Winner’s Circle Speed Sale slated for September

Fowlerville, MI — More proof of the rapid resurgence of the Michigan Standardbred industry will be on display Sept. 29 at the Winner’s Circle Speed Sale, in Fowlerville, Mich.

Forty yearlings will highlight the sale that will also include broodmares, stallion services and racehorses. With approximately $8 million available in the Michigan Agricultural Equine Fund for 2023 programming and just 84 nominated yearlings for next year’s Michigan Sires Stakes for 2-year-olds, many in the industry are looking at Michigan again as a land of opportunity. Michigan-sired horses have enjoyed robust increases to fair programs this summer, and are preparing for Sires Stakes Finals with purses over $100,000 this fall.

With leadership from the Michigan Harness Horsemen’s Association and legislative assistance, next year’s programming will likely feature $10,000 (est.) weekly Colt Stakes events for 2- and 3-year-old Michigan-sired and Michigan-breds; the $20,000 (est.) Spartan, Breeders and Great Lakes Stakes and Fair Finals; and $100,000 (est.) Sires Stakes for all eight divisions. Additional opportunities and robust purses for Michigan-owned and -bred horses at Northville Downs are expected. These projections are based on a forecasted year-end balance of $8 million in the Agricultural Equine Fund and legislative authority to expend the total balance on programming in 2023.

An equipment sale will start at 9 a.m. There will be a yearling preview at 10 a.m. that will offer all buyers an initial look at all yearlings being offered. The sale will begin at noon. Prospective buyers are also encouraged to inspect yearlings the evening prior to the sale.

Pedigrees are posted on the sale website. Catalogs will be available shortly, and can be requested by emailing Supplemental entries close on Sept. 26.

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