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'Beatgoeson' Tops Harrisburg Sale

Published: November 9, 2013 8:01 pm ET

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The Standardbred Horse Sales Company Annual Sale wrapped up on Saturday at the PA Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania with Beatgoeson Hanover topping the six-day auction during its final mixed session.

Selling as Hip 1793, Beatgoeson Hanover garnered the highest bid of the entire sale at $410,000. Consigned by Northwood Bloodstock Agency, the daughter of Andover Hall and world champion Beat The Wheel was purchased by agent Saku Mikkola of Langelmaki, Finland.

Beatgoeson Hanover has won 26 of her 65 races while earning $1,151,959 in purses for former trainer Richard 'Nifty' Norman and Australian owner Neven Botica. The five-year-old trotting mare took her world record mark of 1:51.4 in a Preferred event at Pocono Downs while earning one of her seven victories this year. Some of her biggest wins include the 2010 Pennsylvania Sires Stakes Championship at Harrah's Philadelphia, 2011 Elegantimage Stakes at Mohawk Racetrack and the 2012 Muscle Hill Trot at Vernon Downs.

Mikkola also purchased four-year-old trotter Knows Nothing, Hip 1970, for $240,000 from the Northwood Bloodstock Agency consignment.

Campaigned by trainer Jeff Gillis for his partners Al Libfeld, Marvin Katz, and Gerald Stay, the son of Kadabra out of Savvy Yankee has won 14 of his 35 starts in two seasons of racing and banked $729,356 in purses. The stakes competitor was a Canadian Breeders Championship winner at three and took his mark of 1:51.4 in a Preferred race at Mohawk Racetrack this past May.

Two-year-old pacer Mcwicked, Hip 1773, rounded out the top three highest priced horses of Saturday's mixed session selling for $210,000. Consigned by agent Preferred Equine Marketing Inc., the Mcardle-Western Sahara colt was purchased by Ed James and the SSG Stable of North Boston, New York.

McWicked has won three races so far during his freshman year and has never missed the board in eight starts while earning $154,370 in purses. Trained by Julie Miller, he took his mark of 1:52 in a PASS division at Pocono Downs and was a third-place finisher in the Championship for previous owners Andy Miller Stable Inc., Paymaq Racing, and Hannah Miller. McWicked is entered in Sunday's Matron Stakes eliminations at Dover Downs.

Fourteen horses sold for prices between $100,000 and $200,000, including Ron Burke trainee Ginger And Fred at the top of that range with a bid of $190,000 from Diamond Creek Farm of Paris, Kentucky. Consigned by Northwood Bloodstock Agency, the seven-year-old Real Artist-Graceful Motion mare is approaching the $2 million earnings mark. Her full-brother is millionaire Fred And Ginger (1:47.3).

A total of 828 horses were sold during this year's two mixed sale sessions on Friday and Saturday for $19,840,500. The average sale price was $23,962. Last year, 909 horses were sold for $15,865,400, producing an average price of $17,454.

This year's four-day yearling sale, which ran from Monday to Thursday, saw 1,047 yearlings pass through the sales ring for gross sales of $35,959,500. The average sale price was $34,345. In 2012, a total of 1,162 yearlings were sold for $33,568,500, resulting in an average price of $28,889.

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