$550,000 top price in big Harrisburg opener
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With 10 yearlings selling for prices ranging from $300,000 to $550,000, the opening session of the Standardbred Horse Sales Company's annual yearling auction in Harrisburg, Pa., finished with a whopping 22.3 percent increase in the average price. The 168 horses sold generated an average price of $114,446, up from $93,541 in 2018.
The sale topper in the opening session on Monday was Hip 45, a Muscle Hill full sister to stakes winners Marseille and Rome Pays Off. Ake Svanstedt won a bidding battle with the team of Jimmy Takter and Marvin Katz, purchasing the filly on behalf of Lennart Agren's SRF Stable. Concord Stud Farm consigned the filly, named Gangsta Rat, on behalf of Order By Stable.
Concord Stud Farm consigned four of the 12 yearlings which brought $300,000 or more. Among that group was Hip 88, a Muscle Hill colt out of Thatsnotmyname. Bred by Order By Stable, the full brother to Basquiat 2, 1:52.4; 3, 1:51.2, was purchased by Diamond Creek Racing for $475,000 and will be trained by Marcus Melander.
Concord also sold Hip 113, a Muscle Hill colt out of Amour Heiress, for $460,000. The brother to this year's 2-year-old stakes winner King Alphonso was also bred by Order By Stable. Agent Bryan Montgomery had the final bid for an ownership group that will entrust the colt to trainer Per Engblom.
Hanover Shoe Farms also sold four yearlings that brought $300,000 or more.
Hanover's sale topper was Hip 171, the next to last horse offered in the opening session. Jeffrey Snyder bought the Father Patrick full brother to 2019 stakes winner Gangster Hanover with a bid of $470,000.
Trotting-bred fillies were the strongest section of the market with the 33 sold generating an average price of $154,848, an increase of 53.9 percent from last year's average of $100,561 for 41 sold. Trotting colts (47) averaged $124,851 in this year's opening session (up 14.9 percent). Pacing colts (49) brought an average of $100,939 (up 4.5 percent) while the pacing fillies generated an average of $84,692 (up 16.6 percent).
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