05/29/2015 10:00AM

J P's Gusto colt tops Barretts May sale at $230,000

Benoit & Associates
A J P's Gusto colt out of Iny Belle sells for $230,000 topping Thursday's Barretts May sale.

DEL MAR, Calif. – Led by a J P’s Gusto colt that sold for $230,000, Thursday’s Barretts May sale of 2-year-olds in training at Del Mar showed growth in several categories over the 2014 sale held at the company’s previous base in Pomona, Calif.

Barretts conducted its final sale in Pomona in February before moving its sale operations to Del Mar this spring.

Thursday’s one-day sale saw 92 juveniles sell for $4,199,000, an average of $45,641 and a median of $30,000. The number sold rose 31 percent from the 70 sold at the 2014 sale in Pomona. Thursday, the gross increased 39 percent from the 2014 figure of $3,031,500. The average rose 5 percent from $43,307 in 2014.

Thursday, there were 30 horses listed as not sold and 31 withdrawn. Separate from the 2-year-olds, there were two horses of racing age that sold for $17,000 on Thursday.

The sale was conducted in the Surfside simulcasting facility between the Del Mar racetrack and barn area. The facility was last used for a Thoroughbred horse sale in the late 1990s, for a yearling sale conducted by the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association.

Thursday’s sale was well-attended by owners and trainers, many of whom made the two-hour drive from Los Angeles.

The most expensive hip in the sale was a J P’s Gusto colt purchased for $230,000 by agent Dennis O’Neill, on behalf of Josh Kaplan and Glenn Sorgenstein of WC Racing.

Kaplan and Sorgenstein are well-known for racing Goldencents, the winner of the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile in 2013 and 2014. O’Neill said the J P’s Gusto colt reminded him of Goldencents in a quarter-mile workout in 21 1/5 seconds on the Del Mar racetrack on Tuesday. O’Neill said he timed the colt galloping out three furlongs in “32 and change.”

“It’s bizarre,” O’Neill said. “He looks a lot like Goldencents. I told those guys, ‘You have to buy this horse.’ ”

O’Neill’s brother, Doug, will train the colt, who is out of Iny Belle, a 16-year-old mare by Lord Carson. Iny Belle is the dam of the 12-time winner Smoky Belle, who was second in stakes at Fair Grounds and Prairie Meadows in 2011.

The J P’s Gusto colt has been named Chicken Hawk, but Dennis O’Neill insisted that will change.

The colt, consigned by Ciaran Dunne’s Wavertree Stables, agent, was listed as purchased for $72,000 by Avalanche Racing, from the consignment of Southern Chase Farm, agent, at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. spring 2-year-olds in training sale in April. Last summer, the colt was listed as sold for $35,000 to Greg Gilchrist from the consignment of Journeyman Bloodstock Services, agent, at the OBS August yearling sale.

A colt by Kitten’s Joy was purchased for $225,000 by Dan Kramer of La Jolla, Calif. Kramer, who was part of the partnership that raced Grade 1 winner Richard’s Kid in late 2012 and 2013, said the colt will be trained by Doug O’Neill. The colt is out of the 11-year-old mare Surpriseinthebox, by Outofthebox.

The Kitten’s Joy colt was consigned by Wavertree Stables, agent. The colt was listed as sold for $185,000 to Peter Miller, agent for Rockingham Ranch.

Dennis O’Neill was the leading buyer, purchasing two horses for $295,000. Kim McCarthy Bloodstock, agent, was the leading consignor, selling 12 horses for $668,500.