Old Forester Colt Tops CTHS Canadian Premier Yearling Sale

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Old Forester, sire of Horse of the Year Pink Lloyd (pictured), topped Wednesday's CTHS sale at Woodbine | Michael Burns

A colt by Old Forester, whose Horse of the Year son Pink Lloyd goes for a fourth consecutive victory in the GIII Vigil S. at Woodbine this Saturday, fetched a final bid of C$90,000 (US$68,977) to top Wednesday's CTHS Canadian Premier Yearling Sale at Woodbine. Pink Lloyd, winner of 25 of his 30 career starts, was a graduate of the 2013 sale.

Consigned to the sale by Bernard McCormack's Cara Bloodstock, the chestnut–offered as hip 15–was bred in Ontario by Whitford Bloodstock and is the latest foal from the multiple stakes-placed Holidaysatthefarm (Smarty Jones). The 12-year-old mare, already the dam of three winners from as many to race, is a half-sister to dual Grade III winner Rich In Spirit (Repriced), in turn the dam of GSW & GISP Wishing Gate (Indian Charlie) and granddam of SW and 'TDN Rising Star' Summering (War Front). The winning ticket was signed by John Di Scola.

A pair of offerings tied for second-dearest lot on bids of C$82,000. Hip 119, a Hill 'n' Dale Sales-consigned daughter of Lane's End's Mr Speaker from the family of Queen's Plate and Sovereign Award winner Woodcarver (Woodman) was hammered down to Jim Menzies, while hip 136, a Langfuhr full-brother to SP Sweet Crimson and close relative to SW Will She (Wando) and MSP Sweet Grass Creek (Wando) was sold to Derek Chin, also from the Hill 'n' Dale draft.

A filly by Noble Mission (GB), who is a half-sister to SW Always Inthe Munny (Munnings), was led out unsold on a bid of C$100,000.

CTHS reported sales on 142 horses from 197 through the ring (27.9% RNA) and turnover of C$2,795,300. The average was C$19,685 with a median price of C$14,000. In 2019, a total of 157 horses were sold for C$3,381,400, an average of C$21,358 and a median of C$13,000. The buyback rate was 35.9%.

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