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White Birch Farm of Allentown, N.J., a four-time New Jersey Breeder the Year and two-time U.S. Harness Writers Association Breeder of the Year, has announced that its harness racing breeding stock will be sold as part of a complete dispersal of the famed nursery at the Harrisburg Mixed Sale on Thursday, November 7. Preferred Equine Marketing, Inc. will represent the farm as agent. The farm's final foal crop (foals of 2019) will be offered in the traditional manner at the 2020 yearling sales. World-renowned in harness racing, White Birch has bred and raised a host of champions including two-time Pacer of the Year Captaintreacherous, 3-Year-Old Pacing Filly of the Year Darlin’s Delight, U.S. and Canadian Horse of the Year Bee A Magician, and 2 and 3-Year-Old Pacing Fillies of the Year My Little Dragon and Worldly Beauty. Founded by the late Joseph and Marie Parisi, the farm was operated by their son Michael until his untimely death in December, 2015. Since Michael's passing, the farm continued to operate under Michael's estate and was named New Jersey Breeder of the Year in 2018. Leading the consignment will be the likes of millionaire Darlinonthebeach, carrying her first foal and selling in foal to World Champion Always B Miki; Hudson Trot winner Celebrity Ruth, carrying her first foal and selling in foal to Muscle Hill; and Act Now, selling in foal to Captaintreacherous. Other notables include My Little Dragon, carrying a three-quarter sibling to Stay Hungry; Darlins Delight, carrying a half to Darlinonthebeach; Worldly Treasure, carrying a half to Captaintreacherous; and Scandalous Hanover, carrying a full to Treacherous Reign. Please Behave sells carrying her first foal, that colt or filly by Chapter Seven; Belclare carrying a full to Captain Victorious; and Dragon Tale carrying a full to Workinonamystery. The mares will be selling in foal to many of the sport's most prominent sires including Captaintreacherous (eight in foal), Muscle Hill, Chapter Seven, Always B Miki, American Ideal and Bettor's Delight. For further information about the dispersal, please contact David Reid at Preferred Equine Marketing at (914) 773-7777. From Preferred Equine Marketing

Preferred Equine Marketing, Inc. has announced the addition of Mike Kimelman to its harness racing sales team. Kimelman will begin working with Preferred at next week’s Lexington Selected Yearling Sale and will continue on at Harrisburg and at all upcoming sales. Kimelman is the director of equine operations at Majestic View Farm in Gartner, N.Y., as well as a U.S. Trotting Association director from District 8A and trustee of the New York State Breeding and Development Fund. Formerly the president of Blue Chip Farms (2001 to 2014), he has a broad range of knowledge and experience within the breeding industry and public sales setting. “Mike has devoted his entire career to the Standardbred business,” said Preferred’s David Reid. “With his years of experience at Blue Chip Farms and beyond, he’s become very well known and respected in our industry, and interacts with all the movers and shakers in our sport. “He knows his way around the shedrow and will he will help us maintain our high standards of customer service to our clients, both sellers and buyers. We’ve worked hard to establish the Preferred brand, and are proud of it. I’m very happy he has agreed to join us.” Kimelman also expressed his enthusiasm with joining Preferred Equine. “I’m very excited with this opportunity to be part of such an outstanding organization, one that’s the industry leader in sales. They have a solid team in place and I’m looking forward to working with them in any capacity going forward.” Preferred Equine Marketing  

Preferred Equine Marketing and Blue Chip Farms announced today that World Champion Crazed will return to the New York stallion ranks in 2015. The million dollar-winning son of Credit Winner stood at Blue Chip's facility at the start of his stud career before moving to Hanover Shoe Farms in 2013. After siring both the 2- and 3-year-old New York Sire Stakes colt champions in 2014, the decision was made to return him to the Empire State. "The sons and daughters of Crazed earned almost $1.6 million in the New York Sire Stakes program alone this past season," said syndicate manager David Reid of Preferred Equine Marketing. "With such a strong performance in the New York arena, and overwhelming support of the Crazed Syndicate in moving him, I'm delighted to partner with Blue Chip again in promoting and standing Crazed in 2015 and beyond,: he continued. Crazed will stand for a stud fee of $5,000. From Preferred Equine Marketing & Blue Chip Farms  

Hambletonian Champion, Canadian Trotting Classic winner and harness racing's Dan Patch 3-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year, Royalty For Life, will begin his stud career in 2015 at Tara Hills Stud in Ontario. In making today's joint announcement with Tara Hills Stud Ltd., Royalty For Life's breeder and co-owner Al Ross said the ownership group--that also includes Ray Campbell and Paul Fontaine--are very excited to enter the Ontario program. "We have a lot of confidence in the future of Ontario racing and breeding, and have always enjoyed the hospitality shown to us by horsemen there. We think he'll be very well supported by breeders in both Canada and the U.S., as he has all the makings of a very successful sire," Ross said. Royalty For Life 2,1:54.2; 3,1:51.3 ($1,620,166) is a son of RC Royalty-Bourbon N Grits. He was bred by Ross, raised at Chip Campbell's farm in Belchertown, Mass. and trained by George Ducharme. The colt displayed tremendous early speed, going 7-3-1 in 14 starts as a two year old. He won the International Stallion Stakes in Lexington as a freshman and five New York Sire Stakes events. He was second at two in both the elim and $600,000 final of the Breeders Crown. His tour de force, championship season in last year's glamour division saw him win classic races in ultra-impressive style when big money was on the line. His victories included the $1-million Hambletonian in straight heats, the $686,000 Canadian Trotting Classic in track record time, a heat of the $527,000 Kentucky Futurity and the $294,000 Stanley Dancer Memorial. He was retired from racing this summer when injured just prior to the John Cashman Memorial at the Meadowlands. Preferred Equine Marketing's David Reid, who brokered the deal, said Royalty For Life will be syndicated, with details and a stud fee announced in the coming weeks. Those who would like further information are asked to contact Dave Heffering at Tara Hills Stud (905-985-7770, tarahill@on.aibn.com) or David Reid at Preferred Equine Marketing (914-773-7777, davereid@preferredequine.com). From Preferred Equine Marketing & Tara Hills Stud  

A solid group of yearlings and a 2015 two-year-old purse bonus announcement helped substantially raise the average price at Sunday's 2014 Canadian Yearling Sale. Topping the sale was regally-bred yearling Sports Cowboy. The colt, sired by O'Brien Award winner Sportswriter out of O'Brien Award winner Moving Pictures, was sold for $100,000 to Determination of Westmount, Quebec. Sports Cowboy was consigned to the sale by Preferred Equine. Also garnering much attention from the Preferred Equine consignment was pacing colt Rothwell. The son of two Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Famers -- Camluck and Mystic Mistress -- sold for $61,000 to Gino Toscani of Mount Hope, Ont. An enthusiastic crowd was present at the SC Sales Pavilion at Flamboro Downs and eagerly shelled out $1.955 million for the 155 yearlings available, resulting in an average of $12,614 -- up 24 percent from the 2013 yearling average. The full list of yearling sale results is available at the following link: 2014 Canadian Yearling Sale Results. From the Canadian Yearling Sale Company

Videos for the Southwind Farms Lexington Yearling Consignment are now available on the farms website at www.southwindfarms.net. The consignment features ten yearlings by World Champion MUSCLE HILL and five by sensational first crop sire SPORTSWRITER, as well as three Bettors Delights, and a Dragon Again, brother to Pa Sire Stakes Champion SOUTHWIND ROULETTE p,2,1:51.4f. The yearlings will sell as part of the Preferred Equine Agency consignment in Lexington and are available for inspection at the farm until September 25th   Please contact Farm Manager Laura Young at (609) 737-9067 or Syndicate Manager, Michael Klau at (516)599-2442. From Southwind Farms

The annual Tattersalls Summer Mixed Sale at The Meadowlands witnessed hot and fast bidding that resulted in a 34.7% increase in average per horse sale price from the previous year.   Of the 123 racehorses that sold for a gross of $2,544,200, the average reached $20,685. The main attraction of the well-attended Harness Horse auction was the "drop-in-the-box" nature of the 30 horses that raced in the two days prior to the sale, and over 100 that raced in the last week.   The highlight of the sale was the offering of World Champion trotter Sevruga 1:50.3 who was a $160,000 post-sale purchase. A winner of over $1 million lifetime, he will start in the $300,000 John Cashman, Jr Memorial on Hambo Day for new owners Scott and Joe Pennacchio.   Long-time horse owner, amateur driver, and current president of the Florida Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association, Joe Pennacchio noted that Sevruga "was one of the rare, great trotters around, and may be in just a little over his head in Grand Circuit stakes company. We look forward to racing him in Open and Late Closing events."   Consigned by Northwood Bloodstock Agency, Sevruga was one of nearly 50 horses represented by Bob Boni. Following the sale, Boni noted pleasure with the day's events and stated that "it was a very strong horse sale. Good horses sold well, as they usually do."   The annual racehorse reduction of Jules Siegel's Fashion Farm was particularly well-received, bolstered by several high-priced youngsters. Topping the overall 2-year-old sales was the PA eligible Broadway Hall gelding On The Sly, who showed consistently flat lines around 1:58 and fetched $51,000 from Barbara Boese of Milton, DE.   Preferred Equine Marketing represented another well-placed $75,000 Fashion Farm sale with the American Ideal colt, Ideal Fashion p,3,1:52.1f--`14. Kyle Spagnola signed for the 3-year-old NY eligible colt who had just won his last start at Yonkers in 1:53.4h.   Toward the end of the sale, prospective purchasers not willing to go home empty handed saw stars with Moonliteonthebeach p,4,1:51--`14, who was consigned by Preferred Equine Marketing for Scott Kimelman and the Blue Chip Bloodstock Partners. The bidding was fierce and competitive for the handsome 4-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere who just paced in 1:49.3 finishing second at Pocono just 12 hours before the sale. When the dust settled, Andrew Harris signed the winning $85,000 ticket for trainer P.J. Fraley and owner Jeff Bamond.   Lynch winning 3-year-old pacing filly Fancy Desire p,3,1:49 was the anticipated sale topper, and was hammered down for $195,000, however failed to reach the required reserve price.   Tattersalls sales manager David Reid was happy with the overall results of the sale, and was optimistic about the health of the industry. "Sales have been good. This was a very active group of racehorses, which always translates into active bidding. My only disappointment was the relative absence of Canadian buyers. It serves as a true indicator of the importance of the slots programs in these regional markets. Having said that, with an eye on the future, bring on the Hambletonian." by Chris Tully, for Tattersalls  

The track it pedigrees for the 24 Deo Volente yearlings of 2014 can be found on their website at  http://deovolentefarms.com/Home.html and activated by clicking on the yearlings name. Of the 24, 17 are slated for the Lexington selected sale as part of the Preferred Equine consignment. The remaining seven are slated for Harrisburg and will be consigned by Northwood Bloodstock. Among the Lexington highlights include Mikhail Deo, a Kadabra brother to this year’s sensational Perfect Alliance and Can’t Hold This a Donato Hanover colt from Yursa Hanover, she a near million dollar winning sister to Perfect Alliance’s dam Yalta Hanover. Among the outstanding pacing prospects are Timber (Art Major-Bjs Canouan) from a productive sister to Rocknroll Hanover and Charlies Man the Art Major colt from Worldly Beauty’s productive dam World Of Her Own. Charlies Man is thus a half brother to the well known Sir Richard Z Tam  Leading the Harrisburg offerings are Lovin Life (Western Ideal-Lisjune) a three quarter sister to last year’s brilliant I Luv The Nitelife and Mavens Way (Muscles Yankee-Doris Deo) he from a sister to Donato Hanover. From Deo Volente Farms

The 2013 Forest City Yearling Sale held its first of two sessions on Saturday afternoon at the Western Fair Agriplex in London, Ont. with Queen Fourteen topping the opening session. Selling as Hip 64, Queen Fourteen was purchased for $130,000 by Tony O'Sullivan of Cambridge, Ont. Consigned by agent Preferred Equine Inc. for Warrawee Farms, the filly is by Hall of Famers Camluck and Mystic Mystress. She is Mystic Mystress' 14th foal and is a full sister to Mystician ($1,860,422 - 1:49.2), Camystic ($779,728 - 1:49.4) and Lucks Mistress ($616,605 - 1:51.3). O'Sullivan also purchased Warrawee Quick, Hip 115, from the same consignment for $65,000. The Sportswriter-Great Memories filly is a half-sibling to world champion Warrawee Needy ($1,105,669 - 1:46.4) and Big Bay Point ($501,139 - 1:49). Also among the top three highest priced yearlings of the session was Tessa Seelster, Hip 90. Consigned by Seelster Farms Inc., the Shadow Play-Titania Seelster filly was purchased for $77,000 by Ben Baillargeon, agent for Quebec's Richard Berthiaume. She is a half-sibling to Grassroots Championship runner-up Twilight Seelster ($86,438 - 1:56). A total of 111 yearlings were sold for $2,087,000, producing an average price of $18,802. Last year, 119 yearlings passed through the sales ring on opening day, selling for $1,802,500 with an average price of $15,147. The sale will continue at 12 p.m. on Sunday. Pedigrees and videos (where available) for all of the yearlings selling may be viewed here. For complete sale results, click here. Reprinted with permission from www.standardbredcanada.com

Westfield, IN- The bronze Girl and Foal will be auctioned during the Harrisburg sale, to benefit the Harness Horse Youth Foundation to assist with expenses related to its educational programs. The sculpture will be on display in the Preferred Equine Marketing consignment area, and the bid sheet will be located there, as well. Bidding begins Monday, November 4 at 9 AM, with bids accepted 9 AM - 5 PM Monday through Thursday and from 9 – 3 on Friday. The opening bid for this full size piece (Four feet high by 62” long and 15” wide  is) $3,800 for this bronze and subsequent bids are to be increased in $25 increments. If needed, HHYF reserves the right to rase the bid to next highest $25. Successful bidder must arrange shipping. Successful bidder must pay for the bronze in cash or check by 5 PM on Friday, November 8. No credit cards will be accepted. For more information, contact Lillie Brown at Preferred Equine Marketing or other HHYF representatives, who will be present during the sale. The Harness Horse Youth Foundation is a charitable 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing young people and their families educational opportunities with  harness horses, in order to foster the next generation of participants and fans. The Foundation has been making a difference in young people’s lives since 1976, and its programs include interactive learning experiences with these versatile animals, scholarship programs, and creation and distribution of For more information, contact Keith Gisser, 216-374-1392 or etih@hhyf.org Submitted by HHYF.

The dispersal of broodmares owned by Brittany Farms and the late Brian Monieson, along with the annual reduction of mares from Brittany Farms, will be offered for sale at the upcoming Harrisburg Mixed Sale on Friday, Nov. 8. The mares will be consigned by Preferred Equine Marketing, Agent. Known for producing many great horses, including the legendary Artsplace, the Brittany/Monieson partnership “also gave industry breeders some of the best race fillies and foundation mares in the sport today,” according to Brittany Farms manager Art Zubrod. “It’s not often that breeders have the chance to acquire bloodlines like these, and the mares are carrying foals that should receive a lot of interest at the select sales. “We think it provides a terrific opportunity for breeders large or small to step up and improve their holdings,” Zubrod continued. Featured mares include the dams of current 2-year-old stakes winning fillies Allstar Rating, Chocolate Crisp and Act Now, the dam of $2-million winner Vintage Master, and sisters or close relatives to Artsplace, Art Major, Continentalvictory and 2013 stakes filly Mistery Woman. The list of the mares and their pedigrees are now available on the Brittany Farms website (http://www.britfarms.com/13hbmares.html). Submitted by Brittany Farms  

Lexington, KY --- The Lexington Selected Yearling Sale’s third session youngsters turned in a sterling performance on Thursday (Oct. 3), as their sale results crushed the numbers from the same session in 2012. The average sale price of $34,051 for the 157 sold was a gain of 31 percent, gross sales rose more than 33 percent and the number of $100,000 yearlings jumped from one to six. This remarkably strong showing has helped push the average price of $54,148 for 420 yearlings through three sessions to a 10 percent advantage over the first three days a year ago. The sale topper Thursday at $105,000 was pacing colt Helios Lindy, by American Ideal out of Sunshine Sister. Jeff Gillis signed as agent for Mac Nichol for this colt in the Preferred Equine Marketing consignment. Five yearlings sold for an even $100,000. The first of these was the colt Lush Art, by Art Major out of Lush Limbaugh, a $200,000-winning three-quarter sister to Camtastic and the producer of a pair of $200,000-plus winners. This includes the current 3-year-old Word Power, who boasts a 1:49.4 record. Ray Remmen, trainer of Word Power, signed for this Dunroven Stud-bred colt. The next yearling to reach $100,000 was Southwind Wildfire, a colt by Muscle Hill out of Wafs. Bjorn Noren cast the winning bid on behalf of Courant AB for this colt that was consigned by Preferred Equine Marketing as agent for Southwind Farms. The very next horse in the ring sold for that same price. This was the Western Ideal colt Artspeak, out of the Artsplace mare The Art Museum, a member of the same family as Southwind Lynx ($1,763,389) and Ultra Jet ($756,571). John Fodera signed as agent for this youngster from the Brittany Farms consignment. Courant AB of Sweden returned to $100,000 territory, this time in pursuit of a pacer. Nancy Takter Johansson signed the slip for Courant AB in acquiring the Art Major colt Think Again, out of $900,000 winner Remember When, closely related to millionaires Mr Feelgood, Western ideal, and Leah Almahurst. Brittany Farms bred Think Again. The final $100,000 yearling for the night went to Ken Jacobs’ K J Stables LLC, as he selected the Bettor's Delight colt Eagle Feather. Dam Town Feather has produced a pair of full siblings, the filly Ramalama and colt Duke Did It, each with earnings over $200,000, as well as millionaire half brother Razzle Dazzle. Preferred Equine Marketing consigned the colt for Freedom Hill Farms. Here are the summary statistics by gait and sex, from both the third session and overall, plus the leading horses by price from the third session: Session 3       Group-No. Sold-Total Price-Average Price-Top Price-Median-$100,000+ Pacing Colts-40-$1,604,000-$40,100-$105,000-$30,000-5 Pacing Fillies-29-$831,000-$28,655-$92,000-$19,000-0 Trotting Colts-40-$1,629,000-$40,725-$100,000-$38,500-1 Trotting Fillies-48-$1,282,000-$26,708-$65,000-$20,000-0 Total-157-$5,346,000-$34,051-$105,000-$30,000-6 Sale through three sessions       Group-No. Sold-Total Price-Average Price-Top Price-Median-$100,000+ Pacing Colts-101-$5,981,000-$59,218-$150,000-$50,000-22 Pacing Fillies-94-$4,571,000-$48,628-$180,000-$40,000-10 Trotting Colts-108-$7,156,000-$66,259-$475,000-$48,500-18 Trotting Fillies-117-$5,034,000-$43,026-$260,000-$35,000-8 Total-420-$22,742,000-$54,148-$475,000-$42,000-58 Yearling-Sire-Dam-Sex-Gait-Price-Buyer Helios Lindy-American Ideal-Sunshine Sister-C-P-$105,000-Jeff Gillis, Agent For Mac Nichol Lush Art-Art Major-Lush Limbaugh-C-P-$100,000-Ray Remmen Southwind Wildfire-Muscle Hill-Wafs-C-T-$100,000-Bjorn Norden, Agent For Courant Ab & M Langli Artspeak-Western Ideal-The Art Museum-C-P-$100,000-John A. Fodera, Agent Think Again-Art Major-Remember When-C-P-$100,000-Nancy Johansson, Agent For Courant Ab Eagle Feather-Bettor's Delight-Town Feather-C-P-$100,000-K J Stables Llc The Lexington Selected Yearling Sale continues each evening at 7 p.m. through Saturday at the Fasig-Tipton Sale Arena. by David Carr for USTA www.ustrotting.com

Lexington, KY --- The Lexington Selected Yearling Sale’s third session youngsters turned in a sterling performance on Thursday (Oct. 3), as their sale results crushed the numbers from the same session in 2012. The average sale price of $34,051 for the 157 sold was a gain of 31 percent, gross sales rose more than 33 percent and the number of $100,000 yearlings jumped from one to six. This remarkably strong showing has helped push the average price of $54,148 for 420 yearlings through three sessions to a 10 percent advantage over the first three days a year ago. The sale topper Thursday at $105,000 was pacing colt Helios Lindy, by American Ideal out of Sunshine Sister. Jeff Gillis signed as agent for Mac Nichol for this colt in the Preferred Equine Marketing consignment. Five yearlings sold for an even $100,000. The first of these was the colt Lush Art, by Art Major out of Lush Limbaugh, a $200,000-winning three-quarter sister to Camtastic and the producer of a pair of $200,000-plus winners. This includes the current 3-year-old Word Power, who boasts a 1:49.4 record. Ray Remmen, trainer of Word Power, signed for this Dunroven Stud-bred colt. The next yearling to reach $100,000 was Southwind Wildfire, a colt by Muscle Hill out of Wafs. Bjorn Noren cast the winning bid on behalf of Courant AB for this colt that was consigned by Preferred Equine Marketing as agent for Southwind Farms. The very next horse in the ring sold for that same price. This was the Western Ideal colt Artspeak, out of the Artsplace mare The Art Museum, a member of the same family as Southwind Lynx ($1,763,389) and Ultra Jet ($756,571). John Fodera signed as agent for this youngster from the Brittany Farms consignment. Courant AB of Sweden returned to $100,000 territory, this time in pursuit of a pacer. Nancy Takter Johansson signed the slip for Courant AB in acquiring the Art Major colt Think Again, out of $900,000 winner Remember When, closely related to millionaires Mr Feelgood, Western ideal, and Leah Almahurst. Brittany Farms bred Think Again. The final $100,000 yearling for the night went to Ken Jacobs’ K J Stables LLC, as he selected the Bettor's Delight colt Eagle Feather. Dam Town Feather has produced a pair of full siblings, the filly Ramalama and colt Duke Did It, each with earnings over $200,000, as well as millionaire half brother Razzle Dazzle. Preferred Equine Marketing consigned the colt for Freedom Hill Farms. Here are the summary statistics by gait and sex, from both the third session and overall, plus the leading horses by price from the third session: Session 3       Group-No. Sold-Total Price-Average Price-Top Price-Median-$100,000+ Pacing Colts-40-$1,604,000-$40,100-$105,000-$30,000-5 Pacing Fillies-29-$831,000-$28,655-$92,000-$19,000-0 Trotting Colts-40-$1,629,000-$40,725-$100,000-$38,500-1 Trotting Fillies-48-$1,282,000-$26,708-$65,000-$20,000-0 Total-157-$5,346,000-$34,051-$105,000-$30,000-6 Sale through three sessions       Group-No. Sold-Total Price-Average Price-Top Price-Median-$100,000+ Pacing Colts-101-$5,981,000-$59,218-$150,000-$50,000-22 Pacing Fillies-94-$4,571,000-$48,628-$180,000-$40,000-10 Trotting Colts-108-$7,156,000-$66,259-$475,000-$48,500-18 Trotting Fillies-117-$5,034,000-$43,026-$260,000-$35,000-8 Total-420-$22,742,000-$54,148-$475,000-$42,000-58 Yearling-Sire-Dam-Sex-Gait-Price-Buyer Helios Lindy-American Ideal-Sunshine Sister-C-P-$105,000-Jeff Gillis, Agent For Mac Nichol Lush Art-Art Major-Lush Limbaugh-C-P-$100,000-Ray Remmen Southwind Wildfire-Muscle Hill-Wafs-C-T-$100,000-Bjorn Norden, Agent For Courant Ab & M Langli Artspeak-Western Ideal-The Art Museum-C-P-$100,000-John A. Fodera, Agent Think Again-Art Major-Remember When-C-P-$100,000-Nancy Johansson, Agent For Courant Ab Eagle Feather-Bettor's Delight-Town Feather-C-P-$100,000-K J Stables Llc The Lexington Selected Yearling Sale continues each evening at 7 p.m. through Saturday at the Fasig-Tipton Sale Arena. by David Carr, the U.S. Trotting Association Courtesy of the United States Trotting Association Web Newsroom

Lexington, KY --- The Lexington Selected Yearling Sale continued with its second session on Wednesday (Oct. 2), posting healthy increases of 10 percent in total sales and 7.6 percent in average prices over the comparable session a year ago. Through two sessions, the average sale price is running four percent ahead of the value in 2012. Cantab Hall continued his tremendous showing as his yearlings claimed the top three spots for the session. Leading the way at $175,000 was the colt Higher Ground, out of $146,000 winning mare Domestic Diva. That makes him a full brother to Modern Family, a winner in 1:51 this year and more than $265,000 lifetime. Bjorn Noren signed as agent for this colt coming from the Kentuckiana Farms consignment. Following closely behind in price at $170,000 was Gifted Way, out of Rare Gift, a three-quarter sister to 1996 Horse of the Year Continentalvictory. Tony Alagna cast the winning bid for this colt from Brittany Farms. The Cantab Hall filly Flyangelfly De Vie moved into the third spot when she sold for $160,000. The always-active Jimmy Takter made this one of his 10 purchases on the night, to accompany the nine he acquired in the previous evening’s sale session. The filly is a daughter of Dream Angel, who is both a winner of more than $229,000 and a half-sister to Dream Vacation. Preferred Equine Marketing, Inc. consigned the filly as agent for breeder Joie De Vie Farm. Takter was the most active buyer for the night, but just barely, as Ake Svanstedt signed for eight elite yearlings on Wednesday. Svanstedt, Sweden’s leading trainer, is making the move to the U.S. this year and will be looking to compete with Takter on the track as well as the sales ring. First crop pacing sire Rock N Roll Heaven continues to impress, and contributed the highest-priced pacer for the session, the filly Kisses From Heaven, selling for $150,000. Her dam, Kissing Bandit, a stakes winner of more than $230,000, is a half sister to millionaire Pacific Fella and the $764,000 winning Pacific Renegade. Alan Katz bought the filly out of the Preferred Equine marketing consignment. The Lexington Selected Yearling Sale continues each evening at 7 p.m. through Saturday at the Fasig-Tipton Sale Arena. Here are the summary statistics by gait and sex, from both the second session and overall, plus the leading horses by price from the second session: Session 2       Group -  No. Sold - Total Price - Average Price - Top Price - Median - $100,000+ Pacing Colts     -33  -$1,915,000 -$58,030-$120,000-$50,000-4 Pacing Fillies    -43  -$2,135,000 -$49,651-$150,000-$42,000-4 Trotting Colts     -37 -$2,296,000  -$61,514-$175,000-$50,000-6 Trotting Fillies    -45 -$1,986,000  -$44,067-$160,000-$40,000-2 Total-158-$8,332,000-$52,734 -$175,000-$50,000-16 Sale through two sessions       Group-No. Sold-Total Price-Average Price-Top Price-Median-$100,000+ Pacing Colts   -61-$4,377,000-$71,754-$150,000-$75,000-17 Pacing Fillies  -65-$3,740,000-$57,538-$180,000-$50,000-10 Trotting Colts  -68-$5,527,000-$81,279-$475,000-$60,000-17 Trotting Fillies -69-$3,752,000-$54,377-$260,000-$45,000-8 Total-263-$17,396,000-$66,144-$475,000-$50,000-52 Yearling-Sire-Dam-Sex-Gait-Price-Buyer Holy Ground-Cantab Hall-Domestic Diva-C-T-$175,000-Bjorn Noren, Agent Giifted Way-Cantab Hall-Rare Gift-C-T-$170,000-Tony Alagna Flyangelfly De Vie-Cantab Hall-Dream Angel-F-T-$160,000-Jimmy Takter, Agent Kisses From Heaven-Rock N Roll Heaven-Kissing Bandit-F-P-$150,000-Alan Katz Jake Blue Chip-Art Major-Sprig Hanover-C-P-$120,000-Dan W. Smith Give Me The Credit-Credit Winner-Vivica Hall-F-T-$120,000-Lars Palm, Agent Billy Flynn-Cantab Hall-Zeta Jones-C-T-$120,000-Staffan Lind by David Carr for USTA

If you decide to drop a claim slip in with the judges, it's fair to say that you've done all your homework first. You've looked at pedigree; studied past performances; watched how the horse makes it around the oval for several weeks and generally have the feel that you can get him to be competitive in a higher class in rapid fashion.

There's no denying David Reid and the late Geoff Stein created one of the most successful horse agent businesses world-wide in harness racing. But now some 13 months after the death of Stein, how is Preferred Equine progressing?

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