01/21/2011 3:52PM

River Edge consignment tops Barretts January Mixed Sale


Barretts in Pomona, Calif., launches its 2011 calendar Monday with the January Mixed Sale, which features a 40-horse consignment from River Edge Farm, the first phase of a dispersal of the Walter Family Trust, and scores of broodmares.

Monday’s sale is a one-day event. In 2010, the sale was a two-day event dominated by a reduction in the holdings of Jenny Craig, which accounted for $697,600 of the $2,013,000 overall gross. The sale average of $7,320 was a gain of 20 percent over 2009.

The 2010 sale saw 275 horses sold, 172 bought back, and 92 withdrawn. The buyback rate was 31 percent, which Barretts vice-president of sales Kim Lloyd said he hopes will be similar or lower this year.

“If our buyback rate stays stable, that will be OK with us,” he said. “We’re off a year when we had the Jenny Craig [horses]. We’ve got people coming in from Mountaineer Park and Canada.

“The main thing is to get them sold, to give people a chance to move horses and generate income,” he said. “It’s kind of a service sale.”

The sale, which begins at 10 a.m., also features horses of racing age, including the stakes-placed Mr. Tokyo. In addition to broodmares and horses of racing age, there are 93 yearlings and 97 2-year-olds, including eight 2-year-olds and 14 yearlings consigned by River Edge.

The stallions E Z Warrior and Gotham City are also being offered.

The Wygod family’s River Edge Farm, which conducted a significant reduction of its California-based Thoroughbreds at Barretts in October, offers 40 horses, including 14 yearlings and eight 2-year-olds.

The River Edge consignment features yearlings by Atticus, Bertrando, Tribal Rule, and Unusual Heat and 2-year-olds by Benchmark, Bertrando, Tribal Rule, Skimming, and Unusual Heat. River Edge Farm is closing in coming months.

The Walter Family Trust dispersal is handled by Tat Yakutis and features six broodmares, four racing prospects, and one 2-year-old.

Last year, the sale topper was Gentlemen’s Crown, a then 6-year-old mare who sold for $65,000 in foal to Candy Ride from the Craig reduction. In 2009, Sweetpea, a Stravinsky filly who was 4 at the time, and a 2-year-old filly by Orientate sold for a top price of $50,000.

The 2010 Craig reduction included Clubhouse Ride, the winner of the Barretts Juvenile at Fairplex Park in September and the runner-up in the Sham Stakes at Santa Anita on Jan. 15. Clubhouse Ride was purchased at the 2010 sale for $22,000. Owned by Six-S Racing Stable and Nikolas Petralia, Clubhouse Ride will continue on the Triple Crown trail with an expected stakes race in February, trainer Craig Lewis said earlier this week.

Barretts will have four sales in 2011, continuing with the March sale of selected 2-year-olds on March 21, the May sale of 2-year-olds on May 16, and the California Cup Yearling Sale on Oct. 11-12.

The catalog for the prestigious March sale is still being finalized, Lloyd said.

“We have some nice horses coming up,” he said.

Acclamation aims for Feb. 5 comeback

Acclamation, the winner of the Grade 1 Charles Whittingham Handicap at Hollywood Park last June, is nearing a comeback.

Owner-breeder Bud Johnston said Friday that Acclamation is being pointed for the $100,000 Thunder Road Handicap over a mile on turf Feb. 5 but said the distance is not ideal.

“It’s too short for him, but we need to get him started,” he said.

Trained by Don Warren, Acclamation has won 4 of 21 starts and $502,048. A 5-year-old Cal-bred by Unusual Heat, Acclamation won the Grade 2 Jim Murray Handicap last May.