08/28/2013 2:48PM

Hastings: CTHS sale to offer $60,000 in sale credits via drawings


VANCOUVER, British Columbia – The value of Hip No. 69 at the upcoming Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society’s yearling and mixed sale went up considerably when her full brother Neverabettercause rallied to edge Andallthatitmeans in the $50,000 CTHS Sales Stakes at Hastings last Friday.

Neverabettercause is by Cause to Believe and is the first foal out of Never Assume, a full sister to Grade 3 Canadian Derby winner Alabama Rain. Neverabettercause’s sister is one of 117 yearlings that will be up for auction Tuesday, Sept. 10, at the Thunderbird Show Park in Langley. Prospective buyers can get a good look at the horses at the yearling parade being held Sept. 9 at Thunderbird.

The CTHS has come up with a unique promotion it hopes will help boost this year’s sale. Buyers can receive $10,000 credits toward their purchases. A total of $60,000 worth or credits will be given away, and there are no limits on how many credits one person can receive.

After the first 20 yearlings have gone through the ring, there will be a drawing involving the first 20 buyers. Only completed sales will count. Buybacks by consignors will not be eligible, and only the actual buyer is eligible to receive the credit, so agents must be prepared to identify the underlying owner at the time of purchase.

The winner of the draw can use the $10,000 against the horse they bought or use it toward an additional purchase at the sale.

There will be drawings held after every 20 horses sold, ending with Hip No. 117.

“We think this series of draws will create a lot of excitement at the sale,” said Leif Nordahl, president of the British Columbia division of the CTHS. “With $60,000 going to six different buyers, there’s a great opportunity for purchasers to benefit from short odds and win horses for free.”

According to Nordahl, the idea came from Dave Milburn, president of the local Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association.

“It was really an industry decision,” Milburn said. “I like it because it not only helps the breeders, but hopefully it will encourage local owners to buy horses and run them here.”

Former CTHS president Carol Anderson loves the idea. Along with her husband, Bryan Anderson, she bred and owns part of Neverabettercause. The Andersons have four yearlings they bred to Cause to Believe in the sale.

“I think it’s a fabulous idea and that it will get people bidding early,” Carol Anderson said. “A lot of times, it takes a while for the sale to gain momentum.”

Anderson also is excited about Cause to Believe. He was a 2-year-old stakes winner and won the Grade 3 El Camino Real Derby in 2006. His second crop of 2-year-olds are proving to be runners. He is currently the leading sire of 2-year-old winners and stakes winners in Canada.

“He was a really good 2-year-old himself, and it looks like his babies can all run,” Anderson said.

Cause to Believe stands at Roads End Farm in Aldergrove, British Columbia. Peter Redekop is the majority owner of the syndicate that owns him. Redekop also owns Andallthatitmeans who won the B.C. Cup Nursery before his second in the CTHS Sales Stakes.

“Peter was disappointed we beat him in the Sales Stakes, but he came to the winner’s circle with us and was pleased it was a horse by Cause to Believe that won the race,” Anderson said.

According to trainer Pat Jarvis, Neverabettercause came out of his win in excellent shape and will make his next start in the $100,000 Jack Diamond Futurity on Sept. 8. Jarvis also is looking forward to running Habida in the $100,000 Sadie Diamond Futurity on the same day.

“Having a horse for the Futurity is pretty exciting, but having one for each race is something else,” Jarvis said.

Habida, a daughter of, you guessed it, Cause to Believe, is coming off a second-place finish in the $50,000 B.C. Cup Debutante.

Herbie D’s next-race plans undecided

The sale may have received another boost when for the second year in a row a British Columbia-bred won the Grade 3 Longacres Mile. Taylor Said won the most prestigious race in the Pacific Northwest last year, and Herbie D was an impressive front-running winner of this year’s edition Aug. 18.

Trainer Rob Gilker said Herbie D came out of the Mile in good shape, but wasn’t sure where he would make his next start.

“We were really focused on winning the Mile and hadn’t looked beyond that” Gilker said.

Gilker did say the Grade 3, $100,000 Premiers at Hastings on Oct. 14 wasn’t an option.

“I really don’t think he wants to go a mile and three-eighths,” he said.