The Alberta Standardbred Horse Association held their 2014 Yearling Sale this past afternoon in Olds, AB. The ASHA sale was a huge success which showed the optimism that Alberta Harness racing will be revitalized. It was great to see such a large crowd with a lot of bidding action going on. It appears we are starting to see the confidence coming back to our industry.
Lots of excitement surrounded the event with the Sales results. There were some very impressive looking individuals which reflected in the purchase prices and every yearling that walked in the ring offered something for the buyer. The breeders did an outstanding job in having their yearlings looking great and ready for the ring. The sale confirmed the often said statement that if the horses look the part, they’ll bring the money.
A total of 54 yearlings were sold for $646,400, nearly double the total sales from last year and producing an average price of $11,970 which is approximately 20% higher than 2013. Last year, the average yearling price was $10,027 selling for a total of $351,000.
On behalf of President Norm Kennedy and the Board of Directors, ASHA would like to thank all the breeders and the Alberta horsemen for showing the resilience they have had during these past few years. We look forward to a promising harness racing industry going forward.
"I would say that our sale went extremely well. The first few horses were a little light but once we got rolling, they returned very well," ASHA President Norm Kennedy told Trot Insider. "It's very very important to get back into the Calgary area (with Century Downs scheduled to open in 2015). Looking around here today, we're seeing some of the former owners back picking up a few more horses than they have in the recent past.
"With the new track coming, you can't help but have some enthusiasm."
Sale Topper “Green Rider” Brings $40,000
Green Rider, Hip 55 was the sale topper with a final bid of $40,000. Green Rider was purchased by SSG Stable and consigned by long time breeder Dr. Larry Hanson of Emerald Park, SK. The handsome bay colt is sired by Mach Three and the first foal out of the Presidential Ball mare Prairie Tracker ($265,800 – 1:52.4).
Hip 41 Jazzy Jay went to Blair Corbeil and Kelly Hoerdt for $38,000. The beautiful daughter of I Zee who is consigned by Meridian Farms and is the fifth foal out of the mare Just Sassy ($269,400 – 1:54.1). The filly is a half sister to Big N Bad ($261,126 – 1:51.3), Just Saucy ($81,621 – 1:54.1) and Ghost Pine ($52,635) who just took a track record of 1:51.3 at Alberta Downs on October 5, 2014.
Sudden Storm, Hip 44, rounded out the top three highest priced yearlings of the sale at $30,000 and was purchased by Keith Clark and bred by Meridian Farms. The colt is sired by Allamerican Navajo and is the first foal out of the Cams Card Shark mare Starring Role ($156,005 – 1:53.4).
ASHA Yearling Sale Results
|1||BRAVE GRIN||$5,500||FORT APACHE||TANTA HANOVER||Gusher Stable|
|2||CHASING MATTS||WITHDRAWN||MYSTERY CHASE||THE MATTICAN|
|3||SHOCK THE MONKEY||WITHDRAWN||BLUE BURNER||TEACHER HANOVER|
|4||TOP IT UP||$2,000||MYSTERY CHASE||COME TAKE MY PAN||Riverside Stables|
|5||FOUR FEATHERS||$1,000||ALLAMERICAN NAVAJO||FOUR STARZ BELLA||Harold Haining|
|6||DOUBLE L MAJESTY||$3,000||AS PROMISED||DOUBLE L ANNABELLA||Gerry Hudon|
|7||MISTER MEISTER||$2,000||BUNKMEISTER||KRAMERS RULE||Ashlee Sluggett|
|8||CLINTONS MEMORY||$1,000||CLINTONS CIGAR||THE REAL WEST||Graeme Bevington|
|9||THREE ZEES||$18,500||I ZEE||THE THREE OF US||Joe Ratchford|
|10||PRAIRIE MYSTIC||$22,000||MYSTERY CHASE||TWIN B MAGICAL||Keith Clark|
|11||JUST BECOZ||$9,000||MYSTERY CHASE||COZAMEL||Rod Hennessy|
|12||VEGAS WEEKEND||$4,000||I ZEE||VENUS BLUE CHIP||Travis Cullen|
|13||RAGING HEARTBEAT||$7,500||MYSTERY CHASE||RETRO||Robert James|
|14||WRANGLER CASH||$20,000||AS PROMISED||W JEAN||B. Corbeil, K. Hoerdt|
|15||WAKE UP CALL||$15,000||MYSTERY CHASE||WESTERN GIFT||B. Corbeil, K. Hoerdt|
|16||ROYAL DRAGON||$6,500||BLUE BURNER||ALBERTAS DRAGON||Jody Earle|
|17||SCOOBY BOO||$3,000||MYSTERY CHASE||ALLAMERICAN BOO||W. Allan Drader|
|19||GOOD CHEMISTRY||$24,500||I ZEE||CHEMISTRY MAJOR||B. Corbeil, K. Hoerdt|
|20||YOU GOTTA BELIEVE||$6,000||BLUE BURNER||WINDOWS UPGRADE||Jim Mac Phail|
|21||MISS BOJANGLES||WITHDRAWN||NEAL DIAMONIQUE||BETTE BLUE CHIP|
|22||NATIVE BEAUTY||$7,000||ALLAMERICAN NAVAJO||ADMIRED BEAUTY||Travis Cullen|
|23||SO SORRY||$4,000||MYSTERY CHASE||APOLOGY ACCEPTED||Bill & Denise Andrew|
|24||SNAZZIE BLUE||WITHDRAWN||BLUE BURNER||FASCINATING SARA|
|25||ZAPPED||$26,000||I ZEE||STELLE NEL CIELO||Don Richardson|
|26||BUNKLETTER||$4,200||BUNKMEISTER||ARTS AND LETTERS||William Neish|
|27||MYSTERY AFFAIR||RNA||MYSTERY CHASE||FORBIDDEN AFFAIR||RNA|
|28||CHASING BIG FOOT||WITHDRAWN||MYSTERY CHASE||BIGSHOESTOFILL|
|29||TRIBAL TATTOO||$13,500||ALLAMERICAN NAVAJO||TAPIOCA HANOVER||Travis Cullen|
|30||BAROSSA BLUE GENES||$15,000||SANTANNA BLUE CHIP||BAROSSA||Keith Clark|
|31||ARCHIE BUNKER||$4,000||BUNKMEISTER||NICE YANKEE||Trevor Williams|
|32||MAKE IT BIG||$17,000||BLUE BURNER||MAKE SOME NOISE||Rene Goulet|
|33||DOUBLE L FLASH||$2,000||AS PROMISED||DOUBLE L HOT TRAP||Glenn Lutz|
|34||INDIANA JOAN||$2,500||MYSTERY CHASE||JOANALINA||M Smith, G Classen|
|35||DRUM SOLO||$12,000||ALLAMERICAN NAVAJO||DUPLEX||Jamie Gray|
|36||MAKIN MY MOVE||$12,000||SPORTSWRITER||SOUTHWIND LILY||Kurt Schmidt|
|37||RODEO BLUES||$26,000||BLUE BURNER||MATER DEO||Lorne Duffield|
|38||BROUHAHA||$11,500||MYSTERY CHASE||BOOK SMART||Tara Isman|
|39||AMAZING CHASE||$6,500||MYSTERY CHASE||FELICIA HANOVER||B. Corbeil, K. Hoerdt|
|40||WRANGLER JACKPOT||$6,000||AS PROMISED||JUDY GIRL||B. Corbeil, K. Hoerdt|
|41||JAZZY JAY||$38,000||I ZEE||JUST SASSY||B. Corbeil, K. Hoerdt|
|42||JET BLUE BURNER||$5,000||BLUE BURNER||BLINKANYOUMISSIT||Jody Earle|
|44||SUDDEN STORM||$30,000||ALLAMERICAN NAVAJO||STARRING ROLE||Keith Clark|
|45||BLUE STAR JET||$12,000||BLUE BURNER||MOVIN UPTOWN||Rod Hennessy|
|46||EXCLUSIVE||$10,000||BUNKMEISTER||EXPENSIVE RETURN||Bill & Denise Andrew|
|47||GRAY ZEE||$18,000||I ZEE||GRAY LADY GRAY||Gerry Hudon|
|48||CANELO||$26,000||BLUE BURNER||RAINDROP HANOVER||Travis Cullen|
|49||KISMEISTER||$5,000||BUNKMEISTER||KISMET KILLEAN||Trevor Williams|
|50||NIGHT HEAT||$10,000||MYSTERY CHASE||NIGHT OF PANDEMONIUM||Fred Gillis (Agent)|
|51||DOUBLE L BOLT||$8,500||AS PROMISED||ONE HOT LADY||Derek Stout|
|52||JENNAS LASS||$16,000||FREEDOMS PASS||PRESSIDENTIAL JENNA||Samuel Johnson|
|53||BEYOND THE BUNKER||$7,000||BUNKMEISTER||BEYOND PARADISE||Donna Wyse/David Lamont|
|54||KEEP COMING||$7,500||MYSTERY CHASE||KEYSTONE DIVINE||Gusher Stable|
|55||GREEN RIDER||$40,000||MACH THREE||PRAIRIE TRACKER||SSG Stable|
|56||SHES A TEN||$16,000||MYSTERY CHASE||IDEAL DATE||Mark Anderson|
|57||JOYFUL SOUND||$26,000||MYSTERY CHASE||JERRYS GIRL||Don Richardson|
|58||JUBIES BRUISER||WITHDRAWN||AS PROMISED||SOUTHWIND JUBIE|
|59||IS SANTA REAL||WITHDRAWN||BLUE BURNER||RED STAR GINNY|
|60||REEF SHARK||WITHDRAWN||SHARK GESTURE||REAL CHOP|
|61||AWHIMAWAY||$24,000||MYSTERY CHASE||RED STAR SUGAR GAL||Keith Clark|
|62||GOLD MEDAL||WITHDRAWN||BUNKMEISTER||SPARKIES GOLD|
|63||WITCH DOCTOR||$7,000||FORT APACHE||ARTFUL||Rod Hennessy|
|64||ONE BIG HOTTIE||$11,000||MISTER BIG||HOT NIGHT||Jim Mac Phail|