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Monday, October 13, 2014

Part II Of A Look At How The Trotting Stallions Fared At Lexington Selected

This concludes a look at how the trotting stallions made out at the Lexington Selected Sale.

Donato Hanover sold 39—nine more than last year—and his average was up 15% to $50,872. Four, or 10%, brought at least $100,000, while 18, or 46%, sold for at least $50,000. And 20% of them failed to surpass $15,000. There will be 46 for sale in Donato’s home state of Pennsylvania.
His top was a $105,000 colt out of BC winner Southwind Wasabi. He went to the Sedin Brothers.

Kentucky Futurity, Del Miller and Bluegrass winner Shake It Cerry is his star. And Designed To Be and Livininthefastlane are a couple of other good fillies. Donato, a confirmed filly sire, finally saw one of his sons—Your So Vain—top the earnings of Possess The Will, who was from his first crop. And Bluegrass winners Uncle Lasse and The Bank also give cause for hope in this regard.

Yankee Glide, who lacked marquee players in 2014, sold 28 yearlings in Lexington, nine fewer than last year, at a $42,679 average—down only 3% from 2013. Only two surpassed $100,000 while eight, or29%, sold for at least $50,000. A quarter of them failed to top the $15,000 mark. These are poor numbers for a $12,500 stallion. He had been at $15,000 in 2013. Wouldn’t be surprised to see another drop. Seventeen will sell at Harrisburg.

Yankee Glide did make two strong high end sales: Jimmy Takter gave $200,000 for a brother to Guccio, while a full-sister to All Laid Out sold for $140,000.

Manofmanymissions, a six-year-old son of Yankee Glide who moved from Ontario to Ohio in 2014 and stands for $5,500, is selling his first crop this year. Nineteen sold in Lexington for a $31,474 average. Two of them surpassed $100,000: a half-brother to Bee A Magician brought $130,000 while a brother to D’Orsay sold for $120,000. So those two and one other topped $50,000—16%. Eight, or 42%, failed to bring more than $15,000. These yearlings will be eligible to the Ontario Sire Stakes. Twenty-one will sell in Harrisburg.

Lucky Chucky wasn’t greeted warmly in Lexington. Sixteen fewer sold this year than sold from his initial offering in 2013. And his average dropped by 43%. Other than that, it was all stars and flowers. None brought $100,000. This in contrast to last year when the Cancellieres bought a Lucky Chucky half- brother to Muscle Massive and Muscle Mass for $450,000. About 28% of them topped $50,000 and 33% failed to top $15,000. A half-brother to Struck By Lindy brought $80,000. Seventeen will sell in Harrisburg. Last year 32 sold there.

Chucky ranked third in the sophomore trot category of the NYSS. Nunkeri, Mambo Blue Chip and Gabe The Bear Dean are a few of his better ones.

Only five by Explosive Matter sold at Lexington, down from nine last year. Thirty-eight will be available in Harrisburg. They averaged $31,400, down about 7% from 2013. Two brought at least $50,000 while another pair failed to top $15,000.

Explosive Matter stands at Hanover for $7,500 and has been popular. Although Datsyuk did beet Father Patrick in the Tompkins Geers, this was not a strong year for Explosive Matter, whose oldest are sophomores. Amped Up Hanover and Struck By Lindy are a couple of other good ones.

Muscle Massive saw his first crop race this year; the fillies Gatka Hanover, Speak To Me and Blessings Counted were good, and his son Cruzado Dela Noche won a split of the ISS. They showed promise but nobody was holding any parades for them.

Thirteen sold in Lexington, a dozen fewer than last year, but his average was up 30% to $33,077. None of them cracked the $100,000 threshold, but five, or 38%, topped $50,000. And 46% of them failed to sell for more than $15,000. Thirty-one will sell in Harrisburg, which serves as the seven-year-old’s home court.

Older brother Muscle Mass, who now stands in New York, sold nine Ontario eligible, up from seven in 2013. His average was up 11% to $27,778. Only one topped $50,000. Two sold for less than $15,000. Muscle Mass nosed out Kadabra for the top spot on the Ontario SS leader board with 43 wins and more than $1.6 million in earnings. Last year’s O’Brien winner Riveting Rosie came around during the latter stages of the campaign and recently won her Super Final.

Nineteen-year-old Muscles Yankee, who now stands in New York for $10,000, sold a dozen New Jersey eligibles. This was down from 18 last year while his average was up slightly to $32,000. A pair brought at least $50,000 and four failed to top $15,000. Sumatra, who won the Bucket and the Dexter Cup, was one of his better ones.

The averages were up overall, but there’s a lot of mediocrity within these numbers.

Joe FitzGerald





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