05/09/2002 11:00PM

Dispersals add to Barretts mix


The inclusion of two estate dispersals give this week's Barretts May Sale of 2-year-olds in training a different look. Buyers will have not only more than 300 juveniles to inspect, but also a lengthy list of yearlings and horses of racing age from the dispersal of the Cavanaugh Family Trust and the Bart Heller Estate Dispersal.

Bart Heller died last August, and his family is dispersing his holdings and those held in partnership. The Cavanaugh Family Trust represents the racing holdings of Thomas and Marguerite Cavanaugh. Marguerite Cavanaugh died earlier this year.

The sale will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday at the Hinds Pavilion in Pomona. Monday's session starts with the Cavanaugh Trust Dispersal of horses of racing age and follows with a session of 2-year-olds.

Tuesday's session includes the horses of racing age from the Heller estate, a lengthy session of 2-year-olds, and concludes with the yearlings from the Heller estate.

By far, the most recognizable name among the older horses is Spinelessjellyfish, the turf miler co-owned by the Heller estate. A 6-year-old, Spinelessjellyfish has won 9 of 26 starts and $631,471, including consecutive runnings of the Khaled Stakes at Hollywood Park in 2000 and 2001. He was fourth in the same race on April 28.

The Heller dispersal also includes the stakes winners Mellow Fellow, Red Sky's, and Sea to See. Mellow Fellow, a 7-year-old gelding, has won his last five starts in northern California, including two minor sprint stakes earlier this year.

Red Sky's, a 6-year-old horse, won the 1999 California Derby. Sea to See won the Half Moon Bay Stakes in 2001 and was recently fourth in an allowance race/optional claimer at Bay Meadows.

Both dispersals are also selling 2-year-olds, typically a competitive market. In 2001, the one-day May Sale sold 163 juveniles for an average price of $27,223, which was down 9 percent from the 2000 average of $29,914 for 166 sold over two days. In 1999, 153 2-year-olds sold for an average of $26,705.

Unlike the March sale, where purchase prices sometimes go past $1 million, the sale-topper in May of 2001 was $215,000. Also different from the March sale is the presence of several prospects with racing experience, a list that includes Newport Nikki, who was second in two starts over two furlongs at Santa Anita and is Hip No. 85 in Monday's session. Newport Nikki was entered for Saturday's Nursery Stakes at Hollywood Park.

Some juveniles with racing experience have been withdrawn, including Forthelifeofme, a maiden winner at Santa Anita who was also entered in the Nursery Stakes. Overall, 67 of the 400 juveniles cataloged were withdrawn as of Thursday.

The sale does includes recent Santa Anita maiden winners Silver Shot (Hip No. 154), Solar Bee (Hip No. 285), Mr Elusive (Hip No. 297) and Magic Smoke (Hip No. 325).

Aside from those, and others who did not win at Santa Anita, many of the prospects are unraced.

A majority of the juveniles remaining in the sale breezed on either Thursday and Friday. Thursday's preview showcased horses who will sell on Monday, while Friday's workouts offered a preview of the horses selling on Tuesday.

On Thursday, three fillies - by High Brite, Touch Gold, and Announce - and a colt by In Excess worked a furlong in 10.20 seconds. Another colt by In Excess breezed two furlongs in 21.20 seconds.

The Touch Gold filly is from that stallion's first crop and is out of Silken Magic, a stakes winner at Fairplex Park. The Announce filly is out of Took for Granite, a stakes winner in Oklahoma who is the dam of She's Grand, who was stakes-placed at Hollywood Park.

Those fast workouts are sure to be scrutinized by buyers looking for late additions to their racing stables.