The fourth session of the 2010 Harrisburg Yearling was conducted on Thursday, with another 279 youngsters going through the ring
. A four-day total of $34,557,201 has been spent on yearlings, and that translates into average sale price of $30,745.
A pair of $70,000 purchases proved to be the highest priced yearlings to go through the ring on Thursday, with one of them being Bolt The Duer - a pacing colt by Ponder. Out of the Artsplace mare Wonderbolt, Bolt The Duer is a half-brother to the likes of speedsters such as Shanghai Lil (1:51.2 - $896,166), Blue Claw (1:49.4 - $404,566) and Devilfish (1:48.3 - $141,240).John Como, Jr. of Towaco, NJ signed the sale slip on the colt who was consigned by Peninsula Farm.
Arc De Triumph, a pacer from the first crop of Tell All, also sold for $70,000. The yearling was the third foal out of the accomplished Artsplace mare, Animated Art (1:49.3 - $560,346).
The colt, who sold as part of the Hunterton Farm consignment, was purchased by Warren Giegold of Garrett, IN.
The auction runs through Saturday, November 13 at Harrisburg's Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex Sales Arena. Over 2,200 horses ranging from yearlings and weanlings to racehorses and broodmares, stallions and stallion shares will hit the auction block.
Through the yearling portion, the leading consignor this year is Adam Bowden's Diamond Creek Farms with an average of $48,579 for his 18 yearlings. Not far behind are Blue Chip Farms (48 yearlings, $48,454 average) and Rob and Tammy McNiven's Twinbrook Farms of Embro, Ont. (8 yearlings, $48,375).
The leading pacing stallion (with three or more yearlings in the auction) is Jeremes Jet. The Ontario-based stallion’s offspring sold for an average of $55,500. To put that into perspective, the average price for Rocknroll Hanover’s yearlings was just below $44,000. The only sire higher than Jeremes Jet is Credit Winner, whose youngsters sold for an average of just over $60,000.
Canadians were out in full force at Harrisburg. Of the 1,124 yearlings sold, Canucks brought home 275 yearlings at a total of $8,281,500. Based on the name and address of the primary purchaser, here's the breakdown of where those yearlings went.
Alberta - 11 yearlings - $332,000
New Brunswick - 6 yearlings - $127,000
Nova Scotia - 13 yearlings - $193,500
Ontario - 201 yearlings - $6,372,000
Prince Edward Island - 13 yearlings - $156,000
Quebec - 31 yearlings - $1,101,000
Ontario represented the single highest state OR province of yearling buyers. The next highest is New Jersey with 172 yearlings purchased for sales representing $6,351,500.
"The Canadian influence was HUGE. We would have been in deep trouble without them," Standardbred Horse Sales Co.'s Murray Brown told Trot Insider.
"The market has held up remarkably well for what is perceived as high quality - especially New York and Ontario-breds. They love the Jeremes Jets. Not so much for other first year pacing sires. All in all considering the economy, it's been a very strong sale."
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