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Friday, October 21, 2016

Lexington Selected Trotters 2016

This is a survey of how the trotting stallions fared at the recent Lexington Selected Sale.

Muscle Hill was far and away the leader as he sold 52 from his fifth crop for a weighty $114,385 average. That represents a 25% increase over last year. The fact that this is the first crop eligible to the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes adds considerable value to each purchase. And many of the yearlings sold at Lexington, from a variety of stallions, have dual eligibility to resident programs like Kentucky and New Jersey.

A brother to Mission Brief brought $800,000, while two other colts sold for $350,000 and $300,000. Last year in Lexington a half to Father Patrick, who went for $350,000, was the only plus $300,000 sale. In addition, three colts and a filly topped $200,000 and ten colts and five fillies broke $100,000. In all, 22 yearlings, or 42% of his offering, sold for more than $100,000.

Twenty-five colts and 14 fillies—75%--broke $50,000, while all but four of the 52 topped $25,000.

The sire of Ariana G, Southwind Frank and Bar Hopping sold 26 here and 31 in Harrisburg in 2014, but last year it was 49 here to 17 at Harrisburg. In 2015 his average jumped $16,000 in Lexington, while it declined 18% in Harrisburg. Only 22, or 42% as many, will sell in Pennsylvania.

Cantab Hall, who averaged $28,000 less than Muscle Hill last year at this event, while selling 48 yearlings, fell $46,705 behind this time around. Cantab Hall’s 48 averaged $67,680, up $9,451, or 14 %, from 2015.

 A colt out of a sister to Muscle Mass and Muscle Massive brought $350,000; a colt and a filly exceeded $200,000; and two colts and three fillies topped $100,000. That represents 16% of the offering crossing the $100,000 threshold. On the other hand, Muscle Hill saw 42% of his group crack $100,000.

Twenty-two—44%--broke $50,000, as opposed to 75% for Muscle Hill, while 92% topped $25,000. This is an improvement over last year when 34% topped $50,000.

Cantab, who stands for $20,000, the highest published fee for a trotter, had a very good sale; it’s almost unfair to compare his figures with those of the behemoth with the bulging muscles. (Patrick also gets $20,000.)

Kadabra sold 11 yearlings from his eleventh Ontario crop for an impressive $82,091 average, up 32% from last year. A pair of fillies topped $100,000. Nine brought at least $50,000 while all of them beat $25,000.

There will be no Muscle Mass freshmen to compete with in the OSS next year, and no Muscle Mass get at all in 2018. The Ontario trotting stallions aren’t exactly a murderer’s row of talent so Kadabra will have free reign. He stands for $12,000 (U.S.).

Archangel sells his first Ontario crop next year. The same goes for E L Titan.

Credit Winner sold 38 for a $59,842 average. He sold the same number here in 2015 for 14% less. A filly out of Pizza Dolce, eligible in New York and Kentucky, brought $350,000, while the first foal—a filly—out of world champion Check Me Out sold for $260,000. Four, or 12.5%, brought at least $100,000, while 20, or 62.5%, commanded $50,000 or more. And 94% topped $25,000. The sire of Devious Man and Fad Finance saw his fee drop from $14,000 to $10,000 in 2016.

Chapter Seven sold 24 from his second crop of 71 for an average of $53,042—down 13% from last year’s sale. A colt and a filly topped $100,000 and 42% beat $50,000. Twenty of the 24 exceeded $25,000. The sire of world champion Walner was second to Credit Winner on the NYSS points list. Chapter Seven stands for $7,500.

Donato Hanover sold 34—8 more than last year—at a $40,029 average. That’s about the same as last year. A half-brother to Snow White sold for $200,000, while a colt and a filly topped $100,000. Nine, or 35%, exceeded $50,000 and 15, or 58%, broke $25,000. Last year only one topped $100,000. The same 35% cracked $50,000 in 2015. The sire of Broadway Donna, CMO, D’One, Shake It Cerry and The Bank isn’t exactly knocking them dead in Kentucky.

The results weren’t any better last year in Harrisburg, where he will sell 42 in November.  Forty averaged $38,744, and there were three in the supplemental offering. Only a third of them exceeded the $50,000 level. Donato stands for $15,000.

Conway Hall only sold six—half as many as last year—but his average jumped 45% to $62,833. One sold for $120,000; four of them beat $50,000; and all six topped $25,000. The sire of Wishing Stone, Habitat and Dayson, who ranked third in the NYSS, will sell 14 in Harrisburg. His fee was cut from $7,500 to $5,000 this year.

Andover Hall didn’t spark any parades as 14—four more than 2015—averaged $39,143, which was slightly more than last year. One colt brought $120,000, while 21% beat $50,000 and half of them failed to top $25,000. Twenty-nine will sell in Harrisburg where his average for 26 sold dropped 23% to $31,808 in 2015. His fee was reduced from $10,000 to $8,000 in 2016.

Explosive Matter, the sire of Pinkman, Love Letters and Iron Mine Bucky, averaged $35,067 for 15 sold—up 10% from last year. One topped $100,000 and three beat $50,000. Seventeen averaged a disappointing $17,564 at Harrisburg in 2015. A large offering of 39 will be served up in Harrisburg. He stands for $7,500.

Muscle Mass, who is back in Ontario, but has two New York crops to peddle, averaged $31,688 for 16 sold. Last year he only offered one at this sale. A couple topped $50,000 and 69% broke $25,000. This is his sixth crop—the first from New York. Muscle Mass, who has been more successful than his more celebrated brother, is second to Kadabra in the OSS, and while his offspring haven’t wandered far from the provincial program, he has been very successful in it.

Twenty-two-year-old Yankee Glide, who is moving from Pennsylvania to Kentucky for the 2017 season, averaged $30,148 for 27 sold in Lexington—down slightly from last year. A brother to MOMM sold for $120,000 and 22% broke $50,000. Only 41% sold for $25,000 and up. Yankee Glide stood for $20,000 in 2011, but that fee has gradually dropped over the last several years. It was $7,500 in 2016 and will revert to “private treaty” status in the Bluegrass State.

Lucky Chucky sells his fourth crop this year. Last year’s group was bred in Pennsylvania, but this one is eligible to the NYSS, as well as the Kentucky and Maryland programs in some cases. After seeing his average drop by 43% in 2014 and more than half last year, he came out of his tailspin—relatively speaking—and registered a 44% rise to $24,917 for a dozen sold. One, a filly out of a sister to Windsong’s Soprano, cracked $50,000, while 42% of them topped $25,000.  Dog Gone Lucky, who showed great promise at two with late season wins in the Valley Victory and Matron, came up empty at three, but NYSS champ Non Stick met with much success. Eighteen will sell in Pennsylvania. Chucky’s fee went from $7,500 to $6,000 and is now at $4,000.

Muscle Massive sold twelve for a $19,500 average—down 13%. Two beat $25,000. His fee was cut from $7,500 to $4,000 in 2016. Twenty-nine will sell in Harrisburg.

Joe FitzGerald

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