03/18/2011 2:59PM

Barretts sale: High hopes for Bertrando colt


The result of more than five months of hopes and expectations will be known for pinhooker Bruno de Berdt at the Barretts March sale of 2-year-olds in Pomona, Calif., on Monday.

Last fall, at the Barretts California Cup yearling sale, de Berdt paid $42,000 for a Bertrando colt, who was among the 10 most expensive horses purchased at that sale. The colt is back in the sale ring again on Monday, as Hip No. 75 in a one-day select sale that begins at 7 p.m. and has a catalog of 104 2-year-olds.

The Bertrando colt, one of nine California-breds in the sale, is out of Shades of Chic, a Souvenir Copy mare who did not race.

“I think he’s going to be a standout because he’s a nice horse and there’s not a lot of competition for a Cal-bred there,” said de Berdt.

De Berdt bought the colt last fall as agent, but said he was acting on his own behalf.

“Overall, he’s been training very precociously,” he said. “I expect him to show himself well, and the rest is up to him going through the vet process. I don’t think there will be any issues.”

The Bertrando colt was scheduled to breeze at Fairplex Park, adjacent to the Barretts sale pavilion, at Friday morning’s training preview, a key workout that could raise further interest from potential buyers. The colt is being sold through Red Rock Training Center, agent.

The group of California-breds offered on Monday comprises six colts and three fillies. One of the more prominent statebred prospects is Hip No. 102, a Rock Hard Ten colt who is out Barbara Orr, by Tale of the Cat. Barbara Orr was second, by a neck, in the Grade 3 Rancho Bernardo Handicap at Del Mar in 2004.

The Rock Hard Ten colt was purchased for $40,000 at the California Cup yearling sale last fall by Ciaran Dunne’s Wavertree Stable, which offers the colt on Monday as part of its consignment.

Overall, the stallions Tribal Rule and Bertrando have the highest presence among the California-breds at Monday’s sale. There are four 2-year-olds by Tribal Rule, and two by Bertrando. Aside from the Rock Hard Ten colt, the other stallions represented on the list of California-bred juveniles are In Excess and Purge.

Two of the Tribal Rules were purchased as yearlings at Barretts for $14,000 and $15,000, while another, Hip No. 47, a colt, was withdrawn from the Keeneland September yearling sale last fall.

Agent Andy Havens has three of the California-breds, including an In Excess filly who is out of Usual Lies, who was stakes placed at Retama Park during her racing career. Havens also is selling a Tribal Rule filly who is out of Eleanor Rose, the winner of $204,780. Eleanor Rose’s first foal placed in Japan last year.

Square Eddie returns to stud barn

Square Eddie, who set a track record for 6 1/2 furlongs earlier this year at Santa Anita after standing at stud last year, has been sent back to Vessels Stallion Farm in Bonsall, Calif., to resume stud duty, according to owner Paul Reddam.

Square Eddie made three starts this winter. After his record-breaking win in 1:13.11 on Jan. 14, Square Eddie finished ninth in the Grade 1 Donn Handicap at Gulfstream Park on Feb. 5 and the Grade 1 Frank Kilroe Mile on turf at Santa Anita on March 5.

Reddam said that he plans to breed Square Eddie to “between 20 and 30 mares” of his own. The stallion stands for $5,000, but Reddam said that fee is negotiable. “It gets down to $3,500,” he said.

Square Eddie was bred to 34 mares in 2010, according to Jockey Club statistics.

“I know everyone says this, but his foals really do look fantastic,” Reddam said.