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Standardbred Horse Sales Company has posted the 2017 Black Book 1, 79th Annual Yearling Sale catalog on its website here. Download the harness racing catalog and other handy PDF packets, or create and track your own yearling lists with our "My Black Book" program. QR codes on individual yearling pages will link your Smart Phone or iPad to yearling videos when available. Download a "QR reader" application from your Smart Phone's "App Store", and scan the QR code on the printed catalog page with your Smart Phone. The yearling video will soon appear! We hope you enjoy this handy innovation closer to the Sale. Standardbred will also provide the USTA's new "Best Beaten Times" report, downloadable as individual PDFs for trotting colts, trotting fillies, pacing colts, and pacing fillies. If a yearling's sibling or half sibling has a "best beaten time" faster than its official race record, or has raced but has no official race record, that horse's "best beaten time" will be listed on this report. European customers will especially appreciate this new information, which is often very important to their purchase decisions. Standardbred's goal is to incorporate this information into the catalog itself in 2018. Our iPad formatted catalog can now be downloaded using the Equineline.com Sales Catalog app - follow the link from the Black Book website DOWNLOADS page. The Black Book offers great yearlings for everyone's needs, from Grand Circuit to Fair racing. Find your champion today! 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:  pfspears@hanoverpa.com

Sunday’s broodmare and mixed stock sale promises to be the best Shepparton Harness Racing Club has held, with 91 lots on offer. Club manager Ian McDonald said the line-up of stock was “unbelievable, we expect a huge crowd”. “This is the best list of horses we’ve had in the sale since we have been holding them,” he said. Among the lots are 45 mares including Cornsilk (dam of Delight Me), Pelicanrama and Kyvalley Kyrie’s dam Maori Lindy. Three mares have a foal at foot, which are by Art Major, Life Sign and Pet Rock, and many others have positive tests and are nearing birth. “The timing of the sale is key, because many of the mares are in foal and going to drop within four to six weeks and buyers will get instant return on their investment,” McDonald said. “There are three mares that are in foal to Somebeach Somewhere, whose book is full and closed. “If you take home a horse like Cornsilk or Peclicanrama you get the opportunity to invest in what could be a gold mine going forward.” In addition to the broodmares the sale will offer weanlings and yearlings, and raced and unraced horses aged two and over. A trial will be held, timed and captured on video at 8.30am featuring 11 horses on offer for sale. Mr McDonald said the club’s sales had a proven record, having previously offered pacing superstar Hectorjayjay, leading trotter Claudys Princess and Group 2 winning Im Princess Gemma, who was snapped up for $990. The sale, to start at noon at Quest Racing Complex, will be live streamed via http://www.sheppartonhrc.com.au, where you can also find more details. Click here to view the sale catalogue.   Michael Howard

East Rutherford, NJ --- Five-year-old gelded trotter In Secret was the top-selling horse at Sunday's Tattersalls Summer Mixed Sale at the Meadowlands Racetrack, going for $140,000 to trainer Ron Burke and Burke Racing. "He's the only horse we came to buy," Burke said. "I'm thrilled to get him." In Secret is a son of Deweycheatumnhowe out of the mare Secret Magic. His family includes millionaire Possess The Magic. For his career, In Secret has won 16 of 69 starts and earned $233,385. The gelding raced in Canada his entire career until joining the stable of trainer Noel Daley in the U.S. in February. For Daley, In Secret won two of 12 races while hitting the board a total of eight times. Both of his wins with Daley came at Yonkers in conditioned races, but In Secret was second three times in the open and third once. "I think he's a Yonkers open trotter," Burke said. "The idea is to keep him at Yonkers; I think he'll be that kind of horse. If he gets a little bit better, we'll see. Noel is good trainer, I'm just looking to maintain him and hope that he becomes a Yonkers open trotter." In Secret was among three horses to sell for at least $100,000 and a total of five sold for at least $75,000. Following In Secret on the best-seller's list were 4-year-old gelded pacer JJ Flynn (Western Ideal-Allamerican Cognac) for $102,000 to Josh Green, agent; 5-year-old gelded pacer Maxdaddy Blue Chip (Sportswriter-Ascending) for $100,000 to Allard Racing; 3-year-old colt pacer Mr Varsity (Roll With Joe-Bronzer Babe) to Dylan Davis for $87,000; and 5-year-old gelded pacer Guantanamo Bay for $75,000 to Carmine Fusco. For complete sale results, click here. Ken Weingartner  

Bidding has closed on APG's Solid Earth Dispersal Sale, with 30 of the 40 harness racing lots changing hands for gross sales in excess of $300,000. The sales format proved extraordinarily popular amongst breeders, with APG registering in excess of 170 bidders for the sale, spread across every state in Australia, plus a few New Zealand based bidders.  To date, the sale has already achieved a clearance rate of 75%, with a handful of horses still available at reduced reserves. Tori Maguire was the sales topper - the well performed Christian Cullen mare sold in foal to Somebeachsomewhere for $35,000 plus GST.  Six Lots Still Available As a result of the strong clearance rate, Kevin and Kay have elected to retain a small number of the remaining mares, leaving six lots still available for buyers. Interestingly, five of those six lots are in foal to the lightning fast, Hurrikane Kingcole, a horse that boasted wicked speed, but was plagued by health issues throughout his career. For those that aren't familiar with Hurrikane Kingcole, here are some quotes from those that knew him best: "Hurrikane KingCole is the fastest and most powerful horse I've ever driven. He gait was effortless and sitting behind him was awe inspiring." - Yannick Gingras "Hurrikane KingCole possesses the scariest turn of speed I've ever driven. He is the most impressive looking and moving horse I've seen." - Corey Callaghan "His gait is unlike anything I've ever seen before. His front leg stands so far out beyond his nose when he's in full gear, it's ridiculous. He wears a 64-inch hobble, but he strides out so far that it's not a true measurement of his gait. That's what really made him special. He's the best." - John McDermott In a genuine attempt to clear these lots and see Hurrikane Kingcole's progeny get broader exposure, prices on each of the five mares in foal to Hurrikane Kingcole have been dropped to $2,200 (inc GST) which represents outstanding value. The five mares that remain available and which are in foal to Hurrikane Kingcole are as follows:   Lot Name Sire Dam 23 MIRACLE OF LIFE LIFE SIGN USA MIRACULOUS MISS 28 MY NAMES MOLLY MR FEELGOOD USA MAMOUNA 32 RED RED ROBIN P B BULLVILLE USA RED RIVER QUEEN 37 TALENTED TESS GRINFROMEARTOEAR USA TYCOON TESS 41 VENUS LINDENNY NZ FALCON SEELSTER USA STAR FAVOURITE (NZ) Pedigrees of the above mares, along with videos and photos can be viewed by clicking here. Also available is Lot 3 - BONNIES SO GOOD ... she's in foal to Rock N Roll Heaven and is priced to clear at $5,225 (inc GST). If you are interested in purchasing any of the above mares, please contact us on (03) 5275 1999. APG Media

Bidding is now open on APG's Solid Earth harness racing Dispersal Sale which is being conducted online via APG's Online Auction System. The sale feature 40 of Kevin & Kay Seymour's outstanding mares, and will run through until 5pm this Sunday. Bidders can register online via a two part process, as follows: Step 1 Register as a user on APG's Online Auction System by clicking here.  This will provide you with a User ID and Password which will remain with you for life. Step 2 Log in with your User ID and Password, and then click on the "Register To Bid" link at the top of the screen to request permission to bid at the Solid Earth Dispersal Sale.  This is where you will be asked to request a credit limit and select a payment method and provide some basic information to allow APG to process your credit application. How The Auction Works The auction works similar to a typical eBay style auction, with a few minor variations.  Some key features are as follows: All lots in the auction have reserve prices.  Whilst you will not be able to see the reserves, the system will clearly show you whether or not the reserve has been met, via a line of text that will be displayed underneath the current leading bid.   All lots are subject to GST, which will be added onto the final bid price.  For example, if you bid $10,000 for a horse and are the successful bidder, your final charge for the horse will be $11,000 ($10,000 + GST).   The system allows you to enter a maximum bid amount, and then automatically works on your behalf to try to purchase the horse for you at the minimum possible price. For example, if the current bid price is $5,000 but you are prepared to go to $20,000 for the horse, then you can submit a bid of $20,000, but the system will initially only bid $5,500 on your behalf (as that is the minimum bid required to make you the leading bidder). If, later in the auction, someone else logs in and lodges a maximum bid of say $9,000, the system will immediately bid $9,500 on your behalf, so that you maintain your status as the leading bidder. The system will continue to bid on your behalf (in response to other people lodging bids) right up to your maximum limit of $20,000.   If a bid is received in the final 5 minutes of the auction, the auction (for that particular lot) will remain open for a further period of 5 minutes to give the other bidder an opportunity to respond.  This process will continue until there are no further bids over a 5 minute period. To view the catalogue, register and commence bidding, please click here, or for further information, please contact APG on (03) 5275 1999. by APG Media

A very good crowd and a sizeable southern buyer contingent produced a pleasing harness racing Autumn Sale result at Karaka culminating in a turnover of $811,160 at an average of $7,374.  The main show was always  going to be the weanlings and it seemed everyone had come for one or more of the youngsters,  including  quite a few Yearling Sales ‘pin-hookers’. Of the 113 weanlings offered on the day, 103 sold, 40 to the South Island, a clearance of 91%. Top price of $35,000 was paid for the sister to Isaiah, by Art Major from E J Becks and the highest priced colt at $25,000 was the  Sunshine Beach from Presidential Affair, making him a half to Maczaffair (2017 WA Oaks). Woodlands Stud and Alabar who between them offered the majority of the weanlings both reported they were more than pleased with the result. Especially so the interest in their first season progeny by He’s Watching, Sunshine Beach and Sweet Lou. Buyers obviously liked what they saw and responded positively in the ring to the progeny of all three of them. It was very evident from the amount of inspection on the Open Day on  Saturday afternoon  and on Sunday morning that the buyers were  keen to get a close look at as many as they could. Certainly the whole weanling sale concept is very well accepted now and buyers appreciate that both studs do a really conscientious job of rearing the horse’s and are genuine sellers. That positive atmosphere of buyer confidence prevailed throughout the sale. Of the 9 broodmares offered 6 sold including Gentle Audrey in foal to Bettor’s Delight for $13,500 and the empty mare Czanyi, who is a half-sister to De Lovely sold on the day for $10,000. For full results click here. The following lots were unsold at the Auckland Weanling and All Age Sale yesterday. Pedigrees and photos are at www.standardbred.co.nz/Sales/Results/98. Should you wish to purchase any of these lots please phone Peter Lagan on 0274 338 255 or email plagan@pggwrightson.co.nz   Lot Reserve 1 $3,000 5 $2,000 8 $4,000 29 $1,000 39 $15,000 42 $15,000 56 $7,000 58 $2,000 65 $3,000 86 $8,000 105 $4,000 114 $10,000 119 $2,000

One of harness racing's greatest pin-hooking stories could help increase interest in tomorrow's weanling sale at Karaka. The annual autumn sales are on for weanlings and all aged stock tomorrow and then in Christchurch on June 2, the day before the Jewels. It was a man on his way to last season's Jewels who provided the story of this sale 12 months ago when Ken Breckon stopped in at Karaka to pay $44,000 for a brother to his next day Jewels winner Partyon. Named Kokomo Beach, Breckon onsold the colt 10 months later at the Karaka yearling sales for $187,500, one of the biggest pin-hooking jobs in New Zealand harness racing history. While the practice of buying weanlings and growing them for the yearling sales is long-established in thoroughbred racing, it is still relatively rare in harness racing. The biggest seller will be all-powerful Woodlands Stud, who have 60 lots going under the hammer including 25 by first season stallion Sweet Lou. "Quite simply we breed so many horses we don't want to hold on to them all until the yearling sales for economic reasons," says Woodlands principal Andrew Grierson. "So we are happy to put some through here and if people go on to make a big profit like Ken did this year then that is great." The sale has seen group one stars such as Partyon, Besotted and Hard Copy go through the ring cheaply so it's one of the cheaper ways to get into racehorse ownership. The Woodlands lots aside Alabar will put through one of the more sought after weanlings, with a Sunshine Beach colt half brother to recent WA Oaks winner Maczaffair. The open day parade is from 1pm until 4pm today. Tomorrow's sale at Karaka starts at noon. - NZ Herald Read more by Michael Guerin Email Michael Guerin

APG will shortly be conducting what we believe is Australia's greatest ever harness racing broodmare sale, with Kevin & Kay Seymour set to offer 41 outstanding broodmares, representing over half a lifetime of breeding excellence. The 41 mares will be available for sale exclusively via APG's online auction, which will be conducted according to the following timetable: Bidding Registration Opens: Monday, 15 May 2017 Online Auction Commences: Monday, 22 May 2017 Online Auction Concludes: 5pm, Sunday, 28 May 2017 In our latest edition of Winners Circle, APG heads to the sunshine state, to talk to Egmont Park’s Peter & Leean Bell about the Solid Earth dispersal sale and take a closer look at the outstanding facilities that Egmont Park has to offer to breeders in Queensland. Winners Circle E04 - 11 May 2017 from Australian Pacing Gold on Vimeo. The Sales Catalogue is exclusively available online, and features a double page spread for each horse, including photographs and extended sales pedigrees.  APG also filmed all 41 broodmares, and their videos are now available for viewing by clicking here. The Solid Earth Dispersal Sale catalogue can be viewed below or by clicking here. For further Information, contact Australian Pacing Gold on (03) 5275 1999.

Harness racing horsemen flooded into the Delaware County Fairgrounds in Delaware, Ohio, on May 8, seeking racehorses and breeding stock among the 404 horses catalogued. There were a lot of happy buyers and happy sellers with very few RNAs. "The Standardbred market is surging right now," said sale manager Jerry Haws. "Better purses are driving demand for racehorses. The Amish are bidding against trainers at the lower level for buggy horses and the breeders are after the better race mares. Add equestrians searching for pleasure mounts at the bottom, and it's a very positive dynamic." Open pacer Control Tower, from the Stephan Sexton consignment, topped the sale at $54,000. A winner in 1.50.2f at Miami Valley Gaming in his last start, the 5-year old son of Panspacificflight was purchased by Dynasty Racing of Michigan. Runner-up honors went to the 6-year old Preferred trotter Angels Ransom who was racing competitively at the Meadows. Black Magic Racing purchased the son of Revenue for $51,000. Frank Chick brought a nice consignment from Delaware including the 4-year old Bettor's Delight gelding Solo Story. Cory Stratton of New York signed the ticket for the promising conditioned pacer for $27,000. Meadowbrook Glider, a precocious winner in his first start, was purchased by Tony Schadel of PA for $25,000. The 4-year old son of Justice Hall was consigned by Ian Yoder. Burke Racing Stable always brings a good group of racehorses and the mares often have dual broodmare potential. Albert Miller of Ohio picked up the $470,000 winning mare Pan Luis Obispo p,1:50.4f for $23,000 with an eye toward breeding. Versatile 5-year old conditioned pacer Allstar Energy was purchased by Mark Beckwith of NY for $25,000. Rene Allard brought seven to sell and left with a dozen new ones. Among his purchases was a pair of promising Roll With Joe offspring. Allard signed the ticket for the solid Yonkers competitor Roll With Josie for $23,000 from Jean Drolet and the 3-year old maiden Take The Wheel for $20,500 from Sam Schillaci. The next Blooded Horse Sale is August 28-29 and will feature a black type yearling session in addition to racehorses and breeding stock. Black type entries close July 1. Entries for the main catalogue will close around July 15. Check for details at bloodedhorse.com. Dot Morgan

Rock N' Roll World was the top seller at Sunday's Tattersalls Spring Mixed Sale at the Meadowlands, going for $165,000 to Thomas Pollack. The harness racing 5-year-old pacing stallion has won 15 of 63 lifetime races and earned $572,660. He headed to the auction off three consecutive victories, including Saturday at the Big M. A son of 2005 Horse of the Year Rocknroll Hanover out of the multiple Dan Patch Award-winning Worldy Beauty, Rock N' Roll World is a full brother to stakes-winner World Of Rocknroll. Rock N' Roll World's top wins to date came in the consolation division of the 2015 Adios and a division of the 2014 Tompkins-Geers. He was second in the 2014 Sheppard and third in the 2015 Rooney and Tattersalls paces. He also finished third in the 2016 Graduate Series final. "I flew out here from Pennsylvania, so I had to do something," Pollack said with a laugh. "I'm just trying to buy good horses, and it's been my M.O. not to be afraid to buy higher end conditioned horses. This is a little more than the normal spend, but he has some chances to make good money. "He's staked to a lot of stuff and he seems like a solid horse. Hopefully he can get some chunks in the stakes and he's also a well-bred horse so he should have additional value down the road." Pollack said Rock N' Roll World is staked to a number of events for older male pacers, including the Breeders Crown, Ben Franklin, Canadian Pacing Derby, William Haughton Memorial, and Jim Ewart Memorial. He will send the horse to trainer Jeff Cullipher in Indiana. Rock N' Roll World was one of 15 horses in the sale from the stable of trainer Ron Burke. Pollack has enjoyed recent success buying Burke pupils. In 2016 he purchased female pacer Medusa for $65,000 at the Tattersalls January Select Mixed Sale from the Burke Brigade. Since then, Medusa has earned $361,954. She finished second in the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series final last month and races Monday in the $100,000 Noble Memorial at Miami Valley Raceway. Preferred Equine was the consignor of Rock N' Roll World. The second-highest seller was Blaise MM Hanover, to Allard Racing, for $80,000. The 4-year-old gelded pacer has won eight of 28 career races and earned $138,854. The son of Bettor's Delight-BJ's Squall was owned previously by Casie Coleman's West Wins Stable and raced for trainers Coleman and Andrew Harris. Preferred Equine consigned the gelding. Jeff Gregory signed the ticket for the day's third-highest priced horse, 5-year-old trotting stallion Macho Mass, for $62,000. Macho Mass has won six of 39 career races and earned $74,791. He was bred and owned by David Goodrow Stable. The son of Muscle Mass-Prenup has done his most successful work on half-mile tracks, winning four of 11 starts while finishing worse than third only once. Macho Mass was consigned by Northwood Bloodstock. Click here for the complete list of sales results. Ken Weingartner

Sunday's Australian Pacing Gold Sale could be an omen for those looking to purchase a yearling by leading harness racing stallion Mr Feelgood. The first pacer to win Group Ones on both sides of the equator, Mr Feelgood’s biggest success came in the 2009 Inter Dominion. That was the year the prestigious Championship was conducted in Queensland – which doubles as this weekend’s APG Labrokes Yearling Sale location. To be more precise, the 70 lots will enter the ring at Albion Park Raceway. As for Mr Feelgood, he will be represented by 10 colts and eight fillies, with each from families littered with winners. With his stock racing in sensational form this season, Mr Feelgood’s offerings are destined to be in demand. As of today’s Harness Racing Australia figures, Mr Feelgood is equal leading two-year-old sire with Art Major, Bettors Delight and Shadow Play on winners this season. The difference is the strike rate, with Mr Feelgood’s winners coming from eight starters, with the other three ranging between 11 and 24 starters! Mr Feelgood’s winners-to-starters strike rate is 75 per cent, with his closest rival among the leaders at 54.5 per cent. APG Media

As advertised before, and evidenced by the results, some of Western Australia’s best maternal harness racing families entered the Australian Pacing Gold Sale ring yesterday. Bucking the national trend, fillies led the way in Perth with three of the top four lots members of the ‘fairer sex’. In fact, two fillies tied as the highest priced purchases of the day, attracting bids of $57,500. Lot 416 – a daughter of Bettors Delight and I Am Special - was bought by Annie Belton, while 466 – by Sportswriter from Royal Tour - matched the amount when knocked down to Dennis Roche. Overall, the fillies averaged $17,000, a massive 25 per cent higher than the colts at $13,693. One the subject of colts, the top male was a son of Mach Three and Here For The Money – currently known as Lot 412 and bought by Sytka Pty Ltd. In what was a solid debut for APG in Perth, the sales average was $15,110, an increase of 11 per cent on last year’s WA Sale. $30,000 plus filly yearlings; $57,500 - - Lot 416 - filly by Bettor's Delight from Am I Special $57,500 - - Lot 466 - filly by Sportswriter from Royal Tour $40,000 - - Lot 470 - filly by Mach Three from Debra Lewis $30,000 - - Lot 432 - filly by Grinfromeartoear from Lil Blue Eyes $30,000 - - Lot 431 - filly by Always A Virgin from Lilianna Beauty $30,000 - - Lot 477 - filly by Changeover from Terra Into The West $30,000 plus colt yearlings; $46,000 - - Lot 412 - colt by Mach Three from Here For The Money $37,500 - - Lot 441 - colt by A Rocknroll Dance from Miss Worthy Whitby $34,000 - - Lot 511 - colt by Art Major from Dontgetmeruffled $30,000 - - Lot 509 - colt by Auckland Reactor from Courage On Fire $30,000 - - Lot 481 - colt by Four Starzzz Shark from Thats The Spirit $30,000 - - Lot 504 - colt by Sportswriter from Centerfold Angel For full sale results click here.  

How would you like to own a close relative to a harness racing pacer some are rating is the most exciting thing to come out of New Zealand since the immortal Cardigan Bay? Along with boasting 23 wins and five placings from 28 starts, the star in question became the first four-year-old in the Southern Hemisphere to earn more than $2million with his third in last Saturday night’s Miracle Mile. If you haven’t guessed the multiple Group One winner, it is boom entire Lazarus. But how do you own a member of his family? That answer is even simpler…via Australian Pacing Gold. APG’s Ladbrokes Perth Sale features a filly which can be best described as Lazarus’ cousin. By Inter Dominion winning stallion Mr Feelgood, the yearling is from Stars Aligned, which is from a sister to Bethany, the dam of Lazarus. The family also includes Stars And Stripes, Light And Sound, Spirit Of Zeus, Davy Maguire, Our Crown Lady, Spiritual King and United We Stand. Bred by local identity Bill Hayes, the filly will enter the ring as Lot 478 at the Belmont Park Racecourse on Sunday. “She looks outstanding,” Hayes declared. “She is a leggy black, which just has everything going for her. “Stars Aligned’s first foal, also a filly, qualified last week and is expected to race in late March. Her program has been kept around the Sales Classic in April.” With several promising types in the sale, Hayes also has high hopes for Lot 435. By Pet Rock, the colt is from Luvya Maddy Lombo, the dam of last season’s handy freshman Smoken Joe. Also a handsome black, the youngster hails from the same family as Suave Stuey Lombo, Lombo Pocket Watch, Miss Trickin Lombo, Misty Maiden and Lombo Skyrider. “He is a real athletic individual, which gives the impression he will be a natural two-year-old,” Hayes said. APG Media

Just like last night’s Miracle Mile harness racing meeting, the competition was fast and furious during today’s Ladbrokes Australian Pacing Gold Sale. With a terrific overall clearance rate, the colts were in particular high demand, with three breaking six figures and several falling just short. The highest priced lot of the day was 368 – a colt by Bettor's Delight from Lady Euthenia - which attracted a national record bid of $245,000. A break down reveals the colts sold for an average of $28,728, an increase from last year’s $27,233, while the fillies attracted an average of $18,611 this time around. Pleased with the figures, APG’s General Manager David Boydell stated the bids reflected the quality of the stock on offer throughout the afternoon. “This year’s sale had so many outstanding types go through the ring, which led to some spirited bidding,” Boydell said. “To have the average for both colts and fillies increase from last year is a very pleasing result for all involved.” As mentioned, the top colt was a record purchase for Tasmanian owner Mick Maxfield, while the leading filly was Lot 259 secured by Justin Baker for $90,000. By boom stallion Somebeachsomewhere, the flashy maiden is from Very Chic, which comes from a family littered with winners. For full results click on this link.

APG TV will once again be active in Sydney, bringing you the best insights from Australia's leading harness racing breeders, vendors, preparers and trainers. In Melbourne, APG TV produced over 50 individual clips, featuring over three hours of footage, and the plans are to go even bigger in Sydney. We'll be uploading pre-sales vision and interviews throughout the day on Friday and Saturday, before heading to Menangle to follow the progress of APG graduates as they tackle some of the big races on Miracle Mile night. APG TV will be back at the sales on Sunday to bring you all the sales day highlights from the Ladbrokes APG Sydney Sale. APG TV is available via the APG website, or by clicking here  

Yearling sales often throw up surprises but not many as big as the sales topper at Karaka yesterday (Monday). A day that started slowly at the Australasian Classic harness racing sale got far more serious before the top lot brought a whopping $220,000 for Woodlands Stud. The South Auckland powerhouse stud providing the sales topper wasn’t the surprise, with many predicting it could be a rare filly from their breed as Lot 89, or Lot 129, a brother to leading filly Spanish Armada. Both easily broke the $100,000 mark but it was their draftmate who nobody saw coming as the clear star of the day, a Bettors Delight colt from four-win mare Daisy Dundee. From the family of Courage Under Fire and Cyclone Kate he was typically compact and racey and ended up with almost all the leading Australian buyers chasing him. It the end it was Victorian Jean Feiss, owner of Spanish Armada, who won the war at $220,000, with the colt almost certain to join the the Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen stable. Vendors Woodlands were thrilled but stunned, with no indication the colt was going to be top of the pops. The late money for him and his draft mates as well as three huge sales for Breckon Farms dragged the average up to $38,950, just over $5000 down on last year’s bumper sale. There was more lots passed in than many vendors would be comfortable with and for the same reasons that have dogged standardbred sales for the last five years. Buyers are red hot on good colts by the champion stallions like Bettors Delight and Art Major but unproven stallions and anything but blueblood fillies struggle. A prime example were the stock of former speed freak Auckland Reactor, who has had a satisfying start to his stud career with his first crop on the track but hasn’t had the numbers yet to provide any great advertising. His sale was soft and Alabar Stud are realistic about the fact he could do with a smart juvenile or two this season to get buyers keen for his stock next season. He is not the only one rowing that boat. There was also an element at yesterday’s sale of some of the more commercial mares having yearlings by the lesser favoured stallions, which might be great for the diversification of the overall harness racing gene pool but it rarely ends well on sales day. One of the great success stories of the day was the a stunning pinhooking job -- much rarer in harness racing that galloping -- by Breckon Farms. On his way to the Harness Jewels last year Ken Breckon popped into Karaka and bought Partyon’s weanling brother for $44,000, barely 24 hours before big sister won the Jewels. Yesterday he sold that colt to Emilo and Mary Rosati from New South Wales for $187,500, the second highest price of the day. Breckon Farms won the select battle for best trotter though, with a Muscle Hill colt out of a half-sister to I Can Doosit going for $125,000. The sales move to Christchurch for the next two days where vendors with stock by anything but the most commercial sires will be feeling nervous and the Australian presence will be crucial.   KARAKA HARNESS SALES Lots Sold: 102 Passed: 40 Top price: $220,000 Total sales: $3,973,000 Average: $38,950 (down over $5000 on last year) Michael Guerin

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