05/28/2016 9:32AM

Numbers decline at Barretts May sale


A disparity between buyer and seller expectations hamstrung trade at the Barretts May sale of 2-year-olds in training and horses of racing age, with high-level buybacks driving declining figures, while a Candy Ride colt led the proceedings with a final bid of $290,000.

A total of 66 horses were reported to have changed hands Friday evening for $2,613,900, down 31 percent from the 2015 renewal, where 94 horses brought $4,216,000.

The average sale price declined 12 percent from $44,851 to $39,605, while the median fell 32 percent from $28,500 to $19,500.

The buyback rate finished at 39 percent, up from last year’s figure of 24 percent.

Two horses changed hands for $200,000 or more, equaling the number to do so last year. However, the total of five juveniles to sell for six figures was down from 11 in 2015.

Buyers and sellers appeared to struggle to find common footing at the top of the market, with half of the 10 horses to hammer for six figures being bought back, including three of what would have been the auction’s top five prices. None of the horses to hammer for $100,000 or more during last year’s sale finished under their reserves.

Prominent California-based owner Kaleem Shah was the winning bidder on the sale-topping Candy Ride colt, with the name of his daughter Sophia Shah on the ticket.

The dark bay or brown colt is out of the multiple stakes-winning Point Given mare She's Sensational, whose one winner from three foals to race is the stakes-placed Our Way, who finished second in the Sophomore Turf Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs this year. 

She's Sensational is a half-sister to multiple Grade 1 winner Lady of Shamrock, Grade 2 winner Smooth Jazz, and stakes-placed Favorite Uncle. Grade 1 winner Royal Chariot can be found deeper in the family.

Bred in Florida by Farm III Enterprises, the colt was a $140,000 purchase out of last year's Keeneland September yearling sale, then was offered at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. April sale of 2-year-olds in training but finished under his reserve with a final bid of $245,000.

Stephens Thoroughbreds, as agent, consigned the colt, who breezed an eighth in 10 2/5 seconds during the presale under-tack show.

Also of note, bloodstock agent Dennis O’Neill signed the $250,000 ticket on Milton Freewater, a debut winner and track record-setter by Creative Cause, good for the auction’s second-highest price.

The gray or roan colt was the first winner by freshman sire Creative Cause, taking an April 22 maiden race at the Los Alamitos Thoroughbred meet by a nose in a track-record 51.37 seconds for 4 1/2 furlongs. He earned a 62 Beyer Speed Figure for that effort.  

Milton Freewater campaigned as a California homebred for Dr. Mikel Harrington and Patricia Harrington. The latter was the owner and trainer of record during the colt's race.

The colt is out of the stakes-placed Swiss Yodeler mare Lovehi, who is the dam of two winners from four foals to race. He is from the family of 2009 Breeders' Cup Sprint winner Dancing in Silks, Grade 2 winner Rocky Marriage, and Grade 3 winners Gins Majesty and Super Majesty.

Because Milton Freewater had already raced, he was galloped at the presale under-tack show. He was consigned by Havens Bloodstock Agency as agent.

To view the full results from the Barretts May sale, click here.

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