BEAR STABLES/COLEBROOK FARMS BUY SALES TOPPER
“You can’t hide a good horse. The good horses will bring the money no matter where you sell them” – a consignor at CTHS Woodbine sale Sept 4.
The stats were not great but it could have been a lot worse as the 2-day selected yearling session wrapped up last evening at Woodbine.
The Ontario breds that parade through the ring were well bred and well turned out. The breeders, consignors and buyers should be proud of their efforts and passion in recent weeks.
The sales topper was the highest priced yearling in Canadian history since 2000 when a $320,000 bid was made for Classic Runaway – read the scoop at BLOOD-HORSE.COM:
Sparked by a lively bidding war between trainer Mark Casse and a partnership of Danny Dion, of Bear Stables Ltd., and John Brnjas’s Colebrook Farms, a chestnut colt by English Channel sold for $275,000 to top the Sept. 4 second session of the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society (Ontario) selected yearling sale.
The price was the highest for a yearling in Canada since Classic Runaway (Always a Classic–Runaway Babe) sold for $320,000 in 2000.
The two day selected session was held Sept. 3-4 at the sales pavilion at Woodbine Racetrack in Rexdale, Ontario, and will be followed by a preferred session Sept. 8.
The sales topper, sold by Richard Hogan, as agent for breeder Ivan Dalos, was Hip No. 225, close to the end of the auction. He is the second foal of the course-record setting stakes winner In Return, by Horse Chestnut.
“We thought he was the best horse in the sale,” said Dion. “Now we just have to hope for some luck.”
As one of the leading owners in Canada the last five years, Dion purchased five other yearlings from the two select sessions for a total of $537,000. Dion signed the ticket for the sales topper himself but confirmed later that Brnjas was a co-owner. The colt will winter at Colebrook in Uxbridge, Ontario. While Dion has several trainers in Ontario and Brnjas’s daughter Ashlee trains the family’s horses, no final decision had been made as to the colt’s trainer.
Read more on BloodHorse.com: http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/72592/english-channel-colt-tops-canadian-sale#ixzz25bF9J7Di
Cumulative 2012 2011
Catalogued 230 227
No. Offered 205 219
No. Sold 152 148
RNAs 53 71
% RNAs 25.9% 32.4%
Gross $3,844,000 $4,803,500
Average $25,289 (-22.1%) $32,456
Median $18,000 (-28%) $25,000
EVERYONE IS WRITING ABOUT ONTARIO HORSE RACING:
news Talk1010’s report from yesterday at the sale…
HUNTERS BAY favoured FRIDAY NIGHT
Stronach Stables’ HUNTERS BAY is the 3 to 1 favourite in a large field of 12 (with 3 also eligibles) for the $250,000 PRESQUE ISLE MILE. Emma-Jayne Wilson is named to ride.
The horse remains a possibility for the Woodbine Mile on Sept. 16 instead. That race would be his grass debut.
Canadian-bred ETERNAL RULE is the 7 to 2 2nd choice in the race.
Presque Isle Downs – September 7, 2012
Race 6 – 7:30 PM
Presque Isle Mile S.
Purse $250,000. For Three Year Olds And Upward. No Nomination Fee. $250 to pass the entry box. $750 additional to start, with $250,000 guaranteed by Presque Isle Downs. The $250,000 guaranteed by Presque Isle Downs to be divided: $150,000 to the Winner; $50,000. to Second; $25,000. to Third; $12,500. to Fourth; $6,250. to Fifth; $3,750. to Sixth, $1,250. to Seventh and Eighth, and $200 each to Ninth through Twelfth. WEIGHTS: Three-year-olds 119 Lbs.; Older 122 Lbs. Winners of a Sweepstakes at One Mile or Over with a value of $60,000 or greater to the winner in 2012 to carry 2 Lbs. additional; Non-Winners of $30,000 twice at One Mile or over in 2012. allowed 3 Lbs.; Non-Winners of $30,000 once at One Mile or Over in 2012. 6 Lbs.; Non-Winners of $30,000 at any distance in 2012. 9 Lbs. Nominations Closed Tuesaday, August 28, 2012 With 40 Nominations. TROPHY TO THE WINNING OWNER. One Mile. (All Weather Track)
P# PP Horse Virtual
Stable A/S Med Jockey Wgt Trainer M/L
1 1 Jimmy Simms (KY) 7/H L R Maragh 113 S M Asmussen 6/1
2 2 Hunters Bay (KY) 5/H L E Wilson 124 R Baker 3/1
3 3 Hurricane Ike (FL) 5/H L M G Pino 113 J D Thornbury 15/1
4 4 Bartletts (KY) 7/G L H Vega 119 M A Ferraro 20/1
5 5 Plutonium (KY) 5/G L D L Parker 113 J C Englehart 20/1
6 6 Shellback (PA) 5/G L W Martinez 122 G S Bennett 12/1
7 7 Eternal Rule (ON) 4/G L J M Campbell 116 S C Attard 7/2
8 8 Bergerac (KY) 5/G L R A Dominguez 113 C C Brown 5/1
9 9 Ponzi Scheme (KY) 5/G L E Trujillo 116 J Serey 8/1
10 10 Alma d’Oro (KY) 6/H L J Castellano 113 T A Pletcher 4/1
11 11 I’m Steppin’ It Up (FL) 4/C L R D Allen, Jr. 119 A Pecoraro 10/1
12 12 Brujo de Olleros (BRZ) 4/C L J R Leparoux 113 H G Motion 8/1
13 13 Bluedacious (KY) 3/C L P Morales 110 T E Hamm 15/1
14 14 Photo Shoot (KY) 5/G L S Spieth 113 J Cheeks 12/1