10/28/2014 1:35PM

Marks: The ones to watch at the Harrisburg sale

Mark Hall/USTA
Detour Hanover sold for $825,000 at Harrisburg in 2011. His full brother--D Man Hanover--sells as HIP 109.

As verified by our Lexington review, predicting sales toppers sight unseen is haphazard at best, though there are those based on pedigree alone that figure to sell well. And since for the most part the horses tabbed did sell well, let’s follow the same pattern at the upcoming Standardbred Horse Sales Company Harrisburg event.

Harrisburg differs from Lexington in that it’s more of a marathon in terms of sheer volume per sales session, and that alone can negatively impact the feeding frenzy that tends to occur on Lexington’s opening night.

This year Lexington’s opening session featured 98 selected yearlings while Harrisburg’s opening session will offer 230. While the session will undoubtedly produce similar numbers to Lexington in terms of hammer price, the overall average may be lower due to the greater number of yearlings offered.

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The good horses will sell very well. Let’s see if we can pinpoint a couple.

HIP #11 Pro Bono Hanover (Donato Hanover-Possess The Magic)  Here’s the first Donato Hanover from the millionaires Possess The Magic dam of this year’s outstanding late developing Deweycheatumnhowe son Master Of Law, he one of the few horses to beat Sebastian K S this year doing so in the Centaur at Hoosier Park  in September.  Although Donato Hanover has been more successful with fillies thus far which could keep this colt from sales topper status, he will indeed have his lookers and should sell very well. That is of course if he looks the part. 

HIP #61 LOVIN LIFE (Western Ideal-Lisjune), a Pennsylvania eligible three-quarter sister to the rugged and remarkable I Luv The Nitelife, should have no shortage of lookers, especially when they see her pacing on the video.  The sire Western Ideal is having another superb year and this catalog page is black type all the way.

HIP # 109 D MAN HANOVER (Andover Hall-D Train) might not bring the $825,000 that his full brother Detour Hanover was hammered down for, but he’s a looker and will sell extremely well. The sire Andover Hall has Nuncio this year and of course there’s also full brother Donato Hanover, the first name under the first dam on the catalog page.

HIP # 111 KISS ME (American Ideal-Kiss Me Kate) is by the highly successful American Ideal from a full sister to the brilliant broodmare Kikikatie, dam of five sub 1:50 pacers. Kiss Me offers the added inducement of being New York eligible.  If she looks the part, she will sell well.   

HIP # 130 NACHOMAMA BLUECHIP (Rock N Roll Heaven-Shot Togo Blue Chip) Rock N Roll Heaven’s first crop has featured some significant fillies and here’s the first Rock N Roll Heaven sister to the outstanding American Ideal brother pair of Heston Blue Chip and Sunfire Blue Chip. The second dam is a full sister to Kikikatie, and that alone guarantees an abundance of attention. Rock N Roll Heaven is by Western Ideal’s son Rocknroll Hanover. Thus the switch from Western Ideal’s other great siring son American Ideal keeps things all in the Western Ideal sire line. Again, her looks will be the key.         

HIP # 132 STEPENWOLF HANOVER (Somebeachsomewhere-So Perfect) is one I’ve heard is a “looker” and given Somebeachsomewhere’s continued performance, he’ll have his share of bidders.  The dam So Perfect (1:51 2/5 as 2YO), traces back to the foundation mares Shifting Sands and Shifting Scene, which will intrigue the pedigree pundits. In addition, the colt Stepenwolf Hanover is her first foal, always a plus if he looks the part.

HIP #153 RAJADHIRAJA (Muscles Yankee-Thatsnotmyname) would be sales topper material if he was a Muscle Hill, but given that he’s a three-quarter brother in blood to Hambletonian winner Muscle Massive and successful Ontario sire Muscle Mass, he could approach that territory anyway- if he looks the part. He’s the first foal of Merrie Annabelle winner Thatsnotmyname (Windsongs Legacy-Graceful Touch), and she in turn is a half-sister to the above named brothers Muscle Massive and Muscle Mass.

HIP # 184 HUNTINGTON BEACH (Muscle Hill-Windylane Hanover) - At this point, we know Muscle Hill is an outstanding young sire and if this colt from the brilliant Windylane Hanover looks the part, the sky could be the limit.  If not, he’ll sell well anyway being the second Muscle Hill from the mare, and a brother to this year’s late developing Muscle Diamond. In this case his looks and conformation will speak volumes.    

HIP # 189 ARROW HANOVER (Somebeachsomewhere-A and G’s Confusion) - Take a Somebeachsomewhere filly from the brilliant A And G’s Confusion  (1:50 2/5,  with earnings $1,472,566) that has been reported as “looking the part” and you’re looking at a potential pacing filly sales topper.  In addition, the dam was 2-year-old Filly of the Year in her year, which enhances the early speed likeliness on both sides of the pedigree. 

HIP # 281 DASH OF DANGER (Western Terror- Grand Lady)  - Finally the owners of super broodmare Grand Lady (Matt’s Scooter-Grand Vitesse) sent her to Western Terror, who’s success with Matt’s Scooter broodmares approaches  golden cross territory, with four of his top 11 money earners having that cross.  Grand Lady is the dam of Glowing Report and Well Said’s dam Must See. Name examples of the Western Terror-Matt’s Scooter cross include major stakes stars Economy Terror, Yellow Diamond, Drop The Ball and Straight Shooting.  While HIP # 281 will probably not approach sales topper status, owing to the dam’s age, he should indeed have a procession of major colt buyers lining up by his stall to see what he looks like.

HIP # 306 SOUTHWIND BILLY (Sportswriter-Burnett Blue Chip) is undoubtedly one of the better bred Sportswriters being from the immediate family of He’s Watching, with black type performers all over his catalog page. This colt will have no shortage of curiosity seekers. Sportswriter has been sensational in Canada this year and his son Reverend Hanover might be among the top two or three 2-year-old pacers to be found anywhere this year.  If “Billy” here looks the part, he’ll sell quite well.

Sophisticated buyers always look at who in particular is selling a prospect and that alone can negatively impact what appears to be a sure-fire pedigree. The reason for this is that if “that owner” is selling what should be a colt or filly he should be keeping, at least on paper, chances are he’s not what his catalog page says he should be.

You now have my top ten to watch (and one for good luck) at the Standardbred Horse Sale which commences on Monday (11/3) at 11:00 a.m. in Harrisburg, PA. Will they all bring big money and turn into stars? Time will tell.

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