09/07/2011 5:23AM

Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society select yearling sale average up 12 percent


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - A $140,000 colt by hot Kentucky sire War Front headed the selected portion of the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society’s annual yearling sale at the Woodbine Sales Pavilion on Monday and Tuesday.

Richard Hogan, as agent, consigned the sale topper, who was purchased by William and Anne Scott. The colt is out of the Seattle Slew mare, Terrigal, who is the dam of stakes-placed Niagara Thunder.

The sale topper came on Tuesday, as did two yearlings who brought $120,000 each, including a son of popular second-year sire Philanthropist, who was bought by Bear Stable from Paradox Farm.

Agent Richard Moylan sold the highest-priced filly, a $120,000 daughter of Kitten’s Joy and the Grade 2 stakes winner Classic Stamp. Trainer Mark Casse, as agent, purchased the chestnut. 

The average of $32,456 for the selected session was a 12.7 percent increase from last year’s average of $28,802.

This year’s gross of $4,803,500 was significantly higher than last year’s gross of $3,686,700, but that was due in large part to the selected session being expanded from one day to two days this year. A total of 148 yearlings were sold this year, and 71 were listed as not sold. Last year, 128 head were sold, and 79 were not sold.

The sale continues with the open session beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday.