09/10/2006 11:00PM

Woodbine sale average dips


Executive Redhead, a $55,000 purchase by Bill Farish Jr., topped the preferred session of the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society's Canadian-bred yearling sale at the Woodbine Sales Pavilion on Saturday.

Gardiner Farm Limited, as agent, consigned Executive Redhead, a daughter of Bold Executive and the winning Personal Flag mare Costa Brava.

The sale's average price of $8,810 was down 9.2 percent from last year's average of $9,701.

A total of 138 yearlings were sold, grossing just over $1.2 million. Last year, 154 yearlings brought nearly $1.5 million. A total of 72 were listed as not sold, compared with 58 in 2005.

Three yearlings brought $42,000 each, the second-highest price at the sale. The first was a Bold Executive filly consigned by Gardiner, who was purchased by Bob Tiller as agent for The Very Dry Stable.

The second $42,000 yearling was a daughter of first-year sire Van Nistelrooy. She was purchased by Harlequin Ranches from Windfields Farm, the agent for Cara Bloodstock.

Goldmart Farm bought the other $42,000 yearling, a colt by Bold Executive who was sold by Gardiner.