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Average price up 21.6% at Harrisburg

November 04, 2013
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The Standardbred Horse Sales Company's annual yearling auction in Harrisburg, PA, got underway Monday and 213 horses were sold for an average price of $65,873. That's an increase of 21.6 percent from the 2012 opening session, when 235 yearlings generated an average of $54,181. Just as importantly, the median price--the point where half the horses sell for more and half for less--rose by 25 percent, climbing from $40,000 to $50,000.
 
A total of 40 yearlings brought prices of $100,000 or more, with three bringing prices of $300,000 or more. The sale topper was hip 194, the Somebeachsomewhere filly out of the Western Hanover mare Silky. Trainer Chris Oakes bought the filly with a bid of $355,000. Named Bodacious, John Egloff and Linwood Higgins bred the filly, with Egloff's Vieux Carre Farms consigning her. Oakes's clients already own the filly's 2-year-old full sister, Beach Body p,2, 1:53.1, who recently finished second in the Breeders Crown final.
 
John Cancelliere bought the Well Said half brother to his star free-for-aller Bettor Sweet for $300,000. Bettor Sweet, a winner of $2.7 million, was retired earlier this year. Concord Stud Farm consigned the colt for Seth Rosenfeld's Birnam Wood Farms. Birnam Wood Farms' mare Sweet Future is also the dam of Sweet Lou and the 2-year-old winner Sweet Talkin Clyde p,2, 1:53.1f, also by Well Said and thus a full brother to this year's yearling, who is named Honey I'm Home.
 
Jimmy Takter paid $300,000 for hip 89, a Muscle Hill half brother to trotting Triple Crown champion Glidemaster. Named Canepa Hanover, the colt was bred by Brittany Farms but in February 2012 was sold along with his dam to Hanover Shoe Farms.
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