05/15/2007 12:00AM

Tribal Rule colt leads at Barretts

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A Tribal Rule colt who worked a brisk quarter-mile on May 10 sold for $430,000 at Tuesday's Barretts May sale of 2-year-olds in training, the most expensive purchase in the first four hours of the one-day sale.

The colt was purchased by the owner Marsha Naify, who bid by telephone from an office on the sale grounds. Naify later said that colt will be trained by Bruce Headley, who trains many of Naify's horses.

On May 10, the Tribal Rule colt worked a quarter-mile in 20.80 seconds at Fairplex Park in a training preview. Headley advised Naify on the purchase and said that he was attracted to the colt's appearance.

A California-bred, the colt is out of the unraced Woodman mare Star of the Woods, the dam of the stakes-placed filly Meetmeinthe-woods.

The colt was consigned by Excel Bloodstock, a partnership of bloodstock agents Bruno DeBerdt and Rudy Delguidice. DeBerdt bought the colt for $60,000 at the California October yearling sale at Barretts last October.

A Street Cry colt was bought back for $450,000 from the consignment of B.C.3 Thoroughbreds, agent. Brett Kelly, who owns the colt, said he expected $800,000 for the colt, which he bought for $18,000 at the 2006 Keeneland September yearling sale.

The colt had worked three furlongs in 33.80 seconds on May 10. Kelly, a real estate developer, said the colt will be sent to trainer Neil Drysdale.