The Indiana Premier Yearling Sale, held Thursday and Friday (Oct. 10 and 11) at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis, concluded late Friday afternoon and posted an 18.6 percent increase in the average price. The average climbed from $7,711 in 2012 to $9,127, with 49 fewer horses sold this year. The median price—the point where half the horses were sold for more and half for less—also was stronger, increasing 25 percent, from $5,000 to $6,250.
The sale topper was hip 166, a colt by Always A Virgin, who brought a $50,000 bid from horseman Larry Ainsworth of Ontario. Consigned by Victory Hill Farm, agent, the colt named Newbie is a full brother to new Hoosier Park 2-year-old filly track record holder Nat A Virgin p,2, 1:52.2, whose personal best came when she won a late-closer during Grand Circuit racing at The Red Mile.
Also in day two of the sale, a colt by trotting sire Here Comes Herbie was sold for $45,000 to Summit Pacing Acres. Consigned by Black Creek Farm, the colt is out of Shutter Hanover, the dam of Vacation Day 1:53.4.
Horseman Verlin Yoder bought two offspring by Here Comes Herbie for big prices, paying $34,000 for hip 197, a full sister to Indiana Sires Stakes Gold final winner Natural Herbie 3, 1:54.4 ($389,481) and $23,000 for hip 202, a colt out of Andrea Hall, a Pine Chip mare who has produced Bum Soleil 3, 1:57. Both yearlings were consigned by Black Creek Farm. Black Creek also sold the first foal by MsNaughtybynature, a colt by Here Comes Herbie. Alfred Kales of Michigan bought the yearling for $35,000.
Also in the first session on Thursday, two notable offspring from the first crop of pacing sire Rockin Image brought $30,000 or more. Burke Racing bid $35,000 for hip 57, a brother to Summertime Lea, a big winner for Burke Racing on the New York Sires Stakes circuit. William Delong purchased hip 97, a half sister to Indiana Sires Stakes winner Ravishing Yankee p,2, 1:55.1, for $30,000.
Here Comes Herbie led all trotting sires (with two or more offspring) with an average price of $21,500 for eight yearlings, while Always A Virgin's 10 offspring generated an average of $15,870 to top pacing sires. The 34 yearlings from the first crop of Rockin Image averaged $13,985.--harnessracing.com