05/01/2003 11:00PM

Pereira breeds two on path to Queen's Plate


Les Pereira strongly believes in racing his horses in the right spots and two of his homebreds, including one that he still owns, may find the right spot in the June 22 Queen's Plate.

Pereira's Solihull, a recent maiden winner, and stakes winner Arco's Gold, are on track to start in the most prestigious race for Canadian-bred 3-year-olds.

"I said I'd never go to the Plate unless I had a really good horse," said Pereira, who was born in British Guyana and races and breeds under the Beclawat Farm name. "Last year was the first year I ran one (Adjalah)."

Arco's Gold, a $110,000 sales yearling and a full brother to Adjalah, was undefeated as a juvenile in 2002. The colt has missed some training time in 2003 but is still being pointed to the Plate by trainer John Ross.

Solihull, named after a town (and cricket team) near Birmingham, England, is a son of Dance Brightly from Pereira's mare Sudden Profit.

"I bought my first couple of yearlings in 1987," said Pereira, who named his farm after a window manufacturing company he owned in Belleville. "I just wanted to own a couple of horses."

The yearling purchases soon led Pereira to buying some mares.

"I started trying to breed a good horse. I primarily breed to sell but what I don't sell, I race."

One of Pereira's first mares turned out to be a foundation mare for Beclawat. Jabot, a daughter of Bold Ruler, produced numerous foals for Pereira including stakes placed Testalino and his current stallion, Umrigar.

Jabot is also the dam of Ms. Paragon, the dam of last year's American stakes winning sprinter True Direction, a son of French Deputy.

Another homebred, Eishin Missouri, out of the Bold Ruckus mare Celebutante, earned over $1 million in Japan in the mid 1990's.

Pereira has a soft spot for Ashboro, whom he calls one of his best horses. A daughter of Regal Classic from the mare Amber Ryder, Ashboro was a multiple stakes winner of over $321,000. She was sold as a broodmare prospect for $375,000.

Pereira keeps his mares at Norse Ridge Farm, where Umrigar stands at stud, and has about half a dozen racehorses in training with David Bell and Steve Attard.

His wife Zona and daughters Michelle and Nicole are not as "crazy" about the racing business as he is, but they cheer on the Beclawat horses on race day.

"It's not an easy game but I'd love to be able to breed about five or six stakes winners this year. The next race for Solihull (and allowance race on May 18) will be the big one, to see how good he is."

Lady Tak's sister in sale

Backfield N Motion, a half-sister to Kentucky Oaks starter Lady Tak, highlights an intriguing consignment from Howard Walton for the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society's annual Two-Year-Olds in Training sale.

The sale will be on May 15 and 6:30 at the Woodbine sales pavilion. The gallop show will be held on the previous day at 11:30 a.m. on the Woodbine main track.

Fifty-five juveniles have been catalogued but 11 have been supplemented including three added the week of April 29: a Lit de Justice filly, and colts by Open Forum and Defrere.

Walton and Hill 'n' Dales Sales Agency, Richard Hogan, agent and Huntington Stud Farm agent offer the largest consignments.

All 8 of the Walton juveniles have been supplemented to the catalogue. Lady Tak's sibling is by the Fappiano sire All Gone and was originally a $4,000 yearling purchase.

Walton has also entered Cougar Bar, a Formal Gold colt that cost $70,000 as a juvenile and Kid Red, am Elusive Quality colt that was a $67,000 yearling purchase.

Hill 'n' Dale's Early Morning Rain, a son of Bold Executive, has several workouts on his tab and should receive attention at the sale.