02/20/2015 10:51AM

Barretts sale kicks off 2015 juvenile market

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About 90 minutes after the start of Monday’s Barretts select sale of 2-year-olds in training, three prospects will go through the ring in succession and likely provide an early indication of the status of the juvenile market.

A colt by Super Saver, a filly by Tiznow, and a colt by Haynesfield are hips 46, 47, and 48. They were purchased for a combined $550,000 as yearlings last August and September. How they are judged by buyers may determine whether Monday’s one-day sale has prices higher or lower on average than the corresponding sale last March.

The Barretts select sale is the first 2-year-olds-in-training sale of the year, a market heavily geared toward the resale of yearlings purchased nationwide last July through October. There are 113 2-year-olds in the Barretts catalog, and at least 18 were listed as sold as yearlings for $100,000 or more. Two were sold as weanlings in 2013 for $100,000 or more.

The most expensive of the prospective pinhooks is the Super Saver colt, who was listed as purchased at the 2014 Keeneland September yearling sale for $220,000 by John Brocklebank, agent for Bill Peeples. The colt is out of Kiss the Breeze, a Kafwain mare who is a half-sister to three stakes winners – El Viento, For Royalty, and Kiss to Remember.

The Tiznow filly was purchased for $170,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga selected yearling sale in
August. The Haynesfield colt was purchased for $160,000 at Keeneland last September.

Those horses, and the others in the sale, will be in action at Friday’s breeze show and will be inspected over the weekend by potential buyers.

“It will work out pretty quickly how it will go,” Barretts general manager Kim Lloyd said of the sale climate. “We’re strong all the way through. We expect it will go well. They’re nice, good athletic horses.”

In 2014, the select sale sold 60 horses for total receipts of $10,665,000, according to sale company data. The sale had an average prize of $177,750, an increase of 24 percent compared with the average of $143,459 at the 2013 sale.

The most expensive juvenile at the 2014 sale was Tennessee, a Giant’s Causeway colt purchased for $1.15 million. Tennessee was second in his career debut in a maiden race Feb. 1 at Gulfstream Park. He was the first horse to sell for $1 million or more at the Barretts select sale since 2007 and had been purchased for $150,000 at the 2013 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling sale.

There are plenty of candidates for leading hip at Monday’s sale.

There are three colts by Uncle Mo who were listed as purchased for $100,000 or more as yearlings. One Uncle Mo colt (Hip No. 99) was purchased for $135,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July selected yearling sale by J.J. Crupi’s New Castle Farm. The colt is consigned to Monday’s sale by Steven Venosa’s SGV Thoroughbreds, agent. Crupi and Venosa consigned Tennessee in 2014.

Venosa is the consignor of a filly by Hard Spun (Hip No. 91) listed as purchased for $175,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling sale and a Mineshaft colt (Hip No. 7) bought at the same sale for $150,000. Crupi was listed as the buyer of both prospects.

There is one yearling sale topper in the Barretts sale. Hip No. 85, a Forestry colt, was listed as purchased for $75,000, a record high for the Northern California yearling sale held last August at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton. The colt was purchased by Randy Morris and is consigned to Monday’s sale by Adrian Gonzalez’s Checkmate Thoroughbreds, agent.

This will be the last sale at the Barretts facility at the Los Angeles County fairgrounds. The Fairplex Park racetrack on the fairgrounds closed as a training facility earlier this month. The racetrack has been used to train Monday’s sale prospects in recent weeks.

Beginning with the May 2-year-olds in training sale, Barretts will shift its sales operation to Del Mar and the San Diego County fairgrounds. The Del Mar racetrack will be used to train those horses in the buildup to that sale.

“It’s bittersweet, I guess,” Lloyd said. “We’re sad to see it go, but we’re excited to see it go forward at Del Mar. It’s an odd, strange feeling.”