Updated on 09/17/2011 6:01PM

New faces with nice pedigrees


As Ontario breeders begin to choose stallions for their mares for the spring of 2005, a handful of newcomers to the local ranks offer some impressive pedigree lines.

Dance to Destiny, a graded-stakes-placed full brother to Queen's Plate winners Dancethruthedawn and Scatter the Gold, will attract a lot of interest when he begins stud duty at John Brnjas's Colebrook Farms in Uxbridge.

Bred and raced by Sam-Son Farms, Dance to Destiny, a son of Mr. Prospector out of champion Dance Smartly, was a three-time winner and finished third (with a 102 Beyer Figure) to champion Phantom Light in the Grade 3 Dominion Day Handicap in 2003.

The 5-year-old stallion's younger half-brother, the 2-year-old Dance With Ravens (by A.P. Indy), is a graded-stakes winner this season and a contender for championship honors at the Dec. 17 Sovereign Awards.

Dance to Destiny will join the popular Foxtrail, plus young stallions Randy Regent and Valid n Bold, at Colebrook. His fee is set at $7,500.

Tomahawk, a 4-year-old son of Seattle Slew from the graded-stakes-winning mare Statuette, will embark on a stud career at Michael C. Byrne's Park Stud in Orangeville.

A three-time winner who earned more than $245,000, Tomahawk was a sprinting allowance winner at Gulfstream this year with a 94 Beyer.

It will cost $8,500 to breed to Tomahawk, whose stallion buddies at Park Stud will be Bold n' Flashy, Kiridashi, Perigee Moon, and Tejabo.

Gardiner Farms, home of the current leading sire Bold Executive, has added Where's the Ring to its stallion roster for 2005.

A 5-year-old son of Seeking the Gold out of Wedding Picture, Where's the Ring is a stakes winner of six races in 14 starts, and his best Beyer Figure was an impressive 110.

A half-brother to three stakes winners, Where's the Ring is also a half-brother to the dam of this year's Nearctic Stakes winner, I Thee Wed, and will stand for a fee of $3,500.

Pride of New York, an undefeated son of Mt. Livermore, will begin a stallion career at Anson Stud in Caledon East with a fee of $4,000.

Hillside Thoroughbreds in Wellandport offers Legal Jousting for a fee of $1,500. The beautifully bred son of Indian Ridge and In Anticipation (Sadler's Wells) was graded stakes placed in Ireland and the United States.

At Marlandy Stables in Arnprior, breeders will find Shelter, a winning son of Seeking the Gold out of the Grade 1-winning mare Missed the Storm. Shelter stands for $1,000.

Canadian buyers open their wallets

Canadians spent more than $13.4 million on breeding stock, weanlings, and horses of racing age at recent mixed sales in Kentucky, Florida, and California, with Ontario horsepeople accounting for $9 million of that total.

More than $11.5 million was dished out by Canadian breeders at the Keeneland November sale, according to statistics compiled by the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society (National Division).

Among the big spenders were Frank Stronach and his Adena Springs Farm, and British Columbia's R.J. Bennett, who bought several big-ticket items for Charles Fipke, owner of the recently retired champion Perfect Soul.

Ted Burnett's Josham Farms was busy in Ocala, Fla., and Kentucky, picking up 11 weanlings, while Windfields Farm also dipped into the weanling market with an eye toward reselling two youngsters as yearlings.

Prominent mares sold at Keeneland included Annasan, the dam of Canada's probable 3-year-old colt champion, A Bit O'Gold, and the leading contender for outstanding broodmare at the Sovereign Awards.

S. Rene Dilorio purchased Annasan from Beclawat Farm for $400,000. She is in foal to Sky Mesa.

At Fasig-Tipton Kentucky, Dancing With Wings, the dam of champion Soaring Free - a contender for Horse of the Year honors this season - was bought by Adena Springs for $250,000.