06/23/2005 11:00PM

Frankelstein summer sale's marquee name


The Barretts summer sale of horses of racing age and 2-year-olds in-training on Tuesday in Pomona is primarily for juveniles, but there is one noteworthy name on the list of horses of racing age.

Frankelstein, who has won 2 of 11 starts and $123,420, will be offered by owner Edward Nahem as part of a consignment by Sam Hendricks, agent. A 4-year-old Bertrando gelding, Frankelstein finished fifth in the Quicken Tree Stakes for California-breds at Hollywood Park on June 18 in his stakes debut.

Frankelstein sells as Hip No. 37 in a sale that has attracted 159 horses in the main and supplemental catalogs.

This is the second year Barretts has offered a summer sale for 2-year-olds and horses of racing age.

Last year, the one-day sale saw 93 horses sell for $1,254,800, an average of $13,492 and a median of $8,000. The 2-year-olds led the sale, with 53 juveniles selling for an average of $16,006. The 40 horses of racing age grossed $406,500, an average of $10,163.

The sale topper was a 2-year-old Helmsman filly purchased for $110,000 by Howard Roberts Farm.

The most expensive horse of racing age was Rockin the Ship, a 3-year-old gelding purchased for $70,000 by Chris Coleman. At the time, Rocking the Ship had won two 870-yard stakes against Quarter Horses at Los Alamitos.

Tuesday's event marks the third 2-year-olds in training sale offered at Barretts this year, preceded by the internationally prominent March sale and the more regional May sale. The May sale set records in average and gross price. The average of $39,708 was an increase of 6 percent over 2004.

Many of the 2-year-olds in Tuesday's sale were deliberately held out of the earlier sale, according to Barretts president Gerald McMahon.

"It's a different regime for a lot of people that aren't comfortable going earlier," he said.

A 2-year-olds training preview featuring gallops or workouts is scheduled at Barretts for 10 a.m. on Monday. For many horses, that exercise will be a vital display for potential buyers.

"Performance counts in these 2-year-old markets," McMahon said.

Many of the horses of racing age have started in claiming races, while others are coming off layoffs. Frankelstein has never started for a claiming price. By Bertrando, he won an allowance race for California-breds over 1 1/16 miles May 5.

Cal-breds win just two graded stakes

California-breds have won 8 of the 25 open stakes run at the Hollywood Park spring-summer meeting through last Sunday, but only two of those wins have come in graded stakes: Short Route in the Grade 3 Railbird Stakes on May 1 and Lava Man in the Grade 2 Californian Stakes on June 18.

The other six stakes wins were by Juliesugardaddy (Harry Henson Stakes), Lil' Sister Swiss (Nursery), Wild Uncle Kurt (Willard Proctor Memorial), Kresgeville (Manhattan Beach Handicap), River's Prayer (Cinderella Stakes), and McCann's Mojave (Ack Ack Handicap).

Lava Man's victory was by far the most prestigious. A former claimer, he scored his first major stakes win in the Californian, a prep to the $750,000 Hollywood Gold Cup on July 9.

Bred by Lonnie Arterburn and Eve and Kim Kuhlmann, Lava Man was claimed from those owners for $50,000 at Del Mar last August. He has subsequently won 3 of 10 starts for STD Racing Stable and Jason Wood and trainer Doug O'Neill.