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The 2020 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale concluded on Friday evening (October 9) with the fifth and final session at the Fasig-Tipton’s Newtown Paddocks in Lexington, Kentucky. Six yearlings, including five sired by world champion Downbytheseaside, sold for six figures on the final day. Sea Lionness (Hip # 836) topped the group with a price tag of $200,000. Consigned by agent Spring Haven Farm, the filly out of the Western Ideal mare Lionnesss Hanover was purchased by Gregory Luther of Reynoldsburg, Ohio. She is half-sister to two-time Ohio Sire Stakes champion Queen Of The Pride ($789,149 - 1:50) and multiple Grand Circuit stakes winner Roaring To Go ($434,321 - 1:50.4). Bythemissal (Hip # 794) was the second highest priced yearling from the session, selling for $135,000. Josh Green, acting as agent for Eric Good, was the buyer of the Downbytheseaside colt from the Preferred Equine consignment. He is the first foal out of the Western Terror mare Dismissal. Coastal Front (Hip # 730), another son of Downbytheseaside, rounded out the top three selling for $115,000. Hailing from Shes A Great Lady bloodlines, the Winbak Farm-bred colt out of the Western Ideal mare Shes Poison was bought by Don Robinson, agent. He is a half-brother to Poisonous ($286,827 - 1:49.4) and Arsenic ($269,691 - 1:51.1). A total of 168 yearlings were sold during Friday's session for a combined $4,943,000. The average price was $29,423. Kadena (Hip #89) was the overall sale topper on opening night this past Monday when she sold for $725,000. The price set a record for any yearling filly sold at auction, surpassing the $625,000 tag for pacer Laugh A Day in 1983 and $600,000 for trotter Ineffable in 2019. The daughter of Walner is just the second foal out of world champion Mission Brief ($1,657,399 - 1:50.2). Consigned by Hunterton Farm, Kadena was purchased by agent Marcus Melander for Courant Inc. of New Egypt, New Jersey. Over the course of the entire five-day auction, 816 yearlings were sold for a total of $41,552,000, resulting in an average price of $50,922. In comparison, the record-setting 2019 sale featured 762 yearlings that grossed $46,480,000 and averaged $60,997. Trotting colts generated $13,784,000 in sales, with the division, which included 234 yearlings, also posting the highest average price at $58,906. Muscle Hill was the leading stallion in the categories of gross sales ($6,493,000) and average price ($132,510). Walner's progeny grossed $4,852,000 and his sire, Chapter Seven's yearlings sold for a total of $3,297,000. The top pacing stallion was Captaintreacherous, whose 29 offspring grossed $2,853,000 and averaged $98,379. Preferred Equine was the top consignor with gross sales of more than $8.15 million followed by Hunterton Sales Agency with nearly $6.1 million in sales and Kentuckiana Farms with almost $6 million. The top buyer over the course of the five-day auction was Nancy Takter, agent, shelling out nearly $1.63 million for 14 yearlings. Ake Svanstedt acquired 12 yearlings for more than $1.48 million and Andy Miller Stable rounded out the top three buyers with total sales topping $1.3 million for five purchases. Buyers hoping to take home the future stars of the sport were able to place bids by phone as well as online through the proven live-bidding platform Proxibid. From Standardbred Canada

The five-session harness racing Lexington Selected Yearling Sale has started and will run through Friday (Oct. 9) in Lexington, Kentucky.  Each session will get underway at 7 p.m.  In its entirety, the five-day yearling auction will feature Hips 1 through 860. The company’s mixed sale will follow on Saturday evening (Oct. 10). For additional information, please check out the sale website. For full results click here

Canadian partners David Anderson and John Fielding joined forces to take home the top ticket in Thursday’s fourth session of the harness racing Lexington Selected Yearling Sale when they shelled out $72,000 to purchase trotting colt Fight Song. Selling as Hip #637, Fight Song is a Kadabra-Fortune Of Fables colt consigned by Cane Run Farm. The colt is a half-brother to the Cantab Hall filly Fade Into You (1:54.4 - $215,628). It was another night that belonged to the trotters as the top four prices – five if you include the $75,000 RNA on the Chapter Seven-Dream Baby Dream colt On Cloud Seven. Hip #556 Bethereinaprosecco was hammered down for $65,000 with JB Racing signing the sales slip on the daughter of Bar Hopping. The filly is the first foal of the 1:53.2 winner Thankful Reward. She was consigned by Kentuckiana Farms. Hip #577 Unity In One also commanded a final bid of $65,000, and that bid was placed by Jenny Melander. The Cantab Hall-Southwind Adele colt is a half-brother to the multiple stakes winner, She Rocks Kemp (1:54.3 - $152,225). He was consigned by Hunterton Sales Agency. Hip #530 Penthouse S was a $60,000 purchase by Marcus Melander. The daughter of Nuncio is the second foal out of Penthouse S. The dam is a half-sister to Scarlet Knight (1:52.3 - $1,951,740). Hunterton Sales Agency consigned the trotter lass. A total of 169 yearlings went through the ring during Thursday’s fourth session with just shy of $6.5 million in total purchases for an average price of $36,094. Last year saw 168 yearlings sell during the fourth session of the sale for close to $4.6 million in total sales and an average sale price of $27,268. Over the course of the first four sessions a total of 648 yearlings have sold for $36,609,000. The average sale price going into Friday’s fifth – and final – session is $56,495. From Standardbred Canada • Yearling Sale Catalogue (PDF) • Sale Results • Sale Streaming Video

The five-session harness racing Lexington Selected Yearling Sale has started and will run through Friday (Oct. 9) in Lexington, Kentucky.  Each session will get underway at 7 p.m.  In its entirety, the five-day yearling auction will feature Hips 1 through 860. The company’s mixed sale will follow on Saturday evening (Oct. 10). For additional information, please check out the sale website.\ For full results click here

Trotters commanded the spotlight during the third session of the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. Muscle Hill colt Knockout Lindy commanded a top bid of $172,000 to lead the 180 yearlings to pass through the sales ring on Wednesday evening (Oct. 7). The triple-eligible Knockout Lindy (hip 477) — who is eligible to stakes programs in New Jersey, Kentucky and Massachusetts — sold to Kenneth Jacobs for $172,000 from the Preferred Equine consignment on behalf of Lindy Farms. He is the fourth foal from Kinda Crazy Lindy, and a half-brother to Kinda Lucky Lindy, who has earned over $250,000 to date in his racing career. Walner colt Play Fiercely (hip 392), who is eligible to both the New Jersey and Kentucky stakes programs, sold for $160,000 to Marcus Melander, who served as an agent for Courant Inc. The second foal of former Pennsylvania standout Womans Will was bred by Ontarians Al Libfeld and Marvin Katz and was part of a strong consignment from Kentuckiana Farms. The highest-grossing pacers on the session were the Brittany Farms-raised American Classic (hip 391), who attracted a $120,000 bid from Wallace Standardbreds of Puslinch, Ont., and Spring Haven Farm's Bettor Dance (hip 470), for whom John Cancelliere paid an identical amount. Of the 10 yearlings to sell for at least $100,000, Åke Svanstedt purchased three of them, including California Gold (hip 417), a Muscle Hill colt who sold for $120,000; Bur Bun (hip 422), a son of Googoo Gaagaa who sold for $105,000; and Southwind Frank filly Totality (hip 364), who was jointly the highest-grossing filly on the session at $100,000 and is out of Buckette winner Miss Tezsla. In all, the 180 yearlings grossed $6,497,000 and yielded an average price of $36,094, representing a drop from $7,656,000 in aggregate receipts (-15.1 per cent) and a per-yearling average of $44,254 (-18.4 per cent) from the 173 yearlings sold at last year's third Lexington session. Thus far, 479 yearlings have passed through the Lexington sales ring this week and over $32.9 million has changed hands. For complete sale results, click here. From Standardbred Canada

The five-session harness racing Lexington Selected Yearling Sale has started and will run through Friday (Oct. 9) in Lexington, Kentucky.  Each session will get underway at 7 p.m.  In its entirety, the five-day yearling auction will feature Hips 1 through 860. The company’s mixed sale will follow on Saturday evening (Oct. 10). For additional information, please check out the sale website.        

Lexington, KY — Filly pacer Style For A Mile topped Tuesday’s (Oct. 6) second session of the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale, selling for $225,000 to Dana Parham at the Fasig-Tipton Sales Pavilion. She was one of three harness racing yearlings to sell for at least $200,000 and one of 31 to reach six figures. Style For A Mile, by Captaintreacherous out of Injeanous Style, is from the family of Grand Circuit stakes winners Bigtown Hero and That’s The Ticket and her third dam is Dan Patch Award winner Delinquent Account. She was bred by All Four Won and consigned by Kentuckiana Farms. Two yearlings sold for $200,000, filly pacer Max Contract and colt trotter Zappa. Max Contract, by Huntsville out of multiple stakes winner Big Mcdeal, was purchased by Andy Miller Stable Inc. and is a three-quarter sister to Grand Circuit winner I’m A Big Deal. She was bred by Steve Jones and consigned by Cameo Hills Farm. Zappa, by Chapter Seven out of Mrs Frank, was purchased by trainer Marcus Melander as agent for S R F Stable. He is Mrs Frank’s first foal and from the family of millionaire Strong Yankee and Breeders Crown winner Yankee Slide. He was bred by Frederick Hertrich III and consigned by All American Harnessbreds. A total of 181 yearlings sold during last night’s second session, grossing $11.1 million and averaging $61,718. Last year’s record-setting sale saw second-session numbers of $13 million and $75,103 for 174 horses. Through two sessions, this year’s pandemic-impacted sale has seen 299 horses sell for $26.4 million, averaging $88,321. Last year’s figures were $31.2 million and $107,102 for 292 horses. “I thought (Tuesday) was strong from the beginning of the session to the end,” sale co-manager Randy Manges said. “I was happy with how it went. People were still here ready to buy horses late into the session. We also had a lot of increased activity with online bidding, maybe four or five times more than (Monday) night, and we also still have people applying to bid online.” Muscle Hill and Walner lead trotting sires in gross sales, with Muscle Hill totaling $5.90 million for 38 horses and Walner at $4.33 million for 43 horses. They also lead in average, with Muscle Hill at $155,447 and Walner at $100,907. Captaintreacherous tops pacing sires in gross and average, with $2.76 million and $102,259 for 27 horses. Always B Miki was second in gross with $2.09 million for 33 horses. Five horses from the final crop of Somebeachsomewhere averaged $91,400 to rank second in that category. For complete sale results, click here. Prior to the start of Tuesday’s second session of the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale at the Fasig–Tipton Sales Pavilion, a special auction was held to benefit the Standardbred Transition Alliance. A limited-edition Tim Tetrick Hall of Fame watch produced by renowned Swiss timepiece manufacturer Ernst Benz was offered to kick off the night’s bidding and was purchased for $13,000 by Michelle and Al Crawford. “I am so grateful for Michelle and Albert Crawford’s genuine passion for racehorse aftercare and of course their purchase of the timepiece,” Ashley Tetrick said. “Due to the circumstances of Covid, Tim and I were sincerely concerned that the timepiece would be overlooked. Once again, our racing community did not disappoint. I’d like to extend a thank you to Mr. Dana Parham and Mr. Brad Grant for their bids and interest. We are so blessed to have such amazing people within our Standardbred industry.” Click here for a video recap of this special auction. In addition, an auction of stallion breedings was held to benefit the Breeders Crown Charity Challenge. The auction featured single 2021 breedings to Father Patrick, Greenshoe, JK Endofanera, Swan For All, Tall Dark Stranger, and Walner. It totaled $105,000. “I want to extend my sincere thanks and appreciation to all the industry participants who have once again so generously supported the Breeders Crown Charity Challenge,” said Marvin Katz, speaking on behalf of the Libfeld-Katz Breeding Partnership, which is the official presenting sponsor of the Breeders Crown at Harrah’s Hoosier Park, Oct. 30 and Oct. 31. “The entire Hoosier Park raceway team must be acknowledged, applauded, and thanked for their tireless commitment under today’s challenging environment to host this year’s Breeders Crown. We all look forward to celebrating Breeders Crown weekend at Hoosier Park. Well done everyone.” Kim French contributed to this report by Ken Weingartner, USTA Media Relations Manager

The five-session harness racing Lexington Selected Sale has started and will run through Friday (Oct. 9) in Lexington, Kentucky.  Each session will get underway at 7 p.m.  In its entirety, the five-day yearling auction will feature Hips 1 through 860. The company’s mixed sale will follow on Saturday evening (Oct. 10). For additional information, please check out the sale website.  

Lexington, KY — Monday’s (Oct. 5) opening night of the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale might have lacked last year’s big bangs, but it still provided plenty of fireworks at the Fasig-Tipton Sales Pavilion. A year ago, the first night saw the sport’s first million-dollar yearlings, Maverick and Damien, pass through the ring, which helped propel the sale to session records of $18.2 million in gross sales and $154,288 in average for 118 horses sold. Monday’s numbers dipped from those lofty levels but were better than the two years prior to 2019. Monday night’s gross was $15.2 million and the average was $129,127 for 118 horses sold. The gross was down 16.3 percent from 2019 but up 18.1 percent from $12.9 million for 102 horses in 2018 and 43.2 percent for 93 horses in 2017. The average was down 16.3 percent from 2019 but up 2.1 percent from $126,471 in 2018 and 12.9 percent from $114,344 in 2017. “I thought it was a very good sale overall and it should set the tone for the rest of the week,” said sale co-manager Randy Manges. “Everyone that brought horses to sell here were pleased and so were the buyers. “Although a lot of the people that normally are here were not, which certainly can be understood, there was a good crowd, and we had a lot of bidding online. We did not sell many horses online but there were a lot of bids. We should have the numbers for that (Tuesday) and I look forward to seeing them.” Trotting filly Kadena, from the first crop of stallion Walner out of two-time Dan Patch Award winner Mission Brief, grabbed the headlines as the night’s top seller, going for $725,000 to trainer Marcus Melander as agent for Anders Strom’s Courant Inc. The price set a record for any yearling filly sold at auction, surpassing the $625,000 for pacer Laugh A Day in 1983 and $600,000 for trotter Ineffable in 2019. Kadena was bred by Mission Brief Stable and consigned by Hunterton Sales Agency. “That was exciting,” Melander said. “We knew she was going to be expensive. She’s a nice filly with a great pedigree. She has a great body, great conformation, stands correct, which is very important. She has everything a good horse should have. I’m very happy to train her. For Anders it’s good too. He’s already thinking about breeding her to Greenshoe when she’s done racing. Now I just have to do a good job in between.” Melander, as agent, also got trotting colt No Ball Games for $340,000. No Ball Games, by Muscle Hill out of Amour Heiress, is a full brother to stakes winner King Alphonso. The family also includes 2014 Hambletonian winner Trixton. No Ball Games was bred by Order By Stable and consigned by Concord Stud Farm. “He’s a nice horse, great family,” Melander said. “He was one of my favorite colts in the sale. I’m happy to get him.” Bonanza, a half-brother to 2019 Trotter of the Year Greenshoe and last year’s $1.1-million yearling buy Maverick, sold for $600,000 to trainer Nancy Takter as agent. The colt is by Muscle Hill out of Designed To Be. Bonanza was bred by Al Libfeld and Marvin Katz and consigned by Kentuckiana Farms. “He’s a really nice individual, great pedigree,” Takter said. “I know that he’s been raised right. It’s like a home run working with (the breeders and consignor). “And then there’s Maverick. He trained down great and Tony (Alagna) and everyone just love him. He probably got sick and it could have slowed him down a little bit but I’m sure Tony will figure it out. He’ll show he’s everything everyone also thought he was.” Trotting filly Monkey Queen, by Chapter Seven out of Steamy Windows, sold for $450,000 to Lindy Farms and M&M Racing. She is a full sister to Gimpanzee, who received the 2018 Dan Patch Award for best 2-year-old male trotter and has earned $2.43 million in his career to date, as well as multiple stakes winner Iteration. Monkey Queen was bred by Order By Stable and consigned by Concord Stud Farm. Andy Miller Stable Inc. purchased two $400,000 sons of Muscle Hill. Knights Guard, out of O’Brien Award winner Stubborn Belle, is a full brother to 2019 Kentucky Sire Stakes champion filly Ms Savannah Belle. He was bred by Al Libfeld and consigned by Kentuckiana Farms. Trunk Bay, out of stakes-winner Sunshine Delight, is from the family of two-time Dan Patch Award winner Passionate Glide. He was bred by James Wilhite Jr. and consigned by Kentuckiana Farms. “Right when I got the catalog these horses jumped off the page at me because of how much I liked their pedigrees,” trainer Julie Miller said. “Then when we went to Kentuckiana, they just both stood out. I’m just fortunate it worked out in my favor and I’m bringing them home.” Andy Miller Stable Inc. also purchased trotting filly Cash Machine Girl, by Muscle Hill out of stakes winner Brooklyn, for $300,000. She is a full sister to stake winners Brooklyn Hill and Kings County. She was bred by Order By Stable and consigned by Concord Stud Farm. “I think the top horses went for the prices they would have always brought (even during COVID-19),” Julie Miller said. “I think it was a really good night for buyers and sellers. Fortunately, things have started to straighten out. New Jersey received their appropriation, New York is back up and running and Pennsylvania is strong. The Ontario program is phenomenal. So, we can buy horses because they have places to go.” The top selling pacer was filly Lightnier, by Captaintreacherous out of Mythical. She sold for $375,000 to trainer Dave Menary as agent and is a half-sister to millionaire Medusa and O’Brien Award winner Alicorn. She was bred by White Birch Farm and consigned by Preferred Equine Marketing. Muscle Hill led trotting sires with $4.81 million in gross and $192,400 in average for 25 horses sold. Walner was second in gross with $2.64 million and in average with $155,294 for 17 horses. Captaintreacherous led pacing sires with $1.52 million in gross for 12 horses. American Ideal topped the average with $133,750 for four horses, followed by Captaintreacherous at $126,667, and Huntsville at $125,000 for seven horses. For complete results, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

The five-session harness racing Lexington Selected Sale starts tonight and will run through Friday (Oct. 9) in Lexington, Kentucky.  Each session will get underway at 7 p.m.  In its entirety, the five-day yearling auction will feature Hips 1 through 860. The company’s mixed sale will follow on Saturday evening (Oct. 10). For additional information, please check out the sale website.

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  

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