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Timonium, MD – Sister Sledge, a 3-year-old daughter of Father Patrick, was purchased for $265,000 by agent Robert Lindstrom to lead Saturday’s (Nov. 7) second day of the Standardbred Horse Sale’s mixed sale at the Maryland State Fairgrounds. Sister Sledge established her lifetime mark of 1:51.2 in winning a division of the Tompkins Geers at The Meadowlands. Lisa photo. Sister Sledge, who was a 2020 Hambletonian finalist, was consigned by Preferred Equine Marketing. She has a record of 15-5-3-0, $842,815 in career earnings and a lifetime mark of 1:51.2 established in her victory in a division of the Tompkins Geers division at The Meadowlands on July 25, 2020. The second highest purchase of the final session of the sale was Philly Hanover, a 4-year-old Captaintreacherous mare who was sold to Joe Parisi for $225,000.  Consigned by Northwood Bloodstock Agency, she has 10 wins, 10 seconds and nine third-place finishes from 45 starts and has earned $363,304. She established her lifetime mark of 1:49.2 as a 3-year-old. For the two days of the mixed sale, 446 horses sold for a total of $12,844,000 and an average of $28,798. For complete results, click here. From the USTA

Timonium, MD – Harness racing pacing broodmare Somwherovrarainbow, a Dan Patch Award winner at age 2, was purchased in foal to stallion Always B Miki for $240,000 by Crawford Farms to lead Friday’s (Nov. 6) first session of the Standardbred Horse Sale’s mixed sale at the Maryland State Fairgrounds. The 10-year-old Somwherovrarainbow is the offspring of two Horse of the Year winners, Somebeachsomewhere and Rainbow Blue. On the track, she won 20 of 46 races and $1.34 million. She was consigned by Diamond Creek Farm. Next on the list of top sellers was the trotting broodmare Live Laugh Love, who was purchased for $150,000 by Robert Lindstrom. The 5-year-old is by Donato Hanover out of Shes Gone Again. Her family includes Dan Patch Award winner Poof She’s Gone. On the track, Live Laugh Love won eight of 25 starts and $281,718. She also was consigned by Diamond Creek Farm. A total of 275 horses sold Friday for a gross of $6.56 million and average of $23,880. The final day of the mixed sale is Saturday (Nov. 6). For complete results, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

Timonium, MD — The harness racing pacing colt Shadowmoon Rising led Thursday’s (Nov. 5) final yearling session of the Standardbred Horse Sale, purchased for $115,000 by Dr. Ian Moore at the Maryland State Fairgrounds. A son of Shadow Play out of Lofty Yankee, the colt is a full brother to Shadow Moon, who was a Grand Circuit stakes winner for Moore. Shadowmoon Rising was bred and consigned by Spring Haven Farm. “Shadow Moon was a real nice 2-year-old and then didn’t quite come back as a 3-year-old,” Moore said. “He was a real gritty individual. But this guy is totally different than him. Shadow Moon was small, and this guy is a much stronger, bigger looking, individual. “I didn’t want to pay that much, we had kind of talked around $80,000, but it was an Internet bidder and me from $75,000 on. That Internet bidder was probably Jack Darling, because he didn’t make it here. I think he wanted him pretty good, too. We had to pay more, but I’m glad we got him.” The three-day yearling portion of the auction concluded with 773 horses selling for a total of $29.5 million and average of $38,215. The average declined following two record-setting sales. The average in 2019 was $48,903, which bettered the previous record of $42,675 set in 2018. The average in 2017 was $39,675. Second among Thursday’s top sellers was Thx Again Bluechip, a pacing colt by Huntsville out of Exclamation, who sold for $105,000 to Steve Elliott. The colt is from the family of Dan Patch Award winning mare Rocklamation. He was bred by Blue Chip Bloodstock and Our Horse Cents Stables and consigned by Blue Chip Farms, agent, for Blue Chip Bloodstock. Rounding out the trio of six-figure sellers was Alehouse Hanover, a trotting colt by Bar Hopping out of Aspidistra Hanover, who sold for $100,000 to Paul Kelley. His family includes Grand Circuit winner Spicy Wings while third dam Almost An Angel was a Dan Patch Award winner and producer of multiple stakes winners. Alehouse Hanover was bred and consigned by Hanover Shoe Farms. The first session of the Standardbred Horse Sale’s two-day mixed sale begins at 10 a.m. (EST) Friday. For complete sale results, click here. By Ken Weingartner, for the USTA with Chris Tully

Timonium, MD — David McDuffee purchased two of the five highest priced yearlings during Tuesday’s (Nov. 3) opening session of the Standardbred Horse Sale at the Maryland State Fairgrounds, including sales topper Delilah Hanover for $440,000. Delilah Hanover, a trotting filly by Muscle Hill out of Danielle Hanover, is from the family of Donato Hanover, the 2007 Horse of the Year, and a half-sister to Darlene Hanover, this year’s Jim Doherty Memorial winner. Delilah Hanover was bred and consigned by Hanover Shoe Farms. Nifty Norman will train the filly. “I thought she was just an absolute outstanding individual,” McDuffee said. “That’s my pick of the litter, so we had to stretch a little longer than we wanted to, but she’s pretty good.” In addition, McDuffee purchased Energetic Hanover, a pacing colt by Captaintreacherous out of Eloquent Grace, for $325,000. He is Eloquent Grace’s first foal and from the family of millionaires Ginger And Fred and Fred And Ginger. Energetic Hanover also was bred and consigned by Hanover Shoe Farms. Tippet, a trotting filly by Muscle Hill out of Ilia, sold for $400,000 to Nancy Takter as agent. She is a full sister to Grand Circuit stakes winner Long Tom and a three-quarter sister to last week’s Breeders Crown runner-up In Range. Tippet was bred by Windsong Stable and consigned by Concord Stud Farm. “She’s a really nice filly, looks really athletic,” Takter said. “I like her size. She’s not too big, she’s like racy kind of size. She moves well and stands well, so hopefully she races well.” Also selling for $400,000 was Peyton Hanover, a trotting filly by Muscle Hill out of Pennies From Above, to Jeff Snyder and Four Friends Racing Stable. She is from the family of Dan Patch and O’Brien awards winner Wheeling N Dealin. Peyton Hanover was bred and consigned by Hanover Shoe Farms. “We thought she would go for less, but it ended up that we had to pay as much as we did,” Snyder said. “We decided that filly was the one we wanted. We thought because she sold early in the sale (Hip No. 9) she might not go quite that high, but we did the business we had to do, and we’re happy. She’s got residual value and we’re very happy with the purchase.” Completing the top five was Frozen Hanover, a pacing colt from the final crop of Somebeachsomewhere, who sold for $325,000 to Determination. Out of Fashion Ecstasy, Frozen Hanover is a full brother to millionaire Filibuster Hanover. His second dam, Galleria, was a two-time Dan Patch Award winner and her stakes-winning offspring include new Breeders Crown champ Sandbetweenmytoes. Frozen Hanover was bred and consigned by Hanover Shoe Farms. Determination also had two other purchases in the top 11, trotting colt Capulet (Walner-Tosca) for $235,000 and trotting filly Gyre Hanover (Father Patrick-Global Desire) for $225,000. Capulet’s family includes millionaire Guccio while Gyre Hanover is from the family of Glidemaster, the 2006 Horse of the Year. Capulet was bred by Steve Organ and consigned by Walnridge Farm. Gyre Hanover was bred and consigned by Hanover Shoe Farms. The opening session of the sale grossed $12.8 million and averaged $83,201 for 154 yearlings. Last year, the sale got off to a record start, grossing $19.2 million and averaging $113,976 for 169 horses. In 2018, the average was $93,541 and in 2017 it was $75,305. A total of 41 horses sold for at least $100,000, with 16 going for at least $200,000. “I think the sale was very strong,” Standardbred Horse Sale President and CEO Pete Spears said. “I think the middle, especially, was encouraging. We didn’t have as much extreme ups and downs. I think the middle was stronger than it’s been for quite a while. “Obviously, there were some big sellers. Determination was especially active and we’re grateful for their participation. Mr. McDuffee as well. I think it’s been great. I should mention Nancy Takter for buying my own filly (Tippet). That was fun. “I think these are pretty good numbers.” Trotting fillies led in average, at $99,553 for 38 yearlings. Trotting colts averaged $60,622 for 37. Pacing fillies and colts were nearly identical, with fillies averaging $85,923 for 39 and colts averaging $85,900 for 40. Among trotting sires, Bar Hopping averaged $125,000 for three yearlings while Muscle Hill averaged $122,800 for 20. Among pacing sires, Bettor’s Delight averaged $152,500 for four while Somebeachsomewhere averaged $118,333 for nine. Captaintreacherous averaged $92,652 for 23, tops among pacing sires with double-digit sellers. The second day of the three-day yearling sale begins at 10 a.m. (EST) Wednesday. For complete results, click here. by Ken Weingartner with Chris Tully

For the safety and protection of customers, consignors, and sale employees at the 2020 Standardbred Horse Sales Company Annual Sale in Timonium Maryland, Standardbred will strictly enforce COVID-19 precautions required by the Maryland Department of Health. Paul Spears, President of Standardbred, states: “Because of age and serious medical conditions, many sale attendees are at high risk for the complications of COVID-19 infection. For their protection, and for the safety of all sale attendees, Maryland State Fairgrounds officials and their security team will actively enforce COVID-19 guidelines from the Maryland Department of Health, including COVID-19 screening, mandatory masks, social distancing, hand sanitization, and avoidance of loitering in high-traffic areas.” Spears added, “Abundant signage will be posted about these guidelines. Free masks and hand sanitizer will be distributed at the Information Booth. Attendees whose physicians have counseled them that their medical condition requires them not to wear masks are instructed to wear full face shields, and to inform security personnel of their situation during initial screening at the entrance gate. Attendees not observing COVID-19 restrictions will be asked to co-operate with these necessary safety measures. If an attendee does not co-operate with the security team, he may be asked to leave the Fairgrounds. Standardbred appreciates the co-operation and concern for the safety of others by our customers and friends.” “For those customers who are at high risk and do not want to attend the sale in person, Standardbred is offering online and telephone bidding options. Standardbred urges anyone interested in remote bidding services to contact Gunjan Patel at gpatel@hanoverpa.com immediately to begin the registration process. Standardbred can also assist customers who require an Authorized Agent to evaluate prospective purchases on site, and to bid for them if needed. We look forward to a safe and successful 2020 sale.” From the Standardbred Horse Sales Company  

In conjunction with its Annual Yearling Sale, Standardbred Horse Sales Company is pleased to announce the 2020 edition of its popular “Stable Stars” Contest. Contestants will predict the knock-down sales prices of fifteen yearlings to be sold on Tuesday, November 3rd.  An online entry form can be completed from a link on the Home Page of The Black Book website (www.theblackbook.com); by submitting a printed and scanned form by email to jcasey@hanoverpa.com; or by FAX to 717 – 637 – 6766 until Friday October 30th and thereafter to 410 –  560 – 3582. The deadline for submission of entries is Monday, November 2nd at noon. Prizes will be given to contestants whose predictions are closest to the actual knockdown prices for individual yearlings, and whose total price predictions are closest to the total knockdown prices for all fifteen yearlings in the contest. Prizes are as follows: 1st Place – contestant whose grand total of all fifteen yearling prices is closest to actual total knockdown prices. The winner will receive a Standardbred hat and vest, a $100 gift certificate to the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame store, and a $100 Amazon gift certificate. 2nd Place – contestant whose grand total of all fifteen yearling prices is second closest to actual total knockdown prices. The second-place prize will be a Standardbred hat and vest, a $50 gift certificate to the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame store, and a $50 Amazon gift certificate. Individual hip number winners – each contestant whose prediction is closest to the actual knockdown price of each of the fifteen yearlings will receive a Standardbred hat and a $25 gift certificate to the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame store. Prizes will be mailed to the winners after the sale. The most astute contestants may win multiple prizes. Winners will be posted during the sale on our Facebook page and on our Twitter feed (#blackbooksale). All fans of harness racing are encouraged to test their knowledge of yearling sales in the contest, and to follow the sale by live video stream from a link on The Black Book website (www.theblackbook.com).  Some restrictions apply.  Please see the web site for details. From the Standardbred Horse Sales Company    

The Standardbred Horse Sales Company has posted a Mixed Sale supplement catalog on its website at www.theblackbook.com/catalog-downloads.php. The 58 entries include 4 stallion shares, 1 yearling, 3 weanlings, 17 broodmares, and 33 racehorses. Stallion shares, yearlings, weanlings, and broodmares will be sold on Friday, November 6, and racehorses on Saturday, November 7. Details of the schedule of sale are included with the catalog. The supplement catalog can be downloaded from the website and will be available in printed form at the sale. Our iPad formatted Black Book 2 catalog has been updated with the supplement entries and can be obtained by using the Equineline.com Sales Catalog App through the link on our DOWNLOADS page. From the Standardbred Horse Sales Company  

Videos of the SOUTHWIND FARMS yearlings that have been consigned to the Standardbred Horse Sales Yearling Sale in Timonium, Maryland (November 3- 5) are now available on the Southwind Farms website (www.southwindfarms.net). The yearlings (which will sell in the Preferred Equine consignment) feature colts and fillies by Muscle Hill, first crop sires Huntsville and Devious Man, as well as American Ideal and Sportswriter. In addition to the standard paddock videos, this year we are providing walking and conformation videos. Yearlings are available for inspection at the farm. For an appointment please call Farm Manager Laura Young at the farm (609)737-9067 or Syndicate Manager, Michael Klau at 917-930-2709. From Southwind Farms

Inspection videos for the 237 Hanover Shoe Farm Yearlings selling at the Standardbred Horse Sale in Timonium, Maryland are now being posted. They can be found both on the farm website (www.hanoverpa.com) and the sale company website (www.theblackbook.com).  The inspection videos will feature each yearling walking, as well as stationary views from the front, each side and behind. In addition, the approximate height and length of each yearling will be displayed on their video. As is always the case, we encourage and welcome your visit to the farm. The yearlings are available for your inspection now and will remain available every day except Sundays until Saturday October 31st. After a day off for shipping, inspections will resume at the Fairgrounds in  Timonium on Monday November 2nd.  Please call or text Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky at (717) 578-7395 for a farm appointment. She can also be reached at drjablonsky@hanoverpa.com. No appointment is necessary to inspect the yearlings at the sale. From Hanover Shoe Farms    

The 2020 edition of The Black Book 2 can now be found on Standardbred Horse Sales Company's website www.theblackbook.com/catalog-downloads.php. Printed catalogs are expected to be available for shipping on Friday, October 9. The Mixed Sale begins on Friday, November 6 and ends on Saturday, November 7 at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, Maryland, following the Select Yearling Sale which takes place from Tuesday, November 3 through Thursday, November 5. Standardbred's popular "Black Book for the iPad" from www.equineline.com is available for download from a link on our website. Past Performances for race lines is also available for download on the website. Past Performances Second Edition with most current race lines will be available for download on October 26, and will be distributed in printed form at the Sale. The Mixed Sale has a total of 452 entries, including 133 broodmares and broodmare prospects, 17 weanlings, 53 yearlings, 64 stallion shares, and 185 race horses. Standardbred is accepting entries for a Mixed Sale Supplement catalog until Monday, October 19, 2020. Supplement catalogs will be available prior to the sale for download on our website, as an update to our iPad catalog and in print at the sale. From the Standardbred Hrose Sales Company  

The paddock videos for the 237 Hanover Shoe Farms yearlings consigned to The Standardbred Horse Sale in Timonium, Maryland are now being posted daily. These videos can be viewed on both the farm website www.hanoverpa.com and the sale website www.theblackbook.com . Paddock videos will continue to be posted daily until they are finished. Inspection videos will also be done for these yearlings and will start to be posted Wednesday September 30. As with the paddock videos , they will be posted as they are done until their completion. Inspections of the yearlings at the Hanover Shoe Farms Fairgrounds will begin, by appointment only, on Monday September 28. Please call or text Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky at (717) 578-7395 or email her at rjablonsky@hanoverpa.com to schedule your appointment. Strict adherence to current COVID-19 protocols will be followed to in order to ensure the safety of both our visitors and employees. We welcome and look forward to your visit. by Bridgette Jablonsky, for Hanover Shoe Farms  

Standardbred Horse Sales Company is proud to announce that our 82nd Annual Yearling Sale Preview is now posted on our website, www.theblackbook.com. Yearling video links will be posted closer to the Sale. Yearling Sale dates are Tuesday, November 3 through Thursday, November 5, featuring 804 fabulous yearlings (382 trotters, 422 pacers). The sale will be held at its new location at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, Maryland. 355 by Pennsylvania sires170 by New York sires168 by Ontario sires61 by New Jersey sires35 by Ohio sires12 by Indiana sires3 by overseas sires. First crop yearling sires include: Devious Man (12) Downbytheseaside (12) Fear The Dragon (4) Huntsville (31) Nuncio (2) Resolve (11)Walner (17) What The Hill (6) Printed catalogs will be mailed September 18. Standardbred will again offer catalogs formatted for the iPad through the Equineline.com Sales Catalog app. As always, Standardbred provides multiple "Search" functions and downloadable PDF packets on our website to help in finding your next champion. Our convenient "My Black Book" feature allows customers to store lists of yearling prospects with pedigrees, video links, and personal notes in a confidential format that is accessible from any Internet-capable device. From the Standardbred Horse Sales Company

Standardbred Horse Sales Company is pleased to announce that we will accept supplemental entries for our Annual Mixed Sale at the Maryland State Fairgrounds, Timonium, MD. The Mixed Sale will be held on Friday, November 6 and Saturday, November 7, 2020. The Black Book 2 catalog will close to new entries at the end of the business day on September 8, 2020. Entries received after September 8 will be included as part of the Mixed Sale Supplement catalog. Standardbred will accept supplemental entries until the end of the business day, October 19, 2020. The Supplement catalog will then be posted on our website after completion for the printer, and made generally available in printed form at the Sale. Supplemental entries will also be included in the updated Equineline iPad catalog closer to the Sale. Standardbred looks forward to offering our consignors and their clients extended opportunities to market their horses at our new Maryland location this year. From the Standardbred Horse Sales Company  

The Standardbred Horse Sales Company announced today that its 2020 Annual Sale will be held at the Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, Lutherville – Timonium, MD. Yearling sale dates are Tuesday, November 3 to Thursday, November 5. Mixed sale dates are Friday, November 6 and Saturday, November 7, 2020. The Maryland State Fairgrounds is the well known yearly destination for Fasig – Tipton Mid – Atlantic Thoroughbred auctions, and offers a first class sales facility as well as conveniently located hotels and attractive restaurants, great shopping nearby at Towson Town Center, and good access to Baltimore – Washington International Airport (BWI). Details about the venue and area can be found at the Maryland State Fair website www.marylandstatefair.com. Additional information about the sale will soon be forthcoming on our website www.theblackbook.com.  “Standardbred is delighted to announce our new partnership with Maryland State Fairgrounds for our 2020 Annual auction,” said Paul Spears, President of Standardbred Horse Sales Company. “Sale dates will respect the travel needs of customers who will attend Breeders Crown races in Indiana. The live auction sale will be conducted with COVID – 19 precautions to protect the health of our consignors and customers. For the convenience of customers who prefer to remain at home, online bidding and extensive telephone bidding opportunities will be offered. Standardbred will work hard to make the 2020 sale accessible and safe for our customers and consignors.” President/CEO of Hanover Shoe Farms Russell Williams remarked, “I am very happy that the sale will be held at such an equine – friendly site with a long history of successful auctions. Standardbred Horse Sales has positioned its consignors advantageously on the threshold of 2021, when our industry will prove its courage and achieve better results than ever.” From the Standardbred Horse Sales Co.  

In order to accommodate potential travel challenges for customers who attend the harness racing Breeders Crown races at Hoosier Park, Standardbred Horse Sales Company announces that the sale dates for its 2020 Annual Sale in Harrisburg will be shifted forward one day. The new dates for the 2020 Annual Yearling Sale are Tuesday, November 3 through Thursday, November 5, 2020. The new dates for the 2020 Annual Mixed Sale are Friday, November 6 and Saturday, November 7, 2020. In light of the unique challenges posed by COVID-19 and associated restrictions, Standardbred is exploring options for online bidding and expanded telephone bidding to accommodate customers who may not be able to attend the sale in person. Standardbred is also exploring additional sanitary and safety measures in conjunction with PA Farm Show Complex officials. Additional information will be provided as conditions for the sale become clear. Standardbred Horse Sales Company          

Dr. Paul Spears of the Standardbred Horse Sales Company and Hanover Shoe Farms spoke on Tuesday at Kincsem Park in Budapest, Hungary on “Breeding a Derby Champion” to an enthusiastic audience of trotting breeders and trainers (National Trotting Breeders’ Association of Hungary “UTOE”). The program was part of an ongoing series of educational events arranged by the UTOE. Dr. Spears focused his remarks on pedigree analysis and the factors that have proven successful in the USA and at Hanover Shoe Farms. He illustrated that success using the profile of Hambletonian winner Perfect Spirit, also a multiple fast-class winner in Europe. The UTOE’s Karoj Kotun (Breeding Manager) and Dr. Attila Balogh (President) presented Dr. Spears with a gift of thanks for his work to benefit Hungarian breeders. Thanks also to the other team members that made this educational event successful:  István Pacsi - CEO of two companies Kincsem Nemzeti Loverseny Kft (racing organizer) and Magyar Loversenyfogadast Szervezo Kft (wagering company) Rezs┼Ĺ Szecsi - Vice President of UTOE  Botond Kovacs - works with the racecourse company Andrea Fazekas - amateur driver, works with UTOE György Horvath - driver, breeder (left to right – Mr. Karoj Kotun, Dr. Paul Spears, Dr. Attila Balogh)   It was a packed house to hear Dr. Paul Sears speak. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

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