11/07/2016 9:06AM

Bergman: Harrisburg Yearling Sale Top 10

Blue Chip Farms
Buyers will have plenty of opportunity to select a future star at the Standardbred Horse Sale at Harrisburg this week.

More than 900 yearlings are cataloged for the Harrisburg auction that begins on Monday. There will be three days of just yearlings going under the block but the numbers won’t be split evenly. Under 175 yearlings are entered for Monday’s sale with another 325 scheduled for Tuesday. The bulk of all yearlings will go in a 400-horse marathon on Wednesday.

Harrisburg will differ in many ways with the sale recently completed in Lexington, Kentucky. On the good side, with Hanover Shoe Farms as its major consignor, there are tons of colts and fillies by the recognized leading pacing stallion Somebeachsomewhere. Numbers, at least in significant stakes races, don’t lie, and it’s been clear throughout the year that Somebeachsomewhere’s strength comes in just how well he can be bred to most any pacing mare. That the son of Mach Three has provided the business with a bona fide outcross sire was evident when he retired. That he has blended so well with every type of broodmare sire means that buyers have a lot to look at.

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Indeed, the Harrisburg auction is one that tends to produce many a bargain over time. Countless tales have been told how horses were hammered down in the teens with quizzical buyers wondering if they had made a mistake. That was the case a few years ago when A Rocknroll Dance went through the ring as a yearling.

But educated bidders and buyers recognize that the good ones stick out a bit more, whether it’s the look or pedigree. So regardless of what the paper says, those going to Harrisburg should be prepared to spend if they truly want to come away with the most prized yearlings.

While the Kentucky sale had a strong bias towards trotters, the Harrisburg auction does have a unique share of Muscle Hills on the trotting side. On the pacing side, Pennsylvania, New York and Ontario sires are well represented.

We’ve selected 10 yearlings from the early part of the sale that may become something special in a year or two. They are listed in our order of preference as opposed to order of sale.

Hip number 257 is a New York eligible trotting filly by the name of Aria. From the second crop of Blue Chip Farms stallion Chapter Seven, who has divisional champion Walner from his first offering, this filly hails from a maternal line that keeps getting better with each passing year. Her dam is a 1:53 3/5 performer named Tactical Caviar, a full sister to the near $800,000 winner Triumphant Caviar as well as Peter Haughton Memorial winner Centurion ATM, a winner of over $500K. In as much as her pedigree was ultra impressive Aria looked to be a well-proportioned filly in the field and one that showed some quickness.

There are so many well-bred Somebeachsomewheres to choose from but we like Hip number 63 Aleppo Hanover. He is the third foal from a half-sister to $1.7 million winner Aracache Hanover and this year’s sophomore Lyons Snyder. This is a family that has thrown some fast and very game racehorses. The dam Anderosa Hanover had previously been bred to Art Major and clicked immediately with the precocious juvenile Autotune Hanover, the 2015 Sheppard Pace winner at Yonkers Raceway.

Hip number 247 is a New York bred trotting colt named Classic Sundae. He’s by Credit Winner and is the second foal and first colt of the Andover Hall-sired Sugar Cone. The dam has already produced Waffle Cone, a finalist in this year’s Jim Doherty Memorial at The Meadowlands, that showed plenty of speed while lacking the staying power of some of the sport’s more elite fillies. Classic Sundae very much looked the part in his video.

Hip number 115 Still To Come is a Bettor’s Delight yearling and first colt from the Dan Patch winning freshman Fancy Filly.  Fancy Filly was a sensational juvenile and broke the 1:50 mark as a 3-year-old while earning in excess of $1 million. Her first foal was a filly by Somebeachsomewhere that proved to be a good 3-year-old this year, if just a notch below the top stakes fillies in Pennsylvania. While the general opinion favors the young and popular stallion, Bettor’s Delight doesn’t appear to be slowing down any during his middle years when you consider Betting Line, one of his most recent, may be one of his best.

Hip number 146 is a Cantab Hall colt named Last Train Hanover. He is the first foal from Lady Riviera, a New York Sire Stakes-winning daughter of Sand Vic as a juvenile. Lady Riviera is a half-sister to former Horse of the Year Chapter Seven.

Hip number 158 Favorite Margarita is the second foal from a full sister to $1.8 million-winning Bolt The Duer as well as a half-sister to the $1 million-winning mare Shanghai Lil. Favorite Margarita is a Bettor’s Delight half-sister to NYSS Final champion Tequila Monday, a filly that paced in 1:53 1/5 at Yonkers in just her third career start.

You just have to feel that A Rocknroll Dance is going to come up with a special horse in his first crop. Hip number 357 Casey Hanover is a colt, just the third in eight foals from Clouding Over, a daughter of Artsplace. All of her previous foals have made the races and we kind of liked her 3-year-old half-sister Candy Corn Hanover, a filly that won three legs of the Weiss Series this spring at Pocono and then tried to go up against Darlinonthebeach and Pure Country in the Miss Pennsylvania.

Hip number 107 Drum Hanover could prove to be an expensive commodity since he’s a son of Muscle Hill from the 100 percent producer Dornello, an Angus Hall mare. Three of her four foals are stakes winners including the gritty Lauderdale.

Another son of Muscle Hill with an abundant pedigree is Hip number 161 Versailles.  This is the second foal of the top Ontario campaigner Miss Paris, a daughter of Dan Patch juvenile filly champion Pizza Dolce.

Hip number 21 Story Time Hanover goes early in the sale but is assured to get plenty of looks since he’s a son of Muscle Hill and the first foal from Shared Past, a $400-plus winning daughter of Chocolatier. As if that wasn’t enough, she’s also a half-sister to Dejarmbro and also hails from the same immediate family as Manofmanymissions.