07/18/2014 1:49PM

Del Mar Paddock Sale offers quality

Benoit & Associates
Grade 1 winner Heir Kitty will be offered at the Del Mar Paddock Sale on Sunday, held following the day's racecard.

Sunday’s Paddock Sale at Del Mar has a catalog ranging from graded stakes winners Ciao Bella Luna, Handsome Mike, and Heir Kitty to a claimer scheduled to run an hour before the sale.

As of early Friday afternoon, the 39-horse sale catalog featured runners ranging in ages from unraced 2-year-olds to a 6-year-old gelding. The sale starts shortly after the conclusion of Sunday’s 11-race program.

The sale is in its third year, conducted by Barretts Sales and Racing with Del Mar. Last year, 17 horses sold for $1,257,000 and an average of $73,941. In 2012, 25 horses sold for $933,000 and an average of $37,320.

The 2013 sale was led by Oscar Party, a 2012 stakes winner in Kentucky purchased for $510,000 by Deron Pearson. A 4-year-old filly, Oscar Party placed in two stakes in the second half of 2013, but is winless in six starts this year. She is expected to race at Del Mar in coming weeks.

On Sunday, fillies such as Heir Kitty and Ciao Bella Luna are certain to attract widespread interest.

Heir Kitty, 4, has won 4 of 18 starts and earned $421,272. She won the Grade 1 La Brea Stakes at Santa Anita last December, and was fifth in the Grade 2 Great Lady M Stakes at Los Alamitos on July 12. Heir Kitty, who is by Wildcat Heir, is consigned by Steven Venosa, agent for owners David Bernsen and Paul Makin.

Ciao Bella Luna, 4, has won 4 of 14 starts and earned $284,110. She won the Grade 2 Beaumont Stakes at Keeneland in April 2013, and the Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf Sprint at Santa Anita earlier this year.

Ciao Bella Luna has not raced since finishing fifth in the Grade 3 Las Cienegas Stakes at Santa Anita in April.

Handsome Mike, 5, won the Grade 2 Pennsylvania Derby in 2012 and the Grade 3 Commonwealth Stakes in 2013, and was second in the American Flag Stakes at Los Alamitos on July 4.

Kim Lloyd, the general manager of Barretts Sales, said the format of Sunday’s sale is designed to emphasize immediate chances for buyers to run horses.

“We’re bringing the sale to the party,” he said. “The party is Del Mar.

“This is an opportunity to get new owners in the game. They can have action right away. There is a wide variety of price ranges.”

In one case, a filly will go from the racetrack, and possibly the winner’s circle, into the sales ring.

Boller Bomb, a 4-year-old filly by Unusual Heat, is entered in Sunday’s 10th race, for $40,000 claimers over a mile on turf. The race has a post time of approximately 6:30 p.m. Pacific. The sale is due to start about an hour later.

Trained by Peter Miller for Rockingham Ranch, Boller Bomb has won 5 of 23 starts and $214,128.

The sale has 15 2-year-olds, 10 unraced and five with experience. Call It Good (Hip No. 14) has not started. The colt is by Medaglia d’Oro and out of Grade 3 winner Collect Call, the dam of Grade 2 winner and young sire Old Fashioned.

Peradventure (Hip No. 27) was third in the W.L. Proctor Stakes at Los Alamitos on July 13. Peradventure is by Papa Clem.

“The 2-year-olds have worked and are fit,” Lloyd said. ”The criteria [for their inclusion in the sale] is they would be ready to run at Del Mar.”

The Paddock Sale at Del Mar will be streamed live at DRF Breeding.

To access an online catalog, click here.


Dick Brasher More than 1 year ago
Mindy,you have some common sense.Take a look at last years sale,and do a search in equibase to see how the horses have done...Only one,that sold for 7,000 has made any money.most never ran again,or ran way lower.Oscar party has not even come close to making his money back....lol.Don`t you think that if the maidens are any good,they would take the purse money as an easy win.Good luck suckers!
Mindy More than 1 year ago
it's not fair to Boller Bomb to put her through the sales ring right after running, how can she have time to go to the test barn (if called for), be properly cooled out, bathed, rubbed, all the post-race work, and still look okay for a sale? she should have to scratch from the race or the sale as for some of the other hips, many have run quite recently, is it really fair to declare that they'd be 'ready to run at Del Mar'? don't you think, if their owners thought they could run and win with them at DMR, they'd be doing that for themselves? this is a cast-off sale, and I'd be very wary...and who's going to touch Shh She's Ours after her antics pre-race about a week ago? she's got to get right mentally and physically, almost no way she's ready for DMR
JMHandicapping More than 1 year ago
Shh Shes ours was débuting in her first race, she was likely nervous and wasn't entirely sure of what was going on, also keep in mind she couldn't have been all that bad because she went off as a 2-1 favourite, and ended up winning the race. A lot of the other horses for sale, even the ones that have run recently, are likely to run at Del Mar. You can run a horse back as quickly as you see fit. I have a two year old and we ran him for his first race, he got some bad luck and rider lost the irons, we sent him back the next week and he ran amazingly for second. So long as the horses are sound, then I'm sure that is what they are calling "ready to run at del mar" However I agree Boller Bomb shouldn't be running then sent to the sale ring.
JMHandicapping More than 1 year ago
are likely able to run at Del Mar * correction
Dick Brasher More than 1 year ago
Go ahead and buy that horse....the owners obviously don`t think too much of her,and now that she won at pathetic Los Al,she will fetch 3 times what she is really worth.
Jaime Dubyna More than 1 year ago
I find Del Mar is a "cast off" meet, look at how many horses have been vanned off? And how many have had their claims voided because of unsoundness. In 2 days??? Unload your gimpy horses to owner's just wanting to have a horse for the meet.