Average drops, but still strong prices at Timonium
November 03, 2020
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After dealing with the collapse of a tent where horses were stabled on Monday, the Standardbred Horse Sales Company’s annual yearling auction got underway on Tuesday at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, at the facility where the Thoroughbred sales giant Fasig-Tipton annually holds sales.
According to consignors, attendance was strong at the sale, with East Coast-based horsemen and Canadians who were not in Kentucky making the trip for the last major yearling sale of 2020.
The Standardbred Horse Sale auctioned off 154 horses in the opening session, generating $12.8 million in sales for an average price of $83,201. The average declined 27.3 percent from the average in the opening session in 2019, but is down 11.1 percent from the comparable session in 2018.
The average price in the opening session of this year’s Lexington Selected Yearling Sale was $129,127, down 16.3 percent from the comparable session in 2019.
In addition to the new venue, this year’s Standardbred Horse Sale Company auction—and particularly the opening session—was missing the stock bred by Stefan Balazsi’s Order By Stable. Last year Order By Stable bred the sale topper, a Muscle Hill filly who brought $550,000.
This year’s opening session did not produce a price of $500,000 or more, but three yearlings were sold for $400,000 or more. Dave McDuffee had the final bid at $440,000 for Hip 86, a Muscle Hill sister to Darlene Hanover, the winner of this year’s Jim Doherty Memorial. Consigned by breeder Hanover Shoe Farms, the filly named Delilah Hanover is the second foal from Danielle Hanover, a Cantab Hall sister to Donato Hanover.
“I thought she was just an absolute outstanding individual,” McDuffee told Ken Weingartner of the USTA, adding that Nifty Norman will train the filly. “That’s my pick of the litter, so we had to stretch a little longer than we wanted to, but she’s pretty good.”
McDuffee also bought Hip 93, a Captaintreacherous colt out of a half sister to Ginger And Fred and Fred And Ginger, with a bid of $325,000. The colt named Energetic Hanover is the first foal of Eloquent Grace p,3, 1:51.4f.
Trainer Nancy Takter was busy buying top bloodstock on behalf of her clients. She had the final bid of $400,000 for Hip 124, a Muscle Hill filly named Tippet. The filly is out of Ilia, the dam of this year’s 2-year-old stakes winner In Range along with Long Tom and Tight Lines. Takter said the filly will be owned by Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld, Bud Hatfield and Bengt Agerup’s Brixton Medical.
Takter also bought Hip 33, a Huntsville-sired brother to her top colt Captain Crunch, with a bid of $150,000.
Another $400,000 yearling was Hip 9, a Muscle Hill filly named Peyton Hanover. Jeffrey Snyder bought the filly who is the second foal of the stakes-winning Cantab Hall daughter Pennies From Above. The maternal family includes the stakes winner Wheeling N Dealing ($913,975).
Other buyers of note include Serge Godin’s Determination. After picking up Breeders Crown purse money with 2-Year-Old Colt Trot winner On A Streak, Godin deputized his trainer Luc Blais to go to Timonium and Blais bought six yearlings, spending a total of $1,260,000.
The final yearlings by the late pacing sire Somebeachsomewhere are being offered at the Standardbred Horse Sale and the sire’s trainer, Brent MacGrath, purchased two on Tuesday. He bought Hip 122, Ipanema Hanover, a half sister to the stakes winner Closing Statement, for $250,000, and Hip 48, a colt who is the first foal of the stakes winner Well What’s new, for $75,000.
Nine yearlings by Somebeachsomewhere and 20 by Muscle Hill were sold in the opening session and provided a significant boost.
Pacing Sire Averages
Always B Miki—14--$84,143
Trotting Sire Averages
Gait & Sex—No. Sold—Average (2019 Average In Session 1)
Pacing Colts—40--$85,900 ($100,939)
Pacing Fillies—39--$85,923 ($84,692)
Trotting Colts—37--$60,622 (124,851)
Trotting Fillies—38--$99,553 (154,848)
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