10/12/2017 8:38PM

Marks: Looking over the Forest City Yearling Sale at London


Tiz the season to be selling and judging from the results in Lexington, the selling season is off to a spectacular start. There won’t be comparable numbers at the Forest City Pavilion in London, Ontario but there should be some very solid numbers for a number of primarily Ontario eligibles.

I’d look at all the offerings of the following sires:  E L Titan, Kadabra, Royalty For Life, Bettor’s Delight, Sunshine Beach, Betterthancheddar, Shadow Play and Sportswriter.

E L Titan showed his mettle in what can now be considered a super crop, that being Trixton, Father Patrick and Nuncio.  He’s a son of leading sire Muscle Hill from Courtney Hall, she a sister to Canland Hall of the brilliant sire Cantab Hall. Thus he has the genetic and racing credentials.

Kadabra is Kadabra and you’d be remiss in ignoring any of his prospects, ditto Bettor’s Delight, as all 2017 yearlings are Ontario eligible. 

The Royalty For Life’s were well received in Lexington and I’d expect them to garner much attention here. The same applies to Sunshine Beach, though in his case there’s the added benefit that the first two Somebeachsomewhere sons to hit stud, namely So Surreal and Net Ten Eom, have showed well thus far.

Betterthancheddar showed well in New York, and Shadow Play and Sportswriters are Ontario mainstays.

In addition, I’d look at every pacing yearling out of a Rocknroll Hanover mare for two reasons. Number one is that the deceased Rocknroll Hanover is proving extraordinary in the second generation, as four of his sons—A Rocknroll Dance, Rockin Image, Pet Rock and Rock N Roll Heaven—are listed in the top 10 sires of 2-year-old money winners this year. And his daughters have produced the likes of Sintra, Beyond Delight and Travel Playlist from limited opportunity, suggesting that some, especially those from superior families, may move up other existing sires.

Let’s look at a few:

HIP 39 About The South

By Shadow Play out of Best Of Daylon. By the sire of the great Lady Shadow from the classic family of Bettor’s Delight, Roll With Joe and No Pan Intended.

HIP 42 Beacon Hill 

By Betterthancheddar from Bolero Tam Tam, who tends to get winners regardless of who she’s bred to. Could be another case where the vigorous young stud invigorates the productive but older mare.

HIP 46 Village Champ

By Bettor’s Delight from Village Brass, she by Rocknroll Hanover and a full sister to the $653,658 winner Village Beat. Thus we have the nick that gave us Metro winner Beyond Delight.  

HIP 50 St Lads Thriller

By Mach Three from Warrawee Cammy.  Mach Three gets along with this mare producing Machal Jackson ($562,715) and St Lad’s Moonwalk ($253,387). If the individual is there, this colt could have Ontario Gold aspirations.

HIP 61 Northern Tailwind 

By Kadabra  from Chippentail. It wasn’t that long ago when this family was producing world class performers. Chippentail is a Muscles Yankee sister to Talespinner, who looked sensational prior to his early demise.

HIP 73 Quinn Blue Chip

By Sunshine Beach from Frame Worthy. This is Sunshine Beach’s first foal from a moderate daughter of the million-plus winner Hana Hanover. Bringing an Art Major mare back to Sunshine Beach brings back the best blood of his broodmare sire which has clicked so many times before.

HIP 98 Century Fatima

By Bettor’s Delight from Mowet Blue Chip, she a daughter of Armbro Savannah and a sister to the sharp young NY Sire Stakes pair of Outkast Blue Chip and 2-year-old Jan. 

HIP 112 Star Dog 

A son of Sportswriter from Four Starz Horndog.  If he’s just half as tough as his dam, he’ll do just fine in Ontario Gold sire stakes circles.  

HIP 134 Saulsbrook MVP

By Sportswriter from Heroine Hanover, she a Somebeachsomewhere daughter of the excellent Hattie, dam of the former speed king Holborn Hanover ($2,164,802) and other good ones.

HIP 225 Non Stop Sunshine

By Sunshine Beach from Non Stop Rock.  This is a Sunshine Beach colt from a Rocknroll Hanover sister to million dollar-plus winning Hana Hanover. Since we’re looking at one from this family, we should definitely look at this colt. 

HIP 254 Thecrowdiswatching

By Sportswriter from Rockabye Babe, the Rocknroll Hanover sister to Baberhood, dam of the mercurial He’s Watching and She’s Watching who looked like a top filly before getting hurt earlier this year. There’s family here.

I’d expect this sale to be well attended and there should be some excellent prospects which we’ll see down the road in the Ontario Gold or Grassroots series.

Saturday is also Gold Champion series night at Mohawk Saturday. In adherence to Roger Huston, be there!