08/30/2007 11:00PM

First-crop sires well represented in sale


For two consecutive years the average price has risen at the selected session of the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society's annual yearling sale at Woodbine.

Last year, the average jumped 11 percent to $43,390 (Canadian), the highest figure since 2000, when the average was $43,514.

The presence of some fancy youngsters by an exciting slate of first-crop sires might be reason enough to think this year's auction should at least hold steady.

The select session, with 233 entrants, is on Tuesday at 3 p.m. The preferred session is next Saturday at 4:30 p.m.

The first crops of Ontario sires Tomahawk and Where's the Ring are up for grabs with 22 yearlings by those stallions in the select book.

Tomahawk is a stakes winner by Seattle Slew, whose son Vindication is a hot first-crop sire of juveniles. Tomahawk was bought by Byrne and D. Morgan Firestone two years ago and brought to Canada from Florida to spice up the local stallion ranks.

Among the litany of Tomahawk offerings in the sale is Hip No. 30, a colt out of Mike Byrne's top mare Katebyrne, dam of stakes winners Ruby Park, Tothemoonandback, and stakes-placed Backgammon.

Gardiner Farms introduces the first yearlings by Where's the Ring, an impressive-looking stakes-winning son of Seeking the Gold, and a half-brother to useful sire Service Stripe.

The first offering by Where's the Ring is Hip No. 28, a colt out of stakes-placed Juicey, from the Gardiner consignment.

There are also 19 yearlings by Gardiner's top sire Bold Executive.

Canadian champion Perfect Soul, who stands in Kentucky, has seven yearlings from his first crop in the selected session. The Sadler's Wells horse is a Grade 1 winner at a mile on the grass.

Langfuhr, one of the world's hottest sires and tagged by trainer Mike Keogh as the most underrated sire in North America last weekend after a son, Last Answer, won the Grade 2 Nijinsky Stakes at age 7, has three yearlings in the select session.

Other U.S.-based stallions that will draw attention from buyers are Medaglia d'Oro, a son of El Prado who won the Travers Stakes and has one offering in the sale, Hip No. 214; the Grade 1 winner Candy Ride, who has five horses on the first day; Grade 1 winner Ten Most Wanted; and D'wildcat, a leading first-year sire this season who now stands in Florida.

Some individuals to take note of on both days of the sale include a colt by Smart Strike's Grade 2 stakes-winning son Tenpins out of the stakes-placed mare Bold Below, whose 2-year-old Don's Folly is stakes placed this year. That colt is offered by Willow Ridge Farm, agent.

A half-sister by Megas Vukefalos to Prince of Wales winner Alezzandro (out of the mare Eseni) is Hip No. 219, consigned by Richard Hogan, agent.

Perennial top consignor Gail Wood sold last year's sales topper, Broderick, and has 19 entered in the select session, including yearlings by Out of Place, Proud Citizen, Milwaukee Brew, and Olmodavor.

In the preferred session, prospective buyers can bid on a half-sister to Arlington Million winner Jambalaya. The Whisky Wisdom filly out of Muskrat Suzie is Hip No. 285 and named Siddona.

And the catalog cover girl, the Canadian champion and millionaire Financingavailable, has a half-brother deep in the sale. The Ciano Cat yearling is out of Fascigrant. He is Hip No. 429 and is offered by Hill 'n' Dale Sales Agency for Helen and Barry Irving.