05/16/2006 11:00PM

$2.5M colt huge boost to sale's bottom line

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LEXINGTON, Ky. - Led by a $2.5 million Red Bullet colt, the Barretts May juvenile sale set three records and equaled one Tuesday in Pomona, Calif.

The $2.5 million son of Sookloozy, by Avenue of Flags, set a mark for the auction's highest price ever. The price paid by Sheikh Mohammed al-Maktoum's Darley agency easily topped the previous record of $375,000, which Jess Jackson paid for Cambria Gold at the sale's 2003 edition.

The record colt also raised Barretts's bottom line to new heights. The one-day auction sold 200 horses for a record gross of $10,514,500 and a record average of $52,573. The median rose 8 percent, from $25,000 last year to $27,000, equaling the record set in 2004.

The auction's highest-priced filly, and second most expensive lot overall, was a $410,000 Jump Start-Lucky'n Loved filly that John Sadler, as agent, purchased from Becky Thomas's Sequel Bloodstock agency.

Darley outbid Egyptian beverage magnate Ahmed Zayat for the sale-topping colt, but Zayat did not leave the sale empty-handed. He purchased three lots for a total of $465,000 and was the auction's second leading buyer by gross.

Not surprisingly, the auction's leading seller was Ciaran Dunne's Wavertree Stables agency, which consigned the Red Bullet colt. Dunne and Lexington-based bloodstock agent Mike Akers originally purchased the colt for $190,000 from Darby Dan, agent, at the 2005 Keeneland September sale.

The Red Bullet colt attracted unusual attention after zipping an eighth-mile in 9.60 seconds at the May 11 under-tack show. His dam, Sookloozy, is unraced. She is the dam of the winner Lycense to Win, a colt by Lycius.

The Red Bullet colt, currently named Unbridled Slew, originally had been pointed for the Barretts March sale, an auction that is better known for million-dollar horses than the May sale is. Now, Barretts president and general manager Jerry McMahon hopes, the big result at the May auction will show other sellers that, if they have to withdraw from the earlier auction, they can still bring a quality horse to the May sale and get top dollar.

"The May sale is different because it has a lot of horses that have come through earlier sales or who were originally candidates for those earlier sales, and sellers' expectations have dropped," McMahon said. "But, if you have a horse that can put it all together, this shows that buyers will get real serious about a horse late in the season. You can be more bullish with a horse that will showcase himself well later in the year."

Half-interest in Distant View sold

Juddmonte Farms announced Wednesday that it has sold a half-interest in European champion Distant View to Haras Vacacion in Argentina, where the horse will stand at stud duty beginning with the coming Southern Hemisphere breeding season.

"Distant View has given us two champions in Distant Music and Observatory, plus, of course, the seven-time Grade 1-winning Sightseek, and we are delighted to be in partnership with the renowned Haras Vacacion," said Juddmonte manager Garrett O'Rourke.

O'Rourke added that no decision had been made regarding the horse's potential return to stud in the Northern Hemisphere.

Distant View, 15, is a son of Mr. Prospector and the dual Group 1-winning Irish River mare Seven Springs. In addition to the runners mentioned above, Distant View also is the sire of Grade 2 winners Decarchy and Explicit; Grade 3 winners Fateful Dream and Fantastic View; Italian Group 1 winner Distant Way; and numerous other stakes performers.

From eight crops to race, Distant View has progeny earnings of $18,068,409, according to statistics from The Jockey Club.

His fee at Juddmonte in Kentucky this season was advertised as $15,000.

* Secret 'n Classy, a 19-year-old Secretariat horse and half-brother to champion Dance Smartly, has been euthanized in the Czech Republic after breaking his leg, the Racing Post reported Wednesday. Secret 'n Classy, a multiple stakes-placed runner in Canada, is the sire of German Group 3 winner Dictum.