11/13/2014 9:56PM

Marks: Harrisburg Sale report card

Derick Giwner
Maven topped the sale at Harrisburg with a $750,000 purchase price.

Overall the Standardbred Horse Sale at Harrisburg was strong, especially the mixed portion where the great Maven was acquired by Herb Liverman for $750,000. The yearling session was pretty much as expected with many high spots, the foremost going to a Muscle Hill colt named Brooklyn Hill from the Conway Hall mare Brooklyn, who attracted a sales topper bid of $390,000

As for our selections, let’s run them down and see how they did.

HIP # 11 PRO BONO HANOVER, the Donato Hanover brother to late developing Master Of Law, seemed somewhat underwhelming when you looked at him, but he’ll have his chance going to Russian interests for $20,000. Even if he’s somewhat less than sensational on the racetrack, his powerful pedigree alone will make him usable as a stud in Russia.

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HIP # 61 LOVIN LIFE - As expected the sister to I Luv The Nitelive went to the “Nitelife” connections with Chris Ryder signing the ticket following a bid of $120,000.  She figured to sell well and she did.

HIP # 109 D MAN HANOVER - We had heard the full brother to Donato Hanover and Detour Hanover was a looker and indeed he was. Brother “Detour’s” failure to live up to his $800,000+ price tag as a yearling may have kept this boy from the stratosphere numbers, but his hammer price of $200,000 was indeed respectable.

HIP # 111 KISS ME - Just before she entered the ring a well known trainer who would have bought her for one of his principal owners mentioned that “She could have some issues” and preceded not to bid. As it is, she sold for a creditable $75,000 though the scuttlebutt that tends to circulate around the auction ring could have negatively impacted the number this American Ideal from Kikikatie’s sister Kiss Me Kate would ultimately sell for.

HIP # 130 NACHOMAMA BLUE CHIP - The Rock N Roll Heaven sister to Heston Blue Chip and Sunfire Blue Chip did indeed look the part and Tony O Sullivan signed the ticket for Rock N Roll Heaven’s owner Joe Bellino at a final bid of $160,000, which proved the sales topper for a pacing filly.

HIP # 135 STEPENWOLF HANOVER was indeed a looker as advertised and after some spirited bidding the Myron Bell team landed the handsome son of Somebeachsomewhere for $300,000, which proved the top number for a pacing bred colt. Of interest here is that the Cancelliere brothers, who often are sales topper bidders in their own right, joined forces with Mr. Bell’s team and will own a portion of the colt.

HIP # 153 RAJADHIRA - Billed as a potential sales topper if he looked the part, the Muscles Yankee-Thatsnotmyname thee-quarter brother to Muscle Massive and Muscle Mass brought just $4,000 for two very distinct reasons.  One is that the colt had previously underwent colic surgery and the second being that he was an unimpressive smallish individual who did not video well. This is why serious buyers do their homework and check these individuals out thoroughly rather than just relying on an impressive pedigree page. Frank Chick signed the ticket and will probably resell at his Delaware auction next month.

HIP # 184. HUNTINGTON BEACH - Sight unseen it figured that one of the Muscle Hill’s would become a    buzz horse. Brooklyn Hill from the Conway Hall mare proved indeed that, topping the sale at $390,000. On his dam’s side, Brooklyn Hill traces back to the Pizza Dolce family, so the genetic eligibility to sell high was there assuming he looked the part. You’ll recall that the Kadabra daughter of Pizza Dolce brought $400,000 at the last month’s Lexington Selected sale and another member of this tribe brought $250,000 in the mixed sale on Saturday.  Huntington Beach meanwhile brought a creditable $90,000. Though he may not have been the individual Brooklyn Hill was, it’ll be interesting to compare how they fare next year at this time.

HIP # 189 ARROW HANOVER - Another one billed as a looker and indeed she was, attracting a respectable final bid of $115,000.  She had the looks but not necessarily the maternal pedigree to attain stratospheric auction numbers, though her dam A And G’s Confusion was freshman filly champion in 2007.

HIP # 281 DASH OF DANGER - This first Western Terror from the grand old producer Grand Lady, dam also of Glowing Report and Well Said’s dam Must See, brought a highly creditable $100,000 from Marvin Rounick, who tends to focus on foals of this grand old mare.  How old is Grand Lady?  She was from the first crop of Matt’s Scooter foaled in 1991. Dash Of Danger was a looker.

HIP # 306 SOUTHWIND BILLY - Never got to see him but he was one of the better bred Sportswriters at the sale being from a daughter of Leah Almahurst, and his hammer price of $50,000 is respectable indeed. Sportswriter has been impressive both in Australia and Canada with his initial crops.

In all, the Harrisburg sale was pretty much as expected following the good showing in Lexington. The highs were very high and the lows on the lower side. The Ontario breds sold very well justifying the renewed optimism increased governmental support has brought to the racing industry.          

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