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Pickles On Top Looks To Shine

Published: September 3, 2015 10:29 am ET

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Pickles On Top, the 2014 Name That Foal contest horse, will have attention from outside the harness racing industry when she enters the sales ring on Friday, September 4 at the 2015 ASHA Yearling Sale in Olds, Alberta.

Selling as Hip 43, Pickles On Top was the winning name submission in the 2014 Name That Foal contest sponsored by Meridian Farms and ASHA. Six-year-old Rachel Ratsoy, of Edmonton, was the creative little girl behind the name.

"We are excited as this is the first yearling to enter the sales ring from the “Name That Foal” contest," states ASHA Sales Coordinator Orianna Scheck.

In addition, Bill Andrew from Meridian Farms is graciously donating 100 percent of Pickles On Top's sale bid to charity after payment of sales commission, entry fee and GST. Twenty-five percent will be given to the Olds & District Hospice Society, 25% to the Olds & District Christmas Angels and 50% will be divided equally between four Alberta rescue and retirement groups for Standardbreds.

"All of these groups will be in attendance at the ASHA sale including young Rachel Ratsoy, which makes it even more special," says Scheck. "Bill Andrew has always been a big supporter in our harness racing and breeders industry here in Alberta and we thank him for his continued generosity and backing."

Pickles On Top is an Alberta-sired filly from the good Alberta Sire Camystic, who has produced top fillies like Credit Card Junkie, Mystic Maiden and Nighttraintovegas. Pickles On Top's stakes-winning dam Real Chop was no stranger to the racetrack, taking a two-year-old record of 1:54.3. Real Chop’s full brother Veal Marsala took a record of 1:49 while amassing $590,000 in lifetime earnings.

"We have some wonderful breeders that have entered quality yearlings to be sold at our sale," says Scheck. "There’s a total of 64 Alberta-Sired yearlings along with six yearlings bred by out of province stallions...all of which offer something to our potential buyers."

The 2015 ASHA Yearling Sale will be held at the Olds Ag Society Mega Dome on Friday, September 4 at 2:30 p.m. Viewing will start at 11:30 a.m.

To view online catalogue please click the following link: 2015 ASHA Yearling Sale.


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