03/11/2005 12:00AM

Sale juveniles flaunt talent

Multiple stakes winner Shalini was recently sent to Kentucky, where she was bred to The Cliff's Edge.

The all-important prerace workouts at Barretts last week for Tuesday's March sale of 2-year-olds in training sale included quick times from a pair of California-breds - a well-bred colt, and a filly whose sire is well known for his Quarter Horse runners.

A majority of the 163 horses remaining in the sale from the original 202 in the catalog had workouts over one or two furlongs last Monday.

The quickest time over a quarter-mile was a Florida-bred colt by Songandaprayer timed in 20.60 seconds.

The second-fastest time of 20.80 seconds was recorded by Brother Derek, a California-bred colt by Benchmark. A full-brother to Don'tsellmeshort, the 2003 California-bred champion 2-year-old male, Brother Derek was consigned by BC Thoroughbreds, agent for Timberline, an investment group.

The same connections have consigned River's Prayer, a California-bred who zipped a furlong in 9.80 seconds, the fastest time at the distance. The filly is by Devon Lane, who stood in California last year and is now at stud in New Mexico. Devon Lane has sired several Thoroughbred stakes winners in New Mexico and is the sire of Devons Signature, who was third in the All American Futurity for Quarter Horses at Ruidoso Downs last September.

Both Brother Derek and River's Prayer are being pinhooked, having been bought last fall by BC Thoroughbreds and Timberline.

BC Thoroughbreds is a partnership of John Brocklebank and Shane Chipman based at Laurel Brown Track in South Jordan, Utah.

Brocklebank declined to name the investors in the Timberline partnership. "They are investing in the business for pinhooking," Brocklebank said. "They don't have any racing interests."

Brother Derek was purchased for $150,000 at the Keeneland September yearling sale. River's Prayer was bought for $15,000 at the Barretts October yearling sale. The low price for River's Prayer surprised Brocklebank.

"She had a lot of scope to her," he said. "I was a little puzzled when the bidding stopped. Ever since we legged up on her she's acted like a nice horse."

Brocklebank said that Brother Derek and River's Prayer will not work during Monday's second pre-sale workout session. He said they emerged from the workouts without the soreness that can plague a 2-year-old working toward a sale. He said he does not feel they need to do more.

"It seems that lady luck is on our side," Brocklebank said. "Both went super. They went through their X-rays squeaky clean and that's an unusual thing in the 2-year-old business. They can get an achy shin. We've been galloping them and we'll probably just gallop them" on Monday.

There are 27 California-breds in Tuesday's sale, representing a wide variety of California-based stallions, including Benchmark, Bertrando, In Excess, and Valid Wager, as well as out-of-state stallions such as Black Minnaloushe, High Yield, Louis Quatorze, and Royal Academy.

BC Thoroughbreds and Timberline also have a California-bred Lord Carson colt who worked a furlong in 10 seconds last Monday.

Last year, BC Thoroughbred pinhooked the ill-fated Paragon Queen. Bought as a yearling for $37,000, she was sold to Bob and Beverly Lewis for $450,000. Paragon Queen was second in the Debutante Stakes at Churchill Downs last July but broke down in the Sorority Stakes at Monmouth Park last September and was euthanized.

Shalini bred to The Cliff's Edge

Shalini, the winner of three stakes in 2003, has been retired, co-owner Jim Briere said on Friday.

Shalini was bred to The Cliff's Edge in Kentucky on Friday, he said. She ended her career in January with 5 wins in 29 starts and earnings of $393,530.