07/09/2004 12:00AM

Farr taking less-is-more route


George Farr bought his first racehorse in 1988 with his father, Bill, but after just four races, that purchase, a filly, was retired.

"I wanted to make her into a broodmare, and my father said to me, 'You're on your own,' " said Farr. "Actually, I got three foals out of her from a season I bought to Briartic for just $3,000."

Farr deals with much higher sums and more fancy pedigrees these days and is still riding high from the victory by his star filly Touchnow, a yearling purchase and a future Farr broodmare, in the Labatt Bison City Stakes on July 4 at Fort Erie racetrack.

Farr is moving into the breeding business on a small but high-quality scale. He currently has eight mares at Huntington Stud Farm, the Nashville, Ontario, farm he owns in partnership with Dan Mooney and Dom Romeo, but he is selling several this fall.

"I want to get down to three or four quality mares, and Touchnow is going to be a good mare for me," said Farr. "I get attached to the good ones."

Farr's first major stakes winner, Gonetoofar, a daughter of Southern Halo, will sell at the Keeneland November sale in foal to Distorted Humor, as will her weanling colt by Jump Start.

Farr has three yearlings consigned to the upcoming Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society yearling sale in September: a Royal Academy colt out of his mare Palace Light; a Trippi colt out of Touchnow's older half-sister High Arch; and a Five Star Day filly out of Mistippintime.

Farr's stakes-placed Regal 'n Bold, a daughter of Palace Light, is headed to the Proud Puppy Stakes at Finger Lakes on July 17, and a victory would boost her pedigree's prestige.

Record catalog for yearling sale

The Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society (Ontario division) select and open sale of Canadian-bred yearlings will take place Sept. 7, 10, and 11 and features a record number of entries.

The catalog of 535 yearlings includes 291 in the selected session. It is the first year since 1982 that the society has operated the Ontario yearling sale.

The larger consignments come from Anderson Farms, Gardiner Farms, Hill 'n' Dale Sales Agency, Michael C. Byrne, Richard Hogan, Sue Foreman's Kings Brook Farms Inc., Windfields, and Gail Wood's Woodlands Farm.

In other sales news, Jurgen and Monique Schemmer's Arosa Farms will offer the first foal of their champion mare Gandria at the Saratoga selected yearling sale on Aug. 10. A dark bay yearling filly, she is by Pulpit and is part of the Three Chimneys consignment.

Archers Bay remembered

Archers Bay, a champion who died in 2000, has foals who have been cleaning up in Ontario. He had two representatives in this year's Queen's Plate and may have a contender for the Aug. 8 Breeders' Stakes on the Woodbine turf course.

Stakes-placed Archers Bow, a recent maiden winner, is the best horse bred by Michael Van Every and Susan Jane Anstey, who owns Horse Publications Group in Aurora, Ontario.

Archers Bow is the second foal of the team's mare Apalachee Dancer, a daughter of Apalachee.

Van Every and Anstey have bred several others winners, including A Lot Louder and Shekotiche, both earners of over $90,000 Canadian, but Archers Bow is their best homebred.

"We are very excited and pleased," said Anstey. "His come-from-behind style and rush at the end is just awesome."