01/24/2002 12:00AM

Barretts dips, but it's no surprise


LEXINGTON, Ky. - Topped by the $72,000 River Special filly Song of the Moment, the Barretts January mixed sale in Pomona, Calif., ended Wednesday with expected declines from last year's dispersal-laden auction.

In 2001, the two-day auction attracted a great deal of interest because of the dispersal of Ernest Cossey's bloodstock, auctioned in the wake of a lawsuit the Securities and Exchange Commission had filed against Cossey's company, TLC America. That 40-horse consignment, including $185,000 sale-topper Our Majestic Cat, grossed $2 million and helped the auction to triple its gross revenue over 2000 returns.

This year, the two-day auction sold 460 lots for $3,257,800, which produced an average price of $7,082 and a $3,700 median. By contrast, last year's sale grossed $6,026,200 for 429 horses, for an average price of $14,047 and a $5,500 median.

The 2002 catalog included the late addition of 48 horses from Bella Thoroughbreds, a reduction in stock that, like Cossey's, resulted from legal difficulties. Bella owners Michelle Serrao and Bryan Rosenquist were arrested last year for allegedly stealing nearly $13 million from Bank of America.

John and Betty Mabee's Golden Eagle Farm sold the auction-topping filly, Song of the Moment. A stakes-winner in California, Song of the Moment went to Sid and Jenny Craig. The filly, who already has earned more than $161,000, is out of the Secretariat mare Memorable Moment.

Darby Dan Bloodstock purchased the closing session's top lot, the $70,000 broodmare Suborned, on Wednesday. Berkey Bloodstock Services, acting as agent for Lathrop G. Hoffman, consigned the mare, who also was the second highest-priced horse at the auction. Suborned, a 10-year-old Ascot Knight mare, is the dam of Grade 2 winner Trailthefox (Foxtrail) and sold in foal to Avenue of Flags.

351 in Fasig-Tipton winter catalog

Faisg-Tipton Kentucky has cataloged 351 horses for its winter mixed sale, which is scheduled for Feb. 11 at 10 a.m. at the sale company's headquarters on Newtown Pike in Lexington.

The catalog will feature 80 yearlings, including some from the first crops of 1999 champion sprinter Artax and 1998 Kentucky Derby winner and champion 3-year-old Real Quiet. The yearlings will be the first horses sold, followed by 252 breeding prospects and broodmares in foal. The in-foal mares will include mares in foal to Thunder Gulch, Belong to Me, Crafty Prospector, Forest Wildcat, Silver Hawk, and Vicar.

Also on offer at the one-day sale are some 40 mares from John Franks's bloodstock holdings. The Franks consignment will sell through Dan Kenny, agent.