11/12/2004 12:00AM

Canadian bloodstock had big Breeders' Cup


The Canadian breeding industry had one of its biggest days on the international racing scene on Oct. 30, when three Canadian-bred stallions and one mare produced five of the eight winners at the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships at Lone Star Park.

Adena Springs's 10-year-old stallion Awesome Again, who won Canada's most important race, the Queen's Plate, became the first Canadian-bred Breeders' Cup winner to sire a Breeders' Cup winner.

In fact, Awesome Again, an Ontario-bred son of Deputy Minister (also a Canadian-bred) sired two Cup winners - Classic hero Ghostzapper and Juvenile winner Wilko.

Awesome Again is only the ninth Breeders' Cup winner to sire a Cup winner, joining high-class stallions such as A.P. Indy, Cozzene, and Unbridled.

Saint Ballado's daughter Ashado, winner of the Distaff, became the first Cup winner for her sire, a Windfields Farm-bred and a descendant of one of the most successful female families in Canadian history. A full brother to Horse of the Year Glorious Song and champion Devil's Bag, Saint Ballado (Halo-Ballade) was a Grade 2 stakes winner and is the sire of more than 49 stakes winners. The stallion died in 2002.

Quebec-bred Silken Cat, Canada's champion juvenile filly of 1995, is the dam of Sprint winner Speightstown, owned by Canadian Eugene Melnyk and his wife, Laura.

Silken Cat, bred by Remi Bois Vert's Ferme du Bois Vert, was a $95,000 yearling purchase in Kentucky by Sam-Son Farms. The daughter of Storm Cat-Silken Doll won the Mazarine Stakes and then was sold to Aaron and Marie Jones, who board the mare at Taylor Made Farm in Kentucky.

Speightstown, a son of Gone West, is the first foal of Silken Cat and was a $2 million yearling purchase.

The mare has a 2-year-old colt named Tigerline (by Unbridled's Song) who was a $1.4 million yearling purchase, a 2003 colt by Saint Ballado, and a weanling colt this spring by Unbridled's Song.

Perhaps the most intriguing stallion story of the Breeders' Cup is that of Talkin Man, Canada's champion 2-year-old in 1994 who couldn't make it as a sire in Kentucky or Ontario, but is the sire of Turf winner Better Talk Now.

A son of Canadian champion With Approval, Talkin Man was bred in Ontario by Kinghaven Farms and Helen Stollery and was one of the most popular runners in Canada when he started in the 1995 Kentucky Derby.

Talkin Man began his stud career at Walmac International in Lexington, Ky., in 1996 and stood in Ontario at Anson Stud in Caledon East in 2001 and 2002.

"We supported him and did everything but stand on our head, but the Canadian public didn't accept him," said Andy McKinnon of Anson Stud.

"He was an exceptional horse, a great breeder, and all class. But he simply didn't put a runner on the ground."

Talkin Man stands currently in Ireland at Anshoon Stud in County Kilkenny.

Anson Stud offers three stallions for 2005

McKinnon, who has 100-150 mares at his 100-acre farm each spring, has three stallions at his farm: Not Impossible, a full brother to champion Perfect Soul; champion A Fleets Dancer, by Afleet; and newcomer Pride of New York, a son of Mt. Livermore.

"We tend to focus on the classic pedigree lines with our stallions," said McKinnon. "We have a good outcross of bloodlines."

Pride of New York, a 3-year-old, was undefeated in two starts in New York this spring. His dam, Peruvian Pride, has produced three stakes winners and is a full sister to multiple Grade 1 winner Chaposa Springs and a half-sister to You and I.

"I think he has the best female family of any stallion in Canada," said McKinnon. Pride of New York will stand his first breeding season for a fee of $4,000.