The 2023 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale concluded Friday night (Oct. 6) setting 12 records, including new standards for gross ($67,916,300) and number of yearlings sold for $100,000 or more (233).
It was a strong sale for our Cobbitty Equine Farm pinup boy, Huntsville, and why wouldn’t it be? After all, he is the 4th Leading Money Winning Sire of both Two and Three Year Old Pacers in North America this season and currently sits in 7th on the All Age Money list.
Huntsville catalogued 17 yearlings at Lexington and finished as the 9th leading pacing sire with an average of $51,000 which had him ahead of the likes of American Ideal, Stay Hungry and Lather Up. The highlight for Huntsville was undoubtedly Cassie Coleman forking out $120,000 for the Hip 40 out of the highly respected Crawford Farms draft.
When one of the world’s best conditioners of a standardbred is going to great lengths to secure a Huntsville filly, it pays to take notice. The daughter of Huntsville is out of Pleasant Beauty, an Art Major mare who is a full sister to the dam of Tall Dark Stranger and a half sister to Sportswriter. It’s a testament to Huntsville when one of the most commercial families in recent times is showing it’s faith in your ability as a sire.
Another out of the Crawford Farms draft to sell at the top end of Day Three was Hip 560, a Huntsville filly out of Devil Child who was knocked down for $97,000 while another Huntsville daughter, Hip 202 out of Hurrikane Mrs Mac was knocked down for a cool $87,000 on Day Two of trading.
As evidenced in his averages there were several sons and daughters in the $40-$60k bracket and having just served another full book of 140 mares at his Cameo Farms base in New York, the future is looking bright for the champion son of Somebeachsomewhere.
Whether it is racing – Standardbreds or Thoroughbreds – rehabilitation, agistment or breeding, Cobbitty Equine Farm’s location, facilities and operations ensure the horses welfare and development are paramount.