09/16/2016 11:21AM

Giwner: Plenty of value available at Morrisville Yearling Sale

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Michelle Crawford
So So Sweet is a filly from the first crop of So Surreal. She is part of the Crawford Farms offering.

For those that believe a moderate investment in a standardbred yearling cannot produce results, they clearly have never checked out the Morrisville Sale in Upstate New York. With an average sales price of just $12,167 since 2013 and a strong contingent of on-track performers having earned well north of $100,000 in their first two years of racing, the sale at Morrisville provides even the smaller investor a chance to turn a hefty profit.

Slated for September 17, this year’s Morrisville Sale contains 89 yearlings by various trotting and pacing sires. From A to nearly Z—American Ideal to Western Terror—there is a horse for everyone up for grabs this Saturday. You can view videos of most of the yearlings online or check out the horses live during Preview Day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on September 16.

The majority of yearlings offered up at Morrisville come from four places—Crawford Farms, Lakeview Equine, Morrisville College and Preferred Equine. The first two are all selling 16 yearlings while Morrisville and Preferred will have 15 up for bids.

“This is a solid sale where you can come and get horses that can compete in New York State in Sire Stakes, if not Excelsior races,” said Michelle Crawford of Crawford Farms. “There are good quality horses in the sale. All you need to do is look at the brothers and sisters from these yearlings and see all the Sire Stakes winners.”

Crawford Farms had the sale-topper in 2015 when Royal Point (RC Royalty-Graduation Party) went to Ron Burke for $55,000. Run by Michelle and Albert Crawford, the Durhamville, NY farm led all consignors with a $21,143 average sales price from seven horses last year. Stepping up their game for 2016, the duo will bring 16 to the sales ring, four of which caught my eye.

HIP 13 BLOCKBUSTER is a Lucky Chucky-sired colt out of NY Starlet, whose family has produced several six-figure earners. This will be NY Starlet’s first foal by Lucky Chucky.

HIP 28 SO SO SWEET is the first foal from Sweet Like Candy (American Ideal-Ali Badali). Ali Badali has produced six winners including Sweet Hedge ($424,892) and Sweetnsinful ($322,285). So So Sweet is a filly from the first crop of So Surreal, the first son of Somebeachsomewhere to stand stud.

“Along with Rockalicious (colt by Rock N Roll Heaven out of The Company Store), she is getting the most inquires right now. Quite a few people have even tried to buy her prior to the sale,” said Crawford.

As for Rockalicious (HIP 39), Crawford calls him “the boss of the paddock” and a “beautifully conformed horse” that has raw athleticism.

HIP 32 RIOT is a Rock N Roll Heaven three-quarter brother to $2,430,023 earner A Rocknroll Dance. While the millionaire came as Wichita Hanover’s fourth foal (Riot is her ninth), it is worth noting that her mom, Wendymae Hanover, also foaled a great one in Western Hanover ($2,541,647).

“He’s a little smaller, that is why we put him in Morrisville instead of Lexington,” said Crawford.

HIP 38 NAMJE is another from the first crop of So Surreal. The colt is the first foal out of Isabella Gal, who earned $204,197 during her two years on the track and was a prolific NYSS winner, finishing second in the filly pacing championship as a 2-year-old.

Crawford also mentioned HIP 33 SHE LOVES ME (RC Royalty-Yessir Thatsmybaby) as a potential sleeper in the sale. “He showed me some extreme athleticism,” said Crawford.

The Morrisville College consignment brought home a solid $17,500 from 18 foals in 2015 and should be in line for another good showing led by a pair of interesting filly trotters.

HIP 26 ROYAL ILLUSION is a full sister to the 2-year-old NYSS champion in 2011, Royal Shyster, and a half-sister to two other six figure earners from the from Maggie Spur’s nine foals. Royal Illusion is the third foal by RC Royalty from Maggie Spur.

HIP 36 DEW TO WIN is a Deweycheatumnhowe filly by Winners Only, who has two $500K earners to her credit from six previous foals.

Lakeview Equine sold 15 yearlings for an average of just under $18,000 last year and has upped that number by one for their 2016 consignment. Of the group, a quartet stands out from the pack.

HIP 15 THE BLAZING TRUTH is the first Credit Winner foal from a mare that has yet to produce a winner from two prior starters. That said, Credit Winner sits second on the earnings list for sires of 2-year-old trotters while Andover Hall, who fathered broodmare Pink Caviar’s previous foals, is 16th on the list. It is also worth noting that second dam Sissy De produced San Remo Kosmos ($652,610) and Scully FBI ($522,371), who begat Federal Flex ($735,534).

HIP 40 VIOLETS TO YOU is a Muscle Mass half-sister to millionaire Crazed, he by Credit Winner. With this filly being the first by Mary Lou Hall from Muscle Mass, anything is possible.

HIP 44 THUNDERMAN will get attention from anyone who just watched Smalltownthrowdown finish a game second to Hambletonian winner Marion Marauder in the Yonkers Trot. Thunderman is a Conway Hall half-brother to the now $413,760-earning Smalltownthrowdown and the second foal from Ann’s Promise to eclipse the $260K mark.

HIP 48 STRIKING REALITY is a half-brother to four six-figure earners including Western Guy ($797,468).

Preferred Equine sold only six yearlings at Morrisville a year ago and have nearly tripled that number for 2016. The group is led by a pair of standout youngsters.

HIP 18 POSITIVE IMPACT will attempt to be the fourth foal from Raising The Bar to eclipse the $100K mark in earnings. Her first foal by Yankee Glide made over $595K and mom, Balanced Breeze, produced $1,313,972 earner Casual Breeze.

HIP 89 LETS TAKE A SELFIE is the first foal from Ladyotra to arrive since Art Rooney and Bluegrass winner In The Arsenal. An Artiscape half-sister to the $981,013 earner, Lets Take A Selfie has a chance to become the seventh foal from Ladyotra to earn north of $100K.

Giving a shout out to the little guy, or woman as it may be in this case . . .

HIP 4 ROCKING THE GOLD is consigned by Nina Simmonds from Golden Receiver fame, he the double millionaire with over 60 career wins. Interestingly, the current owner of this Pet Rock-sired colt is Golden Reciever LLC. Though broodmare Mini Mia has yet to produce from her two previous foals, 2nd dam Royal Gold sired Golden Receiver.