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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  

Lexington, KY ---  As reported by the USTA, the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale got off to a strong start Tuesday night (Oct. 2) at the Fasig-Tipton Sales Pavilion, with five harness racing yearlings selling for at least $300,000 to spark a 10.6 percent increase in average price compared to last year’s record-setting event. An additional 12 horses sold for at least $200,000 and a total of 64 of the 102 horses sold reached six figures. Last year’s opening night saw 93 horses sell for $10.63 million, an average of $114,344. The 2017 sale set records for gross, at $36.41 million, and average, at $58,537. This year, the opening night’s 102 horses brought $12.90 million for an average of $126,471. “That’s not intentional,” Cancelliere said with a laugh, referring to buying the top-priced yearling. “But he’s a beautiful colt and we’re pleased we got him. He’s a beautiful animal, an absolutely beautiful animal. He really is. When they look that good and carry themselves that well, he was going to bring a good price tag. You knew that going in. We stretched a little more than we wanted to. We went for it.”The sales topper Tuesday was Treasure Trove, a full brother to two-time Pacer of the Year Captaintreacherous. The colt, by Somebeachsomewhere out of Worldly Treasure, sold for $360,000 to John Cancelliere. Treasure Trove, who went through the ring as Hip No. 82, was bred by White Birch Farm and consigned by Preferred Equine Marketing as agent. Cancelliere also bought pacer Like Lightning Lou, who is a full brother to his 2-year-old Love Me Some Lou, for $150,000. Like Lightning Lou is by Sweet Lou out of Shark Lightning. “We desperately wanted him,” said Cancelliere, whose brother Tom trains their stable’s horses. “It worked out well on both occasions. We’re pleased.” Tall Dark Stranger, a pacing colt by Bettor’s Delight out of Dan Patch Award-winner Precocious Beauty, sold for $330,000 to Nancy Johansson as agent for Marvin Katz, Caviart Farms, Crawford Farms and Howard Taylor. Precocious Beauty’s first foal, Beautyonthebeach, won the Kentucky Sire Stakes final for 2-year-old filly pacers on Sept 16. The family also includes Dan Patch Award-winner Sportswriter. Tall Dark Stranger was bred by Jim Avritt Sr. and consigned by Hunterton Sales Agency as agent. “I liked his pedigree and the individual,” Johansson said. “My dad (Jimmy Takter) really liked him too. Now that he’s stepping into his new phase in life as a consultant when he retires, he’s been looking at yearlings with both Per (Engblom) and I. He loved, loved, loved this colt as well. “It’s a great family. It’s a modern family. There is a lot of ‘now’ stuff happening in that family, which is nice. And Bettor’s Delight is solid. They show up and do their work.” Johansson also bought pacing colt Remember The Beach (Somebeachsomewhere-Allamerican Memoir) for $140,000 as agent for 3 Brothers Stable and pacing filly Treacherous Act (Captaintreacherous-Act Now) for $100,000 as agent for Caviart Farms. “I thought I did really well,” Johansson said. “I was happy with all three purchases. I think all three could have brought more money than they did. The Somebeach colt is an absolutely gorgeous colt. The mare has already produced a world champion (Beach Memories) and he just had great charisma. I like that he has good size to him. I think pacing colts need to have some size because they race so tough nowadays. I felt he was the complete package. “The filly, Act Now was a tough race mare. Combine that with Captaintreacherous and I don’t think you can go wrong, especially with that price tag. She will be a great addition to Caviart Farms’ broodmare band.” The fifth horse into the ring, filly trotter Whose Blues, sold for $300,000 to Serge Godin’s Determination Stable. Whose Blues, by Cantab Hall, is the first foal out of stakes-winning mare Bright Baby Blues and her second dam, Bar Slide, was a Dan Patch Award-winner. The family includes Sliding Home, a stakes-winner in the U.S. as well as a winner in Europe. Whose Blues was bred by Bluestone Farms and Fredericka Caldwell and consigned by Cane Run Farm as agent. Das Deo, a pacing colt by Captaintreacherous out of Lisjune, sold for $300,000 to Dana Parham. He is a half-brother to Dan Patch Award-winner I Luv The Nitelife and the family also includes Dan Patch Award-winner Lis Mara. Das Deo was bred by Deo Volente Farms and Louis “Andy” Willinger and consigned by Preferred Equine Marketing as agent. Force N Fury, a pacing colt by Captaintreacherous out of My Little Dragon, sold for $300,000 to Tony Alagna as agent for Brad Grant, Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld. Force N Fury is a three-quarter brother to O’Brien Award-winner Stay Hungry, whose wins this year include the Cane Pace and Messenger Stakes. Force N Fury was bred by White Birch Farm and consigned by Preferred Equine Marketing as agent. Burke Racing Stable was the night’s top buyer, purchasing seven horses for $935,000. Trotting fillies led the night’s average, with 24 selling for an average of $141,542. Pacing colts followed, with 27 for $137,481, and then trotting colts, with 31 for $124,065. Twenty pacing fillies sold for an average of $97,250. Muscle Hill and Father Patrick led the trotting sires in gross, with 25 Muscle Hill yearlings totaling $3.16 million ($126,680 average) and 13 Father Patrick yearlings totaling $1.69 million ($130,077). Captaintreacherous and Somebeachsomewhere topped the pacing sires in gross, with 19 Captaintreacherous yearlings totaling $2.29 million ($120,632) and 13 Somebeachsomewhereyearlings totaling $1.88 million ($144,615). 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 catalog for the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale is now available on the sales company's website, lexingtonselected.com, and on the Equineline Sales Catalog app. Print catalogs should be received by those on the mailing list the week of Sept. 3.   The sale gets underway Tuesday evening, Oct. 2 at Lexington's Fasig-Tipton Pavilion and runs through Saturday, Oct. 6. The yearling sale will be followed by the inaugural Lexington Selected Mixed Sale, to be held on the night of the Kentucky Futurity, Sunday, Oct. 7.   According to co-manager David Reid, of note is the fact that this year's sale features 143 first foals and 257 yearlings that offer dual eligibility; that is, thanks to mare residency clauses, eligibility to more than one sire stakes program. Most of those add the Kentucky and Massachusetts Sire Stakes to the program to which their sire is eligible.   "As in years past, we have tremendous numbers of yearlings by sires that are most in-demand," said co-manager Randy Manges. "We have 50 Muscle Hills, 50 Father Patricks, 39 Trixtons and 29 Chapter Sevens... and on the pacing side, 59 by Captaintreacherous, 28 by his sire Somebeachsomewhere and 27 by Sweet Lou.   "With so many of these horses, there's dynamite on both sides of the pedigree."   In regard to those trotters and pacers, Equineline app users will notice that in addition to the multiple "sort" features offered, the app has now added a sort option for trotters and pacers.   "Consignors are shooting or finishing up yearling videos and we're really looking forward to getting things underway," Reid said. "With so many live pedigrees in our catalog as a result of current multiple stakes winners, all signs are pointing to a terrific sale."   From the Lexington Selected Sales Co.     

Columbus, OH --- When harness racing trainer Casie Coleman explained to him she might be a little nervous to pull the trigger when bidding on Roughcut at Saturday’s (Oct. 7) final session of the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale if the price became what she considered to be too high, Ed James decided he needed to get himself to the Bluegrass State immediately. He simply couldn’t take the chance that Coleman might allow Hip No. 608 to slip through his grasp and it was quite fortuitous James arrived prior to the colt’s entry into the ring, as his presence ultimately procured the yearling for an unprecedented $300,000 on the last evening of the event. “I have a pedigree man out East that goes over these sales for me,” James said. “He rated this horse 10 points better than any horse in any sale so far and he told me I needed to buy him. That is when I talked to my trainer in Florida, Jim McDonald, Steve Elliott and of course Casie. They all agreed he was a very nice horse so that’s when I decided I was going to buy him. When Casie said she would be anxious spending too much money on him, because we knew other people wanted him, that’s when I told her I was coming for him. Right after I arrived I put a bid in with the auctioneer on him for $50,000, so that’s where we started and it did not scare anyone away.” Consigned by Hunterton Sales Agency and reared at Hunterton Farm, Roughcut is a black son of McArdle and the Red River Hanover mare Miss Scarlett. The mare banked $518,539 during her racing career and was a New Jersey Sire Stakes champion as a freshman. Out of Odds On J P (Artsplace), Miss Scarlett is a half-sibling to Ticket To Rock (Rocknroll Hanover, $1.11 million) and Limestone Cowgirl (Western Hanover, $32,817), who has already produced three winners. Roughcut’s third dam, Giggle Box, is a three-quarter sister to world champion Die Laughing ($2.16 million) and from 12 foals she is the dam of 10 winners including Mc Smiley (Life Sign, $339,026), Toofunnyforwords (Cam Fella, $315,585) and Giddy Up N Giggle (Grinfromeartoear, $160,860). Despite realizing this Ohio-sired colt would command a sizable amount to possess, James was undeterred. There were also similarities to when he signed the $210,000 check at the 2013 Standardbred Mixed Sale for Dan Patch and O’Brien Award winner McWicked, who was second by a half-length earlier in the day in the Allerage Farms Pace at Red Mile. “When I have my mind made about something I do it,” James said. “My ex-wife called me (as she did with McWicked) right after I bought the colt to pick on me a little bit. We are still great friends and she knows I do what I want to do. It is a lot of money to spend on a horse, but I’m 86-years-old and what am I going to do with the money? I’m past the age where I need a nest egg, so why not buy a horse?” Roughcut, who will be conditioned by Coleman, is not only the most expensive yearling James has selected, but is the only horse to ever fetch $300,000 in the last session of the sale. As a result of his price and the $115,000 delivered by Al Libfield for the Uncle Peter-Bavarde colt Fred The Bread (Hip No. 570), this installment of the sale was up 26.1 percent from last year’s. In fact, this edition of the event was the most prolific of any sale conducted since it was re-tooled in 2005. Over the course of five days, 622 yearlings exchanged hands for $36,410,000 with an average of $58,537 and a median of $42,000. Also, 103 yearlings sold for $100,000 or more which shattered the previous record of 77 from 2016. To gain perspective on how successful this year’s sale was, last year’s record-breaking event sold 573 horses for $32,262,000, with an average of $56,304 and a median of $40,000. While more yearlings did go through the ring in 2017, there was no horse that sold for more $480,000, unlike last year when Tactical Landing brought $800,000 and Come See The Show $550,000. Randy Manges and David Reid, co-sales managers, both felt the 2016 numbers would be unattainable this year, but they acknowledged the strength of the middle market and of the catalogue shortly after the sale commenced. “That was a dream sale,” Manges said on the first evening. “We cannot expect this year to be the same, but we have yearlings in each session that are very nice horses and should sell well.” Although established stallions Muscle Hill (49 yearlings sold for $5.67 million) and Somebeachsomewhere (29 yearlings, $3 million) understandably were at the top of the list, the reception of the freshman sires certainly was a powerful force in this sale’s success. Captaintreacherous was responsible for 52 head which sold for $3.66 million; Father Patrick had 21 yearlings sell for $1.72 million and Sweet Lou had 27 horses sell for $2.07 million. Since 2012 only Muscle Hill (28 yearlings, $2.87 million), Rock N Roll Heaven (28 yearlings, $1.93 million), Chapter Seven (26 yearlings, $1.59 million) and Lucky Chucky (28 yearlings, $1.59 million) have fared as well or better with their first crops in Kentucky. Only Muscle Hill ($102,429) had a higher average from his initial group of yearlings than Father Patrick ($82,048), Sweet Lou ($76,778) and Captaintreacherous ($70,481). New stallions Sunshine Beach and E L Titan also did very well from a limited amount of offspring (three yearlings and an average of $84,667 and six yearlings and an average of $79,833, respectively). “Muscle Hill and Somebeachsomewhere are proven stallions,” Manges said. “But we also are quite pleased with how well the new stallions have done this year.” To view full results of the sale, please click here. 2017 Lexington Selected Yearling Sales Results – Sire Averages  Sire [Average/#Sold] Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Total Mcardle $0 0 $0 0 $0 0 $0 0 $156,500 2 $156,500 2 Muscle Hill $134,421 19 $115,905 21 $76,556 9 $0 0 $0 0 $115,857 49 Somebeachsomewhere $127,933 15 $96,875 8 $51,000 6 $0 0 $0 0 $103,448 29 Sunshine Beach $0 0 $0 0 $115,000 2 $0 0 $24,000 1 $84,667 3 Father Patrick $120,000 5 $70,400 10 $74,800 5 $45,000 1 $0 0 $82,048 21 E L Titan $0 0 $92,333 3 $76,000 2 $50,000 1 $0 0 $79,833 6 Sweet Lou $120,714 7 $91,667 9 $39,375 8 $36,500 2 $15,000 1 $76,778 27 Muscle Mass $0 0 $0 0 $93,000 4 $51,250 4 $0 0 $72,125 8 Captaintreacherous $109,722 18 $61,304 23 $27,444 9 $16,500 2 $0 0 $70,481 52 Chapter Seven $0 0 $108,750 4 $51,800 5 $18,500 2 $50,000 1 $65,083 12 Cantab Hall $185,000 4 $59,368 19 $43,533 15 $43,500 4 $0 0 $64,167 42 Swan For All $0 0 $0 0 $0 0 $0 0 $59,000 1 $59,000 1 A Rocknroll Dance $100,000 1 $168,333 3 $39,000 3 $27,750 8 $18,500 2 $57,706 17 Kadabra $79,400 5 $59,750 4 $45,500 6 $50,000 2 $35,000 2 $56,789 19 Trixton $79,167 6 $60,778 9 $49,286 14 $39,444 9 $0 0 $54,395 38 Western Ideal $80,000 1 $82,500 2 $56,000 2 $26,000 2 $15,000 1 $53,000 8 Archangel $0 0 $85,000 1 $62,000 1 $44,500 2 $22,000 1 $51,600 5 Royalty For Life $0 0 $100,000 1 $50,667 3 $27,500 2 $0 0 $51,167 6 Explosive Matter $35,000 1 $113,000 3 $0 0 $32,667 6 $22,000 2 $51,167 12 American Ideal $48,333 3 $76,750 8 $31,333 3 $26,200 5 $22,000 1 $50,300 20 Credit Winner $129,000 3 $52,500 8 $45,667 6 $23,571 7 $16,000 3 $47,926 27 Dragon Again $0 0 $0 0 $0 0 $0 0 $44,000 2 $44,000 2 Andover Hall $0 0 $85,000 1 $0 0 $33,333 3 $35,000 1 $44,000 5 Betterthancheddar $57,000 1 $100,000 1 $38,667 3 $20,000 1 $7,000 1 $42,857 7 Conway Hall $0 0 $48,000 1 $100,000 1 $38,750 4 $24,667 3 $41,889 9 Uncle Peter $0 0 $0 0 $0 0 $0 0 $41,600 5 $41,600 5 Western Vintage $0 0 $0 0 $0 0 $0 0 $40,000 1 $40,000 1 Bettor's Delight $130,000 1 $42,000 2 $40,167 12 $22,500 4 $14,000 1 $40,000 20 Heston Blue Chip $0 0 $75,000 1 $0 0 $30,000 1 $14,000 1 $39,667 3 Yankee Cruiser $0 0 $0 0 $0 0 $0 0 $39,500 2 $39,500 2 Donato Hanover $0 0 $42,600 5 $54,333 6 $24,500 6 $11,000 2 $37,263 19 Rockin Image $0 0 $0 0 $0 0 $0 0 $37,000 1 $37,000 1 Sportswriter $0 0 $60,000 2 $45,200 5 $28,444 9 $22,000 1 $36,706 17 Rc Royalty $0 0 $0 0 $27,000 1 $55,000 1 $25,000 1 $35,667 3 Art Major $55,000 2 $50,333 6 $29,300 10 $22,800 5 $20,000 1 $34,958 24 Mach Three $0 0 $0 0 $47,750 4 $18,000 2 $10,000 1 $33,857 7 Manofmanymissions $0 0 $0 0 $0 0 $0 0 $33,333 3 $33,333 3 So Surreal $0 0 $0 0 $0 0 $47,000 1 $17,000 1 $32,000 2 Pet Rock $0 0 $0 0 $0 0 $0 0 $30,857 7 $30,857 7 Shadow Play $0 0 $0 0 $34,250 4 $24,000 2 $0 0 $30,833 6 We Will See $0 0 $0 0 $0 0 $0 0 $30,000 1 $30,000 1 Yankee Glide $85,000 1 $35,000 1 $28,400 5 $26,250 8 $23,600 5 $29,500 20 Well Said $0 0 $70,000 1 $40,000 1 $30,000 4 $11,333 3 $29,333 9 Always A Virgin $0 0 $0 0 $0 0 $0 0 $27,500 2 $27,500 2 Roll With Joe $0 0 $0 0 $37,500 2 $19,333 3 $0 0 $26,600 5 My Mvp $0 0 $0 0 $0 0 $0 0 $25,000 1 $25,000 1 Mr Wiggles $0 0 $0 0 $0 0 $0 0 $25,000 1 $25,000 1 Cassis $0 0 $0 0 $0 0 $0 0 $23,000 1 $23,000 1 Vintage Master $0 0 $0 0 $0 0 $0 0 $21,000 1 $21,000 1 Guccio $0 0 $0 0 $0 0 $0 0 $20,000 1 $20,000 1 Wishing Stone $0 0 $0 0 $0 0 $0 0 $20,000 1 $20,000 1 Rock N Roll Heaven $0 0 $12,000 1 $45,000 1 $20,000 1 $7,500 2 $18,400 5 Muscle Massive $0 0 $0 0 $22,000 1 $19,571 7 $14,333 3 $18,364 11 Dejarmbro $0 0 $0 0 $0 0 $0 0 $17,750 4 $17,750 4 Lucky Chucky $0 0 $0 0 $0 0 $0 0 $17,000 1 $17,000 1 Western Terror $0 0 $0 0 $0 0 $17,000 1 $0 0 $17,000 1 Ponder $0 0 $0 0 $0 0 $0 0 $16,000 1 $16,000 1 Crazed $0 0 $0 0 $22,000 1 $25,000 1 $7,000 2 $15,250 4 Real Desire $0 0 $0 0 $0 0 $0 0 $12,000 2 $12,000 2 Muscles Yankee $0 0 $0 0 $0 0 $7,000 1 $15,000 1 $11,000 2 Cash Hall $0 0 $0 0 $0 0 $0 0 $8,000 1 $8,000 1     by Kim French, USTA Internet News Editor 

Columbus, OH --- On the very first evening of the 2017 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale, many of harness racing media members and those in the audience were swift to commence comparisons between this year’s edition and the record-breaking version which occurred the previous year. Randy Manges, co-sales manager, quickly responded to these queries by stating the two were vastly different, as 2016 was in a class of its own, yet he felt the upcoming four sessions would demonstrate not only the demand for horses, but a very robust middle market. After Mettle and Tangent, however, sold for $180,000 and $100,000, respectively, on Friday (Oct. 6) in the sale’s fourth installment, the 2017 sale is poised to soar past its predecessor to annex the top spot in the history books. “You cannot compare this year’s sale to last year’s because we don’t have a $800,000 or $550,000 yearling,” said Manges. “But we have very nice horses right up until the last horse to sell, so the catalogue we have created should appeal to a number of buyers to the conclusion of the sale.” Friday evening witnessed the passage of 124 yearlings through the ring that were sold for a total sum of $3,674,000 with an average of $29,629. This was increase of 16.1 percent from 2016’s equivalent session, which netted $2,884,000 from 113 horses and supplied an average of $25,522. The median price also increased by roughly 20 percent from last year with two horses bringing $100,000 or more as last year’s highest-priced horse was sold for $97,000 for the corresponding session. As the sale heads into its final evening, 535 horses have generated $34,069,000 in revenue with an average of $63,680. Its 2016 counterpart offered 491 yearlings which sold for $30,553,000 with an average of $62,266. This year 101 horses have sold for $100,000 or better while in 2016, 76 yearlings accomplished that feat. Mettle, a son of Trixton-Angelette Hanover, not only created the highest-price of the evening, but was the first $100,000 horse of the session. Consigned and raised by Hunterton Farms, the colt was assigned Hip No. 442 and is now owned by Celebrity Farms. By Yankee Glide, Mettle’s dam was a talented race mare as she banked $317,892, was second in the Breeders Crown final as a 2-year-old and in the Coaching Club Oaks as a sophomore. She was also third in the Hudson Filly Trot as a 3-year-old. From three foals of racing age, Angelette Hanover has provided three winners, but the potential for her progeny to be future stars is quite promising. Not only is the mare a half-sibling to Annie Hall (Like A Prayer, $103,469), who has also foaled two $100,000 winners, but her granddam is none other than Hall of Fame member Amour Angus. Therefore, Mettle hails from one of the most coveted bloodlines in the sport. Tangent, a daughter of Cantab Hall-Fraction, possesses her own impressive credentials when it comes to her female family, which is undoubtedly one of the primary factors involved in her price. Consigned and reared by Diamond Creek Farm, this filly, identified as Hip No. 448, was selected by Marcus Melander as agent for Al Libfield for $100,000. Tangent’s dam is by Andover Hall and from two foals of racing age has one, Sherrys Lady (Muscle Hill), who is a winner as a 2-year-old. Fraction, however, is out of Decimal Hanover (SJ’s Caviar, $1,536), who in turn is a daughter of D Train. This makes her a half-sibling to 2007 Horse of the Year, multiple Dan Patch Award winner, world champion and successful sire Donato Hanover (Andover Hall, $2.9 million), world champion Here Comes Herbie (Credit Winner, $365,541) and Dream On Hanover (Andover Hall, $119,521). The Lexington Selected Yearling Sale continues until Saturday (Oct. 7) with all sessions opening at 7 p.m. To view the full results of the sale or the upcoming catalogue, please click here. The event is also being streamed live and can be seen on this link. Complete recaps of the individual sessions will be available at www.ustrotting.com on the mornings following the evening sessions. by Kim French, USTA Internet News Editor

Columbus, OH --- Although each session of every edition of any sale possesses its own unique characteristics, this year’s Lexington Selected Yearling Sale features an attribute which sets it apart from its predecessors: expect the unexpected. Thursday evening’s (Oct. 5) action certainly demonstrated just that as Southwind Bugz was purchased for $335,000 to rank as the second highest-priced yearling of the harness racing event in its third session, which is obviously extremely unusual. Randy Manges, however, might have provided a bit of foreshadowing for what the sale was capable of providing on Monday evening. “I’m looking forward to the rest of the sale,” the co-sales manager said. “Our third, fourth and fifth sessions have very nice horses so our books have strength right through to the end of the sale.” Despite his extensive experience and knowledge, even Manges himself was probably a bit surprised at how successful this year’s third installment was as Southwind Bugz was merely an indicator of a very powerful sale. Thursday witnessed 160 yearlings go through the ring for a gross sum of $7,615,000 with an average of $47,594. In last year’s record-breaking event, 145 horses were sold for $6,066,000 with an average of $41,834. Therefore, the sale saw a healthy increase of 13.8 percent from the 2016 numbers. In addition, the highest-priced yearling from last year’s version on the third day was $175,000 and six horses sold for $100,000 or more. On this Thursday, nine yearlings sold with that price tag or higher. Identified as Hip No. 368, Southwind Bugz, a son of Muscle Hill-Missymae Bluestone, is now owned by Kenneth Jacobs. Consigned by Preferred Equine Inc. and raised by Southwind Farms, the bay colt entered the arena with a regal air as the bidding ensued around him. The March 26 foal is a full-sibling to Yonkers Trot runner-up and Swedish Breeders Crown winner Southwind Mozart ($300,000-International) and a half-brother to New Jersey Sire Stakes champion Southwind Cocoa (Chocolatier, $277,097). The colt’s granddam, Missy’s Goalfire, earned $329,939 on the racetrack and also produced Missy’s Doubt Fire (Cantab Hall, $177,924) as well as Me And Cinderella (Cantab Hall, $107,398). This family’s first three generations are also listed in the catalogue with an impressive amount of black type. While fellow freshman stallions Captaintreacherous, Sweet Lou, Father Patrick and Trixton have been in the spotlight, Sunshine Beach tossed down his own challenge as his son Ridin On Sunshine, Hip No. 416, was selected for $185,000 by Gino Toscani. Out of the Jereme's Jet mare Takealilridewithme, the colt was consigned by Spring Haven Farm and reared by Rails Edge Farm. Ridin On Sunshine is his dam’s first foal, but she is a half-sister to Riding The Rapids (Red River Hanover, $113,020). The colt’s great-granddam, Motorist (French Chef) produced six winners from seven foals and his fourth dam, Road Runner (Albatross) is responsible for a number of stakes winners as well as stakes producers. Two trotting yearlings, Lindy Express and One More Rosie, shared the third position as the evening’s most expensive purchases when they each fetched $140,000. A son of Trixton-Nashville Lindy, Lindy Express, who will now reside in the barn of Åke Svanstedt, is a half-brother to 2017 Old Oaken Bucket victor Shake It Off Lindy (Crazed, $209,872). Catalogued as Hip No. 375, the colt has a pedigree that affords a glimpse of a promising future, as his second and third dams were prolific producers of stakes winners. One More Rosie, Hip No. 398, was selected by Rene Allard. The daughter of Muscle Mass-Rose De Vie Stena is a full-sister to dual O’Brien Award winner Riveting Rosie ($903,520) and a half-sibling to Howd That Feel (Muscles Yankee, $187,272). The filly’s dam is a 100 percent producer and is a half-sister to Bertorico (Lindy Lane, $237,165), Baron Hall (Victory Dream, $194,818), and Bertolio (Lindy Lane, $204,400-International). The Lexington Selected Yearling Sale continues until Saturday (Oct. 7) with all sessions opening at 7 p.m. To view the full results of the sale or the upcoming catalogue, please click here. The event is also being streamed live and can be seen on this link. Complete recaps of the individual sessions will be available at www.ustrotting.com on the mornings following the evening sessions. by Kim French, USTA Internet News Editor 

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