08/16/2001 11:00PM

'Other' yearling gives breeder sweet thrill


Richard Day made breeding news headlines less than two years ago when he sold a $270,000 Cherokee Run colt who topped the Canadian Breeders' September select auction.

But the "other" yearling Day sold in 1999 gave the Ontario-based breeder his biggest thrill in racing on Aug. 11 at Woodbine.

Sweetest Thing, whom Day sold for $35,000 to trainer Roger Attfield, captured the $500,000 Breeders' Stakes, the third jewel of Canada's Triple Crown, by an impressive 7 1/2 lengths in just her fourth career start.

The 3-year-old Sweetest Thing, the third filly in the last four years to win the 1 1/2-mile turf marathon, was Attfield's seventh Breeders' Stakes winner.

"I couldn't believe it, I was numb," said Day, whose father is four-time Sovereign Award-winning trainer Jim Day. "I think I'm still trying to figure it all out."

Day, who races and breeds Thoroughbreds in the name of Kingview Farm, named the filly when she was a foal after a song by the rock group U2, and because she was "very sweet."

But Attfield, a co-owner of the filly with Bill Werner and Mickey Canino, has said the filly turned into a monster as a 2-year-old and proved to be difficult to handle as a young horse.

Day purchased Sweetest Thing's dam, Escape Reality, for $35,000 (U.S.) at the 1997 Keeneland November breeding sale.

"I liked her pedigree in general but I was also looking for daughters of Lear Fan," said Day. "I liked the stamina influence in her pedigree."

Escape Reality, who won two minor sprint races in 18 starts, was in foal to Candy Stripes, a son of Blushing Groom who was Group 1-placed in France. Candy Stripes, currently standing in Florida, began his stud career in Argentina and was a leading sire there thanks to foals like Different who won the Spinster Stakes at Keeneland, champion stayer Seaborg, and the speedy stakes winner Criollito.

Day said that Escape Reality's yearling filly, by local sire Indian Groom (also a son of Blushing Groom) is the best-looking foal of three that the mare has produced for him. He plans to race the Indian Groom filly.

The mare has a Bold Executive filly at her side and is in foal to Bold n' Flashy.

Day owns six broodmares, including Devaluation, the dam of the 1999 sales topper. He looks forward to selling Devaluation's Ascot Knight colt at the upcoming select sale on Sept. 4.

Ontario breeders sell $2M yearling

Bob Anderson, Rod Ferguson, and Mac Cuddy hit the jackpot on Aug. 8 when their homebred filly by A.P. Indy sold for $2 million to Torontonian Eugene Melnyk at the Saratoga yearling sale in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

The Ontario-bred bay filly is the second foal for the Canadian champion 2-year-old filly Larkwhistle, who was raced by the partnership in 1996.

Anderson said the partnership would normally race a homebred filly but said that because the elderly Cuddy is ill, a decision was made to sell her at auction.

"It was a bittersweet deal," said Anderson. "Rod and I tried to buy her, we went very high but we couldn't get her."