10/28/2004 11:00PM

Dispersal cushions Barretts decline

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The dispersal of seven horses of racing age held by a partnership helped to lessen declines at the Barretts October mixed sale in Pomona last Monday and Tuesday.

The sale was led by Cheiron, a 3-year-old who was purchased by Universal Bloodstock for $165,000. Cheiron was one of seven horses of racing age consigned by Noctis Stable, Neil Papiano, and Steve Taub. The horses were all trained by Kristin Mulhall, who said she will continue to train Cheiron.

The seven dispersed horses sold for $307,500. Universal also bought Tronare, the winner of the Golden Gate Breeders' Cup Handicap on turf, for $37,000, and Tough Game for $28,000. Mulhall said she will continue to train those horses.

Overall, 419 horses sold for $2,274,300, a decline of 20.5 percent in gross from the 2003 sale, which was the largest October mixed sale in Barretts history. The average price at this year's sale was $5,428, a decline of 2.7 percent, while the median of $2,500 marked a decline of 21.9 percent.

In addition, 100 horses were withdrawn and 121 were listed as not sold.

Average prices fell for broodmares, stallions, weanlings, yearlings, and horses of racing age when compared to the 2003 sale. Without the horses of racing age, the declines would have been more pronounced.

Cheiron, who is by Maria's Mon, won the $250,000 Snow Chief Stakes for 3-year-old statebreds at Hollywood Park in April. Earlier in the year, he was second in the Sunshine Millions Dash for Cal-breds and Florida-breds.

Since his win in the Snow Chief, Cheiron has been plagued by bleeding problems. He finished last of 12 in the California Cup Sprint on Oct. 16. Mulhall said she has no immediate race plans for Cheiron.

"I'm trying to get him to chill out, and calm his nerves," Mulhall said from her stable at Hollywood Park. "I'll try to find a race for him over here."

Cheiron was the only horse in the sale to exceed $100,000. Owner Paul Reddam, who was to be represented by four horses in the Breeders' Cup program at Lone Star Park, purchased the top non-dispersal horse, the broodmare Flying Lesson, for $60,000.

Consigned by Andy Havens Bloodstock Agency, as agent for the estate of Max Walters, Flying Lesson is an 8-year-old mare by Flying Continental. Flying Lesson placed in two stakes as a 4-year-old in 2000 - she was second in the restricted Piedra Foundation at Del Mar and third in the Las Madrinas at Fairplex Park.

Flying Lesson is the dam of an unraced 2-year-old, Kat Kald Kalamazoo, and is believed to be in foal to Beau Genius.

Of the top 20 horses sold, six were horses of racing age from the partnership dispersal and 14 were broodmares.

Cozy Guy back in training; On Trust possible

Cozy Guy, the upset winner of the $250,000 California Cup Classic on Oct. 16, has resumed serious training, but has no specific goals for the rest of the year, trainer Dan Hendricks said.

Hendricks said the $85,000 On Trust Handicap for statebreds at 7 1/2 furlongs at Hollywood Park on Nov. 13 is a consideration. Hendricks said he would like to give Cozy Guy a prep in coming weeks before the $1 million Sunshine Millions Classic at Gulfstream Park in late January.

Hendricks has not ruled out shipping Cozy Guy out of town for a stakes to see how the 3-year-old travels before embarking on a trip to Florida.

Owned by Jeff and Lance Hayes and Dan and Jerry Higman, Cozy Guy has won 5 of 14 starts and $302,820. The California Cup Classic was his first stakes win.