The 54th Annual Blooded Horse Winter Sale held February 13 and 14 at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in Delaware, Ohio, was the strongest in recent history. The mild winter had horsemen eager to restock stables and breeders clamoring for mares.
Burke Racing Stable LLC brought a powerful consignment that contained co-sale topper Pretty Real Desire at $30,000. A solid conditioned pacer at the Meadows, the daughter of Real Desire was purchased by Brian Carsey of Indiana to race at Hoosier Park.
Other stars in the Burke consignment were Man He Can Skoot, a consistent eight-year old pacer at Northfield Park purchased by Harla Renae Loney for $27,000 and Oh My Magic, a classy five-year-old daughter of Kadabra with dual racing/breeding potential, purchased by Glen Miller of Indiana for $22,000.
Yonkers competitor Windsun Stetson was the other co-sale topper at $30,000. The upper level conditioned pacer was one of several nice horses from the Richard Johnson consignment. He was joined by nine-year-old trotter Walltocousins, fresh off a win at Yonkers, purchased by Harla Renae Loney for 25,000 and 10-year-old $1 million earner Code Word who was purchased by Rene Allard, agent for $20,000.
Bidding was spirited for the handsome Indiana Sires Stakes winner Man Of Excess. Brian Downing of Michigan signed the ticket for $26,000 on the three-year-old son of Real Desire.
The Emerald Highlands consignment with its well-bred fillies and mares is always popular with both trainers and breeders. The four-year-old stakes placed Sportswriter mare Golden Idol, from the family of Ball and Chain p,1:49 ($1,435,390), was purchased by Tyler Raymer of Delaware for 23,000. Big White Pearl from the family of Always A Virgin and racing competitively at Miami Valley went to Cory Stratton of NY for $18,000,
while Grand Circuit winning broodmare Lightning Glory p,2,1:51.2 ($193,523) in foal to Always A Virgin sold for $19,000 to Willis Miller of Indiana.
For complete sale results visit the link below. The next sale is May 8, and itís an exceptionally strong market for racehorses. Entries close in mid-April.