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Video: Champion trainer Mark Casse purchases 2008 Princess Elizabeth S. winner RETRACEABLE at the 2007 Toronto Selected Sale. Click play to view.
For a more complete story on RETRACEABLE, read the Hill ‘N’ Dale blog.

Hill 'N' Dale Newsletters:

Fall 2009 (Word format 74KB)

Summer 2009 (pdf format 653KB)

Spring 2009 (Word format 74KB)

Winter 2009 (Word format 77KB)

Fall 2008 (pdf format 207KB)

Summer 2008 (pdf format 81KB)

Spring 2008 (pdf format 80KB)

January 2008 (pdf format 65KB)

October 2007 (pdf format 76KB)

June 2007 (pdf format 59KB)

Summer 2007 (pdf format 58KB)

November 2006 (pdf format 85KB)

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Hill ‘N’ Dale Canada can arrange for 2010 seasons whether you are looking to breed your mares in Kentucky or Ontario. We regularly do mating plans for clients and can often offer prices below farm fees. Besides the stallion roster that stands in Kentucky, we currently have breeding seasons in the following Ontario sires - LEONNATUS ANTEAS, MARCAVELLY, SEEKING THE BEST, SURVIVALIST and VIBANK.

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.

More News:

Hill ‘N’ Dale Canada was co-breeder and co-owner of 2 2008 stakes winners PATENA and SERENADING.

APPROACHING 100! - As of March 2009, 97 Hill 'N' Dale Toronto sales graduates have gone on to win or place in stakes races, eleven in 2008 alone.

Below, Mrs. Irene Carr, 100 years young, born 10/12/1909.

2008 C.T.H.S. Yearling Sales Ad (pdf format 5683KB).

MARYFIELD - Bred in Ontario by Mike Carroll and John C. Harvey, was named 2007 Eclipse Award winning female sprinter. MARYFIELD was sold by Hill 'N' Dale at the Keeneland September Sale.

JAMBALAYA - bred by G. Schickedanz and sold by Hill 'N' Dale Sales Agency at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale, won 2 G1 stakes races in 2007 posting a dramatic victory in the $1,000,000 Arlington Million.

Hill 'N' Dale Toronto Yearling Sales graduate RETRACEABLE was bred and sold by Hill ‘N’ Dale Canada. She became yet another sales grad to win the prestigious $250,000 Princess Elizabeth S

Hill 'N' Dale was the leading consignor at the 2008 C.T.H.S. November Mixed Sale.

Hill 'N' Dale has been the leading consignor by gross at the C.T.H.S. Selected Yearling Sale 8 of the last 9 years!

2005 Sovereign Awards
Hill 'N' Dale bred ONE FOR ROSE was named champion older filly or mare for the third consecutive year. Link.

Hill 'N' Dale sales graduate A BIT O GOLD was named Champion Older Horse, Champion Turf Horse and Canadian Horse of the Year. Link.


Marino Marini.

Touch Gold wins the Belmont Stakes G1.



Lively One.

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!

Hill 'N' Dale Summer 2009 Newsletter - pdf 653KB

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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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