10/14/2016 9:56AM

Barretts fall sale returns to familiar venue


Though Barretts has long since settled into its new digs at Del Mar, the auction company’s fall sale of yearlings and horses of all ages will have a vintage look for the immediate future. The next two editions of the fall sale will be held at Barretts’s former base at Fairplex Park in Pomona, Calif., after the 2015 edition took place at Del Mar.

General manager Kim Lloyd said the move stemmed from a need to work around the next two editions of the Breeders’ Cup, which will take place at Santa Anita Park and Del Mar.

“With the Breeders’ Cup coming the next two years, there were stabling concerns with the races at Del Mar,” he said. “We felt it would be easier with the auction being at Pomona for the next two years, with the barns still being there. With our facility, even though it’s been renovated beautifully, we could still conduct the sale inside the auditorium. It’s still intact. The combination of things made it an easy decision for all.”

This year’s auction will take place Tuesday, beginning at 11 a.m. Pacific.

The catalog features 312 entries, up 8 percent from last year’s 288-horse book. This year’s offerings comprise 236 yearlings; 52 broodmares, broodmare prospects, or horses of racing age; 17 juveniles; and seven weanlings.

Lloyd said he expects some momentum to carry over from the Barretts August select yearling sale, which posted solid returns.

“We like to say our August sale turned the tide in the market this year,” he said. “Things were kind of going the wrong way, and then we had a little bump of positive news in August, and it seems as though things have gone a little better since then across the country.”

Lloyd said the sojourn back to Fairplex has been well received on both sides of the auction ring.

“People are excited to come back there,” he said. “The barns are great and are set up for sales. There’s some excitement going into it.

“I think going back to Pomona, the sellers feel it’s easier for them than going to Del Mar. It’s easier on their help, too, so they’re happy about that.”

Last year’s Barretts fall sale was the first since the auction company split its yearling calendar into a select sale in August and an open and mixed sale in October. Prior to the change in schedule and the move to Del Mar, Barretts hosted a single yearling-exclusive auction at Fairplex in October.

The inaugural fall yearling and mixed sale at Del Mar saw 175 horses sold for $2,534,500. The average sale price finished at $14,483, the median closed at $6,500, and the buyback rate finished at 32 percent.

The sale-topper was a yearling Good Journey colt who sold to D.P. Racing for $140,000. Later named Highlight Show, the colt is out of the Grade 3-placed Southern Halo mare Southern Oasis and is a half-brother to stakes winner Neveradoubt. He has been training toward his debut start at Santa Anita.

The highest-priced horse of the mixed offerings was Broken Up, a then-3-year-old Broken Vow colt who sold to Tim Cohen as agent for $52,000. He is the first foal out of the stakes-placed Gone West mare Not Here and now races primarily in Southern California for owners Red Baron’s Barn and Rancho Temescal and trainer Edward Freeman.

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