05/11/2012 12:55PM

Barretts expects higher prices for 2-year-olds in training sale


Prices for race-ready juveniles are expected to rise at Monday’s Barretts May sale of 2-year-olds in-training in Pomona, Calif.

The one-day sale, which begins at 6:30 p.m. Pacific, is offering 123 horses, 115 in the catalog and a supplemental list of eight additional 2-year-olds.

“We expect to see an uptick,” Barretts general manager Kim Lloyd said on Thursday.

The last two juvenile sales at Barretts have featured higher prices than the corresponding sales in preceding years. The 2011 May sale had an average of $36,466 for 73 horses sold, an increase of 1.2 percent over 2010. The March sale had an average of $109,429, a gain of 8.6 percent over 2011.

Japan-based buyers were key to the March sale, buying 16 of the 77 horses sold, and they are expected to be busy again on Monday, Lloyd said.

“We expect them to be more active than last May but not as active as they were in March,” Lloyd said. “In March, they were 25 or 30 percent of the sale. I don’t expect to see them buy 16 horses. They could buy six to 10 horses.”

There are 10 horses from the March sale being offered again in the May sale. The list includes a colt by Horse Greeley (Hip. No. 95) who was bought back for $95,000, and a colt by Kitten’s Joy (Hip No. 72) who was bought back for $70,000. Four of the 10 horses were withdrawn from the March sale.

The May sale offers those horses a second chance to be sold following the demands of the select March sale.

Potential buyers are expected to swarm Barretts’ sales pavilion this weekend for inspections. A training preview was held at Fairplex Park on Friday, workouts that will go a long way to determine a short list for most buyers.

A few notable prospects in the sale are Hip No. 28, a Mr. Greeley colt who is a half-brother to the multiple stakes winner Ball Four; Hip No. 34, a California-bred In Excess filly who is a full sister to the stakes winner Repo; Hip No. 63, a California-bred Storm Wolf colt who is a half-brother to the Grade 1 winner Joey Franco; Hip No. 70, a California-bred filly by Swiss Yodeler who is a half-sister to the multiple stakes winner Top of Our Game; and Hip No. 113, a colt by Momentum who is a half-brother to the 2011 stakes winner Heleonor Rugby.

The May sale is the first of two Barretts sales in coming months. On July 22, Barretts is conducting a sale of horses of racing age at Del Mar. Called the Paddock Sale at Del Mar, the sale will be held after racing and is expected to feature 30 to 40 horses from outside the state.

Lloyd said the intent of the sale is to offer horses that can be campaigned during the Del Mar meeting, which runs through Sept. 5.