10/07/2011 1:32PM

California-bred yearlings become more attractive for buyers

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A massive boost to stakes purses for California-breds in 2012 is likely to contribute to higher interest in statebred yearlings at this week’s Barretts October yearling sale at Fairplex in Pomona, Calif.

The two-day sale begins on Tuesday with an evening session at 7 p.m., and continues Wednesday morning at 11 a.m. There are 253 yearlings in the sale, predominantly California-breds.

Last year, a two-day yearling sale averaged $14,128 for 160 horses sold, an increase in average price of 14 percent from the 2009 average of $12,413 for 178 horses sold.

Earlier this month, the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association announced the formation of the 2012 Golden State Series of 18 races at Golden Gate Fields and in Southern California worth $3.6 million. The series will include four $300,000 races – two for 2-year-olds and two for 3-year-olds; two $250,000 races for 2-year-olds; and six $200,000 races – four for 3-year-olds and two for 2-year-olds. In the series, there is a mix of monies added to existing races and the development of new races.

California-bred or sired foals of 2010 can be made eligible with a $300 payment on Feb. 15, or by a $25,000 payment at time of entry for a race. California-bred or sired foals of 2009 or earlier do not have to pay additional fees to enter the stakes.

With considerable prize money available to 2-year-olds of 2012, the yearling market this week could be a beneficiary, according to Kim Lloyd, the vice president of sales at Barretts. He said the new series, combined with the $20,000 bonus paid to California-breds who won maiden special weight races in Southern California, offers two major incentives to horse owners.

“Those are real opportunities,” he said. “We’ve seen a benefit from the maiden program. Now, there is a more extensive program. You break your maiden and you can get really serious. I think it’s good for the breeders.”

Lloyd describes this week’s catalog as the strongest Barretts has offered.

“I expect a good sale,” he said. “I feel like there are people who need horses. It was a strong sale at Keeneland and that bodes well for the whole market. Plus, we have better horses than we’ve had. This is our best book ever. The physicals are better and the pedigrees are better.

“We expect a rise in average.”

The sale includes 10 yearlings – six colts and four fillies – by Unusual Heat, the leading stallion in the state. Unusual Heat is the sire of Acclamation, the winner of five consecutive graded stakes, and a contender for the Breeders’ Cup Turf at Churchill Downs on Nov. 5.
There are California-breds by Candy Ride and Midnight Lute, a first crop sire.

There are also first crop yearlings by Bedford Falls, Belgravia, Brother Derek, Cheroot, Council Member, Cowtown Cat, Crossword, Curlin, Fairbanks, Harlington, Heatseeker, Horse Greeley, Lucky J.H., McCann’s Mojave, Notional, Red Giant, Storm Wolf, Street Boss, Street Hero, War Pass.

Curlin, the 2007 and 2008 Horse of the Year, is represented by a filly,who is a half-sister to the stakes-placed Nacho Saint.
There are four yearlings by Bedford Falls in the sale. If one of those horses becomes Bedford Falls’s first black-type stakes winner, the owner will receive a $12,500 from the stallion’s owners. The owner of the first Bedford Falls foal to win a graded stakes is eligible for a $25,000 bonus.

“We’re not sure where the sale topper is coming from but we have horses good going in,” Lloyd said.\

Slew’s Tiznow will stand at Rancho San Miguel

The two-time stakes winner Slew’s Tiznow will stand at Rancho San Miguel in San Miguel, Calif., in 2012, according to ranch manager Clay Murdock.

Slew’s Tiznow, 6, retires after winning four of 14 starts and earnings $321,100. By Tiznow, Slew’s Tiznow won the El Cajon Stakes and War Chant Stakes in 2008 and was second in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland in 2007.

Murdock said that Slew’s Tiznow will stand for $2,500.