Ponda Marshall, the flashy chestnut half brother to the standout Ponda Adventure, topped the first session of the Hoosier Classic Yearling Sale Friday, Oct. 21 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Selling as Hip No. 93, the Helpisontheway colt brought $170,000.
Consigned by Pond A Acres, Ponda Marshall is the third foal from the dam Wildflower, who has a mark of 1:55 and made more than $267,000. To date, Ponda Adventure has a mark of 1:52.4 and earned nearly $600,000. The Swan for All gelding has been dominant this year in the three-year-old trotting colt and gelding ranks.
The family also has a two-year-old this season named Ponda Chase by Swan for All. He has been timed in 2:04.3 and is racing.
Greg Luther of Blacklick, Ohio purchased Ponda Marshall.
The second highest seller was also a trotter as Denise Dennis will take home Bluebird Choir, a filly by Helpisontheway. Consigned by Bluebird Meadows, Dennis purchased the impressive looking filly for $150,000. She is a half sister to several top trotters in Indiana, including Bluebird Reverend (1:53.0, $600,000), Bluebird Deacon (1:53.1, $200,000) and Bluebird Bishop (1:53.2, $73,000). Out of six foals, four are winners, showing the depth of the family.
According to the Hoosier Classic Yearling Sale website, a total of 208 yearlings sold at the first session, grossing just under $5 million. The average was $23,963, which was an increase of nearly 4 percent and shows a healthy buying market for Indiana yearlings.
The second session of the Hoosier Classic Yearling Sale gets underway with Hip No. 216. The sale begins at 10 a.m.