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Hoosier Classic standardbred sale comes to close for locals

Hoosier Classic standardbred sale comes to close for locals Hoosier Classic standardbred sale comes to close for locals

Fall brings the annual ritual of auction sales for promising Indiana standardbred yearlings and the challenge of picking out and successfully buying the champions of tomorrow.

This is exactly like the annual draft of players in professional sports leagues, as the folks who have raised these colts and fillies wait anxiously to see where their young charges will go to become professional race horses.

The premier yearling sale in Indiana takes place at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis. Known as the Hoosier Classic, this sale is limited to 370 horses, selected for their pedigrees, looks and the exploits of their older brothers and sisters. Harrison County was well represented at the sale last week, with both buyers and a seller of horses.

Two fillies from the Alvin Walther breeding farm south of Lanesville sold the second day, Saturday, and both went to predictable homes.

The first to sell, a daughter of Walther’s mare Hoosier Vacation named Brandon’s Rose, went to the same ownership group who purchased her brother last year. They bid $10,000 for the right to add her to their training barn.

The second to sell, a daughter of Kieanna’s Angel named Angel’s Destiny, went to noted trainer Brian Brown of Ohio for a bid of $20,000. Brown has long had excellent results racing horses sired by Always a Virgin, an Indiana stallion, who is the sire of both Destiny and Rose. Brown was seen shaking his head in amazement as the auctioneer’s hammer fell, knowing he had purchased the biggest bargain of the sale.

The Charlie Conrad stable purchased three horses at the sale, including a pacing filly named Topville Celebrity for $12,500. Conrad has successfully campaigned three of this filly’s siblings in the past. Pacing colts joined the Conrad barn at $15,000 and $11,000, respectively. Look for all three of these horses to race well in Indiana next summer.

Hayswood Farm of Corydon was part of a group which purchased a gray colt from the first crop of the famous stallion JK Endofanera. The hammer fell at $20,000 for Caption This, a gray pacer who will join the LeWayne Miller Stable at Pacesetter Farms training center northeast of Anderson.

John Spotten of LaGrange, Ky., who trains at the Harrison County Fairgrounds track in Corydon, purchased a yearling trotting filly named Now I Love You for $14,000.

Racing continues at Hoosier Park in Anderson for two more weeks, and tonight (Wednesday) the card includes a pacing race for which Hayswood Ron, owned by King Racing of Willshire, Ohio, and Hayswood Farm, is entered. Following the closing of the Hoosier Park meet on Nov. 9, racing will shift to Ohio tracks for the winter.