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Saturday December 31, 2011

At least 58 individual graduates from a variety of Hill ‘N’ Dale consignments won races in Ontario this year!

Saturday December 03, 2011

Mark Casse who has long been known for his ability to pick out a racehorse as a yearling, won the $150,000 Ontario Lassie S. today at Woodbine with DIXIE STRIKE. DIXIE STRIKE is a graduate of our 2010 CTHS September Sales consignment and a ½ sister to Queen’s Plate, Canadian Oaks winner and Champion 3 Year-old Filly candidate INGLORIOUS (a Hill ‘N’ Dale sales grad of 2009).

Casse has previously purchased, JAMBALAYA (G1 winner of $1,643,446), RETRACEABLE (Princess Elizabeth S. winner) and TASTY TEMPTATION (multiple stakes winner of approximately $600,000) from Hill ‘N’ Dale consignments.

Saturday November 26, 2011

Hill ‘N’ Dale was the leading consignor at the 2011 CTHS Mixed Sale today. Besides leading by gross receipts, Hill ‘N’ Dale sold the highest priced broodmare, the highest priced weanling and the overall sales topper. Thanks go out to our many loyal clients who have supported us.

Hill ‘N’ Dale would be pleased to talk to you about your sales needs (buying and selling).

Monday November 07, 2011

Breeders Cup weekend saw some horses with ties to Hill ‘N’ Dale do quite well. Hill ‘N’ Dale Canada is a lifetime breeding right holder in BC Mile winner COURT VISION. In the BC Juvenile Sprint, 3rd place finisher Holdin Bullets is out of a ½ sister to Mymissjuliac (selling 11/11’ Hip #1581 Keeneland). BC Turf 3rd place finisher BRILLIANT SPEED is out of former Hill ‘N’ Dale broodmare Speed Succeeds. Hill ‘N’ Dale still owns several fillies from this immediate family including 2 half sisters to Speed Succeeds-Champion SERENADING and multiple stakes winner HANDPAINTED.

Hill ‘N’ Dale Kentucky mares sold for $1,400,000, $1,400,000 and $1,250,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Mixed Sale.

Monday October 17, 2011

Weekend review: Hill 'N' Dale breds won the first 2 races at Woodbine on Friday. On Saturday sales graduate Hampstead Heath was second in the $250,000 Cup and Saucer S. Sunday saw stakes winner QUICK CODE (bred by farm manager Ericka Rusnak), win his 4th consecutive race closing like a freight train to win a $74,800 optional claimer.

Sunday October 09, 2011

Horses with ties to Hill ‘N’ Dale Canada had a good day at Woodbine today:

Dixie Strike - making her 2nd lifetime start (2nd in the $200,000 Muskoka S. in her maiden voyage), circled the field and won a 2 YO filly MSW with ease.

Merkabah, foaled and raised was 2nd in a $74,800 allowance race pushing his earnings over the $100,000 mark. Merkabah is out of Champion Racemare CHOPININA who will be offered for sale at Keeneland this November (pregnant to STORMY ATLANTIC).

Top Prospect, bred and sold by Hill ‘N’ Dale Canada, was 3rd to Merkabah in the same race. Top Prospect is twice stakes placed and an earner of over $150,000 thus far.

Gondorf - bred and sold by Hill ‘N’ Dale Canada set a course record at Woodbine and led gate to wire in a 1 ¾ mile turf allowance. Gondorf took the lead right out of the gate and drew away from the field in the stretch winning by 4 lengths.

Saturday October 08, 2011

Hill ‘N’ Dale Canada has added “Clear Lake” to our broodmare band. Clear Lake is a winner of approximately $250,000 from one of the strongest families that Knob Hill Stables has created. A half sister to Champion ALLEZANDRO, Clear Lake is out of a Graded Stakes mare ESENI who is a half sister to-Roche Rock (GSP $384,287), BUNBEG (GSW) and TALK BACK.

Saturday September 17, 2011

The highlight for Hill ‘N’ Dale Canada in terms of a homebred sale this year is the $300,000 INDIAN CHARLIE/Indigene colt that sold today (Bob Baffert purchaser).

Monday September 05, 2011

Hill ‘N’ Dale Sales grads had a great day in the Yearling Sales Stakes with the following results:

QUICK CODE - 1st $125,000 Kenora S. Bred by Farm Manager Ericka Rusnak.

Tee Game - 2nd $125,000 Algoma S.

Dixie Strike - 2nd $200,000 Muskoka S.

Top Prospect - 3rd $125,000 Halton S.

Yearling Sales have concluded - on to the Mixed Sales!

The CTHS September Yearling Sale has been the source of over 100 Hill ‘N’ Dale stakes graduates including a Horse of the Year, a 3 time Champion and this year’s leading contender for Champion 3 year-old filly (and possible Horse of the Year) INGLORIOUS.

For more sales information please go to our Sales Consignments page on this site. Hill ‘N’ Dale will have 29 Selected Yearlings (September 05 and 06) and 30 for the Open Sale (September 10). The catalogue is now on line at the CTHS Ontario web-site.

The following are the top 15 sales yearlings from our various Toronto consignments:

Horse Earnings Price
1 *A BIT O GOLD $1,888,155 $60,000
2 *ONE FOR ROSE $1,380,298 $15,000
3 INGLORIOUS $1,264,943 $90,000
4 NYUK NYUK NYUK $874,551 $38,000
5 STEADY RUCKUS $740,918 $77,000
6 ANGLIAN PRINCE $685,377 $8,200
7 SHAWS CREEK $662,660 $60,000
8 GRANACUS $652,078 $65,000
9 GUIPAGO $499,175 $1,500
10 PERFECT SHOWER $446,173 $160,000
11 DEPUTY CURES BLUES $434,707 $10,000
12 SYNCRONIZED $410,056 $20,000
13 TOUCHNOW $402,063 $62,000
14 RETRACEABLE $401,981 $20,000
15 ARCO’S GOLD $388,678 $110,000

Green = bred by Hill ‘N’ Dale. Red = still active.

Hill ‘N’ Dale Canadian yearlings to be offered in the 2011 Keeneland September Sale include a PULPIT colt out of Champion CHOPININA. Previous Canadian breds that have been sold by Hill ‘N’ Dale at the Keeneland September Sale are listed below.

Horse Price Earnings Details
1 JAMBALAYA $2,500 $1,643,446 Dual G1 winner (Arlington Million)
2 MARYFIELD $80,000 $1,334,331 Breeders Cup 1st/Eclipse Champion
3 EL BRUJO $9,500 $721,439 G1 winner (Pat O'Brien S.)
4 WANNA RUNNER $80,000 $656,570 1st $600,000 Winstar Derby G3
5 EMBUR'S SONG $170,000 $548,816 4 consecutive Stakes wins in 2011.
6 TASTY TEMPTATION $170,000 $542,342 Canadian Classic winner.
7 DAAHER $375,000 $455,163 G1 winner (Cigar Mile)
8 SENSATIONAL SLAM $80,000 $243,251 3 stakes wins to date.
9 UNIFICATION $125,000 $173,557 G3 winner.
10 PATENA $250,000 $136,551 2 YO stakes winner.
11 MARITIME PASSION $80,000 $133,761 2 YO stakes winner.

Green = bred by Hill ‘N’ Dale. Red = still active.

Friday August 25

Today at Woodbine Hill ‘N’ Dale co-bred “Salty Langfuhn” won the 16th start of his prolific career pushing his earnings to $649,021.

On the same Woodbine race card “Quick Code”, bred by Farm Manager Ericka Rusnak, won his 3rd race in 6 career starts (he has also been 3rd twice). Quick Code has a ½ brother by BOLD N FLASHY in the CTHS September Selected Sale selling as Hip # 130.

Earlier in the week SENSATIONAL SLAM won his 4th race in his 8th career start drawing clear by 3 ½ lengths at Saratoga. Selling as Hip # 116, Hill ‘N’ Dale will be offering a ½ brother to SENSATIONAL SLAM (a colt by leading sire CANDY RIDE) also at the CTHS September Selected Sale.

Sunday August 15

Smart Ruler (2 year-old filly by SMART STRIKE), the first foal out of multiple Champion and millionaire FINANCINGAVAILABLE, won a MSW today. Smart Ruler has a half brother by Canada’s leading sire PHILANTHROPIST in the CTHS September Sale this year.

Megavella became Toronto stakes horse #104 today with a 3rd place finish in the $125,000 Victoriana S. at Woodbine.

2011 Foaling Summary

41 foalings this year:

Avg. weight: 112.32 lbs.

25 filly avg: 113.21 lbs.

Filly range: 90 lbs.-135 lbs.

16 colt avg: 110.85 lbs

Colt range: 99 lbs.- 138 lbs.

34 non maiden foalings:

Avg. weight: 114.32 lbs.

20 filly avg: 115.9 lbs.

Filly range: 90 lbs. – 135 lbs.

14 colt avg: 112.07 lbs.

Colt range: 99 lbs. - 138 lbs.

7 Maiden mare foalings:

Avg. weight: 100.85 lbs.

5 filly avg: 98.6 lbs

Filly range: 90 lbs. – 105 lbs.

2 colt avg: 106.5 lbs.

Colt range: 103 lbs. – 110 lbs.

Foaling Times for 2011:

7am to 8am: 0 1pm to 2pm: 2 7pm to 8pm: 3 1am to 2am: 2
8am to 9am: 0 2pm to 3pm: 2 8pm to 9pm: 1 2am to 3am: 3
9am to 10am: 0 3pm to 4pm: 0 9pm to 10pm: 3 3am to 4am: 2
10am to 11am: 1 4pm to 5pm: 1 10pm to 11pm: 4 4am to 5am: 1
11am to 12pm: 3 5pm to 6pm: 2 11pm to 12am: 3 5am to 6am: 1
12pm to 1pm: 0 6pm to 7pm: 1 12am to 1am: 6 6am to 7am: 1

Sunday July 24, 2011

Hill ‘N’ Dale sales graduate EMBUR’S SONG (Keeneland September) won her 4th consecutive stakes race of 2011. Bred by Josham Farms and raised by Yvonne Schwabe and her Persley Den Farm, EMBUR’S SONG took on G1 winner HOOH WHY, Champion INDIAN APPLE IS and Horse of the Year BIOFUEL and went wire to wire in the $150,000 Ontario Matron S. at Woodbine. EMBUR’S SONG is one of 4 stakes horses out of Embur Sunshine will have to receive serious consideration for Canadian Broodmare of the Year this coming year at Canada’s Sovereign awards.

2011 Breeding info

Hill ‘N’ Dale Canada did mating plans season purchases etc. for many clients in 2011 (both in Kentucky and Ontario). Season purchases include- INDYGO SHINER, MUTAKDDIM, ROMAN RULER, SEEKING THE BEST, SMART STRIKE, STORMY ATLANTIC, ZENSATIONAL and OSS sires MARCAVELLY, MILWAUKEE BREW, LEONNATUS ANTEAS, OLD FORESTER...

Thursday June 30, 2011

Hill ‘N’ Dale (on behalf of CEC Farms) has sold Champion, Canadian Oaks winner MILWAUKEE APPEAL. On top of her Oaks win, MILWAUKEE APPEAL was an unlucky 3rd in the $1,000,000 Queen’s Plate and G1 placed at Saratoga and Keeneland.

Sunday June 19, 2011

Hill ‘N’ Dale Sales grad INGLORIOUS (CTHS September 2009) swept past the colts to win the $1,000,000 Queen’s Plate S. For any doubters that suspect the quality of the Toronto yearling sale, it should be noted that the first 3 finishers in the Plate were all CTHS September Sales graduates.

Sunday June 05, 2011

INGLORIOUS (bred by Arosa Farms), showed why she was the favourite winning the $500,000 Canadian Oaks. INGLORIOUS made a determined stretch run to capture her 4th stakes win of her young career.

Monday May 23, 2011

23 mares off of the Canadian farm are expected to be bred back to Ontario stallions in 2011. LEONNATUS ANTEAS-7, MARCAVELLY-1, MILWAUKEE BREW-5, OLD FORESTER-4, SEEKING THE BEST-4, STRUT THE STAGE-1, VIBANK-1. Thus far, 15 are confirmed in foal (13 off of 1 cover), with 6 counting days and 2 not yet bred.

Sunday May 15, 2011

INGLORIOUS (CTHS September), made it a clean sweep of stakes races for Hill ‘N’ Dale Sales grads at Woodbine Racetrack this weekend. INGLORIOUS winner of the $150,000 La Lorgnette S. is both a Canadian Oaks and Queen’s Plate favourite.

Saturday May 14, 2011

Hill ‘N’ Dale Sales graduate (Keeneland September) EMBUR’S SONG won her 2nd graded stakes race of 2011 dominating the field in the $150,000 G3 Hendrie S.

Wednesday May 11, 2011

Hill ‘N’ Dale owned and bred Oil Painting (multiple stakes placed) was an easy winner of the feature race at Woodbine this evening ($74,800 allowance race). Oil Painting (by DISTORTED HUMOR) is out of multiple stakes winning A.P. INDY mare HANDPAINTED.

Tuesday April 26, 2011

Tonight was the last of 7 LEONNATUS ANTEAS foals expected at the farm this year. For LEONNATUS ANTEAS, the Champion 2 year-old in Canada, this is his first crop. CHOPININA, dam of today’s colt, was a Champion Racemare and G1 placed against colts. The foals by “LEO” have all been quality individuals from strong female families. His book is expected to be in the mid 30’s this year.

Saturday April 16, 2011

BRILLIANT SPEED put in a last to first charge winning the Bluegrass S. G1 at Keeneland today. BRILLIANT SPEED is out of Hill ‘N’ Dale (Ontario and Kentucky) broodmare Speed Succeeds. Speed Succeeds was the filly sales topper as a Keeneland yearling bringing $1,450,000. Speed Succeeds was bought back by Hill ‘N’ Dale 2 years ago at the Keeneland November Sale. Speed Succeeds is a daughter of Hill ‘N’ Dale foundation mare-DAIJIN. Next stop for BRILLIANT SPEED is the KENTUCKY DERBY!

Saturday April 9, 2011

2 more foals today (5 in the last 6 days). The 2nd of our 2 foalings was an AWESOME AGAIN colt out of multiple Champion FINANCINGAVAILABLE (winner of over $1,300,000).

Saturday April 2, 2011

The Spring 2011 Newsletter is online now (Word format 41KB).

Monday March 21, 2011

Today Hill ‘N’ Dale added the mare SIWA to its inventory. SIWA is a dual stakes winner of over $225,000 and is out of the STORM CAT mare Zahara. SIWA is a half sister to KLISSURA, also a stakes winner. By G1 winner ALYDEED, SIWA is from the immediate family of Canadian racing icons-DEBRA’S VICTORY, MEGAS VUKEFALOS, VICTORIOUSLY BOLD...

Thursday March 17, 2011

Today we had the 17th of our 45 expectant 2011 foals. Secret Brook had a SEEKING THE DIA filly this evening and will be bred back to ZENSATIONAL. Secret Brook was the 3rd mare in as many days to foal at the Ontario farm.

Wednesday March 16, 2011

NICKI KNEW, stakes winner of over $300,000 had her first foal today, a filly by Champion LEONNATUS ANTEAS. NICKI KNEW will be bred back to STORMY ATLANTIC and in all likelihood be offered at the 2011 Keeneland November Sale.

Tuesday March 15, 2011

ARDEN BELLE, a multiple stakes winner of over $600,000, delivered her first foal, a colt by HEATSEEKER. HEATSEEKER stands at Hill ‘N’ Dale Kentucky and has his first crop of yearlings in 2011. He is a G1 record setting son of 2010’s leading sire in North America GIANT’S CAUSEWAY.

Wednesday March 09, 2011

The first two mares bred off of the Ontario farm this year were checked pregnant today (LEONNATUS ANTEAS/Water Music and SEEKING THE BEST/Rockinwithher.

Sunday March 6, 2011

Hill ‘N’ Dale bred and sold SENSATIONAL SLAM won the $65,000 Mike “Cappy” Capossela S. at Aqueduct 3/05, 2011. SENSATIONAL SLAM is now a winner of 3 of 4 starts (all stakes). His dam is at the farm and due to foal a ZENSATIONAL baby in May.

We have now had 14 foals at the Canadian Farm in 2011. This week we had only 1 foal (31 remaining) but it was the largest foal of the season thus far (135 lb. filly by SEEKING THE DIA). 12 foals are due by month’s end.

Friday March 04 2011

Mistel, a THEATRICAL daughter out of G1 producer Side View, owned by Cooks, Serrani and Sikura had her first career work today at Woodbine going 3F in 36.4.

Saturday February 26, 2011

Our 12th foal of the season was out of the multiple stakes winning mare CLASSIC REIGN. CLASSIC REIGN is a daughter of Hall of Famer No Class and is a half sister to 4 Champions and a G1 winner. This is the single most prolific family in the Canadian stud book.

Saturday February 19, 2011

A busy night tonight with 3 foalings. The first of 3 foals (all fillies) was by HARLINGTON out of Fanny Forgot. She was followed by a MIDNIGHT LUTE out of Baby Blaze and lastly an A.P. INDY filly out of the multiple G2 stakes winner MIRACULOUS MISS. MIRACULOUS MISS was also G1 placed on 3 occasions and runner up in the Breeders Cup Filly and Mare Sprint.

Saturday February 12, 2011

Champion LEONNATUS ANTEAS had the first two foals of his stallion career tonight at Hill ‘N’ Dale. Fittingly, both foals (1 colt and 1 filly) were bred by Knob Hill Stable who also bought and raced “LEO”, a 2 year-old stakes winner over dirt, turf and polytrack.

Sunday February 06, 2011

Hill ‘N’ Dale Kentucky reported the birth of a gray colt by ZENSATIONAL out of DAIJIN today. DAIJIN is the backbone and matriarch of our broodmare band. We are fortunate to be able to own 3 daughters of SW and G1 placed DAIJIN (including Champion SERENADING) and 2 of her granddaughters.

Friday January 14, 2011

A total of 44 foals are expected at Hill ‘N’ Dale Canada this year. In addition to our foalings, we anticipate breeding 27 mares back to a variety of Ontario stallions, focusing on LEONNATUS ANTEAS, MARCAVELLY and SEEKING THE BEST. All 3 stallions stand at Colebrook Farm.

Tuesday January 04, 2011

Our first foal of the season also proved to be the first foal ever for the G1 winning stallion and brilliant sprinter ZENSATIONAL.

Sunday December 26, 2010

The Fall 2010 Newsletter is online now (Word format 41KB).

Saturday December 04, 2010

The 2010 Woodbine racing season concluded on a high note for Hill ‘N’ Dales CTHS Yearling Sales graduates. INGLORIOUOS, bred by long-time client Arosa Farms, finished off with 2 stakes wins in her only 2 lifetime starts. After annexing the $150,000 Fanfreluche S. in her first start, INGLORIOUS ran off on the field in the $150,000 Ontario Lassie S. by nearly 6 lengths.

Saturday November 27, 2010

Race 3 - 1st Gee Pari (Hill ‘N’ Dale Sales graduate).
Race 5 - 1st Handy Harold (sired by Hill ‘N’ Dale bred stallion).
Race 8 - 1st Oil Painting (bred and raced by Hill ‘N’ Dale).
Race 10 - 1st Having Said That (Hill ‘N’ Dale Sales graduate).

Tuesday November 23, 2010

Embryo Transfer - A Different Side, a letter from R. Glenn Sikura, Hill 'n' Dale Farms (PDF format 2MB).

Saturday November 20, 2010

Top Prospect (bred by Hill ‘N’ Dale Canada), is a 2 year-old by STORMY ATLANTIC out of Strike Me Lucky (GSP). He is doing his best to live up to his name winning an allowance race impressively today while pushing his freshman earnings to over $100,000.

Wednesday November 17, 2010

If you are interested in buying a useful, inexpensive mare with all of the proceeds going to the Long Run Thoroughbred Retirement Program please read on.

Ashley’s Star is a young MIZZEN MAST mare that is a half sister to a G3 stakes winner and her dam is a half sister to Champion, GSW and former leading sire STAR DE NASKRA. She will be sold at the CTHS Mixed Sale along with a NG season to the beautifully bred stallion SEEKING THE BEST (OSS eligible).

Wednesday November 03, 2010

Hill ‘n’ Dale will have a 19 horse consignment for the November 27 C.T.H.S. Mixed Sale. Included in this group are 13 mares, 3 weanlings and 3 yearlings. The catalogue is available on line at the C.T.H.S. Ontario web site.

Friday September 17, 2010

EL BRUJO, winner of the G1 Pat O’Brien S. this year is by Hill ‘n’ Dale stallion EL CORREDOR. Leading breeder Jeff Begg took EL BRUJO home from the 2007 Keeneland September Sale after failing to meet an extremely modest reserve.

Sunday September 06, 2010

Homebred Oil Painting was an easy winner at Woodbine Racetrack today. The 3 year-old stakes filly is by DISTORTED HUMOR out of Graded Stakes winner HANDPAINTED.

Tuesday August 17, 2010

The Summer 2010 Newsletter is online now (Word format 72KB).

Friday August 13, 2010

The yearlings below are part of Hill ‘N’ Dales September sales consignments (all are Registered Ontario breds). These yearlings are available for pre sale inspection at the Ontario farm. If you would like to make an appointment to see any/all of them please contact me.

The remaining yearlings consigned by Hill ‘N’ Dale are at various local farms. If there are any that you would like to inspect prior to the sale I would be happy to arrange it for you.


  • HIP 15-STORMY ATLANTIC/BARBED WIRE colt (By a leading sire and out of a stakes winner).
  • HIP 34-MUTAKDDIM/CLUBAY filly (lovely filly from a strong Knob Hill family).
  • HIP 49-LANGFUHR/EL TARA colt (out of a young stakes mare).
  • HIP 85-SCAT DADDY/IRON FEATHER filly (1/2 sister to multi SW ARE YOU SERIOUS).
  • HIP 189- EL CORREDOR/SINFUL filly (Out of a ½ sister to G1 stakes winner).
  • HIP 198-STORMY ATLANTIC/STRIKE ME LUCKY filly (Very current family, GSP mare).
  • HIP 218-LEMON DROP KID/WATER MUSIC filly (Top sire, family of NO CLASS).


  • HIP 2702-GIANT’S CAUSEWAY/SINGIT colt (Out of a young stakes winner).

Saturday July 30, 2010


RACE 1-1st D’ORO DIABLO-by Hill ‘N’ Dale stallion.
RACE 2-2nd REPORT CARD TIME-2 year-old, Hill ‘N’ Dale sales graduate.
RACE 3-1st SUNDAY VICTORY-MSW. Purchased by D. Lanni-Hill ‘N’ Dale Director of Sales.
RACE 4-1st FORGETTHESTORM-2 for 2 lifetime-by Hill ‘N’ Dale stallion STORMY ATLANTIC.
RACE 6-1st JULES CAESAR-By Hill ‘N’ Dale stallion ROMAN RULER.
RACE 8-1st SENSATIONAL SLAM-bred and sold by Hill ‘N’ Dale-1st $150,000 Vandal S.

Thursday July 15, 2010

At the end of the 2010 breeding season Hill ‘N’ Dale Canada bred 31 mares off of the farm. Of the 31, all were pronounced pregnant though 2 did not retain their pregnancies. Ontario sires that were most heavily patronized include SEEKING THE BEST, LEONATTUS ANTEAS and MARCAVELLY.

Monday July 12, 2010

Pedigrees for the 2010 C.T.H.S. Selected and Open Yearling Sales are now on line through the C.T.H.S. Ontario web-site. Former Hill ‘N’ Dale Toronto sales graduates who have won or placed in stakes races currently number 102 (to July 12,2010). Our 2010 consignment includes 33 Selected sales yearlings and 11 Open sales yearlings. More information is available on the “SALES CONSIGNMENTS” section of this web-site.

Saturday July 03, 2010

The $150,000 Clarendon S. at Woodbine was a tour de force for Hill ‘N’ Dale breds. First time starters SENSATIONAL SLAM and Naval Attack ran 1st and 2nd in the highly competitive 12 horse field. SENSATIONAL SLAM is by GRAND SLAM out of ROMAN ROMANCE. He was sold at the 2009 Keeneland September Yearling Sale for $80,000. Hill ‘N’ Dale Canada retained a 25% interest in the handsome colt and Nick de Meric resold him as a 2 year-old in training for $240,000 to trainer Todd Pletcher and owner Bobby Flay.

SENSATIONAL SLAM has a very attractive yearling half brother (by THEATRICAL) that Hill ‘N’ Dale will sell at Keeneland September. Naval Attack has a ½ sister by SEEKING THE BEST that sells as Hip #122 in the C.T.H.S. September Selected Yearling Sale.

Monday June 02, 2010

For comparisons sake you can scroll down and see how the 2010 foal weights compared with the previous year. It should be noted that we do our weights via a “weight tape”. In our estimation the taping is usually about 3-5% below the actual weights.

We weigh our foals daily for the first 30 days and then monthly until they are sold (usually as yearlings). Even if the actual recorded birth weight is slightly less than it should be we can monitor weight gain effectively. The weights recorded below are the “taped weights” and have not been adjusted.

53 foalings this year:
Avg. weight:109.45 lbs.

15 filly avg: 108.33 lbs.

Range: 90 lbs.-130 lbs.

38 colt avg: 109.89 lbs.

Range: 88 lbs.-130 lbs.

41 non maiden foalings:
Avg. weight:110.87 lbs.

12 filly avg: 110.23 lbs.

Range: 93 lbs. - 130 lbs.

29 colt avg: 111.14 lbs.

Range: 88 lbs. - 130 lbs.

11 Maiden mares:
Avg. weight: 104.10 lbs.

2 filly avg: 96 lbs

Range: 90 lbs. - 102 lbs.

9 colt avg: 105.9 lbs.

Range: 96 lbs. - 113 lbs.

Foaling Times for 2010:
7am to 8am: 3 1pm to 2pm: 0 7pm to 8pm: 3 1am to 2am: 0
8am to 9am: 0 2pm to 3pm: 1 8pm to 9pm: 3 2am to 3am: 2
9am to 10am: 0 3pm to 4pm: 0 9pm to 10pm: 4 3am to 4am: 1
10am to 11am: 1 4pm to 5pm: 1 10pm to 11pm: 6 4am to 5am: 5
11am to 12pm: 1 5pm to 6pm: 1 11pm to 12am: 7 5am to 6am: 3
12pm to 1pm: 1 6pm to 7pm: 1 12am to 1am: 4 6am to 7am: 5

Saturday May 01, 2010

Today at Woodbine Racetrack, Oil Painting became the 7th stakes horse Hill ‘N’ Dale has bred or co-Bred from the “PASSING MOOD” family. DAIJIN SW/G1 SP, TOUCH GOLD G1 SW, BAR U MOOD, SERENADING G2 SW, PATENA SW/G3 SP and HANDPANTED SW/G1 SP are the others.

Oil Painting bred and campaigned by Hill ‘N’ Dale Canada and Kentucky, was 3rd (beaten a diminishing head) in the $150,000 Fury S. Oil Painting is regally bred being by DISTORTED HUMOR out of the A.P. INDY multiple stakes winner HANDPAINTED.

The Spring 2010 Hill 'n' Dale Newsletter is online now (Word format 79KB).

Friday April 09, 2010

The past 4 days has brought 8 foals to the Canadian Farm including babies by ROMAN RULER, HEATSEEKER, MIDNIGHT LUTE and SEEKING THE BEST. The current total stands at 39 foals, 29 colts and 10 fillies.

Our 2010 racing stable consists of 4 3 year-old Registered Ontario-bred fillies. All will race at Woodbine Racetrack this season. Oil Painting, by DISTORTED HUMOR, was the first to make a 2010 start losing by a diminishing head in a MSW last Sunday.

Champion SERENADING, her full sister GSW-HANDPAINTING and ½ sister Speed Succeeds have been bred to STREET CRY, ZENSATIONAL and A.P. INDY respectively.

Wednesday March 16, 2010

Another 3 foals in the last 24 hours (HARLINGTON, STORMY ATLANTIC and MARCAVELLY), brings our total thus far to 29. The colts are still well ahead in number (21) when compared with the fillies (8).

At the OBS 2 year-old in training sale today the Hill ‘N’ Dale bred and co-owned GRAND SLAM/ROMAN ROMANCE colt was purchased for $240,000. ROMAN ROMANCE is expecting a CANDY RIDE foal in 2010 and has a fantastic THEATRICAL yearling for later this sales season.

Saturday March 06, 2010

3 foalings today brings our 2010 total to 22 thus far. 31 mares remain to be foaled including a mare pregnant to A.P. INDY.

Wednesday February 17, 2010

The winter 2010 Hill 'N' Dale Newsletter is available here (Word format 70KB).

Monday February 15, 2010

2 more colts were born this evening bringing the total Canadian number to 13 so far. Both of tonight’s foaling’s were colts by Champion MIDNIGHT LUTE. Of the 13 foals we have delivered to date we have 12 colts and only 1 filly.

Thursday February 11, 2010

In Kentucky today, 2 of the Hill ‘N’ Dale Canada/Hill ‘N’ Dale Kentucky partnership mares were the first to be sent to the breeding shed. SERENADING was covered by STREET CRY and Speed Succeeds (a half sister to SERENADING and HANDPAINTED) was bred to A.P. INDY.

Monday February 01, 2010

Today marked the 5th foaling of 2010 for Hill ‘N’ Dale Canada. All 5 foals are colts, 3 by CANDY RIDE, 1 by SEEKING THE BEST and 1 by INDYGO SHINER.

This past Friday evening SERENADING was honoured as the Champion Older Filly or Mare in Canada.

Friday January 29, 2010

SERENADING received a Sovereign Award this evening as Canada’s leading Older Filly or Mare. SERENADING’S full sister HANDPAINTED (A.P. INDY/DAIJIN by DEPUTY MINISTER) came within a vote of being Canada’s Champion 2 year-old filly a few years back. Grand dam PASSING MOOD was previously honoured as Canadian Broodmare of the Year.

Wednesday January 20, 2010

The first foal arrived today (first of 53). A healthy 115 lb. colt by CANDY RIDE foaled for Hill ‘N’ Dale Kentucky.

Friday January 1, 2010

Hill ‘N’ Dale Kentucky’s Freshman Sires concluded a very successful 2009. ROMAN RULER finished 2nd as the leading Juvenile Sire in North America. With 29 winners, 3 Graded stakes winners and 7 stakes horses, ROMAN RULER lost his lead atop the 2 YO sire list on 4:00 P.M. December 31.

Freshman sires, CLOSING ARGUMENT finished 10th on the First Year Sire List while GRAND REWARD had 24 winners.

Veteran sires STORMY ATLANTIC had 24 2 year-old winners and 5 stakes horses while EL CORREDOR had 26 winners and 6 stakes horses.

Tuesday December 15, 2009

A recent purchase is the stakes winning mare KLISSURA. A half sister to stakes winner SIWA and out of a beautifully bred STORM CAT mare, KLISSURA will be bred to Canadian Champion LEONNATUS ANTEAS.

Thursday November 26, 2009

In the last start of her career, SERENADING went out in style. The 5 year-old homebred miss is by A.P. INDY out of homebred DAIJIN (G1 S.P. in the Test S. at Saratoga). SERENADING was a comfortable 3 length winner in the Falls City H. G2 at Churchill Downs. Included in the field of the Falls City was G1 winner of nearly $2,000,000 UNBRIDLED BELLE. Several media outlets have suggested that SERENADING’s performance has placed her at the top of the list for Champion Older Mare in Canada. HANDPAINTED, SERENADING’s full sister, missed out on a Sovereign Award as a 2 year-old filly by just one point.

Wednesday November 18, 2009

Final preparations are underway for the CTHS Mixed Sale (November 28, 2009). Among the horses in our consignment are 2 prominent yearling colts - ROMAN RULER/Water Music by DANZIG and STORMY ATLANTIC/Iron Feather by CRAFTY PROSPECTOR. Also in the group are Can. G1 Winner BARBED WIRE (pregnant to SURVIVALIST) and Graded stakes producer SIDE VIEW (in foal to VIBANK).

Wednesday November 11, 2009

Hill ‘N’ Dale was fortunate to represent Dr. R. Lister and L. Pereira (Beclawat Stable) over the last few days at the Keeneland November Sale. TELL IT AS IT IS and SASKAWEA, both excellent racemares each brought $280,000. Earlier in the week, Hill ‘N’ Dale Kentucky sold Champion AZERI for $2,250,000!

Saturday November 7, 2009

SERENADING was an easy winner of the $175,000 Maple Leaf S. today. The daughter of A.P. INDY/DAIJIN by DEPUTY MINISTER won by about 2 ½ lengths defeating, among others, Champion filly GINGER BREW. SERENADING now has earnings over $400,000 and will likely make 1 or 2 more starts before retiring to the Hill ’N’ Dale broodmare band.

Monday October 5, 2009

After being away from the races since the 3rd week in June, homebred stakes winner (GSP) SERENADING ran very well to be 3rd beaten a diminishing nose in the $100,000 Avowal S. The winner, SASKAWEA, is a STORMY ATLANTIC mare that has now won more than $800,000. SASKAWEA will be offered by Hill ‘N’ Dale at the 2009 Keeneland November Sale.

Monday September 28, 2009

2 new stallions to the lucrative Ontario Stallion program for 2010 are Champion LEONNATUS ANTEAS and millionaire SEEKING THE BEST. Both stallions will stand at John Brjnas’ Colebrook. Farm and will join (among others), GSW MARCAVELLY. All 3 stallion deals were brokered by Hill ‘N’ Dale Canada.

September Sales Summary:

Both the CTHS September Yearling Sale and the Keeneland September Yearling Sale were challenging for sellers. At the CTHS Selected Sale Hill ‘N’ Dale sold the filly sales topper (HENNESSY/NOBLE STRIKE) for Arosa Farms. At the CTHS Open Yearling Sale, Hill ‘N’ Dale sold the sales topper - MOBIL/HONG KONG DANCER colt for client Peter Ho. Hill ‘N’ Dale was the also the leading consignor at the Open sale.

Hill ‘N’ Dale Kentucky sold one of only 4 yearlings for 7 figures at the Keeneland September.

Among the yearlings bred or co-bred by Hill ‘N’ Dale Canada was a $300,000 DISTORTED HUMOR/HANDPAINTED colt, a $230,000 ELUSIVE QUALITY/INDIGENE colt and a $195,000 ELUSIVE QUALITY/HALO AMERICA colt.

Yearling Sales Information

Keeneland September Registered Ontario-Bred Colts

CTHS September Selected Yearlings - Tuesday September 8th

Friday September 11, 2009

LEONNATUS ANTEAS, former Champion 2 year-old colt in Canada, will begin his stud career in 2010 at John Brjnas’ Colebrook Farm. The arrangement was brokered by Hill ‘N’ Dale Canada. The attractive STORMY ATLANTIC colt will get tremendous support by owner Knob Hill Farms who have pledged to breed many of their best mares to him next year.

Wednesday September 9, 2009

Tee Game, bred by Hill ‘N’ Dale Kentucky, became the 100th stakes horse sold by the Canadian Sales Agency when finishing 3rd in the Muskoka S. on Monday. On that same day, FASTIN BEAR, a weanling graduate (Keeneland November), won the Simcoe S. The previous day another weanling graduate, GUIPAGO won the Vice Regent S. at Woodbine.

The HENNESSY/NOBLE STRIKE filly from our Toronto consignment was the top priced filly sold at the 2009 Toronto Selected Sale.

Monday August 31, 2009

Pre-sale inspection by leading trainer Dave Bell at the farm. The bulk of our Toronto consignment is to be shipped into Woodbine Racetrack this Thursday. Our 3 yearling colts for the Keeneland September Sale head south tomorrow.

STORMY ATLANTIC continues to “tear it up” lately. 2 very impressive 2 year-old allowance winners at Woodbine over the weekend and a 2 year-old stakes winner at Saratoga has vaulted him to #2 on the Juvenile Sires list in North America. Hill ‘N’ Dale has yearling colt and a yearling filly by STORMY at the CTHS sale and a STORMY ½ brother to ARE YOU SERIOUS at the Keeneland September Sale (Hip #1514).

Monday August 03, 2009

The 3rd jewel of the Canadian triple crown was run yesterday with Hill ‘N’ Dale sales grads running 1st and 2nd in the $500,000 feature. PERFECT SHOWER and Guipago combined for a $2,170.50 exactor!

1 more sales grad stakes horse until we hit 100!

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Monday July 27, 2009

Hill ‘N’ Dale Canada has recently acquired the millionaire - FINANCINGAVAILABLE. An accomplished racemare, she was a 3 time Canadian Champion (Older Mare twice, Sprinter once), set 3 track records and placed in 3 graded stakes races. FINANCINGAVAILABLE has a 2009 SMART STRIKE filly (her first foal) and is pregnant to PHILANTHROPIST.

Sunday July 12, 2009

MARITIME PASSION, bred by Hill ‘N’ Dale Canada and sold as a weanling in Keeneland remained undefeated in 2 lifetime starts winning the $150,000 Shady Well S. at Woodbine.

Final breeding statistics for 2009 show 17 of the 18 mares bred off of the Canadian farm checked pregnant.

Sunday July 05, 2009

Woodbine Racetrack Results for today:

  • 1st race winner Fastin Bear (2YO, MSW) - Hill ‘N’ Dale Sales graduate.
  • 2nd race winner Kinshasa’s Paradis - Hill ‘N’ Dale Sales graduate.
  • 3rd race 2nd place Salty Langfuhn - Hill ‘N’ Dale co-bred.
  • 4th race 3rd place How Far Is Heaven ($150,000 Ontario Damsel S.) - Hill ‘N’ Dale Sales graduate.

Elsewhere, freshman Hill ‘N’ Dale Kentucky sire ROMAN RULER was represented by 3 winners today.

Monday June 22, 2009

Over the weekend Hill ‘N’ Dale bred Stormy Marriage (a 2 year-old by STORMY ATLANTIC out of Embraceable) made her first start for owner Ben Hutzel and trainer Mike De Paulo in a MSW at Woodbine. Stormy Marriage was the easiest of winners drawing off by nearly 3 lengths in 57.4 under a hand ride.

Monday June 15, 2009

Homebred graded stakes winner ANGUILLA - (SEATTLE SLEW Awesome Account by LYPHARD), is the dam of “Antiqued”.

There was no doubt in our minds that Antiqued was cut out to be a stakes horse. After 2 wins and 2 3rds in only 7 starts (all at the allowance level), he was retired from racing due to an ankle injury.

After rehabbing at the farm for a few months, “Long Run” retirement foundation found him a good home. Antiqued is now a successful show horse having captured another 2 gold medals over the weekend at a horse show in Quebec.

Long time friend/client Les Pereira watched his STORMY ATLANTIC mare SASKAWEA turn in a courageous performance while winning the ZADRACARTA S. at Woodbine on Sunday. After relinquishing the lead in deep stretch, SASKAWEA showed her bravery digging in and retaking the lead while winning in near course record time.

Monday June 08, 2009

VINDICATION had 4 stakes horses over this past weekend.

On Saturday at Woodbine a full sister to Hill ‘N’ Dale Kentucky stallion SHAKESPEARE was an impressive winner in the 3rd while Hill ‘N’ Dale sales graduate Ailbe won an allowance race in the 6th.

On Sunday, VINDICATION colts were 2nd and 3rd in the Victoria Park S. including the Hill ‘N’ Dale Kentucky bred and co-owned Life Goes On. In the 6th, Hill ‘N’ Dale bred RETRACEABLE was 3rd in the Alywow S. making her first start of the year. In the 7th race, Hill N’ Dale co-bred Salty Langfuhn pushed his earnings to over $440,000 with another victory. In race 9, the Canadian Oaks, Hill ‘N’ Dale sales graduate Tasty Temptation was left at the gate but rallied to run 2nd.

Friday June 05, 2009

The beautifully bred “Pretty Katherine” (VINDICATION/Indigene by DEPUTY MINISTER), bred by Hill ‘N’ Dale (Canada and Kentucky), was stakes placed at Belmont Park today running 3rd in the Alyssum S.

Wednesday June 03, 2009

The last of 48 foals was delivered this morning at 5:20 AM. Stakes producer Ascot Gold gave birth to a healthy 118 lb. LION HEART colt. The foaling season began on January 12.

Saturday May 30, 2009

First start today for homebred OIL PAINTING (Maiden Special Weight - Woodbine Racetrack). 2 year-old OIL PAINTING is by DISTORTED HUMOR out of HANDPAINTED and is a half sister to 2008 2 year-old stakes winner PATENA. OIL PAINTING made the lead in mid stretch and was caught just before the wire finishing second, beaten a neck.

Monday May 25, 2009

On Friday a half sister to Hill ‘N’ Dale broodmare Embraceable (dam of 2008 Princess Elizabeth winner - RETRACEABLE) won a graded stakes race at Pimlico and FIELD COMMISION (out of Hill ‘N’ Dale/Rusnak mare Tearful Moment) won a graded stakes race at Woodbine. Sadly, we lost Embraceable a year or so ago to a bout of colic. Tearful Moment and her foal were lost this year during a difficult delivery.

Thursday May 14, 2009

Spring 2009 Newsletter (Word format 74KB).

Tuesday May 12, 2009

11:00 A.M.-Adventure Pass produced a SEEKING THE GOLD filly. This was our 47th foal of the year (30 fillies, 17 colts).

47 total foalings so far:
Avg. weight: 110.42 lbs

30 filly avg: 111.68 lbs.
Range: 85 lbs. - 146 lbs.

17 colt avg: 107.71 lbs.
Range: 90 lbs. - 125 lbs.

32 non maiden foalings:
Avg. weight: 115.89 lbs.

23 filly avg: 116.67 lbs.

Range: 106 lbs. - 146 lbs.

9 colt avg: 113.9 lbs.

Range: 100 lbs. - 125 lbs.

15 Maiden mares:
Avg. weight: 98.2 lbs.

7 filly avg: 95.29 lbs

Range: 85 lbs. - 102 lbs.

8 colt avg: 100.75 lbs.

Range: 90 lbs. - 110 lbs.

Foaling Times: 30 of our 47 foalings have been between the hours of 8 PM and 2 AM.
7am to 8am: 1 1pm to 2pm: 2 7pm to 8pm: 0 1am to 2am: 4
8am to 9am: 1 2pm to 3pm: 0 8pm to 9pm: 6 2am to 3am: 0
9am to 10am: 1 3pm to 4pm: 1 9pm to 10pm: 7 3am to 4am: 1
10am to 11am: 2 4pm to 5pm: 0 10pm to 11pm: 5 4am to 5am: 4
11am to 12pm: 2 5pm to 6pm: 0 11pm to 12am: 4 5am to 6am: 0
12pm to 1pm: 0 6pm to 7pm: 1 12am to 1am: 4 6am to 7am: 0

Monday May 11, 2009

LEONNATUS ANTEAS, Knob Hill Stables Canadian Champion 2 year-old colt, has been retired and is currently at the farm to let down. He will begin his stud career in 2010.

Sunday May 10, 2009

Hill ‘N’ Dale Kentucky enjoyed a great day today with the beautifully bred filly SMART SURPRISE turning in a dramatic stretch run to win the G3 Hendrie S. at Woodbine Racetrack.

3 year-old colt Elmfield Boy was an allowance winner today. Bred by Hill ‘N’ Dale (Kentucky and Ontario), he is by MEDAGLIA D’ORO out of Lemon Dove. Leading sire MEDAGLIA D’ORO spent his first 2 years as a Hill ‘N’ Dale Kentucky stallion where super filly RACHEL ALEXANDRIA was created.

Sunday May 03, 2009

Freshman Ontario sire MARCAVELLY had his 5th Hill ‘N’ Dale, Zayat mare checked pregnant at the farm today.

2 year-old fillies Mistel and Kaczuszka (both by THEATRICAL), are to be raced in the “Sikura, Crooks, Serrani” partnership. After 6 weeks of training at Adena Springs North under the tutelage of Sean Smullen, they have been returned to the farm for a 4 week turn out prior to pushing forward with their racing careers.

SKY ASTRO - a 2 year-old bred and sold by Hill ‘N’ Dale Canada (and a ½ brother to stakes winner ARE YOU SERIOUS), worked a bullet in preparation for his first start.

Wednesday April 29, 2009

At 11:45 PM last night Iron Feather gave birth to a 123 lb. filly by SCAT DADDY. The foal is a half sister to multiple stakes winner ARE YOU SERIOUS (GSP-107 Beyer). Iron Feather has a 2 year-old SKY MESA filly and a yearling colt by STORMY ATLANTIC (Keeneland September 2009). Just 5 foalings left for 2009!

Friday April 24, 2009

Bold Bandit, bred and sold by Hill ‘N’ Dale, broke his maiden at Woodbine today.

Donato Lanni, Director of Sales-Hill ‘N’ Dale, Kentucky was up to inspect sales yearlings at the farm. Known as an excellent judge of horseflesh, Donato most liked a few of the colts including a GRAND SLAM out of $500,000 stakes winner ROMAN ROMANCE.

Hill ‘N’ Dale Canada acted as agent for 5 2009 season purchases today - BROKEN VOW, MARCAVELLY (2), SHAKESPEARE, EL CORREDOR.

Tuesday April 21, 2009

Stakes winner and Graded stakes placed Strike Me Lucky (by SMART STRIKE) delivered a lovely filly at 8:00 P.M. The filly is by leading sire STORMY ATLANTIC. The mare goes back to first year sire HEATSEEKER.

Monday April 19, 2009

1 more foaling today - HIGHLAND JEWEL with a nice healthy filly. She even did it at a reasonable hour-11 P.M. Just 7 more left.

Yearlings for the 2009 CTHS Selected Yearling Sale are to be inspected this Monday. 09’ yearlings are by BOLD EXECUTIVE, EL CORREDOR, BROKEN VOW, ROMAN RULER, BLUEGRASS CAT, GRAND SLAM, TALE OF THE CAT, STORMY ATLANTIC etc.

Friday April 17, 2009

Today was a good day for the farm. Homebred SERENADING ran a very respectable 2nd in the Doubledogdare S. G3 at Keeneland-her first outing of the year. In 13 lifetime starts, SERENADING has been first, second or third 12 times.

Earlier in the day we delivered our 40th foal of the season when ZAYAT Stables mare FOSSA gave birth to a healthy filly. FOSSA is one of many fine mares that ZAYAT Stable is sending to freshman Ontario sire MARCAVELLY (Colebrook Stud Farm).

Meanwhile in Kentucky, G1 winner and G1 producer HALO AMERICA was scanned pregnant to leading sire STORMY ATLANTIC. HALO AMERICA is the only mare in the world with a 2009 STORM CAT colt!

Wednesday April 15, 2009

After thrusting himself into the Kentucky Derby picture earlier in the season, homebred stakes winner PATENA fell off of his form. Running out of the money in the Louisiana Derby and G1 Bluegrass S., it was discovered that he required minor surgery to remove bone chips in 3 ankles. PATENA has an excellent prognosis to go back to the track and perform at his best this fall.

FYI - The first 6 dams of PATENA are stakes winners!

Enter Hill 'N' Dale Farms Website

Saturday April 11, 2009

The first stakes race for Canadian-bred 3 year-olds was run at Woodbine today. Hill ‘N’ Dale sales graduates ran 1st and 3rd in this major stepping stone for the $1,000,000 Queen’s Plate.

Winning the $150,000 Achievement Stakes was Jeff Begg’s homebred EL BRUJO (by some 8 ½ lengths). The son of CANDY RIDE was very impressive and warrants serious respect moving forward. The Begg family is already the breeder of 2 Queen’s Plate winners including G1 winner VICTOR COOLEY who ran in the family colors.

Sunday April 05, 2009

Earlier today Hill ‘N’ Dale Canada delivered its 8th 2009 foal by first year sire SEEKING THE BEST. The foals have been of substantial quality. Considering his race record and pedigree this is not unexpected.

Wednesday April 01, 2009

6 January foals in 2009.

7 February foals in 2009.

19 March foals in 2009.

16 foals still due!

March highlights:

This month saw the birth of a GIANT’S CAUSEWAY colt out of Canadian Champion mare CHOPININA.

Another top class foal delivered this month is a STORMY ATLANTIC colt out of Canadian G1 winner BARBED WIRE.

February highlights:

Canadian classic winner KNICKI KNEW had a ½ sister delivered at the farm on 2/06/09-a big, beautiful filly by the brilliant racehorse SHAKESPEARE.

Multiple stakes winner SINGIT, owned by Hill ‘N’ Dale Canada delivered a very handsome colt by leading sire GIANT’S CAUSEWAY on 2/22/09.

Enter Hill 'N' Dale Farms Website

December 10, 2008
PATENA Wins Display Stakes

Several years ago Hill 'N' Dale Farms had a dilemma. Because of a recent major transaction we had more stallion seasons than mares to breed them to. The solution was to sell as many seasons as possible and attempt to create some "foal sharing" arrangements with others. The result was entering into a multi year agreement with Holtsinger Inc. owners of the top broodmare PASSING MOOD.

For the Hill 'N' Dale/Holtsinger partnership, PASSING MOOD produced stakes winners - BAR U MOOD, TOUCH GOLD - G1 and DAIJIN.

DAIJIN had been offered for sale by our sales agency but we bought out the partnership when she failed to reach her sales reserve. Racing for Hill 'N' Dale, DAIJIN was a stakes winner at 3 winning the prestigious Selene S. (Can. G1) and then running 3rd in the Test G1 at Saratoga.

As a producer, DAIJIN has been very kind to us commercially. We have also been fortunate to keep 2 A.P. INDY daughters of DAIJIN. Named HANDPAINTED and SERENADING, these 2 fillies have went on to be stakes winners.

HANDPAINTED came very close to winning Championship honours at 2 in Canada and continued her winning ways as a multiple stakes winner at 4. SERENADING was a stakes winner at 4 this season and will run again next season with very high expectations.

How does PATENA fit in to the equation? He is a 2 year-old son of SEEKING THE GOLD and HANDPAINTED. After breaking his maiden by 5 1/4 lengths in his previous start, PATENA won the Dec. 06 Display S. ($150,000) at Woodbine Racetrack, representing the 6th stakes winner that we have bred or co-bred from this family.

"Oil Painting", a 2007 DISTORTED HUMOR filly out of HANDPAINTED, will be a part of our 2009 racing stable.

Enter Hill 'N' Dale Farms Website

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Hill 'N' Dale Kentucky has announced its schedule of stud fees for 2009. With the current state of the sales economy, the Kentucky farm has reacted responsibly by holding or reducing fees on all of the stallions that stood in 2008 and prior. Anybody who participated in the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale should appreciate this.

Perennial stalwarts such as - STORMY ATLANTIC, EL CORREDOR, THEATRICAL and MUTAKDDIM continue to perform at a high and consistent level.

Leading freshman sire of 2008 CANDY RIDE (with 2 GSW this year) will stand for $12,500- the same fee as previous years.

Several of the stallions have yet to have foals old enough to the races but that will change for some this year. Among the younger stallions at the farm are GRAND REWARD, ROMAN RULER, SEEKING THE BEST, CLOSING ARGUMENT and MR. SEKIGUCHI.

New to the roster for 2009 are-2 time Breeders cup Sprint winner MIDNIGHT LUTE (17 hands tall and beautiful), SEEEKING THE DIA (a Champion son of STORM CAT from a great European G1 winning mare), HARLINGTON (a great looking, stakes winning son of UNBRIDLED out of a Champion), HEATSEEKER (a multiple graded stakes winner and multiple course record setting millionaire by GIANT'S CAUSEWAY).

All fees are due 11/01 of year bred.

Due to the multiple number of seasons purchased by Hill 'N' Dale Farms Canada for ourselves and our many clients it may be possible to negotiate more favorable terms from time to time.

Give me a call or drop me an e-mail to discuss.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

How does a well bred, attractive filly sell for only $20,000 and then win a $250,000 stakes race the following year? It's simple-a top horseman with an open mind bought her. Mark Casse was the only horse person at Woodbine who could overlook a cosmetic blemish on RETRACEABLE and was rewarded today (11/01/08 ) when the 2 year-old daughter by leading first crop sire MEDAGLIA D'ORO galloped home a winner in one of Canada's premier races for juveniles. RETRACEABLE was unlucky not to have won the Muskoka S. in a previous start after being "steadied repeatedly". Selling from our Toronto Selected sales consignment in 2007, RETRACEABLE scared off most vets and prospective buyers due to a calcium deposit on a front ankle. Despite never being unsound a day in her life and despite having this cosmetic blemish since day 1, Mark was the only buyer to put up his hand. Seeing through what others won't and showing confidence in his own opinion has resulted in a bargain filly with tremendous upside.

P.S. This is the 3rd time in the last 5 years that a Hill 'N' Dale Toronto Sales grad has won the Princess Elizabeth S.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

The Toronto yearling sales held September 02 (Selected Sale) and September 06 (Preferred Sale) were more or less on par with the Sales 2007 results. A slight dip for the Selected Sale (both in average and median) and a very slight raise in prices in the Preferred. Ontario sired horses appeared to me to sell for a premium.

The Hill 'N' Dale consignment sold well in some instances and not so well in other cases. What I am sure of is that we sold some nice horses and they will push us over the 100 mark for Toronto sales grads that have won or placed in stakes races. Retraceable, a very troubled 2nd in the $125,000 Muskoka S. was bred and sold by Hill 'N' Dale and represented our 96th Toronto stakes graduate.

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