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It took a year for harness racing owner Ken Jacobs to find a hole with Walner --- and that was a hole in the wind.  Walner trotted a world-record 1:51.3 on Oct. 6 at Lexington’s Red Mile, a mark that came one year to the day after Jacobs purchased the colt for $90,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale. It was Walner’s fourth win in five races this season and established the horse as one of the top Breeders Crown 2-year-old male trotting contenders. “I look for holes in horses,” Jacobs said about selecting Walner, a son of 2012 Horse of the Year Chapter Seven out of the O’Brien Award-winning mare Random Destiny, at last fall’s yearling auction. “When I can’t find a hole, those are the ones I’m interested in. And I try very hard to find a hole. There were no holes in (Walner) at all.” On Saturday night, Walner will compete in the first of two Breeders Crown eliminations for 2-year-old male trotters at the Meadowlands Racetrack. He is the 3-1 morning line favorite, starting from post five in a 10-horse field with Tim Tetrick at the lines for trainer Linda Toscano. Walner’s elimination also includes Peter Haughton Memorial and New Jersey Sire Stakes champion What The Hill, New York Sire Stakes champion Devious Man, Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion Giveitgasandgo, and stakes-winners Dover Dan, New Jersey Viking, Long Tom, and Southwind Cobra. “Isn’t that amazing?” Jacobs said. “It’s the luck of the draw. What are you going to do? I didn’t like the draw but it is what it is. We’ve got to beat them all anyway, so what’s the difference.” Walner won two qualifiers at the Meadowlands before capturing his career debut in 1:55.4 in a division of the New York Sire Stakes at Vernon Downs. In his next start, at Saratoga, he went off stride in the first turn but stormed from more than 16 lengths back to win by 1-3/4. He went off stride in his only loss, a division of the Kindergarten Series, but rebounded to win in the next round of the Kindergarten in 1:53.4 at the Meadowlands and then in 1:51.3 in a division of the International Stallion Stakes at Lexington. His 1:51.3 mile is the fastest in history for a 2-year-old male trotter and trails only filly Mission Brief’s 1:50.3 in the record book. “I’ve been very cautious with him because I knew he was a really nice horse,” said Jacobs, who has received inquiries about selling the horse, but emphasized he is not for sale. “I’d like to have a horse in the Hambletonian next year, so I didn’t want to over-race him at 2. He’s a pretty awesome horse and we still don’t know how fast he can go. But we know he’s fast.” Jacobs, the leading owner on the New York Sire Stakes circuit, is known for his successes with a number of pacers, including 2012 Breeders Crown champion and Dan Patch Award-winner Heston Blue Chip, but has bought more trotters in recent years. He won NYSS championships last year with trotters Jewels In Hock and Allerage Echo. “I got into trotters a couple years ago,” said Jacobs, who said he bought four trotters and four pacers last year and has a similar plan this year. “I love to see a trotter trot. It’s different. I enjoy it. If I can get a horse in the Hambletonian, it will fulfill my goal. My bucket list, if you will. I’ve been lucky to reach so many of my other goals. This is a big goal for me.” The second Breeders Crown elimination for 2-year-old male trotters finds stakes-winner Bill’s Man as the 3-1 morning line favorite, with Corey Callahan driving for trainer John Butenschoen. Breeders Crown finals for older pacers and trotters will be held Oct. 28 at the Meadowlands and the championships for 2- and 3-year-old pacers and trotters will follow on Oct. 29. Eliminations are unnecessary for the Breeders Crown Open Pace, Open Trot and Mare Trot, so those horses will advance directly to their respective finals. Eliminations for the Mare Pace and 2-year-old filly trotters will be Friday and eliminations for the remaining 2- and 3-year-old trotters and pacers will be Saturday, all at the Meadowlands. Post positions for the Open finals will be drawn live Friday and posts for the 2- and 3-year-old finals will be drawn Saturday. Elimination winners draw for inside posts one through five for the finals. For Friday’s complete card, click here. For Saturday’s complete card, click here. For more information visit www.Hambletonian.com or www.playmeadowlands.com. Follow Breeders Crown news and updates on Twitter @Breeders_Crown, using #BCrown16 and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BreedersCrown. Fans can also go to http://harnessracingfanzone.com, the Place for Harness Racing Fans to See, Share, Connect and Play. Ken Weingartner  

Lexington, KY --- It was another spectacular Friday (Oct. 7) for the fourth session of the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale, not only because of the incredible weather and the energy of the crowd, but the harness racing event continues to establish new parameters in nearly every category. When the gavel falls for the final time on Saturday evening (Oct. 8), it appears this year's sale will have grossed the most in eight years and quite possibly ever, as is evidenced by the nearly $100,000 a son of Roll With Joe-Tropic's Beachgirl fetched tonight. "I have been here 23 years," said Randy Manges, co-manager of the sale. "Every year I pray for good weather and fortunately for nearly every one of those years we have been blessed. The last thing you want is for it to rain during the day so people cannot walk around and easily view the horses. Not only has the weather been perfect, but each year our breeders and consigners bring us better and better horses. We are very, very pleased with the results and feel there are quality horses available right to the end of the sale." Consigned by Spring Haven Farm on behalf of Rose Run Farm, Rose Run TJ was assigned Hip No. 419. Purchased by Bill Donovan for $97,000 the evening's sales topper is a half-sibling to the excellent stakes performer and 2015 Empire Breeders Classic victor Rockin In Heaven (Rock N Roll Heaven, $447,560), as well as Little Gold Ring (Western Terror, $255,189) and Real Protection (Grinfromeartoear, $135,946). Rose Run TJ's second dam, the Big Towner mare Tropic Town is a half-sister to the dams of Oriental Ave ($360,893) as well as to the granddams of John Street North ($895,912), Thunder Bay ($805,644), Paling Avenue ($677,990) and Noble Tess ($584,311). Tropic Town carried on the family tradition of productivity and was responsible for Bahama Bunny (Precious Bunny, $578,338) and Bunny Town (Precious Bunny, $118,141). Like her dam and other female relatives, Bunny Town was the dam of Memumsnotice ($325,103), Carolina Moon ($185,672), Get Around Town ($178,317), Another Dawn ($173,841) and Town Centre($106,947). Blackberry Farm, Hip No. 431, was the second highest priced yearling of the session at $80,000 and is now owned by Australians Emilo and Maria Rosati. Raised and consigned by Hunterton Farm the brown filly by Lucky Chucky is out of the Dream Vacation mare Resortful, who was second in the Hambletonian Oaks and collected $255,030 during her racing career. Resortful is a half-sister to O'Brien award winner Windsong Soprano (Windsong's Legacy, $1,231,325), The Muscler (Cantab Hall, $102,744) and is a full sister to world champion Big Boy Lloyd ($692,190). With the offspring of Muscle Hill in high demand, it was no surprise his daughter Urban Legend, Hip No. 446, sold for $70,000. Out of the Andover Hall mare Bedtime Story, who is out the Windsong's Legacy mare Bedtime Song, Urban Legend's third dam is the Donerail mare Bold Dreamer ($531,258). That mare foaled world champion and multiple Dan Patch and O'Brien award winner Pampered Princess (Andover Hall, $1,646,362), O'Brien award winner Was It A Dream (Striking Sahbra, $896,000) and Nothing But Class (Andover Hall, $350,000). The filly was consigned by Diamond Creek Farm and purchased by the Rick Zeron Stable. The total average price for the fourth session of the sale was up 19.6 percent from 2015, with the average being the greatest for pacing colts at $27,192. Through all four sessions of the sale, trotting colts still lead the way with an overall average of $69,595, which is certainly bolstered by the $800,000 bid Tactical Landing brought and strong demand for Muscle Hill progeny. Pacing colts are not far behind with a $69,307 average, despite the highest priced pacing colt selling for $450,000. A total of $7,000,000 has been spent on 101 pacing colts, $5,509,000 on 108 pacing fillies, $11,135,000 on 160 trotting colts and $6,909,000 on trotting fillies. From 491 horses sold, 60 fewer than last year, the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale has grossed more than $30 million and appears poised to obliterate the $32,111,742 2008 standard.  The average per horse for the entire sale at this juncture is up by 24.3 percent from last year and there is still eighty horses to put through the ring before the event is complete. The fifth and final session of the sale will commence Saturday (Oct. 8) at 7:00 p.m. in the Fasig-Tipton Sales Pavilion in Lexington. For full results of the sale so far click on this link. by Kim French, USTA Internet News Editor 

Lexington, KY---After witnessing a world-record performance by 2-year-old Walner (Chapter Seven-Random Destiny) at The Red Mile, it took a bit of time to wend through rush hour traffic to reach the Fasiq-Tipton Sales Pavilion, yet the quest to discover a future harness racing world champion remained evident at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale on Thursday (Oct. 6) as six yearlings were purchased for $100,000 or more, led by the trotting filly Magic Carpet Glide at the event’s third session. With last year’s third session only providing one $100,000 yearling, the sale continues to break new ground and illustrate the demand, as well as the desire, for elite Standardbreds. “Although there is generally a decrease after the first two days of the sale, I feel our next two sessions were stocked with some very nice horses,” said co-sale manager Randy Manges. “I know some people were celebrating Rosh Hashanah and could not be here for our first night. Also, some people from the East Coast like Pennsylvania and Delaware also planned on being here for the weekend, because it is an additional expense to stay for the entire event in Lexington simply because of all the things going on in the area at the same time.” The average price for all yearlings was up 26.8 percent over last year’s third day. In addition, the average price for all yearlings is up 22 percent over 2015. Even with 31 fewer yearlings walking through the ring this year, the gross sale amount is up $3,126,000. The connections of Hip No. 315, Magic Carpet Glide, past, present and future, certainly did their part to contribute to the spectacular success of this year’s Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. Purchased for $175,000 by Robert Lindstrom as agent for Lennart Agren’s SRF Stable of Boden, Sweden, this is the team that signed the ticket for the session two sale-topper for $350,000. Preferred Equine offered the Kadabra-Cha Cha Glide filly for sale. A daughter of Yankee Glide, Cha Cha Glide accumulated $14,266 in purse money and this is her first foal. She is, however, a half-sister to this year’s Peter Haughton Memorial winner What The Hill (Muscle Hill, $201,865). Magic Carpet Glide’s third dam, Celtic Contessa, by King Conch, dropped eight foals with six of them winners, including world champion and 2006 O’Brien Horse of the Year Majestic Son (Angus Hall, $1,756,883) and her granddam K T Cha Cha, also by Angus Hall, who earned $109,515. The filly’s fourth dam is Ramerizi (Face To Face, $433,344), the 1992 O’Brien Older Trotting Mare of the Year. She produced world champion Misterizi (Mr Lavec, $574,332), Lindsey-Fireyimage (Balanced Image, $203,363) and Rams Billy Brisco (Brisco Hanover, $165,677). In turn, Lindsey-Fireyimage was the dam of Striking Lindsey ($571,221), Action SJ ($197,048) and Action-Image-Hall ($105,895). The second highest-priced individual of the evening was Hip No. 275 Night Rhythm, a Muscle Hill-Tail Of Night colt, who sold for $160,000 to Great Horse MA from the Kentuckiana consignment. Night Rhythm is a half-brother to Machuca (Yankee Glide, $101,505) and his granddam, Day For Night (Donerail, $616,907) was the 2000 Dan Patch 3-year-old champion trotting filly. Just moments before Night Rhythm stepped into the ring, Crawford Farms purchased Sevenmaidsadancing for $150,000. Offered by Spring Haven Farm, the Chapter Seven-Surrey With Fringe filly is a half sibling to the 2-year-old Cresurrey (Credit Winner, $18,750) and her granddam, B Cor Peatra (Balanced Image) is a full sister to B Cor Pete ($893,076), Yorktown Gunner ($500,800) and Clarice Marie ($201,230). That mare is the dam of Corky ($1,008,000). B Cor Peata is also closely related to the dam of Wuthering Hanover ($494,440), Wide Angle Hanover ($445,708), B Cor Timgo ($641,641) and to the dam of Tom Cango ($515,930), Broadway Hall ($436,790), Looking Hanover ($1,125,136) and Banker Hall ($1,026,624). Despite trotters appearing to dominate the sale, pacing yearlings have quietly sold extremely well and possess the highest average for all gaits and genders at a stout $83,907. Complete results from the sale can be found at this link. The fourth session of the sale will commence on Friday (Oct. 7) at 7:00 p.m. and will continue through Saturday (Oct. 9). by Kimberly French, USTA Newsroom Editor

Lexington, KY --- On yet another flawless fall Wednesday evening (Oct. 5), the energy and attendance on the grounds of the Fasig-Tipton facility remained just as stout and pervasive for the second harness racing edition of the Lexington Selected Yearling sale as it was for the first. Despite the lack of a near record purchase price, the event continues to establish new standards of its own with increases across the board and also served notice that Muscle Hill is on the cusp of achieving super-sire status, not only in North America, but throughout the planet. Three of that stallion’s offspring in Go To Hill ($350,000), Tae Kwon Deo ($240,000) and Stylish Volo ($220,000) fetched the highest bids and will become members of barns based outside the confines of this nation. “We are just fortunate our consigners have continued to show us such strong support and that the buyers also return each year,” said Randy Manges, the co-manager of the sale with David Reid. “Without our breeders and consigners providing us with top quality horses each year, we would not enjoy success. They are the people responsible for what we have to offer and while Muscle Hill has certainly looked very strong, we were lucky most of his foals from this year are being sold here. We also have Somebeachsomewhere, Cantab Hall and a number of other excellent stallions represented. In fact, Chapter Seven had a yearling that went for $200,000. While we are very pleased with how the sale has progressed so far, there are still many nice horses to follow in the next sessions.” Of the 20 yearlings by Muscle Hill that went through the ring on Wednesday, Go To Hill (Hip No. 153) possessed the highest price tag, which is tied for the fourth highest overall at the sale, and now belongs to Robert Lindstrom, agent for Lennart Agren’s SRF Stable of Boden, Sweden. Out of the Andover Hall mare Habit Of Creature, the colt was consigned by Preferred Equine, is the third foal out of his dam and is a half-brother to the 2-year-old stakes winner You Cant Habit (Cantab Hall, $50,412) and the 4-year-old Fancy Step (Deweycheatumnhowe, $18,164). Go To Hill’s second dam, the Supergill mare Habit, not only collected $171,776 during her racing days, but has produced 11 winners from 12 foals of racing age including Civil Action (Pine Chip, $1,123,053), Muscle Bound (Muscles Yankee, $196,724), Over Ruled (Self Possessed, $266,527), Civic Duty (Angus Hall, $226,149), Big Short (Cantab Hall, $114,547) and Habit’s Lady (Muscles Yankee, $104,796). Checking in behind Go To Hill, who looked every bit the part of a six-figure yearling, was Hip No. 166, Tae Kwon Deo. This colt, consigned by Preferred Equine and selected by Lufti Kolgjini AB of Sweden, is out of the 2008 O’Brien Award older mare champion, Brigham Dream. The daughter of Kaisy Dream earned $639,280 during her career and is a half-sister to another O’Brien and Dan Patch award winner in Crys Dream (2010, 2-year-old filly). Finishing the Muscle Hill triumvirate was the filly Stylish Volo (Hip No. 129), who was consigned and raised by Kentuckiana Farms and is now the property of Emilio and Maria Rosati of Australia. The daughter of the Donato Hanover mare Sterling Volo, is a half-sister to the 2-year-old Simply Volo (Crazed, $55,793). That horse has already collected a victory on the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes circuit and was second in a leg of the Kindergarten series at the Meadowlands this year. Striking a very impressive pose in the ring, Stylish Volo’s second dam is none other than Hambletonian Oaks winner Silver Springs (Yankee Glide, $626,500). This exceptional mare is just as outstanding as a broodmare as when she was in competition as six of her seven foals of racing age are winners including Springtime Volo ($383,984). Stylish Volo’s family does show success competing in Europe with her third dam responsible for world champion Sugarcane Volo (Sugarcane Hanover, $1,019,151) who collected 35 victories on that continent over the course of six years. Although it appeared that Muscle Hill dominated the evening’s purchases, his average yearling price of $105,240 was second to Kadabra’s $108,333. The difference between the two stallions is Kadabra was only represented by three yearlings, while 25 Muscle Hill horses were offered for sale. On Wednesday, 146 yearlings were purchased for an average price of $70,897, which was an increase in average price of a noteworthy 26.5 percent, compared to 154 yearlings averaging $56,045 a year ago. Through two sessions, 233 yearlings have sold for an average price of $92,717. In 2015, 252 yearlings sold for an average price of $76,845. The percentage increase is 20.7. Despite a reduction of 19 horses, the gross is up $2,238,000. “Thank you to all our breeders and consigners for all they do,” Manges said. “Nothing is possible without them. We look forward to the many other very nice horses still to be sold and hope the momentum we have built on the first two days of the sale continues over the next several days.” Complete results from the sale can be found at this link. The third session of the five-day sale, which operates until Oct. 10, is underway once again at the Fasiq-Tipton Sales Pavilion in Lexington on Thursday at 7 p.m. by Kim French, USTA Internet News Editor

Lot 70 in Tuesday’s opening session of the Lexington Select Yearling Sale saw harness racing bloodstock agent Martinez Equine put up a final bid of $800,000 for a Muscle Hill colt out of the Varenne mare Southwind Serena. It was lot 70 in the Lexington Selected Sale and his name is Tactical Landing. The colt was sold by Hunterton Sales Agency. This colt is a full brother to the world champion champion filly Mission Brief t2,1:50.3, t3 1:50.2f ($1,599,587) the Dan Patch two-year-old trotting filly of the year in 2014 and the Dan Patch, O'Brien three-year-old trotting filly of the year in 2015. He is also a three quarter brother to Southwind Spirit t4, :54.1 now standing at stud. The sale was set alight early with lot 1, Come See The Show making a eye-opening $550,000. This daughter of Somebeachsomewhere was purchased outright by Richard Young who owned this yearling in partnership before the sale. This filly is out of the world champion mare Put On A Show one of the fastest mares in history with a 1:47.3 mark and with $2,406,628 in the bank. It was an incredible sale for a first day with total sales making $11,250,000 for an average of $129,233 for the 87 yearlings sold. The 16 Muscle Hills averaged $167,000 while the 25 Somebeachsomewheres averaged $158,080. For all sale results click here For sires averages click here Lot 70, Tactical Landing

Wallkill, NY September 22 – Blue Chip Farm announced today that its 2016 Lexington Selected Yearlings will now be available at the Northwood Bloodstock consignment. Individuals from leading stallions American Ideal, Bettor’s Delight, Art Major and Somebeachsomewhere will be offered, highlighted by Hip #16 Pericles Blue Chip, the first Art Major filly out of a mare that has produced two million dollar winners. Tom Grossman, Blue Chip principal commented, “leveraging Northwood’s infrastructure and experience has allowed us to bring down a much more select group of yearlings to Lexington in an economical way.” “I have always been impressed with the Blue Chip raised yearlings, and now to have them in the Northwood Bloodstock consignment is thrilling”, said Bob Boni, founder of Northwood Bloodstock. “The 2016 crop has the pedigree and conformation to compete at the highest levels and I look forward to presenting a great buying opportunity for new and existing clients.” The yearlings will be available for inspection at Northwood’s consignment barn #11 on Sunday, October 2nd.

Videos of the Southwind Farms harness racing yearlings that have been consigned to the Lexington Select Yearling Sale (October 4 – 8) are now available on the Southwind Farms website (www.southwindfarms.net). The yearlings (which will sell in the Preferred Equine consignment) feature leading sires Muscle Hill, Sportswriter, Chapter Seven, Bettors Delight and American Ideal. Yearlings are available for inspection at the farm. For an appointment please call Farm Manager Laura Young at the farm (609)737-9067 or Syndicate Manager, Michael Klau at 516-599-2442.          

Durhamville, NY - All harness racing yearlings offered at the Morrisville State sale and the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale by Crawford Farms have had a complete set of radiographs taken.   Michelle and Albert Crawford endeavor to offer their customers the utmost confidence when bidding on one of their yearlings and will be happy to provide the results to interested parties.   "We want buyers to know that every horse in our consignment has been closely examined by Dr. Michael Miller and that we stand by the results of the x-rays that these equine athletes are ready to start the next phase of their development" noted Michelle Crawford, the farm's co-owner.   Crawford Farms is excited to offer 17 New York bred yearlings in tomorrow's (Sept. 17) Morrisville sale and an additional 13 colts and fillies at the Lexington Selected Sale (Oct. 4-8) including a full brother to Hambletonian winner Marion Marauder.   For more information, check out our website: CrawfordFarms.com or call Michelle at 315-382-5378.    

Harness racing principals at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale are excited to announce that there's a new feature on the Equineline Sales Catalog app that allows users to view yearling videos with each catalog page. To view each horse's video, simply go to the catalog page of a particular yearling, and then click the arrow on the tab at the left. Videos are being added as each consignor provides them. "This makes it really convenient for our customers," said sale co-manager David Reid. "Before, one had to toggle between their web browser and the app to see videos, whereas now everything is located in one place." The sale, with 600-plus yearlings on offer, gets underway on Tuesday, Oct. 4 at Lexington's Fasig-Tipton Pavilion and runs through Saturday, Oct. 8, with sessions each evening beginning at 7:00 p.m. Print catalogs have been mailed and should be received by those on the company's mailing list over the next few days. Those not on the mailing list who would like a print catalog should click here and fill out the catalog request form. For more information contact sale managers David Reid (914-773-7777, davereid@preferredequine.com) or Randy Manges (859-255-8431, randy@kentuckystandardbred.com). Lexington Selected Sales Co.

The catalog for the harness racing Lexington Selected Yearling Sale is now available on the company's website, www.lexingtonselected.com, and on the Equineline Sales Catalog app for the iPad. Print catalogs will mail next week.   There are 595 yearlings set to go through the auction ring from Tuesday, Oct. 4 through Saturday, Oct. 8 at Lexington's Fasig-Tipton Pavilion, with sessions beginning each night at 7:00 p.m.   Featured are large selections by leading sires at their respective gaits. Muscle Hill will be represented by 54 yearlings and Somebeachsomewhere by 40.   The bullish Lexington sale posted a double-digit increase in average two years ago, and was up from that number last year. Sale managers Randy Manges and David Reid said they expect it to remain just as strong this year, thanks in part to the continuing success of sale graduates and "in-demand" pedigrees in the catalog.   Graduates of the sale swept trotting and pacing's premier events this year, with Marion Marauder and Southwind Frank finishing 1-2 in the Hambletonian and Control The Moment winning the Meadowlands Pace.   As always, the Lexington Selected Sale will coincide with the second week of Grand Circuit racing at Red Mile, which culminates with the Kentucky Futurity on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 9.   Those not already on the mailing list who would like a catalog may click here and fill out the catalog request form, or call the Lexington office at (859) 255-8431.   For more information contact sale managers Randy Manges (859-255-8431, randy@kentuckystandardbred.com) or David Reid (914-773-7777, davereid@preferredequine.com).   Lexington Selected Sales Co.    

Despite being firmly entrenched in the Hoosier State, Bobby Brower never forsakes his Kentucky roots. He competes regularly at the fairs and is a fixture in the Sire Stakes. In fact, he has captured the lucrative final on several occasions over the last five years, but when he witnessed Penn’s performances as a juvenile he literally turned green with envy that the harness racing gelding was not a resident of his shedrow. “I watched him tear it up at the fairs,” he said. “He won like eight races in a row as a 3-year-old and then I saw him at The Red Mile. I told my wife how much I wanted to buy him, but I knew he would probably be at $100,000 and that’s too much for my budget. I had known Mr. (Barkley) Counts (Penn's owner) for a number of years and shortly after I said that, I received a call from him asking if I would train this horse. That’s when I told my wife how funny it is things work out this way. We would have him, but we just wouldn’t own him.” A son of Master Glide and the S J’s Photo mare Photo Queen, Penn,was purchased by Flintville, Tenn. resident Barkley Counts for $4,000 at the 2011 Lexington Selected Sale. Counts, who is 77 years young, has been involved in harness racing for more than four decades and still gets up every morning, rain or shine, to jog all his own horses. He enjoys competing at the fairs in Kentucky, as Tennessee is not a hot bed for harness racing, and this horse might be the very best he’s ever had. “Poppa has always been around horses his whole life,” his grandson, Dusty Syler, said. “My mom was an only child and he made sure she had a riding horse. He got involved with racehorses through a friend of his, but when his friend got out of the business, he stayed in. We train the horses over the only track I think they have in Tennessee. It’s a half-mile and a little rough, but he never misses a day taking them out there. “I drive him to all the races, because his eyesight is not very good anymore, but he still works the horses every day. He sits next to me and my granny sits in the back seat. She will never miss a race. It doesn’t matter to them what is going on. They will be there to watch their horses and they just love the heck out of it.” Now age six, Penn has compiled a record of 65-30-11-8, banked $231,294 and equaled the track record at Hoosier Park of 1:53 for older male trotters in 2014. He also established the all-age track standard at Dayton Raceway on Dec. 12, 2015, when he lowered world champion Market Share’s time of 1:52.4 to 1:52.3. That clocking is his lifetime mark. The horse is currently on a four race win streak and has been excelling on the Ohio circuit since last fall. While his connections are thrilled with his recent appearances, they are looking forward to the rest of this season. “We have always had good luck with Master Glide horses,” Syler said. “We had another horse by him, Master Host ($88,546), that was also really fast, but he had some problems keeping it together without jumping it off. He also did not have the same kind of heart as Penn. This horse wants to do it and gives it his all every time. Master Host did not seem to have the same attitude. “Poppa has turned down a lot of nice offers for Penn, but he will never sell this one although he did Master Host and a lot of his other horses when they did not quite pan out. I just finished paying the stakes payments to make this horse eligible to all the big races in Indiana and Ohio. I will drive us to every one of them, especially since we have not seen him in awhile. It’s five hours for us to get to Lexington and seven to get to Hoosier Park. We have just allowed Bobby to take care of him.” And that’s exactly what Brower has done. Penn is in the best form of his career and the Browers are also anxiously awaiting the gelding’s future miles. “I liked Master Host and bought him before I had Penn,” Brower said. “He was also a nice horse, but this one is different. He is so perfect and does nothing wrong. If you go to his stall and sit down he will put his head right on your shoulder. “People might think he needs to be on the lead, but he will do anything you ask him to. He’s just a very, very nice horse in every way. “He did have a hock problem though and even when I saw him race at Lexington after all those wins at the fairs you could see him hiking in the back. We went over him with a fine tooth comb, scanned him and everything, but we could never find anything wrong. I think we finally have him perfectly sound now and although I don’t normally race in the winter, he’s so good at the moment that it doesn’t make sense not to for the purse money we are going for at Miami Valley. “He will be in all the big races at Hoosier, Scioto and the other Ohio tracks. I usually race young horses and have never really had an Open horse of this caliber. He is my chance to be in these races and we are very excited about what he will accomplish this season.” Brower has been told Penn could race out East and be quite the breadwinner, but he has no inclination to travel outside the confines of the Midwest with this horse. “People have told me he could get around the half great at Yonkers,” Brower said. “I think they would all be watching his rear all the way around the track, because he would like it that much, but that is not what we will do with him. We are keeping him home. We are not going to beat up on him. I’m just thankful we did get him in the barn and we think he is really going to make some noise this year, plus provide opportunities for us we have not experienced before. “This is one great horse and we think he’s going to show a lot of people that over the course of this season.” by Kimberly French, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent 

VERNON, NY (October 15, 2015) - When hip number 410, a Conway Hall filly out of the mare Classic Yankee, walked into the sales ring at last week's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale, the expected sets of eyes watched with anticipation as the bidding began. Harness racing breeder Crawford Farms was hoping for a profitable sales price and interested buyers watched as the price inched upwards. Perhaps not surprisingly, the filly, already named Vernondownthehouse, was purchased by Vernon Downs owner Jeff Gural for $65,000. But another interested party located in Central New York has plenty riding on the horse as well, even if that person was not watching at the time the horse sold. Stacey Michaud, a racing fan at Vernon Downs, is the one responsible for the filly's name, having submitted it during a Crawford Farms sponsored Name That Foal contest in August 2014 at the racetrack. Besides seeing her creative selection picked as the winning name, she is also in line to earn a potentially nice payday. As part of winning the contest, Michaud is entitled to one-percent of the filly's earnings during her two and three-year-old racing seasons. "Any time you purchase a yearling you always dream of having the next champion," said the filly's owner, Jeff Gural. "But in this case, I am really hoping to help a loyal Vernon Downs fan make some extra money through this promotion we did with our partners at Crawford Farms. All we can do is keep our fingers crossed and hope for the best." The filly will be sent to trainer Julie Miller to be prepared for a racing career that will hopefully begin next season and include many trips to the winner's circle. For complete racing and promotional information, visit www.vernondowns.com. #410 VERNONDOWNTHEHOUSE from Michelle Crawford on Vimeo.   Justin Horowitz

Exington, KY --- Like a champion racehorse, the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale sprinted to the wire, as the average price of $16,022 on the fifth and final session on Friday night surpassed the same session a year ago by 15.1 percent. This late surge extended the margin for the entire harness racing sale to 2.6 percent, as the 642 yearlings stepping through the ring sold for an average price of $45,220, for a total amount of $29,031,000. This is the highest average price in the 11-year history of the Lexington Selected Sale, the product of a merger between the Kentucky Standardbred and Tattersalls sales. The gross sale amount was the highest since 2008, at a time when an additional 157 yearlings were sold. As good as these numbers were for the full sale, the totals and almost certainly the average would have been even higher had it not been for the untimely illnesses that prevented the entire consignments of two highly respected breeders, Dr. John Egloff’s Vieux Carre Farm and Jeff Gural’s Little E Farm, from even shipping to Lexington for the sale. The sale leader on Friday was the pacing colt Father Dave. He is by Always A Virgin out of My Best Girl, already a producer of a pair of winners of at least $150,000. Joe Holloway signed the slip for $75,000 for this youngster in the Preferred Equine Marketing consignment. Over the course of the five sessions, 65 yearlings sold for a price of at least $100,000, the same number as last year. Trotting colts, the most numerous of the four gait and sex groups at the sale, held a slight margin over pacing colts among these six-figure yearlings, 21 to 20. Pacing colts were able to wrest superiority over trotting colts in two other metrics, average price, $50,089 vs. $49,670, and in median price, $40,000 to $30,000. This represented quite a reversal for pacing colts, which surprisingly were at the bottom in these two categories among the four groups. For both gaits, the sires with the greatest number of yearlings being offered also attracted the highest average prices, Both leaders, Somebeachsomewhere on the pace and Muscle Hill among trotters, were repeat winners at Lexington. Somebeachsomewhere sired 44 yearlings passing through the ring, selling for an average price of $85,886. Art Major was second with an average of $55,094. There was similar dominance for Muscle Hill, as his 49 yearlings attracted average winning bids of $86,306. The only first crop sire in the entire sale, Chapter Seven, was second among trotting sires with average prices for his yearlings reaching $61,000. Full Sale statistics  Group-Number-Sold-Total price-Average Price-Top Price-Median$100,000+ Pacing Colts - 146 - $7,313,000.00 - $50,089.04 - $230,000.00 - 40,000 - 20  Pacing Fillies - 154 - $5,823,000.00 - $37,811.69 - $275,000.00 - $25,000 - 10  Trotting Colts - 182 - $9,040,000.00 - $49,670.33 - $350,000.00 - $30,000 - 21  Trotting Fillies- 160 - $6,855,000.00 - $42,843.75 - $310,000.00 - $29,000 - 14  Total - 642 - 29,031,000 - $45,220 - $350,000 - $30,000 - 65  by David Carr, the U.S. Trotting Association

Lexington, KY --- Having completed the fourth of five sessions, the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale is showing increases in average sale price compared to last year for both the specific session, 4.3 percent, and for the entire harness racing sale, 1.7 percent, to this point. A total of 551 yearlings have sold this year, averaging $50,042, compared to the 553 youngsters that sold for the average price of $49,206 in 2014. The 142 yearlings selling on Thursday evening were by sires standing in only three jurisdictions, New York, Ontario, and Pennsylvania. Despite a recent dip in the buying power of the Canadian dollar in the U.S., Canadian buyers were noticeably active on Thursday. Canadian trainers signed for five of the eight most expensive yearlings in the session, including the leader, Tymal Reign, hammered down for $80,000. This is a daughter of Kadabra out of the $300,000-winning mare J M Aggie. Per Henriksen signed the slip for this filly consigned by Hunterton Sales Agency, acting as agent for Tymal Farms. The session runner-up, She’s A Bronxbomber, has champion and million dollar parents. Sire Chapter Seven, whose first crop is being well-received, was Horse of the Year in 2012, while dam Housethatruthbuilt was a divisional champ in 2004. Arden Homestead Stable purchased the filly for $67,000 from the Cameo Hills Farm consignment. The Lexington Selected Yearling Sale concludes with a final session starting at 7 p.m. on Friday at the Fasig-Tipton Sale Arena. Session 4   Group - Number Sold - Total price - Average Price - Top Price - Median $100,000+ Pacing Colts - 27 - $617,000 - $22,852 - $65,000 - $20,000 - 0 Pacing Fillies - 42 - $807,000 - $19,214 - $52,000 - $15,000 - 0 Trotting Colts - 41 - $881,000 - $21,488 - $52,000 - $20,000 - 0 Trotting Fillies - 32 - $725,000 - $22,656 - $80,000 - $19,000 - 0 Total - 142 - $3,030,000 - $21,338 - $80,000 - $18,000 - 0 Sale through 4 sessions Group Number Sold-Total-price- Average-Price-Top-Price-Median $100,000+ Pacing - Colts - 122 - $6,809,000 - $55,811 - $230,000 - $46,000 - 20 Pacing - Fillies - 129 - $5,465,000 - $42,364 - $275,000 - $32,000 - 10 Trotting - Colts - 164 - $8,803,000 - $53,677 - $350,000 - $37,000 - 21 Trotting - Fillies - 136 - $6,496,000 - $47,765 - $310,000 - $33,000 - 14 Total - 551 - $27,573,000 - $50,042 - $350,000 - $37,000 - 65 by David Carr, the U.S. Trotting Association 

Lexington, KY --- The Lexington Selected Yearling Sale completed on Wednesday (Oct. 7) the third of its five evening sessions, maintaining its growth in average price compared to last year’s harness racing auction. The 409 yearlings to have walked through the sales ring have commanded final bids totaling $24,543,000, an average price of $60,007. This is 2.8 percent higher than the average through three sessions in 2014. As with the previous day, the year-to-year comparisons of sessions two and three have resulted in a virtual tie. The 157 yearlings selling on Wednesday sold for an average price of $32,981, compared to the third session average of $33,061 in 2014. The sale topper on Wednesday at $160,000, and the only six-figure horse in the session, was Southwind Avanti, by Muscle Hill out of Auvergne. This filly’s pedigree contains lots of top performers on both sides of the Atlantic, most notably Moni Maker. The buyer was Swedish agent Robert Lindstrom, no stranger to high-priced trotting yearlings. Preferred Equine Marketing, Inc. consigned the filly as agent for Southwind Farms. Muscle Hill swept the top three positions for the night, with runner-up Miami selling for $90,000. The colt’s dam, Arlanda Hanover, earned more than $400,000. Diamond Creek Farm consigned Miami, who was purchased by Van Camp Trotting Corp. Rounding out the top three was the trotting colt Party Hard, going for $85,000 to Staffan Lind. Al Libfeld, Marvin Katz, and Sam Goldband own the dam Victory Bouquet, and Kentuckiana Farms consigned the colt on their behalf. The Lexington Selected Yearling Sale continues each evening at 7 p.m. through Friday at the Fasig-Tipton Sale Arena. Session 3 Statistics Group - Number Sold - Total Price - Average Price - Top Price - Median - $100,000+ Pacing Colts - 35 - $1,323,000 - $37,800 - $82,000 - $37,000 - 0  Pacing Fillies - 32 - $957,000 - $29,906 - $58,000 - $30,000 - 0  Trotting Colts - 45 - $1,608,000 - $35,733 - $90,000 - $35,000 - 0  Trotting Fillies - 45 - $1,290,000 - $28,667 - $160,000 - $25,000 - 1  Total - 157 - $5,178,000 - $32,981 - $160,000 - $30,000 - 1 Sale through 3 sessions       Group - Number Sold - Total Price - Average Price - Top Price - Median - $100,000+ Pacing Colts - 95 - $6,192,000 - $65,179 - $230,000 - $55,000 - 20  Pacing Fillies - 87 - $4,658,000 - $53,540 - $275,000 - $42,000 - 10  Trotting Colts-123-$7,922,000-$64,407-$350,000-$47,000-21  Trotting Fillies - 104 - $5,771,000 - $55,490 - $310,000 - $40,000 - 14  Total - 409 - $24,543,000 - $60,007 - $350,000 - $47,000 - 65 Session 3 Leaders Yearling - Sire - Dam - Sex - Gait - Price - Buyer - Consignor Southwind Avanti - Muscle Hill - Auvergne - F - T - $160,000 - Robert Lindstrom - Preferred Equine Marketing, Agent Miami - Muscle Hill - Arlanda Hanover - C - T - $90,000 - Van Camp Trotting Corp. - Diamond Creek Farm Party Hard - Muscle Hill - Victory Bouquet - C - T - $85,000 - Staffan Lind - Kentuckiana Farms, Agent Absolute Intent - Well Said - Dream Outloud - C - P - $82,000 - Ben Mudry - Kentuckiana Farms, Agent Mr Varsity - Roll With Joe - Bronzer Babe - C - P - $80,000 - John Fodera, Agent - Kentuckiana Farms Foreign Funds - Cantab Hall - Italienne Girl - C - T - $75,000 - Jimmy Takter - Preferred Equine Marketing, Agent Last Gunfighter - Rocknroll Hanover - One Last Kiss - C - P - $72,000 - Steve Elliott, Agent-Cameo Hills Farm Tymal Vortex - Mach Three - Major Girl - C - P - $67,000 - R. Gregg McNair-Hunterton Sales Agency, Agent by David Carr, the U.S. Trotting Association 

Lexington, KY --- The Lexington Selected Yearling Sale continues to show increases in average prices over last year’s excellent harness racing auction, through the completion of its second session on Tuesday (Oct. 6). A total of 252 youngsters have sold for an average price of $76,845, an improvement of 2.6 percent. By itself, the second session finished in a virtual dead heat with last year’s, averaging $56,046, compared to $56,261 a year ago. Jimmy Takter was outbid on the top yearlings sold in Monday’s first session, but he would not be denied Tuesday, signing for the sale topper at $230,000. That’s All Moni is a filly by Cantab Hall out of Mom’s Millionaire, making her a three-quarter sister to the $1.4 million winning divisional and world champion filly Snow White. That’s All Moni was consigned by Preferred Equine Marketing as agent for Moni Market Breeders. A close second among the leaders on Tuesday was the trotting colt Seven Stars, selling for $225,000. From the eagerly anticipated first crop of Chapter Seven, the only first crop sire in the entire sale, the colt is from Starlet Fever, a daughter of world champion My Starlet. Myron Bell signed the slip for this colt from the consignment of Spring Haven Farm, acting as agent for Lindwood Farm. The Lexington Selected Yearling Sale continues each evening at 7 p.m. through Friday at the Fasig-Tipton Sale Arena. Session 2 Statistics Group - Number Sold - Total Price - Average Price - Top Price - Median - $100,000+ Pacing Colts - 35 - $2,469,000 - $70,543 - $190,000 - $65,000 - 8  Pacing Fillies - 31 - $1,315,000 - $42,419 - $85,000 - $40,000 - 0  Trotting Colts - 45 - $2,305,000 - $51,222 - $225,000 - $42,000 - 5  Trotting Fillies - 43 - $2,542,000 - $59,116 - $230,000 - $50,000 - 4  Total - 154 - $8,631,000 - $56,046 - $230,000 - $50,000 - 17 Sale through 2 sessions Group - Number Sold - Total Price - Average Price - Top Price - Median - $100,000+ Pacing Colts - 60 - $4,869,000 - $81,150 - $230,000 - $75,000 - 20  Pacing Fillies - 55 - $3,701,000 - $67,291 - $275,000 - $50,000 - 10  Trotting Colts - 78 - $6,314,000 - $80,949 - $350,000 - $58,500 - 21  Trotting Fillies - 59 - $4,481,000 - $75,949 - $310,000 - $60,000 - 13  Total 252 - $19,365,000 - $76,845 - $350,000 - $60,000 - 64 Session 2 Leaders Yearling - Sire - Dam - Sex - Gait - Price  - Buyer - Consignor Thats All Moni - Cantab Hall - Mom's Millionaire - F - T - $230,000 - Jimmy Takter - Preferred Equine Marketing, Agent Seven Stars - Chapter Seven - Starlet Fever - C - T - $225,000 - Myron Bell, Agent - Spring Haven Farm, Agent Rum Punch - Somebeachsomewhere - Whos Up Whos Down - C - P - $190,000 - John Cancelliere - Dunroven Farm Glitzey Gal - Muscle Hill - Proclaiming April - F - T - $140,000 - Melvin Hartman - David McDuffee - Little E - Preferred Equine Marketing, Agent Who Said Not To - Well Said - Thou Shalt Not - C - P - $140,000 - Mark Steacy - Spring Haven Farm, Agent John Dally - Somebeachsomewhere - Michelle My Gal - C - P - $130,000 - Eugene Kurzrok - Preferred Equine Marketing, Agent Aperfectpak - Yankee Glide - Asixpakfromperfect - F - T - $130,000 - Robert Lindstrom, Agent - Peninsula Farm, Agent Sunshinesomewhere - Somebeachsomewhere - BJ's Canouan - C - P - $125,000 - John Fodera, Agent -  Preferred Equine Marketing, Agent Beyond Tested - Muscle Hill - Southwind Maywood - C - T - $120,000 - Reijo Liljendahl - Kentuckiana Farms, Agent Southwind Hydro - Muscle Hill - Sensual Hall - C - T - $120,000 - Robert Lindstrom, Agent - Preferred Equine Marketing, Agent Southwind General - Sportswriter - Gambler's Passion - C - P - $110,000 - Jack Darling - Preferred Equine Marketing, Agent Lima Avatar - American Ideal - Art's Fantasy - C - P - $110,000 - Ken Jacobs - Steiner Stock Farm High Odds - Muscle Hill - Better Odds - C - T - $110,000 - John Mehlenbacher - Preferred Equine Marketing, Agent Ethanol - Andover Hall - Athena Miss - F - T - $105,000 - Don Swick, Agent - Kentuckiana Farms, Agent Rock The Town - Rocknroll Hanover - Kutekatie - C - P - $100,000 - Let It Ride Stables Inc. - Allamerican Harnessbreds Warrawee Seven - Chapter Seven - Noble Peace Prize - C - T - $100,000 - Richard Gutnick, Agent - Preferred Equine Marketing, Agent Lima Spartan - Art Major - Silk Purse - C - P - $100,000 - Eugene Kurzrok - Steiner Stock Farm For full Sale Results click on this link. by David Carr, the U.S. Trotting Association 

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