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How would you like to own a close relative to one of the most exciting harness racing pacers in the Southern Hemisphere? Along with boasting 20 wins and four placings from 24 starts for earnings of $1,532,504, the star in question is also the raging $1.40 favourite for Saturday night’s Victoria Cup at Melton! If you haven’t guessed the multiple Group One winner, it is boom four-year-old Lazarus. But how do you own a member of his family? That answer is even simpler…via Australian Pacing Gold. APG’s Ladbrokes Melbourne Sale features a filly which can be best described as Lazarus’ cousin. By popular stallion Sportswriter, the yearling is from Idle Spirit, which is a Grinfromeartoear half-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 and prepared by Benstud, the filly will enter the ring as lot 128 at the Inglis Sales Complex, Oaklands Road, Oaklands Junction on February 5. For all details of the sale click on this link.

Harness Racing Victoria Stewards and veterinarians have been collecting out of competition blood samples from yearlings scheduled to be sold at the upcoming Australian Pacing Gold (APG) Sales in Melbourne on Sunday 5 February 2017. All blood samples collected have been subjected to testing by Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) on their steroid screening test, which covers over 40 substances, and is understood to be the most comprehensive screening test in operation in Australia. RASL report that all of the analysed samples are clear of steroids. HRV wish to acknowledge the significant support of APG in assisting HRV’s efforts to ensure compliance with the national harness racing rules, introduced in May 2014, which banned the use of steroids at all times. Harness Racing Victoria

East Rutherford, NJ ---Harness racing trainer Tony Alagna signed the ticket for the sales topper at Monday's Tattersalls January Select Mixed Sale at the Meadowlands, and it won't take the trainer much time to get familiar with the horse. Alagna purchased Dr J Hanover for $280,000. Dr J Hanover, a 4-year-old gelded pacer, spent his first two years in Alagna's stable, winning eight of 19 races and earning $326,773. The majority of Dr J Hanover's success came last year at Yonkers Raceway, where he won six times. On the Grand Circuit, he finished third in the Messenger Stakes, Little Brown Jug, and a division of the Tattersalls Pace. In addition, Alagna bought 4-year-old pacing stallion American Passport for $135,000. American Passport also raced in Alagna's stable at ages 2 and 3, winning five of 27 races and earning $314,656. The two horses were sold as part of dissolving partnerships. "Some partners wanted out, some wanted to stay in; we'll wait until the dust settles and see who's staying in," Alagna said. "It will be new partnerships put together for both horses." One of the new partners on both horses will be Canada's Brad Grant. "Brad and I have had great luck," Alagna said. "He bought Wake Up Peter from me, he bought Sandbetweenurtoes, Revenge Shark, Witch Dali; he's had a great run with horses that we've had. These fit what Brad is looking for. They'll be nice horses for the 4-year-old year." Dr J Hanover, named in honor of Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky, the farm manager at Hanover Shoe Farms, was purchased as a yearling under the name Stepenwolf Hanover for $300,000 at the 2014 Standardbred Horse Sale. He is a son of stallion Somebeachsomewhere out of the stakes-winning mare So Perfect and his family includes stakes-winners Perfectionist, Lifetime Member and Copywriter as well as millionaire Image Of Dawn. Alagna will target the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series at Yonkers for Dr J Hanover's first test. "He's back training," Alagna said. "We gave him a nice proper break, so he'll be ready for the Levy if everything goes well. We'll play it by ear. If he's getting beat up in the Levy we won't continue and we'll get him freshened up and get him ready for the 4-year-old restricted races. "With the way the races are, and the money they're going for at Yonkers, and if you have a horse that's a half-mile track specialist, why not? Dr J Hanover got so good on the half, and that made him a horse. You normally don't find that. He learned to leave the gate fast." American Passport is a son of American Ideal out of the mare Star Of The Show. He sold as a yearling for $29,000 under the name Rose Run Rascal at the 2014 Standardbred Horse Sale. His mother is a half-sister to both Ideal Treasure, who is the dam of 2015 Canadian Horse of the Year State Treasurer, and stakes-winner Ideal Matters. The family also includes world champion Hit Parade. "I like his speed," Grant said. "He's a very fast horse. I think he's got a lot of upside ahead of him. He's lightly raced. I really think he's got a lot of racing ahead of him." Grant purchased last year's top seller at the January sale, trotter Lindy's Tru Grit, for $125,000. He also purchased then 3-year-old Easy Lover Hanover, who capped last season by winning the Progress Pace, for $70,000. "Brad's already got Easy Lover (Hanover)," Alagna said. "He's got (multiple) opportunities to race for good money in the 4-year-old restricted (races). We'll do the right thing and get American Passport ready for the 4-year-old year. I'm not going to rush him to be ready for the Levy because I don't think he's ready to do that yet. But he's got a lot of upside. "There are a lot of 4-year-old restricted races and then by midseason hopefully he can step up. There's no (Horse of the Year) Always B Miki, no Racing Hill, no Betting Line. You take a lot of horses out of the mix, so he's got a shot to make some serious money." A total of eight horses sold for at least $100,000 at this year's sale, compared to two horses last year. Following Dr J Hanover on the list was 4-year-old pacing stallion Gerries Sport, who was purchased for $145,000 by trainer Josh Green as agent. Last year, Gerries Sport won five of 20 races and earned $187,978 while racing for trainer Richard Moreau. He finished second to Betting Line in the Ontario Sire Stakes championship. Multiple-stakes-winner Katies Rocker, a 4-year-old gelded pacer with $405,069 in career purses, sold for $140,000 to Howard Taylor. The horse raced for trainer Jim Campbell at ages 2 and 3. In addition to the eight horses to top $100,000 this year, 4-year-old pacer Western Fame and 4-year-old trotter Lagerfeld were each hammered down for more than $200,000, but neither reached his reserve price. Cinamony, a 6-year-old mare pacer, was the top seller among the ladies, going for $90,000 to Mark Mullen of Fair Winds Farm. Mullen plans to breed the mare, who won 25 of 89 races and earned $532,404 in her career. Cinamony is a half-sister to stakes-winner Fear The Dragon and her second dam is Dan Patch Award-winner Mattaroni. "She had a good record and she was racy looking," Mullen said. "Mattaroni is a pretty nice family." Below are the top sellers from Monday's sale. Horse--Sire-Dam--Buyer--Consignor--Price Dr J Hanover (4gp) - Somebeachsomewhere-So Perfect-Tony Alagna-Preferred Equine, agent-$280,000 Gerries Sport (4hp) - Mach Three-Perfect Sport-Josh Green, agent-Northwood Bloodstock-$145,000 Katies Rocker (4gp) - Rocknroll Hanover-Just Wait Kate-Howard Taylor-Peninsula Farm, agent-$140,000 American Passport (4hp) - American Ideal-Star Of The Show-Tony Alagna-Preferred Equine, agent-$135,000 Bentley Spur (5gt) - SJ's Caviar-Sweetie Spur-Richard Banca-Northwood Bloodstock-$135,000 Missile J (4gp) - American Ideal-Cantor's Daughter-Scott DiDomenico-Preferred Equine, agent-$115,000 Rodeo Romeo (5hp) - Rocknroll Hanover-Southwind Vanna-Chris Ryder, agent-Preferred Equine, agent-$110,000 Voracity (4gp) - Sportswriter-Lu Lu Q-Burke Racing-Preferred Equine, agent-$105,000 Cinamony (6mp) - Art Official-Armbro Cinnamon-Mark Mullen-Preferred Equine, agent-$90,000 Latest Desire (7gp) - Real Desire-Latest Design-Virgil Morgan Jr.-Preferred Equine, agent-$90,000 Bettor Rock On N (8gp) - Bettor's Delight-Jingle Belle Rock-William Hartt-Preferred Equine, agent-$85,000 Fine Diamond (4hp) - Rock N Roll Heaven-Yellow Diamond-S. Descheneaut-Preferred Equine, agent-$82,000 Newcastle (5gt) - Cantab Hall-Blushed-Cad Gregory-Preferred Equine, agent-$82,000 Elliesjet N (7mp) - Jereme's Jet-Elle Mary Rose-Chad Foulk-Northwood Bloodstock-$70,000 Tipitina (7mp) - Rocknroll Hanover-Hi Ho Molly-Rene Allard-Preferred Equine, agent-$70,000 The Rock (5gp) - Sportswriter-Shy Ticket-Tyler Buter-Preferred Equine, agent-$70,000 Complete results of the sale are available at Ken Weingartner

The supplement catalog and updated racelines booklet for Monday's Meadowlands January Select Mixed Sale are now available on the Tattersalls website and on the Equineline Sales Catalog app for the iPad.   The January Mixed is billed as the "Winter Racehorse Market" and the 2017 renewal remains true to form. Of the 258 head in the catalog and supplement, close to 200 are racehorses and racing prospects.   "As of Monday (Jan. 10), racehorses in the sale posted 23 wins in just the last two weeks," said sale manager David Reid. "Like always, there are horses racing at every level and coming in from everywhere, but this year buyers will notice that the sale is extremely strong in 2017 4-year-olds," he added.   Those horses include a number of prominent stakes winners from last season, perhaps the most notable among them Breeders Crown elim and Jug elim winner Western Fame p,3,1:50.1h ($453,674), Art Rooney winner Missile J p,3,1:51 ($313,902) and NJSS Final winner Katies Rocker p,3,1:50.3 ($405,069).   Other 4-year-olds certainly on buyers' radar are multiple stakes winners Lagerfeld 3,1:53.2f ($668,621), Dr J Hanover p,3,1:50.1f ($326,773) and Gerries Sport p,3,1:49.2 ($217,246).   "Seven of the 4-year-olds in the sale have each earned more than $300,000, so for those in the market for open class and top-condition horses, they'll fit the bill," Reid said.   The sale will get underway in the Meadowlands back paddock at 11 a.m. on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Horses will be in and available for inspection either on Sunday, Jan. 15, or the morning of the sale.   First paragraph "supplement catalog" links to:   First paragraph "updated racelines booklet" links to:   Tattersalls Sales Co.  

Tattersalls Sales Co. reminds harness racing horsemen that entries for the main catalog for the Meadowlands January Select Mixed Sale will close Monday, Dec. 5. The popular winter sale will be held in the back paddock at the Meadowlands on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 16. Sale manager David Reid said that despite the racehorse population not being what it used to be, the numbers for the mixed sales that are held at the Meadowlands have continued to stay strong, and he expects the January sale to hold true to form. “There are two ways to look at the shortage of racehorses,” he said. “On the one hand, there are plenty of racing opportunities and purses are strong, so many find it hard to part with a good horse. “But on the other hand, that smaller population of racehorses has sent demand through the roof when a good one does go to auction. Nearly every horse that sells these days--that’s competitive and winning--brings every penny it’s worth, and many times a whole lot more.” With breeding season just around the corner, the sale has also become a target for those selling race fillies, in-foal broodmares and stallion shares. “Our ‘Magnificent Mares’ section has really picked again recently, and we expect that trend to continue,” Reid said. “With the yearling market like it was this last fall, there’s big money to be made selling high-end fillies and mares.”  

The 2016 edition of The Black Book 2 can now be found on Standardbred Horse Sales Company's website here.. Printed catalogs are expected to be available for shipping on October 12. The Mixed Sale begins on Thursday, November 10 and ends on Friday, November 11 at the PA Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, PA, following the Select Yearling Sale which takes place from Monday, November 7 through Wednesday, November 9. Standardbred's popular "Black Book for the iPad" from is available for download from a link on our website. Past Performances First Edition for race lines is also available for download on the website. Past Performances Second Edition with most current race lines will be available for download on November 1, and will be distributed in printed form at the Sale. The Mixed Sale has a total of 768 entries, including 197 broodmares and broodmare prospects, 24 weanlings, 32 yearlings, 58 stallion shares, and 457 race horses. The Mixed Sale features top quality dispersals from Peninsula Farm selling broodmares from William Weaver Estate, Concord Stud Farm selling Katz/Libfeld broodmare reduction, and Concord Stud Farm selling stallion shares from William Weaver Estate; LITTLE MISS DRAGON p,3, 1:50.2 ($767,634), dam of DELIGHTFUL DRAGON p,5, 1:50 ($475,411) and in foal to ROLL WITH JOE; SYMPHONY IN MOTION p,6, 1:49 ($1,065,949), dam of NORMANDY BEACH p,2, 1:52.1f-16 (($95,794) and in foal to SWEET LOU; VENUS DELIGHT p,5, 1:49.4 ($1,031,164); CHARMED LIFE 4, 1:52.2 ($999,708); BETTOR BE STEPPIN p,3, 1:50f ($782,516); and many more! For further information, please visit the website or call 717-637-8931. Paul Spears Standardbred Horse Sales Company

Australian Pacing Gold is proud to launch its new harness racing website, which features a new look, plus tons of additional content, including: APG TV's Winner's Circle will bring feature video stories & important news throughout the year; and Detailed performance reports for APG Sales Graduates, making it easier than ever for users to track the performance of APG Sales Graduates and APG’s leading trainers. To visit APG’s new website, please go to APG TV’s new Feature Channel – Winner’s Circle Winner’s Circle will include bi-monthly feature stories as well as other important APG news as it breaks throughout the year. The first edition is available now, and provides a brief introduction to the new website, an update on entries for the 2017 APG yearling sales, plus a feature story going behind the scenes with Emma Stewart and Clayton Tonkin during Breeders Crown week to check out their new training facility, and discuss their Breeders Crown team. In coming editions, we’ll be taking a close-up look at the foaling process, going behind the scenes to take you through a day in the life of a yearling during sales prep, and we’ll be catching up with one of Australia’s leading trainers as he takes us step by step through his inspection process in the lead-up to the 2017 APG Sales. Detailed Performance Reports for APG Sales Graduates APG has worked with RISE to develop live, up-to-date reports that allows users to track the performance of APG Sales Graduates, including: 2yo Qualifiers this Season; Upcoming 2yo, 3yo & feature race starters; APG winners and feature race winners; APG’s leading money earners for the season; and Leading trainer’s strike rates with APG Sales Graduates All reports feature links back to the horses’ original sales pedigrees to allow users to see what their sales pedigrees looked like when they first passed through the APG sales ring. The reports can be accessed via the “Graduates” menu. Additional News Content APG’s new site includes additional news content, including exclusive APG content plus news feeds from the main website pertaining to APG Sales Graduates. All content sourced from the main harness website will include additional commentary, detailing the sale from which the horse was purchased, as well as its purchase price plus any additional information that may be of interest to readers. APG Seeking Feedback We hope you enjoy the new website, however, we would be pleased to receive any feedback that users may have for further improvements.  Feedback can be provided by clicking here.

The format of the upcoming harness racing Garrards Horse and Hound Ready2Run Sale in Sydney is reverting back to how it has always been run. Official time-trials will be held at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Sunday November 27, 2016, and shortly after the auction will take place. Directors of the New South Wales Standardbred Sales had announced they were changing the format by conducting the time-trials two weeks prior to the Sale but this has been changed according to Chairman Peter Green. "We have made the decision to revert back to how the trial was previously run and have the Sale component on the same day," Green said. "We will accept late entries and if any vendor or preparer that would like to put a video up of heir horse or horses they need to contact Karen Kemp." Karen can be contacted at   AMANDA RANDO

Goshen, NY - Printed and bound catalogs for the second annual Goshen Yearling Sale on Sunday, September 18, 2016 at the Mark Ford Training Center in Middletown, NY are now available.   To request a catalog by mail, prospective purchasers should complete the applicable form on the sales company's website: ---  or call 201-863-2082.   The website also houses a PDF link of the printed sale catalog, complete with all the pedigrees for the 162 yearlings being offered. In addition, a complete sortable roster is also available with individual links to TrackIT pedigrees which offer real time updates to current performers. Printed catalogs are also available in many of the race offices of Harness Racing tracks and training centers in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The sale features strong consignments from Hanover Shoe Farms, Winbak Farm, Blue Chip, Concord Stud and Cameo Hills, just to name a few. Colts and fillies by popular sires such as Roll With Joe and Chapter Seven are included in the 70 trotters and 90 pacers cataloged. The sale facility is centrally located within a ninety-minute drive of all the Standardbred hot spots in the tri-state area. from the Goshen Yearling Sale            

Anchored by a strong middle market that offers “something for everyone,” the Meadowlands Summer Mixed Sale is set to get underway this Sunday at noon in the racetrack’s back paddock. The supplement catalog is now available for download at, as is an updated past performances booklet. Both are also available using the Equineline Sales Catalog app for the iPad. The print version of the supplement and updated racelines will also be sent via overnight delivery to major racetracks and training centers in both the U.S. and Canada. The Summer Mixed, the final sale of the year on the Meadowlands calendar, has 148 racehorses cataloged, plus a supplement of 24 head. “Through yesterday there have been more than 20 sale horses that have won just since the catalog,” said sale manager David Reid. “This is the kind of sale where a buyer can pay a fair price for a quality horse, win some races, and have some fun,” he added. There are 47 2-year-olds in the sale that include a number of winners and stakes caliber youngsters, as well as some that are just getting their racing careers underway. “That number of 2-year-olds is the most we’ve sold in the spring or summer. Horsemen should take a good look at them, as they’re going to be impressed at their overall quality and the strength of their pedigrees,” Reid said. Tattersalls Sales Co.

Harness Racing Victoria’s (HRV) Pryde’s Easifeed Australasian Premier Trotting Sale (APTS) and the Australian Pacing Gold (APG) Melbourne Autumn Sale will be conducted on Sunday, April 2, 2017 at Inglis, Oaklands Junction. This will be the first year the APTS has been held away from Tabcorp Park Melton. “The move to Oaklands Junction will provide opportunities for further growth in sales numbers as well as providing a superior and safer experience for horses, vendors and buyers,” HRV CEO John Anderson said. APG will also work with HRV to conduct a race exclusively for pacing yearlings catalogued for the Melbourne Autumn Sale and presented in the ring on April 2. “The Pryde’s Easifeed Australasian Premier Trotting Sale continues to grow and develop since its inception in 2013, coinciding with the terrific racing opportunities that exist for trotters in Victoria,” Mr Anderson said. “We believe it is an important step that the Australian Pacing Gold Autumn Sale and the APTS be run at the same venue on April 2 next year to create a high-quality catalogue of trotters and pacers, which will no doubt carry great appeal for buyers both locally and abroad. Oaklands Junction is a dedicated sales complex which provides a great environment for buyers and allows vendors to present their yearlings in the best possible condition.” APG General Manager David Boydell said: “I’m thrilled to see APG’s Melbourne Autumn Sale and the Pryde’s Easifeed Australasian Premier Trotting Sale sharing the same sales date and venue.  I’m confident that the new format will be warmly received by both vendors and buyers, and should result in increased attendance and a more vibrant atmosphere. I’m also really excited about HRV’s commitment to work with APG to develop a standalone race exclusively for graduates of APG’s Autumn Pacing Sale.  I have no doubt that this new Sales Race will help to attract buyers and drive demand for Autumn Pacing Sale yearlings.” Trots Media

Yesterday marked the 1st leg of the Annual Autumn Weanling and All Age Sale, which was held at the Canterbury Agricultural Park. With a clearance rate of 91% and several handy lots reaching good figures, the sale has been deemed a success by most people involved. While the well bred weanlings, yearlings and mare sold well as expected, other's struggled to get bids, or were basically given away for less then their service fee. The question has to be asked, is it time to move the sale online? With the evolution of the internet and auction sites like Trademe and EBay, maybe it’s time some of our smaller auctions were shifted online. Keep the Yearlings Sales as live auctions, because nothing beats seeing legendary auctioneers like Steve Davis work the crowd for bids, plus with the large number of yearlings it would create chaos. But for smaller auctions like these, surely it is possible to move them online. With most vendors already providing a different range of photos and videos and a raft of different information available, would it be such a big issue to sit down at your computer or jump on your phone and bid? Feel free to comment your thoughts below. Take a look at for all of yesterday’s sale results. Andrew Fitzgerald

The catalog and past performances booklet for the Meadowlands Spring Mixed Sale are now available for download at and on the Equineline Sales Catalog app. The sale will get underway at noon on Sunday, June 5 in the Meadowlands race paddock. Consignors of two-year-olds that are entered will have the opportunity to either baby race or train their youngsters at the Meadowlands on the day prior, Saturday, June 4, with videos and times posted on the Tattersalls website. Those baby races and training sessions may also be watched live at With the supplement, we'll have over 100 head, similar to last year's spring sale, said manager David Reid. And like last year, the sale will be one of those that has a horse for everyone. With meets open up and down the East Coast and in the Midwest, Reid said he expects demand will be as high as ever, especially for horses that are currently racing. And that pretty much sums up the entire catalog, Reid said. Entries for the sale supplement are now being accepted, and those wishing to enter racehorses or two-year-olds should call the sale office at (914) 773-7777 or enter online at The print catalog and racelines will mailed later in the week. Those wishing to request a print catalog should fill out the form on the sales company's website. Tattersalls Sales Co.

Today's harness racing Australian Pacing Gold Sydney sale was slow to begin but eventually got going with a lot of the big players starting to get involved after the first thirty lots. One promient buyer who had kept his powder dry through the first half of the sale was the leading New Zealand trainer and yearling judge Mark Purdon who had several of his stable clients present in Sydney at Randwick today. That all changed when Lot 301 walked into the ring. Mark Purdon never needs much prompting to buy progeny by Bettor's Delight at the best of times but when you have a stunning filly like Lot 301 combined with a pedigree to die for meant she was always on Mark's radar. Lot 301 is the first foal from an unraced Artsplace daughter of Rye Hanover in Rockahula Baby. Rockahula Baby is a half sister to six winners including tomorrows Miracle Mile runner in Blazin Cullen 1:51.9 ($263,302) who Mark trained earlier in his career and the smart Rockin Roll Lad ($64,761) who also raced out of the All Stars barn during his career. The third dam is one of the all time great broodmares in Rich N Elegant who is an inductee into the USTA Hall Of Fame. The statistics of Rich N Elegant are mind blowing with three in 1:50, seven in 1:54, two $2,000,000 winners and five winners of $500,000 or more. Those winners include Rocknroll Hanover 1:48.3 ($2,754,000) and Royalflush Hanover 1:49.3 ($2,153,893) to name just two so you can see why Mark Purdon was hot on the filly. Their was spirited bidding from the time she walked into the ring and with long time stable clients Phil and Glenys Kennard in the action from the start, the filly was always heading back to the All Star barn at Rolleston in New Zealand. When the dust had settled, the Kennards had gone to $100,000 to secure the classy looking filly. The Kennards have a great record in there own right with their yearling sales purchasers and in Lot 301 they looked to have purchased another outstanding addition to their race team. For full details on Lot 301 click here. Harnesslink Media

Neil Pilcher has never made any secret of his opinion of the progeny of Courage Under Fire over the years at the harness racing yearling sales throughout Australasia. From the time Smolda started to burn up the tracks as a three year old, Neil has never faulted in his belief in the progeny of the son of In The Pocket. Neil has had a great run with his sales purchasers over the years which has meant he has continued to go back to the well again and again. Today at the Sydney leg of the Australian Pacing Gold Sales in Sydney at Ranwick, Neil was at it again when he chased and bought a Courage Under Fire colt for a healthy $32,500. Catalogued as Lot 285, the colt is the first foal from a three win win Elsu mare in Our Super Party but the rest of the maternal family is proven and at the highest level. The grand-dam is the 15 win racemare Party Party 1:53 ($251,236) who produced such smart types as Hoss Cartwright 1:51.3 ($352,878) and the dam of the brilliant juvenile Cowgirls N Indians 1:56 ($376,723) while the third dam Bee Gee's Dream is a winner of the New Zealand Broodmare Excellence Award in the recent past. This family is highly sought after in New Zealand and it is doubtful that Neil could have secured such a nice type of colt from this family for $32,500  at a New Zealand sale. The individual himself is a carbon copy of his sire and had class written all over him as he went through the ring today. Courage Under Fire has been having a big run recently with his age group pacers in both Australia and New Zealand and that has started to come through in a resurgence in demand for his yearlings. Neil Pilcher on the other hand has never stopped buying the Courage Under Fires at the yearling sales and as today showed he has no intention of stopping anytime soon. To view the full details on this colt click here. Harnesslink Media

The second leg of this years harness racing Australian Pacing Gold Yearling Sale is being held in Sydney at Randwick today and it has taken an age to get into its stride. The first thirty lots were a bit of a struggle with a lot of buy backs but it slowly got a bit of momentum as we moved into the second thirty and leading New Zealand trainer Mark Jones set it going when he chased and secured Lot 234 for his New Zealand barn. A big upstanding daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven, she is the first foal from the former outstanding age group performer in Joyfuljoy 1:51.6 ($480,422). A Harness Jewels winner at three at Ashburton, Joyfuljoy carried on at four and then in North America as an older mare. It has been a very smart  fillies family in New Zealand with Joyfulbelle 1:56.3 and Jumpforjoy 1:55.8 just a couple who have being competitive in age group classics over the last ten years. Mark Jones went to $65,000 for her which got the sale moving from then on. Mark thought he had got a bargain. " She is a lovely big filly by a sire who is predominantly a filly sire. " Rock N Roll Heaven fillies have done a great job all over the world and I thought on type she would fetch a bit more than she did." " The beauty in buying here is you you get two bites of the cherry with them." " You can race them in classics in  both countries for good money so it makes sense to buy here. "Her dam was a brilliant age group filly and the whole family is full of smart fillies so I am glad to get her for what I did," Mark told Harnesslink this afternoon.  Later in the sale Mark went back and dipped his toe in the market again and  bought a striking son of Somebeachsomewhere from a Falcon Seelster daughter of Tanisa Vance who sold as Lot 340 for $47,000 The number of Kiwis buying at the APG Yearling Sales continues to grow each year and it will keep doing so while they can buy quality fillies like Lot 234. For the full details on Lot 234 click here. Harnesslink Media   

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