03/02/2013 7:48PM

Barretts March 2-year-old sale arrives with high expectations


The Barretts March sale of selected 2-year-olds in training kicks off the 2013 juvenile sales calendar on Monday, and Barretts Sales and Racing officials preparing for the auction in Pomona, Calif., have high expectations based on a 2012 March sale that concluded with robust increases in total receipts, average, and median.

Last year’s sale posted a 52 percent rise in total receipts to $8,426,000, with a 9 percent increase in average to $109,429 and a 21 percent bump in median to $85,000. An even higher percentage jump in average price is projected on Monday, according to Barretts general manager Kim Lloyd.

“I expect a double-digit increase [in average],” he said. “I always expect good things. I think we’ll have a significant increase.”

Lloyd said he bases his expectation for Monday’s sale on greater interest from buyers who have made reservations to attend the sale, and who have contacted the company requesting credit.

In addition, Japanese buyers are expected to support the sale. In 2012, buyers from Japan accounted for more than 25 percent of total sales, Lloyd said.

Last year, Japan-based Danox Co. Ltd. acquired the sale’s two most expensive hips–a filly by Empire Maker for $435,000 and a Macho Uno colt for $385,000.

“I expect more of the same” from Japanese interests, Lloyd said. “There are a couple of more groups coming this year than last year.”

The one-day sale, which begins at 3 p.m. Pacific, is the first of four major selected 2-year-old in-training sales in coming months, followed by the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. March sale in Ocala, Fla., on March 12-13, the Fasig-Tipton Florida sale at Palm Meadows in Boynton Beach, Fla., on March 25; and the Keeneland April sale in Lexington, Ky., on April 8. The Barretts May sale of 2-year-olds in training is scheduled for May 13.

This will be the second year that Barretts has conducted the first major sale of the 2-year-olds in training calendar, a position that Lloyd says works well for Florida-based consignors who are active with sales in that state through the rest of March.

“We think it works best because it’s easier for the consignors,” he said. “They can come out here, get started and then go home.”

Last week, four airplanes, carrying a capacity of 21 2-year-olds each, were flown from Florida to California for the sale. Those horses had one- and two-furlong workouts Friday on the Fairplex Park track adjacent to the Barretts sales grounds, which are pivotal in attracting attention from buyers.

“In all of the 2-year-old sales with the training previews, [the horses are] there in front of you,” Lloyd said. “That’s the telling part.”

The catalog consists of 138 hips, down 7 percent compared with last year’s 148. It features juveniles by freshman stallions such as Colonel John, winner of the 2008 Santa Anita Derby and Travers Stakes; Pioneerof the Nile, who won the 2009 Santa Anita Derby and was second in the Kentucky Derby; Denis of Cork, second in the 2008 Belmont Stakes and third in the Kentucky Derby; Dunkirk, second in the 2009 Florida Derby and Belmont Stakes; graded stakes winners Benny the Bull, Dixie Chatter, In Summation, Old Fashioned, Noonmark, Parading, Square Eddie, Visionaire, and Zensational; and U S Ranger, a stakes winner who was graded/group stakes-placed.

The five leading consignors from 2012–SGV Thoroughbreds, Sequel Bloodstock, Eddie Woods, Excel Bloodstock, and Wavertree Stables–have prominent consignments this year.

Typical of such sales, a majority of the juveniles available were also offered as yearlings, with at least 17 selling in 2012 for $100,000 or more.

Ciaran Dunne’s Wavertree Stables is consigning a War Front colt from the female family of successful sire E Dubai, purchased for $195,000 at the Fasig-Tipton selected yearling sale last August by Phase II Thoroughbreds.

Breaking Point Farm is offering a Malibu Moon colt from the female family of multiple Grade 1 winner Peace Rules, purchased for $185,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July selected yearling sale. The bay colt worked the fastest quarter-mile during Friday's under-tack show, stopping the clock in :20.80 seconds.

To access an online catalog, click here.