Spring Blooded Horse Sale draws big crowd
May 10, 2011
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Trainers were sifting through horses like panning for gold at the spring Blooded Horse Sale. “It was the biggest crowd I’ve ever seen at a spring sale,” said vice president Charley Morgan. “Lots of people were out in the barns, and you could hardly move in the holding area.”
Condensed into a strong one day venue, both the sale topper and runner-up sold near the end of the 443 horse catalog. What It Means topped the sale for consignor Patrick LaChance. The $25,000 claimer at Harrah's Chester Downs moves to Vernon on a $23,000 bid from trainer David Dewhurst for Phillip Hale.
Mystery Chase, an extremely classy winner of $754,000, created quite a stir when he entered the ring. Though the son of Real Desire hadn’t raced in a year, his potential as a competitor and sire fetched a bid of $17,000 from Leslie Roberts of New York.
Tracy Brainard signed the ticket for a pair of higher class claimers to race in New York. She added Rev It Now to her trotting roster for $13,000 and Mighty Me to her pacers for $11,500. Mr. Moonlight, another nice trotter racing in the $14,000 claimers at The Meadows, was purchased by William Johnson of Ohio for $13,000. The 4-year-old pacing gelding Butn Your Shirt Ed, racing competitively in Michigan for trainer Penny Howard, stayed in Michigan on a $12,000 bid from Britney Dillon. (Blooded Horse Sale)