Hillsonator sells for $72k; brother entered in Hambo
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The Meadowlands Summer Mixed Sale was held Sunday afternoon (July 31) in the Meadowlands Back Paddock and the 142 horses that went through the auction ring generated an average price of $15,846 from gross sales of $2,250,200. The average price fell from the figure of $24,811 attained at last year's sale, when Propulsion topped all prices when he brought $210,000.
The 4-year-old trotting mare Summers Windsong 4, 1:54.4h ($193,813) topped this year's sale with a final bid on the mare (hip number 138) of $95,000. Preferred Equine Marketing consigned the daughter of RC Royalty and signed the sales slip and reported that the agency represented a new owner.
Trainer Chris Oakes made the last bid, $72,000, for the 4-year-old trotting gelding Hillsonator (hip number 126). Oakes bought the gelding in partnership with Crawford Racing. Michelle Crawford posted on Facebook on Sunday that she was celebrating her birthday that day and ended up with horses as a present. Crawford Farms also purchased the 2-year-old Bettor's Delight filly Traceuse Hanover (hip number 45), whose dam is a half sister to American Jewel and Luck Be Withyou, for $25,000.
Hillsonator had been racing exclusively at Woodbine and Mohawk and had earned $106,701 this year from 22 starts, which included eight first-place finishes and eight seconds. He took his 1:55 mark in series action at Woodbine. Hillsonator was bred by and had been racing for Michael Pozefsky of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and Edward Wilson of Ontario, who the following morning entered Hillsonator's half brother, The Royal Harry, in the Hambletonian.
Ontario-based Benoit Baillargeon came to the sale looking to buy hip number 86, Honor Above All, and bought the 3-year-old trotting gelding with a bid of $62,000. Consigned by Northwood Bloodstock Agency, Honor Above All had been trained by Jimmy Takter and had taken a mark of 1:58.2 at Yonkers on July 12 before finishing ninth in the Reynolds at the Meadowlands the night before the sale.