10/21/2004 11:00PM

Star quality added to Barretts


The late inclusion of seven racehorses, including three major stakes winners, to this week's Barretts October mixed sale should add interest to an event that is otherwise a regional sale featuring horses of moderate value.

The two-day sale will be held Monday and Tuesday at the Hinds Pavilion at Fairplex Park in Pomona, beginning daily at 11 a.m.

Barretts announced earlier this week that the sale would include a supplemental catalog of seven horses owned by the partnership of Noctis Stable, Neil Papiano, and Steve Taub. The horses are being offered Monday and include Californian, Cheiron, and Tronare.

Californian won the 2003 Forerunner Stakes for 3-year-olds at Keeneland. Cheiron won the $250,000 Snow Chief Stakes for California-bred 3-year-olds in April, but was last of 12 in the California Cup Sprint last weekend. Tronare won the Golden Gate Breeders' Cup Handicap earlier this year on turf.

Those three sell in a consignment that includes K.O. Love, LaCosta, Panomaric, and Tough Game.

"I think they might help attract a few more people," said Barretts general manager Jerry McMahon.

Last year's October mixed sale was the largest in the 14-year history of Barretts - 782 horses. This year's catalog has 641 horses, which includes the partnership dispersal.

The larger catalog last year led to lower averages.

Of the 782 horses offered, 513 horses sold for $2,860,400, an average of $5,576 and a median of $3,200. The average fell 25 percent compared to the 2002 sale. The broodmares at the 2003 sale averaged $6,330, a decline of 23 percent.

The average price for horses of racing age was $10,961, a gain of 2 percent. Yearlings averaged $3,746, a gain of 6 percent.

The sale-topper was the broodmare Nanogram, who sold for $72,000. In 2002, two broodmares sold for $100,000 or more and the sale-topper was sold for $145,000.

The average price for horses of racing age is almost certain to rise this year, but McMahon said the fluctuations in quality from year to year in mixed sales make averages difficult to predict.

"These sales are always dependent of what's in there," he said. "The averages in a mixed sale don't mean a lot. The only place you might look at averages is weanlings and yearlings. The broodmares and racehorses averages fluctuate a lot. I don't expect real good comparisons."

The Monday session includes a large number of unraced 2-year-olds and yearlings. Barretts conducted a yearling sale earlier this month.

One 2-year-old colt that may attract attention when he sells Monday is Almost Excessive, who is by In Excess out of the stakes winner Sable Decor. Almost Excessive is a brother to the three-time stakes winner Censored and the stakes-placed Inexcessivelygood.

The broodmares form a large portion of the mixed sale, particularly Tuesday. Some of the prominent broodmares include Angi Go, who earned $437,493; a dispersal of nine broodmares owned by Stanley and Rita Bell; 38 broodmares consigned by Hideaway Farms, agent; 20 from Harris Farms, agent for Southern Nevada Racing; and 16 from Golden Eagle Farm.

Angi Go has produced Excessive Angi, an In Excess filly who was stakes placed at Fairplex Park. Angi Go, a seven-time stakes winner throughout the West, was bred to Beau Genius earlier this year and is believed to be in foal.

The stallion Super Quercus sells as Hip No. 279. Super Quercus earned $702,565 racing in France and the United States. He is best remembered as the winner of the 1999 Hollywood Derby and the 2001 Hollywood Turf Cup and Bay Meadows Breeders' Cup Handicap. Super Quercus placed in the Oak Tree Derby and was third in the Eddie Read Handicap and Del Mar Handicap.