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Harrisburg Mixed Sale Concludes

Published: November 3, 2014 8:20 am ET

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The 2014 Standardbred Horse Sales Company Annual Sale will offer 1,896 harness racing horses for public auction at the PA Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg from Monday, November 3 through Saturday, November 8.

The Select Yearling Sale in Harrisburg will be held Monday through Thursday, followed by the Mixed Sale on Friday and Saturday. Pedigrees and yearling videos are available online on The roster may be searched by trotters and pacers, colts and fillies, as well as by consignors, sires, and state of eligibility.

Standardbred Horse Sale Company President Dr. Paul Spears said that "the improving economy and newly-revitalized racing programs in Ohio and Ontario make us very optimistic for a successful sale. Our customers will be purchasing the champions of the future at Harrisburg."

High-priced broodmares were the headliners of the first day of the mixed portion of the Standardbred Horse Sale, held Friday (Nov. 7) in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Selling for $200,000 was three-year-old filly Royalty Forever, the full sister to 2013 Hambletonian winner Royalty For Life. In foal to Muscle Hill, the #1,375 sales slip was signed by Robert Lindstrom of Sweden. She was sold by the same partnership group that owns Royalty For Life.

Also selling with a $200,000 price tag was Hip #1,417, Fancy Filly, a daughter of Western Hanover carrying her second foal, by Somebeachsomewhere. The Dan Patch and O’Brien champion two-year-old pacing filly is the sibling of eight winners out of her dam Fanciful Hanover, all of them in 1:55 or better. She’s headed to White Birch Farm in Allentown, New Jersey.

At the conclusion of the Standardbred Horse Sales Co.'s yearling portion of the Black Book Sale, the presence of Ontario-based buyers was evident in both quantity and quality of horses purchased.

Over four days in Harrisburg, Pa. with 1,089 yearlings sold, the results show that connections from Ontario were listed as the buyer of record on 202 yearlings -- more than any other state or province. In terms of numbers, Ontario took home more yearlings than Pennsylvania (180), New Jersey (177), New York (127) and Florida (75).

The highest priced yearling of Wednesday was High Fashion Model, Hip No. 751, bought by John Como Jr. from the All American Harnessbred consignment. The filly is sired by Western Terror and is the first foal out of the Jennas Beach Boy mare Makes You Wonder. The filly's dam is a full-sister to Shanghai Lil (1:51.2 - $1,073,839) and Blue Claw (1:57.2 - $576,635), and half-sibling to Ponder son Bolt The Duer (1:47.4 - $1,827,995).

A total of 314 horses sold Tuesday for an average of $36,748, a 7.5 percent decrease from the $39,710 average for 298 yearlings sold in the second session of 2013. The 2014 average is nearly identical to 2012, when 307 horses sold for an average of $36,821.

Through two days, a total of 535 horses were sold at an average of $46,748, a drop of 7.3 percent from the average of $50,426 for 516 yearlings in 2013. Compared to 2012, this year’s sale is up 5.8 percent.

The opening session of the Harrisburg Yearling Sale was a day of strong numbers thanks in part to a $390,000 sale topper named Brooklyn Hill.

The 221 horses in Monday’s opening session had gross sales of $13,471,000 and an average sale price of $60,955. Last year’s opening day session saw 218 go through the ring for gross sales totalling $14,197,000 for an average of $65,124.

‘The Black Book’ catalogues, a live webcast of the sale, video interviews and photos of prominent horsemen, sale results, and general background information are available on the Standardbred Horse Sales Company website,

Thursday's session kicks off at 10:00 a.m. with Hips 850-1141 entering the sales ring. The sale shifts its focus to the mixed portion on Friday and Saturday.

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