08/21/2003 11:00PM

Reel Buddy's Group 1 win boosts sister's pedigree


Reel Buddy has made several Ontario horsepeople really happy since the 5-year-old horse won the Group 1 Sussex Stakes at Goodwood. He's now expected to be a major factor in Saturday's Celebration Mile at the same track.

The Kentucky-bred son of Mr. Greeley-Rosebud was bred by Frank Stronach and his family's Adena Springs and is the first foal out of his stakes-placed dam. The mare, an English-bred daughter of Indian Ridge, is now owned by Bill Schettine, who races horses at Woodbine. Patricia Martin, an Ontario owner and breeder, owns Reel Buddy's 4-year-old half-sister by Explosive Red, named Rosie Red Bear.

"At first I said 'yay' when I saw he won the Sussex Stakes," said trainer Charlene Smith, an advisor to Martin. "But then I wished I hadn't sold her."

Smith purchased Rosie Red Bear as a weanling for herself from the 1999 Canadian Breeders' Sales mixed sale for $17,500. The filly reminded her of another Explosive Red filly Smith had owned - the graded stakes winner Mema's Turning Red.

But Rosie Red Bear never made it to the races because she chipped an ankle, and an earlier attempt by Smith to sell the filly was quashed when she suffered a cut before a local auction.

"She was just costing me money but then her pedigree started to improve," said Smith, who eventually sold the filly to Martin, a longtime client and friend.

Martin took the mare to help jump-start the career of her Kennedy Road stallion Hit the Road Beau, who stands at Sir David Seale's Farm in Barbados.

The mare had a chestnut colt by Hit the Road Beau in that country this year and is back in foal to him for 2004.

"The mare is on a two-year contract with Sir David Seale," Smith said. "I've had a lot phone calls about her recently."

Rosie Red Bear's dam was purchased by Stronach in 1997 for $55,000 in foal to Mr. Greeley and then re-sold for $80,000 at the Adena Springs sale in 2001 in foal to Awesome Again. Schettine picked up the mare last November at Keeneland for $105,000 and she was in foal to El Prado.

Reel Buddy went unsold as a weanling in 1998 for $19,000 at the Keeneland November sale, then brought $16,000 the following year at Keeneland's January auction.

Canadian sales catalogs available

Fasig-Tipton's Canadian-bred yearling sale at Woodbine begins with a selected session on Sept. 2 followed by open sessions on Sept. 5 and 6. The catalog, featuring 463 yearlings, is now available at the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society office. The selected session gets underway at 1 p.m.

The Alberta division of the CTHS offers 199 yearlings on Aug. 24 at its summer sale at the Northlands Sportex in Edmonton. Offspring from the first crops of Alberta sires Devonwood, a Grade 1 placed son of Woodman, Ground Stroke (by Mr. Prospector), and Saskatchewan's Castle Arms (by Carson City) are included.

Manitoba's yearling sale will also be held on Sept. 2 and has 65 yearlings entered.

In British Columbia, the CTHS yearling and mixed sale takes place on Sept. 9 at the Thunderbird Show Park in Langley. The first crop of stakes-placed Captain Collins will be on display. Captain Collins is by El Gran Senor, the sire of top Canadian stallion Compadre.

The western Canadian sales catalogs are available at the Ontario division of the CTHS located in the Woodbine sales pavilion.