01/22/2010 12:00AM

Craig dispersal to fatten Barretts average


ARCADIA, Calif. - The stable that Jenny Craig and her late husband, Sid, built over the last 25 years is being downsized. While some of their lesser horses have been claimed recently in Southern California, the first stage of the downsizing will occur through a reduction of their holdings on Monday and Tuesday at the Barretts January mixed sale in Pomona, Calif.

The Craig consignment, conducted through Grant Hofmans, agent, comprises 43 horses - 12 broodmares, 12 horses of racing age, 11 2-year-olds and 8 yearlings.

"It's kind of a bit of everything," said Hofmans, who directs the stables at the Craig-owned Rancho Paseana, near Del Mar.

Hofmans said that Craig is not leaving racing, but going through a "restructuring" of her racing program.

"We're going with quality over quantity," he said.

"She wants to stay in the game, but get the numbers down. She has 75 horses now. We've really trimmed her broodmare band down. We'll buy her some better-quality broodmares and have a smaller racing operation.

"I think she wants to get to eight top-quality broodmares and race their offspring. She wants to stay in the game but not have to make so many day-to-day decisions."

With her husband, who died in 2008, Jenny Craig raced such notable horses as Paseana, who won Eclipse Awards as the outstanding older female in 1992 and 1993, and Dr Devious, the winner of the 1992 Epsom Derby. In 2003, the Craigs won the Pacific Classic at Del Mar with Candy Ride, a victory they considered among their favorites because of the track's proximity to their Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., home. Their other stakes winners included Alpride, Bienvenido, Brave Act, Different, Exchange and Tossofthecoin.

In the past year, Craig, well known for the weight-loss company she owned with her husband, has raced Chocolate Candy, who was fifth in the Kentucky Derby, and she has a hopeful for this year's Triple Crown in Sidney's Candy, who is expected to make his 3-year-old debut in February.

At this week's Barretts sale, the influence of Candy Ride on the Craig's racing and breeding operation will be widely felt.

All but one of the yearlings and 2-year-olds being offered are by Candy Ride, and 10 of the horses of racing age are by Candy Ride. Six of the 12 broodmares being sold are in foal to Candy Ride. Jenny Craig retains a majority share in the stallion, who stands in Kentucky.

Hofmans said he has had a lot of interest in the consignment, which will sell without reserve. The yearling portion of the consignment includes a Candy Ride filly out of Alpride, a two-time Grade 1 winner, and a Candy Ride colt out of Ivory Tower, a champion in Argentina who was stakes-placed in the United States.

"It depends on the market," Hofmans said, when asked about prices. "People have flown out from Kentucky to look at them. It's going to depend on the individual. There are a couple of nice 2-year-olds in there."

The dispersal is likely to greatly aid the sale's bottom line. Last year, the sale averaged $6,101 with 202 horses listed as sold. The two January sales with the highest average prices in the last decade occurred when prominent dispersals were part of the catalog. In 2001, the sale averaged $14,047 when Ron Gomez and Frank Cossey conducted dispersals. The sale averaged $9,544 in 2007, the year that Granja Vista Del Rio, Pepper Oaks Farm and the estate of Edward Nahem conducted dispersals.