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Harrisburg, PA --- Led by trotting sire Muscle Hill and harness racing pacing sire Somebeachsomewhere, the Standardbred Horse Sale enjoyed one of its strongest opening days in recent memory --- if not ever --- on Monday at the Pennsylvania State Farm Show Complex. A total of 170 horses sold for an average of $78,676, providing the sale with a 41-percent increase compared to last year. Muscle Hill-sired colt Story Time Hanover was the day's highest priced yearling, going for $410,000 to Sweden's Melby Gard AB, with Jimmy Takter as agent. Muscle Hill had the four-highest priced yearlings on Monday, including $400,000-selling colt Hey Jock to Montreal-based Determination stable, while Somebeachsomewhere led the pacing side and had four yearlings in the top nine. Colt Dramatic Point, purchased for $260,000 by Toronto's Scott Horner, was the top pacer. For the day, 18 Muscle Hill-sired yearlings sold for an average of $168,833 while 39 Somebeachsomewhere-sired yearlings sold for an average of $88,538. A total of 40 yearlings sold for at least $100,000, an increase of 48 percent compared to last year despite 88 fewer horses passing through the auction ring this year. Standardbred Horse Sales Company Chairman Russell Williams said he could not remember the sale ever having a better day in terms of average sale. "It was a great day," Williams said. "Hip No. 1 (Cantab Hall-sired filly Pulse Hanover) started at $150,000 and it just went on from there. "The auctioneers shouldn't get paid for today because they hardly had to work," he joked. Williams said the sales company was optimistic for a strong sale following the success of sales elsewhere, including a record-setting Lexington Selected Yearling Sale in October. "We were fairly confident," Williams said. "It turned out better than we hoped. The confidence came from the quality of the catalogue and from the strong sales that everyone else has been having. They always go together." Last year's opening day in Harrisburg saw 258 sold for an average of $55,781 and was hampered by a Pennsylvania budget impasse that threatened to halt racing in the state. The sale's first day saw an 8.49 percent drop in average sale compared to 2014. "Not having the governor threatening to end racing in Pennsylvania gave us a big advantage this year," Williams said. "We appreciated that. We're grateful to be overlooked this time." This year's sale also saw fewer yearlings auctioned on the first day. "We wanted to create momentum the first day," Williams said. "You always arrange your yearlings to best advantage, but by having a little bit less today we hoped to have more sizzle and momentum going forward." Story Time Hanover is out of the mare Shared Past, who was the New Jersey Sire Stakes champion in 2013. The family also includes millionaire Dejarmbro and stakes-winners Armbro Vanquish and Manofmanymissions. Takter trained Armbro Vanquish. "Jimmy loved Armbro Vanquish," said Perry Soderberg, who handled the bidding on Story Time Hanover. "(Story Time Hanover) was the right size. He was the right type of Muscle Hill and has a great pedigree. He was probably the most complete horse in the sale among the trotting colts; conformation, the way he moved in the paddock, and the pedigree. He had a little bit of everything for sure. "There are just a few of these type horses in the sale and this is the one we thought was the best." Soderberg also was the agent for buying Muscle Hill-sired colt You Know You Do, out of the 2012 New York Sire Stakes champion You Want Me, for $350,000. The price was the day's third highest. You Know You Do's family includes Peace A Pie, the dam of Dan Patch Award winner Pizza Dolce. "He's got the size and the power," Soderberg said about You Know You Do, who will be trained by Takter for a to-be-determined ownership group. "I saw him at (consignor) Peninsula Farm and he really had that punch that I'm looking for in the paddock. "The two top trotting colts in my opinion were (Story Time Hanover) and this one. We're very happy." Hey Jock, the day's second-highest priced yearling, is out of the mare Sugar Wheeler. His family includes Dan Patch Award winner Wheeling N Dealin and stakes-winner Quick Credit. "He is a very nice horse, that's why we would buy him," said Luc Blais, who will train the colt for Serge Godin's Determination stable. Godin also owned Wheeling N Dealin. "For sure he liked that pedigree. Yeah, it's pressure (to buy a horse for that price) but I like challenges. That's a good challenge." Dramatic Point, the top-selling pacer, is out of the stakes-winning mare Heather's Western, and is a half-brother to this year's North America Cup and Little Brown Jug winner Betting Line. "He looks like a really nice horse," Horner said. "And the pedigree, it's not only Betting Line. To be frank, the chance of getting another Betting Line are slim and none. That's not why we bought him. We bought him to buy a nice horse. And we liked the back pedigree on (Somebeachsomewhere)." Owner Jeff Snyder came away with two of the Top 10 sellers on Monday, Muscle Hill-sired colt Abs Hanover for $245,000 and Somebeachsomewhere-sired colt Thomas B Hanover for $230,000. Abs Hanover is out of the mare Are You Ready and the family includes stakes-winner Blenheim, Hambletonian Oaks winner Personal Style and Dan Patch Award winner Almost An Angel. Thomas B Hanover is out of the mare Trim Hanover and is a half-brother to Dan Patch Award winner American Jewel and stakes-winners Luck Be Withyou and Source Of Pride. Snyder co-owns full-sister Tori Hanover, who last month won a Breeders Crown elimination. "I loved the pedigree," Snyder said about Thomas B Hanover. "I thought he was the best Somebeachsomewhere in the sale. (Trim Hanover) has already produced two million-dollar winners. What's not to like? He's by the hottest sire in harness racing." The sale resumes Tuesday at 10 a.m. and will look to pick up where it left off. Trotting colts (33 sold) went for an average of $98,424 while trotting fillies (44) went for an average of $84,545. Pacing colts (57) sold for an average of $74,719 and pacing fillies (36) for an average of $59,667. "All the sires in today's sale have something to be happy about in the stats," Williams said. "I don't see a pattern of pacers versus trotters, colts versus fillies; what was on the page people were buying. It was a great day. That momentum, we hope, will carry on through Tuesday and beyond." More information on the sale may be found at Day One Top 10 Hip–Sex–Gait–Name–Sire–Dam–Buyer–Consignor–Price 21–C–T–Story Time Hanover–Muscle Hill–Shared Past–Jimmy Takter, agent–Hanover Shoe Farms–$410,000 32–C–T–Hey Jock–Muscle Hill–Sugar Wheeler–Determination–Concord Stud Farm–$400,000 57–C–T–You Know You Do–Muscle Hill–You Want Me–Perry Soderberg, agent–Peninsula Farm–$350,000 107–C–T–Drum Hanover–Muscle Hill–Dornello–Ake Svanstedt–Hanover Shoe Farms–$270,000 127–C–P–Dramatic Point–Somebeachsomewhere–Heather’s Western–Scott Horner–Fair Winds Farm–$260,000 66–C–T–Abs Hanover–Muscle Hill–Are You Ready–Jeff Snyder–Hanover Shoe Farms–$245,000 43–C–P–Thomas B Hanover–Somebeachsomewhere–Trim Hanover–Jeff Snyder–Hanover Shoe Farms–$230,000 169–C–P–Nerd Hanover–Somebeachsomewhere–New Album–Ron Michelon–Hanover Shoe Farms–$185,000 75–C–P–Busted Hanover–Somebeachsomewhere–Bittorsweet Terror–Three Brothers Stable–Hanover Shoe Farms–$175,000 26–F–T–This Dreams On Me–Cantab Hall–Sleep Tight My Luv–Katz/Goldband/Libfeld–Peninsula Farm, agent–$170,000 99–F–T–Consuela Hanover–Muscle Hill–Cressida Hanover–Jules Siegel–Hanover Shoe Farms–$170,000 Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications

Westfield, IN - Four outstanding pieces of original artwork will be sold at a live harness racing auction Monday, November 7 at the Standardbred Horse Sale in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Bidding will commence immediately following the sale of yearling hip #174. The four pieces will be sold in two lots of two. Lot One includes Towards Racing's Future, 18"x16" and Hopples, 14"X19". Lot Two features Homer and Jake, 19"x14" and Planning Strategy, 12'x16" horizontal work. All art is attractively matted and framed. Amy Pruner, alumnus of Harness Horse Youth Foundation and now a student in the University of Connecticut studying Equine Science, is the artist. The graphite pencil drawings were reproduced into sets of note cards which were distributed at HHYF's 40th Anniversary Celebration. Now YOU can own the original art. Payment is to be made to the HHYF representative immediately following the auction and shipping, if required, is the responsibility of the buyer. For more information, contact HHYF Executive Director Ellen Taylor at 317-908-0029. Celebrating 40 years of youth education and service to harness racing, 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 makes a difference in young people's lives through interactive learning experiences with these versatile animals, scholarship programs, and creation and distribution of educational materials. For more information on opportunities through HHYF, or to support its mission, go to Keith Gisser

The Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission and Standardbred Horse Sales Company are proud to promote Standardbred yearling ownership to “new” International buyers from outside North America at our Annual Sale in Harrisburg! “New” International harness racing yearling buyers are eligible for a $1500 incentive award through a grant from the Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission. Never been to Harrisburg, or haven’t purchased a yearling at Harrisburg in at least three years? Have you hesitated because of the expense of travel? Now you can easily attend the Harrisburg Sale! THE INCENTIVE PROGRAM Eligibility: International buyers from outside North America who have not purchased a Standardbred yearling at the Harrisburg Sale for three years (2016: no yearling purchases 2013 – 2015). Qualified yearlings: All yearlings in the Harrisburg Sale! Award: $1500 incentive award, to be paid by Standardbred Horse Sales Company by check after the Sale. Checks will be mailed to the buyer at his home address. One award per buyer! Total Awards: Limited to the first 20 International buyers submitting approved and completed registration forms. Registration forms are submitted after the yearling is purchased. “First come, first serve” conditions. HOW TO REGISTER Register at the Harrisburg Sale: Visit the Incentive Program representative in the Main Hall next to the Information Booth. Registration forms and informational materials will be available. Not sure if you are eligible? Confirm your eligibility with our representative before bidding.  Buy your yearling, and return to the Incentive Program table with your “sale ticket” for initial processing. Visit the Sale Credit Manager’s Office for final approval. Return the completed and approved Registration form to the Incentive Program representative. You will receive your $1500 incentive award from Standardbred Horse Sales Company at home by mail. QUESTIONS ABOUT THE PROGRAM? If you have questions about the program, please contact Paul Spears at  For details on the Harrisburg Sale click here.  

Freehold, NJ --- Long Tom might be short on experience, but trainer Marcus Melander believes the 2-year-old male trotter can stand tall when it comes to harness racing on the Grand Circuit. The colt, who spent time in Sweden after being purchased for $60,000 at last year’s Standardbred Horse Sale, competes Thursday (Sept. 29) in the first of six Bluegrass Stakes divisions at Red Mile. “He feels like the right horse, but there are some good horses out there as well, so it’s not so easy,” Melander said about Long Tom, who heads to Lexington with two wins and a second in three career races. “He started out good and we’ll see how he does against the best ones out here. I definitely think he can be on the Grand Circuit. “He feels like a good horse and I think he’ll get better and better with every race he can have. We’ll see after Lexington how we do. But so far he’s been very good.” Long Tom is a son of stallion Muscle Hill out of the mare Ilia. He is a half-brother to Tight Lines, who last week finished third in the Old Oaken Bucket at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in Ohio. Signed for by Swedish trainer Reijo Liljendahl, the horse is owned by the Finland-based AMG Stable Oy. Following the Harrisburg sale, Long Tom traveled to Sweden, where he was in Liljendahl’s stable. “We talked in February and Reijo told me he had a good horse he wanted to send over,” Melander said. “I liked him already at the sale, so when Reijo told me the name of the horse I was happy. He was a good-looking horse. He came to me at the end of March.” Because of his travels, Long Tom wasn’t ready to see action when qualifiers for 2-year-olds began in mid-June at the Meadowlands. But when Melander brought the colt to qualifiers a month later, he was pleased. On Aug. 9, Long Tom made his racing debut in a conditioned race at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono and won by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:59.1. Four weeks later, he finished second to New Jersey Viking in the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey-sponsored Harold Dancer Memorial Trot and followed that effort with a 1:56.1 victory in a conditioned race for 2- and 3-year-olds at the Meadowlands. “He’s been racing very well,” Melander said. “In the qualifiers I took it very easy with him and I felt he was a good horse. In his first lifetime start, he won very easy at Pocono even if it was just in (1):59.1. He did it so easy. “After that, he had some problems getting into races when the Meadowlands closed. But he raced very well at Freehold after some time off and when he won at the Meadowlands he raced great again.” Long Tom is a horse that tends to get complacent when he reaches the front, but Melander is impressed with the colt’s desire to win. “He’s not like a monster in training; he’s very lazy,” Melander said. “He’s like an older horse that’s been doing this for a while. He’s never grabby. He’s almost too lazy sometimes. Last week when he won at the Meadowlands he had plenty left. He’s just so lazy you need to get him going to hold his speed otherwise he waits for the other horses. “But you can feel in a horse when they want to be first. He’s nice gaited, but what I like most is his head. He wants to be a racehorse; he wants to win.” At Lexington, Melander is anxious to see if Long Tom has the speed to be a top colt. “That’s the thing, he’s never been coming home faster than :29 (seconds),” Melander said. “But he’s so lazy. When he’s first, he doesn’t go much faster. He knows he’s first and he knows he’s going to win. I think he’s got the speed. I’m not saying he’s going to go :26 quarters down here, but I think he can go faster than :29, that’s for sure.” Long Tom, who has earned $19,250 this season, is 9-2 on the morning line in his six-horse Bluegrass division, where he will start from post one with driver Tim Tetrick. Bill’s Man, from the stable of trainer John Butenschoen, is the 2-1 favorite from post two with driver Corey Callahan. The morning line favorites in the remaining divisions, in race order, are Tony Alagna’s stakes-winner Signal Hill, Frank Antonacci’s International Moni, Julie Miller’s stakes-winner Fly On, Ron Burke’s Peter Haughton Memorial champ What The Hill, and Jimmy Takter’s King On The Hill. For the complete card, click here. by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

Standardbred Horse Sales Company is proud to announce that our 78th Annual Harrisburg Yearling Sale Preview is now posted on our website, Individual yearling pedigrees will soon follow, with yearling video links posted closer to the harness racing sale. Yearling Sale dates are Monday, November 7 through Wednesday, November 9, featuring 899 fabulous yearlings - 478 by Pennsylvania sires, 269 by New York sires, 126 by Ontario sires, 19 by Ohio sires, 4 by New Jersey sires, and 3 by Indiana sires. Yearlings by first year sires including A Rocknroll Dance (25), So Surreal (11), Betterthancheddar (10), Possess The Will (3), Wishing Stone (3), and Pet Rock (2) will be presented. Printed catalogs will be mailed September 15. Standardbred will again offer catalogs formatted for the iPad through the Sales Catalog app. As always, Standardbred provides multiple "Search" functions and downloadable PDF packets on our website to help you find your champion. Our convenient "My Black Book" feature allows customers to store lists of yearling prospects with pedigrees, video links, and personal notes in a confidential format that is accessible from any Internet-capable device. Paul Spears                       Vivian G. Jewitt   Standardbred Horse Sales Company   2310 Hanover Pike   Post Office Box 339   Hanover, PA 17331   Phone: 717-637-8931 Ext. 122   Fax: 717-637-6766   Email:       ---- Absent completed agency authorization forms accepted by Standardbred Horse Sales Co., the person signing the Confirmation of Sale slip remains 100% responsible for payment (see our Terms and Conditions of Sale) and billing to any other person is an accommodation to the purchaser and not an extension of credit.       IMPORTANT: The contents of this e-mail and any attachments are confidential. They are intended for the named recipient(s) only. If you have received this e-mail by mistake, please notify the sender immediately and do not disclose the contents.-----          

When Jim Clarke Sr. invited longtime friend Andy Altobelli to join him in buying a harness racing yearling a little more than four years ago, he set their budget at $35,000. After Clarke exceeded that number by two grand to purchase female pacer Coffee Addict at the 2011 Standardbred Horse Sale, he joked the toughest part of the day was calling Altobelli with the news. "I was quite happy, but the hardest thing for me was telling Andy that I had to go a little bit above what we intended to spend," Clarke said, adding with a laugh. "He said don't worry about it, that's all right. I said, 'good.' "We've been crazy about her ever since. She's a really nice mare." Now a 6-year-old, Coffee Addict has won 23 races and earned $463,779 during her career. Clarke has owned horses off and on since the late 1970s, but Coffee Addict was Altobelli's first racehorse. "Maybe it was just beginner's luck," said Altobelli, a 63-year-old pharmacist and pharmacy owner from York County, Pennsylvania. "She was just a good horse right from the get-go." Coffee Addict, a daughter of stallion Dragon Again out of the mare Kahlua Queen, wasn't on Clarke's list of horses when he went to the auction. Clarke attended the sale with Zan "Pete" Kaiser and Kaiser's son, Zach, and Pete suggested Clarke take a look at the filly after Clarke was unsuccessful in buying several other horses. Kaiser was unfamiliar with Coffee Addict, but had seen her full brother Mudslide race recently and thought he was a nice colt. "When I got back to see her, she was being prepped to go up to the ring," Clarke said. "I looked at her and couldn't see a pimple on her. Then I sat down in a chair and just watched her demeanor for about 20 minutes. She stood perfectly. She didn't even flick her ear. She was just so attentive. She was showing me that she was a smart horse. She had a head on her shoulders. "I thought I had to buy her. I was so glad Pete suggested I go back and look. I probably wouldn't have looked at her going through the ring." Kaiser trained Coffee Addict through the middle of her 3-year-old season, when she moved to trainer Bruce Saunders and captured a Keystone Classic division at The Meadows in 2013 and later became a top performer in the Fillies & Mares Open Handicap ranks at Yonkers Raceway. Last September, Coffee Addict joined the stable of trainer Norm Parker at The Meadows. She has raced almost exclusively at the western Pennsylvania oval since then, winning seven of 17 starts and hitting the board a total of 14 times. She has won back-to-back races in the top-level handicap division for filly and mare pacers at The Meadows and is entered again for Monday (Feb. 15). "Pete is great at starting up horses, bringing along the young ones, and Bruce did a great job with her too," Clarke said. "At this point in her career I decided I wanted her to race where she lives, and I had done business with Norm a few years ago with Fionavar Hanover. He's been doing a terrific job." Added Altobelli, "We've had people right on through who have done a very good job with her. We've been very fortunate, very lucky. It's been a thrill, for sure." The calm demeanor Coffee Addict displayed while Clarke watched her prior to the yearling sale is not always evident these days on the racetrack. "She's relatively calm, but when she gets on the track she turns into a whole different person," Clarke said. "She had two personalities, I feel. But one thing about her, she's always trying." The 76-year-old Clarke is the retired former owner of a chain of building supply/home improvement centers in southcentral Pennsylvania. He also worked for 84 Lumber for a number of years prior to starting his own business. He was hired at 84 Lumber in 1966 by company founder Joe Hardy and went on to manage several stores. Clarke's interest in harness racing goes back to his days growing up in western New York. He worked as a groom at Buffalo Raceway when he was a teenager and also had a cousin involved in horse ownership. "I've always loved the sport," Clarke said. "I was transferred to Atlanta many years ago for work and we would travel to Hawkinsville to watch the horses at the winter training center and I would talk with all the horsemen. I couldn't wait to get back north and get back involved in harness racing because I could afford to own horses. I came back in 1975 and in 1978, I believe, I bought my first horse. I've been on and off owning horses since then." Altobelli grew up in New Jersey, but spent time as a teenager helping out at his grandfather's dairy farm in Bedford County, Pennsylvania. In 1985, Altobelli bought his own farm in Pennsylvania and raises beef cattle in addition to working as a pharmacist. His interest in harness racing was fueled in part by living near renowned breeding facility Hanover Shoe Farms, as well as his own interest in breeding and genetics. "There were many times we would stop over at Hanover Shoe Farms and see the foals and just look around," Altobelli said. "I really study the stallions and the classic families. I'm trying to get a better background. Even though I've been in it for five years I feel like I'm an amateur. Jim has been kind of a mentor to me and I'm always wanting to learn more." Clarke and Altobelli own three more horses together now: 5-year-old female pacer Adelita Hanover, 4-year-old female pacer Picksync Hanover, and 2-year-old male pacer Gossip Boy (who is a half-brother to millionaire McCedes). "It's a great partnership," Clarke said. "I don't know where it will go, but I'll be doing it for as long as I can. For us to have a horse like Coffee Addict, it's meant a lot. I've gotten a lot of enjoyment and satisfaction out of her. It's just satisfying for us to have what we consider a pretty nice one for just two guys from the York County area." Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications  

Harrisburg, PA --- Senena Esty is proud of her boy, but it is hard to say goodbye. Esty's Spring Haven Farm consigned colt trotter Kadillac, who was Tuesday's sale-topper at the Standardbred Horse Sale. The Ontario-eligible yearling, a son of stallion Kadabra out of the mare Proactive Gal, was purchased for $260,000 by Clark Beelby. Kadillac's family includes stakes-winner Bramasole, who also is the dam of this year's Peaceful Way winner Caprice Hill. "It's hard to see him go because I've spent every day with him," Esty said. "I try to be professional, but I've shed a few tears. I'm very proud of him. He just grew to be an outstanding individual. He's the nicest trotter I've ever sold." Kadillac was joined at the top of Tuesday's sale prices by colt pacer Sovereign Deo, who sold for $190,000 to Tom Hill. Sovereign Deo is a son of Mach Three out of World Of Her Own. His second dam is Dan Patch Award-winner Worldly Beauty and his family includes stakes-winners World Of Rocknroll and Rock N' Roll World, plus Worldly Treasure, who is the dam of Dan Patch Award-winner Captaintreacherous. Tony Alagna, who trained Captaintreacherous, will train Sovereign Deo. "Basically, it's the same family as Captaintreacherous," Tom Hill Jr. said. "Tony liked the horse. I spoke to Tony several weeks to go, he phoned me up, and his exact words were 'Wow, what a jaw-dropper he is.' He has a great conformation and the pedigree is second to none. "In my opinion, he was the best pacing colt in the sale. I think the price proved that. I'm very happy with the purchase. My dad wanted him and he step up. Fortunately, we got him. We'll just hope for a little bit of luck and take it from there." Through two days at the Standardbred Horse Sale, a total of 650 horses were sold for an average of $39,396. The average is a drop of 15.7 percent compared to the average of $46,748 for 535 horses last year. Standardbred Horse Sales Company President Pete Spears said some of the drop was the result of the Pennsylvania's budget impasse that led Gov. Tom Wolf to threaten to halt horse racing in the state. Negotiations are continuing to resolve the issue. A total of 398 Pennsylvania-eligible horses have sold for an average of $38,573. "After two days it's clear that the recent problems in Pennsylvania have had an adverse effect on the sale's results," Spears said. The price for Kadillac topped last year's Tuesday sale-topper, which was $225,000 for colt trotter Gotalottacredit. "I never try to have expectations because you don't want to set yourself up for disappointment," Esty said about Kadillac's price. "We're just a farm family and we just try to make a living doing what we love. But as the sale got closer and he looked the part, I thought hopefully he would bring $100,000." Esty bought Kadillac, who was bred by Dunroven Stud, as a weanling in November 2014. "He had a very good family and the conformation to go with it," Esty said. "It just looked like he had the potential to grow into a very nice colt." After watching Kadillac bolt through an open gate, Esty thought he had true potential. "He was in a group of 10 other colts and got past the gate," Esty said. "He got past me pretty quick. But, boy, you should have seen him trot. That was the day I knew I had something there. "He was quite the special colt so I had to pick out the perfect name for him." David Meirs III understands how Esty feels. Meirs' Concord Stud Farm raised and consigned Monday's sale-topper filly trotter Future Secured, for $500,000. The price equaled the auction-sales record for a yearling filly trotter, which was set by Courtney Hall in 2003. It tied for the fourth-highest auction price for any yearling and was the highest price for a yearling at auction since Detour Hanover sold for a record $825,000 in 2011. "It's not fully sunken in," Meirs said. "It's something I'm going to cherish. I sensed by whom was looking at the filly there was a chance (for a high price), but I've been there. I've done this now for more than 40 years. There are so many times you sit there and think you've got that one. "But when she hit $400,000 it was like being in a race. I saw multiple hands going up in the air and I almost had to catch myself; I was turning white. I starting thinking 'Where are we going here?' It was that thrill, but that's only part of it. Now I want her to do well. Nothing is going to make me happier than seeing this horse go forward and do well for the owners, and I can be a part of that." Meirs began to think Future Secured could be special when he watched her trot alongside her dam, 2010 Merrie Annabelle winner Thatsnotmyname, in the field. "I did not start to truly appreciate the filly until I watched her mom going through the field with her," Meirs said. "She would go stride for stride, exact same motion in the front. Her mother is a kind filly, but a little tough. But I think you need a little bit of that toughness to be a good racehorse. But what I enjoyed about this filly is that she's gaited exactly like mom." Meirs is no stranger to success --- Concord Stud Farm also consigned, as agent, last year's sale-topper Brooklyn Hill for $390,000, for example --- but he takes nothing for granted. "It's like the racing game," Meirs said. "You have your highs and you have the lows. When you have the high, cherish it. "There are a lot of keys to success, but it's not just one person. It's family; my family is involved very closely in the business. I've got a very good staff of people. We work seven days a week and we take a huge amount of pride in the product we come out with. We put a lot of time and effort into these youngsters to get them here to this point. It gives us a lot of self-satisfaction." Day Two Top 10 Hip-Sex-Gait-Name-Sire-Dam-Buyer-Consignor-Price 385-C-T-Kadillac-Kadabra-Proactive Gal-Clark Beelby-Spring Haven Farm-$260,000 499-C-P-Sovereign Deo-Mach Three-World Of Her Own-Tom Hill-Northwood Bloodstock Agency-$190,000 2022-C-T-Wild Whiskey-Cantab Hall-Bourbon Belle-Joe Holloway-Northwood Bloodstock Agency-$130,000 557-F-T-By A Neck Hanover-Chapter Seven-By A Nose Hanover-Andy Miller Stable, agent-Hanover Shoe Farms-$105,000 316-C-P-Must Be Luck-Camluck-Fashion Sureal-Dave Menary-All American Harnessbreds-$100,000 367-C-T-Change Page-Chapter Seven-Order By Credit-Michael Pozefsky-Concord Stud Farm, agent-$100,000 402-F-T-Royal Witch-Kadabra-Royal Tennis-Benoit Baillargeon, agent-Preferred Equine Mkt. Inc., agent-$100,000 442-C-P-Twin B Rockstar-Rocknroll Hanover-Sugar Sugar-Brian Brown-Twinbrook Farms-$100,000 390-F-P-Crooked Halo-Big Bad John-Real Lady Katie-Jeff Webster-Northwood Bloodstock Agency-$95,000 410-C-P-Beach House-Somebeachsomewhere-Sara Sue-Harry Locke-All American Harnessbreds-$92,000 Ken Weingartner          

Harrisburg, PA --- Staffan Lind and Karl-Erik Bender hope Future Secured lives up to her name. A filly trotter, Future Secured sold for a record-equaling $500,000 during the first half of Monday's opening day of the Standardbred Horse Sale. When the final price was hammered down, observers at the Pennsylvania State Farm Show Complex responded with applause. The price equals the auction-sales record for a yearling filly trotter, which was set by Courtney Hall in 2003. It is tied for the fourth-highest auction price for any yearling and is the highest price for a yearling at auction since Detour Hanover sold for a record $825,000 in 2011. Future Secured, bred by Stefan Balazsi's Order By Stable, is by stallion Cantab Hall out of the stakes-winning mare Thatsnotmyname. The second dam is Graceful Touch, the mother of 2010 Hambletonian winner Muscle Massive as well as stakes-winner Muscle Mass. The third dam is stakes-winner Act Of Grace, the mother of 2001 World Trotting Derby winner Cobol, and the extended family includes top performers such as Passionate Glide and Marita's Victory. "She's a beautiful filly and she's out of a family where those horses don't come around too often for sale," Lind said. "She moves good, she has a good conformation; she's just a very nice filly." Lind said he was unsurprised the filly brought a hefty price. "Those horses hardly ever come for sale," Lind said. "It's like buying a painting by Picasso; it's hard to put a price on it. And she has huge residual value. "We'll train her just like any other horse," he added, noting there was no additional pressure because of her price. Future Secured was one of two yearlings to sell for at least $300,000 and among four horses to sell for at least $200,000. Colt trotter Royal Dreams, a son of Cantab Hall out of the stakes-winning mare Bold Dreamer, sold for $300,000 to agent Robert Lindstrom. He is a half-brother to multiple Dan Patch Award-winner Pampered Princess and O'Brien Award-winner Was It A Dream. For the day, a total of 258 horses were sold for an average of $55,781. The average was a decrease of 8.49 percent from last year's opening-day mark of $60,955, when 221 yearlings were sold. This is the first time since 2008 that the Standardbred Horse Sale's yearling auction is being held over three days rather than four. "Today's sale, I think, was pretty uneven," Standardbred Horse Sales Company President Pete Spears said. "It started slowly, picked up later on, and finished reasonably strong. "One major change is that in previous years we had a four-day sales format. Now we're back to three days, which means we sold a lot more horses today than we normally do on Monday. A good number of them, therefore, would have been sold on Tuesday last year. Tuesday being a lower average day, we would have to expect that our average would be down a little bit simply because of the change in format. "Overall, I think the very best horses sold extremely well. It's not every day that you get a $500,000 trotting filly. I haven't spoken to too many people who are too displeased with what they bought. So, we'll come back (Tuesday) and try it again." A total of 27 yearlings sold for at least $100,000 on Monday. Joining Future Secured and Royal Dreams in reaching at least $200,000 were filly trotter Ellerie Hanover and filly pacer Babershop Hanover. Ellerie Hanover, also signed for by Lindstrom, is a daughter of Cantab Hall out of the stakes-winning mare Exotic Destination. She is a half-sister to stakes-winner Exodus Hanover. Babershop Hanover was the highest-priced pacer and is a daughter of Rocknroll Hanover out of the mare Baberhood. She is a half-sister to Dan Patch Award-winner He's Watching. Myron Bell signed for Babershop Hanover on behalf of owners Brittany Farms and Marvin Katz. Tony Alagna will train Babershop Hanover. He also trains the filly's other half-brother, 2-year-old Tom Hill. "It's a great pedigree; a pedigree we believe in," Alagna said. "She's by Rocknroll Hanover, so it's a perfect filly to go to (former stable star) Captaintreacherous someday. We'll race her and hopefully after her racing career we'll breed to Captain and she'll throw great yearlings to sell every year. We try to think long term as far as breeding her when she's done racing and she fit the bill. "She is a beautiful filly. She has nice size for the family. He's Watching isn't a very big horse, Tom Hill isn't a very big horse. This filly has got some size and she's by the right sire. It was a perfect fit." Rounding out the top five sellers was colt trotter Awol Hanover (Donato Hanover-Angel Fire Hanover), who is a three-quarter brother to stakes-winner Spicy Wings and sold for $180,000 to Luc Blais. Tuesday's yearling session begins at 10 a.m. at the Pennsylvania State Farm Show Complex. Day One Top 10 Hip-Sex-Gait-Name-Sire-Dam-Buyer-Price 129-F-T-Future Secured-Cantab Hall-Thatsnotmyname-Staffan Lind-$500,000 195-C-T-Royal Dreams-Cantab Hall-Bold Dreamer-Robert Lindstrom, agent-$300,000 237-F-T-Ellerie Hanover-Cantab Hall-Exotic Destination-Robert Lindstrom, agent-$270,000 179-F-P-Babershop Hanover-Rocknroll Hanover-Baberhood-Myron Bell, agent-$200,000 165-C-T-Awol Hanover-Donato Hanover-Angel Fire Hanover-Luc Blais-$180,000 74-F-T-Obscene-Kadabra-Letsjustalkaboutme-Tom Hill-$165,000 131-F-T-Magic Presto-Kadabra-In The Mean Time-Mel Hartman, agent-$160,000 142-C-T-Soderberg Hanover-Cantab Hall-Southwind Wasabi-Lars Perry Soderberg, agent-$150,000 189-C-P-Ideal Wheel-American Ideal-Bet On Luck-Mac Nichol-$150,000 133-F-P-Tori Hanover-Somebeachsomewhere-Trim Hanover-Jeff Snyder-$135,000 169-C-P-Academic Hanover-Western Ideal-A Pippin Hanover-Mark Harder-$135,000 by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications

It is that time of year again as the annual marathon that is the Standardbred Horse Sales Company Annual Sale at Harrisburg got under way yesterday. There are 1015 yearlings up for grabs on the first three days with  615 by Pennsylvania sires, 261 by New York sires, 100 by Ontario sires, 31 by New Jersey sires, and eight by Ohio sires. Of the new sires on offer this year, most interest is centered on the debut of Chapter Seven who has 31 yearlings in the sale. The mixed sale follows the yearlings on Thursday and Friday. Pedigrees and yearling videos are available online on The roster may be searched by trotters and pacers, colts and fillies, as well as by consignors, sires, and state of eligibility. Harnesslink Media Important Links: The Online Catalogue Updated List Of Outs Up to date Sale Results Live Video Stream (active during the sale)

The opportunity to own a piece of a successful sports franchise may be more attainable than you think. The United States Trotting Association (USTA), in conjunction with the Standardbred Horse Sales Co., welcomes those considering first time purchase of a Standardbred to learn more about harness racing and how to become a partner in racehorse ownership. The Harrisburg Sale Mixer will be held Thursday (Nov. 5) at the Pennsylvania State Farm Show complex, in Harrisburg, PA, at 5 p.m. Guests will be treated to light appetizers and cocktails and hear from top trainers and owners who have mastered racehorse ownership in today's market. Attendees will be given an overview of the business and learn about the process of owning a racehorse, and presented with the many options to consider when purchasing a racehorse. We will cover the benefits and risks associated with purchase options to help participants understand what choices may be best for them, from partnerships and fractional groups to yearling investments and claiming racehorses. They will also be able to get up close and personal with some of the racehorses arriving for the mixed sale and learn the ins and outs of what to look for in a productive racehorse. Standardbred racehorse ownership offers owners the opportunities to be as involved with their investment as they desire, and with buy in options as low as $350, there are investment options to suit anyone's budget and interest. Go to to sign up today or for questions, contact or call 877-800-8782 x3257. Ellen Harvey  

Hanover/Harrisburg, PA– Looking for a fun-filled way to take part in the upcoming Harrisburg sale? Standardbred Horse Sales Company invites you to enter its “Stable Stars” contest. You will have a chance at winning prizes and eternal bragging rights of being a winner! From now through 12 Noon on Sunday, November 1, 2015, you can enter your guess on the final hammer price of 12 designated yearlings being sold on November 2. Entries can be made by following the link on the company’s web site at or by sending your guesses via email to Grand prize winner will be the person submitting guesses closest to the total actual prices of all yearlings in the contest. The winner will receive a Standardbred Fleece Jacket, Polo Shirt and Hat, a copy of Ellen Harvey’s “Standardbred Old Friends”, and a $100 gift certificate to the Harness Racing Museum. Prizes will also be awarded for second place and the closest guesses on the individual horses. For full contest rules and details, go to the link at then follow along on the LIVE Webcast to Monday, November 2, as well as on our Facebook page and on Twitter, using the hashtags: #harrisburgsale #stablestars If you would like more information, please contact Jennifer L. Krentler at (717) 637-8931, ext. 210 or email at

When harness racing Adam Bowden and his father Chris bought female pacer Western Montana in the formative days of their Diamond Creek Farm a decade ago, it was with an eye toward the future. Today as Western Montana's undefeated 2-year-old daughter Pure Country prepares for the upcoming Breeders Crown, it appears the future is now. Western Montana was purchased for $50,000 as a yearling at the 2005 Standardbred Horse Sale and raced for the Bowdens the following two years, winning five of 16 starts and earning $175,010. She finished fourth in the 2006 Breeders Crown for 2-year-old filly pacers and her family includes a slew of stakes-winners such as Allamerican Ingot, Allamerican Inca, LCB, and Incredible Finale. Her pedigree was one of the major attractions for the Bowdens, who were starting their own breeding farm. Western Montana produced winners with her first three foals, although none has earned more than $69,042. Then came the Somebeachsomewhere-sired Pure Country, who is 8-for-8 with multiple stakes triumphs and $379,968. "Western Montana was actually the fourth horse we ever bought and from the beginning she was one that I thought we were going to keep all of her foals," Adam Bowden said. "We thought the pedigree was good enough that she was supposed to have a good horse somewhere along the way. For whatever reasons, the first three had issues here and there. They all had talent, but none of them sort of realized it. "(Pure Country) was sort of the perfect specimen. She was never sick, she was never injured, she went about her business. We had her older sister Hunger Games, who also is by Somebeachsomewhere, and Pure Country was just a little bit bigger, a little bit more correct, and a little bit smarter than her sister was. We ended up selling Hunger Games after her 3-year-old year. My father and I debated about whether we would keep her or sell her. I told him the next one we have I think is a better filly than Hunger Games. It's worked out so far." On Friday night at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, the Jimmy Takter-trained Pure Country headlines the second of two eliminations for the Breeders Crown for 2-year-old female pacers. She faces a group that includes New York Sire Stakes champion Dime A Dance plus stakes-winners Darlinonthebeach and Shezarealdeal. Pure Country is the 1-2 morning line favorite. The first elim includes New Jersey Sire Stakes champion Blue Moon Stride, and stakes-winners Call Me Queen Be, Soft Idea, and Yankee Moonshine. The top five finishers from each elimination return for the $600,000 final on Oct. 24 at Woodbine. Elimination winners will draw for posts 1-5 for the final. Pure Country is trained by Jimmy Takter, the winningest trainer in Breeders Crown history with 21 trophies and more than $9 million in purses. Takter was impressed with the filly early on, commenting after she debuted with a 1:55.4 qualifier win in June, "She's scary." As Bowden recalled, "Jimmy felt she had a world of talent and she was either going to be really good or blow up in our face. Fortunately it's so far been the former rather than the latter." Pure Country's wins include the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship at The Meadows in September and divisions of the Bluegrass and International Stallion stakes at the recently-concluded Grand Circuit meet at The Red Mile. She has been driven in every start by Brett Miller. "I'm most impressed with her consistency and her ability to either race on the lead or follow," Bowden said. "She's been able to do both and she's got an unbelievable kick coming home. Most of the races, she's been 27-(seconds) flat or sub-27. That's pretty impressive so far." The Bowdens have shared in ownership of one Breeders Crown winner, Father Patrick, but are looking for their first trophy with their own horse. "I don't know if there's anything better than that," Bowden said about the possibility of having a homebred champion. "That would be the ultimate." For Friday's complete race card at Woodbine, click here. by Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA

Standardbred Horse Sales Company is pleased to announce the addition of 25 Select yearlings to its 2015 Annual Sale in Harrisburg. These yearlings will sell sequentially as a group at the end of the day on Tuesday, November 3, following the sale of Hip 647. These yearlings will have hip numbers 2000 - 2024. The supplement catalog for these yearlings will be printed for distribution at the Sale, and can be downloaded at Standardbred Horse Sales Company's website from a banner on the Home Page, or directly from the Downloads page at Customers can receive printed supplement catalogs by mail upon individual request by calling Jennifer Krentler at 717 - 637 - 8931. In addition, Standardbred's popular "Black Book 1 for the iPad" from has been updated to include the supplemented horses. Customers who have previously downloaded "Black Book 1 for the iPad" should delete their old version and download the newly updated version. These 25 Select yearlings include 14 yearlings from Allerage Farm, selling in the Northwood Bloodstock consignment; 8 yearlings selling in the Vieux Carre' Farms consignment; 2 yearlings selling in the Preferred Equine Marketing consignment; and 1 yearling selling in the Allamerican Harnessbreds consignment. These yearlings include the first foal filly out of JEZZY 2,1:57.3; 3,1:55 ($834,230) by CANTAB HALL; a half-sister to JEZZY 2,1:57.3; 3,1:55 ($834,230) and LADY WINONA 3,1:54.1-'15 ($236,217) by CHAPTER SEVEN; and a SOMEBEACHSOMEWHERE half-brother to ROCK N SOUL p, 2,1:52.3; 3,1:52h; 1:49.4f ($1,158,525). Paul F. Spears Standardbred Horse Sales Company                 Paul F. Spears   Standardbred Horse Sales Company   2310 Hanover Pike   Post Office Box 339   Hanover, PA 17331   Phone: 717-637-8931 Ext. 212   Fax: 717-637-6766   Email: or      

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