10/06/2013 8:00AM

Barretts October yearling sale showcases promising sires


Prices at Tuesday’s Barretts October yearling sale in Pomona, Calif., might depend on how buyers perceive several of the state’s youngest stallions.

In a sale dominated by California-breds, the first- and second-year stallions Bushwacker, Dixie Chatter, Papa Clem, and The Pamplemousse are well represented along with established regional stallions such as Unusual Heat and Tribal Rule. There are 248 yearlings in the one-day sale, which begins at 1 p.m. Pacific.

Kim Lloyd, the general manager of Barretts Sales and Racing, said the presence of pinhookers could generate interest in yearlings by younger stallions.

“A lot of pinhookers didn’t get horses as easy as they had in the past at Keeneland,” he said, referring to the massive yearling sale in Kentucky last month. “Demand will be high.”

Demand certainly was high at the 2012 October yearling sale. The company reported results substantially higher than the 2011 sale, with 174 horses selling for a total of $4,006,600, an increase of 54 percent over the preceding year. The average of $23,026 rose 36 percent, while the median price rose 85 percent, to $18,000.

The buyback rate was 19 percent, compared with 30 percent in 2011. The 2012 sale was led by a Bertrando colt who was purchased by Arnold Zetcher for $150,000. The colt, named Bookworm, has yet to start but had three recorded workouts at Santa Anita in the spring.

Lloyd said he does not expect the same major jump in prices Tuesday.

“Last year, the sale took a quantum leap,” Lloyd said. “We don’t expect that same leap, but we expect a good increase.”
The presence of the Golden State series of lucrative stakes for California-breds, and a bonus structure for California-breds who win maiden special weight races, gives statebreds added appeal, Lloyd said.

Of the stallions whose oldest foals are 2-year-olds this year, Bushwacker and Papa Clem each have 13 yearlings cataloged in the sale, while Dixie Chatter has nine. Awesome Gambler, whose oldest foals are 4-year-olds, and Lucky Pulpit, whose senior crop are 5-year-olds, are each represented by 11 yearlings in the sale.

Square Eddie, the leading freshman sire in the state with progeny earnings of $269,050 through last Monday, is represented by three colts and a filly.

One, Hip No. 90, is out of Sixy Devil, a full sister to Devil His Due, a nine-time stakes winner who earned $3,920,405 from 1992 to 1995. The 16-year-old Sixy Devil was placed in her brief racing career and has produced two winners.

Through Monday, Papa Clem was sixth on the list of California’s freshman stallions, with progeny earnings of $128,724. A 7-year-old by Smart Strike, Papa Clem was held in high regard when he went to stud in 2010 after a racing career highlighted by a win in the 2009 Grade 2 Arkansas Derby.

Papa Clem’s yearlings include Hip No. 135, a colt out of stakes-placed Way Up. The Great Above mare is the dam of the active three-time stakes winner Unusual Way, by Unusual Heat. Unusual Way, who has earned $408,360, was second in the Grade 2 San Clemente Handicap at Del Mar in July.

There are seven yearlings offered from the first crop of The Pamplemousse. Other debut-crop sires at Barretts include Black Seventeen, Desert Party, Discreetly Mine, Elusive Warning, Global Hunter, Grace Upon Grace, Majesticperfection, Tale of Ekati, Super Saver, Temple City, Thorn Song, and Tizdejavu.

The Pamplemousse’s yearlings include Hip No. 122, a filly out of the Unusual Heat mare Thermal Ablasion, who earned $454,247 and won two stakes at Delaware Park. Thermal Ablasion is a full sister to Grade 2 winner Tucked Away, who won three stakes at Del Mar and earned $582,956.

The Pamplemousse is the sire of Hip No. 125, a colt out of Tizakitty, who won the 2005 Kalookan Queen Handicap at Santa Anita. Tizakitty is a half-sister to 2012 Grade 1 Haskell Invitational winner Paynter, who was second in the Grade 1 Awesome Again Stakes at Santa Anita on Sept. 28.

Super Saver, winner of the 2010 Kentucky Derby, is the sire of Hip No. 120, a California-bred colt out of Talented, a Fusaichi Pegasus mare who earned $98,540; and Hip No. 200, a filly out of the 11-year-old Dixie Union mare Elke, who was multiple stakes-placed in the Mid-Atlantic in the 2000s.

Through Monday, Tribal Rule led California’s sires in progeny earnings with $3,808,833, slightly ahead of Unusual Heat, at $3,654,480.

There are nine yearlings in the sale by 17-year-old Tribal Rule, including five colts. He is the sire of Hip No. 78, a colt out of Serena’s Echo, by Swiss Yodeler, who is a full sister to 2006 champion sprinter Thor’s Echo.

There are eight yearlings by Unusual Heat, four colts and four fillies. Unusual Heat, 23, was the state’s leading general sire by progeny earnings each year from 2008 through 2012.

Unusual Heat’s offerings include Hip No. 146, a full brother to stakes-placed Flashover; and Hip No. 169, a half-brother to Chalula One, winner of the 2011 Bangles and Beads Stakes at Fairplex Park and an earner of $235,000.

An Unusual Heat filly, Hip No. 54, is consigned by Harris Farms, agent for Madeline Auerbach and Jan Hawthorne. Auerbach said last weekend that proceeds from the sale of the filly will benefit CARMA, the California Retirement Management Account for retired Thoroughbreds.

Auerbach stands Unusual Heat, while Hawthorne provided the mare, Practicaly Perfect.

Tuesday, 1 p.m. Pacific
Where: Hinds Pavilion, Fairplex Park, Pomona, Calif.
Phone: (909) 629-3099
Catalog: 248 horses, up 5 percent from 236 last year
Recent history: The 2012 sale posted significant increases while selling 174 horses for $4,006,600, an average price of $23,026, and a median of $18,000. Gross increased 54 percent, average was up 36 percent, and median increased 85 percent. Arnold Zetcher bought a Bertrando colt out of Telling Stories, consigned by Willow Tree Farm, for $150,000 to top the sale. The colt was later named Bookworm.
Internet: Live streaming at www.barretts.com