The 2019 Illini Classic Yearling Sale at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, Ill. offered more than 110 yearlings with a majority sired in the state of Illinois. However, several of the entrants were Indiana sired during the Labor Day Sale Monday, Sept. 2, 2019.
The highest priced Indiana sired was a Tellitlikeitis gelding from the Hamm Family Trust, agent for Eli Yoder for $26,000. The gelding is a half brother to three with records under the 1:56 time barrier, including The New Americana who has a mark of 1:52.4 and earnings in excess of $164,000 and is still racing. Jeff Fought purchased the gelding.
Two Indiana sired trotters brought prices over the $20,000 barrier. Mike Brink purchased a Whom Shall I Fear gelding named I Fear No One for $20,000. Brian Ogan of Chicago purchased the Swan for All colt named Fox Valley Prime from the Fox Valley Standardbred consignment for $22,000. The colt is a half brother to Fox Valley Quest, who has earned a record of 1:57.4 and more than $58,000 this season.
The sale topper was sold third from the end. Mike Brink purchased the Illinois-bred trotting colt by Lou’s Legacy named Lou’s Obsession for $52,000.