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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   

In spite of the cold, bidding was hot for harness racing horses and broodmares at the 53rd Annual Winter Blooded Horse Sale in Delaware, Ohio. Classy Open pacer Lonewolf Currier topped the two day sale at $37,000. Consigned by Rene Allard, the handsome son of The Panderosa was purchased by Frenchy Fuller of Ohio. Hot on his heels was the striking brown trotter Marzipan at $31,000. Consigned by Mark Goldberg, agent, the ultra-consistent son of Chocolatier was hammered down to Frank Chick of Delaware. Spring Haven Farm was the consigning agent on a pair of popular pacers from Pompano Park. Both solid conditioned competitors, Manhattan Benn was purchased by A Piece Of The Action of California for $24,000 and Sir Jake's Z Tam went to Robert Lasky, agent for $15,000. The winning $17,000 conditioned claiming trotter Charming Charlie moved to Joe Seekman's barn on a $19,000 bid. Good broodmares were in equally high demand with the Deweycheatumnhowe filly Affair Hall topping that division at $35,000. In foal to Uncle Peter, the granddaughter of the great Amour Angus was purchased by Rob McNiven of Canada. White Birch Farm sent a nice consignment that was led by Delighted Again in foal to A Rocknroll Dance for $18,000. Larry Miller of Ohio signed the ticket for the Bettor's Delight mare. A pair of half-sisters to My Little Dragon, Pretty Major and My Little Art, went respectively to Kenneth Slabach and Jim Ladwig for $17,000 each. Visit BloodedHorse.com for complete sale results. The Blooded Horse Spring Sale is May 9 with entries closing April 11. If you have questions, please contact jhaws@bloodedhorse.com Dot Morgan Executive Director New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program

A Gippsland bred harness racing yearling colt sold for $150,000 at Sunday's Australian Pacing Gold Melbourne sales. Bred by Fusinato Bloodstock (Greg, John and Kath Fusinato), the striking youngster, by top American stallion Somebeachsomewhere from former top local race mare Cyclone Betty, attracted huge interest from bidders. The colt is a full brother to the outstanding New Zealand trained three-year-old Our Waikiki Beach, undefeated in 14 race starts. Our Waikiki Beach won over $500,000 in stakemoney in his first season of racing, courtesy of victories in the Australian Pacing Gold, Breeders Crown and Breeders Challenge race series. He was also declared Australia's Two-Year-Old Pacing Colt of the Year for 2015. Clients of the Mike Read stable in Western Australia have bought the yearling colt, and they will be hoping lightning does strike twice given the horse is so well related. Our Waikiki Beach is the first foal from Cyclone Betty - she foaled another colt in late 2014 but has yet to produce a filly, which would also prove exceptionally valuable as a future breeding prospect. Two other yearlings bred by Fusinato Bloodstock also sold at the sales, but for significantly less than the Cyclone Betty colt. The high priced yearling sales result is a great advertisement for Gippsland trotting.  

The first round of this years harness racing Australian Pacing Gold sales was held at the Inglis Sales complex at Oaklands Junction in Melbourne yesterday. The catalogue this year didn't look as strong on paper as the upcoming Sydney round but there was still plenty of 'blue bloods' sprinkled throughout the offerings yesterday.  As has become the norm in the last few years, Mark Purdon and several of his long standing clients were in attendance and once again they purchased several well bred yearlings by a variety of stallions over the course of the sale. Trevor Casey led the charge with his one purchase of Lot 55. A son of Art Major, he is the first foal of Pembrook Caesar, a 1:53 winning daughter of Julius Caesar who won 10 from 22 in a brief career and $77,432 in stakes. Pembrooke Caesar is a half sister to Barry's former champion pacer Pembrooke Benny 1:53.7 ($907,890). Neil Pilcher was active, purchasing three lots on the day. Neil outlaid $70,000 for a filly by Somebeachsomewhere from the brilliant Courage Under Fire mare Arctic Fire who took a record of 1:51.6 on her way to way to winning $394,262. Arctic Filly is a three quarter sister to the former brilliant New Zealand three year old, Classy Filly 1:57 ($200,890) and the Somebeachsomewhere filly offered yesterday was her first live foal. Neil also bought Lot 38, a colt by Somebeachsomewhere from the imported Camluck mare Mitzi M Hanover for $50,000. The second foal from the mare, Mitzi M Hanover had already produced Fast Flyer 1:57.8 who won a heat of the Australian Pacing Gold before dying from a snake bite. Mitzi M Hanover is a half sister to 5 in 1:55 including the champion pacer Noble Ability 1:49.1 ($1,748,890) so lacks nothing on the pedigree page As Neil is prone to do at a lot of sales, he also bought a son of Courage Under Fire which sold as Lot 48 He is the first colt from his dam who is the imported Western Ideal mare O Narutac Bella 1:51.2 ($154,536) and cost Neil $28,000 There are no out and out champions in the pedigree up close but there are countless $100,000 winners who are closely related to this colt. Kennard Bloodstock brought Lot 143 for $40,000 which was a colt by Bettor's Delight from the former smart juvenile Bendall Rose 1:59.4 (51,095) who won 10 from 22 on the track. The dam is a half sister to Roses For Tash 1:59.4 ($115,188) and the colt is bred on the same cross as Arden Rooney so he ticks a few boxes. Mark Purdon bought two on the day and as is his custom they were not related to previous stars he had brought in Australia. Full brothers to All Stars champions such as Waikiki Beach and Border Control  were on offer but were not on his radar yesterday. The first colt Mark bought was Lot 46, a colt by Mach Three from the 1:54.4 Artsplace mare National Gallery ($90,600) for which he paid $52,000. Crossing Somebeachsomewhere with Artsplace mares in North America has been very successful in taking a bit of heat out of the progeny by Mach Three and his sons. This is a strong branch of  the Armalight family and he looked a lovely type on the live stream yesterday. The second colt Mark bought was Lot 92, a colt by Art Major from the Armbro Operative mare Spitfire Shadow who has already produced three winners in 1:58 including Christian Shadow 1:53.7 ($119,676), Art Shadow 1:57.5 ($114,488) and Lis  Mara Shadow 1:56.3 ($39,355) No stars up close but plenty of depth to the pedigree and again the colt looked a lovely type in the ring yesterday and cost Mark $46,000 Several Australian based clients of the All Stars barn such as Merv and Meg Butterworth and Kevin Riseley were active yesterday and no doubt some of those will also make their way to Rolleston as well. The only other Kiwi to sign a docket sheet yesterday was Barry Purdon who outlaid $53,000 for a Art Major colt from the 1:58.6 McArdle mare in She's Got It All. She's Got It All is a daughter of the New Zealand mare Gliding By 1:57.4 ($48,093) which belongs to a branch of the Black Watch family which the Purdons have had a lot of sucess with over the years. Overall yesterday the sale would have to be rated a big success with the average up 12.5% to $28,733 and the clearance rate a very healthy 83% on the day. The second round of the APG sales will be held at the Newmarket Sales Comples at Randwick in Sydney on Saturday, February 27th. Harnesslink Media

Harnesslink is covering the Australian Pacing Gold sale in Melbourne today. We have split the sale into four sections of 50 lots each. This is a report of the harness racing Lots between 151  and 200 The sale still had a bit of life left in it during the last 50 lots but once the two six figure horses had been sold, the sale seemed to drop right away with only nine lots in the last fifty making $30,000. The sale topper came via Lot 172 which would have been a lot of people's pick before the day startred. A full brother to the champion Waikiki Beach 1:50.6 was always going to be keenly sought after and when the dust settled he was heading to Western Australia. The purchaser was Walmersley Developments with Mike Reed who went to $150,000 to secure the good looking colt. The other yearling to top six figures was Lot 164 which is a full brother to Border Control ($515,435) and Chasin Racin 1:51. ($769,795). The Bettor's Delight colt had the looks to go with the breeding and was knocked down to Domenico Martello for $106,000.  After those two lots the next best was Lot 184 which was an Art Major colt from Flying Pocketlands 1:52.6 ($442,423). Andy Gath signed the sale slip for $75,000. There were only six other yearlings in the final group of 50 who made more than $30,000. * Lot 151  -  An American Ideal full sister to Sophies Ideal 1:53.5 ($139,717)  -  $33,000 * Lot 167  -  A Courage Under Fire colt  from Counbterfeit Girl 1:58.1 ($118,769)  -  $32,000 * Lot174  -  A Shadow Play colt who is a half brother to to Electrastar ($25,944)  -  $32,000 * Lot 175  -  A Bettor's Delight colt from a half sister to Sand Shooter 1:49.4 ($471,957)  -  $42,000 * Lot 189  -  A Shadow Play colt from a half sister to Keppel Bay 1:58.3 ($416,151)  -  $32,000 * Lot 190  -  A Art Major full brother to Smooth Showgirl 1:53.2 ($184,799) - $32,000 To view all the results from this APG Sale click on this link. Harnesslink Media

Harnesslink is covering the Melbourne Australian Pacing Gold sale today. We have split the harness racing sale into four sections of 50 lots each. This is the report of the Lots between 100 to 150 After a very good clearance rate between lots 50 to 100, the buyers went back into their shell a bit again with ten passings of lots that sold between Lot 101 to 150. However the lots that appealed to the buying bench were keenly sought after with the result we had two six figure yearlings between lot 101 and 150. The first of the six figure yearlings was Lot 112 who is a colt by the champion sire Bettor's Delight from the the imported Artsplace mare Trulyawork Of Art 1:54.1 This makes him a half brother to the millionaire Big Bad John 1:49. ($1,000,559)  who was the leading first season sire in North America. He was sold to Justin Baker for $140,000 The second of the six figure yearlings was Lot 137 who is a filly by Somebeachsomewhere from the smart Art Major mare in Art Shadow 1:557.5 ($114,488) A prolonged duel ended with the filly being knocked down to Merv Butterworth for $125,000 Two sires dominated this section of the sale. Somebeachsomewhere had six yearlings that made more than $30,000 aside from the $125,000 filly. The second highest Somebeachsomewhere was Lot 134 which is a filly from the 1:51.6 Courage Under Fire mare in Artic Fire ($394,262). She is another Neil Pilcher purchase and will head to the All Star barn in New Zealand. The other five Somebeachwhere progeny to make more than $30,000 were * Lot 113 - A half brother to Flaming Flutter ($634,989)  -  $50,000 *Lot132  -  A half sister to Village Green 1:52.1 ($625,585)  -  $62,000 * Lot 135 - A filly from the Village jasper mare in Arkareena 1:56.5 ($130,305)  -  $30,000 * Lot 138 - A colt from the Art Major mare Arterial Way 1:55.8  -  $50,000 * Lot 150 - A half brother to Don't Hold Back 1:53.7  -  $60,000 Art Major had five yearlings in this section that made $30,000 or more. The pick of them was Lot 115 which is a half sister to the champion Smolda ($1,293,989)  - who made $60,000. The others who made $30,000 plus included * Lot 105 - A colt from  the Live Or Die mare The Good Times 1:54.4 ($200,639)  -  $55,000 * Lot 111  -  A colt from a Bettor's Delight half sister Garnet River 1:50 ($525,547)  -  ($52,500) * Lot 121  -  A colt from Vixen Hanover 1:55.4 ($373,313)   -   $35,000 * Lot 129  -  A filly from a half sister to Lierre Noir ($117,085)  -  $ 31,000 Bettor's Delight had a couple of big sales with Lot 147 being a colt from Bollinger Baby 1:56 ($67,256) who made $91,000 and Lot 143 who is a colt from the 1:59.4 mare Brandall Rose who made $40,000 Mach Three also had a couple of strong sales with Lot 106, who is a full brother to Fly Like An Eagle ($699,475) making $67,500 and Lot 126 who is a half brother to Zoey's Boy 1:54.6 who John McCarthy brought for $30,000 The only other lot to make $30,000 was Lot 145, a Sportswriter colt from a half sister to the champion pacer Palone Ranger 1:49.4 ($1,259,545) Harnesslink Media

Harnesslink is covering the harness racing Australian Pacing Gold sale at Melbourne today and we have broken it down into four groups of 50 lots. This report covers the lots from Lot 51 to 100. After a very subdued start in the first 50 lots , todays sale gained some real momentum between lots 50 and 100. The sale took off when Lot 55 walked into the ring. A big upstanding son of Art Major from the 1:53. Julius Caesar mare Pembrook Caesar ($77,432) who is a half sister to the champion New Zealand pacer Pembrook Benny 1:53($907,890) the colt is heading to the All Stars barn in New Zealand having being purchased by one of their leading clients in Trevor Casey. It was a spirited and prolonged bidding duel before Trevor prevailed for $110,000. That sale seemed to kick the whole sale up a gear and from there the prices seemed noticeably stronger. After 10 passings in the first 50 lots, the number of passings dropped to just six lots from the second 50 lots. While there were no other six figure lots, there was a very strong market around the $40,000 to $60,000 bracket. The second highest price after the six figure colt was Lot 73. A Bettor's Delight filly from the 1:58.3 Artsplace mare Sapphire Lil ($58,223), she was knocked down to Nicole Molander for $62,000. Three other yearlings topped the $50,000 mark. Lot 51 - A Bettor's Delight colt from the 1:55.9 Badlands Hanover mare Ourbellabro was sold to Andy Gath for $52,000 Lot 81 - A Art Major colt from the 1:58.6 McArdle mare She's Got It All who made $53,000 Lot 89 - A Sportswriter colt half brother to Follow The Stars ($707,237) who made $57,500 Other lots to make more than $30,000 included * Lot 65 - A colt by Art Major from a 2:00 Safely Kept mare Radical Storm  -  $38,000 *Lot 67  - A colt by Art Major from a 1:57.7 Western Terror mare in Rhodium Castle which was sold to big spending owner, Merv Butterworth for $40,000 * Lot 69  - A filly by Bettor's Delight from the 1:56.2 Classic Garry mare in Sabette  -  $46,000 * Lot 72  - A filly by Somebeachsomewhere who is a half sister to Major Cruiser 1:56.2 ($56,970) who was sold to Emilio Rosati for $33,000 *Lot 79  -  A Courage Under Fire filly from the 1:56.7 Falcon Seelster mare Sheez The Barmaid  $30,000  * Lot 82  - A Rock N Roll Heaven half brother to Ideal Tyson 1:55.5   -  $40,000 * Lot 92 - A Art Major full brother to Art Shadow 1:57.5 ($114,448)  -  $46,000 * Lot 97  -  A Sportswriter colt from a half sister to Border Control ($515,435)  -  $35,000 * Lot 99  -  A American Ideal full brother to Ideal For Real $182,485)  -  $36,000 Harnesslink Media   

The 2016 Melbourne leg of the Australian Pacing Gold sale series is well underway and after 50 lots the harness racing sale has really yet to take off. Of the 50 lots to pass through the ring todate, 10 have gone back to their box with the vendor,a passing rate of 20% which will hopefully drop with out of the ring sales. Somebeachsomewhere has had just two lots todate and both made $50,000 which in the context of the overall sale has been very positive. Lot 38 was a SBSW colt from the imported Camluck Mitzi M Hanover and was sold to leading New Zealand owner Neil Pilcher, one of the all conquering All Stars barn long time clients. Lot 43 was a SBSW colt from the great racemare Mother Courage ($462,520) The top price from the first 50 lots went to Lot 9 which was offered on behalf of Lauriston Bloodstock. The upstanding Art Major colt from the imported Western Terror mare Kabbalah Karen B 1:52.8 ($285,089) made $61,000 Mark Purdon made his first move of the day for Lot 46, an outstanding looking Mach Three colt from the 1:54.4 Artsplace mare in National Gallery ($90,600) which cost Mark $52,000 Several other lots were keenly sought after but they were well outnumbered by lots that were below the overall average to date Lots to make more than $30,000 so far included * Lot 16 - A Mach Three colt from the Life Sign mare Left In Paris 1:56.7 ($151,200)    -    $35,000 * Lot 23  - A Western Terror filly from the In The Pocket mare Listen To The Rhythm     -    $45,000 * Lot 36  -  A Courage Under Fire colt from the Chandon mare Miss Kellie ($85,580)    -   $36,000 Harnesslink Media

Melbourne has proven to be a fertile hunting ground for harness racing buyers in recent years, producing the likes of Caribbean Blaster, Sushi Sushi, Smolda, Follow The Stars, Fly Like An Eagle, Our Waikiki Beach and Menin Gate to name but a few. Indeed, the top 300 horses to emerge from the APG Sales in Melbourne between 2009 and 2014 have collectively already earned in excess of $30million in prizemoney, at an average of more than $100,000 per horse. Importantly, many of those horses are yet to even hit their peak, meaning that there is plenty more earnings to be added to that already impressive tally. One of the great things about the APG Sales is that there are horses available for all budgets, and there are plenty of success stories across all of the price ranges.  While last season’s stars, Our Waikiki Beach and Menin Gate both sold for between $40,000 and $50,000, last week’s Victorian Derby placegetter, Dont Hold Back, was a $15,000 purchase at the 2014 Melbourne Sale, whilst recent SA Derby winner, Brallos Pass, was only a $7,000 purchase at the same sale. The bottom line is that while nobody knows which of the 200 horses catalogued for Sunday’s Melbourne Sale will go on to be champions, there can be no doubt that there are future champions amongst them, and the challenge for buyers is to firstly identify, and then secure the horse or horses that could give them the harness racing ride of a lifetime. APG’s Melbourne Sale takes place this Sunday, 7 February at Oaklands Rd, Oaklands Junction, commencing 11am.  For the latest photos, yearling videos and race videos, click here.  

January 29, 2016 - Arqana Trot completed its three-day mixed sale (January 27-29) at Vincennes as part of the Prix d’Amerique-Opodo international racing week and the well-attended Friday “Etalons Expo”. The average price of horses sold decreased 3.1% from last year and percent of horses sold to horses catalogued dropped to 56.4% from 64.3% in 2015. Total reported gross sales (accepted bids) were €2,648,500 in 2016, versus €3,552,000 last year. Non-sold bids were €1,106,000 for the top non-sold lot numbers, an average of €79,000. Top 20 sellers are listed below: Top 20 1. Lot 0149 : UNANIME QUALITY OFFSHORE DREAM / IALLA CLAIRCHAMP Vendeur : Trois Rivières, Acheteur : ECURIE THOMAS BERNEREAU 0149 97 000 € 2. Lot 0294 : DEUXMAI D'OURVILLE UN AMOUR D'HAUFOR / SOLVALLA Vendeur : Réduction d'effectif, Acheteur : CHAINEUX Jean-Marc 0294 77 000 € 3. Lot 0180a : STRAWINSKA MAUZUN GOETMALS WOOD / EVA DE PINTIGNIES Vendeur : Réduction d'Effectif, Acheteur : ECURIE THOMAS BERNEREAU 0180a 66 000 € 4. Lot 0180 : USELESS SANCHO PANÇA / NETCHKA D'ORGÈRES Vendeur : Réduction d'Effectif, Acheteur : COUSIN Marie-Christine 0180 65 000 € 5. Lot 0167 : UTOPIA JOSSELYN GOETMALS WOOD / MEZIRA JOSSELYN Vendeur : Gallier Christophe, Acheteur : ECURIE JEAN PIERRE BARJON 0167 51 000 € 6. Lot 0282 : BALLINA D'OURVILLE QUAKER JET / ORSINA Vendeur : Dissolution d'association, Acheteur : SARL DU BOUFFEY 0282 50 000 € 7. Lot 0137 : BELUCINDA GOETMALS WOOD / LINDA SOMOLLI Vendeur : Réduction d'effectif, Acheteur : GROSZ Jean-Michel 0137 50 000 € 8. Lot 0277 : CHAPARAL DE VANDEL READY CASH / MAÉLIA DE VANDEL Vendeur : Tierceville, Acheteur : WILHELM Doris 0277 47 000 € 9. Lot 0153 : UPSALA D'ATOUT LOOK DE STAR / LICORNE D'ATOUT Vendeur : Réduction d'effectif, Acheteur : LHERETE Jean-Yves 0153 45 000 € 10. Lot 0133 : AUDACE MARCEAUX READY CASH / JOLIE FORTUNA Vendeur : Brun Jean, Acheteur : Ecurie Thierry Duvaldestin 0133 44 000 € 11. Lot 0198 : ROYAL DREAM LOVE YOU / IDA BOURBON Vendeur : Dissolution d'association, Acheteur : Earl Ecurie Christophe Gallier 0198 42 000 € 12. Lot 0150 : TIMOKO IMOKO / KISS ME COULONCES Vendeur : Mérité, Acheteur : HORVATH Olivier 0150 42 000 € 13. Lot 0313 : DANSEUSE DARCHE READY CASH / JAVA DARCHE Vendeur : Darche, Acheteur : ECURIE NICOLAS ENSCH 0313 40 000 € 14. Lot 0272 : FAMOUS GWEN LOVE YOU / LOVELY DARLING Vendeur : Montdauphin, Acheteur : SAS LANGLAIS BLOODSTOCK 0272 39 000 € 15. Lot 0141 : ULTIMA MAUZUN LOVE YOU / EVA DE PINTIGNIES Vendeur : Réduction d'effectif, Acheteur : SAUVAGE Anne-Marie 0141 38 000 € 16. Lot 0196 : QUAKER JET LOVE YOU / JENNY JET Vendeur : Petit Banville, Acheteur : VEYRAC Guy 0196 36 000 € 17. Lot 0310 : DORUN BEAM JAG DE BELLOUET / TACOMA JET Vendeur : Brun Jean, Acheteur : VION Florence 0310 33 000 € 18. Lot 0265 : DIVIN DU MONT PRINCE GÉDÉ / QUALINDA DU DONJON Vendeur : Berquier Christian, Acheteur : CHAINEUX Jean-Marc 0265 33 000 € 19. Lot 0308 : CARMEN D'HERIPRE COKTAIL JET / QUALAS D'HÉRIPRÉ Vendeur : Futelaie, Acheteur : Earl Elevage Seventy One 0308 30 000 € 20. Lot 0289 : BEST OF PIERJI REPEAT LOVE / SILIA PIERJI Vendeur : Monerie, Acheteur : ECURIE MICHEL SARDOU 0289 30 000 €   Thomas H. Hicks

Harness racing owners John and Debbie Padberg paid $11,500 for Lot 83 at the 2014 Gloucester Standardbreds WA Yearling Sale. The then colt by Changeover from the Parsons Den mare Im Yours is now a gelding and named My Papa Bear. My Papa Bear, trained by Mrs Padberg and driven by Michael Tenardi, won its first race at its fourth start at Northam last night at a 1:56.7 rate over the 1780 metres earning a first place cheque for $4,550. In addition the Padbergs received a Westbred Bonus of $2,550 plus a Westbred First Win Owners Bonus of $2,000 giving the Wanneroo couple a gross cheque of $9,100. In addition the gelding’s breeders Kevin and Annette Charles received a $2,000 Breeders First Win Bonus and a 12.5% Westbred Breeders Bonus of $318.75. Mr and Mrs Charles have 12 yearlings entered for the 2016 Gloucester Standardbreds Yearling Sale on February 21st while their son Kody has a further nine yearlings entered under his KTC Bloodstock banner. Both of the Charles drafts feature yearlings by Changeover who is quickly establishing himself as one of the risings stars in Southern Hemisphere siring ranks and, with his oldest progeny just four-years-olds, he is already the sire of 78 individual winners including the standouts Run Oneover 1:53.4 $161,253 and Nuala 1:55.6 $132,448. Alan Parker

One of the shocks that hit the harness racing industry in Victoria late last year was the fire that engulfed the well known Durham Park Standardbred nursery. Even though all the buildings and fences were burnt to the ground, by some miraculous luck, not one horse lost their life in the inferno that swept over the property. Proprietors Bruce and Vicki Edward were swamped with offers from within the industry with Alabar Bloodstock especially prominent, offering free grazing for all the stock and facilities at Alabar Stud from which the couple could have their yearlings prepared for this years Australian Pacing Gold at Oaklands Junction on February 7th. Durham Park has twelve yearlings catalogued this year and it presents an opportunity for Bruce and Vicki to get back to doing what they are best at which is selling yearlings with a truly international pedigree into the Australasian market. Seven of the twelve yearlings being offered at Oakland by Bruce and Vicki are from mares imported from North America and the star of the show is undoubtedly Lot 99. A son of American Ideal, he is a full brother to last seasons brilliant three year old Ideal For Real 1:55.8 ($182,485) and looks a potential sale topper for the Edwards. Others with a North American maternal family that have plenty to recommend them include Lot 41 - A Western Terror colt from the Bettor’s Delight mare Molly’s Lucky Star 1:54.2 ($96,700) who is from a half sister to the successful sire Pacific Fella 1:48.2 ($1,064,631) Lot 48 - A colt by  Courage Under Fire from the very quick Western Ideal mare in O Narutac Bella 1:51.2 ($154,536) Lot 156 - A filly by Courage Under Fire from the Artsplace mare Catapult 1:53.4 a half-sister to the Cane Futurity winner Lyonssomewhere 1:48.2 ($571,148) from the talented mare in Miss Kitty Hanover 1:51.1 ($461,684) Lot 175 - Another Bettor’s Delight colt out of the Rocknroll Hanover mare Diva DeVie USA, who is a  half-sister to the Stakes winner Sand Shooter 3, 1:49.4 ($471,957). Lot 188 - an Art Major filly from the Stakes-winning mare Garden Gate Tina Ca 1:53.2 ($146,804) who is from a half sister to Life Is A Cabaret 1:50.2 ($869,280). Lot 195 -  a colt by sire sensation Bettor’s Delight  from a daughter of American Ideal in Hawaiian Hottie USA (3, 1:55.2). The colt’s dam ranks as a half-sister to world champion and multi-millionaire Maltese Artist 1:48.6 ($2,340,872) and Artesian 1:49.2 ($987,884) The Durham Park yearlings are available for inspection at Alabar Bloodstock, Echuca. The chances of those twelve yearlings being sold at this years Australian Pacing Gold sale when the fire swept through Durham Park in December would have been next to zero but with the help of a lot of people within the industry it is now a reality. To view the twelve yearlings, you can do so by contacting either Kim Farnsworth on 0424 397 040 or Bruce Edward on 0412 951 633  To view the Catalogue click here. Harnesslink Media

East Rutherford, NJ --- Lindy's Tru Grit was the sale-topper at Monday's Tattersalls January Select Mixed Sale at the Meadowlands Racetrack, one of three horses purchased by owner Brad Grant for harness racing trainer Ben Wallace as the two friends look to move forward following the Classy Lane Training Centre fire that claimed the lives of 43 horses earlier this month. The Jan. 4 fire destroyed a barn that housed horses trained by Wallace, Roger Mayotte, Chantal Mitchell, Kris DiCenzo, Dan Lagace, and Floyd Amos. Grant owned four horses killed in the fire, all trained by Wallace, including multiple-stakes-winner Apprentice Hanover. "I lost a great horse in Apprentice Hanover," Grant said, referring to the 6-year-old stallion who had earned $983,118 in his career. "I got a lot of comments from horsepeople who thought this was going to be his year. But you get back up and you go back at it. This gets Ben back up and running and racing right away. We've known each other for 40 years and he's probably trained my horses for 20 or 25. "I wanted a top-end trotter and I think (Lindy's Tru Grit) was the best one in the sale by far. I think he's just one step below the great ones. He'll fit in Toronto; he'll race real well against the preferred up there. I'm excited about it. I want top-end horses and I think all three of them will be." Grant purchased 6-year-old stallion Lindy's Tru Grit for $125,000. He also purchased 4-year-old female pacer A Plus for $80,000 and 3-year-old male pacer Easy Lover Hanover for $70,000. Lindy's Tru Grit, who raced most recently for trainer Julie Miller, has won 10 of 51 races and earned $479,311 in his career. His victories include the 2013 American-National Stakes at age 3. A Plus has won three of 16 races and $51,858 lifetime and the lightly-raced Easy Lover Hanover has won one of four races and $9,300. A Plus and Easy Lover Hanover were both previously trained by Tony Alagna. "I talked to Tony about them and he was high on them both," Grant said. "They'll fit in classes in Toronto right away. That's the part we do like. I think the mare could end up being an outstanding mare down the road. We're excited about both of them." Grant said the outpouring of support from the industry following the Classy Lane fire was overwhelming. A GoFundMe page set up by the Central Ontario Standardbred Association has raised more than $365,000 so far. "It's been amazing," Grant said. "It's just amazing, the outpouring from everywhere. It's not just locally, it's everywhere. It's been tremendous. "You'll never get over what you lost. They're as much your family as they are racehorses. They're your life. It's been devastating. But the industry rallied around it. It's just an amazing industry. You can't say enough about the people in it. You want to win every race and beat them every night, but when somebody is down on their luck this industry seems to rally around them." Two-time Ontario Sire Stakes champion Dont Rush was the day's second-highest selling horse, going for $100,000 to Delaware-based trainer Josh Green. Dont Rush, a 4-year-old trotting stallion, has won nine of 28 career races and earned $497,975. He was trained previously by Dustin Jones. "I loved the look of him," Green said. "I loved the size; he's just kind of a medium-small horse. I just thought he was well made. I've bought some horses from Dustin Jones and he's a great trainer and does a nice job with them. He helps me out with them. He's a good guy. "(Dont Rush) will start out at Dover and we'll see how it goes from there. But he'll probably finish out the meet at Dover. It's always tough buying the 3-year-olds turning 4. There's always high risk there. But I think the horse has been a pretty consistent horse. The 4-year-old year, our big thing is to just try to protect them." Four-year-old trotting stallion Maestro Blue Chip was next on the list of top-selling horses. He was purchased for $90,000 by Richard Poillucci of Massachusetts. The horse, who has won three of 14 races in his career and earned $84,173, will be trained by Jim King Jr. and is being pointed toward April's Yonkers Raceway/SOA of New York Bonus Trotting Series. Maestro Blue Chip was trained previously by Trond Smedshammer, who guided the horse to a career-best 1:53.4 win on Jan. 8 at the Meadowlands. It was the horse's first time on Lasix. "He's a young, fresh trotter," said Poillucci, who owns seven horses and was among the owners of late trotting star Modern Family. "Fresh horses are hard to come by. We'll see how he matures and how he progresses. That was the horse I was looking at. I thought he was the best for what I was looking for." Horse --- Sire-Dam --- Buyer --- Consignor --- Price Lindy's Tru Grit (6ht) --- Cantab Hall-True Diva --- Bradley Grant --- Preferred Equine Inc., agent --- $125,000 Dont Rush (4ht) --- Infinitif-Color Me Pretty --- Josh Green --- Preferred Equine Inc., agent --- $100,000 Maestro Blue Chip (4ht) --- Credit Winner-Up Front Hotsey --- Richard Poillucci --- Northwood Bloodstock Agency --- $90,000 A Plus (4mp) --- American Ideal-Has An Attitude --- Bradley Grant --- Preferred Equine Inc., agent --- $80,000 Blood Brother (4gp) --- Somebeachsomewhere-Blood Diamond --- Richard Banca --- Northwood Bloodstock Agency --- $80,000 Go Daddy Go (4hp) --- Ponder-Sanfrancine --- Rene Allard --- Northwood Bloodstock Agency --- $80,000 Journeyman (5hp) --- American Ideal-Cosmic Journey --- Mark Ford --- Preferred Equine Inc., agent --- $75,000 Cooperstown (4hp) --- Four Starzzz Shark-American Charm --- Brian & Ira Wallach --- Preferred Equine Inc., agent --- $72,000 Ultimate Beachboy (6gp) --- Somebeachsomewhere-Ultimate Bet --- Rene Allard --- Preferred Equine Inc., agent --- $72,000 Easy Lover Hanover (3cp) --- Somebeachsomewhere-Easy Go Go --- Jeff Ruch, agent --- Preferred Equine Inc., agent --- $70,000 Yankee Bounty (4gp) --- Yankee Cruiser-Bootleg Yankee --- Benita Simmons --- Preferred Equine Inc., agent --- $70,000 Rockin Wizard (6gp) --- Rocknroll Hanover-Please Me Please --- Mike Russo --- Preferred Equine Inc., agent --- $70,000 Yankee Artillery (3gp) --- Somebeachsomewhere-Adept Yankee --- Northwood Bloodstock Agency --- Northwood Bloodstock Agency --- $67,000 Northern Grace (4mt) --- Yankee Glide-Rare Elegance --- Steve Stewart/Hunterton Farm --- Preferred Equine Inc., agent --- $67,000 Medusa (5mp) --- Bettor's Delight-Mythical --- Thomas Pollack --- Preferred Equine Inc., agent --- $65,000 Nat A Virgin (5mp) --- Always A Virgin-Nat-A-Tat-Tat --- Larry Stone --- Preferred Equine Inc., agent --- $65,000 Major Athens (6ht) --- Andover Hall-Miss Athens --- Howard Taylor --- Northwood Bloodstock Agency --- $65,000 Some Kinda Beach (6hp) --- Somebeachsomewhere-Art's Fantasy --- Harmon Racing Stable --- Preferred Equine Inc., agent --- $65,000 Statesman N (9gp) --- Christian Cullen-Club Sport --- David Abbott/Abbott Stables --- Preferred Equine Inc., agent --- $57,000 Bettor Memories (3gp) --- Bettor's Delight-Allamerican Memoir --- Gus Dovi --- Preferred Equine Inc., agent --- $55,000 Everything N More (3ft) --- Muscle Hill-Aiken For Clay --- Dewayne Minor --- Northwood Bloodstock Agency --- $55,000 Bettor Than You (6gp) --- Bettor's Delight-Mambo Hall --- Lionel Watiker --- Preferred Equine Inc., agent --- $55,000 Crazshana (4gt) --- Crazed-Keystone Shana --- Jeffrey Bamond/Bamond Racing --- Northwood Bloodstock Agency --- $52,000 American Ivy (3fp) --- American Ideal-Haunted --- Joseph Pennacchio --- Preferred Equine Inc., agent --- $51,000 Doctor Terror (4mp) --- Western Terror-Doctor Seth --- Anthony Lake --- Preferred Equine Inc., agent --- $50,000 Mystical Treasure (4mp) --- Real Desire-Sneakheravalentine --- Thomas Pollack --- Preferred Equine Inc., agent --- $50,000 For complete sales results, click here. Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager Harness Racing Communications A division of the U.S. Trotting Association    

East Rutherford, NJ - Live harness racing returns to The Meadowlands on Friday, January 15 at 6:35 p.m. Fourteen races comprised largely of full, competitive fields of trotters and pacing mares with are again the order of the day.   The top trotters split into a pair of opens with the tougher group is spotted in race two where a field of seven goes to post in an Open I Handicap for a purse of $25,000.   The logical favorite is likely last week's winner Uva Hanover, who is blossoming into a splendid performer for his connections at age five. The altered son of Cantab Hall has quietly amassed lifetime earnings of nearly $350,000 for owners Stake Your Claim Stable and Martin Sternberg. His most recent effort was a career best 1:52.2 score in last week's feature with driver Tim Tetrick motionless in the sulky. It looks as though Uva Hanover may be on course to perpetuate trainer Linda Toscano's enduring production of top trotters.   The solid campaigner March Awareness moves up to the Open I level off a hard-fought 1:55 win against the Open II trotters last week for the meet's leading trainer Ron Burke. Yannick Gingras drives the winner of over $114,000 last season for owners Burke Racing and Weaver Bruscemi on Friday.   March Awareness, or any of a number of overnight warriors, could be yours on Monday, January 18 as he is one of 30 horses racing at The Meadowlands this weekend that will go through the sales ring on that day in the January Select Mixed Sale.   Gambling-wise, the races are again deep and competitive, the guaranteed pools are in place and the last race Jackpot Hi-5 total is up to $56,645 on a 20¢ base wager. You'll find free program pages for the "Late Pick 4" wager with the total pool guaranteed at $50,000 as they become available.   On the promotion schedule this winter is the exciting opportunity for several lucky fans to "Own A Horse" where they can experience the thrill of ownership and share in up to 10% the purse if they are present for the race. A few of the January winners were present for Winner's Circle photos with their steeds last weekend and sign-ups are now underway for round two in February.   Horseplayers are reminded that the popular $50,000 World Harness Handicapping Championship (WHHC) gets underway with the first of four qualifying rounds held at The Meadowlands next Saturday, January 23.   For those that enjoy making an evening of the racing entertainment, The Meadowlands offers several venues from which to enjoy the live racing including delectable trackside dining in Pink.   The fun starts at 6:35 p.m.   Meadowlands Media Relations

Ever since harness racing started in the Southern Hemisphere, breeders from down under have been importing mares from North America with great success. Just last season in Australia we had two top three year olds in Follow The Stars 1:53.8 ($707,237) and Ideal For Real 1:55.8 ($182,485) staring at the the top level and both are from imported dams. This years freakish New Zealand based filly Golden Goddess is a grand-daughter of the imported No Nukes mare Sabilize 1:55.7 ($355,056) That is just scratching the surface of the impact imported mares have had down under in the last few years. National Bloodstock brought in a lot of North American mares into New Zealand in the late 1980s and early 1990s and they had a lot of success when covering these mares by stallions they were standing at the time. The son of Soky's Atom in Desperate Comment was one of the real success stories of the National Bloodstock model in the early 1990s. From the Temujin mare Tabella Bindy, Desperate Comment won 28 races in New Zealand and Australia including two Victoria Cups, Easter Cup and a third in an Inter-Dominion Final on his way to winning $1,033,065. A half sister to Desperate Comment, Diamonds N Gold 1:56.5 (5 wins) was a smart racemare of her era and has left eight winners at stud including the very smart Diamonds N Furs 1:54.5 ( $231,399). Another winner from Diamonds N Gold was the talented Christian Cullen mare in Maid In Splendour 1:56.1 ($61,825) who won a Nevele R Fillies heat and finished second in the Ladyship Stakes. Maid In Splendour's first foal was the Bettor's Delight colt, Never Say Never who was purchased out of last years Australasian Classic Yearling Sale for $60,000 by clients of the Ken Barron barn. Her second foal is the Mach Three colt, The Thug and he will be sold as Lot 45 in this years Australasian Classic Yearling Sale at Karaka in Auckland on February 22nd. The colt has been well named as he has that dominant appearance and on looks alone will be well sought after on sale day. To view the Catalogue and the pedigrees click here. Harnesslink Media   

One of the major issues that has always faced the New Zealand harness racing breeding industry is we sell so many of our well bred and better performed racemares to Australia and North America. It has always been a drag on the advancement of the breed in New Zealand, but more and more of the exported mares are being repatriated back to New Zealand at the end of their racing careers. This is becoming more common especially from North America where a fast time beside their name can make them very commercial propositions in New Zealand. One of the trailblazers in this movement back to New Zealand was Anna Patron. The daughter of Armbro Raven was half sister to the brilliant Shania Patron 1:56.4 ($178,330) and No Return 1:58.1 ($145,030) and won five races herself before her sale to North America. In North America Anna Patron took a mark of 1:55 on the way to earning $105,529 before being purchased in late 1993 by National Bloodstock and brought back to New Zealand as a broodmare. Anna Patron did not disappoint and has done a great job at stud leaving such smart horses as Albert Patron 1:53 ($171,027), Andrew Patron 1:53.8 ( $108,384) and Soky's Patron 1:54.8 ($80,598) while her daughters such as Angela Patron have also excelled at stud. To date Angela Patron has produced six winners including Jackson Street 1:56.6 ($150,126), Fifth Edition 1:56.6 (12 NZ wins) ($92,626), Angelas Image 1:57.5 ($56,027) and the very talented Angela's Dream 1:57.2 ($118,244) Angela's Dream won eight races in New Zealand from the Cran Dalgety barn but the standout performance in her racing career was her great second to Kiwi Ingenuity in the $150,000 New Zealand Oaks in 3:12.8 for the 2600 metres. This year will see Angela's Dream's first colt go through the Australasian Classic Yearling sale at Karaka in Auckland as Lot 135 on February 22nd. The son of Mach Three is a striking individual as you can see from the photos and looks like one of those early runners that Mach Three is renowned for. All those talented winners listed above may never have seen the light of day if National Bloodstock had not repatriated Anna Patron Anna Patron did a great job at stud in New Zealand and her daughters and grand daughters have carried on where she left off. Dollars N Cash on type and breeding looks well capable of adding to the legacy that Anna Patron and her descendants have created. To view the Catalogue click here   Harnesslink Media    

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