Saturday, November 1, 2008


How does a well bred, attractive filly sell for only $20,000 and then win a $250,00 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.


Jen Morrison said...

That is a great story about Retraceable - it just goes to show you that people can be too picky...the wheels have to be good but the hard has to be better!

Westover said...

People often do not look at the big picture. We had a lovely mare that was purchased for a substantial amount of money & she did not stay sound, she was retired & is now a broodmare. We had another mare that had capped hocks, it was strictly cosmetic.. We couldn't sell her if our lives depended on it. We finally took $5000 for her & she has gone on to have a very successful career. Go Figure.. drives me nuts.