09/10/2010 1:52PM

Officials optimistic ahead of CTHS sale


VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Leif Nordahl, president of the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society, B.C.-division, is optimistic about the CTHS yearling and mixed sale that will be held at the Thunderbird Show Park in Langley on Tuesday. A total of 152 horses have been entered in the sale, with 140 yearlings making up the bulk of the catalog.

“It is a fairly good book,” Nordhal said. “Plus, the sale in Washington was up 30 percent and there seems to be a lot of local interest. The sessions they held at the Derby Bar and Grill where they were going over the catalog attracted standing-room-only crowds.”

Prior to the sale, there will be a yearling parade at Thunderbird on Monday.

Hip No. 75 should attract some attention. She is a bay filly by Forest Grove, who is in the top 20 among first-crop stallions in North America and ranks third in Canada. Forest Grove is the sire of the top local 2-year-old filly at Hastings, Overvalued. Undefeated in two starts, Overvalued completely dominated her rivals in the $51,000 Lassie Stakes, romping by an easy seven lengths. The bay filly for sale is an early foal, Feb. 10, 2009, and is a half-sister to R Charlie’s Angel. A stakes winner at a mile, R Charlie’s Angel used her good speed to win six races for earnings of $211,288.

Hip No. 80 is a full sister to 2009 local 2-year-old champion Huitzilopochtli. A chestnut filly by Grade 2 British Columbia Derby winner Wandering, she also is a half-sister to stakes winners Grace for You and Ronaldino. Another sibling, Always Annie’s, won three races and was stakes placed.

Holy Bull, a Grade 1 winner with more than $2.4 million in earnings is the sire of Hip No. 15. A dark bay or brown filly, she is a full sister to two winners: Chelsey’s Image, who won the Sadie Diamond Futurity, and Bull Princess, who won three races for earnings of $56,800.

There are six yearlings by local champion Quiet Cash, who is off to a good start as a first-crop sire. Quiet Cash is the sire of Hip No. 12, a dark bay or brown colt out of Lightning Stitch who has produced three stakes winners from five foals to race: Light My Ducks, Northwest Attitude, and Victorious Vye.

Hip No. 6 is by In Excess, who has sired 60 stakes winners for earnings of more than $39 million. The dark bay or brown filly is a half-sister to five winners, including multiple stakes winner Gadget Queen who has earned more than $245,000.

Hip No. 104 is by Quiet Cash and is the third foal from $496,000 multiple stakes winner Dancewithavixen, who died last year. Her first foal, Dancefourseven, has won two races and was stakes placed as a 2-year-old.

The first foal out of CTHS Sales Stakes winner Backseat Becka is a bay filly by Storm Victory. She is Hip No. 90.

A total of 48 sires are represented. Finality leads the way, with 17 horses in the sale. Storm Victory, whose horses tend to be precocious, is the sire of eight horses in the catalog. Storm Victory is an excellent debut sire, with roughly 19 percent of his first-time starting 2-year-olds winning. He also is the sire of three of the 13 horses entered in both divisions of CTHS Sales Stakes at Hastings on Sunday.

Dearest Princess, Otero to Oaks

Dearest Princess and Otero, the one-two finishers in the $52,831 Hong Kong Jockey Club for 3-year-old fillies last Monday, will renew their rivalry in the $75,000 B.C. Oaks on Sept. 25. The Oaks headlines four stakes races on the card, including the $75,000 Fantasy for 2-year-old fillies stretching out to 1 1/16 miles.

Dearest Princess, trained by Mel Snow, showed her versatility by coming from well off the pace in the Hong Kong Jockey Club. It was her fourth win in five starts at the meet. Her lone loss came at the hands of Otero in the Emerald Downs Handicap at Hastings on May 24. She also finished fourth in the Washington Oaks at Emerald prior to her win in the Hong Kong Jockey Club.

“It gives us some options with her,” Snow said. “She has good tactical speed, so she can stalk if there isn’t a lot speed in the race, and she showed how well she can rate in her last race. She’s is just a very nice horse and she came out of the race in excellent shape.”

Snow’s main concern with Dearest Princess is that her usual rider, Fernando Perez, has been in the hospital since Tuesday. Perez checked himself into Burnaby General Hospital when he had trouble breathing. He also complained about feeling some pain in his chest. On Friday morning, Perez’s agent, Daryl Snow, said he wasn’t sure when he will be released.

“It sounded like they were going to turn him loose Thursday, but he’s still in there this morning,” Snow said. “All I know is that he won’t be riding this or next weekend.”