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Rockin Image Filly Tops Sale with $95,000 Bid

The Hoosier Classic Sale got off to a strong start Friday as several yearlings brought high prices during the first session at the Indiana State Fairgrounds West Pavilion. Cant Touch This, a filly from the second crop of Rockin Image cataloged as Hip 82, commanded the highest price of the day, selling for $72,000.

Consigned by Legacy Lane Farm, the filly is a half-sister to near millionaire Glass Pack and American National winner DoubleTrouble. William "Bo" DeLong purchased the filly, one of several high-dollar yearlings purchased by the Wisconsin resident.

Always A Virgin filly All About Passion, brought the next highest price for a pacer with a $45,000 final bid. The first foal from a 1:50.3 mare with more than $200,000 in earnings, the yearling was purchased by the Kales Company. Cataloged as Hip 51, she was consigned by David Wayne Yoder.

The highest-priced trotter of the session, Here Comes Herbie colt Arthur Luck, topped $42,000 for consignor Luckiana Farm. Cataloged as Hip 80 for Luckiana Farm, the yearling is a full-brother to the accomplished Allie Labrook, recent winner of the Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final for older trotting mares. Dan Shetler signed the ticket as agent.

The momentum from Friday’s session continued to Saturday as the buyer’s optimism remained strong. The balanced catalogue yielded the overall sale topper on Saturday’s session when Hip number 246 Topville Cadillac was hammered down for $95,000. The filly, sired by second year sire Rockin Image out of Topville Cyberwave, was consigned by Topville Acres and signed for by Alvin Miller of Bunker Hill, IN.

Miller along with several of his owners were very active in bidding during the two day sale and were also the under bidder on the Friday session sale topper.

While the Rockin Image yearlings proved to be the hot ticket at the 2014 auction, a Panspacificflight filly also garnered plenty of attention for the Cornerstone Stock Farm consignment. Katie Baby, the first foal from a record winning full sister to Kikikatie was purchased by Larry Bond of Frankfort IN. Bond, co-owner of the top flight 3 year old pacing colt Lets Drink On It, was top bidder for $55,000.

The revamped Indiana Sires Stakes program seemed to rejuvenate the auction scene in 2014. The program, one of the most lucrative in the country is expected to continue to attract national attention as Indiana sired pacers and trotters made national headlines throughout the 2014 season.

The 2014 auction averaged $9,825 per yearling, a 31% increase from 2013.