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Average Price Rises at Woodbine Sale

Four days after the selected session of Canadian-bred yearlings realized a small dip in average price, the preferred session boasted a 3% increase in average price despite large hikes in yearlings not sold and a drop in median price.

The preferred session took place Sept. 6 at the Woodbine sales pavilion and 153 yearlings grossed $1,309,200 compared to 151 selling for a total of $1,247,000 in 2007.

But the number of yearlings that went unsold skyrocketed from 37 in last year to 70 this year and the median price dropped from $5,500 to $5,000.

The sales topper of the preferred session was reported as hip no. 384, Who’s Big Daddy, a colt from the second crop of promising young sire Where’s the Ring (by Seeking the Gold) out of the multiple winning Tethra mare Cosa Rara, who is a full brother to this year’s undefeated stakes winning 2-year-old filly Cawaja Beach.

The dark bay colt, consigned by Gardiner Farms Limited, agent , was sold for $60,000 to Scott Fairlie, who bred the colt and co-owns Cawaja Beach.

Attracting a bid of $55,000 was a dark bay colt by top Canadian sire Bold Executive out of the winning Carson City mare Lazylou Café who was bought by Bill Farish from Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency.

The top selling filly of the session was a dark bay filly by grade II stakes winner Kafwain out of Castle Mey, a With Approval mare who is the dam of two stakes-placed horses, sold for $35,000 to Mike Lightner, agent for Mary Surrency. The filly was consigned by Richard Hogan, agent.

Checking in at $32,000 was a colt by 1995 Canadian Horse of the year Peaks and Valleys that was sold by Beth Hancock, agent to Lightner.

And Cudney Stables paid $32,000 for a colt by new sire Eye of the Tiger, a grade II winner, out of Northern Sorceress, by Devil’s Bag, consigned by Richard Day’s Kingview Farms, agent,