06/28/2004 11:00PM

Rockin the Ship brings $70K

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The Barretts June sale of 2-year-olds and horses of racing age got under way Tuesday, with a $70,000 Western Fame gelding the session's early leader. The one-day sale was to auction 212 lots.

Just an hour into the session at Fairplex in Pomona, Calif., 3-year-old Rockin the Ship got a final bid of $70,000 from Ted West. West was acting as agent on behalf of G. Chris Coleman.

That was the high price as of 5 p.m. Eastern, when 29 horses had gone through the ring.

B. C. 3. Thoroughbreds sold the gelding on behalf of Galley Farm. Rockin the Ship is a winner in two starts with earnings of $27,720.

The Barretts sale company had extended its May 7 nomination deadline to June 18 in order to collect additional entries.