03/18/2011 12:34PM

Barretts experiments by holding March select sale at night

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The Barretts auction house in Pomona, Calif., will host its March select 2-year-old sale on Monday, presenting the single-session sale at night for the first time.

The Barretts auction has cataloged 105 juveniles and will begin at 7 p.m. Pacific. The auction comes after mixed results from the select 2-year-old season’s first two major sales, Fasig-Tipton’s Florida sale and, most recently, the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s March select auction. The latter sale also underwent reformatting this year, combining OBS’s February select and March select sales into one auction in Ocala, Fla.

Fasig-Tipton’s Florida sale, held for the first time at Palm Meadows, fired off a $1.35-million sale-topping Empire Maker-Half A. P. filly, but gross sales for 81 horses fell 15 percent despite a slightly larger catalog, and average price ($244,840) was down 5 percent. Still, the median ($200,000) remained the same as in 2010. At OBS March, the reformatting made year-to-year comparisons difficult to assess, but the gross outpaced last year’s combined February and March gross by 6 percent. Average ($104,766) fell less than 1 percent from last year’s OBS March level, but median ($70,000) was 7 percent lower than at the 2010 March auction.

The Barretts catalog features a group of strong pedigrees in 2011 from both first-crop and established. Among first-crop stallions, Stevie Wonderboy’s offerings include a half-sister to Grade 2 winner Siphon City (Hip No. 4) and a half-brother to Grade 1-placed American System.

Other first-crop sires include Corinthian, with a half-brother to graded-placed He’s Got Grit (30) and Hard Spun, whose entries include the first foal out of Grade 2-placed High Cholesterol (29). Hard Spun also is the sire of stakes winner Trajectory’s first foal, a filly (44). And Any Given Saturday has a half-brother to graded winner Necessary Evil (81).

Among more established sires, Bertrando has two colts, one from the family of Yokohama (71) and the other from the family of Grade 1-placed Talkin to Mom Roo (75). There are three by Indian Charlie. One is a filly from the family of millionaire Smok’n Frolic (23); the two colts are from the family of Runway Model (40) and Irene’s Mon (104). Another juvenile with Grade 1 connections is Hip No. 73, a Tale of the Cat three-quarter-brother to Kentucky Oaks third Tidal Pool. Another fashionable sire, Malibu Moon, is represented by the first foal of The One, from Halo America and Marino Marini’s family (88).

Among those with graded-winning half- or full siblings are an El Corredor half-brother to Grade 1 winner Mona de Momma (80); a Wildcat Heir half-brother to Dr. Park and Kelly Leak (28); a Pomeroy half-brother to Expect an Angel (37); a Put It Back half-brother to May Day Rose (43); a Forestry half-sister to Off Duty (48); an After Market three-quarter-sister to White Cat (57); and a Bluegrass Cat half-brother to Cash Deal (99).