December 2017 Issue - page 9

December 2017
Page 9
Annual Standardbred Horse Sale Grosses $53,000,000
The 2017 Standardbred Horse
Sales Company Annual Sale held
at the Pennsylvania Farm Show
Complex in Harrisburg reflected
a robust demand for Standard-
bred race horses by selling 1,511
horses/stallion shares for gross
revenues of $53,079,500. The
combined sale average of $35,129
increased 1.51% from 2016. The
three day Yearling Sale sold 851
yearlings for $33,628,500 with an
average price of $39,516, up 2.4%
from 2016 to become the second
highest all-time Harrisburg year-
ling sale average. Top yearling
consignor Hanover Shoe Farms
sold 235 yearlings for $9,585,500,
averaging $40,789. Other yearling
consignors with Pennsylvania
farms included Concord Stud
Farm, Agent (Littlestown), which
sold 55 yearlings for an average
of $58,345; Vieux Carre Farms
(Gettysburg), which sold 24 year-
lings for an average of $25,333
and as Agent sold 27 yearlings for
an average of $32,037; Pin Oak
Lane Farm (New Freedom), which
sold 4 yearlings for an average
of $9,375; and Delaware Valley
University (Doylestown), which
sold 3 yearlings for an average of
251 yearling pacing colts
sold for $10,538,000, averaging
$41,984. 216 yearling pacing fil-
lies sold for $7,762,500, averag-
ing $35,938. 196 yearling trotting
colts sold for $8,245,500, averag-
ing $42,069. 186 yearling trotting
fillies sold for $7,169,500, aver-
aging $38,546.
Among the participating state/
provinces of origin, Pennsylvania
once again led the way by selling
419 yearlings for $17,812,500,
averaging $42,512. 203 New
York sired yearlings sold for
$8,115,500, averaging $39,978.
170 Ontario yearlings sold for
$5,559,500, averaging $32,703.
27 New Jersey sired yearlings
sold for $1,395,000, averaging
$51,667. 21 Ohio sired yearlings
sold for $614,000, averaging
$29,238. 11 Indiana yearlings sold
for $267,000, averaging $24,273.
Yearlings by dominant
trotting sire Muscle Hill were in
huge demand, with 23 averag-
ing $138,304. Top pacing sire
Somebeachsomewhere averaged
$74,717 for 46 of his yearlings.
The highest priced yearlings each
sold for $320,000: Hip 112 Sheer
Muscle, a trotting colt by Muscle
Hill purchased by Mario Mazza
of New Hope, PA, and Hip 162
Ice Dutchess, a trotting filly by
Muscle Hill purchased by Clark
Beelby of Campbellville, ON.
“The Monday session was
very strong except for yearling
pacing colts, which was a bit of a
puzzle,” said Standardbred Presi-
dent & CEO Paul Spears. “How-
ever, exceptional sales on Tuesday
and Wednesday more than made
up for Monday’s slight shortfall.
Standardbred and our consignors
are very pleased with this year’s
yearling sale results. The support
of Standardbred racing purses by
gaming legislation has made a
huge difference to our consignor
farms and their customers.”
A two day Mixed Sale sold
660 horses/stallion shares for
$19,453,000, averaging $29,474.
The financial performance was
very similar to that of the 2016
Mixed Sale, despite significant-
ly fewer broodmares selling
this year. Trotting broodmares
and broodmare prospects were
especially in demand because
of the participation of European
buyers, mostly from Scandinavia.
Top selling trotting broodmare
prospects included Hip 1394
Glitzey Gal, a daughter of Muscle
Hill sold to Bryan Montgomery
Agt. (NJ) for $175,000; and Hip
1425 Sianna Hanover, a daughter
of Donato Hanover sold to Steve
Jones (NY) for $160,000. The top
racehorses were Hip 1676 Big
Man Ev, a son of Chapter Seven
that recently won the $90,000
Massachusetts Sire Stakes cham-
pionship, sold to Ravitalli Hanny
Loakkonen OY (Finland) for
$210,000; and Hip 1587 Mac’s
Jackpot, a gelded son of Some-
beachsomewhere sold to Howard
Ouriel (NY) for $185,000.
“Top race horses, brood-
mares, and broodmare prospects
were in high demand,” Spears
said. “The success of European
owners in US racing and breeding
operations has especially invigo-
rated the trotting market.”
Ice Dutchess, one of two sale topping yearlings who sold for $320,000, was purchased by Clark Beelby of
Cambelville, Ontario. Both sale topping yearlings were by Muscle Hill.
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