There’s good news and bad news for Indiana racing fans. The bad news is the talented pacer Rip Wheeler with the great name will most likely not be in Indiana any longer. The good news is the Indiana sired pacer will continue his racing career for the Oaks Stable. Rip Wheeler sold at the Standardbred Horse Sale Friday for $175,000 as he embarks on a new racing routine and circuit heading to his four-year-old campaign.
Rip Wheeler, who raced out of the Walter Haynes Jr. barn for owners David and Jeff Fought, won several stakes this season in Indiana, from Indiana Sires Stakes to the Horseman at the Indiana State Fair. His best record was 1:48.4 and he paced under the 1:49 time barrier several times. The Rockin Image gelding ended his Indiana campaign with more than $200,000.
The credentials for Rip Wheeler are impressive. The homebred from Fought’s Cornerstone Farm is the foal of the tough race mare Novascotia Hanover, who had a mark of 1:51.1 and was timed in 1:49.3 during her career. She made more than a half million before becoming a brood mare. She has produced three winners from four foals so far.
Northwood Bloodstock Agency served as agent for the sale of Rip Wheeler, cataloged as Hip No. 1503. Hunter Oaks of Wilkes Barre, Pa. signed the ticket for the sophomore named after the popular character on the hit television show “Yellowstone.”
Another Indiana sired horse sold well during the Friday session of the Standardbred Horse Sale. JK’s Rollin Baby sold for $120,000 and will head to Ontario to further her racing career. The JK Endofanera filly walked into the ring in Harrisburg, Pa. with a mark of 1:50.1 taken this year and more than $222,000 in earnings.
JK’s Rollin Baby won nine races as a two-year-old and won a couple legs of Indiana Sires Stakes action this season. She is from the family of My Baby and Me, her second dam, who took a mark of 1:51.3 and earnings more than $238,000 and produced the tough mare Me and My Baby, who earned more than $600,000 during her career for the Nickells Stable. Ecurie Csl Embro signed the ticket for JKs Rollin Baby.