06/23/2006 12:00AM

Cambiocorsa's brother to sell at Barretts


Since November, Cambiocorsa has won seven consecutive races, all on turf, including four stakes. The popularity of her bloodlines will be tested when her 2-year-old full brother sells at Tuesday's Barretts summer sale in Pomona, Calif.

Consigned by Mary Knight, agent for Keith Card, the 2-year-old gray colt, named California Flag, is by Avenue of Flags out of Ultrafleet, by Afleet. The colt is also a half-brother to Shadow Raider, a gelding who has earned more than $260,000 and placed in two stakes.

Cambiocorsa, 4, has won 8 of 13 starts and $409,055. A California-bred, Cambiocorsa is a probable starter in the $750,000 CashCall Mile at Hollywood Park on July 1.

This is the third year for the sale, which comprises 2-year-olds in training and horses of racing age. Last year, the sale had mixed results.

The 2004 sale was led by a Helmsman filly that sold for $110,000. Last year's sale topper was a Richter Scale colt that sold for $62,000. The 2005 sale had an average price of $10,881 and a median of $6,500. Those figures were down 19 percent from the 2004 sale.

This year's sale comprises 202 horses, including 21 that are part of a supplemental catalog. The sale is the largest in the brief history of the summer sale and is dominated by 2-year-olds in training. Last year, 107 horses were sold, 14 more than the 2004 sale.

Tuesday's sale includes two juvenile fillies by California's leading sire, Benchmark. Both fillies were consigned by Sam Hendricks, agent. Benchmark is the sire of Brother Derek, the California-bred who won the Santa Anita Derby in April.

The horses of racing age portion includes Puppeteer, a 6-year-old by Singspiel, who was second in the Grade 2 San Marcos Stakes at Santa Anita in 2005 and was a multiple stakes winner in France in 2003 and 2004.

A preview training session for the 2-year-olds will be held Monday at Fairplex Park, adjacent to the sales pavilion at 10 a.m.

Typical of other 2-year-old sales, the results of that preview will play a major role in determining buyer interest. Quick workouts and clean X-rays will translate into higher prices. Poor workouts or discouraging veterinary reports will lead to disappointment for consignors.

Most of the 2-year-olds in the sale have yet to race. As of Thursday, the sale had 26 withdrawals, including Sweet Freedom, the winner of a maiden claimer at Hollywood Park on June 1.

Barretts president Gerald McMahon said the sale figures to be dominated by 2-year-olds, since many horses of racing age are the subject of racetrack claims.

"It's the reality of our business," McMahon said. "Horses of racing age seem to find new homes. They're marketed so readily at the track, through claims or privately, if they have form. This time of year, heading into Del Mar, if the horse has form, it has a ready buyer for it.

"We're growing the sale and hoping the catalog continues to grow," he said.

After the summer sale, the next event at Barretts will be the California October yearling sale on Oct. 3, a sale operated in conjunction with the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association.

McMahon said that invitations were recently issued to 350 yearling owners, with the hope that the catalog will have about the same number of horses, 325, as in the inaugural sale in 2005.