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Friday, January 16, 2015

January Mixed Sale

The January Mixed Sale at the Meadowlands will be held on Monday. Rocklamation, the seven-year-old co-winner of the Dan Patch for aged pacing mares, who earned more than $500,000 last year, is for sale. Matron and Windy City Pace winner Big Boy Dreams, the premier offspring of BC and Messenger winner If I Can Dream, and the 2013 BC winner, the puzzling Spider Blue Chip, will also go home with the highest bidder.

Last year Wake Up Peter, who was winless in 19 starts at three, went to Ray Remmen for $210,000, and subsequently won 14 races and earned $256,000. Another high priced success was the now six-year-old pacing mare Yagonnakissmeornot, who won the Allerage, earned more than a half-million dollars and took a 1:49.3 mark for Rene Allard.

A big miss last year was the sale topper, Emeritus Maximus, who went to the Cancelliere brothers for $248,000. They have since hooked up with Myron Bell’s group, so the days of wild spending sprees on unworthy horses are probably over. Emeritus, now five, had only won six races when he entered the ring, but he had earned more than $292,000. In 2014 the son of Rocknroll won seven times, one of those for Tony Alagna and the previous ownership group, and earned $107,000.

Another high-end purchase at last year’s January Mixed Sale was the Yankee Glide trotter, Appomattox. Reima Kuisla paid $200,000 for the now six-year-old, who only won twice in 2014, earning $34,000.

Josh Green, who was issued a time out for most of the 2014 season, spent $85,000 of Baron Racing’s money on EZ Noah, a now six-year-old Western Terror pacer, who banked $118,000 in 40 starts last year. He won eight times and made the board in half his starts.  

Bamond Racing came close to doubling their money when they purchased the Rocknroll mare Rockaround Sue for $87,000 and saw her earn $164,000 in 2014. Much of that money was earned against high-end non winners and preferred mares at Yonkers Raceway.

The eight-year-old Astreos pacer Sparky Mark earned $191,000 in 32 starts during 2013. He was sold at the 2014 January Mixed Sale to Rene Allard’s connections for $100,000. Sparky banked more than $96,000 in 31 starts and has already raced in 2015.

Six-year-old Mortal Zin has been through the sale the past two years. The son of Rocknroll went from Burke to Alagna in 2013 for $87,000, after banking $112,000 at three. He only won three times and earned $49,000 that year. And a year ago he moved on to Mark Ford for $55,000. Mortal Zin won five of 45 starts and earned more than $100,000 in 2014.

Some of the others selling Monday are Major Dancer, Capital Account, Somestarsomewhere and Somesizesomestyle.

Joe FitzGerald


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