian harness racing in North America this year. The trotting filly Aldebaran Boko, who was bred and raised at Aldebaran Park, will be offered at the famed Lexington Selected Yearling Sale during Red Mile Week starting on October 6. She is the first Australian bred standardbred – pacer or trotter – ever to be sold at a USA yearling sale. The filly is a daughter of former world champion racehorse and USA 2YO and 3YO Trotter of the Year - Father Patrick Tr 3, 1:50.4 ($2.5 million), whose first two crops have earned $7.5 million including an outstanding colt in Greenshoe Tr 3, 1:49.8 ($1.3 million), last year’s USA Trotter of the Year, and a top filly in Sister Sledge Tr 2, 1:53.2 ($555,313). Endsino – the dam of the filly, won 11 races including four at Group level, earned $185,203 in stakes and took a mile record of 1:58.1 as a three-year-old and was in the top flight of juveniles - both colts and fillies - of her era. Endsino is bred ‘in the purple’, being by the great Angus Hall from Jauriol Tr 1:59.9, a Group 1 winner and a former Australian 2YO and 3YO Trotter of the Year and the winner of 22 races – including seven at two years  - and $248,824 in stakemoney. The Father Patrick filly is the first foal of Endsino and one of the second ‘down under’ crop of Father Patrick. She has since produced a colt foal by the American-bred Aldebaran Eagle Tr 3, 1:52.2 ($240,926). She was bred by Aldebaran Park and sold as a weanling to John Bootsman, principal of Boko Farms, Holland, the leading breeder in Sweden in 2020 to date this season and a regular visitor and purchaser of Aldebaran Park juvenile yearlings and weanlings. Aldebaran Park principal Duncan McPherson OAM said the filly promises to strike another blow in his quest for internationalization and globalization of the trotter in Australia. “It will be a very interesting to see how the filly shapes up in the Sales arena against the best the USA has to offer - we are keen to show the Northern Hemisphere that Aldebaran Park Australia and indeed Southern Hemisphere breeders can produce top quality trotting yearlings here in Australia thus providing greater opportunities for breeders and purchasers the world over,” McPherson said. The filly will be prepared for the Lexington Sale by the renowned Hunterton Farm in Kentucky, managed by Steve and Cindy Stewart. By Peter Wharton

Recently announced Nappanee, Indiana, Citizen Of The Year, Ola Yoder stunned the harness racing world with a significant investment buying five sensational broodmares for $690,000 at the recent White Birch Farm dispersal sale held at Harrisburg in November. Ola Yoder turned to standardbreds recently when he took a shot buying Enterprise, a Chapter Seven stallion who won an elimination of the Hambletonian in 2017 and shipped to Sweden for racing the year after. Enterprise since has served well over 100 mares in 2019 at Dublin Valley Farms in Ohio. "I'm retiring from my business a Cabinet Company called Kountry Wood Products" Ola says in an interview on Harness Racing Update. Yoder has a simple game plan investing in standardbreds to sell high-priced, well-bred yearlings in the future feature sales, Lexington and Harrisburg. That is what Ola Yoder wants to achieve. The mares from the White Birch Farm dispersal that Ola bought were; Dragon's Tale - Dam of Workin Ona Mystery and in foal to Captaintreacherous Please Beehave  a Muscle Hill sister to Bee A Magician and in foal to Chapter Seven Belclare  dam of Captain Victorious and in foal to Captaintreacherous World Of Rock a sister to Worldly Beauty and in foal to Captaintreacherous Western Silk (Open) has a 1:49 record with over $1.6m in earnings. Since purchasing these mares in November, Ola Yoder again invested when the opportunity came, just announced last week, this time privately buying the Breeders Crown three-year-old Trotting Champion filly of 2019, Winndevie. Winndevie seen here winning The 2019 Breeders Crown (New Image Media Photo) Winndevie was one of North America’s leading three-year-old filly trotters in 2019 (by Credit Winner), whose late-charging success in the $655,000 Breeders Crown in a lifetime best 1:53 at Mohawk, was her crowning achievement in a glittering career.  To read the recent article on the impact of Ola Yoder and his purchase of Winndevie click on this link. Ola Yoder is our "Rookie Of The Year" in harness racing by making a significant investment in the future of the State of Ohio's standardbred breeding Industry. ...................................................................... Here is some background about Ola Yoder and his Company found on Buzz File; Kountry Wood Products is located in Nappanee, Indiana. This organization primarily operates in the Wood Kitchen Cabinets business / industry within the Lumber and Wood Products, Except Furniture sector. This organization has been operating for approximately 21 years and employs approximately 210 people at this headquarters location and 425 total employees across all locations producing some 1.4 million Cabinets annually. This organization is engaged in manufacturing activities at this facility. Harnesslink Media ...................................................... Below is truly an inspiring story about Ola Yoder, his life and his Faith The visitation room at the correctional facility looked like an elementary school cafeteria that hadn’t been updated since 1974. The walls were taupe but for two bold roller-rink stripes of maroon and blue. The tiled floor was patterned to make the room feel busier than it already was. Vinyl furniture was arranged around the room, creating faux privacy for families and loved ones. If not for the heavyset guards at the north end of the room and the steel-reinforced, bullet-proof Plexiglas, you might feel like you were at a support group meeting in a church basement as much as a prison visitation room Ola Yoder sat in the middle of the room and stood out. Crisp white short-sleeve button-down shirt tucked into black flat-front dress pants. Work-scuffed black dress shoes with black suspenders. This was Ola’s uniform. Work, leisure, meetings, Sunday church, family gatherings, prison visits. A uniform style of dress that discourages physical appearance as a source of pride, Ola and his religious community had learned that simplicity reflects universal values of humility and modesty. His Shenandoah beard and solemn gaze gave away his faith. But Ola never concerned himself much with what others think of him. He sat across from Eli Weaver with an open mind and a full heart. As he had done countless times before, Ola sought to comfort Eli and to understand what he had done. This was Ola’s fourth visit of the year. For Ola, you reach out to someone in trouble in your community and help them…and when you can’t help, you try to understand. You see, in 2009, a life had been taken — the life of a member of the community, a woman who was the mother of 5, and the wife of Eli Weaver. Hundreds of miles from Ola’s home, family, and business, the murder shook him. What would cause someone who grew up learning the ways of pacifism and peace to turn to violence and murder his wife? It just didn’t make sense. How could someone be so troubled as to murder an innocent woman, in their house, with their children present, seated in the middle of an Ohio Amish community? Hundreds of miles west, back in Nappanee, Indiana, an empire continues to grow. Dozens of semi-trailers litter the area behind locked gates. Hidden inside each, packed perfectly, are dozens of kitchen cabinets made by a company whose reputation is highly regarded by customers and vendors alike. Kountry Wood is a huge part of Ola’s legacy, though he’d never say it himself. His children, his faith, his works, his community — they would all be mentioned first, as well they should. But one cannot tell the story of Ola Yoder without understanding the beauty of his products. The company was started just 20 years ago in Ola’s barn. Today, it spans well over 250,000 square feet of factory floor, and it’s growing yearly. The company turns out over 1.4 million kitchen cabinets each year, with under 500 hard-working employees. The factory floor is clean A short tour around Kountry Wood would leave anyone blown away. The factory floor is clean — not clean like a standard factory floor, but immaculately clean like a hospital and biochemical lab. Skilled craftspeople delicately sand and stain at their respective stations. Between those stations runs a factory line that looks more like something that should be producing Tesla Model Xs than Nappanee’s favorite cabinetry. Laser precision guides nearly every step of the process, all the way through custom corrugated cardboard packaging built for each product. A red digital counter hangs from the middle of the ceiling reminding everyone of the day’s goals and current production numbers. Today, like most days, the factory has run so efficiently that by 3:00 p.m. the workers have surpassed production goals and only a few folks remain at work. The employees look happy to be involved. Ola doesn’t allow employees to use drugs of any sort in the workplace; in fact, he doesn’t even allow them to curse on the premises. Despite the dual monitors at every cubicle; despite the computer-guided factory floor; despite the beautiful efficiency…Kountry Wood, like everything lucky enough to be touched by Ola, is steeped to the core in his faith, and it shows. That faith, while understated by nature, is crucial. Ola Yoder is many things. A business mogul by any measure. A researcher tasked with understanding human behavior of the worst kind. A humanitarian. A human, endlessly proud of his wife and family. That faith is a common thread that can weave together all sides of the man. It’s the same faith that guided him to help those five orphans stay afloat after their mother was murdered and their father was imprisoned. It’s the same faith that comforts the man who put his children in that position — who stole their foundation and, if not for Ola’s kindness, almost stole their livelihood. One of several Awards that Ola Yoder has received for helping young people in his community There’s an Amish proverb that provides a thesis for Ola’s life: “The most important things in your home are people.” Ola, like many of his peers, believes that home goes well beyond four walls, a farm, or even a factory. That is the power of Ola’s faith. And now that faith is taking acts to a new level. Ola pulls a black, oversized handle. Hand-formed wrought iron has its own story to tell. A story of a craftsman like Ola, firing and hammering away — removing excess and shaping the remains until he finds perfection. It’s symbolic of Ola’s empire: the pull is simple, understated, without frills or excess, but it forms something beautiful. He and his longtime advisor, Brian Hoffer, walk through the oversized oaken doors. Inside is an amazing space that would drop the jaws of the most seasoned architects. Ola's new event center donated to the Nappanee Community Suited and put together, a lawyer focusing on finance and estate planning, Brian lets a smile break through. Who could help it? After working together since the beginning, Brian feels emotionally tied to Ola’s great work too, and he should. There is simply no reining in Ola’s philanthropic spirit. But, like the few cut from his same cloth in this world, Ola has a hard time approaching philanthropy in the same way he does business. So Brian’s recent guidance has been important in taking some big strides forward. Together with Brian’s guidance and the professionals at the Community Foundation of Elkhart County, Ola has recently opened a donor-advised fund to help him and his wife, Vera make the most of their charity. The fund allows the Yoder’s to help guide funds into the charitable projects that are most important to them, while still benefiting from the expert fund management being performed by the Foundation. Ola paces across the beautiful wood floors and takes in the status of another big project an example of his generous outreach: an event space befitting his community and reminiscent of his spirit. Enormous wooden beams span the ceiling several stories overhead. Like a barn-home made for giants, the new space is open, expansive, and natural and says everything about Ola’s heritage and craftsmanship. He called in a specialized Amish engineering team to ensure the building’s floor was free of supports in an enormous center section. The space is a work of art and will provide a center for activities of thousands in and around the community. While the event space will be used by the community for festivals, events, and fundraisers, it isn’t the only project Ola has his eyes on. He has an unwavering passion for the next generation. And when Ola heard from Foundation president Pete McCown about the good work being done at CAPS (Child and Parent Services), he knew he had to help. As quickly as Ola learns about a new project aimed to do good, he gets himself involved. His new fund is just another tool at his disposal. As Ola walks out of Grafton Correctional, he hears the invasive buzz of gates and barred doors. The low thud of a heavy steel door separates him again from Eli. Faint clangs and muffled yells create a harsh mixture of background noise that echoes through the walls of the sterile prison. Ola knows Eli will spend the next 15 years locked in that institution. He knows much or all of his life may well be spent inside those cold walls. He also knows that his own simple visits warm the days that surround them for Eli,and that Eli has grown in the time he has spent incarcerated. He knows that no soul is defined — and certainly not lost — in its worst moment. He believes firmly in the transformative power of love…a love he expresses to his family and to his community. The most important things in your home are people. For Ola, he calls home his humble farm; his ever-growing factory; his new event center — Sammlung Platz (translated — “The Gathering Place”). He calls home Nappanee, Indiana, and the Amish community. He calls home the whole of Elkhart County, where his fund will impact the lives of thousands. He calls home the many nonprofits offering love and forgiveness. He calls home Grafton, and Eli struggling to live with the heinous things he’s done. For Ola, home extends far beyond the property line. And the most important things in his home are the people. Reprinted with permission of The Community Foundation of Elkhart County  

Lexington, KY — A night after establishing the record for gross, the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale concluded Saturday (Oct. 5) with the record for average, closing the book on a sale that saw the first million-dollar yearlings in history as well as the top-selling pacer and filly trotter pass through the auction ring. This year’s event at the Fasig-Tipton Sales Pavilion ended with a gross of $46.48 million for 762 horses and average of $60,997. The previous best average was in 2017, at $58,537 for 622 horses. Last year’s sale established the previous record for gross, with $39.77 million for 702 horses.The average this year was up 4.20 percent compared to 2017 and 7.66 percent compared to last year’s $56,652. The gross was up 16.87 percent. Saturday’s fifth session saw 129 yearlings sell for $2.96 million, an average of $23,016. The gross compared to last year’s fifth session, when 116 horses sold for $2.76 million, was ahead 7.37 percent. The average was down 3.44 percent from last year’s $23,836. The session’s top seller was pacing colt Tabooma, by Always A Virgin out of Walstan’s Lady, for $97,000. His half-sister PJ’s Legacy was an Ohio Breeders Championship winner this season at age 2. Tabooma was purchased by Kathy Smith, consigned by Anvil And Lace Farm, and bred by Walter Fister. Creedom, a trotting filly by Swan For All out of Cree, was second at $95,000. She purchased by Preferred Equine as agent for Lindy Farm. She was consigned by Peninsula Farm and bred by Michael Andrew. A total of 121 horses sold for at least $100,000 this year, three shy of last year’s record of 124. Muscle Hill and Father Patrick led trotting sires in gross, with 55 Muscle Hill yearlings totaling $7.15 million ($130,073 average) and 48 Father Patrick yearlings totaling $5.36 million ($111,667). The two also led in average among trotting sires with more than one horse sold. Somebeachsomewhere and first-crop sire Always B Miki topped the pacing sires in gross, with 38 Somebeachsomewhere yearlings totaling $4.28 million ($112,763 average) and 56 Always B Miki yearlings totaling $3.99 million ($71,321). Somebeachsomewhere led in average followed by Captaintreacherous at $73,776 for 49 yearlings sold. For complete results, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

Lexington, KY — Trotting colts Captain Corey, by Googoo Gaagaa, and Stonebridge Danish, by Conway Hall, shared top honors at Friday’s (Oct. 4) fourth harness racing session of the Lexington Selected Sale, each selling for $150,000 as the sale exceeded $40 million in gross for the first time in history. Friday’s session totaled $4.58 million, driving the overall gross to $43.51 million for 633 horses, with Saturday’s final session remaining. Last year’s sale established the previous record for gross sales, with $39.77 million for 702 horses. A total of 168 horses sold Friday, with the $4.58 million gross representing a 23.87-percent increase over last year’s $3.69 million for the fourth session, when 159 horses sold. This year’s session average of $27,268 was a 17.24-percent hike compared to last year’s $23,258. Through four days, this year’s sale is averaging $68,738, which betters last year’s $63,148 by 8.85 percent. The 2017 sale set the record for final average at $58,537. A total of 121 horses have sold for at least $100,000 this year. Last year through four sessions the total was 120 and finished at a record 124. Captain Corey, the first foal out of Luv U All, was purchased by Robert Lindstrom as agent for S R F Stable. He was consigned by Peninsula Farm and bred by Carter Duer. Stonebridge Danish, out of Cream Puff, was purchased by Brixton Medical AB. The colt is a full brother to stakes-winner Creamy Mimi out of the family of Dan Patch Award-winner Pizza Dolce. He was consigned by Spring Haven Farm and bred by Angie Stiller. Eighteen of Friday’s top 19 sellers were trotters. The pacer in that group was colt Candy Trader, who sold for $72,000 to Dave Menary, as agent. By Bettor’s Delight out of Deception, the family includes the dam of O’Brien Award-winner Control The Moment. Candy Trader was consigned by Kentuckiana Farms and bred by Fred Kruszelnicki. Through four nights, Muscle Hill and Father Patrick led trotting sires in gross, with 55 Muscle Hill yearlings totaling $7.15 million ($130,073 average) and 48 Father Patrick yearlings totaling $5.36 million ($111,667). The two also led in average among trotting sires with more than one horse sold. Somebeachsomewhere and first-crop sire Always B Miki topped the pacing sires in gross, with 38 Somebeachsomewhere yearlings totaling $4.28 million ($112,763 average) and 56 Always B Miki yearlings totaling $3.99 million ($71,321). Somebeachsomewhere led in average followed by Captaintreacherous at $73,776 for 49 yearlings sold. The five-day yearling sale concludes Saturday, with the session beginning at 7 p.m. at the Fasig-Tipton Sales Pavilion. For complete results, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

Lexington, KY — Red Redemption topped Wednesday’s (Oct. 2) purchases at the second night of the Lexington Selected Sale, going for $320,000 to Ake Svanstedt. The harness racing trotting colt, by Muscle Hill out of stakes-winner Magenta Hall, is a half-brother to millionaire Dewycolorintheline. He was consigned by Preferred Equine and bred by Little E LLC. Paul Kelley purchased the next two highest sellers, trotting colt Balenciaga for $270,000 and trotting filly Captured for $250,000. Balenciaga is by Chapter Seven out of Iluvmyjimmychoos, who was a winner on the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes circuit. Balenciaga was consigned by breeder Crawford Farms. Captured is by Muscle Hill out of Highland Glider. Her family includes stakes-winner Godiva Hall. She was consigned by Kentuckiana Farms and bred by James Wilhite Jr. Southwind Xena, a filly by first-crop sire Betting Line out of Southwind Solara, was the top-selling pacer. She was purchased for $230,000 by Bill Donovan and is a half-sister to Little Brown Jug winner Southwind Ozzi and stakes-winner Southwind Silence. She was consigned by Preferred Equine and bred by Southwind Farms. Beach Chief, a son of Somebeachsomewhere out of Chiffon Hanover, led the pacing colts. He sold for $210,000 to The Boys are Back in Town Stable. He was consigned by Spring Haven Farm and bred by the Estate of George F. Hempt Trust. A total of 174 horses sold Wednesday, grossing $13.06 million and averaging $75,103. The average was a 10.3 percent drop from last year’s second night, which saw 163 yearlings average $83,748 — a record for a second session. Through two days, this year’s five-day sale grossed $31.27 million for 292 horses and averaged $107,103. The gross is a 17.7-percent increase compared to last year (for 265 horses) and the average is a 6.89-percent hike from last year’s $100,192. A total of 108 horses have sold for at least $100,000 this year. Last year through two sessions the total was 110. Muscle Hill and Father Patrick led the trotting sires in gross, with 45 Muscle Hill yearlings totaling $6.63 million ($147,400 average) and 33 Father Patrick yearlings totaling $4.70 million ($142,485). The two also led in average among trotting sires with more than one horse sold. Somebeachsomewhere and first-crop sire Always B Miki topped the pacing sires in gross, with 36 Somebeachsomewhere yearlings totaling $4.18 million ($116,139 average) and 40 Always B Miki yearlings totaling $3.43 million ($85,900). Somebeachsomewhere led in average followed by Captaintreacherous at $90,806 for 31 yearlings sold. The five-day yearling sale continues through Saturday, with each session beginning at 7 p.m. at the Fasig-Tipton Sales Pavilion. For complete results, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

The world record price for a Standardbred yearling racehorse was set Tuesday evening at $1,1,00,000 for the full brother to harness racing trotting star Greenshoe, Hip No. 44 Maverick, shattered the record book Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. Maverick is sired by Father Patrick from the mare Designed To Be. The winning bidder was Bradly Grant. The colt was  consigned by Kentuckiana Farms. The prior record price for a yearling was $825,000, purchased by the Cancelliere brothers for Detour Hanover, a full-brother to Donato Hanover who sold at the 2011 Harrisburg Yearling Sale. Later that evening, Damien, by Muscle Hill out of Danae, a full brother to international $3 million-earner Propulsion as well as stakes-winner Dream Together brought $1 million. He is a half-brother to stakes-winner D’Orsay. He was purchased by Bengt Agerup’s Brixton Medical AB and will be trained by Daniel Reden, who also trains Propulsion for Brixton subsidiary Stall Zet. The colt was consigned by Cane Run Farm and bred by Fredericka Caldwell and Bluestone Farms. The record yearling price for a pacer was also rewritten as Brixton Medical also was behind the purchase of Some Terror, a son of Somebeachsomewhere out of Economy Terror for $800,000. The colt was signed for by Nancy Johansson, who will train the horse. He was consigned by Vieux Carre Farms and bred by Chuck Pompey, Howard Taylor, and Ed Gold. Ineffable, hip No. 7, got the party started with a record price of $600,000 for a yearling filly trotter. The previous record of $500,000 was shared by Courtney Hall (2003), Future Secured (2015), and Fifty Cent Piece (2018). Purchased by Lina Alm as agent for Lennart Agren’s S R F Stable, Ineffable is a daughter of Cantab Hall out of stakes-winner Jolene Jolene. She is a three-quarter sister to stakes-winner 2-year-old filly Crucial. She was consigned by Hunterton Sales Agency for breeders Maumee River Stables, Black Creek Farm, Martin Schmucker, and Steve Stewart. by Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

The Lexington Selected Standard-bred Sale's largest consignor, Hunterton Farm's CEO Steve Stewart, joins the 'Harness Racing Alumni Show' with his "INSIDE TIPS" for buyers attending harness racing's most prestigious sale.      

The catalog for the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale is now available on the company's website, lexingtonselected.com, and on the Equineline Sales Catalog app. Print catalogs will be mailed early next week.   The yearling sale will start Tuesday evening, Oct. 1 and run through Saturday, Oct. 5 at the Fasig-Tipton Pavilion in Lexington, Ky. It will be followed by the Lexington Selected Mixed Sale on Sunday evening, Oct. 6.   With 780 cataloged, the yearling sale is larger than last year, and according to co-manager David Reid, one of the best and deepest in Lexington history.   "I believe this catalog has more depth of quality than ever before," Reid said, "and by that I mean outstanding yearlings top to bottom by all of the current leading sires, along with first-crop sires Always B Miki, Bar Hopping, Betting Line and Southwind Frank."   Co-manager Randy Manges echoed those sentiments, and added, "The overall attractiveness of the sale is the result of great breeders and consignors bringing us their best horses, year after year. We can't say 'thank you' enough to them," Manges said.   Those not on the mailing list, but who would like to order a print catalog, are asked to fill out the catalog request form at lexingtonselected.com.   Owners, trainers and breeders who are considering selling at the mixed sale are encouraged to enter soon by calling either sale office at (914) 773-7777 or (859) 255-8431. The entry deadline for the mixed sale is early next week.   From the Lexington Selected Sales Co.

The Lexington Selected Yearling Sale was held this past week in Lexington Kentucky and set all-time new records grossing nearly $40 million for 702 yearlings sold - an increase of 9.2% over last year. Leading the charge on the pacing side were the father-son team Somebeachsomewhere and Captaintreacherous. “The Beach” was once again the number one pacing sire with 26 yearlings sold for a total of $2,763,000 and an incredible average of $106,269. “The Captain” had a phenomenal sale and was second behind his sire with total sales of $5,042,000 for 58 yearlings sold averaging $86,931. The highest priced pacing yearling of the was Treasure Trove by Somebeacsomewhere. Treasure Trove, the full brother to Captaintreacherous, provided some spirited bidding with the hammer being knocked down at $360,000 and was undoubtedly the highlight of the sale. Two Captaintreacherous yearling colts sold for $300,000 Hip# 41 Das Deo and Hip# 54 Force N Fury. Das Deo, is a full brother to the brilliant two-year-old De Los Cielos Deo p,2,1:51.3f-’18, winner of 5 races and $194,210 in stakes earnings this season. Hip # 54 Force N Fury was also sold for $300,000 and purchased by Tony Alanga – the trainer of Captaintreacherous. Force N Fury is a half-brother to the $500,000 Messenger Stakes & $281,000 Cane Pace Champion Stay Hungary p,3,1:47.3 ($1,295,709) by Somebeachsomewhere. Captaintreacherous also sold a filly, Hip #19 Emissary, for $225,000, two colts for $200,000 and 20 yearlings for $100,000+. Captaintreacherous leads all sires on the North American 2YO Money Winning Sires List from his first crop to race with 113 foals, 83 starters, 35 in 1:55 or faster and earnings of $2,587,674 to date.   TOP FIVE LEXINGTON PACING SIRE AVERAGES                 STALLION                                          SOLD                                        AVERAGE   Somebeachsomewhere                        26                                           $106,269   Captaintreacherous                              58                                           $  86,931   Bettor's Delight                                     21                                           $  70,095   American Ideal                                      30                                           $  49,933   Sweet Lou                                              26                                           $  49,462 Harnesslink Media

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

Lexington, KY --- For the second consecutive year, session No. 2 of the Lexington Selected Sale produced a new No. 1. And this year it did it twice as reported by the USTA. Bellareina Dolce, by Muscle Hill out of stakes-winner Bella Dolce, had supplanted the $360,000 paid during Tuesday’s opening session for pacing colt Treasure Trove. Lina Alm signed for Bellareina Dolce as agent for owner Lennart Agren’s SRF Stable.Chestnut Hill, a trotting colt by Muscle Hill out of Dan Patch Award-winner Poof She’s Gone, sold for $410,000 on Wednesday night (Oct. 3) at the Fasig-Tipton Sales Pavilion to Richard “Nifty” Norman as agent. The price established Chestnut Hill as the event’s top seller, surpassing the $400,000 for trotting filly Bellareina Dolce earlier in the second session. Last year, filly trotter Beautiful Sin sold for $480,000 during the second session to become the event’s top seller. Wednesday’s second session, which ended at midnight, continued the 2018 sale’s strong start. The second session saw 163 yearlings sell for a total of $13.65 million, a record for single-day gross. The average of $83,748 was a record for a second session and an 8.9-percent increase from last year’s previous-record average of $76,873. Through two days, the five-day sale grossed $26.55 million for 265 horses. The average of $100,192 was a 10.4-percent increase from last year’s average of $90,757. A total of 110 horses sold for at least $100,000 in the two sessions, already breaking the record of 103 for the entire 2017 sale. Chestnut Hill is the fourth foal out of Poof She’s Gone. Norman trained Poof She’s Gone during her racing career and also trained two of her previous foals, He’s Gone and Poof Of Credit. Chestnut Hill was bred by Mel Hartman, Herb Liverman, and David McDuffee and consigned by Peninsula Farm as agent. McDuffee also bred Bellareina Dolce, who is from the family of Dan Patch Award-winner Pizza Dolce. McDuffee was among the breeders of Bella Dolce, by Kadabra, and raced the filly during her career. He also co-owned Pizza Dolce during her racing career. Marcus Melander will train Bellareina Dolce for Agren. “I bought Deepdish (a winner in Europe by Muscle Hill out of Pizza Dolce) six years ago and I love the filly and the family -- now with Kadabra in the maternal line,” Agren said. Of the remaining seven yearlings to sell for at least $200,000 on Wednesday, four were purchased by Ken Jacobs. Jacobs bought Seven Links, a trotting filly by Chapter Seven out of Lindys Head Nurse, for $285,000; American Lindy, a pacing colt by American Ideal out of Think Pink, for $245,000; Realdeal Blue Chip, a trotting colt by Chapter Seven out of Southwind Catlin, for $205,000; and trotting filly Seventh Wonder, by Chapter Seven out of L Dees Maggie, for $200,000. “I wanted to get the ones I really liked, and unfortunately they were high,” Jacobs said. “But everybody liked the same ones, so you’re going to pay more money for them. I’m very happy. Those were the four I was going to try to get and I got them. I had to pay more than I hoped, but that’s part of the game.” Linda Toscano will train American Lindy, whose family includes Dan Patch Award-winner Big Jim, and Seven Links. George Ducharme will train Realdeal Blue Chip, who is a half-brother to millionaire Spider Blue Chip, and Seventh Wonder. Seven Links was the third-highest seller Wednesday and American Lindy was fifth. Sandwiched between them was trotting colt Father Jonathon, by Father Patrick out of Sleep Tight My Luv, who sold for $275,000 with agent Jim Glass signing for the purchase. Father Jonathon’s family includes Dan Patch Award-winner Pampered Princess and O’Brien Award-winner Was It A Dream. Among sires with multiple yearlings sold during the two sessions, trotter Muscle Hill led with an average of $132,310 for 42 horses. Pacer Bettor's Delight was second with an average of $116,333 for nine horses followed by pacer Somebeachsomewhere with $111,500 for 24 and trotter Father Patrick with $110,063 for 32. Trotter Chapter Seven averaged $104,313 for 16 and pacer Captaintreacherous averaged $102,690 for 42. The yearling sale continues through Saturday, with each session beginning at 7 p.m. at the Fasig-Tipton Sales Pavilion. For complete results, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

Elkton, MD - Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica, is excited to announce their line-up for Thursday morning (October 3) at 10:30 a.m. They will be joined by owner/trainer, Nancy Johansson; Joe Faraldo, from the SOA of NY; and Kurt Becker, from the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. Owner/Trainer Johansson, joins the program this week to talk about the recent purchases from the Lexington Selected Sale. She will talk about what went into the decision to purchase the horses, and some of the things that she looks for when at the yearling sales. Faraldo, from the SOA of NY, will discuss the upcoming 2018 International Trot. Faraldo will discuss what goes into selecting and getting the horses to the United States for the big race. Post Time will be live from Yonkers Raceway next Saturday to cover the $1 million dollar race.   Becker, an announcer at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale, discusses what goes into being the announcer at such a big event. He will talk about what kind of research goes into the position and what he looks forward to each year. Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica can be heard live every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. via their website www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN. By Michael Carter, for Post Time with Mike and Mike  

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