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For the safety and protection of customers, consignors, and sale employees at the 2020 Standardbred Horse Sales Company Annual Sale in Timonium Maryland, Standardbred will strictly enforce COVID-19 precautions required by the Maryland Department of Health. Paul Spears, President of Standardbred, states: “Because of age and serious medical conditions, many sale attendees are at high risk for the complications of COVID-19 infection. For their protection, and for the safety of all sale attendees, Maryland State Fairgrounds officials and their security team will actively enforce COVID-19 guidelines from the Maryland Department of Health, including COVID-19 screening, mandatory masks, social distancing, hand sanitization, and avoidance of loitering in high-traffic areas.” Spears added, “Abundant signage will be posted about these guidelines. Free masks and hand sanitizer will be distributed at the Information Booth. Attendees whose physicians have counseled them that their medical condition requires them not to wear masks are instructed to wear full face shields, and to inform security personnel of their situation during initial screening at the entrance gate. Attendees not observing COVID-19 restrictions will be asked to co-operate with these necessary safety measures. If an attendee does not co-operate with the security team, he may be asked to leave the Fairgrounds. Standardbred appreciates the co-operation and concern for the safety of others by our customers and friends.” “For those customers who are at high risk and do not want to attend the sale in person, Standardbred is offering online and telephone bidding options. Standardbred urges anyone interested in remote bidding services to contact Gunjan Patel at gpatel@hanoverpa.com immediately to begin the registration process. Standardbred can also assist customers who require an Authorized Agent to evaluate prospective purchases on site, and to bid for them if needed. We look forward to a safe and successful 2020 sale.” From the Standardbred Horse Sales Company  

In conjunction with its Annual Yearling Sale, Standardbred Horse Sales Company is pleased to announce the 2020 edition of its popular “Stable Stars” Contest. Contestants will predict the knock-down sales prices of fifteen yearlings to be sold on Tuesday, November 3rd.  An online entry form can be completed from a link on the Home Page of The Black Book website (www.theblackbook.com); by submitting a printed and scanned form by email to jcasey@hanoverpa.com; or by FAX to 717 – 637 – 6766 until Friday October 30th and thereafter to 410 –  560 – 3582. The deadline for submission of entries is Monday, November 2nd at noon. Prizes will be given to contestants whose predictions are closest to the actual knockdown prices for individual yearlings, and whose total price predictions are closest to the total knockdown prices for all fifteen yearlings in the contest. Prizes are as follows: 1st Place – contestant whose grand total of all fifteen yearling prices is closest to actual total knockdown prices. The winner will receive a Standardbred hat and vest, a $100 gift certificate to the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame store, and a $100 Amazon gift certificate. 2nd Place – contestant whose grand total of all fifteen yearling prices is second closest to actual total knockdown prices. The second-place prize will be a Standardbred hat and vest, a $50 gift certificate to the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame store, and a $50 Amazon gift certificate. Individual hip number winners – each contestant whose prediction is closest to the actual knockdown price of each of the fifteen yearlings will receive a Standardbred hat and a $25 gift certificate to the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame store. Prizes will be mailed to the winners after the sale. The most astute contestants may win multiple prizes. Winners will be posted during the sale on our Facebook page and on our Twitter feed (#blackbooksale). All fans of harness racing are encouraged to test their knowledge of yearling sales in the contest, and to follow the sale by live video stream from a link on The Black Book website (www.theblackbook.com).  Some restrictions apply.  Please see the web site for details. From the Standardbred Horse Sales Company    

The Standardbred Horse Sales Company has posted a Mixed Sale supplement catalog on its website at www.theblackbook.com/catalog-downloads.php. The 58 entries include 4 stallion shares, 1 yearling, 3 weanlings, 17 broodmares, and 33 racehorses. Stallion shares, yearlings, weanlings, and broodmares will be sold on Friday, November 6, and racehorses on Saturday, November 7. Details of the schedule of sale are included with the catalog. The supplement catalog can be downloaded from the website and will be available in printed form at the sale. Our iPad formatted Black Book 2 catalog has been updated with the supplement entries and can be obtained by using the Equineline.com Sales Catalog App through the link on our DOWNLOADS page. From the Standardbred Horse Sales Company  

Videos of the SOUTHWIND FARMS yearlings that have been consigned to the Standardbred Horse Sales Yearling Sale in Timonium, Maryland (November 3- 5) are now available on the Southwind Farms website (www.southwindfarms.net). The yearlings (which will sell in the Preferred Equine consignment) feature colts and fillies by Muscle Hill, first crop sires Huntsville and Devious Man, as well as American Ideal and Sportswriter. In addition to the standard paddock videos, this year we are providing walking and conformation videos. Yearlings are available for inspection at the farm. For an appointment please call Farm Manager Laura Young at the farm (609)737-9067 or Syndicate Manager, Michael Klau at 917-930-2709. From Southwind Farms

Inspection videos for the 237 Hanover Shoe Farm Yearlings selling at the Standardbred Horse Sale in Timonium, Maryland are now being posted. They can be found both on the farm website (www.hanoverpa.com) and the sale company website (www.theblackbook.com).  The inspection videos will feature each yearling walking, as well as stationary views from the front, each side and behind. In addition, the approximate height and length of each yearling will be displayed on their video. As is always the case, we encourage and welcome your visit to the farm. The yearlings are available for your inspection now and will remain available every day except Sundays until Saturday October 31st. After a day off for shipping, inspections will resume at the Fairgrounds in  Timonium on Monday November 2nd.  Please call or text Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky at (717) 578-7395 for a farm appointment. She can also be reached at drjablonsky@hanoverpa.com. No appointment is necessary to inspect the yearlings at the sale. From Hanover Shoe Farms    

The 2020 edition of The Black Book 2 can now be found on Standardbred Horse Sales Company's website www.theblackbook.com/catalog-downloads.php. Printed catalogs are expected to be available for shipping on Friday, October 9. The Mixed Sale begins on Friday, November 6 and ends on Saturday, November 7 at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, Maryland, following the Select Yearling Sale which takes place from Tuesday, November 3 through Thursday, November 5. Standardbred's popular "Black Book for the iPad" from www.equineline.com is available for download from a link on our website. Past Performances 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 October 26, and will be distributed in printed form at the Sale. The Mixed Sale has a total of 452 entries, including 133 broodmares and broodmare prospects, 17 weanlings, 53 yearlings, 64 stallion shares, and 185 race horses. Standardbred is accepting entries for a Mixed Sale Supplement catalog until Monday, October 19, 2020. Supplement catalogs will be available prior to the sale for download on our website, as an update to our iPad catalog and in print at the sale. From the Standardbred Hrose Sales Company  

The paddock videos for the 237 Hanover Shoe Farms yearlings consigned to The Standardbred Horse Sale in Timonium, Maryland are now being posted daily. These videos can be viewed on both the farm website www.hanoverpa.com and the sale website www.theblackbook.com . Paddock videos will continue to be posted daily until they are finished. Inspection videos will also be done for these yearlings and will start to be posted Wednesday September 30. As with the paddock videos , they will be posted as they are done until their completion. Inspections of the yearlings at the Hanover Shoe Farms Fairgrounds will begin, by appointment only, on Monday September 28. Please call or text Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky at (717) 578-7395 or email her at rjablonsky@hanoverpa.com to schedule your appointment. Strict adherence to current COVID-19 protocols will be followed to in order to ensure the safety of both our visitors and employees. We welcome and look forward to your visit. by Bridgette Jablonsky, for Hanover Shoe Farms  

Standardbred Horse Sales Company is proud to announce that our 82nd Annual Yearling Sale Preview is now posted on our website, www.theblackbook.com. Yearling video links will be posted closer to the Sale. Yearling Sale dates are Tuesday, November 3 through Thursday, November 5, featuring 804 fabulous yearlings (382 trotters, 422 pacers). The sale will be held at its new location at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, Maryland. 355 by Pennsylvania sires170 by New York sires168 by Ontario sires61 by New Jersey sires35 by Ohio sires12 by Indiana sires3 by overseas sires. First crop yearling sires include: Devious Man (12) Downbytheseaside (12) Fear The Dragon (4) Huntsville (31) Nuncio (2) Resolve (11)Walner (17) What The Hill (6) Printed catalogs will be mailed September 18. Standardbred will again offer catalogs formatted for the iPad through the Equineline.com Sales Catalog app. As always, Standardbred provides multiple "Search" functions and downloadable PDF packets on our website to help in finding your next champion. Our convenient "My Black Book" feature allows customers to store lists of yearling prospects with pedigrees, video links, and personal notes in a confidential format that is accessible from any Internet-capable device. From the Standardbred Horse Sales Company

Standardbred Horse Sales Company is pleased to announce that we will accept supplemental entries for our Annual Mixed Sale at the Maryland State Fairgrounds, Timonium, MD. The Mixed Sale will be held on Friday, November 6 and Saturday, November 7, 2020. The Black Book 2 catalog will close to new entries at the end of the business day on September 8, 2020. Entries received after September 8 will be included as part of the Mixed Sale Supplement catalog. Standardbred will accept supplemental entries until the end of the business day, October 19, 2020. The Supplement catalog will then be posted on our website after completion for the printer, and made generally available in printed form at the Sale. Supplemental entries will also be included in the updated Equineline iPad catalog closer to the Sale. Standardbred looks forward to offering our consignors and their clients extended opportunities to market their horses at our new Maryland location this year. From the Standardbred Horse Sales Company  

The Standardbred Horse Sales Company announced today that its 2020 Annual Sale will be held at the Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, Lutherville – Timonium, MD. Yearling sale dates are Tuesday, November 3 to Thursday, November 5. Mixed sale dates are Friday, November 6 and Saturday, November 7, 2020. The Maryland State Fairgrounds is the well known yearly destination for Fasig – Tipton Mid – Atlantic Thoroughbred auctions, and offers a first class sales facility as well as conveniently located hotels and attractive restaurants, great shopping nearby at Towson Town Center, and good access to Baltimore – Washington International Airport (BWI). Details about the venue and area can be found at the Maryland State Fair website www.marylandstatefair.com. Additional information about the sale will soon be forthcoming on our website www.theblackbook.com.  “Standardbred is delighted to announce our new partnership with Maryland State Fairgrounds for our 2020 Annual auction,” said Paul Spears, President of Standardbred Horse Sales Company. “Sale dates will respect the travel needs of customers who will attend Breeders Crown races in Indiana. The live auction sale will be conducted with COVID – 19 precautions to protect the health of our consignors and customers. For the convenience of customers who prefer to remain at home, online bidding and extensive telephone bidding opportunities will be offered. Standardbred will work hard to make the 2020 sale accessible and safe for our customers and consignors.” President/CEO of Hanover Shoe Farms Russell Williams remarked, “I am very happy that the sale will be held at such an equine – friendly site with a long history of successful auctions. Standardbred Horse Sales has positioned its consignors advantageously on the threshold of 2021, when our industry will prove its courage and achieve better results than ever.” From the Standardbred Horse Sales Co.  

In order to accommodate potential travel challenges for customers who attend the harness racing Breeders Crown races at Hoosier Park, Standardbred Horse Sales Company announces that the sale dates for its 2020 Annual Sale in Harrisburg will be shifted forward one day. The new dates for the 2020 Annual Yearling Sale are Tuesday, November 3 through Thursday, November 5, 2020. The new dates for the 2020 Annual Mixed Sale are Friday, November 6 and Saturday, November 7, 2020. In light of the unique challenges posed by COVID-19 and associated restrictions, Standardbred is exploring options for online bidding and expanded telephone bidding to accommodate customers who may not be able to attend the sale in person. Standardbred is also exploring additional sanitary and safety measures in conjunction with PA Farm Show Complex officials. Additional information will be provided as conditions for the sale become clear. Standardbred Horse Sales Company          

Dr. Paul Spears of the Standardbred Horse Sales Company and Hanover Shoe Farms spoke on Tuesday at Kincsem Park in Budapest, Hungary on “Breeding a Derby Champion” to an enthusiastic audience of trotting breeders and trainers (National Trotting Breeders’ Association of Hungary “UTOE”). The program was part of an ongoing series of educational events arranged by the UTOE. Dr. Spears focused his remarks on pedigree analysis and the factors that have proven successful in the USA and at Hanover Shoe Farms. He illustrated that success using the profile of Hambletonian winner Perfect Spirit, also a multiple fast-class winner in Europe. The UTOE’s Karoj Kotun (Breeding Manager) and Dr. Attila Balogh (President) presented Dr. Spears with a gift of thanks for his work to benefit Hungarian breeders. Thanks also to the other team members that made this educational event successful:  István Pacsi - CEO of two companies Kincsem Nemzeti Loverseny Kft (racing organizer) and Magyar Loversenyfogadast Szervezo Kft (wagering company) Rezső Szecsi - Vice President of UTOE  Botond Kovacs - works with the racecourse company Andrea Fazekas - amateur driver, works with UTOE György Horvath - driver, breeder (left to right – Mr. Karoj Kotun, Dr. Paul Spears, Dr. Attila Balogh)   It was a packed house to hear Dr. Paul Sears speak. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Hungary’s National Trotting Breeders' Association continues its training series, which was launched in 2018, on January 28, 2020 (10:30 am at Kincsem Park), when a world-recognized harness racing breeder and executive, Dr. Paul F. ’’Pete” Spears, will direct our further training. Dr. Spears is President of the Standardbred Horse Sales Company, that conducts an annual early November auction in Harrisburg, PA ((USA), and formerly Vice President of Hanover Shoe Farms, practically growing up there, as his father worked as President and Treasurer of that world renown breeding facility. Dr. Spears has been very active in trot racing and breeding for several decades (his family’s Windsong Stable bred Hambletonian winner Windsong’s Legacy among many stakes winners), and his main expertise is genetics, pedigree analysis and auctions. Standardbred Horse Sales Company In his lecture, Dr. Spears will present examples of the possibility of pairing on related breeding and line breeding issues. He gives his opinion on the x-position and talks about the correct decisions that affect the effectiveness of breeding. There's great interest in this event. In view of this, please indicate your intention to participate by e-mail (ugeto@ugeto.com) as soon as possible. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Recently announced Nappanee, Indiana, Citizen Of The Year, Ola Yoder stunned the harness racing world with a significant investment buying five sensational broodmares for $690,000 at the recent White Birch Farm dispersal sale held at Harrisburg in November. Ola Yoder turned to standardbreds recently when he took a shot buying Enterprise, a Chapter Seven stallion who won an elimination of the Hambletonian in 2017 and shipped to Sweden for racing the year after. Enterprise since has served well over 100 mares in 2019 at Dublin Valley Farms in Ohio. "I'm retiring from my business a Cabinet Company called Kountry Wood Products" Ola says in an interview on Harness Racing Update. Yoder has a simple game plan investing in standardbreds to sell high-priced, well-bred yearlings in the future feature sales, Lexington and Harrisburg. That is what Ola Yoder wants to achieve. The mares from the White Birch Farm dispersal that Ola bought were; Dragon's Tale - Dam of Workin Ona Mystery and in foal to Captaintreacherous Please Beehave  a Muscle Hill sister to Bee A Magician and in foal to Chapter Seven Belclare  dam of Captain Victorious and in foal to Captaintreacherous World Of Rock a sister to Worldly Beauty and in foal to Captaintreacherous Western Silk (Open) has a 1:49 record with over $1.6m in earnings. Since purchasing these mares in November, Ola Yoder again invested when the opportunity came, just announced last week, this time privately buying the Breeders Crown three-year-old Trotting Champion filly of 2019, Winndevie. Winndevie seen here winning The 2019 Breeders Crown (New Image Media Photo) Winndevie was one of North America’s leading three-year-old filly trotters in 2019 (by Credit Winner), whose late-charging success in the $655,000 Breeders Crown in a lifetime best 1:53 at Mohawk, was her crowning achievement in a glittering career.  To read the recent article on the impact of Ola Yoder and his purchase of Winndevie click on this link. Ola Yoder is our "Rookie Of The Year" in harness racing by making a significant investment in the future of the State of Ohio's standardbred breeding Industry. ...................................................................... Here is some background about Ola Yoder and his Company found on Buzz File; Kountry Wood Products is located in Nappanee, Indiana. This organization primarily operates in the Wood Kitchen Cabinets business / industry within the Lumber and Wood Products, Except Furniture sector. This organization has been operating for approximately 21 years and employs approximately 210 people at this headquarters location and 425 total employees across all locations producing some 1.4 million Cabinets annually. This organization is engaged in manufacturing activities at this facility. Harnesslink Media ...................................................... Below is truly an inspiring story about Ola Yoder, his life and his Faith The visitation room at the correctional facility looked like an elementary school cafeteria that hadn’t been updated since 1974. The walls were taupe but for two bold roller-rink stripes of maroon and blue. The tiled floor was patterned to make the room feel busier than it already was. Vinyl furniture was arranged around the room, creating faux privacy for families and loved ones. If not for the heavyset guards at the north end of the room and the steel-reinforced, bullet-proof Plexiglas, you might feel like you were at a support group meeting in a church basement as much as a prison visitation room Ola Yoder sat in the middle of the room and stood out. Crisp white short-sleeve button-down shirt tucked into black flat-front dress pants. Work-scuffed black dress shoes with black suspenders. This was Ola’s uniform. Work, leisure, meetings, Sunday church, family gatherings, prison visits. A uniform style of dress that discourages physical appearance as a source of pride, Ola and his religious community had learned that simplicity reflects universal values of humility and modesty. His Shenandoah beard and solemn gaze gave away his faith. But Ola never concerned himself much with what others think of him. He sat across from Eli Weaver with an open mind and a full heart. As he had done countless times before, Ola sought to comfort Eli and to understand what he had done. This was Ola’s fourth visit of the year. For Ola, you reach out to someone in trouble in your community and help them…and when you can’t help, you try to understand. You see, in 2009, a life had been taken — the life of a member of the community, a woman who was the mother of 5, and the wife of Eli Weaver. Hundreds of miles from Ola’s home, family, and business, the murder shook him. What would cause someone who grew up learning the ways of pacifism and peace to turn to violence and murder his wife? It just didn’t make sense. How could someone be so troubled as to murder an innocent woman, in their house, with their children present, seated in the middle of an Ohio Amish community? Hundreds of miles west, back in Nappanee, Indiana, an empire continues to grow. Dozens of semi-trailers litter the area behind locked gates. Hidden inside each, packed perfectly, are dozens of kitchen cabinets made by a company whose reputation is highly regarded by customers and vendors alike. Kountry Wood is a huge part of Ola’s legacy, though he’d never say it himself. His children, his faith, his works, his community — they would all be mentioned first, as well they should. But one cannot tell the story of Ola Yoder without understanding the beauty of his products. The company was started just 20 years ago in Ola’s barn. Today, it spans well over 250,000 square feet of factory floor, and it’s growing yearly. The company turns out over 1.4 million kitchen cabinets each year, with under 500 hard-working employees. The factory floor is clean A short tour around Kountry Wood would leave anyone blown away. The factory floor is clean — not clean like a standard factory floor, but immaculately clean like a hospital and biochemical lab. Skilled craftspeople delicately sand and stain at their respective stations. Between those stations runs a factory line that looks more like something that should be producing Tesla Model Xs than Nappanee’s favorite cabinetry. Laser precision guides nearly every step of the process, all the way through custom corrugated cardboard packaging built for each product. A red digital counter hangs from the middle of the ceiling reminding everyone of the day’s goals and current production numbers. Today, like most days, the factory has run so efficiently that by 3:00 p.m. the workers have surpassed production goals and only a few folks remain at work. The employees look happy to be involved. Ola doesn’t allow employees to use drugs of any sort in the workplace; in fact, he doesn’t even allow them to curse on the premises. Despite the dual monitors at every cubicle; despite the computer-guided factory floor; despite the beautiful efficiency…Kountry Wood, like everything lucky enough to be touched by Ola, is steeped to the core in his faith, and it shows. That faith, while understated by nature, is crucial. Ola Yoder is many things. A business mogul by any measure. A researcher tasked with understanding human behavior of the worst kind. A humanitarian. A human, endlessly proud of his wife and family. That faith is a common thread that can weave together all sides of the man. It’s the same faith that guided him to help those five orphans stay afloat after their mother was murdered and their father was imprisoned. It’s the same faith that comforts the man who put his children in that position — who stole their foundation and, if not for Ola’s kindness, almost stole their livelihood. One of several Awards that Ola Yoder has received for helping young people in his community There’s an Amish proverb that provides a thesis for Ola’s life: “The most important things in your home are people.” Ola, like many of his peers, believes that home goes well beyond four walls, a farm, or even a factory. That is the power of Ola’s faith. And now that faith is taking acts to a new level. Ola pulls a black, oversized handle. Hand-formed wrought iron has its own story to tell. A story of a craftsman like Ola, firing and hammering away — removing excess and shaping the remains until he finds perfection. It’s symbolic of Ola’s empire: the pull is simple, understated, without frills or excess, but it forms something beautiful. He and his longtime advisor, Brian Hoffer, walk through the oversized oaken doors. Inside is an amazing space that would drop the jaws of the most seasoned architects. Ola's new event center donated to the Nappanee Community Suited and put together, a lawyer focusing on finance and estate planning, Brian lets a smile break through. Who could help it? After working together since the beginning, Brian feels emotionally tied to Ola’s great work too, and he should. There is simply no reining in Ola’s philanthropic spirit. But, like the few cut from his same cloth in this world, Ola has a hard time approaching philanthropy in the same way he does business. So Brian’s recent guidance has been important in taking some big strides forward. Together with Brian’s guidance and the professionals at the Community Foundation of Elkhart County, Ola has recently opened a donor-advised fund to help him and his wife, Vera make the most of their charity. The fund allows the Yoder’s to help guide funds into the charitable projects that are most important to them, while still benefiting from the expert fund management being performed by the Foundation. Ola paces across the beautiful wood floors and takes in the status of another big project an example of his generous outreach: an event space befitting his community and reminiscent of his spirit. Enormous wooden beams span the ceiling several stories overhead. Like a barn-home made for giants, the new space is open, expansive, and natural and says everything about Ola’s heritage and craftsmanship. He called in a specialized Amish engineering team to ensure the building’s floor was free of supports in an enormous center section. The space is a work of art and will provide a center for activities of thousands in and around the community. While the event space will be used by the community for festivals, events, and fundraisers, it isn’t the only project Ola has his eyes on. He has an unwavering passion for the next generation. And when Ola heard from Foundation president Pete McCown about the good work being done at CAPS (Child and Parent Services), he knew he had to help. As quickly as Ola learns about a new project aimed to do good, he gets himself involved. His new fund is just another tool at his disposal. As Ola walks out of Grafton Correctional, he hears the invasive buzz of gates and barred doors. The low thud of a heavy steel door separates him again from Eli. Faint clangs and muffled yells create a harsh mixture of background noise that echoes through the walls of the sterile prison. Ola knows Eli will spend the next 15 years locked in that institution. He knows much or all of his life may well be spent inside those cold walls. He also knows that his own simple visits warm the days that surround them for Eli,and that Eli has grown in the time he has spent incarcerated. He knows that no soul is defined — and certainly not lost — in its worst moment. He believes firmly in the transformative power of love…a love he expresses to his family and to his community. The most important things in your home are people. For Ola, he calls home his humble farm; his ever-growing factory; his new event center — Sammlung Platz (translated — “The Gathering Place”). He calls home Nappanee, Indiana, and the Amish community. He calls home the whole of Elkhart County, where his fund will impact the lives of thousands. He calls home the many nonprofits offering love and forgiveness. He calls home Grafton, and Eli struggling to live with the heinous things he’s done. For Ola, home extends far beyond the property line. And the most important things in his home are the people. Reprinted with permission of The Community Foundation of Elkhart County  

Harrisburg, PA -- Donttellmeagain, a 5-year-old male harness racing pacer with $779,011 in lifetime earnings, was the top seller at Friday's final session of the Standardbred Horse Sale, purchased for $400,000 by Jon Paton. The gelding was one of six horses to sell for at least $250,000 during the second day of the auction's mixed sale. Donttellmeagain, by Dragon Again out of Donttellmewhattodo, has won 19 of 46 career races and finished among the top three a total of 37 times. He won last year's Graduate Series championship and Dayton Pacing Derby. This year, he was a dead-heat second by a nose to McWicked in the Jim Ewart Memorial and third in the Roll With Joe. The Jim King Jr.-trained pacer was owned by Paton Racing Stables. He was consigned by Northwood Bloodstock. Starita, a Grand Circuit-winning 3-year-old trotting filly, was the day's second-highest seller, going for $360,000 to Hanover Shoe Farms. She was one of three fillies to reach at least $300,000. Starita, by Trixton out of Morningstar, has won six of 29 career races and $307,696. Her second dam is two-time Dan Patch Award-winner Passionate Glide and her family also includes Hambletonian Oaks winner Marita's Victory. She was consigned by Preferred Equine Marketing, owned by Val D'Or Farms and Ted Gewertz, and trained by Joe Holloway. O'Brien Award-winner Percy Bluechip, also purchased by Hanover Shoe Farms, sold for $340,000. The 4-year-old pacing mare, by Shadow Play out of Advantest, has won 12 of 40 career races and $874,267. She was a Breeders Crown winner at 3 and a two-time Ontario Sire Stakes champion. She is full sister to O'Brien Award winner Arthur Blue Chip and half-sister to millionaire Kenneth J. She was consigned by Preferred Equine, owned most recently by Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, Purnel & Libby, and Donald Emond, and trained by Ron Burke. Quincy Blue Chip, a 3-year-old trotting filly by Chapter Seven out of Sirenuse, sold for $300,000 to Steve Stewart. She has won 12 of 23 career races, including this year's Empire Breeders Classic and New York Sire Stakes final, and $675,430. She was consigned by Northwood Bloodstock, owned most recently by Barbara Boese, James Boese, and Richard Banca, and trained by Banca. Two female pacers reached $250,000 - Medusa and Lu's Illusion. Medusa, an 8-year-old mare by Bettor's Delight out of Mythical, was purchased by Erika Sergent. Medusa has won 40 of 160 career races and $1 million. She was consigned by Fox Den Farm, owned most recently by Randy Bendis and Pollack Racing, and trained by Bendis. Lu's Illusion, a 3-year-old filly by Sweet Lou out of Artistic Vision, sold to Fair Winds Farm. She is a half-sister to 2010 Horse of the Year Rock N Roll Heaven as well as multimillionaire Clear Vision. Lu's Illusion, who has won five of 17 career races, was consigned by Preferred Equine Marketing, owned by Determination, and trained by Luc Blais. The two-day mixed sale portion of the auction saw a total of 663 horses and stallion shares sell for $27 million, an average of $40,756. Last year, the mixed sale saw a total of 619 horses and stallion shares sell for $18.2 million, an average of $29,498. For complete results, visit The Black Book. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA         Ken Weingartner   Media Relations Manager   U.S. Trotting Association   www.ustrotting.com      

For the second year in a row, it was a record year for the Standardbred Horse Sale. The three-day yearling portion of the sale concluded Wednesday at the Pennsylvania State Farm Show Complex, where a total of 833 horses sold for a record average of $48,903. The previous best average was set last year, at $42,675 for 830 horses. This year's average represented a 14.5-percent increase. In addition, this year's gross of $40.73 million was nearly 15 percent better than last year's $35.42 million. The only other time the gross exceeded $40 million came in 2007, when 1,048 horses sold for $42.78 million. "It was a great sale," Standardbred Horse Sale President and CEO Pete Spears said. "I think the sale was strong throughout, all the way to the end. There was a great reception for the top sires and many, many top-selling horses. We're very happy." Last year, two yearlings reached six figures on Day 3 of the sale. This year, the total was five. Pacing colt Keystone Catalyst was Wednesday's top seller, purchased for $120,000 by Myron Bell as agent. The colt, by Betting Line out of Keystone Caitlyn, is a three-quarter brother to 2018 Ontario Sire Stakes champion Keystone Concrete. The family also includes Keystone Havoc, the dam of millionaire Keystone Horatio and grandam of millionaire Bedroomconfessions. Keystone Catalyst was consigned by Vieux Carre Farms for Max J. Hempt. Next on the list was Twin B Edge, a pacing colt by Betting Line out of Twin B Exquisite. He was purchased for $110,000 by Casie Coleman. The colt, from a family of strong Ontario Sire Stakes performers, was consigned and bred by Twinbrook Limited. Three horses sold for $100,000. Trotting colt Swingforthefences, by Swan For All out of stakes-winner Sunday Yankee, was purchased by Mel Hartman as agent. He is a half-brother to stakes-winner Miss Sue V, who in addition to her victories in North America later picked up wins in Europe. He was consigned and bred by Concord Stud Farm. Vali Hanover, a trotting colt by Chapter Seven out of Vanity Treasure, was purchased by Jim Glass as agent. His family includes stakes-winner Fad Finance. The colt was consigned and bred by Hanover Shoe Farms. Trotting filly Flawless Country, by Southwind Frank out of Aleah Hanover, sold to Ake Svanstedt. She is from the family of 2018 Yonkers International Trot champion Cruzado Dela Noche, who also counts the Copenhagen Cup among his victories in Europe. She was consigned by Spring Haven Farm and bred by Christian Stoltzfus. A total of 374 trotters sold for $20.52 million, with the money divided nearly evenly between colts and fillies. The fillies averaged $55,297 for 182 and the colts averaged $54,469 for 192. Muscle Hill was the top trotting stallion with an average of $153,323 for 31 horses. Father Patrick was second with an average of $109,667 for 24 horses. A total of 459 pacers sold for $20.21 million. Colts averaged $49,943 for 229 and the fillies averaged $38,161 for 230. Somebeachsomewhere was the top pacing sire with an average of $97,860 for 43 horses. Captaintreacherous was second with an average of $54,295 for 44 horses. First-crop sire Betting Line averaged $52,561 for 66 horses. The Standardbred Horse Sale's two-day mixed sale begins Thursday at 10 a.m. (EST). For complete results, visit The Black Book.   Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager U.S. Trotting Association

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