10/11/2007 11:00PM

Siblings did so well that Peacock bought third one

EmailARCADIA, Calif. - With a $310,000 investment last month, owner Cecil Peacock will try to continue a tradition in coming years.

Peacock paid that much for a California-bred filly by In Excess at last month's Keeneland September yearling sale. The filly is a half-sister to two stakes winners Peacock has campaigned in recent years - Brother Derek, the winner of the 2006 Santa Anita Derby, and Don'tsellmeshort, a three-time stakes winner.

The yearling filly is at Ballena Vista Farm in Ramona, Calif., where she is being broken, according to trainer Dan Hendricks. Next year, the filly will join Hendricks's stable in Southern California.

"She's a good-sized, sturdy filly that has a residual value," Hendricks said. "The downside is minimal."

Peacock's purchase was the top price paid for a California-bred yearling at the Keeneland sale. A California-bred filly by More Than Ready was purchased for $160,000 by Nicoma Bloodstock, agent for George Strawbridge, and will race on the East Coast next year.

Meanwhile, the two leading yearlings from the California October yearling sale at Barretts on Oct. 2 are on different paths. A Friends Lake colt that topped the sale for $150,000 is in Utah being prepared for the Barretts March sale of 2-year-olds in-training. A Swiss Yodeler filly that topped the sale for $140,000 was purchased by Bill Peeples and will eventually be trained by Adam Kitchingman.

Peacock's filly was bred by Mary Caldwell and is out of the Siyah Kalem mare Miss Soft Sell. Caldwell bred Brother Derek and Don'tsellmeshort.

Hendricks said that he and Peacock will take their time with the In Excess filly.

"She's a late foal and we won't rush into breaking her," Hendricks said. "She'll be broke and turned out and return to training in the early part of next year."

Hendricks did not attend the Keeneland sale, and was advised by Russell Drake, the manager of River Edge Farm in Buellton, Calif.

"I had Russell Drake, who foaled most of Miss Soft Sell's babies, look at her," Hendricks said. "I trust him with buying yearlings."

Strawbridge's More Than Ready filly will be broken in Florida and trained by Graham Motion, according to Headley Bell of Nicoma Bloodstock.

Bell said he was attracted to the filly because of her bloodlines. Bred by Golden Eagle Farms, the filly is out of Jeweled Lady, a sister to General Challenge ($2,877,178) and Western Hemisphere ($417,575).

Even though the filly is a California-bred, she will be raced in the East, Bell said.

"We like the family quite a bit and we try not to be influenced by that as much as the family and the pedigree," Bell said of her status as a California-bred.

The Friends Lake colt has been sent to John Brocklebank to be broken and prepared for the March sale, according to Bruno De Berdt, who bought the colt on behalf of a partnership.

In March, the colt will be part of the B.C.3 Thoroughbreds consignment of Brocklebank and Shane Chipman.

"He had the type of athleticism that horses need to take it to the next level," De Berdt said. "If something happens we could put him in the May sale. He looks early and I think he'll fit in the March sale."

De Berdt said the colt has started galloping.

"Everything we offer for resale, we want them to have a good foundation," he said. "It's better to be on a controlled exercise program than letting them just run around in a field."

Kitchingman said the Swiss Yodeler filly is likely to debut at Hollywood Park, with an eye on stakes at Del Mar next summer.

"She's one of the nicest fillies I've seen," he said. "Peeples bought a real nice horse. She'll come to me in February or March."