Hoof Beats Magazine

DEC 2017

Official magazine of the U.S. Trotting Association, covering harness racing and the Standardbred horse.

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HARRISBURG BY MARK HALL 14 HOOF BEATS DECEMBER 2017 December Events < New York State Online Handicapping Championship 2 < Global Symposium on Racing and Gaming (through Dec. 6), Tucson, Ariz. 4 < Scarborough Downs meet ends 10 < Batavia Downs meet ends < Freehold Raceway meet ends < Northville Downs meet ends 16 < Harrah's Philadelphia meet ends < Rosecroft Raceway meet ends < Saratoga meet ends < Yonkers Raceway meet ends 17 < USTA offices closed 25 < USTA offices closed 26 < Freehold Raceway meet begins 28 < Monticello Raceway meet ends 29 < Dayton Raceway meet ends < The Meadows meet ends 30 < 2017 foal registrations due < USTA memberships due for all members and corporations with last names starting with A-D < Cal Expo meet ends 31 70: Number of years the Blooded Horse Fall Sale has been held. This year nearly 1,300 horses were offered on Nov. 13-16 at the Delaware (Ohio) County Fairgrounds. $310,000: Amount champion pacing mare Lady Shadow sold to Rich- ard Banca of New Jersey in an online auction hosted at onGait.com 51,569: Number of starts it took for driver Tim Tetrick to reach 10,000 lifetime wins, a winning percentage of better than 19 percent. STAT SHEET Solid Sale at Harrisburg For John Floren's Coyote Wynd Farms, the opening of the Standardbred Horse Sale on Nov. 6 was a break-even kind of day. First, Floren watched Coyote Wynd Farms-bred trotting colt Sheer Muscle sell for $320,000. Then, as the session neared conclusion, Coyote Wynd Farms bought trotting filly The Ice Dutchess for $320,000. The two horses, both sired by Muscle Hill, shared the honor of being the sale's top sellers. Mario Mazza was the winning bidder for Sheer Muscle, a son of Muscle Hill out of the mare Sheer Glide. His family includes stakes-winner Flex The Muscle. The Ice Dutchess is a daughter of Muscle Hill out of the mare The Ice Queen. She is a full sister to Kentucky Filly Futurity winner Ice Attraction and her family also includes 2007 Breeders Crown champion Southwind Serena, who is the dam of two-time Dan Patch Award-winner Mission Brief. The top-selling pacer was Unseen, a daughter of Bettor's Delight out of the mare Sight To See. The filly, a half- sister to stakes-winner Casual Cool, sold for $200,000 to Scott Horner. Her family also includes O'Brien Award- winner Glowing Report and stakes- winner Must See, who is the dam of 2009 Pacer of the Year Well Said. On day two of the yearling sale, Quatrain Blue Chip (Somebeachsome- where – Frontierpan) topped all of the day's sellers when he was hammered down for $180,000 to Mac Nichol. He was one of 17 yearlings to sell for at least $100,000 during the second day of the Standardbred Horse Sale. Despite a 4.28-percent dip in the sale's first-day average compared to last year, the two-day average of $52,847 was nearly identical to last year's $53,322. The three days averaged $39,675 for 851 horses, a 2.64-percent increase over last year's $38,652 for 867 horses. The top average came in 2007, when 1,048 year- lings sold for an average of $40,824. This year's yearling sale gross of $33.76 million surpassed last year's $33.51 million. Muscle Hill led all sires in average yearling price throughout the yearling sessions, averaging $133,739 from 23 head ($3,076,000 total). Pacing sire Somebeachsomewhere led in gross sales, selling 46 head for $3,437,000. As for the two-day Standardbred Mixed Sale (Nov. 9-10), 660 head sold for a gross of $19.45 million, an average of $29,471. The average was up 0.22 percent over last year, with the gross down $397,000, due in part to 15 fewer horses being sold in 2017 than in 2016. by KEN WEINGARTNER

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