10/25/2007 11:00PM

Barretts sale gets boost from multiple dispersals

EmailProminent dispersals, scores of broodmares with diverse race and produce records, weanlings by promising young stallions, and plenty of California-breds form the core of the Barretts October mixed sale on Monday and Tuesday in Pomona, Calif.

The two-day sale offers 653 horses, including 91 from an ongoing reduction of Betty and Larry Mabee's Golden Eagle Farm, 18 horses being dispersed by Stan Fulton, 8 horses from the dispersal of Winning Ways Stable, and 6 horses dispersed from the partnership of Santa Anita president Ron Charles and the late Shig Katayama.

Last year, the two-day sale saw 368 horses sell for $2,054,500, an average of $5,583. The average was down 3 percent from the 2005 sale. The sale-toppers were two females that sold for $47,000, a 3-year-old and a 7-year-old.

This year, the massive Golden Eagle consignment is dominated by 49 broodmares and 22 weanlings. The consignment includes the 10-year-old mare Cee's Elegance, the winner of the Grade 2 A Gleam Handicap in 2003 and $744,039 in her career. She sells in foal to Salt Lake.

Earlier this year, Larry Mabee announced that his family was selling a majority of its Thoroughbred holdings and would relocate from its current farm in Ramona, Calif., to a smaller farm with a select number of broodmares in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., near Del Mar.

Fulton, who owns Sunland Park racetrack and casino, near El Paso, Texas, is selling 15 horses of racing age and three stallions through consignor Andy Havens. Fulton has been prominent at major sales in recent years.

Several of the horses of racing age at this week's sale were purchased for $100,000 or more as yearlings or 2-year-olds.

The sale includes weanlings by the young stallions Anziyan Royalty, Ministers Wild Cat, Singletary, and Strive. The mare Spirited Jaclyn, who earned $337,113, sells as a broodmare and is believed to be carrying a foal by Singletary.

The yearlings that will be sold on Monday include a full-brother to Railroad, a winner of $402,468, and a half-brother to Attila's Storm, who has earned $534,983. Attila's Storm was withdrawn from Saturday's Breeders' Cup Sprint late last week because of concern over the condition of an ankle.

The sale may mark the end of owner-trainer Bob Bean's involvement with Lady Danish, a half-sister to Texcess, the 2004 California-bred champion 2-year-old male and a winner of $1,235,335. Lady Danish, who sells as a broodmare, sustained a fractured sesamoid in a race at Hollywood Park in December 2004 and was subsequently retired.

Bean considered bringing Lady Danish back to the races in 2005, but changed his mind.

"I thought about bringing her back, but what if she broke down and I had to destroy her?" he said. "I decided she was worth more as a broodmare than a racehorse."

Lady Danish, 6, has produced a weanling filly by Unusual Heat but does not sell in foal. She ended her career as a maiden after 10 starts.

"She has a real nice Unusual Heat filly, but after she had the foal she had an infection and it didn't get cleared up until June," Bean said. "I didn't want her to have a late foal."

Bean said that he was offered "$75,000 to $100,000" for Lady Danish earlier this year. If that interest holds up, Lady Danish's sale price would greatly surpass the 2006 sale-topper. Bean is willing to take a chance.

"I was offered some money for her, but I don't know how serious it was," he said. "I guess I'll find out. I figured if I don't sell her, I'll breed her back."