09/19/2013 1:46PM

90 yearlings cataloged for CTHS Alberta sale


Saturday’s Fall Classic Day at Northlands Park serves as a preview for Sunday’s 2013 Thoroughbred sale put on by the Alberta division of the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society. The seven $50,000 stakes races restricted to Alberta-breds are loaded with graduates from previous sales, including 2011 sales graduate Tell Me Lies who is going to be heavily favored to win the Alberta Oaks.

A total of 90 yearlings have been cataloged to Sunday’s sale, including three Kentucky-breds. The sale is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. Mountain in the Northlands Park EXPO Centre.

This year’s sale has an added dimension. The Alberta and Manitoba divisions of the CTHS recently announced a new partnership. Canadian-bred yearlings that pass through the sale will be eligible to run in any 2-year-old restricted sales stakes in either province next year. The same goes for any of the yearlings sold at the Manitoba sale that was held Aug. 25.

Hip No. 44 should attract a considerable amount of attention. He is a half-brother to Tell Me Lies who has won four stakes for earnings of $180,398. Last year, she won the $49,009 Two Year Old Fillies Sales Stakes by 10 lengths. She’s never been worse than second in eight starts at Northlands, and her only loss in Alberta this year was in the $49,000 Three and Four Year Old Filly Sales Stakes, where she finished second to Canaveral Leader. Her half-sister Golden Cup also won the Sales Stakes as a 2-year-old in 2011. Her yearling half-brother is a gelding by North Light, who won the Group  1 Epsom Derby and earned $1.9  million. North Light has sired a Group 1 winner, Arctic Cosmos, who won the St. Leger.

Hip No. 38 is a full brother to Kingoftherockies who has blossomed as a 4-year-old, winning six races in a row, including the $49,000 Three and Four Year Old Sales Stakes.