03/27/2008 11:00PM

Barretts sets up new auction


Taking advantage of the Breeders' Cup being run in Southern California, Barretts unveiled plans on Friday to host a sale of selected horses of racing age in Pomona, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 26.

The evening sale will be held a day after the second and final day of the Breeders' Cup at the Oak Tree meeting at Santa Anita.

"We expect it to be a fairly small sale," said Jerry McMahon, president of Barretts. "Somewhere around 50 to 75 horses would be a decent target for us. We're looking for high-quality horses that need to be marketed at that time of year."

The newly formed sale, which will be called Barretts Classic, will be the first of as many as three days of sales at Barretts that week. The annual fall mixed sale will be held on Oct. 27 and possibly Oct. 28, if there are sufficient horses available, McMahon said.

The Barretts Classic sale could become an annual event, since the 2009 Breeders' Cup is also scheduled for the Oak Tree meeting, McMahon said.

"We have to get out and tell the story and hope that enough like people like the concept," McMahon said. "Our early discussions with a few industry people seem very supportive. We have to get out and sell the horses."

The Barretts Classic sale will have a nomination deadline of Sept. 5.

McMahon said the upcoming May sale of 2-year-olds in training on May 13 will include approximately 330 horses.

Tommy Town adds Buck to roster

Buck, a winner of 2 of 5 starts, including the final race of his career, has entered stud during the current breeding season at Tommy Town Thoroughbreds in Santa Ynez, Calif., the farm announced earlier this month.

Buck, who is by Unbridled's Song out of the Wild Again mare Kate Again, will stand for $2,500. Buck ended his career last December, winning an allowance race over 6 1/2 furlongs at Santa Anita. A $375,000 purchased at the 2003 Keeneland September yearling sale, Buck raced in California, making two starts in 2005 and three starts last year.

He joins a stallion roster at Tommy Town that includes Cat Dreams, Hold for Gold, Mambo Train, Ministers Wild Cat, Old Topper, Proud Tower Too, and Uncle Denny.

Sale's top-price statebred turned out

A California-bred Victory Gallop filly bought for $170,000 at the Barretts March sale of selected 2-year-olds in training earlier this month has been turned out and will be pointed to a campaign in the second half of the year, according to new trainer Bob Baffert.

The filly was purchased by David and Elia Sivage's D and E Racing, Baffert said. She was the most expensive California-bred purchased at the one-day sale on March 12.

"She doesn't look like a sprinter," Baffert said. "She moves nice. We liked her at the sale, but she's been turned out. I hope she can run."

Consigned by Kirkwood Stable, agent, the Victory Gallop filly is out of the 18-year-old mare Devil's Nell, who was stakes-placed at Santa Anita. The Victory Gallop filly is a half-sister to Kiss the Devil, a two-time stakes winner who earned $381,629.

The filly was purchased for $62,000 at the California October yearling sale last year by Thor-Bred Stables.

The leading California-bred male at the sale, a colt by Include, was purchased for $100,000 by WinStar Farm. Consigned by NexStar, agent, the colt was purchased at the California October yearling sale for $50,000 by Oakmont Thoroughbreds.

Yearling sale changing location

The Northern California yearling sale will be held on Aug. 26 at the Sonoma County fairgrounds in Santa Rosa. The sale had been previously held at the Alameda County fairgrounds in Pleasanton.

Nominations for the sale, which is administered by the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association, close on June 2.