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CTHS British Columbia September Sale Highly Anticipated

August 31, 2006     E-mail this page to a friend!

CTHS BC Sale Tuesday, September 12th, at 2:00
The 2006 CTHS Sale has established itself over the years as one of the more highly anticipated events on the local Thoroughbred calendar. Sales graduates have been raising eyebrows throughout the racing world with significant stakes victories in recent weeks and several of these black-type performers have siblings consigned to the upcoming sale.

The annual September sale has found a home at Thunderbird Show Park and this year’s edition will once again be held at the beautiful Langley facility. Located just north of the Trans Canada Highway, the world renowned equestrian park offers easy access east from Vancouver via Hwy. 1 and north from the U.S. via the Aldergrove border crossing.

Monday afternoon, September 11th, at 1:00 the yearling parade kicks off the two-day event offering horsemen and casual observers a valuable chance to scan their interests. A country-style barbeque will add some flavor to the afternoon and local network media coverage is anticipated.

Tuesday, September 12th, at 2:00 over 230 yearlings, 22 broodmares (three of which have weanlings at their side), five weanlings, a pair of two-year-olds and the British Columbia-based stallion Alybro will make their way through the elevated sales ring.

In 2005, the 158 horses sold produced a sale gross of $1,872,000, an increase from the $1,538,500 attained in 2004 when 123 were sold. There was a moderate reduction in the over-all average as anticipated ($11,908 from $12,508) due to the increase in broodmares consigned.

The yearling sales average has been climbing for several years. In 2005, 130 yearlings sold for a total of $1,787,000, an increase over 2004’s $1,485,700 gross for 110 yearlings. The average made a moderate gain from $13,506 in 2004 to $13,833 in 2005, almost double the $7,039 average brought as recently as 2001 when only 88 yearlings achieved winning bids.

This year’s sale is getting much of its attention from the exploits of Nick and Pauline Felicella’s 2003 BC-bred sales-graduate MSW SPAGHETTI MOUSE, winner of the Gr. III $100,000 Lt. Governors Handicap and the $100,000 Redekop BC Cup Classic in his last two starts. Each of these prestigious races was against open competition and each was contested at Hastings’ classic distance of nine furlongs.

The significance of two new $50,000 CTHS Sale stakes for three-year-olds introduced in 2005 is anticipated to have a positive impact on this year’s sale. These new added-money events will add to the incentive already provided by the traditional $60,000 stake for two-year-olds, offered individually to each classification since 1995.

Thunderbird Show Park is located in Langley at 24550 – 72nd Avenue. To reach the site coming from the east on Hwy 1, take the 232nd Street exit north and proceed through the intersection to 72nd Avenue before turning east to Thunderbird. From the west, take the 232nd Street exit north before passing over the freeway and turning right at 72nd Avenue east to Thunderbird.

For more information on this year’s sale or yearling parade contact BJ Davidson at the CTHS (British Columbia) office by calling 604.574.0145 or e-mailing

Sales information including an on-line catalogue and immediate sales results can be found on the CTHS (British Columbia) web-site,