Topping the CTHS select yearling sale was a colt from the 3rd crop of WAR FRONT (sire of The Factor etc.) Sold by Richard Hogan for Hope Stock Farm to William and Anne Scott. DAVE LANDRY PHOTO


Scotts make rare purchase, pick up topper

William and Anne Scott raced champion 3y0 Le Cinquieme Essai almost 10 years ago and have been racing their homebreds here and there since then. This week the couple bought 2 yearlings at the CTHS Select sale in a rare move including the highest price youngster (Read more below).

The top buyers at the auction include BEAR STABLES,  which bought the next 3 highest prices, MARK CASSE, agent, who bought one of the 2nd top prices tied with the Bear Stables, Alistair Roden, agent,  Adena Springs, Linmac Farms, Denny Andrewws, etc.
The local money was there.

Tuesday’s 2 p.m. session was a lot more raucous than Monday night – the action was fast and furious and the session ended at a reasonable 7:30.


A strong second select session at the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society’s yearling sale of Canadian-bred youngsters at Woodbine helped spur an 12.7% jump in average price from 2010.

The Ontario division of the CTHS had a new format for this year’s sale with an initial selected session on Labour Day, Sept. 5, of 70 horses, followed by a second selected session Tuesday, Sept. 6. In 2010, the selected session took place on just a single afternoon.

The experiment seemed to work as the two-day selected auction realized an increase in average yearling price to Can$32,456, up from Can$28,802 a year ago. The gross sales for 148 sold was Can$4,803,500. The number of not sold was 71, down from 79 last year when 128 were listed as sold.

Topping the two-day select session was a racy colt by hot young sire War Front  , a son of Danzig, out of the Seattle Slew mare Terrigal. The dark bay, sold by Richard Hogan, agent  for breeders Punch and Anne Kent of Hope Stock Farm in Ontario, was bought for Can$140,000 by William and Anne Scott. The colt is a half brother to stakes-placed Niagara Thunder.

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The top selling filly at the sale sold Tuesday, late, a Kitten’s Joy gal out of Classic Stamp bought by Mark Casse from Richard Moylan, agent. DAVE LANDRY PHOTO



DULCE ESPERANZA won the featured races of the night for owner/breeder Steve Owens. The Survivalist filly, ridden for the first time by Emma-Jayne Wilson, powered past the leaders late to win for the 3rd time in her 6th race. She was turning back to 1 1/16 miles from 1 1/8 miles.
The finale was a maiden allowance for older mares won by the Sorokolity family’s STORMY ALLURE who won very easily on the pace in her 2nd career start. She is by Stormy Atlantic and was the 9th winner for trainer Darwin Banach.

Expensive yearling POWERMAN is the latest winner for owner John Oxley and trainer Mark Casse as he won the lone grass race of the night, a maiden $50K claiming event. Quincey Welch rode the son of Lemon Drop Kid.

Trainer TERRY JORDAN is now 50% during the last 2 years with debut winners from starters. The trainer sent out his 8th such winner form his last 16 straters last night – BWANA BE GONE (Bwana Charlie) won his debut from the rail post despite a very sluggish beginning and being rushed up the rail.

KELYNACK RACING STABLE and STEVEN DUFFIELD were busy at the yearling sale and win their 3rd race together at Woodbine with LOVELY LO, a Scat Saddy 2yo filly who won race 2 for $25,000 on the pace.

Trip handicappers were all over GENTLEMAN JACKSON last night in race 4. The Alert 4yo gelding, originally a $12,500 claim, had a troubled journey in his latest for $25,000 and was down to $16,000 last night for trainer Scott Fairlie and his Ace Racing Stable. The gelding paid a whopping $17.00.

UN STABLE and trainer Lorna Perkins, also busy at the yearling sale on Monday and Tuesday with a couple of big purchases, won the 5th race with CLEVER PEAKS, a filly equipped with ear muffs, who was making her first start since December. The 4yo by Peaks and Valleys is a homebred who was placed 6 times in 7 races last year at the maiden allowance class and she was dropping to $25,000 last night.

CALM NIGHT won race 6 for trainer Alex Bankuti and owner Larry Deakins. The Black Mambo 6yo barged his way 3 wide around the last turn to winfor $11,500 and it was his first win of the season. It was his 2nd win in 31 races.



Like a broken record, Thoroughblog reports that Canadian bred SQUARE EDDIE is racing again – he was 7th yesterday in the Pirate’s Bounty Stakes on closing day at Del Mar. The horse, a 6yo who has been retired twice, has made $37,000 in his last 6 races.

Puss N Boots remembered

One of the most popular traditions at Fort Erie Race Track continued today as Francine Villeneuve took a jump into the infield pond after winning the Puss N Boots Cup.  The race had been originally scheduled to run on the turf course but after heavy rain over the past two days the event was moved to the main dirt track which was listed as good.  A field of 12 colts and geldings ran a distance of 1 1/16th miles for a purse of $30,000.

For the second year in a row the grey gelding known as Kettle Rapids took the race on a front end mission.  Myckie Neubauer trains the 7-year-old son of Mizzen Mast for RMC Stable.

In his four starts prior to the Puss N Boots Cup the grey’s best result to date had been a fourth place finish on July 17th when racing on the turf. His last win took place a year ago today when he took the Puss N Boots under jockey Krista Carignan.

“We have been unlucky with the track’s surface. His last two races were in the mud and he wasn’t comfortable racing on it,” explained Neubauer. “Today he loved the surface and won!”

Kettle Rapids took the early lead straight from the gate setting an opening quarter of 24.4. Nearing the half mile mark he was challenged by Pure Rey ridden by Bradley Wilson. Wilson and his colt actually grabbed a short lead but it didn’t last long as Kettle Rapids and Francine Villeneuve dug in gamely.  The two came down the stretch together but the grey proved to be much the best pulling away to win by four lengths.

“He was awesome today. He took control from start to finish,” said Villeneuve. “We were pressured by the other horse but I knew we wouldn’t be beat.”

Francine Villeneuve and her son Aaron go for a dip at Fort Erie! M. Burns photo






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Saturday, Kentucky Downs, post time: 4:21 p.m. EDT
KENTUCKY CUP TURF S.-GIII, $150,000, 3yo/up,
1 1/2mT
1 Harrods Creek Langfuhr Court Mott 116
2 Formaggio K Dynaformer Bridgmohan Carroll 116
3 Getta Rhythm Action This Day Guidry Kendrick 116
4 Odds On (Brz) Roi Normand Lanerie McPeek 116
5 Silver Mountain K Victory Gallop Wilkinson Bennett 116
6 Rahystrada Rahy Kuntzweiler Hughes 120
7 Rules of Honor Catienus Albarado Maker 116
8 Lemonade Kid Lemon Drop Kid Albarado Mitchell 116
9 Miami Deco K Limehouse Sanchez Lynch 116
10 Rezif Distant View Lebron Jacobson 116

Saturday, Presque Isle, post time: 6:20 p.m. EDT
3yo/up, f/m, 6 1/2f (AWT)
1 Shotgun Gulch Thunder Gulch Quinonez Trout 123
2 Love That Dance Not For Love Fragoso Perkins Jr. 115
3 Malibu Win Malibu Moon Morales Martin 115
4 Musical Romance Concorde’s Tune Leyva Kaplan 115
5 Beat the Blues Great Pyramid (Ire) Mena Calhoun 118
6 Kitty in a Tizzy K Tiznow Maragh Bond 112
7 Worstcasescenario Forbidden Apple Beckner Violette Jr. 115
8 Jenny’s So Great Greatness Campbell O’Callaghan 123
9 Waccamaw K War Chant Allen Jr. Gorham 115
10 D’wild Ride K D’wildcat Sanchez Orseno 115
11 Ariana D Rock Slide Dsrmaux Scherer 112
12 Sweet Lorena K Langfuhr Perez Ferraro 112
Also Eligible:
13 Promised Mandate Full Mandate Marin Criollo 112
14 Diamond Song Unbridled’s Song Marin Ackerman 112
15 Divine Sophia Lightnin N Thunder Cox Rice 112