01/18/2017 11:53AM

Storm Wolf filly tops juveniles at $45,000 at Barretts mixed sale

Barretts Sales
This filly by Storm Wolf selling for $45,000 was the top juvenile at Barretts mixed sale Tuesday.

A 2-year-old filly by Storm Wolf sold for $45,000 at Tuesday’s Barretts mixed sale of yearlings, 2-year-olds, broodmares, and racing prospects at the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds in Pomona, Calif.

The filly was the most expensive hip among the 2-year-olds at the sale, the first auction conducted this year in California. Patrick Sheehy, who races as Super Horse Inc., bought the filly from the consignment of Havens Bloodstock Agency, agent for Liberty Road Stables.

The Storm Wolf filly is out of Sharaiji Blossom, by Saint Ballado, and is a half-sister to Dothraki Queen, who won the Grade 2 Pocahontas Stakes at Churchill Downs in 2015 and was third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies in 2015.

Overall, 125 horses sold for $995,800, an average of $7,966, according to sale-company figures. The median price was $3,700, with 36 horses listed as bought back and 31 withdrawn, Barretts reported. The number sold fell 12.5 percent from the 143 sold last year, while the gross declined 16.1 percent from $1,188,000 and the average was down 4.1 percent from $8,308.

The most expensive hip listed as sold was the 6-year-old Cautious Giant at $57,000. A gelding by Giant Causeway, Cautious Giant was third in the Grade 2 Kona Gold Stakes at Santa Anita last May.

Trainer Kristin Mulhall signed the ticket and races Cautious Giant in partnership. She said on Tuesday evening that Cautious Giant was bought back and that she and her partners will continue to race the gelding. Mulhall said the partnership hoped to attract a bid of at least $70,000.

Cautious Giant will be considered for an optional claimer for his next start and could race for a $62,500 claiming price, Mulhall said.

“I want to get something a little easier and get his confidence back up,” she said.

Racing prospects led the sale, with 15 selling for an average of $12,020, while 29 yearlings sold for an average of $9,186.

The most expensive yearling was a Lucky Pulpit colt who sold for $40,000. The colt is out of the Unbridled’s Song mare Seoul Unbridled and was purchased for $9,500 at the Keeneland November sale by a partnership called Kentucky Chrome. Havens consigned the colt at Barretts and said on Wednesday that the previous ownership group included prominent owner Bob Feld.

Barretts is holding six sales at two venues this year. Aside from Tuesday’s sale, the fall sale of yearlings and horses of racing age will be held on the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds on Oct. 17.

Four sales will be held at Del Mar – the select sale of 2-year-olds in training March 29, the May sale of 2-year-olds in training May 17, the Paddock Sale of horses of racing age July 29, and the August select yearling sale Aug. 29.

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