09/04/2010 9:48AM

Society's Chairman goes for three-peat in Halton


ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Society’s Chairman, a 7-year-old horse who is trained by Roger Attfield, is the elder statesman on Monday’s yearling sales stakes program.

But Society’s Chairman will be playing more than a ceremonial role as he looms a solid favorite while going in search of his third straight win in the Halton, the sales stakes for 3-year-olds and up over one mile of turf.

The Halton will be one of six yearling sales stakes on Monday’s program, with all offering $125,000 purses and open to horses who went through the ring at the local Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society’s yearling sales.

The selected session of this year’s sale will be held Tuesday, with the open session Saturday. Both sessions will begin at 2 p.m. in the Woodbine Sales pavilion.

Trainer Roger Attfield signed the $40,000 ticket on Society’s Chairman at the select session of the 2005 yearling sale.

Racing for owner Charles Fipke, who later took on a partner in George Waud, Society’s Chairman has won 7 of 22 races while finishing in the money 15 times and earning $529,521.

In his last start, on June 27, Society’s Chairman finished fifth in the Grade 2 King Edward over one mile of turf.

“He had a little corrective surgery on his throat and missed about 10 days,” said Attfield, who brought Society’s Chairman back to the track early last month to prepare for the Halton.

Society’s Chairman had won the Grade 3 Appleton over 7 1/2 furlongs of turf at Gulfstream and then finished third in the Grade 1 Maker’s Mark Mile on the turt at Keeneland in his only starts this year prior to the King Edward.

“He just keeps coming out and throwing them down,” Attfield said. “He’s just a good horse; he’s got a big heart.”

Attfield also will field a solid favorite in the Elgin, the yearling sales stakes for 3-year-olds and up over 1 1/16 miles on the main track, in Sand Cove.

Sand Cove, purchased for $60,000 at the select sale, has won $774,732, with 9 wins and 17 in-the-money finishes for owner Ralph Johnson. A convincing winner of last year’s Elgin, Sand Cove is coming off a front-running score as the favorite in the Grade 3 Seagram Cup over the same distance and surface.

“He’s just a consistent horse,” Attfield said. “The way he won his last race, I would say he’s going to be really tough.”