05/09/2014 4:09PM

Barretts: May juvenile auction set for Monday


Monday’s Barretts Sale of 2-year-olds in-training is likely the last of its kind at the Pomona, Calif., venue. By next spring, Barretts is expected to hold juvenile sales at other locations, possibly Del Mar or Los Alamitos.

Last month, Jim Henwood, the chief executive officer of the Los Angeles County Fair, which operates Barretts, told the California Horse Racing Board that the organization intends to move its September county fair race meeting to Los Alamitos. Relocating the meeting requires the approval of the racing board, which is expected to discuss the issue on May 22.

Moving the county fair meeting would mean the end of racing in Pomona, and the closure of the racetrack and barn area. The racetrack is used for training previews for 2-year-old sales at Barretts.

Henwood told the racing board that Barretts will hold its yearling sale in Pomona in October, but did not commit to using the venue in 2015. Kim Lloyd, the general manager of Barretts Sales and Racing, said earlier this week that plans for 2015 sales have not been finalized.

“We expect to have a similar schedule and we expect to do our business,” he said. “We haven’t finalized our locations. We want a professional sale in good circumstances. The key, in our thoughts, is that we can put on a good show for people to buy and for people to sell.”

While those issues are unresolved, Barretts officials are pressing forward with Monday’s sale, which has a catalog of 142 horses, including supplemented entries. Sixteen hips were withdrawn as of May 9.The sale begins at 2 p.m. Pacific. A training preview was held at Fairplex Park on Friday.

Last year at the May sale, 88 horses sold for $4,869,200, an average of $55,332 and a median of $30,000. The average rose 28 percent, and the median rose 30 percent compared with the May 2012 auction. The buyback rate at the 2013 sale was 19 percent, the same as 2012.

Lloyd expects higher prices this year.

“The horses we’ve seen train look good on the track,” Lloyd said. “They have to get on the track and they have to perform. If we could have a little bump this year, we’d be happy. We’d like to try to grow the average and median.”

Typical of a 2-year-olds in-training sale, many prospects were offered at 2013 yearling sales, or at juvenile sales earlier this year.

Ciaran Dunne’s Wavertree Stable, as agent, is offering a colt by Run Away and Hide (Hip. No. 120) purchased for $175,000 at the 2013 Keeneland September yearling sale by Kate Sheehan, agent. The colt is a half-brother to Grade 2 winner Reneesgotzip.

Florida pinhooker Steven Venosa had a successful Barretts March sale, selling the sale topper, a Giant’s Causeway colt, for $1.15 million.

Monday, Venosa has a 12-horse consignment, including a Dunkirk filly (Hip. No. 59) purchased as a yearling for $120,000, and a Warrior’s Reward colt (Hip No. 61) who was bought back for $120,000 at the Fasig-Tipton February sale of 2-year-olds in-training earlier this year. The Dunkirk filly is a half-sister to multiple Grade 1 winner Elloluv, out of the stakes-winning Cryptoclearance mare Currency Quest.

The Warrior’s Reward colt was bought for $100,000 at the 2013 Fasig-Tipton July yearling sale in Kentucky by J.J. Crupi, who owned the Giant’s Causeway colt offered in March. He is a half-brother to stakes winner and graded stakes-placed Lilly Fa Pootz.

Florida consignors Randy Hartley and Dean DeRenzo have a nine-horse consignment, including a Candy Ride colt (Hip No. 96) listed as bought back for $200,000 at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. March selected sale of 2-year-olds in-training, and an Indian Charlie colt (Hip No. 105) bought back at the same sale for $190,000. The Candy Ride colt is from the family of Grade 1 winner and Argentine champion Campagnarde, while the Indian Charlie colt is out of the Group 1-winning Mr. Prospector mare Macoumba, making him a half-brother to prominent sire Malibu Moon.

Earlier in Monday’s sale, a full sister to graded stakes winners Sidney’s Candy and Sweet Swap will be offered by Sam Hendricks, agent. The filly (Hip No. 75) is by Candy Ride, and out of the Storm Cat mare Fair Exchange.

Barretts has cataloged four juveniles by Lucky Pulpit, the sire of Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome; and three by Tribal Rule, a leading stallion in California who died of a heart attack earlier this month.

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