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Record figures were achieved from 115 lots at the Gold Crown Yearling Sale at Bathurst last weekend. Sale organiser Graeme Board said it was the best sale he has been involved with. "I've been doing the sale at Bathurst for nearly 20 years and this is by far the best I have seen," said Board. "Everyone wanted to be a part of the action and the results are great for the future of harness racing." Yearling colt sales hit an average price of $9,000 while the fillies were close to the $7,000 mark. The sale turned over just shy of $1 million, a significant increase on 2013. The top price lot was a for Sportswriter-Sixteen Carat colt purchased by Emilio Rosati for $34,000, while Pat Bourke purchased a Courage Under Fire-Lombo Silhouette colt for $27,000. Bred by Laurie and Gwen Paton, the sale-topping colt is out of the 1:55.5 Menangle winner Sixteen Carat, a Blissfull Hall mare. Rosati also shelled $27,000 for the Rocknroll Hanover-Counterfeit Chic colt and $25,000 for the American Ideal-Superstar Lady filly, the top-priced filly at the sale. Other lots to fetch $20,000 or more were the Courage Under Fire-Pleasure Machine colt at $21,500 and the Rock N Roll Heaven-So Savvy colt and the Art Colony-Jillette colt both at $20,000. For a full list of results go to graemeboard.com                       Dale Walker | Manager - Marketing | Harness Racing New South Wales   22 Meredith Street Bankstown NSW 2200   T: 02 9722 6677| F: 02 8580 5795 |M: 0411 627 113 |E: dwalker@hrnsw.com.au| W: www.hrnsw.com.au                  

 The 2014 Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale will be conducted by Davidson Cameron & Co Dubbo Pty Ltd at 11am on Sunday at the Bathurst Showground. The sale comprises 186 lots by 50 different sires including Australia’s champion sire Art Major, leading juvenile sire Courage Under Fire, former USA Horse of the Year Rock N Roll Heaven and premier North American sire Rocknroll Hanover, along with leading first-crop stallions Sportswriter, Shadow Play, Always A Virgin, Changeover and Million Dollar Cam. Other well known stallions include American Ideal, Grinfromeartoear, McArdle, Armbro Operative, Live Or Die, Elsu, Four Starzzz Shark, Artistic Fella, Modern Art, Village Jasper, Tinted Cloud and Aces N Sevens. The catalogue includes yearlings out of Group winners including the Edgar Tatlow winners Katasopos and Lady Titian Lombo, the WA Oaks winner Onassis Legacy and Modern Day (QSBA Breeders Classic). Other Group heat or metropolitan winners include Jillette, Unspoiled, Ezy Lady, Ambre Solaire, Lite Energy, Nietta Lombo, Spirit Of Tara, Madusa Cam, Lombo Silhouette, Lockton Loaded, Love Nest, Touch Of Jerry and Dana Bromac. The majority of the yearlings are eligible for the $1.17-million NSW Breeders Challenge Race series for two, three and four-year-olds of both sexes. They are also eligible for rich futurity series such as the Australasian Breeders Crown, Bathurst Gold Crown, Vicbred and QBred. The online catalogue for the Bathurst sale can be viewed at www.graemeboard.com Hard-copy catalogues can be requested from Davidson Cameron & Co Dubbo Pty Ltd on (02) 6884 8355 or email gboard@dcco.com.au or the Bathurst Harness Racing Club on (02) 6333 5000. by Peter Wharton for Bathurst Gold Crown Sale

Coral Springs, FL - Would you like to own Yannick Gingras's helmet and colors, personally autographed to you? Or perhaps Bill Haughton's trainer trophy clock from winning the $2 million Woodrow Wilson Pace with Nihilator? Maybe a Mary Lou Dondarski original painting of the trotter Bee A Magician or the pacer Captaintreacherous? These items and many more are all up for grabs in the United States Harness Writers Association silent and live auction at the upcoming Dan Patch Awards dinner at Dover Downs, Delaware this Sunday, February 23. But you don't have to be there to be a winner! You can call in your bids now for all of the items in the auction. And best of all is that all proceeds go directly to the Harness Horse Youth Foundation and USHWA. All you have to do is call any of these numbers for detailed information; 954.654.3757; 732-306-6713; 317.908.0029 or 732.547.9459. and place your bid order on any or all of the auction items. You will be able to bid via telephone up until 7 p.m. on Sunday (February 23) so please don't delay and miss out on these great items. Most of the items can be seen on the internet at www.ushwa.org. Here are all the items that are in the live and silent auction:  Yannick Gingras colors and helmet (personalized by Yannick)  Original Mary Lou Dondarski acrylic painting Bee A Magician  Bill Haughton's engraved clock trophy as winning trainer of Nihilator in world's richest race, $2 million Woodrow Wilson Pace Original Mary Lou Dondarski acrylic painting Captaintreacherous Original Michele Hogan painting "Racing under the Moon" Horse Motive Quilt Throw Collectable silver coin with horse engraved Large "Colts Frolic" Bronze Statue Bow River Bracelets LV Harkness etched clock Complete bobble head collection (23 items) in showcase Breeding to Dream Away (Winbak Farm - Delaware) Rock N Roll Heaven halter with Breeders Crown Casino Chips (Display case) Hambletonian whiskey decanter (empty), Bank Barn collector's plate and horseshoe wall hanging Hand-painted Round Barn fruit bowl (13 inches) By Steve Wolf, president of USHWA  

A very strong second day of the NZ Premier Yearling Sale has seen an overall lift in turnover of $600,000 on last year, with a total of $6.1 million dollars worth of bloodstock passing through the ring over the two days. The average was also well up, rising 10% to $24,536, which came down to the large number of lots which sold within the $30-$90K bracket. “There wasn’t as many $100,000 plus yearlings as there has been in years gone by, but the middle to top market was very strong,” said PGG Wrightson’s Rachel Deegan. However, there were still four yearlings that reached the heights of six-figures, including Motu Premier, who was the top lot on the second day. The stunning colt, which was perhaps the surprise package of the entire sale, is a Bettor’s Delight out of a race winning In The Pocket half-sister to Motu Treasure. He accumulated $100,000 for his Motu Lodge Stud vendors and was sold to the bid of huge Australasian owners Merv & Meg Butterworth. The second highest lot of the day was Lipstickonyourcollar, a Rock N Roll Heaven half-brother to Libertybelle Midfrew, who was also been sold. He was purchased by Emilio & Maria Rosati for $95,000. “It’s been a bitter-sweet couple of days for us with Liberybelle Midfrew sold as well, but at least we know they are both going to good homes,” said Charlotte Mooney. “Libertybelle has been purchased by clients of Mike Reed in Western Australia, while Lipstickonyourcollar will be trained by Tony Herlihy.” Mooney said that they have a two-year-old full-sister to Libertybelle Midfrew called Lollapaloosa Midfrew who is shaping up well at the stables of Nigel McGrath. Meanwhile, the top trotting lot of the day, Hall Pass (Angus Hall – Inda Cata) was purchased by Chris Lang of Aldebaran Lodge. To View full results from the Premier Sale click here. By Mitchell Robertson

The former Kiwi rock star has officially taken a backseat to the star-studded Americans. That’s the opinion of Bruce Barlass, the Canterbury rep for PGG Wrightson, following the second day of the two-day New Zealand Premier Yearling Sale in Christchurch yesterday (Wednesday). “For the first time about a decade Christian Cullen hasn’t been the big tick item at one of our yearling sales. In fact there were only a couple of Christian Cullens in Auckland and a handful down here (Christchurch). “He has made way to the likes of Bettor’s Delight, Mach Three, Rock N Roll Heaven, and Rocknroll Hanover,” Barlass said. And in fact it was Bettor’s Delight that fetched the only six-figure sum at yesterday’s sale. Mark Purdon, on behalf of Victorian Merv Butterworth, paid $100,000 for lot 334 – a Bettor’s Delight – Motu Pocket O’Jewels (In The Pocket) bay colt named Motu Premier. The vendor was Ohoka’s Motu Lodge Stud. The second highest price yesterday was also paid by another Australian – this time Emilio Rosati (via Tony Herlihy – MNZM) paid $95,000 for Lot 316 – a Rock N Roll Heaven – Lucinda Midfrew (Live Or Die) bay colt named Lipstickonyourcollar. The vendor was J. W. and Mrs R. G. Mooney. There were three $100,000 plus sales on the first day – (Lot 124 – a Bettor’s Delight – Beaudiene Babe colt ); Lot 59, a Rocknroll Hanover-Tallulah Bromac colt; and the most expensive filly on all three days - Lot 40, who was by Bettor’s Delight out of Rona Lorraine . The only six figure price in Auckland was Lot 57, a Bettor’s Delight- Galleon’s Supreme colt. The top trotter yesterday was Lot 248 – a son of Angus Hall and Cata (Muscles Yankee). Aldebaran Lodge in Victoria paid $70,000 to Rosedale Farm of Ladbrooks for the brown colt Hall Pass. The vendor was K. N. and Mrs A. M. Spicer. Barlass said 124 lots were sold yesterday amounting to $2,976,750. The clearance rate was 75b per cent and the average price paid was $24,006. He said both ‘Premier’ days saw 254 lots sold at an aggregate total price of $6,232,250. The average on Tuesday and Wednesday collectively was $24,536. “This gave us an overall clearance rate of 76 per cent. Our overall clearance rate went from $5.5 million last year to $6.2 million this year. “That’s a 12 per cent increase. Sure we are delighted with that result, but the way the economy has been improving – especially here in Christchurch, it was expected,” Barlass said. He said the stake increases at Alexandra Park, the positivity at Addington Raceway, and the heavy Australian interest all ensured the increase. Barlass also believed the change in the Premier Sales format from three days to two days a few years ago also ensured the rise. “I also think having two even days instead of just having the best horses on day one also helped. This is the first year we have mingled the best horses on both days. “It was a successful move because this year we had two equal days and it meant horses of lesser quality were also able to be sold alongside some of the best – not just on day one, but on both Tuesday and Wednesday,” Barlass said. To view the Sales results from the two-day New Zealand Premier Yearling Sale, click here: By Duane Ranger (Courtesy of Harness Racing New Zealand)

Fears the new Inter Dominion date will savage the Auckland Trotting Cup look set to be wide of the mark for the second year running. Nominations for Alexandra Park's iconic race on March 7 close tomorrow and will contain many harness racing superstars set to compete at Menangle five days earlier. When the Interdoms and its giant support card were moved to Sydney last year to clash with Auckland Cup week some critics thought it would ruin the Auckland Trotting Cup. That could hardly have been more wrong last year though as I'm Themightyquinn beat Terror To Love and Bettor Cover Lover in the Cup, with all three having raced at Menangle five days earlier. Plenty of trainers are keeping that option open again, with Mark Purdon having nominated both Adore Me and Smolda, who race in Sydney on Sunday week, for the Cup. WA pacers I'm Victorious and Livingontheinterest have also been nominated while Luke McCarthy is likely to nominate The Gold Ace and possibly even For A Reason for Auckland, all four being in the Inter Final.   Most of those trainers will wait to see how their charges come through their March 2 races before deciding on the Auckland Cup, the barrier draw for which has now been pushed back to Monday night to accommodate them. While ATC officials have every reason to be beaming about the Cup nominations, the sheer strength of entries for the Woodlands Northern Derby the same night is keeping numbers down. It already contains group one winners Maxim, Sky Major, Cyclone Prince and Tiger Tara as well the much-hyped Locharburn and Aldo Rossi. "We are thrilled with the quality but would like some more horses because it is $250,000 and last season we saw a lower-grade horse finish fourth against a similarly hot field," said ATC racing manager Kevin Smith. Meanwhile, super sire Bettors Delight produced the top lot for the third day running at yesterday's yearling sales in Christchurch. Australian owner Merv Butterworth paid $100,000 for a Bettors Delight colt out of four-race winner Motu Pocket O'Jewels, narrowly topping a $95,000 colt by Rock N Roll Heaven from Lucinda Midfrew for Sydney owner Emilio Rosati to be trained by Tony Herlihy. Courtesy of Michael Guerin and the New Zealand Herald

After a very active day at Karaka yesterday, John Street of Lincoln Farms was at it again at today’s New Zealand Premier Yearling Sale, purchasing a handful of yearlings including the sales topper. Described by Street as an absolute standout, he secured lot 124, Beaudiene Beaufighta, for $140,000. The pricey colt is a son of Bettor’s Delight out of top producer Beaudiene Babe, making him a half-brother to Harness Jewels winner Beaudiene Bad Babe. He is also a half-brother to capable nine win pacer Guns N Roses and a close relation of the very good Beaudiene Christian (11 wins), who was recently retired. Beaudiene Beaufighta was sold by Dawn and Dave Kennedy of Otautau. The other $100,000 plus lots were Bettor Think Quick, a Bettor’s Delight filly out of Rona Lorraine, who is a Group One winning half-sister to star filly Venus Serena, and Twinkle Bromac, a Rocknroll Hanover filly out of an Artsplace daughter of Tandias Courage. Bettor Think Quick was slammed down to the bid of Rosslands Stud for $105,000, while Twinkle Bromac caught the eye of brilliant judge Mark Purdon, and was secured by him for $100,000 Kerry Hoggart of Rosslands Stud also purchased a grouse Bettor’s Delight half-brother to Georgetown for $87,500. Other Bettor’s Delight colts to sell well included Franco Christiano, Better Than The Best, and G I Joe, while Christian Cullen colt Alpha Styx also fetched top dollar. Franco Christiano was sold to Mr Neumann of ‘Tyre General’ fame, who purchased the colt for $92,500, while Better Than The Best ($75,000) and G I Joe ($82,000) were purchased by the Kennards and the Butterworths, and are both likely to find themselves in the barn of Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen. However, Mark’s brother Barry got one back on him with the well related Christian Cullen colt Alta Styx, buying him for $87,500. The other $80,000 plus colt of the sale was Highview Joey, a Rock N Roll Heaven half-brother to Highview Tommy, who was knocked down to the bid of Cran Dalgety. Meanwhile, the top trotting lot of the day was Paramount Faith, a Pegasus Spur full-sister to Paramount Geegee and talented two-year-old Paramount Dream. He was purchased by Ian Dobson and will be trained by Colin & Julie DeFilippi. Today’s average was $25,191, with a clearance rate of 77%. However, that clearance rate is expected to rise when selling commences tomorrow. To view full results from the first day of the New Zealand Premier Yearling Sale click here. By Mitchell Robertson

A Bettor’s Delight colt with ‘Rockstar looks’ out of Christian Cullen mare Galleons Supreme  has topped the Australasian Classic Yearling Sale, fetching $130,000 for his Woodlands Stud vendors. Bettor Cheer, who is out of a half-sister to star Bettor’s Delight mare Cheer The Lady ($314,625), was purchased by prolific Australian owners Emilio and Maria Rosati and is likely to be trained in New Zealand by Tony Herlihy The bay colt, who was lot 57, hails from the family of top producer No Regrets, who herself was a half sister to Cup winner Globe Bay and a relative of the immortal Cardigan Bay. Galleon’s Cheer, Galleon’s Treasure, No Equal, Nevermore, Chancellor Cullen, Franco Nester, and Franco Nelson are just some of the names printed in black on Bettor Cheer’s pedigree page. John Street of Lincoln Farms was another who was prepared to fork out big dollars at the sale. His most expensive purchase was a Mach Three colt out of top mare Angelina Jane called Like A Hurricane who set him back $96,000, while he also secured a full-brother to Besotted for $32,500, and a Real Desire half-brother to Tintin In America for 84,000. Purdon brothers, Mark and Barry, both purchased yearlings from families they have had great success with in the past, with Barry securing a brother to Bettor Offer for $46,000 and a sister to Five Card Draw and (half) Ideal Belle for $75,000. Mark on the other hand, purchased a Mach Three half-brother to his Oaks winning filly O Baby for $48,000. His other buys included Conversion (Christian Cullen – Coburg), $45,000, and Sophisticated Lady (Mach Three – Gentle Anvil) $70,000, while his large band of owners were also very active. The other top lots were lot 45 - Alta Las Vegas, Bettor's Delight - Alta Camilla ($77,500 - Robert Dunn), lot 75 – Derringer, Bettor’s Delight – Bury My Heart ($75,000 – Mark Jones), lot 76 – Zadaka, Mach Three – Copper Beach ($115, 000 – Geoff Small), and lot 108 – Mavros, Bettor’s Delight – Its Showtime ($75,000 – Rosslands Stud) The overseas contingent once again played a strong part in the sale with many yearlings now Australian bound and two possibly even heading for the USA.   Those two particular yearlings are Cyclone Charlie (Rock N Roll Heaven – Eyre To The Throne) and Maia Maguire (Bettor’s Delight – Mystic Gold) who were purchased by G L Banks & M J Hanover of the USA for $74,000 and $31,000 respectively. Meanwhile, the top trotting lot of the day was lot 47, Gunners Coin, a stunning Muscle Hill colt out of Galleons Dream. He reached $100,000 but that fell well short of  his $200,000 reserve. To view full results for the Australasian Classic Yearling Sales click here. By Mitchell Robertson

When Harnesslink spoke to Craig Judd of Benstud Standardbreds early last week he was in ore of an Art Major colt out of 10 win mare Morgan Abby. As it turns out, the buyers at the sale a few days later were too. The stunning colt topped the strong 190 lot sale and was sold for $120,000 to the bid of big spending harness racing owners Emilio and Maria Rosati. “Last season I thought that All Eyes On Us was the nicest horse we had ever put through the sale, but this fella was equally as good,” Judd explained. “He is a tremendous colt with a bit of the X-Factor,” he added. Others out of the Benstud Standardbreds draft to sell well included a Mach Three full-sister to Fly Like An Eagle, who was sold to Peter Oshea for $85,000, and a Rock N Roll Heaven colt out of 17 win mare Mendelico, who will head to New Zealand after being purchased by Phil & Glenys Kennard for $60,000. Other yearlings destined for New Zealand shores are a Major In Art – Seel A Corka colt, $11,000 (Neil Piltcher), a Sportswriter colt out of Ultra Trendy Lombo, $30,000 (Barry Purdon), a Major In Art colt out of Bolton Lady, $24,000 (Kennard Bloodstock), a Somebeachsomewhere colt out of Cyclone Betty, $50,000 (Neil Piltcher)  a Mach Three colt out of Giveusachance, $27,000 (Mark Purdon), and last but not least, a Art Major full-brother to Restrepo (Cran Dalgety) The second highest lot of the day was an Art Major filly out of Localize (3/4 to Sushi Sushi), who was slammed down to the bid of mammoth owners Merv & Meg Butterworth for $101,000, while others to fetch good money included a Rock N Roll Heaven – Miss Brazilian colt ($85,000), a Rocknroll Heaven colt out smart mare Top Tempo ($66,000), and an Art Major colt out of Valero ($66,000). 2014 Clearance Rate – 77.53% 2014 Sale Average - $23,550 2013 Clearance Rate – 78.70% 2013 Sales Average - $21,789 To view the full results of the Melbourne APG Sale click here. By Mitchell Robertson

Benstud Standardbreds have been going from strength to strength in recent years and co-owner Craig Judd is confident that will once again be evident at this year’s Australian Pacing Gold Sale. “We have been breeding and selling yearlings for a number of years, but things have really taken off since we took over the former ‘Lynrose Stud’ in 2007,” explained Judd. This year Benstud Standardbreds have 12 yearlings set to go under the hammer at the Melbourne APG Sale on Sunday February 2, while they also have four yearlings engaged in the Sydney Sale. “It is without a doubt the strongest crop of colts we have ever had,” said Judd. “In the past we have had two or three standout colts, whereas this year we have about five of them,” he explained. Among them, are a Rocknroll Hanover half-brother to All Eyes On Us, a Rock N Roll Heaven – Mendelico colt, and an Art Major colt out of the smart mare Morgan Abby. The first of those to go under the hammer on Sunday is the Rocknroll Hanover – All Eyes On Me colt (lot.53), and Judd describes him as being “absolutely flawless.” “He is a very nice type with perfection confirmation,” said Judd of the half-brother to last season’s APG 2YO Colt & Geldings Final runner-up All Eyes On Us. Another who is sure to grab the intention of plenty of buyers is lot 168, a stunning colt by Art Major out of 10-win mare Morgan Abby. “He is a sensational colt with a bit of the X-factor,” enthused Judd. “Last season I said All Eyes On Us was the nicest colt we had ever put through the sale, and this fella reminds me a lot of him.” When watching the videos on the Benstud Standardbred website, I thought lot 157, a colt by Rock N Roll Heaven out of 17 win mare Mendelico, was an absolute standout, and Judd was quick to agree. “He is a tremendous colt with all the attributes needed to be a top-liner,” said Judd. “He is big and strong and has a super pedigree to boot, he really is the full package,” he added. But, while Benstud Standardbreds has a stellar draft of colts, they also have a few cracking fillies, including a Mach Three full-sister to multiple Group One winner Fly Like An Eagle and an Art Major three-quarter sister to Victorian Cup winner For A Reason. “They are a couple of really nice fillies, with super breeding, so I am expecting very big things from them as well. When asked if there were was a ‘smokey’ in his draft that could slip under the radar of buyers and offer some value for money, Judd said that it could be lot 9, a Rocknroll Hanover filly out of Sassy Gert. “Her dam was unraced because she fell off the float at the yearling sales and injured herself badly, but she is a half-sister to top mare Sassy Sarah ($445,866). “And the yearlings out of La Bella Rufus (half to Young Rufus) and My Spirit Of Tara could be in a similar boat.” “They both had two-year-old go nicely in the Trialling Sale at Menangle in Decemeber.” Other yearlings that Benstud Standardbreds will offer at the Melbourne APG Sale  include an Art Major – Tika Filly, a Rocknroll Hanover – Bendall Rose (10 wins) colt, a Rock N Roll Heaven – Monica Stride filly, and a Sportswriter half-sister to South Australian superstar Come On Frank. Meanwhile, Judd is also excited about a couple of yearlings that Benstud Standardbreds are offering at the Sydney APG Sale. “We have an Art Major half-brother to Miracle Mile winner Baby Bling and star three-year-old Bling It On, as well as a Rocknoll Hanover half-brother to Rocknrolla.” Of the 13 yearling that Benstud Standardbreds offered at last year’s APG Sale, 9 of them have already won a race or a trial. “It’s pretty good going when you consider we are only two months into the two-year-old season, said Judd, in what was a huge understatement. “I’m just hopeful the yearlings this year will do a similar job.” Smart types Benstud Standardbreds have produced in the past include Philadelphia Man, Soho Valencia, Bellas Delight, Fly Like An Eagle, Come On Frank, All Eyes On Us, and of course last season’s star two-year-old Bling It On. The only question is who will be the next one? Judd said that all the yearlings being sold at the Melbourne APG Sale will be at the Inglis Sale Complex tomorrow and everyone is welcome to go and view them. To View pictures and videos of the yearlings on offer visit the Benstud Standardbred website. By Mitchell Robertson Contact: Benstud Standardbreds  3189 Labuan Road, Katunga, Victoria. 3640 (30 mins. north of Shepparton)  Telephone: (03) 5865 8273 Fax: (03) 5865 8238  Peter Judd 0419 320 062 or Craig Judd 0458 658 273 25th January 2014 A week out from the sales and the inquiries are starting to increase, I’m anticipating that it will be a good sale but have been disappointed before. We are ecstatic with the condition of all of our yearlings and the feedback from the videos has been fantastic. I thought the TALE OF THE TAPE might be of interest to everyone. At the start of the yearling prep we weighed and measured all of the yearlings and I’ve found it interesting to watch their progression …The 1st weigh in was on the 1/12/13 and final was 21/1/14 COLTS ALL EYES ON ME     WAS: 15 HANDS/370 KG     NOW: 15.1 HANDS/404 KG     GAIN: 0.1 HANDS/34 KG BENDALL ROSE     WAS: 14.2½ HANDS/360 KG     NOW: 14.3½ HANDS/402 KG     GAIN: 0.1 HANDS/42 KG      LA BELLA RUFUS NZ     WAS: 14.2 HANDS/366 KG     NOW: 15 HANDS/397 KG     GAIN: 0.8 HANDS/33 KG      MENDELICO     WAS: 15½ HANDS/378 KG     NOW: 15.1 HANDS/411 KG     GAIN: 0.0½ HAND/33 KG MORGAN ABBY     WAS: 14.2 HANDS/374 KG     NOW: 14.3 HANDS/410 KG     GAIN: 0.1 HANDS/36 KG MY SPIRIT OF TARA NZ     WAS: 13½ HANDS/307 KG     NOW: 14.1½ HANDS/357 KG     GAIN: 1.1 HANDS/50 KG FILLIES SASSY GERT     WAS: 13.3½ HANDS/301 KG     NOW: 14.1 HANDS/346 KG     GAIN: 0.8 HANDS/45 KG THREE EAGLES     WAS: 14.2 HANDS/333 KG     NOW: 15 HANDS/367 KG     GAIN: 0.8 HANDS/34 KG TIKA USA     WAS: 14.1 HANDS/325 KG     NOW: 14.1½ HANDS/372 KG     GAIN: 0.0½ HAND/47 KG WHATACORKA     WAS: 14.1 HANDS/286 KG     NOW: 14.2 HANDS/329 KG     GAIN: 0.1 HANDS/43 KG MONTANA MELODY     WAS: 14.2½ HANDS/378 KG     NOW: 15 HANDS/419 KG     GAIN: 0.7½ HANDS/41 KG MONICA STRIDE     WAS: 14.3 HANDS/354 KG     NOW: 15 HANDS/401 KG     GAIN: 0.7 HANDS/47 KG The colts had an average weight gain of 38 kg  &  fillies gained an average of 42 kg… which is an average gain of .9 kg per day.  

APG’s 2014 Yearling Sales Catalogue is now available for viewing via the APG website at www.apgold.com.au. In total, 485 yearlings have been catalogued across APG’s four sales which are scheduled as follows: Melbourne Sale (190 Yearlings) – Sunday, 2 February 2014 (Hunter Cup Weekend) Brisbane Sale (56 Yearlings) – Sunday, 16 February 2014 Sydney Sale (170 Yearlings) – Saturday, 1 March 2014 (Inter Dominion Final Weekend) Melbourne Autumn Sale (69 Yearlings) – Sunday, 16 March 2014 The APG Sales have a reputation for consistently producing a disproportionately high percentage of Australia’s elite performers, and the 2014 Sales are sure to be no exception, with the catalogue featuring: Progeny of over 170 sub 2:00 race mares; Progeny of over 60 race mares with career earnings of $100,000+; Half and full brothers and sisters to over 130 x $100,000+ earners; Progeny of all the leading sires, including Art Major (52), Rock N Roll Heaven (49), Rocknroll Hanover (38), Courage Under Fire (29), Sportswriter (29), Major In Art (27), Bettors Delight (22), Mach Three (20), etc. Recent APG Sales have produced horses of the quality of Sushi Sushi, Caribbean Blaster, Aussie Made Lombo, Royal Verdict, Fly Like An Eagle, Smolda, Restrepo, Mach Beauty, Border Control, Mindarie Priddy and Whereibylong. For a summary of some of the highlights in each sale, click here. Catalogues are available for distribution from 16 December, and can be pre-ordered via the APG website by clicking here. by David Boydell  

Freehold, N.J. --- Blue Chip Farms and Joe Thomson of Winbak Farm are the finalists for the U.S. Harness Writers Association's 2013 Stan Bergstein-Proximity Award, an honor in the sport second only to election to the Hall of Fame. Stan Bergstein-Proximity Award finalists were determined through preliminary voting of the directors of the U.S. Harness Writers Association (USHWA). The entire membership of USHWA will vote for the winner, which will be announced in late December. The Proximity Award has been given by USHWA since 1952 to "an individual, group, or organization for outstanding contributions of the harness racing industry." Last year, USHWA added the name of the late Stan Bergstein, a Hall of Famer and widely-respected contributor to harness racing during the last 50 years, to the name of the most prestigious award for which it is the sole voter. Blue Chip Farms, founded in Wallkill, N.Y., in 1969 by the Kimelman family and now owned by Thomas Grossman, is one of harness racing's top breeding farms. Blue Chip's best known graduate is Gallo Blue Chip, who was 2000 Horse of the Year and retired as the top money-winning pacer in harness racing history. Grossman was the first to send a top stallion to stand Down Under and now many of Blue Chip's stable, including American Ideal, Art Major, Rock N Roll Heaven and Roll With Joe, are dual-hemisphere stallions. Blue Chip helped the fight for New York to get video lottery terminals in 2001 by creating and distributing orange helmet covers that simply said "Yes." They were worn by many drivers across the state and brought much attention to the cause. Blue Chip also sponsors races at numerous tracks and contributes to organizations such as the Standardbred Retirement Foundation, New Vocations, Harness Horse Youth Foundation and the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame. Thomson, who was the Bergstein-Proximity Award runner-up to John Campbell in 2012, and his wife JoAnn founded Winbak Farm in 1991. Winbak Farm, based in Maryland with additional operations in Delaware, New York, Pennsylvania, Indiana and Canada, bred Horse of the Year Award winners No Pan Intended, Rainbow Blue and Muscle Hill. Winbak Farm ranked No. 2 in wins and earnings in 2012, behind only Hanover Shoe Farms, and this year is again second in both categories. Last year, the Monticello-Goshen chapter of USHWA gave Thomson its Lifetime Achievement Award and he is also an inductee of the Little Brown Jug Wall of Fame. Thomson plays a leadership role in several areas of the sport, from being among the owners of The Red Mile in Lexington, to serving as a trustee and director of the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame and a director of the Hambletonian Society. In 2012, he was elected president of the Standardbred Breeders Association of Pennsylvania. The Stan Bergstein-Proximity Award winner will be honored at Dover Downs on Feb. 23 during USHWA's annual Dan Patch Awards banquet. by Ken Weingartner for the U.S. Harness Writers Association  

Harrisburg, PA --- It will be a white Christmas for the Sjoberg family. Tristan Sjoberg purchased the white colt named White Bliss for $240,000 on Tuesday on the second day of the Standardbred Horse Sale at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex. White Bliss was the day’s top-priced yearling. Bjorn “Bernie” Noren signed for White Bliss, who is an early Christmas gift for Sjoberg’s mother, Eva. A son of stallion Art Major out of the mare Coochie Mama, both bays, White Bliss is a rare all white Standardbred. The last time two bays produced a white Standardbred in North America was in 1998. “(Sjoberg) wanted to buy this horse for his mom,” Noren said. “She has always been looking for a white Standardbred. She went to Russia to buy some white horses, but couldn’t find any really purely white. When this horse came up for sale, he got really excited and his mom got really excited. He wanted to go for it. He bought it for his mom as a Christmas present.” Ake Svanstedt, who is coming to the U.S. after a successful career in Sweden, will train the colt. “He’s going to take him to Florida and train him and race him in the New York Sire Stakes program hopefully,” Noren said. “Then he will go to Sweden and get the chance to breed some trotting mares.” Noren added with a laugh, “He’s not going to get castrated.” The colt was among three horses to sell for at least $200,000 on the second day and a total of 14 sold for at least $100,000. After two days, the average price was $50,486 for 515 horses sold; an increase of 14 percent compared to 2012. Last year, the average was $44,270 for 545 horses sold. On the pacing side, yearlings sired by Somebeachsomewhere were going for an average of $84,243 – the top mark of the sale. On the trotting side, Credit Winner-sired foals were leading with an average of $83,636. Mohegan Blue Chip and Apple Bottom Lindy were tied for the No. 2 seller, both bringing $215,000. Mohegan Blue Chip, a son of stallion Somebeachsomewhere out of the mare Casino Miss, went to trainer Tony Alagna. Casino Miss finished second in the finals of the Tender Loving Care and Blossom series in 2003 and earned $431,698 lifetime. “I trained the first foal out of the mare, Ryder Blue Chip, and I liked her,” Alagna said. “She was just a nice sire stakes filly, but I liked her a lot. This was the first colt the mare had, the first Somebeachsomewhere, so he kind of fit the profile for what we were looking for. “There’s enough maternal pedigree to be a home run. He was a great individual with a lot of presence. He passed all the tests.” Apple Bottom Lindy, a daughter of stallion Cantab Hall out of the mare Lindy’s Got Back, was purchased by Robert Lindstrom for owner Lennert Agren. Paul Kelley will train the filly. “She’s got size, she’s got great conformation, she’s got a pretty darn good family, and she gets over the ground really good,” Kelley said. “Hopefully those are all the qualities you’re looking for to start out with.” Migrate Blue Chip, a son of stallion Rock N Roll Heaven out of the mare Gro sold for $180,000 to Synergie Montreal. Gro was second in the 2006 Tender Loving Care Series final and earned $454,135 in her career. He will be trained by Luc Blais. “I liked the animal, the conformation; he’s a nice looking horse,” Blais said. “We went to the farm a week before the sale. When we saw him, we just liked him. I liked what I see and what I feel about the horse. I report that to the owner and the owner looked at the video and made the decision after that. “Rock N Roll Heaven was a great horse and had a great attitude. That’s what I feel about this yearling. I think he’s got a nice attitude. I was impressed.” Following is the list of horses to sell for at least $100,000: Hip-Name-Sex-Sire-Dam-Price 305 – White Bliss – Colt – Art Major-Coochie Mama – $240,000 Rare white Standardbred; half-brother to Western Posse (1:50.4s; $155,818) 428 – Mohegan Blue Chip – Colt – Somebeachsomewhere-Casino Miss – $215,000 Half-brother to Ryder Blue Chip (1:50.3; $190,825) 504 – Apple Bottom Lindy – Filly – Cantab Hall-Lindy’s Got Back – $215,000 First foal for Lindy’s Got Back; third dam is world champion Anamosa Hanover 346 – Migrate Blue Chip – Colt – Rock N Roll Heaven-Gro – $180,000 First foal for Gro, who had a mark of 1:50.3 and earned $454,135 459 – Severine Hanover – Filly – Donato Hanover-Secret Credit – $175,000 First foal for Secret Credit, who had a mark of 1:59.2h and earned $133,811; half-sister to Berto Primo (1:54.2; $296,298) 390 – Mullet Blue Chip – Colt – American Ideal-Babe Watching – $160,000 Half-brother to Baberhood, who is the dam of New York Sire Stakes champ He’s Watching 480 – Whataworkout – Colt – Muscle Hill-Southwind Sofia – $155,000 First foal for Southwind Sofia, who is half-sister to Southwind Serena (1:55.2; $385,088) and Southwind Spirit (1:54.1; $310,925) 348 – Adama Hanover – Filly – Camluck-Always True – $140,000 Half-brother to Dynamic Youth (1:48.1f; $822,957) 499 – Mentzer Hanover – Colt – Donato Hanover-Mayday Hanover – $120,000 Dam is half-sister to Macaria Hanover (1:55; $292,337) 498 – Magic Marker – Filly – Andover Hall-Susie’s Magic – $110,000 Dam won 2006 Breeders Crown for 3-year-old filly trotters; mark of 1:52.4 and earned $700,946 276 – Badiou Hanover – Colt – Well Said-Blind Ambition – $105,000 Dam is half-sister to Cheyenne Rei (1:51.1; $729,933) 279 – By Chance Hanover – Colt – Cantab Hall-Box Of Dreams – $105,000 First colt for Box Of Dreams, who had a mark of 1:58.1f and earned $86,100. 386 – Minix Hanover – Colt – Lucky Chucky-Madam Hooch – $105,000 First foal for stakes-winner Madam Hooch, who had a mark of Q1:58.3s and earned $181,843. 478 – Sobti Hanover – Filly – Cantab Hall-Sounds Swell – $105,000 Half-sister to Spellbound Hanover (1:54.3; $962,395) and Up Front Ben (1:54f; $381,326); full sister to Symphonic Hanover (1:53.4; $265,116) 412 – Mypaparox Bluechip – Colt – Rock N Roll Heaven-Musical Tone – $100,000 Half-brother to Big Al’s Delight (1:52; $385,154) by Ken Weingartner for HRC

Harrisburg, PA --- Bodacious sold for $355,000 and was the sales topper during Monday's opening session of the Standardbred Horse Sale in Harrisburg. Chris Oakes signed the sales slip for the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Silky. She is a full sister to Beach Body p,2,1:53.1f ($280,609), the runner-up in last month's Breeders Crown for 2-year-old filly pacers. Oakes is also the trainer of Beach Body. Canepa Hanover sold for $300,000 earlier in the day. The Muscle Hill-Cressida Hanover colt was purchased by Jimmy Takter. He is a half-brother to 2006 Horse of the Year Glidemaster. Below is a list of the $100,000-plus yearlings sold during Monday's session. A full recap will be available shortly. Hip-Name-Sex-Sire-Dam-Price 194–Bodacious–Filly–Somebeachsomewhere-Silky–$355,000 Half-sister to Malicious (1:50.1f; $780,859) and Ms Malicious (1:51.4f; $351,963); full sister to Beach Body (1:53.1f; $280,609) 89–Canepa Hanover–Colt–Muscle Hill-Cressida Hanover–$300,000 Half-brother to 2006 Horse of the Year Glidemaster (1:51.1; $1.96 million) 202–Honey I’m Home–Colt–Well Said-Sweet Future–$300,000 Half-brother to Bettor Sweet (1:47.2; $2.78 million) and Sweet Lou (1:47.4s; $2.04 million) 155–Way Bay Hanover–Colt–Somebeachsomewhere-Western Duel–$270,000 Half-brother to Westwardho Hanover (1:49.1f; $689,408), Woodstock Hanover (1:50.1f; $456,007) and Whackamole Hanover (1:49f; $439,896) 108–Katniss–Filly–Credit Winner–Armbro Deja Vu–$260,000 Full sister to Dejarmbro (1:52.2f; $1.13 million) 189–Fire Permit–Colt–Credit Winner-Amber Fire Hanover–$230,000 Dam is a half-sister to Spicy Wings (1:54.3f; $570,720) 164–Paparazzi Hanover–Colt–Well Said-Paula’s Best–$190,000 Half-brother to Pirouette Hanover (1:50.3; $608,759) 172–Lookslikeachpndale–Colt–Muscle Hill-Poster Pin Up–$185,000 Stakes-winning dam had a mark of 1:55.4f and earned $439,454 187–Off To Bed–Colt–Credit Winner-Satin Pillows–$185,000 Full brother to To Dream On (1:52.1; $975,395) 162–Peruski Hanover–Colt–Somebeachsomewhere-Paris Hanover–$180,000 Dam is a half-sister to Philos Hanover (1:49.3f; $523,246) and Panther Hanover (1:47.2; $367,877) 144–Hit The Hay–Filly–Kadabra-Bedtime Song–$160,000 Dam is a half-sister to Pampered Princess (1:53; $1.64 million) 186–Workout Warrior–Colt–Muscle Hill-Sabrina Hall–$160,000 Half-brother to He’s A Demon (1:53.1; $305,370) 82–Its Okay To Stare–Filly–Deweycheatumnhowe-Glide By–$155,000 Dam is a half-sister to Maven (1:51.4h; $1.37 million) and Lanson (1:51.3; $791,586) 106–Lady Winona–Filly–Credit Winner-Ladylind–$155,000 Full sister to Jezzy (1:55; $834,240) 176–Wheels Ah Smokin–Colt–Muscles Yankee-Quick Credit–$155,000 Half-brother to Wheeling N Dealin (1:55; $811,226) 222–Bring On The Beach–Colt–Mach Three-Wheres The Beach–$155,000 Full brother to 2008 Horse of the Year Somebeachsomewhere (1:46.4; $3.22 million) 61–Dreams Beachboy–Colt–Somebeachsomewhere-Dream-A-While–$150,000 70–Morning Blue Chip–Colt–Bettor's Delight-BJ’s Sunshine–$150,000 Full-brother to Fashion Delight (1:50.1s; $803,897) 116–Lovely Jan–Filly–Muscle Massive-Lotsa Love–$145,000 Dam is a half-sister to Malabar Man (1:53.1; $2.14 million) 175–Motleyjue Bluechip–Colt–Art Major-Fool That I Am–$145,000 Full brother to Feel Like A Fool (1:49.4; $933,986) and Fool Me Once (1:48.1s; $635,057) 149–Anwar Hanover–Colt–Well Said-Allamerican Nadia–$140,000 Half-brother to Rusty’s All In (1:50f; $481,589) and Apprentice Hanover (1:49.4f; $383,405) 158–Strong Sorceress–Filly–Kadabra-One Tough Lass–$140,000 Dam won 2008 Kentucky Filly Futurity 133–Class Included–Colt–Muscles Yankee-Yankee Blondie–$137,000 Full brother to 2009 Horse of the Year Muscle Hill (1:50.1; $3.27 million) 114–Raylan Givens–Colt–Rock N Roll Heaven-Lisheen–$135,000 Half-brother to Lismara (1:47.3; $2.14 million) 216–Azorean Art–Colt–Art Major-Dancin Barefoot–$135,000 Stakes-winning dam had mark of 1:51.4f and earned $219,147 107–Lilu Hanover–Filly–Andover Hall-Lady Luck Hanover–$130,000 Full sister to Luckycharm Hanover (1:52.2; $430,056) 151–Ideal Donato–Colt–Donato Hanover-New Ideal–$130,000 Half-brother to Kadealia (1:55.1s; $570,375) 183–Arque Hanover–Colt–Rock N Roll Heaven-A Pippin Hanover–$130,000 Dam is a half-sister to Appleoosa Hanover (1:52.1s; $468,725) 200–Gold Beach–Filly–Somebeachsomewhere-Sunone–$130,000 Three-quarter brother to Smashbox (1:51.4s; $426,282) 62–Late Night–Colt–Art Major-Dreamland’s Jo Jo–$125,000 Half-brother to Real Nice (1:51.1h; $1.24 million) 227–Hard Rock Deo–Colt–Rocknroll Hanover-Worldly Beauty–$125,000 Full brother to World Of Rocknroll (1:50.3s; $338,561) 14–Raptureblisterburn–Filly–Conway Hall-Lady Marian–$120,000 Half-brother to Possessed Fashion (1:53.4; $314,272) 59–Day Man Hanover–Colt–Credit Winner-Dornello–$120,000 Half-brother to Lauderdale (1:54.1s; $217,535) 79–Sacreligulous–Colt–Credit Winner-Religulous–$120,000 168–Taiya Hanover–Filly–Rock N Roll Heaven–Trim Hanover–$120,000 Half-sister to American Jewel (1:48.2s; $1.84 million) 213–Penji Hanover–Colt–Art Major-Platinum Hanover–$120,000 Dam is a half-sister to Philos Hanover (1:49.3f; $523,246) and Panther Hanover (1:47.2; $367,877) 177–Can’t Wait Hanover–Colt–Somebeachsomewhere-Carolina Angel–$110,000 Dam is a full sister to Knock Three Times (1:51; $645,922) 204–Tady’s Legacy–Colt–Muscle Hill-Tady’s Comer–$110,000 Half-brother to Hez Striking (1:52.3s; $1 million) and Tady Strikes Again (1:54f; $585,681) 104–Rocknroll Katie–Filly–Rocknroll Hanover-Kutekatie–$100,000 Dam is a full sister to Kikikatie (1:50.3; $1.26 million) and Just Wait Kate (1:50.4; $387,931) by Ken Weingartner for USTA/HRC

Alabar’s annual Stallion Parade and Blue Ribbon Sale were held on Sunday (October 6) and on the most part the day was a success. Of the 88 horses on offer at the sale, 64 of them were sold while the other 24 were passed in. The total gross of the sale was $211,350, while the average was $3,130. Topping the sale was Life Sign mare Signyourlifeaway, who sold in foal to top racehorse Rock N Roll Heaven. She fetched $17,000 and was purchased by A22 Pty Ltd. Alan Galloway of Alabar said that they were “happy enough” with the sale, but that he expects it to increase even further in quality in upcoming years. Earlier on in the day, many turned up to view some of the finest horseflesh in all of Australasia as Smiling Shard, Art Major, Shadow Play and Courage Under Fire, among others, all paraded at the Echuca based stud . Pictures of the parade can be viewed on the top right-hand side of the page. To view the full results for the 2013 Alabar Blue Ribbon Sale click here. If you want to keep up with all the latest news coming out of Australasia’s biggest stud check them out on their Facebook page. By Mitchell Robertson

Freehold, NJ --- Owner Frank Bellino believes Pet Rock is fast enough to do what has never been done before. Whether he is lucky enough will be determined Sunday. Pet Rock will try to become the first harness racing horse in history to establish world records on three different sized tracks in as many starts when he faces nine rivals in the $175,000 Allerage Farms Open Pace at Lexington’s Red Mile on Sunday. In his most recent start on Sept. 19, Pet Rock won the Winbak Pace in 1:48.1 at the Delaware County Fair in Ohio. The time was the fastest ever on a half-mile track, shaving four-fifths of a second off the previous record. In his prior start on Sept. 7, he won the Jim Ewart Memorial Invitational in 1:47.2 at Scioto Downs. The time was the fastest ever on a five-eighths-mile oval, breaking the record by two-fifths of a second. Now Pet Rock takes aim at 1:46.4, which is the time of the fastest race in history on a mile track. That mark is shared by Holborn Hanover, Somebeachsomewhere and Warrawee Needy. The time for the fastest mile ever, 1:46.1, was established by Cambest in a time trial in 1993. Trained by Virgil Morgan, Jr. and driven by David Miller, the 4-year-old Pet Rock will start Sunday’s Allerage from post six. “I don’t think there is any question he can do it,” Bellino said. “It’s just a matter of whether everything falls into place. The most important thing is to race well, but I hope we can do something special this weekend.” The trotter Mack Lobell, who was Horse of the Year in 1987 and 1988, is the only horse to hold the records for the fastest miles on all three sized tracks simultaneously. Another trotter, CR Kay Suzie, set world records for her division (2-year-old filly) on all three sized tracks in a span of four races in 1994. Pet Rock, though, will try for the unprecedented. He has won four of 13 races this year, finished in the money a total of eight times, and earned $644,070. He won the $471,800 William R. Haughton Memorial in a lifetime-best 1:47 on July 13 at the Meadowlands. “It seems as the year goes on he’s getting better and better,” Bellino said. “It’s a tribute to Virgil and the way he trains. He’s been racing unbelievable. What he did at Scioto was eye-opening and what he did at Delaware -- I never thought I’d be alive to see that kind of time on a half-mile track.” Pet Rock, who received a bye into the Allerage final, will face a tough field Sunday. A Rocknroll Dance, who won the Allerage elimination in 1:48.4, will start from post three with regular driver Tim Tetrick at the lines for trainer Jim Mulinix. A Rocknroll Dance finished second to Pet Rock in both his world-record performances. Bolt The Duer, who previously shared the record for pacing on five-eighths and half-mile tracks, starts from post one with Mark MacDonald driving for trainer Pete Foley. The remainder of the field is Sweet Lou, Up The Credit, Golden Receiver, Our Lucky Chip, Escape The News, Clear Vision and Aracache Hanover. Bellino owned 2010 Horse of the Year Rock N Roll Heaven, but he is enjoying the ride with Pet Rock even more. “It was more nerve-wracking with Rock N Roll Heaven,” Bellino said. “That was the first time we ever went through anything like that and everything was magnified. This is a lot easier. I’m really enjoying this one.” Morgan, who has won more races -- 5,019 -- than any trainer in history, guided Mister Big to honors as the sport’s best older male pacer in 2007 and 2008. He wanted to bring Pet Rock along slowly this year as he transitioned to facing older rivals, in the process bypassing the lucrative Levy Memorial Pacing Series during the spring at Bellino’s home track of Yonkers Raceway. “I was taken aback at first because he’s so good on a half-mile track,” Bellino said. “But Virgil was right. That’s why you listen to the people that do it. He knows better and his plan has come together.” Bellino said it was unlikely that Pet Rock will continue racing next year. “Virgil is a big believer in keeping them racing, but even he said how much more can this horse do?” Bellino said. “How much faster can he go?” Sunday might provide the answer. by Ken Weingartner for USTA

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