01/15/2016 11:02AM

Harness: Meadowlands Mixed Sale offers quality racing talent

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Derick Giwner
Spider Blue Chip is slated to sell in the Meadowlands Mixed Sale.

A total of 248 racehorses will go up for bid on Monday in the Meadowlands January Select Mixed Sale. The roster of available standarbreds contains a wide variety of interesting veterans including 25 horses that have earned at least $300,000 in their careers.

The yearly sale, which gets underway in the Meadowlands Racetrack paddock at 11:00 a.m., will auction off 298 total lots and includes stallion shares and breedings, broodmares and short yearlings.

Spearheading the sale from an earnings perspective is former Breeders Crown champion Spider Blue Chip. The career winner of $1,229,717 qualified on January 8 in his first trip to the track since April 2015 and came back again this morning (Jan. 15) with an eighth-place finish in another qualifier. He set reasonable fractions on the lead of 29 1/5, 57 3/5 and 1:27 2/5 before fading in the stretch and stopping the timer in 1:57 3/5.

“He broke a coffin bone almost a year ago which is a hard injury to come back from, but he is doing good,” said current trainer Richard ‘Nifty’ Norman. “I wish he didn’t have to go through the sale but you have to do what you have to do.”

Mel Mara missed the entire 2015 racing season but sports a strong résumé that includes 10 wins from 45 career starts and $457,924 in earnings. Making his first charted appearances since September 2014, the son of Lis Mara put in two solid qualifiers at the Meadowlands and will compete this Saturday in the tenth race.

“He came back really good. He will probably need a couple of starts but he should make a good accounting for himself on Saturday,” said Myron Bell, who co-owns the 7-year-old with Brittany Farms under the name Riverview Racing LLC.

Despite the lengthy time on the sides, Bell has no regrets. “He is a fast horse and he gave us some nice moments,” said Bell.

One of the more interesting mares slated to sell has to be 4-year-old Southwind Roulette. The Ron Burke-trained pacer earned $218,870 in her sophomore campaign despite going winless in 18 starts. She finished second in the Jugette and has displayed the ability to race well over any size track.

Another Burke 4-year-old that had modest success against the best in his class is Yankee Bounty. The gelded son of Yankee Cruiser earned $624,916 in his first two years of racing while setting a lifetime best mark of 1:49 3/5. He also qualified on Friday morning and finished a deceiving seventh as he was forced wide when interfered with by a breaker off the first turn and raced the final half without cover on the rim.​

Six-year-old trotter Lindy’s Tru Grit is coming off a year in which he earned $163,974 and recently returned from a short break with a pair of solid second-place finishes in the Open at the Meadowlands. He joins another interesting older trotter in Master Of Law. Under the care of Jimmy Takter the son of Dewycheatumnhowe earned $187,312 in 2015 while spending time racing against some of the top horses in his division.

For updated race lines or more information on the sale, visit www.tattersallsredmile.com.

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