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Harrisburg yearling sale finishes up 2.7%

November 11, 2011
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The four-day yearling portion of the Standardbred Horse Sale Company’s auction at Harrisburg concluded on Thursday with the average price settling at $31,572, an increase of 2.7 percent from last year. The total gross for the 1,067 yearlings sold was $33,687,500, with a median price of $20,000, the same median price at last month’s Lexington Selected Sale.
 
While pacing colts were the strongest segment of last year’s Harrisburg sale, this year the honors went to the trotting colts. The average price for the 262 trotting colts sold was $35,401, an increase of 4.2 percent from the average price of $33,894 last year. Trotting fillies, which had an average of $29,623 in 2010, showed an average price of $34,500 this year from 230 sold, an increase of 14.1 percent.
 
The average price for the 327 pacing colts sold was $33,091, down slightly from last year’s average of $33,608 that led the sale.
 
“It was strong. There were certain segments that were stronger than others; there were certain questions I have no idea how to answer. But generally speaking, it was very good,” sales manager Murray Brown told harnessracing.com.
 
“Ontario is incredibly strong; Pennsylvania is kind of holding its own,” he continued. “The New York-sired and bred yearlings are faltering somewhat. I just can’t understand the Bettor’s Delight’s dropping at all, let alone as much as they did. You have a world-class sire who never has a bad year and does great, and they are not selling well. I can’t explain it.”
 
The 57 yearlings sired by Donato Hanover brought an average price of $61,982, while the 41 yearlings sired by Andover Hall--including the record-breaking $825,000 purchase Detour Hanover--brought an average price of $57,756. Kadabra had the highest average price from his 10 yearlings sold--$63,800.
 
On the pacing side, the 50 yearlings sired by Somebeachsomewhere averaged $53,100, while the 52 sired by Rocknroll Hanover averaged $38,712.
 
As for consignors, the sale-high 187 yearlings consigned by Hanover Shoe Farms grossed $8,061,200 for an average of $43,108. Preferred Equine Marketing sold 131 yearlings for a gross of $3,234,000 and average of $24,687. Diamond Creek Farm's 17 yearlings sold averaged $79,353.
 
2011 breakdown
 
Segment           Count    Total                  Average     Median
Total Sale         1,067     $33,687,500    $31,572     $20,000
Total Pacers     575        16,4777,300    28,656       20,000
Total Trotters    492        17,210,200      34,980       22,000
Pacing Colts     327        10,820,900      33,091       23,000
Pacing Fillies    248        5,656,400        22,808      16,000
Trotting Colts    262        9,275,200        35,401       22,000
Trotting Fillies   230       7,935,000        34,500       23,000
 
$200,000 & up--8 (0.7%)
$100,000-199,999--37 (3.5%)
$50,000-99,999--164 (15.4%)
$25,000-49,999--265 (24.8%)
10,001-24,999--331 (31%)
5,000-10,000--181 (17%)
$4,999 & under--81 (7.6%)
 
 
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