05/09/2013 2:59PM

DeBerdt seeks another perfect day at Barretts May sale


Bloodstock agent Bruno DeBerdt had close to a perfect day a couple months ago at the Barretts March select sale of 2-year-olds in training.

Through his Excel Bloodstock, DeBerdt sold three horses for a combined $1,205,000, including the second-most expensive juvenile, a colt by Dunkirk who sold for $575,000. DeBerdt paid a combined $240,000 for the three prospects as yearlings.

“We had a super sale in March,” he said. “All the stars had to line up for that.”

DeBerdt was the leading consignor at the March sale, and is after the same distinction at Monday’s Barretts May sale of 2-year-olds in training in Pomona, Calif. DeBerdt has four 2-year-olds in a sale that he expects will have robust business.

“The sales nationwide have been good,” he said, reflecting on the 2-year-old in training sales in recent months. “The decent horses will stand out.”

As always, there will be significant competition among consignors for the attention of buyers at Monday’s one-day sale, which begins at 3 p.m. Pacific. Many consignors have brought juveniles who were purchased for sizable amounts as yearlings last summer and fall.

DeBerdt said he expects activity from “all of the buyers that got shut out at the earlier sales.”

The Barretts May sale is the final 2-year-olds in training sale in California, and one of the last leading juvenile sales of the year.

There are 141 horses in the catalog, and a supplemental catalog contains an additional 13 prospects. DeBerdt has three fillies and a colt purchased for a combined $380,000 as yearlings or at 2-year-olds in training sales earlier this year.

Among them are two fillies bought at the 2012 Keeneland September yearling sale--a City Zip filly (Hip No. 15) bought for $110,000, and a filly by Dixie Union (Hip No. 138) bought for $120,000. “They’re both precocious,” he said.

Last year, the Barretts May sale saw 69 horses sell for a total of $2,986,500, an average of $43,283 and a median price of $23,000. The average for the 2-year-olds sold at the 2011 sale was $36,903, while the median was $20,000. (There was one horse of racing age sold in 2011, for $5,000).

The sale topper of the 2012 sale was a Master Command colt that sold for $300,000. Now owned by Kaleem Shah and trained by Bob Baffert, that colt, named Battled, finished second and fifth in two starts over the winter.

At Monday’s sale, Barretts executives expect average prices to rise.

“We have a good group of horses,” said Barretts General Manager Kim Lloyd. “The sales are up all over the country. I think we’re seeing more and more attention. There is a shortage of horses. We expect a jump in our average.”

For Monday’s sale, Barretts has the support of leading Florida-based 2-year-old consignors such as Hartley/De Renzo Thoroughbreds, Becky Thomas’s Sequel Bloodstock, and Ciaran Dunne’s Wavertree Stables. The sale has large consignments from the California-based operations of Andy Havens, Sam Hendricks, and Kim McCarthy.

Randy Hartley and Dean De Renzo have brought a team that includes a Tale of the Cat colt (Hip No. 41) bought for $145,000 at Keeneland September; a California-bred colt by Majestic Warrior (Hip No. 104) they bought for $110,000 at the Barretts October yearling sale; and a Zensational colt (Hip No. 132) bought for $175,000 at Keeneland September.

The Tale of the Cat and Zensational colts were listed as purchased in September by Dream Walkin Farms.

The Sequel Bloodstock consignment is led by a Malibu Moon colt (Hip No. 32) that Thomas purchased for $200,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga selected yearling sale in August. The colt is out of Jill Robin L, by Precocity, who won the Grade 2 Bonnie Miss Stakes at Gulfstream Park in 2005. Malibu Moon is the sire of 2013 Kentucky Derby winner Orb.

Thomas’s consignment includes a Street Cry colt (Hip No. 72) that was listed as not sold at Saratoga last year for $110,000. The colt is a half-brother to 2006 Horse of the Year Invasor, who will be inducted into racing’s Hall of Fame this summer.

Dunne is offering a Successful Appeal colt (Hip No. 57) who is a full brother to the two-time stakes winner Closing Argument, who was second in the 2005 Kentucky Derby. The colt was listed as not sold for $160,000 at Keeneland September.