06/24/2008 11:00PM

Horse Greeley joins Claiborne


LEXINGTON, Ky. - Horse Greeley, a Grade 2-winning son of Mr. Greeley, is the latest addition to Claiborne Farm's stallion roster, the farm announced Wednesday.

The 4-year-old will enter stud in 2009 at the Paris, Ky., nursery. The farm will announce his fee at a later date.

Horse Greeley campaigned as a homebred for Martha Parfet and her late husband, Ray Parfet. At 2, he won the Grade 2 Del Mar Futurity over Great Hunter in 2006, and the following season finished third in the Grade 1 Malibu Stakes. Horse Greeley was weighted at 119 pounds on the Experimental Free Handicap of 2006, ranking him sixth. He retires with a record of 2 wins from 6 starts, 1 second, and 1 third, and career earnings of $225,460.

Horse Greeley is out of the Parfets' Grade 1-placed Storm Cat mare Chile Chatte and is from the family of Grade 3 winners Shaconage and Jadada. He is the best runner so far out of Chile Chatte, who won 4 times from 21 starts and was placed in the 1995 Hollywood Starlet Stakes and 1997 Milday Breeders' Cup Handicap.

Horse Greeley was raised at Claiborne and will stand there as the property of a syndicate.

Claiborne's stallion marketing manager, Bernie Sams, said Horse Greeley arrived at the farm about 10 days ago. His fee will probably be set sometime in the fall when Claiborne announces all its stallions' fees for the upcoming season.

Barretts down from record level

The 2008 Barretts June sale of 2-year-olds and racing-age horses had a hard act to follow. The 2007 edition featured the Meadow Creek Farm dispersal. Led by $525,000 Laddies Poker, those horses pushed the Pomona, Calif., sale to record levels.

The 2008 edition on Tuesday saw the Barretts June sale return to earth, as expected. The sale-topper, the 4-year-old Snow Chief Stakes winner Leesider, brought $40,000 on a final bid from Todd Fitch's Val-U-Chem Inc. Trainer Anthony Saavedra bid on behalf of Val-U-Chem.

The one-day auction sold 33 juveniles for a total of $250,850, down 58 percent from last year, when the session sold 62 juveniles for $593,400. This year's juvenile average of $7,602 was down by 21 percent, and the $4,200 median was down 9 percent. The buy-back rate was 25 percent.

The session's 32 older horses brought $194,200, far less than the gross of $1,086,800 for last year's group of 27. The 2008 racing-age horses' average price of $6,069 and median of $3,500 were also down dramatically from last year's $40,252 average and $5,000 median. The buy-back rate this year increased sharply, from 16 percent last year to 40 percent.

"There were certainly some bright spots," said Barretts president Jerry McMahon, "but there was not a lot of star power this year."

McMahon said Barretts would evaluate the June sale's future in the next couple of months.

"What we have to look at is whether there is a need for this market," he said. "If the 2-year-old business is expanding and the numbers are larger, then there probably is a need for the June sale. But if the 2-year-old business is not expanding, there might not be."

Adena executive returns to Kentucky branch

Eric Hamelback, most recently the assistant farm manager at Frank Stronach's Adena Springs South near Ocala, Fla., will return to Kentucky to take up the position of general manager at Adena Springs in Paris, Ky.

Steven Nicholson, the farm manager at the far-flung breeding operation's Paris division, will continue in his position while Hamelback takes on the administrative side of the farm's management.

"We're so large now, one person can't handle managing both the administrative and farm-management functions," said spokesman Mike Rogers. "So Eric Hamelback will oversee the administrative side, and Steven Nicholson will oversee the actual day-to-day running of the farm."

Hamelback first worked for Adena Springs in Kentucky in 1996, when the farm was located near Versailles. There, he was yearling manager and assistant farm manager but left to become general manager at Live Oak Stud in Ocala. He rejoined Adena at its Ocala division in 2005 and now heads to the new custom-designed Paris operation, which was completed in 2007.