11/08/2017 8:21PM

Harness: Three days in the books at the 2017 Standardbred Horse Sale


HIP 582 Amanda Blue Chip, a Chapter Seven filly, brought $130,000 from Ken Jacobs to top the third and final day of the yearling-only portion of the 2017 Standardbred Horse Sale in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Consigned by Blue Chip Farms, who also bred her with Jordan Farkas and Jeffrey Rabinowitz, Amanda Blue Chip is out of the Cantab Hall mare Cantata and is from the family of Creamy Mimi and Pizza Dolce.

Also going into six figures on the day was HIP 606 Astaire, an American Ideal colt who was taken by John Como Jr. for $115,000.  Astaire, who was part of the Concord Stud Farm consignment, was bred by W Springtime Racing Stable and Shannon Brott and is the third foal out of the world champion Four Starzzz Shark mare Dancinwiththestarz ($918,605).

Rounding out the top three were a pair of yearlings who fetched $85,000.  The first was HIP 640 Woodside Cody, who was acquired by agent Linda Toscano, and the other one was HIP 772 Highmoon Sunshine, who went to agent Paul Reid.  Woodside Cody, a colt, is the first foal out of Filly Buster, a daughter of double millionaire and multiple award-winner Loyal Opposition, and Highmoon Sunshine, a filly from the first crop of Sunshine Beach, is the first foal out of Ozone, a full sister to the likes of Wind Me Up (Bettor's Delight, $349,383, 1:50 2/5).

The yearling-only portion of the Standardbred Horse Sale finished up 2.6% on average over last year. This year 851 yearlings were sold for a total of $33,763,500 and an average of $39,675, while in 2016 those numbers were 867 head hammered down for a sum of $33,511,500 and an average of $38,652.

Thursday brings the beginning of the two days of the Mixed Sale in Harrisburg, with HIPS 900-1215 on offer starting at 10 A.M.