02/28/2002 12:00AM

Officer's brother tops of Cal-breds at sale


Barretts president Gerald McMahon said that the March auction is developing a wider base of California-bred bloodstock, and that could attract more Golden State owners and trainers to the sale. But that's not to say that those Cal-breds can't compete on the national scene, as illustrated by the list of Barretts March graduates.

One catalog page that is sure to be tabbed by nearly every bidder on the grounds is for Hip No. 106. He's a full brother to Grade 1 Champagne Stakes winner Officer, whom Prince Ahmed bin Salman's The Thoroughbred Corp. bought at Barretts March last year. Officer's full brother, already named And a Gentleman, is part of the River Edge Farm consignment. He is by Bertrando, out of St. Helens Shadow, a stakes-winning Septieme Ciel mare.

Other notable California-bred lots include:

* Hip No. 22, a General Meeting half-sister to California champion older mare Avenue of Gold, offered by the Jerry Bailey Sales Agency.

* Hip No. 34, Havens Bloodstock Agency's Bertrando colt out of Irregardless, who is a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Luv Me Luv Me Not and to the dam of Grade 2 winner Baptize.

* Hip No. 39, River Edge's Tale of the Cat half-brother to Grade 2 winner Blue Jean Baby and two other stakes performers.

* Hip No. 95, a full sister to California stakes winner King Excess offered by Future Farm, agent.

* Hip No. 125, an In Excess (Ire) half-sister to two-time Cal-bred champion and Grade 2 winner Cover Gal.

* Hip No. 143, River Edge's Benchmark colt out of the Pirate's Bounty mare Boundless Wisdom, a full sister to Grade 3 winner Bountiful Native and a half-sister to Grade 1-placed and stakes winner True and Blue.

* Hip No. 154, an Anziyan colt, the first foal out of stakes winner and graded-placed Code Love, offered by Creston Farms.