03/22/2007 11:00PM

Cal-breds outperform average at Barretts

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ARCADIA, Calif. - The 17 California-breds offered at Tuesday's Barretts March Sale of 2-year-olds in-training comprised less than 10 percent of the catalog, but they still had a significant impact on the one-day sale.

Among the 17, seven listed as sold, is a Cape Town filly that went for $800,000, the most expensive female purchased at the sale. The seven that were sold grossed $1,640,000 for an average of $234,285. There were six listed as not sold and four were withdrawn.

Overall the sale averaged $219,773 per lot, an increase of 42 percent over 2006, and the sale-topper was a Kentucky-bred Officer colt purchased for $1.4 million.

The Cape Town filly was purchased by John Ferguson Bloodstock on behalf of the Sheikh Mohammed. She is expected to remain in the United States, Ferguson said. (Ferguson also bought the sale-topper, and led all buyers with five acquisitions for total of $3,950,000.)

The Cape Town filly has a history of bringing top prices at Barretts. She topped the California October yearling sale last fall, selling for $240,000 to John Brocklebank, who said he acted on behalf of a group of investors.

Brocklebank, a Utah-based pinhooker, consigned the filly to Tuesday's sale through B.C.3 Thoroughbreds, which he operates with Shane Chipman.

She worked once in a pre-sale training preview, zipping a quarter-mile in 21 seconds on March 12.

Bred by Craig and Rebecca Shields of Santa Ynez, Calif., she is a half-sister to Race for Glory, the winner of the 2003 Cavonnier Stakes at the Oak Tree at Santa Anita meeting.

The Cape Town filly was not the only successful yearling-to-juvenile pinhook among the California-breds.

Becky Thomas of Ocala, Fla., who consigns through her Sequel Bloodstock, sold a Bertrando colt for $210,000 who was purchased last October for $42,000, and sold a Kafwain filly for $185,000 who was purchased at the October yearling sale for $115,000.

The Bertrando colt was purchased by John Sadler, agent, and is likely to be campaigned by one of his clients. The colt is out of the unraced Tale of the Cat mare, Cat on Ice, who has yet to produce a winner.

The Kafwain filly was purchased by West Point Thoroughbreds. The filly is out of Courtly Kathy, a multiple stakes winner at Canterbury Park in the 1990's.

Thomas indicated that she would return to Barretts in October and attempt to do it all again. She said she had one more 2-year-old that she purchased last October to offer at the Barretts May sale of 2-year-olds in training on May 15.

"I think you can buy here and sell here," Thomas said.

Considering the results of recent Barretts March sales, those California-breds deserve to be followed. In 2005, Brother Derek was sold for $275,000 and later won the 2006 Santa Anita Derby. Last year, Notional was sold for $235,000. He has won two graded stakes this year - the San Rafael and Risen Star stakes - and will reappear in the Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park on Saturday.

Not all of the expensive California-bred yearlings were sold on Tuesday. A Tribal Rule filly that was purchased for $100,000 by Jon Kelly last October was bought back on Tuesday after bidding stalled at $70,000. The filly was consigned by Sam Semkin, agent.

The list of withdrawn California-breds includes an In Excess colt bought by Omar Aldabbagh for $75,000 last September at Keeneland and To B. Devon, who was purchased for $50,000 last October.

To B. Devon finished second in a two-furlong maiden race at Santa Anita on Wednesday.