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Taking a closer look at the top yearling sales in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba and Ontario.

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BRITISH COLUMBIA

Strong catalogue of BC-breds with lots of black type

It is great to have our long-time supporters Red Rock Farm and the Dittloffs in our 2017 CTHS BC Yearling and Mixed Sale to be held Tues., Sept. 12 at the Thunderbird Show Park in Langley, BC.

Among the 100 yearlings consigned, Red Rock Farm has six, and as usual they are all top-quality yearlings. Look at the black type dams and the runners they have produced. The Dittloffs have consigned a full brother to stakes winner Racing for Gold.

Last year’s leading consignor, White House Stables, have two colts in the sale — the only Numaany in the sale, as well as a Second in Command out of Chilli Chines, producer of graded stakes winner and Champion Herbie D.

Helen Klimes has one of the larger consignments in this year’s sale including yearlings by Storm Victory, Finality, Mass Market and Shrug out of a wide range of mares including a full-brother to champion two-year-old Outoftheclouds. As agent for Elton Gunther, Klimes has a full-sister to stakes-placed Finally Flying plus an offspring from the great producing mare Markers Mariah.

Shrug’s first and only crop is seen in a few consignments including Emerald Acres. They have the half-brother to champion Quatre Cat, a colt out of the stakes-placed mare Pretty Maid and a half-sister to stakes winner Spirit Bay.

Whitewood Farm’s consignment includes a Shrug yearling out of Proud Bella, producer of the two-year-old champion, Proud Victor, and a Midnight Lute colt, whose third dam produced the champion sprinter Squirtle Squirt.

Carol and Bryan Anderson have a colt by BC’s leading two-year-old sire, Cause to Believe, out of the stakes-producing Bold Executive mare Queen On Line as well as two colts by Harbor the Gold.

Jim Alendal’s consignment includes a BC-bred colt by Shackleford out of the multiple stakes-winning mare Chick Flight.

Loire Miller has two fillies by Teide, who already has a stakes winner, Lord Vancouver, from his two small crops.

Sheila McDonald’s consignment includes two fillies by Finality out of the multiple champion producer Regal Classic mare, Classadala and Malibu On Ice which Sheila owns with Ron and Karen Bidniak, as well as Black Canyon Thoroughbreds’ colt by Finality out of Snow Patches and their first foal, a filly out of the stakes-placed mare Cherokee Windsong by Artie Schiller.

New consignor Mary Rendleman has three in the sale: two by Second in Command and a Fury’s Allstar yearling.

Canmor Farms are agents for nine yearlings; three are BC-breds including a grey colt out of their champion race mare Monashee, who is in BC’s racing Hall of Fame.

Mike Anderson and Terry Clyde’s consignments are all BC-bred with lots of black type. Stakes winner Backseat Becka has produced stakes winners Undo It and Forestry’s Devil. The Rose Garland gelding is a full-brother to the Jack Diamond Futurity winner, Power Corrupt, and stakes-placed All Under Control.

Agent Jamie Demetrick has the largest consignment with 14; six are BC-breds. He has a Fusaichi Pegasus filly out of the stakes winner View Halloo. Burning Hope’s filly is by Tale of the Cat which should bring much interest.

604 Bloodstock Agent has nine yearlings for sale with one BC-bred who is by the graded stakes winner Can the Man. The dam of Hefty Ransom is a full sister to Longacres Mile winner Noosa Beach. Their other yearlings are of varied pedigrees.

Moonshine Meadow Ranch has three yearlings which includes stakes-placed dam Lugano.

Born to Run Thoroughbreds have two fillies — one is by Shrug out of stakes-placed My Special Angel. This is the strong line of the dam Excited Miss. Their other filly is by Harbor the Gold.

Agent, Juniper Creek Ranch, has two BC-bred fillies, by Birdstone and Private Gold.

Rox Star Stables have two fillies out of the black type mares Zaylaway and Beauty’s Due.

Cal Britton has three in the sale; one BC-bred Jolliet Jake as well as yearlings by Drosselmeyer and Paddy O’Prado.

Jennifer McMillan has a Second in Command filly out of the stakes producer Lady General.

Salishan Meadows have a Shrug gelding out of the stakes winner Haunting You, who produced four winners including stakes-placed Avulsion.

Robert and Nina Ferguson have a Finality gelding out of After the Rain.

Mark Robbin’s Stephanotis filly’s second dam has produced many stakes winners including graded stakes winner Feverish, who earned $908,983.

The only two-year-old in the sale is Playgirl Pixie consigned by Doris Durante. She is a half-sister to two stakes winners, Lukin Awesome and Storm Vixen.

Good Luck and we will see you at the sale.

Check the incentives – It pays to buy a BC-bred!

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Alberta

Impressive selection of Alberta-breds and yearlings from other jurisdictions on offer

Mark your calendar for the 2017 CTHS Alberta Thoroughbred Sale to take place on Sunday, Sept. 17 at the Edmonton EXPO Centre. This event wraps up the Alberta Breeders’ Fall Classic Weekend with the Marketplace and Alberta-bred races taking place on Saturday.

The 2017 sale is strongly represented by an impressive selection of Alberta-breds in addition to horses bred in Kentucky, British Columbia, Manitoba, Oklahoma and California. At press time, the number of yearlings offered in the main catalogue is higher than the 2016 sale.

A range of yearlings by sires that currently stand in Alberta, or have in previous seasons, are available in the catalogue, including Big Lightning, Boadini, Cape Canaveral, Charming Assassin, Double Honor, Imperialism, Gayego, Gottcha Gold, Lost Canyon, Mast Track, Max Forever, No Hesitation, Rascal Cat, Schramsberg, Teeman, Where’s the Ring and Wilko. At time of writing, three of these sires are currently in the Top 10 on the Bloodhorse 2017 Canadian Leading Sire List.

Where’s the Ring is in third position with Imperialism in seventh spot, followed closely by Wilko in eighth. In 2016, Where’s the Ring was the sire of earners of over $1.8 million and sired 24 stakes horses including Gypsy Ring ($706,334) and Spadina Road ($466,055). Imperialism by Champion sprinter Langfuhr is the sire of progeny with earnings of over $4 million and stakes winners that include Imperial Czar ($368,733) and Imperial Hint ($500,155). The Breeders’ Cup winner and Awesome Again son, Wilko, is a Grade 1 winner of $2.4 million whose progeny includes the 2016 Grade 3 stakes winner Melmich ($609,491).

A yearling is on offer by the British Columbia son of Maria’s Mon, Cause to Believe, named the 2016 Champion Sire of Two-Year-Olds in BC. Two Manitoba breds are available by Rascal Cat, a son of Pulpit out of a Storm Cat mare. Kentucky is represented by the sires Alternation, Birdstone, Country Day, Flashback, Horse Greeley, Jimmy Creed, More than Ready, Strong Mandate and Tizway. A California-bred yearling is available by the graded stakes-winning son of A.P. Indy, Rookie Sensation.

The proven broodmare, Fabulous Brush, has a yearling available by the Alberta sire Cape Canaveral. This filly is a half-sister to the 2015 CTHS Alberta high seller and multiple stakes winner, Norm’s Big Bucks ($53,201 to 2) and a full-sister to the stakes winners and past sales graduates Kingoftherockies ($165,561) and Queenoftheforest ($120,755).

Six of the eight Alberta-bred ‘A’ track stakes winners in 2016 were sale graduates from the CTHS Alberta Yearling Sale and the Alberta Lifetime Leading Earner in 2016, Onestaratatime, was a 2014 sale purchase. Owners of Alberta-bred runners also have the possibility of sharing in the Alberta Breed Improvement Program which offers over $1 Million in Owners’ Breeding Support. All Canadian-bred graduates of the CTHS Alberta sale are eligible to run in the Sales Stakes in Alberta.

Past history has proven an Alberta-bred yearling to be a worthy purchase! Mark your calendar for Sept. 17 and plan to attend.

MANITOBA

Ziprick, again, has a strong consignment

by George Williams

The 2017 Manitoba Yearling Sale takes place this year on Sunday, Aug. 20 at 2:30 p.m. on the Red River Exhibition grounds and once again it looks like it’s set to be dominated by Cam Ziprick and crew.

Ziprick has three yearlings consigned for himself this year while also acting as agent on four more, giving him seven of the 18 yearlings in this year’s sale.

Nine different sires will be represented in this year’s Manitoba sale, led by Going Commando with seven yearlings, followed by True Sense, Quest, and Vengeful Wildcat with two apiece, and Badge of Silver, Court Vision, Honour Devil, Kentucky Bear and Yes It’s True, with one each.

Which yearling will attract the most attention is anybody’s guess, but Hip #11 consigned by Cam Ziprick as agent is sure to get some action. The bay filly by Going Commando—Midnight Shadow by Trajectory is a half-sister to multiple local champion and multiple stakes winner Langara (6 wins, $84,580, CTHS Sales Stakes, Buffalo Stakes, Phil Kives, J W Sifton), one of the gamest horses we’ve seen in these parts in many years. Langara is by Langfuhr, but Going Commando has done himself proud in Manitoba with 32 winners from 45 starters including local stakes horses She’s Regal, Danger Rules, Kommando Kate and Whiskey Bandit, among others.

Next in the must-look-at lineup is Hip #5, also consigned by Ziprick. The bay filly by Going Commando is a full sister to both Jet Again (3 wins, $57,687, Frank Arnason Sire Stakes) and Paint My Ride (3 wins, $37,916, Buffalo Stakes, Osiris Stakes, Frank Arnason Sire Stakes).

Another yearling likely to get much attention is Hip #18, Classic Smarts, consigned by Starfield Stable. The bay gelding by Breeders’ Cup Mile-Grade 1 winner Court Vision is out of Away Smartly by Sky Classic. Away Smartly is an unplaced full-sister to First Quarter (5 wins, 1 second, 5 thirds, $387,679, Carotene Stakes) and a half-sister to Runaway Love (8-4-5, $530,114, Steady Growth Stakes) and One Way Love (15-6-6, $962,518, champion sprinter, champion older horse in Canada, Autumn H.-Grade 3, Vigil H.-Grade 3). Quite the pedigree for a Manitoba Yearling Sale.

Next in line, we have Hip #17 consigned by Kelly Halliday. The bay gelding by True Sense is out of the stakes-placed Academy Award mare Annie’s Award (6-12-9, $70,012, 3rd Cincinnatian Stakes). Annie’s Award is half-sister to triple track-record setter Cayenne Red (18-5-6, $284,117, Howard B. Noonan Stakes, North Randall Stakes). True Sense, a full brother to 2006 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile-Grade 1 and 2007 Kentucky Derby-Grade 1 winner Street Sense, has had only five starters so far, but his 3-year-old filly Berazzle turned some heads when she broke her maiden at first asking at Sunland Park over Maiden Special Weight foes this spring and she has since gone on to be stakes-placed twice behind star local filly Escape Clause.

Other interesting pedigree notes from this year’s crop of sale youngsters include Hip #2, Skip The Mischief, consigned by Cam Ziprick as agent. The bay gelding by Going Commando is out of the winning Holy Bull mare Bull Market Lady and his second dam, One Great Lady is a half-sister to Lady’s Secret (25 wins, $3,021,325, horse of the year, champion older mare, Breeders’ Cup Distaff-G1).

Hip #4, Twisted Sensation, from the Vailla Kay Butler consignment, is a bay filly by Quest ($768,012, Clark H.-Grade 2) out of the stakes-placed His Excellence mare Easters Lilly (5 wins, 3 to 7, $60,846, 2nd Distaff S.) and hails from a strong Manitoba family of runners including Nasty Millie (2 wins at 3, $22,191, R.C. Anderson S.), One Night Lover (8 wins, 2 to 6, $163,552, Gold Cup) and Slnkylady (8 wins, 2 to 4, $101,995, Assiniboia Oaks).

Hip #6, Yesitsmejohnny G, from the consignment of Jerry Lambert and Lynn Mathews, is a chestnut gelding by Yes It’s True out of the producing Speightstown mare Inspeightofsuccess, who is a half-sister to the stakes- placed Hard Seven (4 wins, 2 to 4, $175,750, Shelby County S.). Hip #7, Edgefield, is a bay gelding from the Kelly Halliday consignment by Going Commando out of the stakes-placed The Cliff’s Edge mare Jonmil’s Edge (2 wins at 2 and 3, $103,330, 3rd Presque Isle DebutanteS.) Hip #9, Summer Grove, is a bay filly, also from the Kelly Halliday consignment, by Going Commando out of the winning stakes-producing Salt Lake mare Let Salt Fly. The latter is a full sister to Salt It (4 wins, $265,380, Black Eyed Susan S.-Grade 2).

Hip #12, Purrsibility, a bay gelding from the consignment of Betty Hughes, is by Vengeful Wildcat (Black-type winner of 3 races, $232,750, Tyro S.) out of Pillow Queen, who is a full-sister to Rich R Gold (9 wins, 2 to 6, British Columbia Cup Stallion H.). Pillow Queen has already produced the stakes-placed Naughty Dotty (3 wins at 3, $46,782, R. C. Anderson S.) by Rebmec.

The last yearling we’ll mention is Hip #8, Modesty’s Tribute, from the Cam Ziprick, Agent consignment. The chestnut filly by Going Commando is out of the winning mare Jungle Storm, who a full sister to the Storm Boot mare Primal Storm (3 wins at 2 and 3, $137,672, Flash S.-Grade 3). Modesty’s Tribute is also a half-sister to Lightnin Fast Girl (9 wins, 2 to 6, and $217,932) and It’s The Rush (6 wins, 2 to 5, and $179,457.)

There’s enough pedigree in this sale to produce a few stakes winners at a bargain price.

ONTARIO

Analyzing the major consignments at the nation’s premier sale

by Jennifer Morrison

The Canadian Premier Yearling sale of Canadian-bred youngsters is set for Aug. 31 at the Woodbine sales pavilion and 320 yearlings have been entered, bettering last year’s total of 280 horses catalogued.

Consignments in the sale are listed below by alphabetical order. Consignments with more than four horses are considered for this preview.

Ballycroy Training Centre
Nine yearlings are catalogued through Steve and Kathleen Kemp’s Ballycroy Training Centre including four as agent for Brad Auger and two for Silver Springs Stud in Kentucky.

A filly from the first exciting crop of Ontario sire Souper Speedy (Indian Charlie) is part of Ballycroy’s own pair of offerings. Souper Speedy’s young horses have been getting good reviews in 2017.

Auger’s consignment includes Princess Lila, a filly from the first crop of Revolutionary (War Pass) winner of the Louisiana Derby (Grade 2) and third in the Kentucky Derby (Grade 1). Princess Lila is from the mare Kinkora who produced last year’s $82,000 sale yearling by Eskendereya. That filly recently finished a good fifth in her career debut for Tucci Stables.

Bella Maria farm, agent
There are six different stallions represented by six yearlings this consignment including a colt from the first crop of local runner It’s a Danzig (Danzig) and a filly by graded stakes winning juvenile Astrology.

Bilby Ranch, agent
There are four yearlings entered by Diane Smullen including two by Signature Red and two by Kentucky Bear. The latter is the sire of a chestnut filly out of Bear Bullet Too, the dam of last year’s stakes-placed juvenile filly Princess Bullet, also by Kentucky Bear.

Box Arrow Farm, agent
From Shirley Prosser’s Box Arrow Farm comes four entries in the sale including a colt by Milwaukee Brew out of Sugar Floss, by Trajectory and a filly out of Molly Maguire by Queen’s Plate winner Not Bourbon (Not Impossible (IRE).

Buttigieg Training Centre
A dark bay colt from the second crop of Kentucky Derby winner Orb could attract a lot of attention for Paul Buttigieg’s Training Centre consignment. Orb, a son of Malibu Moon, had his first crop of yearlings of 2016 well received and he already has sired two winners from his first few runners.

Buttigieg has 26 yearlings catalogued including five by top Ontario sire Old Forester, one by Giant Gizmo, also a leading sire, and yearlings by first crop stallions Souper Speedy and Rookie Sensation.

Michael C. Byrne
The last groupings of Ontario Sired offerings by stallions Court Vision and Victor’s Cry make up some of this 11-horse consignment including a Court Vision filly out of stakes-placed Costume Girl by Maria’s Mon. There are also four from the second crop of Nephrite (Pivotal (GB)), all fillies, and an Exhi colt out of Ben’s Dancin, dam of stakes winner Grandy’s Glory.

Cara Bloodstock (Bernard McCormack), agent
There are 28 yearlings catalogued by Bernard McCormack for himself and his wife Karen or for clients. There is a wide range of stallions represented, including first-year sire Flashback (Tapit) who is the sire of a bay filly from the stakes producing mare Smart Catomine. There is an Artie Schiller colt from the young mare A Song for Arbonne by Arch and a Take Charge Indy filly from the $466,000 earner and stakes winner Sans Sousi, by Bold Executive.

John Carey, agent
A half brother to this year’s exciting sprinting star Pink Lloyd is among those offered by Carey’s T.C Westmeath Stud. The gray colt by first year sire Souper Speedy is from the mare Gladiator Queen, by Great Gladiator. Carey will sell 27 yearlings at the sale this year and have plenty of yearlings by his top sire Old Forester and his new sire Pool Play, a son of Silver Deputy.

Susan Y. Foreman, agent
A half brother to the 2016 juvenile stakes winner Ellan Vannin, by Victor’s Cry is part of the Foreman group, this one being sold on behalf of Phoenix Rising Farms. Foreman’s consignment also includes a Sky Mesa filly from the mare Mrs. Coolidge, by Quiet American.

Foreman also sells a pair of youngsters for Elaine MacPherson who bred recent California Stakes winner Surrender Now, a Kentucky bred by Morning Line who won the Landaluce Stakes on July 2. MacPherson’s two Canadian-bred yearlings are by Giant Gizmo and Sligo Bay (IRE).

Hill ‘N’ Dale sales Agency, agent
Glenn Sikura’s Hill ‘N’ Dale Farm has 49 yearlings entered for his farm and various clients. A perennial leading consignor and breeder in Canada, Sikura’s 2017 group include youngsters by top class sire Stormy Atlantic and exciting young sires such as Violence, Poseidon’s Warrior and Atreides a son of Medaglia d’Oro.

There is also a full sister to champion Strut the Course (Strut the Stage—Bold Course), a Sky Mesa filly out of Karlova and a Trappe Shot colt out of Shukriya.

Ontario Sired yearlings represented by the Sikura consignment include Giant Gizmo, Signature Red, Silent Name (JPN), Souper Speedy, Court Vision, Mike Fox, Old Forester and more.

Richard Hogan, agent
One of the largest consignments of this year’s sale is that of Richard Hogan, who led last year’s sale consignors by gross purchase prices. There are 38 in Hogan’s group this year, including nine for owner Ivan Dalos, one of the top breeders in Canada in the last two seasons. Dalos has yearlings by the first year sire Noble Mission (GB), a champion son of Galileo (IRE), exciting young sire Flat Out and top sprinter Majesticperfection.

Hogan also has yearlings by U.S. sires Stay Thirsty, who is off to a good start to his stud career, Twirling Candy and To Honor and Serve. His Ontario Sired offerings are by first crop sire Nonios (Pleasantly Perfect),

Souper Speedy and Big Screen.

Huntington Stud Farm Corp. agent
Dan Mooney has 18 yearlings entered in the sale including a filly from the first crop of Souper Speedy from the mare Our Mariah, dam of multiple graded stakes winner Something Extra. The Huntington consignment also has a Creative Cause colt from the mare Susur, dam of top handicap mare Sweater Weather.

Northern Dawn (Sherry Mclean)
This consignment includes a full brother to this year’s Bold Ruckus Stakes winner Katalox. The Old Forester–Woodland City (SAF)colt is offered by Northern Dawn as agent. McLean also offers a filly by first year sire Itsmyluckyday, a graded stakes winner from five furlongs to nine furlongs and a son of Lawyer Ron. The filly is out of Brave Diva, a Theatrical mare and dam of one winner.

Shannondoe farm, agent
Yearlings by Society’s Chairman, Gio Ponti and first year sire He’s Had Enough (Tapit) are included in the 12 offered by James and Janeane Everatt and Arika Everatt-Meeuse. The family also will sell a filly from the first crop of Arlington Million winner and Champion Real Solution, a son of Kitten’s Joy.

Spring Farm
Dr. John Brown introduces 11 yearlings all by his new stallion Big Screen in this year’s sale. Big Screen is a stakes-winning miler by Speightstown who takes the place of Brown’s previous stud Saffir, who was off to a good start before a premature passing. Among those yearlings offered by the first year sire is a filly from the mare Perfect Dreamer, whose first foal is the good 2017 winner Lookin Perfect.

Andrew Stronach
The breeder of multiple graded stakes winner Melmich, among others, has five offerings in this year’s sale including a filly by Wilko, the sire of Melmich. Stronach also has a colt by Milwaukee Brew and fillies by Einstein (BRZ) and Drosselmeyer.

Willow Ridge Farm Thoroughbreds, Inc. agent
Yearlings by Old Forester and Silent Name (JPN) are included in this eight-horse consignment as well as a colt by Souper Speedy (Indian Charlie) from the stakes-placed Bold Executive mare Birsay. The first crop of Souper Speedy is getting rave reviews and Willow Ridge sells another a filly, from the Stormy Atlantic mare Hannah Sue. A colt by Spaniard out of the mare Money Shaker is a half brother to impressive maiden winner Marten River.

Woodlands (Gail Wood), agent
A top Ontario breeder and consignor, Gail Wood has 20 yearlings entered in the sale for herself and various clients. There is a half brother to graded stakes winner Bangkok (Victor’s Cry–Get It Straight), a full brother to County Lineman (stakes-placed winner of over $285,000), a daughter of Silent Name (JPN) and a Giant Gizmo colt out of Kiamika that is a half brother to recent stakes-placed fillies Crumlin Queen and Garavogue Colleen.