At the conclusion of the Standardbred Horse Sales Co.’s yearling portion of the Black Book Sale, the presence of Ontario-based buyers was evident in both quantity and quality of horses purchased.
Over four days in Harrisburg, Pa. with 1,089 yearlings sold, the results show that connections from Ontario were listed as the buyer of record on 202 yearlings — more than any other state or province. In terms of numbers, Ontario took home more yearlings than Pennsylvania (180), New Jersey (177), New York (127) and Florida (75).
Of those 202 yearlings purchased, 147 of them were Ontario-sired. There were 267 Ontario-sired yearlings in the sale; the total spent on those yearlings exceeded $7.34 million, averaging $27,493.
In terms of money spent, Ontario-based buyers shelled out more than $6.25 million for those 202 yearlings. That total ranked second only to the $8.53 million spent on yearlings by New Jersey-based horsemen. New York was next, shelling out $4.96 million.
As a country, Canadians purchased 259 yearlings and doled out more than $8.03 million for them.
The final session brought the gross sales to $35,831,500 for this year’s edition of the Harrisburg Yearling Sale. A total of 1,089 yearlings were sold, with the average price recorded at $32,903.
The 2013 edition of the Harrisburg Yearling Sale saw 1,047 yearlings go through the ring for gross sales totalling $25,959,500. Last year’s average price was $34,345.