When it comes to his opinion of where Cool Creek Farm stands amongst Canadian standardbred nurseries, longtime racing journalist Harold Howe doesn’t pull any punches.
“Pound for pound - per horse - no breeding operation, in Canada, comes close to Cool Creek Farm in my opinion,” states Howe. “The fact that there’s three ‘named’ races for horses that were bred and raised, on their farm, speaks volumes for the quality of this operation.”
Pure Ivory ($1,442,888 - t1:53.1), Casual Breeze ($1,347,330 - t1:53.1M) and Elegantimage ($955,368 - t1:55.4s) all came from this Mount Pleasant, Ontario farm owned by Diane ‘Joey’ Ingham. She helped establish this ‘trotting factory’ alongside her late husband, Harry Rutherford, beginning in 1978.
Cool Creek Farm, annually among the leading breeders in Canada, will offer five yearlings for sale through Preferred Equine, this Fall, but unlike in 2021 - where the farm sold privately - they are going back to the yearling sales…
“They had the sale topper at the 2020 Ontario Selected Yearling Sale with All In Resolve for $140,000,” mentions Howe. “Then, due to pandemic times, they decided to offer privately in 2021… They were involved, last season, with five yearlings and all five have made it to the races already in 2022. Over the years there’s been so much quality - they’re such an obvious operation. They just do everything right and their numbers show.”
The farm will send Soar Higher (Resolve-Glide By-Yankee Glide) - a half-brother to O’Brien Award winner Up And Ready ($552K, t1:54.3s) and Nows The Moment ($419K, t1:51.3m) - to the Lexington Sale in early October and will offer their remaining four yearlings at the London Classic Yearling Sale.
1. Annas My Angel (Kadabra-Allmar Victory-Angus Hall) is a full-sister Draft Year ($223K, t1:56f), Beyond Ordinary ($159K, t1:53.3m) and Cool Victory ($107K, tq2:00.2s at 2) who unfortunately passed away at 2. Her dam, Allmar Victory, is a full-sister to Allmar Surprise ($531K, t1:52.1m) and although she never did race - she has produced five winners from five eligible to race.
2. Indy Be Quick (Alarm Detector-Im A Munchie Girl-Muscle Mass) is a filly from a half-sister to Pure Ivory ($1.4M, t1:53.1s), The Game Plan ($495K, t1:55s at 2) and Buzz Of The Day ($176K, t1:55s at 3).
3. Scarlets Melody (Musical Rhythm-Silky Flashy Nfast-Kadabra) is a filly from a homebred mare that is a half-sister to Rockin With Dewey ($598K, t1:52s). *Direct maternal line of Forbidden Trade ($2.1M, t1:51m at 3) and Pure Ivory ($1.4M, t1:53.1).
4. Wendys Never Late (Kadabra-Watch The Show-Deweycheatumnhowe) is a filly from a homebred mare out of Glide By (see above) who’s a half-sister to Maven ($2M, t1:51.4h).
“I can’t say enough about Cool Creek Farm… It’s such a wonderful property,” Howe says. “They’ve got a great feeding program. They have quality mares and bloodlines. And they let their babies be horses…” he continued. “They’re not hot-housed or locked away - they’re just out there enjoying nature. The folks, there, have done everything right and it shows. And I will say this… If you’re a serious buyer of trotting yearlings - you’re not doing yourself justice unless you’re considering a Cool Creek Farm yearling this Fall.”
Preferred Equine will offer these four ‘Cool Creek Farm yearlings’ at The London Classic Yearling Sale (LCYS) being held at the Western Fair District Agriplex on October 18th and 19th. For all the latest info visit www.westernfairdistrict.com/lcys.