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Yearling Sale Wraps Up In Harrisburg

Published: November 9, 2016 9:03 pm ET

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The yearling sale portion of the 2016 Standardbred Horse Sale at the PA Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania wrapped up on Wednesday, Nov. 9 with Ontario buyers purchasing the third day's sale toppers.

Alarm Detector, Hip 769, was the highest priced yearling of the third session with Ben Baillargeon of Guelph, Ont. placing the winning six-figure bid of $110,000. Consigned by Concord Stud Farm, the Chapter Seven colt is the third foal out of the Yankee Glide mare Final Countdown, a full-sister to sires Ken Warkentin ($1,066,946 - 1:52.3) and Holiday Road ($426,200 - 1:52.4).

“I like the whole package,” said Baillargeon. “There’s a guy [Bryan Montgomery] who put me on to him. He said, ‘Ben, this is a very nice looking colt, you should go take a look at him. He knows I’m a trotting man. I buy mostly trotters all the time. He said you should go take a look at this horse.

“Bryan saw him raised, really, because he lives locally, near the farm [Concord Stud Farm, consignor for Order By Stable]. He said he’d seen the horse grow up and he was a nice horse. So I looked at the horse, I looked at the video and he had a beautiful way of going and I said, ‘Well, let’s try to buy him.’

“I know all these horses [in his pedigree], it’s a good family. Trotters have been good to me; they’ve been bread and butter to me. I buy and race a lot of trotters, it’s good fit for me.

“He will head north, in Canada, no Florida for me. I’m at Ideal Training Center, about half an hour north of Mohawk. He will have the harness on him Monday.”

Western Passage, Hip 765, was the second-most expensive yearling of the session, purchased for $80,000 by Casie Coleman of Cambridge, Ont. Bred by Winbak Farm, the Sportswriter-Ever Western colt is a half-sibling to the $355,000-earner McEver.

One of two Hanover Shoe Farms yearlings selling for $65,000 during the third session was Everyone Hanover, Hip 759. The Sportswriter colt out of the Grand Circuit stakes-winning mare Edra Hanover was purchased by Mark Steacy of Lansdowne, Ont. The colt's siblings include the two-year-old stakes-winning son of Dragon Again, Eddard Hanover ($119,941 - 1:52).

The Explosive Matter-Phaeton filly Photobomb Hanover, Hip 515, was also purchased for $65,000 by New York's Purple Haze Stable.

Wednesday's session was comprised of 389 yearlings, which sold for more than $7.97 million, with an average price of approximately $20,492. The average price for 72 Ontario-eligible yearlings, which sold for almost $17.8 million, was approximately $24,715.

The overall yearling sale topper was Story Time Hanover, Hip 21, with a $410,000 price tag during the first session on Monday. Jimmy Takter, acting as agent, purchased the Muscle Hill colt, who is the first foal of Hanover Shoe Farms' broodmare Shared Past, a multiple stakes-winning daughter of Chocolatier and a three-quarter sister to millionaire Dejarmbro. The family also includes stakes winners Manofmanymissions and the Takter-trained Armbro Vanquish.

Overall, 868 yearlings were sold over the three days for total sales of $33,511,501 and an average price of $38,608. In comparison to last year, 1,010 yearlings were sold over the 2015 three-day yearling sale for $31,143,500, producing an average of $30,835.

The 119 Ontario-eligible yearlings at this year's sale averaged $35,458, with total sales of $4,219,500.

“It was the second-best average we ever had,” said Russell Williams, Chairman of the Standardbred Horse Sale. “Very satisfying, particularly when you think of all the work that goes into raising these horses. It’s really great that our consignors can have a pay day.”

The mixed sale portion begins tomorrow (Thursday, Nov. 10) at 10 a.m. EST, featuring Hips 920-1251, and concludes with another 10 a.m. session on Friday. The mixed sale has a total of 768 entries, including 197 broodmares and broodmare prospects, 24 weanlings, 32 yearlings, 58 stallion shares, and 457 racehorses.

(With quotes from HRC)

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