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Strong prices at Indiana weekend sales

December 01, 2019

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Black Friday Harness Racing edition took place on Friday, Nov. 29, in the form of the Midwest Mixed Sale, followed by the Michiana Classic Yearling Sale on Saturday, Nov. 30, both held at  The Michiana Event Center in Shipshewana, Ind. The third edition of each sale gave breeders and trainers an opportunity to bolster their breeding roster, reload with proven racehorses or buy into promising young yearlings heading into the next year garnered strong results over both days.
On Friday, The Midwest Mixed Sale, featuring a cataloged 140 entries of racehorses, breeding stock, weanlings and stallion shares, was highlighted by the highly anticipated Cornerstone Stock Farm dispersal, which got things underway featuring a strong roster of broodmares.
Among those top mares included the likes of Southwind Pearl, a six-year old mare by leading trotting sire Muscle Hill out of the Malabar Man mare Southwind Prelude, who topped all trotting broodmares on the day at  $50,000. John Schmucker of Grabill, Ind., would sign the ticket to the stakes winning mare of near $100,000 in foal to Indiana’s leading trotting sire, Swan For All.
The action wouldn’t stop there as the very next horse in the ring, also part of Jeff Fought’s Cornerstone Stock Farm breeding dispersal, was Skippin By. A near $900,000 earner on track, the eight-year-old mare by Shadow Play was the first to bring six-figures in the ring, with the bidding stopping at $100,000. In foal to the second crop of the highly anticipated Ohio Stallion, Downbytheseaside, Skippin By was purchased by Bruce Brinkerhoff, agent, of Hilliard, Ohio.
Following the strong showing by the Cornerstone Stock Farms dispersal, a multitude of broodmares would follow in the ring, highlighted by the sales topping Rainbowinthedark (Hip 49), a Bettors Delight full sister to Horse of the Year contender and the richest standardbred in North America this year, Bettor’s Wish ($1,643,745, 1:47.4m). As anticipated, the bidding action was intense from the start after the dust had settled, Rainbowinthedark would sell for $130,000 to John Barnard, owner of Indiana and Breeders Crown champion, Fiftydallarbill.
As for the racehorses, it would be the final entry in the sale, Dude Included, to top the group with a $77,000 price tag. The two-year-old gelding from the first crop of Class Included proved to be incredibly consistent in Indiana Sire Stakes competition. Hitting the board in six of nine starts in 2019, including an impressive third place finish in the $270,000 Indiana Sire Stakes Super Final, adding up to earnings of $94,360. Benjamin Graber purchased the freshman trotter.
Other highlights of the racehorses included ISS leg winners Gotwuteverittakes (hip 122) and Summit City Swan (hip 134), being purchased for $50,000 and $36,000, respectively.
On Saturday yearlings were featured in the Michiana Classic Yearling Sale. The trotting stallion Guccio was the star of the show as the sire of the sale’s two highest priced yearling. The first would be the overall sales topper in the form of hip 121, Wheelinontheedge, a filly by the Credit Winner mare Free Wheeling, making her a full sister to 2019 Indiana Standout and Breeders Crown finalist May Baby ($225,490, 1:53:2s). Ernie Martinez of Martinez Equine signed the ticket for $75,000.
The second of the sales standouts by Guccio was hip 151, Rocky Road Reba. A bay filly out of Lucky Chucky mare Lauries Lucky Lady stopped the bidding at $46,000 with Indiana horseman Dan Shetler having the final bid. Just the second foal out of Lauries Lucky Lady, Rocky Road Reba is a half sister to Indiana Sire Stakes perfomer Bluebird Ladyluck, who earned over $60,000 in 2019 competing against Rock Swan and May Baby.
On the pacing side of things, Phelgon, a filly by leading Indiana sire Rockin Image, topped the crop, dropping the hammer at $33,000. A first foal out of the Bettors Delight mare Phillys Delight who is a half sister to Grand Circuit winner and quarter million dollar earning, Rockin Philly ($297,854, 1:49:2f), Phelgon was purchased by Hoosier Park Trainer and Driver, Brandon Bates.
In all, 161 yearlings were sold in the 2019 edition of the Michiana Classic, down from 199 in 2018; however, the average was up in 2019 with an average yearling price of $7,551 up from $6,512 in 2018, a 15.9% increase.--By Jake Rheinheimer
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