06/07/2001 11:00PM

Hasmatali's story: A pinhooker is born


Daryl Hasmatali stepped into the world of pinhooking for the first time at last week's Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society's sale of 2-year-olds in training and, if his first results are any indication, he will be back again next year.

Hasmatali, one of Woodbine's more underrated trainers, made a tidy profit when he sold I Love a Parade, a Florida-bred son of Tactical Advantage, for $52,000 at the June 5 auction. He had purchased the horse eight months earlier for $10,000 at the secondary yearling sale held by Canadian Breeders' Sales.

Hasmatali, who operates Silver King Farm with his wife, Linda, decided to experiment with pinhooking after making, he said, a "nice profit" at last year's juvenile sale with his homebred filly, Bold Tigress, who sold to trainer Jim Day for $43,000.

I Love a Parade was one of three yearlings purchased by Hasmatali last fall.

"He walked around the ring with a lot of confidence, and his conformation was good," said Hasmatali. "He was a little small, but I thought he would be in my price range."

I Love a Parade worked in a sharp 35.60 seconds at the gallop show on June 4 and was purchased by trainer and agent Reade Baker.

Hasmatali, who is a directional drilling engineer in the oil industry, grew up around horses in his native Trinidad, as his father Garnett was a leading trainer there.

The younger Hasmatali moved to Scotland in the 1970's to work on the North Sea on a one-month-on, one-month-off basis, and he spent his off months working with horses.

"I raced horses in England but only just for the love of the sport," said Hasmatali. "The prize money was so poor."

He left Scotland and bought a farm in Ridgeway, Fort Erie where he kept horses that he raced with his brother Roger, a trainer. Among his favorites was his first stakes winner, My Imperial Gem, who is now his riding horse.

Seven years ago, when he met Linda, they took over the training of their own horses and have moved their farm to Caledon.

There are several intriguing runners in the Hasmatali stable this year, including the undefeated Trinidadian colt Hunter Todd, a son of Jade Hunter owned by Nazir Ahamad, and Theatromania, a Theatrical colt owned by Bernadette Johnston.

Hasmatali also has big plans for his speedy filly Trickylana, an eight-length maiden winner last fall.

This fall, Hasmatali has plans to purchase more yearlings and perhaps get back into the breeding business by purchasing a few mares.

"I'm going to try and get Canadian-bred yearlings this time," said Hasmatali. "I think my colt would have sold for more if he had been Canadian-bred or Ontario-sired. But I was happy with the $52,000 I got for him."

o The C.T.H.S. sale reached a new high in average price at $32,409, but buy-backs numbered 28, compared with 33 who sold. The auction is becoming a source of talented runners - two Labatt Woodbine Oaks entrants came out of last year's sale. They are: Multiple winner Devastating , who was a $50,000 purchase by Orange Blossom Stable, and stakes placed Langano was bought by Mike DePaulo for $26,000.