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Powered by  a good number of attractive yearlings with enticing pedigree lines the Canadian Premier Yearling Sale, hosted by CTHS Ontario, saw encouraging increases in median price, average yearling price and gross at Thursday’s sale.

Three yearlings that broke the six-figure barrier, including two that landed at $200,00 or more, also helped bolster numbers.

The $21,782 average was the highest since 2014 (when it surged to $25,000).

“I think that there was a better vibe, definitely more [buyer] action, more interest and more people came out,’ said consignor Richard Hogan. “It definitely picked up for the first time in several years.”

The gross sales of over $3.3 million for 154 horses bettered last year’s sum for 152 horses sold.

The number of yearling ‘rna’d’ however was identical to last year at a gaudy 90, with many being taken home despite some lofty bids.

Hogan believes that the critical horse shortage of runners throughout the continent led to the buy-backs.

“Somebody has to race these horses,” said Hogan “There is a real shortage of horses all over.”

Breeders continue to be the ones working hard to keep up with business. With expenses going up in price, the cost and care for a mare, stud fees and long hours of prepping a yearling, the breeders are still not out of the woods yet.

“We need the breeders to have good racing,’ said Hogan. “These horses they are raising can do some good earning. But we need the breeders; we are on an island here.”


Topping the sale was a lovely filly by second-year sire Silver Max (Badge of Silver) from the Holy Bull mare Holy Cargo, who was placed in her career in 2015. The mare is a half sister to Preakness Stakes winner Red Bullet, stakes winner Millennium Allstar and the dam of recent Grade 3 winner Silent Poet.

Offered by Adena Springs North, agent, the filly was sold to Frank Stronach (the sellers are separate from Mr. Stronach).

The top colt was a son of Society’s Chairman (Not Impossible) from the winning mare Jademarie, by Malibu Moon. Jademarie was raced by Robert Marzilli and trained by Mike DePaulo and this colt, bred by Marzilli, is her first foal.

The colt, sold by Shannondoe Farm, agent II, brought a bid of $200,000 from Mike Depaulo on behalf of New Generations Racing Stable,a syndicate of partners including Marzilli.

The third yearling to bring six figures was a handsome dark bay colt from the first crop of Grade 1 winner Tourist from the mare Classic Soul by Perfect Soul. Bred by Joey Gee Thoroughbreds, the colt was purchased for $120,000 by trainer Elizabeth Elder on behalf of owner Rob Cudney.

The top 11 hips were each purchased by a different buyer.

Some buyers who purchased more than one horse included DePaulo, who signed the tickets for two others for a total of $84,000; Catherine Day Phillips, agent bought two for a total of $110,000; David Robotham bought three for $77,000; Racing Canada, Inc. purchased  six for $106,000 and Domenic DiLalla bought two for $57,000.

A grey colt and full brother to Horse of the Year, the great Pink Lloyd, was bought back by John Carey for $80,000.



Gross –       $3,354,400 (up from $2,816,900 in 2018)
Sold            154
Not Sold      90
Average     $21,782 up 17.5 percent from $18,532
Median       $13,000  up 21 percent from $10,750



The Silver Max filly that was bought by Frank Stronach from Adena Springs North, agent for $240,000. This is the second crop of the Adena Springs North stallion Silver Max, a son of Badge of Silver






















$240,000 – Hip 115 – f. by Silver Max – Holy Cargo by Holy Bull – Consigned by Adena Springs North, agent

– Purchased by Frank Stronach

$200,000 – Hip 122 – c. by Society’s Chairman – Jademarie by Malibu Moon – Consigned by Shannondoes Farm, agent II

-Purchased by Mike DePaulo, agent for New Generations Racing Stable

$120,000 – Hip 53, c. by Tourist – Classic Soul by Perfect Soul (Ire) – Consigned by Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, agent

-Purchased by Elizabeth Elder, agent for Rob Cudney

$80,000 – Hip 7 – c. by Silent Name (Jpn) – Amelia Go Home by Lemon Drop Kid – Consigned by Buttigieg Training Centre –

– Purchased by William and Anne Scott

$70,000 – Hip 217 – f. by Point of Entry – She’s Ordained, by Ministers Wild Cat – Consigned by Keith and Rachel McClelland

-Purchased by Catherine Day Phillips, agent

$65,000 – Hip 230, c. by Souper Speedy – Still Searching, by Seeking the Best (Ire) – Consigned by Woodlands (Gail Wood), agent for Minshall Farms

-Purchased by Gus and Jim Vlahos

$62,500 – Hip 114, c. by Society’s Chairman – Hold That Sugar, by Forest Wildcat – Consigned by Shannondoe Farm, agent

-Purchased by Sue Leslie

$60,000 – Hip 28, f. by Flintshire – Bear’s Gem by Peaks and Valleys – Consigned by Huntington Stud Farm Inc.

-Purchased by John DiScola

$60,000 – Hip 59, c. Old Forester – Cawaja Beach, by Tethra  Consigned by Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, agent

-Purchased by Jim Bruce

$60,000 – Hip 214, co by Flat Out – She’s a Fleet, by Afleet Alex -Consigned by Susan Y Foreman, agent for Phoenix Rising Farm-Purchased by Trinity Racing Stable

$60,000 – Hip 253 c. by Giant Gizmo – Trufflesfromheaven by You and I – Consigned by Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency

-Purchased by Derek Chin

Colt from the first crop of US sire Tourist brought $120,000. Sold by Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency for Joey Gee Thoroughbreds to Cudney Stables/Liz Elder, agent
























Storm’s a-comin












News – Very fast filly from the Mark Casse American stable heads Woodbine Mile probables/nominations!


Nope, it’s not Tepin coming out of retirement (remember when she sizzled to victory in the WO Mile a few years back?).

It’s GOT STORMY, the newest hotshot gal in the Casse barns and a Gary Barber owned filly who beat the boys in the FourstarDave at Saratoga recently with a 108 Beyer Speed Figure.

The nominations for the Sept. 14 Woodbine Mile were let loose Friday morning by Woodbine and 27 brave challengers have been nominated with Got Stormy.

Other noms include Woodbine based El Tormenta, Silent POet, Admiralty Pier, Curlin’s Honor, Cooler Mike, Mr. Ritz, Mr. Havercamp and Sable Island.

And Reconfigure, a recent winner owned by Robert Tiller who claimed the gelding off Casse.


Horse – Trainer – Owner

Admiralty Pier – Barbara J. Minshall – Hoolie Racing Stable LLC and Bruce Lunsford

American Guru – Michael J. Doyle – Stronach Stables

Awesometank (GB) – William J. Haggas – Lee Yuk Lun

Catholic Boy – Jonathan Thomas – Robert V. LaPenta, Madaket Stables LLC, Siena Farm LLC, and Twin Creeks Racing Stables LLC

Cooler Mike – Nicholas Nosowenko – Mike & Nick Nosowenko

Curlin’s Honor – Mark E. Casse – John C. Oxley and Breeze Easy LLC

El Tormenta – Gail Cox – Sam-Son Farm

Emmaus (IRE) – Conor Murphy – M and J Thoroughbreds LLC and Riverside Bloodstock LLC

Firey Speech – Brian S. House – James D. Spry

Fog of War – Chad C. Brown – Peter M. Brant

Got Stormy – Mark E. Casse – Gary Barber and Southern Equine Stable LLC

Happy Power (IRE) – Andrew Balding – King Power Racing Co. Ltd.

Hembree – Michael J. Maker – Three Diamonds Farm

Lucullan – Kiaran P. McLaughlin – Godolphin LLC

March to the Arch – Mark E. Casse – Live Oak Plantation

Mr Havercamp – Catherine Day Phillips – Sean & Dorothy Fitzhenry

Mr Ritz (GB) – Josie Carroll – Earle I. Mack LLC

Phoenix of Spain (IRE) – Charles Hills – Tony Wechsler and Ann Plummer

Pumpkin Rumble – Kevin Attard – Al & Bill Ulwelling

Qurbaan – Kiaran P. McLaughlin – Shadwell Stable

Raging Bull (FR) – Chad C. Brown – Peter M. Brant

Reconfigure – Robert P. Tiller – Robert P. Tiller

Sable Island – Gordon C. Colbourne – Box Arrow Farm

Silent Poet – Nicholas Gonzalez – Stronach Stables

Stormy Antarctic (GB) – Ed Walker – Mr. P. K. Siu

Synchrony – Michael Stidham – Pin Oak Stable

Valid Point – Chad C. Brown – e Five Racing Thoroughbreds and Michael J. Ryan

Wet Your Whistle – Michael J. Trombetta – David W. Palmer




Ivan Bigg’s The Insider newsletter has the scoop on Escape Clause’s full sister now returning home to Manitoba rather than being sold at Keeenland:








Escape Clause’s yearling sister has a bunch of stitches in her chest after she crashed into a fence during a violent thunderstorm at the farm in Nicholasville, Kentucky where she was being prepped for a yearling sale.

“Lightning hit a tree in the paddock and she freaked out and tried to jump the fence or something,” her breeder, Cam Ziprick told The Insider from his farm in Russell, Man.

That’s the reason, he said, that she won’t be offered for sale at the Keeneland yearling sale in September as originally intended. “There’s nothing structurally wrong with her,” he said, “but you can’t sell her when she’s like this.” 

He said it’s likely she’ll be shipped back to his farm for the winter and be schooled next spring. He’ll be visiting her at the Taylor Made farm where she is being boarded, he said, when he goes down to Kentucky next week to receive an award–along with Barry Arnason— as Canadian Breeders of the Year at the annual Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association dinner in Lexington.

Read more from The Insider (including news about Phil Kives’ farm – here:





Racing at Woodbine on Friday through Monday this weekend with three stakes races: Saturday’s Passing Mood and Sunday’s La Lorgnette and Ontario Jockey Club Stakes. There is no stakes race listed for Monday’s card.

Fort Erie on Sunday has the famous PUSS N BOOTS STAKES (named for the horse that jumped into the infield lake there years ago). A big field has been lured for the turf race that features the tradition of the winning owner, trainer and jockey jumping into the lake after the race.

GATOR SPY, a son of Pollard’s Vision, could reign as slight favourite based on his record of four grass wins in five races for trainer Renee Kierans.

Purse $30,000. (Plus $5,000 – State Bred). For Three-Year-Olds And Upward That Have Started At Fort Erie Two Times Or More In 2019. B This is a non Black Type race. This race will run on the Turf Course weather permitting. Closed Tuesday, August 13th. with 26 Nominations, Plus 2 Supplements. If deemed inadvisable by management to run on the turf, this race will be run at a distance of One Mile and One Sixteenth on the main track. One And One Sixteenth Miles. (Turf)

1 Reallylikethisone (ON) 6/G L C Husbands 122 F A Villeneuve
2 Tinker Ring (ON) 5/G L S Civaci 122 W V Armata
3 Drena’s Bullet (KY) 4/G L K Johnson 122 K Albu
4 Cenar (ON) 5/G L M Pinto 122 S Ceccato
5 Rebel Music (ON) 7/G L S P Husbands 122 N Scott
6 Pool Playa (ON) 4/G L S Singh 122 B DeSouza
7 Fearless Freak (KY) 6/G L E Ramsammy 122 M Mesic
8 Selling Out (FL) 4/G L H M Vanek 122 G Chudobiak
9 Butterfly Strike (ON) 8/G L S Chernetz 122 J Humber
10 Gator Spy (NY) 5/G L K Carignan 122 R D Kierans
11 Th Original Scotty (ON) 11/H L S Callaghan 122 W V Armata
12 Magical Breeze (ON) 4/G L J I Alderson 122 S Ceccato
13 Robusto (KY) (AE) 5/G L C K Douglas 122 C Abraham

Owners: 1 – Francine Villenueve, Bill James, John Langton, Kieta Boulet and Beata Nemeth ; 2 – Tequesta Racing Inc. ; 3 – Patrick Dennahower ; 4 – Sharon Ceccato and Partner ; 5 – Colin D. Rankin ; 6 – Ivor Sarjoo and Partner ; 7 – Fred Bahr and Marko Mesic ; 8 – Gary Chudobiak ; 9 – Awesome Start Stables ; 10 – Wallace Standardbreds Inc. and Renee Kierans ; 11 – Enza Armata ; 12 – Jim Vetere ; 13 – Philip D. Budhoo

Breeders: 1 – Eaton Hall Farm & Springfield; 2 – Paul Buttigieg; 3 – Paul Van Doren; 4 – James Everatt, Janeane Everatt & ArikaEveratt-Meeuse; 5 – Laurin Stable, Inc.; 6 – John Carey; 7 – HKN Breeders; 8 – Cherie M. Abner & Michael A. Bossio; 9 – Sam-Son Farm; 10 – Spruce Lane Farm; 11 – Bruno Schickedanz; 12 – Stan Dodson; 13 – Hill ‘n’ Dale Equine Holdings, Inc.

*At Assiniboia Downs on Monday, the 1 1/8 mile Gold Cup marks the return to action of Manitoba Derby winner OIL MONEY.

*Friday night at Hastings Park are two CTHS Sales Stakes races and then the rack takes a week off before its yearling sale and BC Derby weekend.