Indiana yearling sales conducted amid Kentucky racing
Last week saw harness racing stables with local connections racing in Kentucky at Oak Grove and replenishing their stock with yearlings purchased in Indianapolis at the Hoosier Classic Select Yearling Sale.
Last Sunday, the Conrad stable nabbed second-place money at Oak Grove with 3-year-old pacers Seaside Hill and Jack Wacker and a fourth-place check with older pacer Bludhaven.
On Monday, another second-place check with a 2-year-old pacer, La Parka, was earned. Charlie Conrad also drove a horse trained by Mike Hollenbeck of Converse to a victory as Seal O’Neil bested a field of young pacers.
Continuing the successful week on Tuesday, the Brock stable of Louisville sent the older pacer Hayswood Ron postward, and he was barely nipped at the wire in his race, collecting second-place money. The horse is owned by Hayswood Farm of Corydon.
Each fall horse breeders from Indiana and those from other states who utilize stallions which stand in Indiana offer for sale yearling racing prospects at the Hoosier Classic Select Yearling Sale at the state fairgrounds in Indianapolis. These horses will be eligible to race at Indiana county fairs and at Hoosier Park in Anderson. The sale began Thursday night with a time for viewing the horses and a dinner hosted by various feed companies and other vendors. The meal consisted of barbecued pulled pork and chicken with side dishes and pie with ice cream.
This year, a total of 400 horses were accepted into the Friday and Saturday sale, and the quality drove record prices for these Indiana-sired horses. The previous record price paid for an Indiana-sired horse, $240,000, was beaten Friday afternoon when a Chicago owner, just getting into harness racing, was the final bidder on a brother to the horse that won this year’s Hambletonian Stakes. Doug Overhiser paid $255,000 for the prospect offered by Peninsula Farm of Georgetown, Ky.
Overhiser spent more than $1.4 million at the Lexington sale the first week of October and another $379,000 at the Hoosier sale, acquiring several horses, so it appears he has a serious interest in racing.
A total of $8.6 million was spent on the 400 head, a sale average of $21,441 per horse. That average price is a 12% increase over 2020 and an increase of 330% over prices paid just eight years ago. Clearly, breeding standardbred horses is one part of the Hoosier agricultural economy which is prospering, due to the hard work and investment of many breeders.
After purchasing two yearlings at the Lexington Select Sale just two weeks ago, the Conrad stable added three more Indiana yearlings, all pacers, to their barn. Two fillies and one colt went on the Conrad trailer at the end of the day Saturday headed to their new home. Hayswood Farm of Corydon joined ownership groups on two pacing prospects, a colt and a filly, which will be under the direction of trainer LeWayne Miller of Anderson.