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Lot 70 in Tuesday’s opening session of the Lexington Select Yearling Sale saw harness racing bloodstock agent Martinez Equine put up a final bid of $800,000 for a Muscle Hill colt out of the Varenne mare Southwind Serena. It was lot 70 in the Lexington Selected Sale and his name is Tactical Landing. The colt was sold by Hunterton Sales Agency. This colt is a full brother to the world champion champion filly Mission Brief t2,1:50.3, t3 1:50.2f ($1,599,587) the Dan Patch two-year-old trotting filly of the year in 2014 and the Dan Patch, O'Brien three-year-old trotting filly of the year in 2015. He is also a three quarter brother to Southwind Spirit t4, :54.1 now standing at stud. The sale was set alight early with lot 1, Come See The Show making a eye-opening $550,000. This daughter of Somebeachsomewhere was purchased outright by Richard Young who owned this yearling in partnership before the sale. This filly is out of the world champion mare Put On A Show one of the fastest mares in history with a 1:47.3 mark and with $2,406,628 in the bank. It was an incredible sale for a first day with total sales making $11,250,000 for an average of $129,233 for the 87 yearlings sold. The 16 Muscle Hills averaged $167,000 while the 25 Somebeachsomewheres averaged $158,080. For all sale results click here For sires averages click here Lot 70, Tactical Landing

ANDERSON, Ind.-October 23, 2015 - Harness racing buyers came out in force during Hoosier Classic Yearling Sale Company's first session Friday, October 23 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds as the figures were up 48% over the previous year. A total of 179 yearlings were sold, grossing $2.45 million and good for an average of $13,600. That number far exceeded the first session in 2014, when the first session posted a $9,900 average and the two-day average held at $9,800. Swan Victoria, a full sister to multiple Indiana Sires Stakes final winner Airman Batten ($333,728), topped the first session for consignor Double R Farm. The filly brought the second-highest bid for an Indiana-sired yearling at public auction, purchased by Bo DeLong for $115,000. "Based on the national trends, we were pretty optimistic with today's session," said sale manager Steve Cross. "We were certainly not disappointed. The buyers were impressed with the quality of the stock and how well the colts were presented, and they answered with aggressive bidding. I think people are excited about the Indiana program and the direction it's heading. We're optimistic the trend will continue with tomorrow's session." Swan Victoria wasn't the only yearling to bring top dollar on Friday. A total of eight yearlings were hammered down for $40,000 or more. The top pacer of the session was the roan Rockin Image colt Shame On The Moon. Cataloged as Hip 128, the yearling is the first foal from $200,000 winner Silveresque, a mare that is a sister to a trio of $300,000-plus winners. Consigned as agent by Oldfield Farm, Ron Burke paid $59,000 for the colt. Yearlings from the third crop of Rockin Image were in high demand, as five sold for $40,000 or more. Following Shame On The Moon was filly Woodside Abigail with a $53,000 final bid. Consigned by Woodside Farm, the filly is the first foal from a sister to millionaire and International Stallion Stake winner Strike An Attitude. She was purchased by Mark Evers. A total of 26 babies were sold in the first session, averaging just over $22,000. The most active buyer in the first session was Wisconsin resident DeLong. Signing 11 tickets, including the session topper, DeLong's purchases totaled $283,000. He spent on yearlings that included Always A Virgin fillies Always Mindy, second foal from Indiana Sires Stakes champion Marks Mindy, going to $37,000, and She's Even Hotter, a $25,000 purchase out of Richess Hanover mare She's So Hot, part of a tremendous Illinois family. Hoosier Classic's second session will begin Saturday, October 24 at 10 a.m. The sessions can be viewed via live streaming on the sale company website, hoosierclassicyearlingsale.com. Story By: James Platz and Emily Gaskin on behalf of the Hoosier Classic Yearling Sale.  

The 68th Annual Blooded Horse Fall Sale is almost to capacity and closing is imminent within the next few days. The mega harness racing sale held November 16-19 at Delaware, Ohio, will feature over 200 yearlings on opening day. The balance of the sale is composed 2 & 3-year stakes horses, seasoned raceway stock, young green prospects, and an abundance of in-foal mares and weanlings. Buyers from throughout the United States and Canada flock to this last shopping extravaganza of the year. Don't be shut out. Online entries can still be made at www.bloodedhorse.com.                         Dot Morgan      

Lexington, KY --- The Lexington Selected Yearling Sale opened its 2015 edition in record-setting style on Monday (Oct. 5), as the 98 harness racing yearlings sold for an average price of $109,531, a 4.4 percent increase over the auction’s previous record set in 2014. A total of 47 yearlings, nearly half of those walking through the ring, sold for at least $100,000, also representing a record for a single session for Lexington Selected, smashing the prior record of 39. Sale manager Randy Manges was ecstatic with the strong showing, stating that he was just hoping the sale would do as well as last year. There were understandable reasons for caution about prices, with a recent dip in the stock market, and the strong dollar against foreign currencies has made prices more costly for Canadian and European buyers. Encouragingly, Canadian and European buyers were active all night, signing for many of the highest-priced horses. Sharing honors as the sale toppers at $350,000 were a pair of trotting colts. The first of these was Federal Hill from the Brittany Farms consignment. By Muscle Hill out of Gala Dream, he is a half-brother to a pair of divisional champion millionaires, Father Patrick and Pastor Stephen. Mario Zuanetti’s Atlantic Trot purchased the colt as agent for Reima Kuisla. Live For Greatness, a Cantab Hall colt from Forever Graceful, a full sister to Muscle  Massive, also sold for the massive price of $350,000. Swedish agent Robert Lindstrom signed as agent for this colt from the Kentuckiana Farms consignment, which was acting as agent for breeders Al Libfeld and Marvin Katz. Next in price, and tops among trotting fillies at $310,000 was Julieann B, a Cantab Hall half-sister to Muscle Hill. Nancy Johansson signed as agent on behalf of the buyers Stall Courant AB. Winbak Farm consigned the filly. Rounding out the top five were another trotting colt, Mountain Of Love, by Muscle Hill, selling for $280,000 out of the Crawford Farms consignment, and the top pacer of the evening, the Art Major filly Evelix AM, hammered down at $275,000. This filly was in the Hunterton consignment. Both of these were purchased by Tony Alagna as agent. The Lexington Selected Yearling Sale continues each evening at 7 p.m. through Friday at the Fasig-Tipton Sale Arena. Session One Averages Gait - Sex-Sold - Average Price - Total Price - Highest Price Pace - Colts - 25 - $96,000 - $2,400,000 - $230,000 Pace - Fillies - 24-$99,417 - $2,386,000 - $275,000 Trot - Colts - 33 - $121,485 - $4,009,000 - $350,000 Trot - Fillies - 16-$121,188 - $1,939,000 - $310,000 Session One Leaders  Yearling - Sire - Dam - Sex - Gait - Price - Buyer - Consignor Federal Hill - Muscle Hill - Gala Dream - C - T - $350,000 - Atlantic Trot, Agent For Reima Kuisla - Brittany Farms Live For Greatness - Cantab Hall - Forever Graceful - C - T - $350,000 - Robert Lindstrom, Agent- Kentuckiana Farms, Agent Julieann B - Cantab Hall - Yankee Blondie - F - T - $310,000 - Nancy Johansson, Agent For Stall Courant Ab - Winbak Farm Mountain Of Love - Muscle Hill - Somebody To Love - C - T - $280,000 - Tony Alagna, Agent - Crawford Farms Evelix Am - Art Major - Credit Rating - F - P - $275,000 - Tony Alagna, Agent - Hunterton Sales Agency, Agent Blue Beach - Somebeachsomewhere - Rainbow Blue - F - P - $270,000 - Michele Crawford - Cameo Hills Beach Showoff - Somebeachsomewhere - Put On A Show - F - P - $250,000 - Richard Young - Northwood Bloodstock, Agent Signal Hill - Muscle Hill - Special Appeal - C - T - $250,000 - Tony Alagna, Agent - Brittany Farms Dream Together - Muscle Hill - Danae - F - T - $240,000 - Determination Stable - Cane Run Farm Hurricane Beach - Somebeachsomewhere - Blazing Yankee - C - P - $230,000 - Determination Stable - Allamerican Harnessbreds Notable - Muscle Hill - Impressive Kemp - C - T - $220,000 - Robert Lindstrom, Agent - Hunterton Sales Agency, Agent Brand New Key - Cantab Hall - Bar Slide - C - T - $210,000 - Robert Lindstrom, Agent - Cane Run Farm Sheer Assault - Chapter Seven - Sheer Soul - C - T - $205,000 - Andy Miller Stable, Agent - Kentuckiana Farms, Agent Major Account - Western Ideal - Cpa - C P - $200,000 - Tony Alagna, Agent - Hunterton Sales Agency, Agent For full results of the opening day of the sale click on this link. by David Carr, the U.S. Trotting Association  

Latham, NY---62 well-bred yearlings, including 58 eligible to the lucrative New York Sire Stakes, went up for auction Sunday (Sept. 20) at the annual harness racing Morrisville College Yearling Sale at the Nancy Sears Stowell Equine Arena located on the college campus. A large and enthusiastic crowd gathered well in advance of the 1:00 p.m. start time for breakfast and to get a good look at the next generation of stars from 17 top sires in the sport before finalizing their short lists and heading into the sales arena. When everything was said and done, 48 trotters and 14 pacers produced a sales total of just under $1 million with an average price per horse of $15,540. That number is up a substantial 43% from last year’s average bid of $10,715 and a 60% increase over the average price of the last five years combined. Speculation at the sale was the smaller group of higher caliber yearlings drove the prices up. The sale topper (as well as highest priced trotter) was hip number 24, Royal Pinot (RC Royalty-Graduation Party) who was consigned by Crawford Farms. The filly was purchased for $55,000 by Burke Racing LLC The second highest bid of $40,000 was realized for hip number 68, Texican (Cash Hall-Hot Chili Girl) who was consigned by Lakeview Equine. The trotting colt was purchased by Wanda Polisseni of Fairport, NY. On the pacing side, hip number 42, Planet Rock (Rock N Roll Heaven-Villa Hanover), who was also consigned by Lakeview Equine, drew a final bid of $24,000 from Ken Jacobs of Baldwinsville, NY. Chapter Seven yearlings brought the highest average price of the sale at $24,667, just ahead of Conway Hall who commanded $24,200. RC Royalty, who had the highest number of yearlings in the sale (21), was third at $18,190. The seven-horse consignment from Crawford Farms brought the highest average price of $21,143. Lakeview Equine who offered 15 head averaged $17,767 and the Morrisville College Equine Institute, who had the largest consignment of 18, realized $17,500 per horse. A complete listing of all hip number bids and other searchable information can be found at this link. (http://morrisvillesale.com/results/index.cgi ) Harness Horse Breeders of New York State

The catalog has been mailed, it’s available for download on the Equineline app and website, and videos have been posted. It can mean only one thing: it’s “all systems go” for the 2015 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. This year’s sale, which gets underway a day earlier than in the past, on Monday, Oct. 5, has shaped up as one of the company’s strongest sales ever, according to co-managers David Reid and Randy Manges. “We’ve weathered a lot of storms over the years, as far as the economy and all else, and this sale has always stood up well regardless,” Manges said. “It’s truly the sale of champions as we like to say. Our consignors are many of the world’s most renowned breeders, and buyers know this is where they can get a great horse at every price level,” he added. A new item on the sale’s agenda this year comes on Tuesday, the second night. Those in attendance will have the opportunity to bid on--via live auction--a one-of-a-kind horse sculpture to benefit the Harness Horse Youth Foundation (click to see photo). The sculpture, made by a Kentucky artist/welder from nearly 1,000 pieces of repurposed metals, will be on display at the Brittany Farms consignment prior to its sale. The sales company also noted that successful buyers at Monday night’s opening session will receive a complimentary copy of the newly released book “Meadow Skipper-The Untold Story,” by authors Victoria M. Howard and Bob Marks. The book will also be on sale at several locations in Lexington during the Grand Circuit meet and sale. For more information contact Randy Manges (859) 255-8431 or David Reid (914) 773-7777. Lexington Selected Sales Co.

Standardbred Horse Sales Company has posted the 2015 Black Book 1 Yearling Sale catalog on its website at www.theblackbook.com/catalog-downloads.php. Download the 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. 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

Manalapan, NJ --- Training down, 2-year-old harness racing male trotter Southwind Frank didn't act like much of a race horse. But ever since getting a taste of more speed, he's come around. Southwind Frank was one of four Ron Burke-trained 2-year-olds to win qualifiers Monday at Gaitway Farms. A son of Muscle Hill out of the mare Flawless Lindy, he won in 1:55.3 over a track labeled "good" to lead all trotters. Last week, Southwind Frank finished second by a nose in 2:00.1. "He was very good and he was very good in his first qualifier," Burke said. "He's funny. He was a horrible colt all the way until 2:30, but he's just gotten better and better. The faster you go, the better he gets. He couldn't trot in three minutes to save his life. He was horrible gaited and didn't have a great attitude. But every time we trained him he got a little better and then at like 2:30 it clicked. "He's been a completely different horse since then. Either we were doing a very bad job at first or we're doing a great job now. Horses learn at their own rates. You can push them all you want; some of them are going to do it quick, some you're going to have to wait on." Southwind Frank was purchased as a yearling for $100,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale, which was to the colt's benefit. "He was a $100,000 baby so we didn't just cut him loose," Burke said. "I thought I had to give him a chance and I kept making stakes payments, and worried I was throwing just good money after bad, but for once it worked out." Burke-trained male trotter Southwind Flash (Muscle Hill-Friendly Amigo) followed his stablemate onto the track and won his qualifier in 1:58.4. Burke also won with 2-year-old male pacers Lyons Snyder (Well Said-Armbro Cachet) in 1:55.1 and Viceroy Hanover (Somebeachsomewhere-Vasmajorty Hanover) in 1:56. Both were winners a week ago, Lyons Snyder by 9-1/2 lengths in 1:56.2. "He's a real horse too I think," Burke said. "He's just got to mind his manners. Today was good. He let somebody go, he came back; he had multiple moves. He did everything you're looking for in a horse." Female pacer Skinny Dipper (Somebeachsomewhere-Xhilaration) posted the day's fastest mile for the 2-year-olds, winning the morning's first qualifier in 1:54.2 with a :56.1 final half-mile. It was her first time qualifying. "I didn't want that kind of mile, but they went those fractions up front and she seems like she did it real easy, and that's the main thing," trainer Ross Croghan said. "All winter she had a beautiful, big, loping gait. She looked like a 4-year-old training down, and sometimes that's what you want to see. "She'll qualify one more time, a little slower I hope." Tony Alagna captured two qualifiers, the first with female pacer Call Me Queen Be (Somebeachsomewhere-Preppy Party Girl) in 1:56.3 and the second with male pacer Craftship (Art Major-Capri Hanover) in 1:56.4. "(Call Me Queen Be) is a really nice filly," Alagna said. "She's been nice all along. She acts like a really nice filly and I'm real happy with her today. "I'm really happy with the group I've got overall. We're having a good day. And we qualified some nice colts (at the Meadowlands) on Saturday and last week here." Alagna also was happy with Dr J Hanover, a colt named in honor of Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky, the farm manager at Hanover Shoe Farms. Dr J Hanover (Somebeachsomewhere-So Perfect) was purchased under the name Stepenwolf Hanover for $300,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale. His mother was a stakes winner and his family includes stakes-winners Perfectionist, Lifetime Member and Copywriter as well as millionaire Image Of Dawn. Dr J Hanover, making his debut, finished fourth in his qualifier, which was won by Troyce Thomas' Whata Twist (Quik Pulse Mindale-Passage) in 1:56.2. "I was very happy with his first go," Alagna said. "They paced the back half in 55 seconds and he closed into it and was right there at the wire. "He's got a lot of pressure on him with his namesake," he added with a laugh. "She texted me first thing this morning wishing good luck. We're very happy with him." No other trainer sent out more than one winner among the 2-year-olds. Other female pacers posting victories were Gerard Malanga's Sail To The Beach (Somebeachsomewhere-Sail Away) in 1:55 and Tom Fanning's Burden Of Proof (Western Terror-Dragonfest) in 1:57.2. Other male pacers winning were Aaron Lambert's Biggie (Somebeachsomewhere-Wenditions) in 1:55.2. Notching triumphs among the female trotters were Chris Ryder's Muffin Hanover (Andover Hall-Mayday Hanover) in 2:01.3 and Jimmy Takter's Keep It Classy (Yankee Glide-Classical Girl) in 2:02.1. For complete charts of all of Monday's qualifiers at Gaitway, click here. Ken Weingartner      

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 11 - As bidding stalled at $7,000 on one of White Birch Farm's yearlings at the Harrisburg sale in 2013, Farm Manager Steve Williams felt compelled to act. Choosing to buy the colt back for $7,500, he soon proved to be the ultimate harness racing bargain. Making his first start on Canadian soil in the second $50,000 North America Cup elimination on Saturday night, In The Arsenal will be looking to extend his sophomore win-streak after going three for three to start his campaign. In his first start of 2015, the American Ideal colt captured a New York Sires Stakes event in a tidy 1:50 before finishing on top in both his Art Rooney elimination and the $300,000 final. Choosing to forego the Somebeachsomewhere at Mohawk Racetrack on June 6, trainer Kelvin Harrison believes he is good and fresh going into the eliminations. "He's a little more mature as a three year old," said Harrison. "He didn't grow much but he is a lot smarter than he was last year. "I didn't feel it was necessary to send him to the 'Somebeach'. He raced three weeks in a row and I wanted him to get some rest before the North America Cup." In The Arsenal's freshman campaign saw a 6-1-1 record in eleven starts, banking just shy of $400,000. Owned by White Birch Farm and In The Arsenal Racing, he took a mark of 1:49.4 over Lexington in September before rounding out the season with an impressive performance in the Breeders Crown final, finishing second by a head to Traceur Hanover. Though he picked up the lion's share of the purse in the Art Rooney final on May 30, a slight bobble at the wire gave fans pause and nearly cost him the race. Fortunately, Harrison believes this nothing to show concern over. "It was the finish lights at Yonkers. There was a little bit of sunlight peaking over the building and he ducked a little sideways. He made it look worse than it actually was." The fourteenth foal out of Ladyotra headed north Wednesday morning with Harrison following suit on Thursday. Brian Sears is confirmed to drive, after establishing a successful partnership with the colt in his last nine starts. "He's going to be stabled at (Richard) 'Nifty' Norman's place. Hopefully we'll be there after the eliminations and for the final." In The Arsenal's first start in Canada will bring Harrison back to Mohawk after a seven year hiatus. His last start came in the Breeders Crown Open Mare Pace where his trainee Free held off a hard-closing Invitro to finish third. He will be looking for repeat success, with a finish in the top three guaranteeing a coveted spot in the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup Final on June 20. "He was very good coming out of the Rooney. He's obviously as good as anything I've ever had; he's a real tough horse." Harrison has seen his fair share of success, with $11.9 million in purses collected over the last thirteen years and he is hopeful In The Arsenal will do his part in helping him surpass the 1,000 win milestone. The three-year-old will start from post position seven and is one of only two horses in his elimination field to bypass the Somebeachsomewhere. He will face off against division winner Dudes the Man, who won handily in his 'Beach' division for Corey Callahan in 1:50.3, to his outside in post position eight. The field also includes Bob McIntosh trainee Go Daddy Go, who rallied to finish a strong second in his division after starting from the ten hole. Pennsylvania invader Allbeef N Nobull and The Wayfaring Man are likely to find themselves in the mix as well, posing a challenge for Harrison's trainee. "It's a talented field; they wouldn't be there if they weren't. It comes down to a little luck and a big effort. "It's like I always say 'it's not where you start, it's where you finish'." In The Arsenal is staked to the majority of major stakes event throughout the rest of the season, with the Meadowlands Pace and the Little Brown Jug on Harrison's radar. Twenty-four horses will start in three North America Cup eliminations Saturday (June 13) at Mohawk in search of a spot in the $1 million final the following week. The first race goes to post at 7:25 p.m. Hannah Beckett for WEG Communications

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (March 4, 2015) - She's named for the heroine in The Hunger Games, yet the racing career of Katniss has taken a bit longer than was hoped to live up to its lofty expectations. With a price tag of $260,000, Katniss was the most expensive trotting filly to sell at the 2013 Harrisburg yearling sale. She was picked out by trainer Francisco Del Cid and purchased by owner Mario Mazza. Friday, March 6, Katniss makes her long-awaited debut in the first race at the Meadowlands. The 3-year-old Credit Winner filly is a full-sister to $1.1 million stakes winner Dejarmbro and her dam, Armbro Deja Vu, is a half-sister to millionaire world champion Manofmanymissions. "She suffered a soft tissue injury on the back of her front left leg last year when she reared up over a stall gate," said trainer Julie Miller, who has taken over training of the filly. "The owner gave her plenty of time to recover and it's not bothering her now. Hopefully she turns into a nice New York Sire Stakes filly or even more of a stakes horse, especially with that pedigree." Katniss enters Friday's race off a pair of qualifiers, drew post nine and will be driven by Andy Miller. She's listed at 3/1 on the morning line. "We're hoping she has a good positive experience racing for the first time," said her trainer. "Hopefully she passes a few horses down the stretch and finishes well." Friday's 13-race card at the Meadowlands is headlined by a $27,500 Open Handicap Trot. The field of eight is led by the coupled entry of Lindy's Tru Grit and Master of Law. Lindy's Tru Grit scored a narrow victory over Master of Law two weeks ago in their last starts. "[Lindy's Tru Grit] was staked lightly this year," continued Miller, who also trains Lindy's Tru Grit. "He's not the best trainer but he sure shows up to race. He's best tracking horses and utilizing that Meadowlands slingshot move." Friday's program also features two large carryovers in the Jackpot Super High 5. The fifth race carryover is now $41,316 and the thirteenth race carryover is $148,525. By Justin Horowitz for Meadowlands Media Relations          

Goshen, NY -- The inaugural Goshen Yearling Sale has been established and is scheduled for Sunday, September 13, 2015. The new venue has already attracted quality consignments from Blue Chip Farms, Cameo Hills, Crawford Farms and Winbak Farms. The annual harness horse auction will be held at the Mark Ford Training Center in Middletown, New York and is scheduled for the afternoon immediately following the New York Sire Stakes Night of Champions at Yonkers Raceway. "The location is ideal as it is within close proximity to many of the trainers and owners in the tri-state region that purchase yearlings," noted Joe Thomson the owner of Winbak Farms, the second largest breeder in North America. "Several thousand Standardbreds are either raised or trained within a 75 mile radius of Goshen." Tom Grossman, the owner of Blue Chip Farms stated that, "the industry would benefit from more than one major northeastern yearling sale. The mid-September timing allows farms to stage yearling preparation well in advance of the other major sales." Facility owner Mark Ford agrees. "The timing really helps the trainers, owners and potential purchasers who would already be in the area for the Night of Champions at Yonkers. We are excited to have a relatively captive audience, and we will have additional stalls available for those who would like to layover for both events." The commission structure will also be advantageous for breeders as horses selling for $50,000 or more pay just 3%. Sale prices from $25,000 to $49,900 are charged just 4%, with the base commission set at $500 or 5%. The entry fee is just $350, making this an attractive choice for New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania eligible colts and fillies. Entries close May 15. All industry farms and agencies are invited and encouraged to participate in this exciting new prospect just outside Goshen's 'Cradle of the Trotter.' For additional consignment information please contact Chris Tully at 845-807-7538, or Email: tullytrot@yahoo.com. Our website is: www.GoshenYearlingSale.com. From the Goshen Yearling Sale

The annual Tattersalls Summer Mixed Sale at The Meadowlands witnessed hot and fast bidding that resulted in a 34.7% increase in average per horse sale price from the previous year.   Of the 123 racehorses that sold for a gross of $2,544,200, the average reached $20,685. The main attraction of the well-attended Harness Horse auction was the "drop-in-the-box" nature of the 30 horses that raced in the two days prior to the sale, and over 100 that raced in the last week.   The highlight of the sale was the offering of World Champion trotter Sevruga 1:50.3 who was a $160,000 post-sale purchase. A winner of over $1 million lifetime, he will start in the $300,000 John Cashman, Jr Memorial on Hambo Day for new owners Scott and Joe Pennacchio.   Long-time horse owner, amateur driver, and current president of the Florida Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association, Joe Pennacchio noted that Sevruga "was one of the rare, great trotters around, and may be in just a little over his head in Grand Circuit stakes company. We look forward to racing him in Open and Late Closing events."   Consigned by Northwood Bloodstock Agency, Sevruga was one of nearly 50 horses represented by Bob Boni. Following the sale, Boni noted pleasure with the day's events and stated that "it was a very strong horse sale. Good horses sold well, as they usually do."   The annual racehorse reduction of Jules Siegel's Fashion Farm was particularly well-received, bolstered by several high-priced youngsters. Topping the overall 2-year-old sales was the PA eligible Broadway Hall gelding On The Sly, who showed consistently flat lines around 1:58 and fetched $51,000 from Barbara Boese of Milton, DE.   Preferred Equine Marketing represented another well-placed $75,000 Fashion Farm sale with the American Ideal colt, Ideal Fashion p,3,1:52.1f--`14. Kyle Spagnola signed for the 3-year-old NY eligible colt who had just won his last start at Yonkers in 1:53.4h.   Toward the end of the sale, prospective purchasers not willing to go home empty handed saw stars with Moonliteonthebeach p,4,1:51--`14, who was consigned by Preferred Equine Marketing for Scott Kimelman and the Blue Chip Bloodstock Partners. The bidding was fierce and competitive for the handsome 4-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere who just paced in 1:49.3 finishing second at Pocono just 12 hours before the sale. When the dust settled, Andrew Harris signed the winning $85,000 ticket for trainer P.J. Fraley and owner Jeff Bamond.   Lynch winning 3-year-old pacing filly Fancy Desire p,3,1:49 was the anticipated sale topper, and was hammered down for $195,000, however failed to reach the required reserve price.   Tattersalls sales manager David Reid was happy with the overall results of the sale, and was optimistic about the health of the industry. "Sales have been good. This was a very active group of racehorses, which always translates into active bidding. My only disappointment was the relative absence of Canadian buyers. It serves as a true indicator of the importance of the slots programs in these regional markets. Having said that, with an eye on the future, bring on the Hambletonian." by Chris Tully, for Tattersalls  

HINSDALE, Ill. - The Illinois Harness Horsemen's Association is urging harness racing horsemen to participate in upcoming yearling sales, reminding everyone that funding for the Illinois bred stakes program for 2015 should be very similar to 2014. "The earnings potential for two-year-olds in 2015 should be substantial," said IHHA President Dave McCaffrey. "We believe that the Illinois breeding program is the lifeblood of the harness racing industry and we will do everything we can to ensure that our breeding program is able to continue." While horsemen in Illinois have experienced difficulty over the years because of a lack of new revenue sources, the IHHA is still hopeful that legislation approving slots at racetracks will become law in the near future. In the meantime, Standardbred breeders in Illinois continue to breed great young horses and hold yearling sales throughout the summer. "Illinois has a long history of breeding champion racehorses," said Hall of Fame Standardbred breeder "Doc" Walker. "People may be tentative about certain aspects of our future but horsemen can be confident that there will be yearlings to buy this summer and plenty of stakes races to enter them in during 2015." Horsemen should expect the usual stakes races in 2015 including the Super Night races, the Cardinals and the Violets. The stakes races at both the Springfield and DuQuoin State Fairs will be run as well as the County Fairs throughout the state. Funding for Illinois bred stakes races that comes from the Illinois Department of Agriculture is slated to remain at current levels. Foal crops have been similar the last few years so nominating payments should also be comparable. "There will be ample opportunity for horsemen to race young Illinois bred horses in 2015," said McCaffrey. "The breeding programs are important to the viability of the horse racing industry here and have a positive impact on the Illinois economy," said Bob Flider, Director of the Illinois Department of Agriculture. "I'm very pleased that my department will be able to continue funding the stakes races at existing levels in its current budget." The current contract between the IHHA and the racetracks is for racing four nights a week through June 30, 2015. After that is still to be determined but both groups anticipate a schedule of somewhere between two and four days per week beginning July 1, 2015. "There will be harness racing in Illinois in 2015 and there will be an Illinois bred stakes program," said Duke Johnston. We understand how important it is to both horsemen and the racetracks. "It is vital to the industry that the Illinois breeding programs stays strong and the horse population stays consistent."   Supported by industry leaders: Dave McCaffrey, President Illinois Harness Horsemen's Association; Duke Johnston, President Maywood and Balmoral Park; Robert Flider, Director Illinois Department of Agriculture.   by Andrew Mack, for IHHA  

The new Meadowlands Spring Mixed Sale gets underway this Sunday at noon, and all systems are set to go, according to harness racing sale manager David Reid. This year--and in years to come--the sale will feature 2-year-olds in training, and 26 freshman trotters and pacers are in the main catalog and supplement. Nearly 100 3-year-old and older racehorses will also go under the auctioneer’s hammer. The sale catalog and updated racelines, including the 19-horse supplement, are available at www.tattersallsredmile.com and on the Equineline sales catalog app for the iPad. “We’re really pleased with the number of 2-year-olds we’ll be selling for this first-time venture, and the outstanding quality in the racehorse section has really exceeded my expectations,” Reid said. “The vast majority of the racehorses are currently racing, with a large number winning in just the past week or two, many in the top classes, including the opens and stakes races,” he continued. The 2-year-olds in the sale have the opportunity to take advantage of a special training session created just for those youngsters this Friday, after the regular Meadowlands qualifiers. Videos of the training sessions for individual 2-year-olds will be available on the Tattersalls website and at the sale. Tattersalls Sales Co. For further information contact David Reid: (914) 773-1633 or email davereid@preferredequine.com

All sessions of the 2013 Standardbred Horse Sales Company Annual Sale in Harrisburg will be webcast  live on our website at: http://theblackbook.com/livestream.php. A direct link will be posted on the Home page of the Black Book website at www.theblackbook.com.    The world’s most renowned Standardbred Sale begins at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, November 4.    All subsequent sessions will start 10:00 a.m. The Select Yearling Sale continues daily through Thursday, November 7. The Mixed Sale begins on Friday, November 8 and continues through Saturday, November 9.    New features will make the webcast even more enjoyable in 2013. Viewers will be able to access individual pages from the Black Book catalog, recent sale results including prices and buyer information, and lists of OUTs and vet reports. A higher definition video feed will enhance the viewing experience, and make you feel part of the action!    Be sure to check out our daily “Black Book Today” videos as they are posted online, featuring interviews by Bob Heyden and Sam McKee of the world’s leading owners, trainers, and drivers as they search for their next champions. 2013 marks our 75th and reminiscences of sales past. A link to 2013 “Black Book Today” videos will be posted on the Home page, or can be found by following this link: http://theblackbook.com/bbtoday-theater.php. Archived “Black Book Today” videos dating yearly from 2005 are also available in our Archives.   If you can’t come to Harrisburg, you can still be part of the experience with our live webcast!    

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  

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