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Time is running out for those considering entering horses in the Meadowlands January Select Mixed Sale, as the deadline for Tattersalls flagship harness racing auction is Monday, Dec. 10 at 9 a.m. Consignors can enter online at tattersallsredmile.com or by calling the sales office at (914) 773-7777. The sale will be held on its customary day on the calendar--Martin Luther King Jr. Day--which this year falls on Monday, Jan. 21. "I urge our sellers to try and make the main catalog. Theres a big extra benefit in having their horses in front of potential buyers for a longer period of time," said sale manager David Reid. Last years January sale, the companys largest venue, grossed more than $6.6-million, which represented an increase of 6.5 percent over the previous year. The average of $30,290 was up as well, 12.2 percent over 2017. The sale-topper, Miso Fast, made $250,000, while six others sold for $100,000 or more. One of the largest crowds in sale history was in attendance, with horses sold to a deep bench of buyers from the U.S., Canada and Europe. Reid said recent sales point to the fact that there has been no letup in top prices for quality horses. Top-level racehorses that are ready to drop in the box, along with fashionably-bred fillies with stakes credentials, still top the charts. There are just not enough of those out there to satisfy a continually growing demand." Tattersalls Sales Co.

Looks what has arrived in the post today! Yes it is the first harness racing catalogue produced by New Zealand Bloodstock for the New Zealand National Standardbred Yearling Sale. What a refreshing and outstanding catalogue it is, well done to New Zealand Bloodstock. A new era has arrived for the harness racing sales sector in New Zealand. A strong contingent of 31 of the best harness racing sires available to the New Zealand breeding industry are set to feature throughout the upcoming New Zealand National Standardbred Yearling Sale. Pacing Sires Set to Delight Champion Sire Bettors Delight continued to deliver outstanding results on the racetrack last season earning the title of Leading Pacing Sire for the seventh consecutive year on the local scene. His major contributors featured New Zealand Horse of the Year Lazarus (NZ), Elle Mac (NZ), Ultimate Machete (NZ), Another Masterpiece (NZ), Jesse Duke (NZ), Pats Delight (NZ) and Sheriff (NZ). With 200 individual winners scoring 392 races in New Zealand, they collectively earned just under $7 million in prizemoney. It was a similar trend in Australia with a new record of 400 individual winners for a new record of just under $12 million in prizemoney which completed Bettors Delight pre-eminence in Australasia and the Leading Pacing Sire for the seventh consecutive year in Australia. The records continue to the sale ring with 118 yearlings by Bettors Delight catalogued for the Sale a record offering in itself. He has 36 lots in Auckland and 82 lots in Christchurch. In a massive American influence, the first seven sires at the top of the 2YO Pacing Sires’ List in America this season to date will all be represented at the Sale in 2019. Art Major, the sire of 11 individual winners who have earned $1 million or more, will be represented by a total of 56 yearlings. Last year’s Leading 2YO and 3YO Pacing Sire, and Overall Leading Pacing Sire with earnings of more than US$23 million,Somebeachsomewhere, will have 25 yearlings offered at the Sale. With an equal US$3 million in earnings to date in America, Leading 2YO Pacing Sire Captaintreacherous will be represented by his first New Zealand progeny with 15 lots catalogued. Sitting in close contention to Captaintreacherous, Sweet Lou’s progeny have earned more than US$3 million in prizemoney to date to place him second on the Leading 2YO Pacing Sires’ List. He will have 13 yearlings on offer at the Sale. Other pacing sires of note include American Ideal (23 lots catalogued), Sportswriter (17), Rock N Roll Heaven (15), Mach Three (13 - the last of his commercial crop to go through the ring), A Rocknroll Dance (11), He’s Watching (10), Roll With Joe (six), Auckland Reactor (five), Terror to Love (three) and Sunshine Beach (two). Need for Trotting Speed The straight-out trotter has made huge strides in recent seasons and the 2019 National Yearling Sale is set to step up with a tremendous line-up and atmosphere. Enhance Your Clam (NZ), Winterfell (NZ) and Valloria (NZ) were the leading performers for the 2017-18 Leading Sire of Trotters in both New Zealand and Australia, Majestic Son. With 56 individual winners in New Zealand and another 56 individual winners in Australia, his progeny earned just under $1.4 million and $1.6 million in prizemoney respectively. There will be eight of Majestic Son’s progeny catalogued in February – one lot in Auckland and seven lots in Christchurch. Muscle Hill, who is widely regarded as the greatest trotter of the modern era, is heading for his third consecutive Trotting Sires Premiership in America with his progeny in the southern hemisphere also performing at the elite level. There will be six of his yearlings available to secure at the upcoming Sale. Twice-crowned New Zealand Leading Sire of Trotters, with progeny like Monbet (NZ), Great Things Happen (NZ) and Enghein (NZ), the first commercial crop in New Zealand from Love You will be on offer at the Sale with 16 yearlings catalogued. Muscle Mass was the world champion trotter as a two-year-old and has passed on his speed to many of his progeny including Custodian (NZ) and Heavyweight Hero (NZ). He will be represented by 12 yearlings at the Sale. The fastest son of Champion Sire Cantab Hall, Father Patrick, will offer his first southern hemisphere crop at the upcoming Christchurch Sale with a draft of seven yearlings. The sire of Australasia’s fastest trotter in Maori Time, and the likes of Speeding Spur (NZ), Pegasus Spur will have an offering of four yearlings in February. Other trotting sires of note include Angus Hall (three lots catalogued), Quaker Jet (three), Andover Hall (two), Peak (two), Bacardi Lindy (one), Master Glide (one), Orlando Vici (one),Sebastian K (one), Trixton (one) and Windsong Espoir (one). Auckland Sale at Karaka – click here to view catalogue Day 1 will commence on Sunday 17 February with parades of trotting and pacing yearlings from 2.30pm. Day 2 will see the first of the yearlings going under the hammer with sale of 145 Trotters and Pacers commencing at 10.30am. Christchurch Sale at Canterbury Agricultural Park – click here to view catalogue Day 3 will kick-off on Tuesday 19 with parades of Trotters from 11.00am and parades of Fillies and Colts from 11.45am. Selling will then commence at 4.00pm with 50 Trotters. Wednesday 20 will see the final yearlings go through the ring with the sale of 206 Pacers from 10.00am.

In a major move New Zealand Bloodstock, a leading thoroughbred auction sales, air freight and insurance company, announces plans to expand into the standardbred market offering a full complement of auction sales and ancillary services. It’s a significant development that will see the New Zealand Standardbred industry benefit from NZB’s existing business capabilities, world renowned brand, and top class service levels. To be run as a division of New Zealand Bloodstock, NZB Standardbred plans to deliver a comprehensive sales calendar, diverse range of complimentary services, and market-leadingpromotional activity in a welcomed move for the New Zealand Standardbred industry. “Over the last several months we have had numerous leading industry players suggesting and encouraging us to enter the Standardbred industry,” commented NZB managing director Andrew Seabrook. “It’s a big challenge and may take a little time, but I truly believe we can help take this industry to another level. The staff and I are really excited about being able to better service this market.” Standardbred vendors and buyers can expect to see a number of enhancements under the NZB umbrella including access to a range of bloodstock, finance, air freight and insurance services, along with increased promotion to domestic and international markets. Harness Racing New Zealand Chairman and Canterbury breeder, Ken Spicer, welcomed the news. “New players entering the harness racing industry can only be beneficial.” “New Zealand Bloodstock has a wealth of experience and a worldwide reputation as a leading bloodstock company. Their experience with other arms of their business, such as insurance, air freight and finance can only be of additional value." “I applaud their decision to spread their wings and enter the Standardbred industry.” The first standardbred sales to take place under the NZB Standardbred banner will be the 2019 New Zealand National Standardbred Yearling Sales in February, with sale sessions to be held at both Christchurch and Karaka. About New Zealand Bloodstock New Zealand Bloodstock is a leader in bloodstock auctions, private sales and supporting services tothe thoroughbred market. Since 1995, New Zealand Bloodstock has provided auction sales, bloodstock, insurance, finance and airfreight services to customers worldwide. New Zealand Bloodstock is a privately-owned business based at Karaka with representation throughout New Zealand, Australia, South East Asia, Europe and North America. For more information contact us on +64 9 298 0055, reception@nzb.co.nz, or visit us online at www.nzb.co.nz   

Prompted by recent rumors concerning NZ Bloodstock's likely purchase of PGG Wrightson's harness racing auction business, and in light of our diminishing equine population (breeding down another 250 mares this year, rapidly approaching only 2,000 mares bred annually) and general lack of enticing prize money at offer, it is time for our Industry to take over ownership of its yearling and related auctions! Even in this depressed environment, yearling/weanling/broodmare Auction Sales exceed $11 million dollars annually, generating in excess of $1.1 million of gross income to PGG Wrightson. Think of how wonderful it would be if that money were made available to lift both overnight and stake purses! Why utilize an outside Auction house to do - and make money from - what we can do just as well ourselves? With a little creative use of existing facilities both Alexandra Park and Addington could hold the sales at their racetracks! Obviously, temporary stalls would need to be rented, some overheads incurred, vendor payouts and cataloging to be managed, and auctioneers to be rented for the sales - but it is hard to imagine that the financial windfall to harness racing would be far from $1 million annually! Additionally, if the sales were well handled, food and drink income for the sales days would be substantial! It would also tie in well with special race nights created to take advantage of the crowds that would already be on track for the sales! While PGG and NZ Bloodstock would have us believe that their expertise is vital, there is really very little to that bravado! The sales are self drawing, our industry can handle the operation, personnel overheads need not be high (there is certainly no need to inspect yearlings as foal numbers no longer require culling for the sales), and - while Karaka is a lovely venue - it is an unnecessary extravagance considering how nicely the $1million dollars at hand would benefit our racing product! Given Alexandra Park's bright economic future, they, alone, if necessary, could put on these sales. And combined with support from major Breeders/stud farms/consigned like Woodlands, Breckon, and Alabar, they could create an innovative new series and stakes benefiting 2 and 3 year olds! In this time of general doom and gloom in harness racing, this proactive approach would provide a breath of fresh air, utilize common sense, and give the Industry we love some forward momentum!!! Come on Alexandra Park and Addington, come on NZ Breeders, and let's MAKE this happen. Let's take our own horse by the reins! Harnesslink Media

The Meadowlands Spring Mixed Sale, conducted by Tattersalls, is scheduled for Sunday, April 29 in the harness racing track's race paddock.   Entries are now being accepted, and may be sent by using the form on the Tattersalls website, tattersallsredmile.com, or by calling the sales company office at (914) 773-7777. The main catalog will close April 6.   In making the announcement, sale manager David Reid said this year's sale is scheduled nearly two weeks earlier than last year, to better coincide with the opening of 2018 race meets at Harrah's Philadelphia, Pocono, Hoosier Park, and others.   "With all the big meets starting up, and purses strong as ever, buyers will be searching high and low for quality racehorses ready to drop in the box. Sellers should be extremely well rewarded if they're willing to step forward with that quality," Reid said.   Last year's Spring Mixed posted the highest average in the sale's history and was led by top-seller Rock N Roll World ($165,000), who went on to win invitationals and compete in FFA classics like the Breeders Crown, Ben Franklin and William Haughton Memorial.   Consignors are reminded that Tattersalls has adjusted its entry deadlines much closer to sale time, to lessen outs and to publish a more accurate and up-to-date main catalog. With that said, Reid urges consignors not to delay in submitting their entries.   Tattersalls Sales Co.  

The $55,000 Australian record for a trotting yearling sold at auction is expected to be surpassed at this year's Pryde's EasiFeed Australasian Premier Trotting Sale to be held at Tabcorp Park Melton on Sunday March 11. A full-brother to the new Australasian mile record holder, Maori Time (Tr 1:51.5), Aldebaran Stephan will go under the hammer as Lot 55. Maori Time blitzed her rivals in the weekend's Group 1 Trotters Mile at Menangle for Brent Lilley and Todd McCarthy, taking her stake earnings to $419,801 and delivering connections a third Group 1. Lot 55 is the lynchpin of a 12-strong Aldebaran Park consignment, of Duncan McPherson, Nagambie. The grand looking colt is out of 2016-17 Victorian Broodmare of the Year Sundonna, a member of the famous Maori Miss tribe. Read the full story on the 2018 Pryde's EasiFeed Australasian Premier Trotting Sale at www.thetrots.com.au<http://www.thetrots.com.au> Get the latest on all the yearlings in the catalogue by visiting the 2018 Pryde's EasiFeed APTS website<http://www.austrottingsale.com.au/2018-sale-entries/> today   CODY WINNELL MEDIA AND COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

Several top class young sire prospects will be represented by their first crop of yearlings at the Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale on Sunday, March 25 starting at 11am. The Bathurst Showground will see the first local crop of the top flight North American racehorses He’s Watching, Heston Blue Chip and Sunshine Beach, along with a pair of highly decorated colonial bred stallions in Fly Like An Eagle and Follow The Stars. A former USA 2YO of the Year and the equal fastest racehorse of all-time, He’s Watching (3, 1:46.8) will be represented by a filly out of the Queen of the Pacific winner Artificial and a half-sister to the Breeders Crown champion Passion’s Promise. Heston Blue Chip 3, 1:48 ($1.7million), a former USA 3YO Colt of the Year and Breeders Crown winner, has eight entries highlighted by a colt out of the flying Lourdes 1:51.4 ($394,614), a half-brother to the Group 2 winner Perfectly Written and a half-sister to Miss Artistic Tara (1:52.3). Sunshine Beach 3, 1:47.8 ($977,438), whose first American crop averaged $84,000 at the Lexington sale, has a single lot on offer at Bathurst, a colt from the $100,000 winning mare Gloria Lombo. Fly Like An Eagle, a former NZ 2YO of the Year and NZ Cup runner-up, will be represented by three colts and five fillies, including a half-sister to the MIA Breeders Plate winner Paddy OSullivan and a half-sister to Lettucefib 1:51.4 ($176,222) and Veracity Red ($168,250). While Follow The Stars, the NZ and Australian 2YO Colt of the Year, has a filly out of a half-sister to the Inter Dominion heat winner and Victoria Cup placegetter Facta Non Verba ($532,035). Established sires with multiple entries include Art Major (5 lots), Roll With Joe (5), Mr Feelgood (5), Rock N Roll Heaven (3), Four Starzzz Shark (3), Modern Art (3), Sportswriter (3), Western Terror (3) and Courage Under Fire (2). Emerging, young sires include Shoobee’s Place (10 lots), Pet Rock (7), A Rocknroll Dance (6), Auckland Reactor (6), Caribbean Blaster (6), Betterthancheddar (4), Alta Christiano (4), Pedigrees for all sales entries are now available online at www.graemeboard.com For a hard copy of the catalogue or further information phone Graeme Board on 0408 636 273 or email gboard@bobberry.com.au Peter Wharton

Winton breeders John and Katrina Price produced a sale topper at the New Zealand Premier Yearling Sales in Christchurch today (Wednesday). Their Bettor's Delight colt Chicago Cub reached $190,000 before the hammer dropped on the full brother to West Australian pacer and multiple Group winner Chicago Bull. He was bought by Emilio and Mary Rosati under the E&M Stride banner.  Prior to heading to Christchurch the Prices thought they had a nice colt to present but the interest went to another level once the prospective buyers started to view the colt.  Katrina commented "Yesterday and this morning there was a lot of interest. He was in and out of the box and we did have every major buyer come and look at him. There had been a lot of positive comments and we didn't really know where he was going to go (pricewise). It was more than we wildly expected. All the potential buyers said the same thing - that he was just a lovely colt. They all loved his walk. He's got this lovely rolling walk. To be fair he didn't have any faults. He was so correct and a nice size." Price says Chicago Cub is darker in colour and a bit bigger than his older brother. "He's not a big horse this fella but he's physically a lot stronger. But temperament wise, very similar. They were both lovely horses to work with and wanted to please. Both laidback and knew how to look after themselves. We drove up there and all he wanted to do was eat, drink and sleep. Bull was the same. He was like a family pet. The kids absolutely loved him and this fella, even though he was a colt, was the same at home."  Katrina prepared the colt and lead him into the ring and says she wasn't sure early on where the bids were coming from but once the numbers started to rise she knew who was vying to buy him.  "You've got your mind on other things but at the end I thought it was between Barry Purdon and Emilio and that ended up being the case." The Rosatis generally rename their horses using the word 'Stride' and Katrina says this will be the case with Chicago Cub.  It was the second year in the row that the Rosatis have purchased the top lot at the Christchurch sale. They paid the same price - $190,000 for Franco Stallone last year. He was renamed Puntarno Stride.  As for Chicago Cub's mother Chicago Blues; she had a full brother to Chicago Bull and Chicago Cub but unfortunately it was born dead.  The Prices have ventured to the sales a few times in the last ten years and today's experience has reinforced their belief that buyers have become very choosey.  "One thing we've learned today and in past years is that they've got to be the complete package. They've got to have the page (pedigree page) and the individual. We'll only take the ones that are nice individuals otherwise we'll get them up and running ourselves and do what we've done all along."  It was another good sale for Southern Bred Southern Reared horses with five of the top ten lots sold being promoted under that brand or having some southern connection.  "It's been a good result for Southern Bred Southern Reared. Lex and Heather Williams have come under the SBSR banner. They topped the trotters and sold a couple of good ones today, so they had a great sale. Michelle Caig had the second top trotter. The second top pacer today was out of Beaudiene Bad Babe so it had it roots down our way too." Kauana Kid (Bettors Delight - Beauidene Bad Babe) was offered by Taffy Limited of Winton and was sold to Barry Purdon for $125,000 while Lex and Heather Williams Bettor's Delight colt out of Flying Mrs Williams was bought by the Kennards for $90,000. The top four fillies at the Christchurch sale had southern connections as well. The top two fillies were Perfect Beauty (Bettor's Delight out of Nitouche Franco) offered by Southlanders Noel and Diane Cournane and Porscha (Bettor's Delight - De Lovely) sold by Taffy Limited of Winton. The next top two fillies were Amazing Dream (Bettor's Delight - Christian Dreamer) - Vin and Daphne Devery $77,500 and Born To Be Bettor - Vin and Daphne Devery and Alan and Phillipa Blackler which sold for $72,500. "We've had a moment in the sun today and it'll be someone else's turn next time won't it," said Katrina.  "He'll have a name change and be called something Stride. Mary, Emilio's wife, wanted him to stay in New Zealand so he's going to be racing out of the Ray Green barn. Ray was one of the trainers that really liked him and wanted to buy him as well so it was a win win for him."  The Prices are naturally thrilled Chicago Cub will be staying in New Zealand as they'll be able to watch him develop into a young racehorse.  "I hope he does a great job and they get all the success they deserve."    Bruce Stewart Southland Harness Racing

East Rutherford, NJ --- Ed Telle arrived at Monday’s (Jan. 15) Tattersalls January Select Mixed Harness Racing Sale at the Meadowlands Racetrack with the intentions of buying one horse, Miso Fast. Several hours later, Telle accomplished his goal. Telle purchased the 4-year-old pacing stallion for $250,000, which was the day’s top price. Formerly trained by Ron Burke, Miso Fast has won seven of 36 career races and earned $647,938. Miso Fast’s victories include five divisions of the New York Sire Stakes and an elimination of the Max C. Hempt Memorial. He was second in the 2016 New York Sire Stakes championship as well as the 2017 Empire Breeders Classic. He also was second in a division of the Tattersalls Pace last year. “He’s a gorgeous horse and he’s going to make a nice racehorse for the next four or five years,” Telle said. “I came here to buy him. I’m going to send him to Florida for a couple of months to get him ready and then bring him back up. He’ll go to Ohio and Pennsylvania and then he’ll come out east. “He’s just so consistent. Maybe as a 4-year-old he’ll get a little stronger and be a little better.” Telle, who lives in Ohio and bought Miso Fast for his Winchester Baye Acres, enjoyed success last year with female pacer Safe From Terror. The mare, purchased for $210,000 during the mixed sale portion of the 2015 Standardbred Horse Sale, won 22 of 36 races last season and earned $239,630. Her 22 victories tied for the most in North America. Other successes for Telle included campaigning 2011 Little Brown Jug winner Big Bad John, who earned $1 million in his career. “If you’re going to be in this industry, why not buy the best if you can afford it,” Telle said. “Luckily for me, I’ve had a few good years. “I think if you buy good quality horses, I give them to good trainers, and we do well.” Miso Fast was among six racehorses to sell for at least $130,000 on Monday. Next on the list was Kentucky Futurity champion Snowstorm Hanover at $180,000, followed by female pacer Inverse Hanover at $155,000 and male pacer Art Scene at $150,000. Male trotter New Jersey Viking, at $140,000, and male pacer Ocean Colony, at $130,000, completed the group of six-figure sellers. Snowstorm Hanover, another horse formerly trained by Burke, was purchased by trainer Marcus Melander as agent for overseas buyers. The 4-year-old stallion has won eight of 36 career races and earned $658,761. “He’s a nice horse,” Melander said. “He won the Kentucky Futurity and he was good as a 2-year-old, as well. We’ll see what we can do with him. “We’ll bring him home and see what’s happening. They have a good program (in Europe) for 4-year-olds, so it’s not impossible he would go to Sweden. When he won the Kentucky Futurity, he showed a lot. Hopefully we can do good with him.” Inverse Hanover was purchased by Tom Pollack. She has won five of 20 career races and earned $136,560. Her wins include a division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes and she finished 2017 by beating a field that included older horses at the Meadowlands. The 4-year-old mare, formerly trained by Richard “Nifty” Norman, will be sent to Indiana with trainer Jeff Cullipher. “I’ve always done pretty well racing mares,” Pollack said. “I just liked she’s got a big motor and a high turn of speed. She went a big trip against older horses, which I like to see that. “She looks like a big-track horse. She will race a lot at Hoosier Park with Jeff Cullipher. I thought she would be a good fit out there. We’ll stake her where she may fit.” In 2016, Pollack purchased female pacer Medusa for $65,000 at the Tattersalls January Select Mixed Sale. She has won nearly $450,000 since then. “We’re willing to spend,” Pollack said. “You have to sometimes to get good horses. Hopefully this will fall into that category.” Below are the top sellers from Monday’s sale. Horse--Sire-Dam--Buyer--Consignor—Price Miso Fast (4hp)—Roll With Joe—Sakura Hanover—Ed Telle—Preferred Equine, agent—$250,000 Snowstorm Hanover (4ht)—Muscle Massive—Snow Angel Hanover—Marcus Melander, agent—Preferred Equine, agent—$180,000 Inverse Hanover (4mp)—Somebeachsomewhere—Ideal Newton—Thomas Pollack—Preferred Equine, agent—$155,000 Art Scene (4hp)—American Ideal—Lover Of Art—Bob Hamather, Ty Pena—Preferred Equine, agent—$150,000 New Jersey Viking (4ht)—Muscle Hill—Hall Of Wishes—Eugene Kurzrok—Preferred Equine, agent—$140,000 Ocean Colony (4hp)—Somebeachsomewhere—Amora Hanover—Richard Banca—Northwood Bloodstock Agency—$130,000 Signal Hill (4gt)—Muscle Hill—Special Appeal—Lucas Wallin, agent—Preferred Equine, agent—$95,000 World Apart (4mp)—Art Major—Polar Opposition—Richard Alan Arnold—Preferred Equine, agent—$90,000 Cresurrey (4ht)—Credit Winner—Surrey With Fringe—Jeff Gillis, agent—Northwood Bloodstock Agency—$87,000 Myimpossibledream (Broodmare)—Chocolatier—Spellbound Hanover—William Loyens—Preferred Equine, agent--$82,000 For complete sale results, click here. by Ken Weingartner, USTA Media Relations Manager

The supplement catalog and updated past performances for the Meadowlands January Select Mixed Sale are now available on the Tattersalls website, tattersallsredmile.com. They've also been added to the Equineline Sales Catalog app for the iPad.   The sale gets underway on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 15 at 11 a.m. in the back paddock at the Meadowlands. Breeding stock will sell first, followed by racehorses.   Featured in the supplement are five individual 2018 breedings to Sweet Lou, who ranked second among pacing sires at last fall's yearling sales with an average of more than $60,000.   "When you consider how good the catalog is--and add to that a strong stock market and positive changes in tax laws in regard to equine holdings--I expect commerce next week will be brisk," said sale manager David Reid.   "There's the usual great selection of quality racehorses, but this year, in-foal mares and breedings to top stallions are the co-stars," he added. "I think there's opportunity here for some breeders to upgrade and add star-quality mares to their barns."   Numerous Tattersalls mixed sale graduates have been in the racing spotlight this past year, but perhaps none so much as Propulsion. The 2015 Tattersalls sale grad just won the Prix de Bourgogne in Paris and now heads to the  Prix d'Amerique later this month as one of the favorites to win the classic.   Tattersalls Sales Co.

The catalog and racelines for the Meadowlands January harness racing Select Mixed Sale -- this year, with an emphasis on "mixed"--are now available for download at tattersallsredmile.com.   The print catalog will be mailed later this week and the Equineline app catalog will be up by this afternoon.   The sale will be held on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 15 in the back paddock at the Meadowlands. The broodmare section kicks off the sale at 11 a.m.   "The January sale has always been called 'the winter racehorse market' and that certainly holds true," said sale manager David Reid. "But this year, within all the categories, this is the strongest sale horse-for-horse we've had in a number of years.   "I think we have the highest-quality mares we've ever cataloged, to go along with some hard-to-find stallion shares and really outstanding short yearlings."   In-foal mares include the complete dispersal of the estate of George F. Hempt, a reduction from William G. Mulligan and mares from White Birch Farm. Featured throughout are mares in foal to Somebeachsomewhere, Always B Miki, Sweet Lou, American Ideal, Cantab Hall, Kadabra, and Trixton.   More than 170 racehorses are cataloged, led by an outstanding group of rising 4-year-olds like Bluegrass and Simcoe winner Art Scene, Kentucky Futurity winner Snowstorm Hanover and multiple stakes winner Miso Fast.   Stakes winning racemares are part of that racehorse section, and according to Reid, feature many that carry top commercial pedigrees and could be purchased to race and later breed.   Tattersalls Sale Co.

Lexington, KY --- Citing the widespread use of drugs on yearlings and 2-year-olds that may result in improper bone development and the recent use of horse auctions to launder money for the drug cartel, the Association of Racing Commissioners International is formally calling for the independent regulation of the breeding and sales industries. “These significant portions of the racing industry are totally unregulated,” said ARCI Chair Jeff Colliton. “If we care about our horses and the integrity of the sport, the racing industry can no longer turn a blind eye to the need to address this shortcoming.” Bisphosphonates: Need to regulate use of drugs in horses intended for sale The ARCI Equine Welfare Committee, chaired by Dr. Corrine Sweeney, met via conference call on Nov. 7 to discuss the use of bisphosphonates on horses that race or are intended to race. While this class of legal medication has been specifically approved by the US Food and Drug Administration to treat navicular disease in older horses, federal law currently does not preclude their use in young horses despite concerns about their safety and research in other mammals showing a link to stress fractures. In horses, stress fractures may contribute to a catastrophic breakdown. Committee members were concerned about the use of these drugs in young horses amid reports of their widespread use on yearlings and 2-year-olds to treat pain or get them ready for the auction ring. Some noted that the bones of horses treated with bisphosphonates may falsely appear to be fully developed when subjected to a radiograph prior to entering the auction ring. “It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see the profit motive for the seller. But this should never be allowed to overrule the concerns about the welfare of the horse,” said ARCI President Ed Martin. There is sentiment within ARCI to outlaw the use of these drugs in young horses, following the lead of the British Horseracing Authority which has banned their use in horses younger than 3.5 years of age. In addition, the published drug policies of the sales companies are more lenient than those adopted by racing commissions governing the conduct of the race, particularly the permitted stacking of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Drug money laundering The high-profile US federal investigation and convictions that revealed that the Mexican drug cartel was utilizing Quarter horse sales to launder drug money exposed another reason why the breeding and sales aspects of horse racing need to be regulated, Colliton said. The use of “front” owners and corporations is outlined in the book Bloodlines: The True Story of a Drug Cartel, the FBI, and the Battle for a Horse-Racing Dynasty by Melissa Del Bosque which is reportedly being made into a movie to be released at some point in the future. Per the noted author Alfredo Corchado whose work has focused on the drug cartels, this case is “a harrowing portrayal of a cartel family’s thirst for power, money and fast horses.” He also notes that this work offers “a critical, up close look into organized crime’s growing influence over the sport of kings, and the deadly consequences.” “It is naive to think that this may be an isolated instance in an area of the sport that is unregulated,” ARCI President Ed Martin said. “I know first-hand from my experience in New York that criminal activity can occur right under the nose of the most prominent people in racing.” Martin, as the N.Y. regulator, was instrumental in the 2003 criminal indictment of the New York Racing Association for a federal felony conspiracy to defraud the government, a charge NYRA pled guilty to under a deferred prosecution agreement. “Equine breakdowns and activities relating to organized crime are damaging to the public image and acceptability of this sport,” he said. “While the conduct of the race is adequately regulated and racing’s anti-doping program is comparable if not superior to corresponding programs in human sport, the above-mentioned issues highlight the limitations of the existing regulatory authority in many ARCI jurisdictions.” On Dec. 8, 2017, the ARCI Board of Directors adopted the following resolution: WHEREAS reports that the use of some medications on young horses, yearlings and two year olds, may potentially endanger their proper development as race horses, increasing the potential risk of fractures and catastrophic injury; and, WHEREAS the use of such drugs on young horses may misrepresent the extent to which bones have developed to potential buyers and may mask ailments or conditions that would not only impact the price paid at auction but affect a future racing career; and, WHEREAS young horses intended to be racehorses are often beyond the regulatory authority of the racing regulator and their care and development is not subject to any independent oversight; and, WHEREAS it has also been proven that the sale of racehorses has recently attracted members of the drug cartel who have used racehorses to launder money; and, WHEREAS both the breeding and sales aspects of the racing industry are un-regulated and outside the regulatory framework that prohibits activities deemed dangerous to the horse or contain the necessary safeguards to deter and detect illegal activity; THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that The Association of Racing Commissions International (ARCI) is in agreement with statements made by Louis Romanet, President of the International Federation of Horse Racing Authorities, indicating that horses should come under the authority of an independent regulatory authority from the moment of birth and throughout their racing career; The ARCI calls for the expansion of the racing regulatory authority of its members or other suitable entity to include the breeding and sale of race horses and empowers its Officers to begin a conversation with policymakers at all levels and racing industry constituencies to advance this concept and develop all appropriate details. What are Bisphosphonates Bisphosphonates are a group of medicines that slow down or prevent bone loss, strengthening bones. Bisphosphonates inhibit osteoclasts which are responsible for breaking down and reabsorbing minerals such as calcium from bone (the process is known as bone resorption). Bisphosphonates allow osteoblasts (bone building cells) to work more effectively, improving bone mass. Bisphosphonates are used in the treatment of osteoporosis, Paget's disease of bone, and may be used to lower high calcium levels in people with cancer. When used to treat osteoporosis, the optimal duration of treatment is not yet known; however, the majority of benefits appear to happen within the first five years of treatment and long-term use has been associated with atypical femur fractures, osteonecrosis of the jaw and esophageal cancer. Experts recommend the need for bisphosphonate treatment should be reviewed every three to five years. Rhonda Allen Racing Commissioners International 1510 Newtown Pike Suite 210 Lexington, KY 40511 Office: (859) 224-7070 Ext. 4001 rallen@arci.com

The entry deadline for the Meadowlands January Select Mixed Sale is Monday, Dec. 4. The sale will be held as usual on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 15, in the racetrack's back paddock.   This sale is the largest of the three Tattersalls mixed auctions at the Meadowlands, and according to sale manager David Reid, this year's January Mixed is shaping up to be another great market for ready-to-go racehorses and highly accomplished fillies and mares.   "Even with many of the major stables planning to send their entries Monday, we already have a very strong group of quality racehorses, and I think the 'Magnificent Mares' section of the sale will be impressive to buyers as well," Reid said.   "Last January the sale posted its highest average in nearly 10 years and had its best attendance ever, and I'm optimistic this year's sale will continue that trend. With both the economy and personal investments so strong right now, and purses high across the board, I think buyers will be as aggressive as ever."   Reid said he encourages consignors to enter by Monday to make the main catalog, and have the advantage of added exposure and promotion.   Those wanting to consign horses may do so on the Tattersalls website, tattersallsredmile.com, or by calling the sales company office at (914) 773-7777.   Tattersalls Sales Co.

Harrisburg, PA --- Mac Nichol will hope Quatrain Blue Chip is poetry in motion on the harness racing track after making the pacing colt the sales topper for Tuesday's (Nov. 7) session of the Standardbred Horse Sale. Nichol bought Quatrain Blue Chip, a son of Somebeachsomewhere and first foal out of the mare Frontierpan, for $180,000. The colt's family includes stakes-winner Tomorrowpan and two-time Dan Patch Award-winner Mystical Maddy. Casie Coleman will train the colt. "He's a super-looking horse," Nichol said. "I loved the breeding on him, Somebeachsomewhere, and he's one of the best ones I thought I saw at the sale. So that's the reason I went for him. "We liked him right from the time we saw him. We were waiting for him all day. I'm happy, for sure. He was probably a little more than I thought, but that happens." Quatrain Blue Chip was one of 17 yearlings to sell for at least $100,000 during the second day of the Standardbred Horse Sale. Despite a 4.28-percent dip in the sale's first-day average compared to last year, the two-day average of $52,847 was nearly identical to last year's $53,322. A total of 483 yearlings have been sold this year compared to 479 last year. "We made up our difference and we're basically where we were last year at this time," Standardbred Horse Sale Company President and CEO Pete Spears said. "After the way things started a little slowly yesterday, I think we're doing very well. "I was told by multiple people that they felt there weren't the usual valleys that go on for a while and then peak. It was always fairly steady straight through. The consignors thought that as well." Following Quatrain Blue Chip on the list of Tuesday's top sellers was trotting colt Army Of Monkeys, who went for $170,000 to Courant Inc. and trainer Marcus Melander. Army Of Monkeys is a son of Chapter Seven out of the mare Steamy Windows. His family includes Met's Inn, the dam of recent Breeders Crown runner-up Met's Hall, and 2009 Horse of the Year Muscle Hill. "It got a little expensive, but it was a very nice Chapter Seven colt," Melander said. "We were very happy to get him. There weren't that many Chapter Sevens here and this was one of the nicer Chapter Seven colts, so you're going to have to pay a little bit for him. "I liked everything about him. He's a complete horse and the video was great. I've had a couple of nice Chapter Sevens and it looks like he had the same that they had. We were lucky this year with (Chapter Seven-sired stakes-winner) Fourth Dimension, so hopefully we can get lucky next year too." Shake First, a pacing colt by American Ideal out of Shake That Junk, sold for $160,000 to Crawford Farms. Shake First is a half-brother to recent Breeders Crown Open Pace winner Split The House and mare Cult Status, both owned by Crawford Farms. "We weren't going to bid on him," Michelle Crawford said. "But I couldn't help it. I went and pulled him out. I loved his tape from the get-go, so I always had in my mind we would get him, but we purchased so many that we didn't need another pacing colt for New York. I brought my husband (Al) over and that was it. "I think we are well positioned to have some success next year, I hope. I think we've been up our game as far as pedigrees and what we're buying. It's exciting." Quarter Blue Chip, a daughter of Shadow Play and first foal out of the mare Michelles Song, sold for $150,000 to Team Allard. The filly's second dam is Michelle's Jackpot, a half-sister to 1994 Horse of the Year Cam's Card Shark and mother of Canada's 2012 Horse of the Year Michael's Power as well as O'Brien Award-winner Michelle's Power. Absynthe Hanover was purchased for $140,000 by Serge Godin's Determination stable. The filly is a daughter of Kadabra out of the mare Anonyme Hanover. Her third dam is Amour Angus, who produced Canada's 1994 Horse of the Year Emilie Cas El as well as Dan Patch Award winners Andover Hall and Conway Hall. She is a Kadabra filly and I like a Kadabra filly," said Luc Blais, who will train the horse. "I thought the bidding was OK for her. There weren't that many Kadabras in the sale and we figured that filly was the best for us. We decided to get her. "The third dam is a great third dam. And (Anonyme Hanover) went in (1):56.3, she showed something. I like that when the dam raced at 2 and has a good mark." The yearling portion of the Standardbred Horse Sale ends Wednesday at the Pennsylvania State Farm Show Complex. The two-day mixed sale begins Thursday. "I think we're looking at a good day again (Wednesday)," Spears said. "I think there are still a lot of people that need horses. Everybody has been pretty relaxed and happy. There hasn't been a lot of drama, and that's a good thing on this end." Day Two Top 10 (and ties) Hip-Sex-Gait-Name-Sire-Dam-Buyer-Consignor-Price 308-C-P-Quatrain Blue Chip-Somebeachsomewhere-Frontierpan-Mac Nichol-Blue Chip Farms,agent-$180,000 485-C-T-Army Of Monkeys-Chapter Seven-Steamy Windows-Courant Inc.-Concord Stud Farm,agent-$170,000 464-C-P-Shake First-American Ideal-Shake That Junk-Crawford Farms-Fair Winds Farm-$160,000 237-F-P-Quarter Blue Chip-Shadow Play-Michelles Song-Team Allard-Blue Chip Farms,agent-$150,000 212-F-T-Absynthe Hanover-Kadabra-Anonyme Hanover-Determination-Hanover Shoe Farms-$140,000 495-C-T-Start Talking-Chapter Seven-Talktalktalk-Benoit Baillargeon-Fair Winds Farm-$140,000 474-C-P-Stag Party-Bettor's Delight-My Lady Day-Casie Coleman-All American Harnessbreds-$125,000 217-C-T-Winesap-Donato Hanover-Apple Plush-Andy Miller Stable-Walnridge Farm,agent-$115,000 254-C-P-Bettor Be Honest-Bettor's Delight-Moment Of Truth-Rick Berks-All American Harnessbreds-$110,000 321-F-T-Heaven On Credit-Credit Winner-Holier Than Thou-Paul Kelley-Concord Stud Farm,agent-$110,000 413-C-P-No Mas Amor-Sweet Lou-No More Loving-Ken Jacobs-Walnridge Farm,agent-$110,000 444-C-T-Crowned Eagle-Cantab Hall-Red Hot Spicy-Paul Kelley-Concord Stud Farm,agent-$110,000 For complete results visit The Black Book. Ken Weingartner

Standardbred Horse Sales Company has posted the 2017 Black Book 1, 79th Annual Yearling Sale catalog on its website here. Download the harness racing catalog and other handy PDF packets, or create and track your own yearling lists with our "My Black Book" program. QR codes on individual yearling pages will link your Smart Phone or iPad to yearling videos when available. Download a "QR reader" application from your Smart Phone's "App Store", and scan the QR code on the printed catalog page with your Smart Phone. The yearling video will soon appear! We hope you enjoy this handy innovation closer to the Sale. Standardbred will also provide the USTA's new "Best Beaten Times" report, downloadable as individual PDFs for trotting colts, trotting fillies, pacing colts, and pacing fillies. If a yearling's sibling or half sibling has a "best beaten time" faster than its official race record, or has raced but has no official race record, that horse's "best beaten time" will be listed on this report. European customers will especially appreciate this new information, which is often very important to their purchase decisions. Standardbred's goal is to incorporate this information into the catalog itself in 2018. Our iPad formatted catalog can now be downloaded using the Equineline.com Sales Catalog app - follow the link from the Black Book website DOWNLOADS page. The Black Book offers great yearlings for everyone's needs, from Grand Circuit to Fair racing. Find your champion today! Paul F. Spears Standardbred Horse Sales Company 2310 Hanover Pike Post Office Box 339 Hanover, PA  17331 Phone:  717-637-8931 Ext. 212 Fax:  717-637-6766 Email:  pfspears@hanoverpa.com

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

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