11/14/2008 12:00AM

Arch Hall fills longtime void for Bristows


Archers Bay provided owners Eugene Melnyk and Iris Bristow with their first big moment in racing when he won the Queen's Plate in 1998.

And there is not much doubt that Archers Bay, a son of Silver Deputy, was going to be a star stallion had he not died young - in 2002 from colic - after siring just three crops.

Arch Hall, a member of Archers Bay's first crop, will try to emulate his daddy when he begins stud duty next spring at Bristow's Cathcart-Bristow Farm in Campbellville, Ontario.

Arch Hall was a graded stakes winner of 10 races from 35 starts with earnings of $729,888 (U.S.).

The robust bay, now 7, came a long way from a five-furlong debut outing as a 2-year-old when he stumbled and lost his jockey.

Competing at Woodbine and Oaklawn for trainers Mark Casse and Tony Reindstedler, Arch Hall won the Grade 3 Eclipse Handicap at 1 1/16 miles as a 5-year-old, defeating, among others, Alumni Hall, another graded stakes winner who stands in Ontario.

Arch Hall also won three consecutive editions of the Sir Barton Stakes at Woodbine and was second to Purim in the Grade 3 Razorback Stakes at Oaklawn.

"He was great to train," said Casse. "He had a wonderful temperament and the ability and soundness to win stakes at ages 3, 4, and 5, pretty remarkable in this day and age."

For Bristow and her husband, Bill, Arch Hall is the first stallion on their farm since Domic, a Christmas present for Iris, bred a few of their own mares years ago.

"We started missing having a stallion here, especially in the spring," said Bristow, a longtime friend of Melnyk's who each year has the option to buy a percentage of any Melnyk horse. "We have a couple of mares and we have been breeding them to Eugene's other stallions, Paynes Bay, Lodge Hill in Ontario, and Graeme Hall in Florida."

Domic, now 23 and a pensioner at the Bristow farm, is essentially the reason the Bristows met Melnyk and later bought their own farm.

"I was at Greenwood one day to watch the races and Domic came onto the track to race," said Bristow. "He was the most beautiful horse I had ever seen."

A Windfields Farm-bred by Dom Alaric out of Tabola, Domic's half-brother Son of Briartic had won the Queen's Plate in 1982, five years before Bristow saw the colt race.

Bristow followed Domic's career and to visited him at Woodbine when he was trained by Johnny Mack.

The next Christmas, Bill gave Domic to his wife as a gift.

The Bristows moved from a small house in Mississauga to the Campbellville farm and raced a handful of horses sired by Domic.

It was during this time that they met Melnyk, who like the Bristows, was just getting interested in racehorse ownership.

Melnyk bred Arch Hall from his mare Selena Smile, by Fortunate Prospect, and raced the horse right up until this past June.

The stallion has acclimated well to his new home in the large paddock beside the Bristows' home and will stand in 2009 for a fee of $1,500.

Whiskey Wisdom to Manitoba

Windfields and Kinghaven farms have negotiated a two-year lease agreement with a Manitoba syndicate, including horse owners and breeders Ross McKague and Grant Watson, to stand Whiskey Wisdom for 2009.

A 15-year-old Wild Again stallion, Whiskey Wisdom will stand at Neil McLeod's Thunderbird Horse Centre near Brandon, Manitoba, for a fee of $1,500. The stallion, who had previously stood at Winfields Farm since 1998, had his 14th stakes winner on Nov. 12 when the 2-year-old filly Double Malt won the South Ocean Stakes.

CTHS mixed sale set for Nov. 29

The Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society's annual winter mixed sale will be held on Nov. 29 at the Woodbine Sales Pavilion beginning at 2 p.m.

Included in the 187 cataloged offerings are large consignments of broodmares, weanlings, and horses of racing age from Bernard McCormack's Cara Bloodstock and Glenn Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farms, (which offers a dispersal of horses from Frank Maida's Pedigree Farm).

The stallion Brite Adam, winner of the Plate Trial Stakes in 1998, is the lone stallion entered in the sale.

The sale can be viewed online at www.cthsont.com.