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The dispersal of broodmares owned by Brittany Farms and the late Brian Monieson, along with the annual reduction of mares from Brittany Farms, will be offered for sale at the upcoming Harrisburg Mixed Sale on Friday, Nov. 8. The mares will be consigned by Preferred Equine Marketing, Agent. Known for producing many great horses, including the legendary Artsplace, the Brittany/Monieson partnership “also gave industry breeders some of the best race fillies and foundation mares in the sport today,” according to Brittany Farms manager Art Zubrod. “It’s not often that breeders have the chance to acquire bloodlines like these, and the mares are carrying foals that should receive a lot of interest at the select sales. “We think it provides a terrific opportunity for breeders large or small to step up and improve their holdings,” Zubrod continued. Featured mares include the dams of current 2-year-old stakes winning fillies Allstar Rating, Chocolate Crisp and Act Now, the dam of $2-million winner Vintage Master, and sisters or close relatives to Artsplace, Art Major, Continentalvictory and 2013 stakes filly Mistery Woman. The list of the mares and their pedigrees are now available on the Brittany Farms website (http://www.britfarms.com/13hbmares.html). Submitted by Brittany Farms  

Lexington, KY --- The Lexington Selected Yearling Sale’s third session youngsters turned in a sterling performance on Thursday (Oct. 3), as their sale results crushed the numbers from the same session in 2012. The average sale price of $34,051 for the 157 sold was a gain of 31 percent, gross sales rose more than 33 percent and the number of $100,000 yearlings jumped from one to six. This remarkably strong showing has helped push the average price of $54,148 for 420 yearlings through three sessions to a 10 percent advantage over the first three days a year ago. The sale topper Thursday at $105,000 was pacing colt Helios Lindy, by American Ideal out of Sunshine Sister. Jeff Gillis signed as agent for Mac Nichol for this colt in the Preferred Equine Marketing consignment. Five yearlings sold for an even $100,000. The first of these was the colt Lush Art, by Art Major out of Lush Limbaugh, a $200,000-winning three-quarter sister to Camtastic and the producer of a pair of $200,000-plus winners. This includes the current 3-year-old Word Power, who boasts a 1:49.4 record. Ray Remmen, trainer of Word Power, signed for this Dunroven Stud-bred colt. The next yearling to reach $100,000 was Southwind Wildfire, a colt by Muscle Hill out of Wafs. Bjorn Noren cast the winning bid on behalf of Courant AB for this colt that was consigned by Preferred Equine Marketing as agent for Southwind Farms. The very next horse in the ring sold for that same price. This was the Western Ideal colt Artspeak, out of the Artsplace mare The Art Museum, a member of the same family as Southwind Lynx ($1,763,389) and Ultra Jet ($756,571). John Fodera signed as agent for this youngster from the Brittany Farms consignment. Courant AB of Sweden returned to $100,000 territory, this time in pursuit of a pacer. Nancy Takter Johansson signed the slip for Courant AB in acquiring the Art Major colt Think Again, out of $900,000 winner Remember When, closely related to millionaires Mr Feelgood, Western ideal, and Leah Almahurst. Brittany Farms bred Think Again. The final $100,000 yearling for the night went to Ken Jacobs’ K J Stables LLC, as he selected the Bettor's Delight colt Eagle Feather. Dam Town Feather has produced a pair of full siblings, the filly Ramalama and colt Duke Did It, each with earnings over $200,000, as well as millionaire half brother Razzle Dazzle. Preferred Equine Marketing consigned the colt for Freedom Hill Farms. Here are the summary statistics by gait and sex, from both the third session and overall, plus the leading horses by price from the third session: Session 3       Group-No. Sold-Total Price-Average Price-Top Price-Median-$100,000+ Pacing Colts-40-$1,604,000-$40,100-$105,000-$30,000-5 Pacing Fillies-29-$831,000-$28,655-$92,000-$19,000-0 Trotting Colts-40-$1,629,000-$40,725-$100,000-$38,500-1 Trotting Fillies-48-$1,282,000-$26,708-$65,000-$20,000-0 Total-157-$5,346,000-$34,051-$105,000-$30,000-6 Sale through three sessions       Group-No. Sold-Total Price-Average Price-Top Price-Median-$100,000+ Pacing Colts-101-$5,981,000-$59,218-$150,000-$50,000-22 Pacing Fillies-94-$4,571,000-$48,628-$180,000-$40,000-10 Trotting Colts-108-$7,156,000-$66,259-$475,000-$48,500-18 Trotting Fillies-117-$5,034,000-$43,026-$260,000-$35,000-8 Total-420-$22,742,000-$54,148-$475,000-$42,000-58 Yearling-Sire-Dam-Sex-Gait-Price-Buyer Helios Lindy-American Ideal-Sunshine Sister-C-P-$105,000-Jeff Gillis, Agent For Mac Nichol Lush Art-Art Major-Lush Limbaugh-C-P-$100,000-Ray Remmen Southwind Wildfire-Muscle Hill-Wafs-C-T-$100,000-Bjorn Norden, Agent For Courant Ab & M Langli Artspeak-Western Ideal-The Art Museum-C-P-$100,000-John A. Fodera, Agent Think Again-Art Major-Remember When-C-P-$100,000-Nancy Johansson, Agent For Courant Ab Eagle Feather-Bettor's Delight-Town Feather-C-P-$100,000-K J Stables Llc The Lexington Selected Yearling Sale continues each evening at 7 p.m. through Saturday at the Fasig-Tipton Sale Arena. by David Carr, the U.S. Trotting Association Courtesy of the United States Trotting Association Web Newsroom

Quite An Avenger (4g Quite Easy-Nobes Hanover-Prakas), with trainer Markku Nieminen driving, held off Venice (4f Quite Easy-Vivace-Express Ride), handled by Mika Forss, to win today's 221,000 euro, 2600 meter, Suuri Suomalainen Derby test for four year-olds at Vermo Racecourse (Helsinki, Finland). The winner, a son of young and successful sire Quite Easy, was timed in 1.13.73kr in the victory, his sixth in nine 2013 appearances. Quite Easy (Andover Hall-Marita's Victory-Valley Victory) was a $125,000 yearling at 2005 Harrisburg Sale and winner, at age two, of the Champlain and the International Stallion Stake. Cherry Chapstick (4f Orlando Vici-Summer Sisu-Victor Victor) took the third spot in the twelve horse field with Pearls For Girls (4f Striking Sahbra-Ussania Boko-SJs Photo) landing fourth. Brad de Veluve won the 2012 edition of the Derby which began in 1970. Thomas H. Hicks  

If you decide to drop a claim slip in with the judges, it's fair to say that you've done all your homework first. You've looked at pedigree; studied past performances; watched how the horse makes it around the oval for several weeks and generally have the feel that you can get him to be competitive in a higher class in rapid fashion.

As the 'winter' training season moves toward completion I was recently reminded of why dreams, anticipation and excitement remain at top of mind for harness racing stakeholders and observers of the standardbred sport. The following excerpt from a Harness Horse 1948 story, following the Harrisburg Sale, rightfully references baseball's 'Hot Stove League' as of similar context:

There's no denying David Reid and the late Geoff Stein created one of the most successful horse agent businesses world-wide in harness racing. But now some 13 months after the death of Stein, how is Preferred Equine progressing?

On April 9th, 2013 Winbak Farm will be selling broodmares and yearlings at the Chicks Harness Horse Sale in Harrington, Delaware. The harness racing sale starts at 11:30 am and buyers are advised to get there early.

Real Babe overcame post position 10 to win the $47,800 Charles Singer Memorial final for harness racing 4-year-old trotters on Saturday night (Feb. 23) at Meadowlands Racetrack. David Miller was in the bike for owners Emilio and Maria Rosati of Australia and trainer Mark Harder as the 4-year-old daughter of Donato Hanover-Housethatruthbuilt recorded her fourth win in six season's starts, lifting her 2013 bankroll to $46,800.

Jim Simpson, the president of the world's leading harness racing breeder Hanover Shoe Farms, has announced that 39 yearlings from Hanover's 2013 crop will be available for online purchase via the Farm's website www.hanoverpa.com.

Standardbred Horse Sales Company would like to remind harness racing yearling owners and consignors that the end of the business day on February 15, 2013 is the deadline for entries to our 75th Annual Yearling Sale, to be held November 4 - 9, 2013 at the PA Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, PA.

Tom Cooke began his relationship with the Hans family in the 1980s when he claimed a horse from them. Since then, he has enjoyed successes with the family, a harness racing trend he hopes to continue with trotting mare Martiniontherocks.

Windsong Soprano, a 6-year-old trotting mare who banked $1.23 million in her harness racing career, was sold for $340,000 on Friday (Nov. 9) at the Standardbred Mixed Sale in Harrisburg.

A harness racing report on the second major Standardbred yearling sale of the year and a look back on the effects of Hurricane Sandy on farms and training centers in New Jersey are the top items on this week's edition of "Eye on Harness Racing," the U.S. Trotting Association's weekly video news magazine.

Harness racing's top price on Day Four (Thursday November 8) of the Harrisburg Sale went to hip #951, Cluster Hanover, who sold for $95,000 to Jack Darling of Cambridge, Ontario.

Hot Air Balloon, a $130,000 purchase, topped the third day of the 2012 Standardbred Horse Sales Company's annual harness racing sale at the PA Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg on Wednesday (November 7).

Not much has changed about harness racing sales in 100 years or so. Horses go in and out of the ring, people raise their hand, money and hopes are exchanged, dreams commence. The Standardbred Horse Sale, along with other Standardbred and Thoroughbred sales, now offers a catalog that's not constructed of paper and ink, but rather metal, wires and semiconductors.

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