01/02/2004 12:00AM

Barretts adds summer juvenile sale


ARCADIA, Calif. - The Barretts sales company is adding a 2-year-olds in training sale to its calendar on June 29, giving the Southern California sale venue three juvenile sales in a four-month span.

But unlike the internationally prominent March sale or the locally popular May sale, which produce runners that often begin their careers in the summer, the summer sale of 2-year-olds in training and horses of racing age is expected to handle horses that will be active in the second half of the year throughout the Southwest and California.

The decision to launch a June sale of 2-year-olds in training is a reflection on the number of juveniles that were not ready for the company's first two sales, according to Barretts president Gerald McMahon.

"People are interested in another 2-year-old sale for horses that stumble along the way," he said.

McMahon said the June sale will "take pressure off" the May sale, which has attracted about 350 horses annually.

"It's hard for buyers to evaluate that many horses at one time," he said.

Barretts had mixed results for its 2-year-old sales in 2003. The March sale was a disappointment for consignors, with average prices falling 5 percent to $142,186 and the median falling 33 percent to $60,000.

The sale did set a record for the most expensive 2-year-old in training - $2.7 million for a Sea of Secrets colt named Diamond Fury, who is still a maiden. One graduate is House of Fortune, who won the California Cup Juvenile Fillies and finished third in the Grade 1 Hollywood Starlet Stakes.

The May sale had better results for consignors, with the average price rising 7 percent to $30,452. The sale-topper was a French Deputy filly purchased for $375,000 by trainer Bruce Headley and Jess Jackson, the founder and proprietor of the Kendall-Jackson winery in Sonoma.

Don'tsellmeshort, the winner of the California Breeders' Champion Stakes at Santa Anita on Dec. 26 and two other stakes, is a leading graduate from that sale.

McMahon has much lower goals for the June sale. The sale will be the first in the summer at Barretts since the company conducted a dispersal for 505 Farms in 2000. That sale averaged $196,113 for 93 horses.

"It won't be a money-maker to begin with," McMahon said of the June sale. "We don't expect big things. We'll add some racehorses and have a supplemental catalog."

McMahon said attempts at a horses-of-racing-age sale at Barretts in the early 1990's were unsuccessful partially because of the lag time between the nominating deadline and the actual sale.

"A few months ahead of the sale was too long," he said.

Another factor that could work against such a sale is the robust claiming market in Southern California. Owners and trainers are actively seeking prospects that are in training, not horses that have been let down in advance of the sales. It is not uncommon for horses with claiming prices ranging from $10,000 to $62,500 to be the subject of several claims.

Sweetcakesanshakes retired at 9

Sweetcakesanshakes, who was stakes placed twice last fall, has been retired and will be bred to Cee's Tizzy, co-owner Mike Willman said.

Sweetcakesanshakes, 9, won 6 of 19 starts and $280,780 for Willman and Nikki Hunt. Her final victory came in a $100,000 claimer last February on the hillside turf course at Santa Anita. During the fall, she finished second in the Pio Pico Stakes at Fairplex Park and third in the California Cup Distaff, her final start.

Sweetcakesanshakes was entered for the Monrovia Handicap last Monday but did not start.