11/02/2007 12:00AM

Weather Warning pressed into service

EmailWindfields Farm in Oshawa, Ontario, lost its promising young sire Cat's at Home earlier this year after a sudden illness, but Weather Warning could be a shrewd replacement.

An impeccably bred son of Storm Cat, Weather Warning won the Manitoba Lotteries Derby at Assiniboia Downs this summer, and will enter stud next year at Windfields for a fee of $5,000.

An impressive-looking and very quick 3-year-old, Weather Warning is a son of City Band (by Carson City), winner of the Grade 1 Oak Leaf Stakes, and a half-brother to another stakes winner.

The colt is owned by Stuart Hyman, who purchased Weather Warning privately from Overbrook Farm and trainer Dallas Stewart earlier this year.

"He is a well-balanced, very fast, honest horse with a good nature," said Stewart. "He set the early fractions in nine of his 11 starts, twice running 21-and-change opening quarters at Churchill Downs."

For Overbrook, Weather Warning won two sprints at Fair Grounds earlier this year and was third in Turfway Park's Hansel Stakes in March over Polytrack.

"We are very excited to acquire a young stallion of this caliber," said Simon Cassidy, director of farm operations at Windfields. "He is the whole picture - a stakes winner with exceptional early speed, standing about 16-1, and a very correct physical type, with plenty of bone and a lovely hip."

Finality leads freshmen

Cat's at Home was last year's top Canadian freshman sire, and this year, the leading first-year sire comes from British Columbia.

Finality, a Grade 2 stakes winner by Dehere who raced for Dogwood Stables and trainer Todd Pletcher, has had 4 stakes horses, 2 of them stakes winners, from 13 starters. His progeny have earned $225,084 through Oct. 30.

The 8-year-old Finality won the Jamaica Handicap on the Belmont Park turf at the age of 3.

Parose dead at 13

It is a rare occurrence when an elderly horse wins a stakes race. Parose did it in 2003, when he won the Grade 3 Durham Cup at the age of 9 for John Atto and trainer Sandy McPherson.

Parose was the epitome of a fan favorite, especially since his running style was to come from far behind in the field with a big stretch kick. He won $1.1 million the hard way, going up and down the class ladder since his debut on Aug. 16, 1997, at Northlands Park in Alberta.

Last month, Parose succumbed to a serious colic attack while enjoying his first full year of retirement in the care of Dr. Brian Van Arem on behalf of Long Run Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation.

"He had adhesions in his intestine; it was a progressive disease," said Van Arem. "He was not a surgical candidate, so he had to be euthanized."

Parose was no longer a stakes-caliber horse when he was retired in October 2006 at the age of 12 by Bruno Schickedanz, who claimed the horse for $10,000 and raced him six times.

Parose had nine different owners and trainers through his 114 starts. He won 24 times, was second 26 times, and third on 23 occasions in a remarkable career.

For the combination of Atto and McPherson, Parose won over $500,000 after being claimed in 2001 for $62,500.

R.M.C. reduction boosts auction

A major reduction of breeding stock by Syd Cooper's R.M.C. Stable, a longtime top owner and breeder in Ontario, will be part of the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society's winter mixed sale on Dec. 1 at the Woodbine sales pavilion beginning at 3:30 p.m.

More than 172 horses have been cataloged: 92 broodmares, 26 yearlings, 45 weanlings, and 9 horses of racing age.

The R.M.C reduction includes weanlings and yearlings by Cooper's young sire the Grade 3 stakes winner Brite Adam. Huntington Stud Farm Corp. is the consignor.

There are weanlings from the first crops of Mobil, Margie's Wildcat, and Mr. Jester in the sale.

Mares offered include some in foal to Queen's Plate winners Wando and Niigon.

A complete listing of the catalog, including supplementary entries, is available at www.cthsont.com/mixedsale.php.