10/30/2008 11:00PM

Plenty of quality statebreds for sale


The November breeding stock sales in Kentucky this month will include a California-bred millionaire, a Grade 1 winner bred in California, and a half-sister to one of the finest statebreds in history.

Between Sunday's Fasig-Tipton selected fall mixed sale and the 15-day marathon Keeneland sale that begins on Monday, there are nearly 100 California-breds available. Several truly belong in sales with international attention.

Sunday's Fasig-Tipton sale includes three prominent older females bred in California - Memorette, Overly Tempting, and Somethinaboutlaura.

Memorette, who sells in foal to Empire Maker, earned $896,753 in her career, winning three stakes, including the Grade 2 Beverly Hills Handicap in 2007. Overly Tempting earned $286,693 and placed in three stakes.

Somethinaboutlaura was a fixture in California stakes for fillies and mares from 2005-07. She earned $1,129,365 before being retired earlier this year. A 6-year-old, she sells in foal to Stormy Atlantic after a career of 18 wins in 34 starts, and 14 stakes wins.

The Keeneland November breeding stock sale that begins on Monday has 96 California-breds, most of whom are broodmares.

The most visible broodmares sell in the first few days. The first California-bred through the ring is La Feminn, who won 6 of 8 starts and $366,438. A three-time stakes winner, she sells in foal to Dixie Union.

Romance Is Diane, the winner of the Grade 1 Hollywood Starlet in 2006, sells on Monday, less than a month after her most recent start, a second against males in the California Cup Classic. A 4-year-old filly, Romance Is Diane has won 5 of 16 and $712,718. She sells as a racing or broodmare prospect.

Other California-bred broodmares offered at Keeneland include Tizsweet, a 10-year-old sister to Tiznow, a leading sire and the winner of the Breeders' Cup Classic in 2000-01; Gentle Charmer, the winner of the 2007 California Cup Distaff; and the stakes-placed Andover the Cash.

Lucky Primo done till 2009

Lucky Primo, the winner of the California Cup Juvenile last month and one of the top 2-year-old state-bred males, will not race again this year.

Trainer Marty Jones said that Lucky Primo was turned out earlier this week.

"We're giving him a little break and we'll bring him back as a 3-year-old," Jones said. "I'll give him about 30 days."

Jones said that Lucky Primo was not injured. Owned by breeder Joshua Litt, Lucky Primo has won 2 of 4 of $119,104. He was third in the I'm Smokin Stakes at six furlongs for statebreds at Del Mar on Sept. 1 in his stakes debut.

In the California Cup Juvenile at 1o1/16 miles, Lucky Primo rallied from sixth in a field of 13 to win by 1o1/2 lengths. The colt, by Atticus, is expected to race during the upcoming Santa Anita winter-spring meeting, Jones said.

Barretts shortens training preview

Barretts has announced that its March sale of 2-year-olds in training in 2009 will have only one training preview, a shift from recent years when two training previews were conducted.

The training preview will be held on March 5, five days before the sale is conducted on Tuesday, March 10.

In a statement, Barretts president Jerry McMahon said the move to a one-preview format will allow the sale company more flexibility in re-scheduling in the event of poor weather.

There may be a restriction on the use of whips at the training preview. McMahon said in a statement that discussions are being held among the companies that hold the leading 2-year-olds sales in the nation - including Fasig-Tipton, Keeneland, and Ocala Breeders' Sales - about uniform rules for whip use in training previews.