07/27/2006 11:00PM

Bold Executive progeny tops in earnings


When Arctic Laur, Executive Flight, and Kick'em Jenny finished first, second, and third in Wednesday night's Passing Mood Stakes on the Woodbine turf course, it wasn't just another neat feat for top Canadian sire Bold Executive.

The winner, Arctic Laur, a 3-year-old filly bred by Hope Stock Farm, became the 22-year-old stallion's 30th stakes winner and third of 2006.

Bold Executive, a Canadian stakes winner and a son of longtime leading sire Bold Ruckus, has a slight edge on this country's stallion list by progeny earnings, siring the earners of $1.47 million.

His Gardiner Farms barnmate, Peaks and Valleys, is second on the list with progeny earnings of $1.45 million. The Canadian Horse of the Year in 1995, Peaks and Valleys only recently arrived in Canada for stud duty, thus most of the earnings were collected south of the border.

Gardiner, located in Caledon East, is on a tear in 2006 as its second-crop sire Trajectory is also making noise.

A 9-year-old son of Gone West, Gardiner has two stakes winners in 2006 - hotshot juvenile filly Midnight Shadow, winner of the Shady Well Stakes, and London Snow, a spring stakes winner - as well as a promising juvenile colt, Dancer's Bajan, bred by Gardiner Farms.

Gardiner also bred last weekend's Bold Venture Stakes winner Are You Serious (by You and I).

Trajectory is 20th on the North American second-crop sire lists and just ahead of Park Stud's Perigee Moon, who is represented by the hot 3-year-old Tothemoonandback.

On the freshman sire front, Windfields Farms's imposing Cat's at Home is off to his predicted good start.

A son of Tabasco Cat, Cat's at Home has had three winners from 13 starters, including Clarendon Stakes winner Spread the News. Cat's at Home ranked third in North America in freshman progeny earnings through Wednesday with $202,312, just behind Officer ($282,000) and Johannesburg ($264,000)

Champ's first foal races Sunday

Catch the Ring, the 2000 champion 3-year-old filly in Canada and winner of the Canadian Oaks, will be represented by her first runner on Sunday at Woodbine.

Catch the Thrill, a Sam-Son Farms-bred daughter of A.P. Indy, competes in race 7, a six-furlong turf race for maiden juvenile fillies.

Catch the Ring was predominantly a dirt runner but did win once on the grass.

Also in that maiden event is Sanibel Star, a daughter of Breeders' Stakes winner Hangin on a Star, the dam of champion Comet Shine.

September yearling sale offers big book

Nearly 500 Canadian-bred yearlings are up for auction at the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society's September sale. The selected session is on Sept. 5 at 3 p.m. and the open session in on Sept. 9 at 2 p.m.

The CTHS website offers a look at all the entries by consignor, sire, and dam.

All of Ontario's top sires are represented and one of the sale's best advertisement in years - Queen's Plate winner Edenwold - graces the cover of the catalog.