09/02/2016 10:26AM

Numbers down at Ontario yearling sale

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ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Despite efforts from the Ontario division of the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society to attract buyers with more than $100,000 in incentives, Thursday’s Canadian Premier Yearling Sale at Woodbine saw declines from 2015.

A total of 181 yearlings were sold for $3,481,800, down 18 percent from last year’s gross of $4,225,400 for 203 yearlings sold. The average price was $19,236, down 8 percent from last year, while the median price was $11,000, down 21 percent. The buyback rate was 28 percent, up from 24 percent last year.

A filly from the first crop of Grade 1-winning sprinter Justin Phillip and a filly by longtime Ontario sire Silent Name topped the sale at $95,000 each.

Windways Farm Ltd., acting as agent, signed the ticket on the Justin Phillip filly, who is the second foal out of the stakes-placed Yonaguska mare Dicey Girl. Dicey Girl is out of Gambader, a half-sister to stakes winners Touchnow, Timetobewild, and Danceroftherealm. The filly was consigned by Willow Ridge Farm Thoroughbreds for breeder Bay Ridge Orchards Ltd.

Trainer Stu Simon, acting as agent for William and Anne Scott, purchased the Silent Name filly out of Canadian champion Dancing Allstar. The filly is a half-sister to South Ocean Stakes winner Trini Brewnette, who finished third in the Algoma Stakes on Canadian Millions Sales Stakes Day on Wednesday. Gail Wood was the consignor for breeder Trinity West Stables Ltd.

The leading buyer at the sale was Curtis Landry, who purchased seven yearlings for $152,000.

To view the sale results, click here.

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