08/29/2002 11:00PM

Consignors hoping for yearling sale rebound


There will be plenty of opportunities for buyers to pick up a Canadian-bred yearling this week, when 471 youngsters are up for bids at the Fasig-Tipton yearling sale at Woodbine.

The selected session of 200 yearlings gets underway Tuesday at 4 p.m. and the open sessions will be held Friday and Saturday beginning at 6 p.m.

Fasig-Tipton took over the operation of the sale from Canadian Breeders' Sales this year. A repository that provides radiograph information about each yearling will be available to prospective buyers for the first time.

Also, the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society will hold drawings for three international racing trips for buyers of yearlings and has implemented a $15,000 bonus for trainers of the winners of the yearling sales stakes, traditionally held on the day before the selected sale.

Among the larger consignments at the sale is the 55 offerings from Windfields Farm, acting as agent for various owners and breeders; 54 from Hill 'n' Dale Farms; 51 from Gail Wood's Woodlands Farm, as agent; and 36 from John Carey, agent.

While the catalog is the largest ever offered at a local yearling sale, more yearlings were offered in two sales combined last fall.

"We sold 540 yearlings last year but had a two-week break [between sales]." said Glenn Sikura, operator of Hill 'n' Dale Canada. "This year it's all in one book."

Sikura is optimistic about this year's sale, despite a disappointing 2001 auction that saw the average price drop 18 percent.

"I'm a little bit nervous," said Sikura. "But there have been so many good horses come out of this sale. I'm hopeful that the buyers respond."

Two stallions from Gardiner Farms have the most yearlings in the sale. Canyon Creek, whose first crop of foals are 3-year-olds of this year, has 25 yearlings cataloged, and top sire Bold Executive has 24 yearlings in the sale.

Promising young sire Tethra is represented by 20 yearlings, and there are 18 yearlings from the first Ontario-sired crop of Grade 1 winner Alydeed.

Ontario-based first-crop sires include Queen's Plate winner Archers Bay, Grade 2 winner Crown Attorney, and the Mr. Prospector stallion Porto Foricos.

Some of the yearlings to note include a colt by Crafty Prospector-Solid Eight, making him a half-brother to Grade 2 winner Euchre. He was consigned by Hill 'n' Dale.

Hill 'n' Dale also is the consignor of a Phone Trick colt out of stakes placed Wilusa, the dam of 2002 stakes winner Wiry Willie, and of two fillies from the first crop of Swaps Stakes winner Old Trieste.

Woodlands, as agent for Kingview Farm, offers a Bold Executive filly out of Escape Reality, the dam of champion grass filly Sweetest Thing.

D.G. McClelland consigned a gray filly from the second crop of Grade 2 winner Allied Forces out of stakes winner First Flag, the dam of 2002 stakes winner Gonetofarr.

Anderson Farms, agent, is the consignor of a Smart Strike half-brother to multiple stakes winner Dark Hours, and Richard Moylan, agent for T and T Racing, offers a gray filly from the first crop of champion Silver Charm.