05/22/2015 12:45PM

Barretts to begin sales Thursday at new venue


At a permanent new venue, Barretts Sales is relaunching its brand at Thursday’s sale of 2-year-olds in training at Del Mar, hoping to transfer the success of recent decades at its Pomona location to the popular beachside racetrack.

Barretts ceased holding sales on the Los Angeles County fairgrounds in Pomona after its sale of 2-year-olds in training in February and moved its offices to Arcadia, Calif., near Santa Anita racetrack, this spring.

Thursday’s one-day sale is the first of four sales this year at Del Mar. The Paddock Sales of horses of racing age will be held July 25, followed by a select yearling sale Aug. 15 and an autumn sale of yearlings and horses of racing age Oct. 28.

“We’re looking at this as an opportunity to grow the business,” Barretts general manager Kim Lloyd said. “It’s a new destination, a good destination location. There was consternation of leaving the facility that everyone knew, but we’re happy with the response.”

Thursday’s sale, which begins at 1 p.m. Pacific, features a catalog of 150 horses. A small supplemental catalog also will be offered. While the venue has changed, many participants are the same, featuring a list of consignors active at Barretts sales in past years, notably Bruno DeBerdt, John Brocklebank, Ciaran Dunne, Adrian Gonzalez, Andy Havens, Sam Hendricks, Kim McCarthy, and Becky Thomas.

The sale will be held in the Surfside simulcast facility, which was home to sales in the 1990s conducted by the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association. The sale prospects have been stabled in recent days on the Del Mar backstretch and have trained on the new dirt track installed in recent months. A training preview of sale prospects is scheduled for Tuesday at 10 a.m.

The corresponding May sale in 2014 was down in number of juveniles sold, average price, and gross receipts from the 2013 sale. In 2014, 70 horses sold for a total of $3,031,500 and an average of $43,307. In 2013, 88 horses sold for $4,869,200, an average of $55,332. The 2012 sale had an average of $43,283.

The 2014 sale-topper, at $260,000, was Long Hot Summer, a Street Boss filly who won the $150,000 Generous Portion Stakes for 2-year-old California-bred fillies at Del Mar last August.

For Thursday’s sale, seven hips have previously been sold for $100,000 or more at public auctions since November 2013.

The most expensive pinhook is Hip No. 83, a Candy Ride colt out of the unraced 14-year-old mare Magical Mood. The colt was purchased for $250,000 at the 2014 Keeneland September yearling sale by Hartley-DeRenzo Thoroughbreds of Florida and is consigned to Barretts by Gonzalez’s Checkmate Thoroughbreds as agent.

Hip No. 71, a colt by Haynesfield, was purchased for $160,000 at the 2014 Keeneland September sale by Brocklebank as agent for Hathaway Thoroughbreds. Brocklebank is the consignor to the Barretts sale.

Hip No. 138, a colt by Kitten’s Joy, was purchased for $185,000 at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co’s sale of 2-year-olds in training in March by Southern California trainer Peter Miller as agent for Rockingham Ranch. The Kitten’s Joy colt is consigned to Barretts by Dunne’s Wavertree Stable as agent.