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Muscle Hills All The Rage In Harrisburg

Published: November 6, 2017 9:15 pm ET

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Sons and daughters of trotting sire Muscle Hill were in high demand in Monday’s opening session of the 2017 Standardbred Horse Sales Company Annual Sale.

In fact, Muscle Hill sired the sale’s co-highest priced yearlings ($320,000) of the day – Hip #112 Sheer Muscle and Hip #162 The Ice Dutchess.

#112 Sheer Muscle, consigned by Peninsula Farm, was purchased by Mario Mazza of New Hope, PA. The colt is the first foal out of Sheer Glide (1:54 - $193,564).

#162 The Ice Dutchess was acquired by Clark Beelby of Campbellville, Ont. Consigned by Preferred Equine, the filly is a full-sister to a pair of $100,000 winners – Ice Attraction (1:53 - $162,602) and Royal Ice (1:51.3 - $124,846).

“First, I liked her breeding and pedigree; it speaks for itself,” Beelby said. “She had a great video and is a nice racehorse size. She’s just an overall beautiful filly. John picked her out. I just gave him the thumbs up.

“I’m not sure who else was bidding on her, but bids were coming from everywhere. I didn’t think she would sell that strong, but I always underestimate.”

Other notable purchases included #29 Summit In Sight, who sold for $300,000 to Stroy Inc of Millstone Twp, NJ. Consigned by Fair Winds Farm Inc, the colt is the second foal out of Bluff (1:54 - $172,182).

#49 Personal Paradise was a $265,000 purchase by Ake Svanstedt of Wrightstown, NJ. The filly, who was consigned by Fair Winds Farm Inc, is a half-sister to Dejarmbro (1:52.2 - $1,137,285) and Shared Past (Q1:53.4 - $414,165).

“I liked the pedigree,” said Svanstedt, who trained Personal Paradise’s half-sister Katniss. “She is a good-looking horse. I liked everything about her. She was the No. 1 filly to me.”

#139 So Diane Hanover was a $240,000 purchase by Chuck Sylvester of Deleon Springs, FL. Consigned by Hanover Shoe Farms Inc, the daughter of Cantab Hall is the second foal out of the multiple stakes-winning mare Shared Past (Q1:53.4 - $414,165).

A total of 164 yearlings went through the ring during Monday’s opening session, with totals sales reaching $12,350,000. That translated into an average price of $75,305.

“The pacing colts were light,” Standardbred Horse Sale Company President and CEO Pete Spears said. “I really can’t give you a reason for that. Everything else was very strong. Pacing fillies were very strong. Why did the pacing fillies out-average the pacing colts? If you can tell me that one, then I’ll understand. But I really don’t understand.

“The trotters were very strong. If it weren’t for the pacing colts, I think we would have been far above last year’s average. I can’t explain it.”

The Select Yearling Sale in Harrisburg will continue Tuesday morning at 10:00 a.m.

(With quotes from HRC)

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