Tuesday, August 25, 2020
One of the most successful breeding and racing farms in North America is winding down its yearling consignments and this year's Canadian Premier Yearling Sale, Sept. 2, may be your last chance to get your hands on one.
Four yearlings bred by the late Gustav Schickedanz are offered at the upcoming sale at the Woodbine pavilion and are consigned by Glenn Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farm.
Schickedanz bred the epitome of good horses, most of which he raced himself from the moment he bought his first yearlings at the CTHS Ontario Yearling Sale in the late 1970s. In fact, it was one of his first purchases, Victorious Answer, by Northern Answer, who became his first stakes winner and a foundation broodmare.
Following Victorious Answer came Arctic Vixen, dam of stakes winner and leading sire Bold Executive and his first of three Sovereign Award winners for Outstanding Broodmare. Prima Babu Gum, a yearling purchase in 1981, produced stakes winner Sweet Briar Too who was sent to the court of the high class US sire Danzig and produced champion and Grade 1 winner Langfuhr.
Langfuhr won such prestigious races as the Met Mile, Vosburgh and Carter Handicaps and went on to establish himself as one of the continent's top sires.
Sharpening Up, dam of Schickedanz's 1999 Queen's Plate winner Woodcarver, was that year's Outstanding Broodmare.
The pinnacle of Schickedanz's legacy, the heroics of his homebred colt Wando, began in 1988 with the purchase of Royal Colleen, who would produce graded stakes winner Kathie's Colleen. When Kathie's Colleen was bred to Langfuhr, Schickedanz got Wando, who swept the Canadian Triple Crown in 2003 ? the last horse to do so.
Schickedanz is the only Canadian to breed winners of the Kentucky Oaks (Gal In A Ruckus), Canadian Triple Crown (Wando) and the Arlington Million (Jambalaya). In 2018 he was presented with the E.P. Taylor Award of Merit, flanked by his longtime farm manager Lauri Kenny and trainer Mike Keogh.
The four yearlings offered in this year's CTHS Ontario sale possess the rich and successful bloodlines of Schickedanz's Schonberg Farm in Schomberg.
Hip no, 119, a filly by Grade 1 winner Mr. Speaker, is from the unraced mare She Stands Proud, a daughter of the farm's stakes winner mare Woodsmoke who is a granddaughter of Sharpening Up.
Langstaff Road, hip no,. 136, is a colt by Langfuhr and a half-brother to stakes winner Will She, stakes-placed Sweet Grass Creek, and a full brother to stakes-placed Sweet Crimson.
Sweet Crimson is the dam of hip no. 137, a filly by leading Canadian sire Silent Name (Jpn).
Hip no. 144, a colt by Silent Name (Jpn) is the fourth foal of Thats Our Princess, whose second dam is Sweet Briar Too, dam of Langfuhr and Princess Ruckus, this yearling's second dam who produced the most recent Schickedanz stakes winner, 2019's City Boy who took the Grade 2 Nearctic Stakes.
One of Schickedanz's earliest comments about his love for breeding Thoroughbreds and the success his horses had on the international stage emphasized what was important to him.
“I’d like to think that we do no more or no less than anyone else,” he said. “We take good care of them, they have good paddocks to grow up in and feed them well. We’re just lucky; they grow up right.”
The Schickedanz bloodlines have made a profound impact on the Canadian Thoroughbred breed and will for years to come.