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Freshman changes hands

August 29, 2005

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World record holder 2-year-old colt trotter Here Comes Herbie has been sold to an ownership group led by Peter Heffering and Jerry Silva for approximately $750,000. The purchase of the Hanover Shoe Farms-bred son of Credit Winner was confirmed Monday afternoon by Arild Eggen, who will assume the training duties, and Ernie Martinez, who is also involved in the purchase agreement.

"This might be the best one we've bought yet," Martinez, who was also involved in the big-ticket purchases of Kadabra, Tom Ridge and Strong Yankee, told harnessracing.com. "He has the pedigree and the physical make-up. It's an exciting venture for us."

Here Comes Herbie has won four of six starts, including a 35-length win at Goshen July 1 in a national season's best 2:00.3, and a 1:56 romp in a Reynolds division at Pocono Downs July 10 which was the fastest ever by a member of his division on a five-eighths mile track He had earnings of more than $37,000 for owners Stephen Demeter, Herbert Burns III and trainer Ray Schnittker.

"I sat behind him about 2 1/2 weeks ago in Goshen," added Eggen, who is based at The Red Mile. "He's an amazing animal. Two minutes at Goshen, that says everything."

Ironically, the announcement of the sale of Here Comes Herbie comes the same day he was scheduled to start in a New York Sire Stakes contest at Monticello Raceway, but he was scratched as he is supposed to arrive at Eggen's barn Tuesday evening. The track went on with its "Here Comes Herbie hat giveaway," to promote what would have been the appearance of the world record holder.

Eggen said Here Comes Herbie is scheduled to start in both the Bluegrass Stakes and International Stallion Stakes at The Red Mile during the upcoming Grand Circuit meet in late September and early October.
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