A number of racehorses were hot commodities during the fifth and final session of the 2022 Standardbred Horse Sale in Harrisburg, Pa., but none were hotter than Fire Start Hanover.
The 2020 Dan Patch Award winner for two-year-old pacing fillies, Fire Start Hanover boasts 16 career victories, a mark of 1:49 and earnings in excess of $1.3 million. The four-year-old daughter of Somebeachsomewhere - Fit To Frame sold as Hip 1414 and was purchased by Hunterton Farms' Cindy Stewart for $550,000.
There were three horses selling for half a million dollars on the nose, and one of those horses was just in the headlines for his Grand Circuit stakes victory a day prior. Double Deceiver, an 11-time winner and earner of $822,579 who won the 2022 Matron Stakes for three-year-old male trotters at Bally's Dover on Nov. 10, sold for $500,000 with Sweden's Brixton Medical signing the sales slip on Hip 1507.
Sophomore trotting fillies Bare My Soul and Selfie Queen also fetched final bids of $500,000.
Three-time winner Bare My Soul (Chapter Seven - Celebrity Angel) sold to Eric Crocker of Worthington, Pa. Hip 1405, Bare My Soul was coming into the sale off a fourth-place finish in the 2022 Breeders Crown Final where her share of the purse lifted her lifetime earnings to $296,962.
Seven-time winner Selfie Queen (Muscle Hill - Lady Lakewood) sports a mark of 1:51.1 and $481,982 in career earnings. Cindy Stewart also signed the sales slip on Hip 1429.
Trotting filly Peyton Hanover, Hip 1425, rounded out the five highest sales from the Friday session after attracting a bid of $430,000 from Robert Lindstrom of Sweden. The daughter of Muscle Hill - Pennies From Above boasts a mark of 1:51.2 taken at The Red Mile among her five wins, and her dam is a sister to O'Brien Award winner Wheeling N Dealin.
All five of the horses listed above were consigned to the sale by Preferred Equine.
The mixed portion of the concluded with 492 horses or shares being sold for $25,694,000, providing a mixed sale average of $52,224. Total sales for the mixed portion provided the third highest gross in sale history. The 2019 mixed sale sold 663 horses, grossed $27.02 million to average $40,756, while the 2021 mixed sale sold 521 with gross sales of $27.01 million and an average of $51,846.
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