A lovely daughter of Silver Deputy topped the 2008 Barretts March select 2-year-olds in training sale March 12 at Hinds Pavilion at Fairplex Park in Southern California.
Kentucky-based bloodstock agent John Moynihan purchased the filly for $800,000 on behalf of wine mogul Jess Jackson’s Stonestreet Stables. The bay filly was consigned by the Jerry Bailey Sales Agency, agent. Moynihan, again acting on behalf of Jackson, also nabbed the sale’s top-priced colt when he spent $650,000 for a son of first-year sire Sir Cherokee from the consignment of Niall Brennan, agent.
For the one-day sale, Barretts reported 73 horses sold for $12,996,000. The average was $178,027 and the median $110,000. The buy-back rate was 44.7%.
Compared to key figures from the 2007 auction, the number of horses sold dropped 17% from the 88 sold last year, while the gross fell 32.8% from $19,340,000. The average decreased 19% from $219,773 while the median fell 25.4% from $147,500. Last year’s buy-back rate was 41.3%.
“The numbers don’t look great but we were kind of anticipating that as far as gross is concerned,” said Gerry McMahon, president and general manager of Barretts Equine Limited. “I thought it was a pretty lively market overall, in terms of trying to keep together the gross numbers. Losing key horses along the way and not ending up with something really high at the top (hurt us in the end), but it felt fairly strong to me throughout the day. I could not have been happier with the buyers here.”
Bred in Kentucky by Liberation Farm, Brandywine Farm, and Oratis, the sale-topping filly was produced from the Cox’s Ridge mare Duchess Kiss and is a half-sister to Italian group winner As You Like.
“I thought by far she was the best filly here,” Moynihan said of the sale topper. “I thought, oddly, that she could top the sale and I told Mr. Jackson that. She is just gorgeous and Jerry Bailey has loved her from day one. He thought she was one of the best fillies that he has ever had and she is by Silver Deputy who is great broodmare sire and she looks like she will run far. She was just really nice.”
Bailey and partner Lance Robinson, under the name of Gulf Coast Farm, purchased the filly for $210,000 at the 2007 Keeneland September yearling sale. “She had a great shoulder,” Bailey said when asked what attracted him to the filly as a yearling.
“We were expecting her to do what she did and you are always pleased when they do that,” Bailey said. “She was a very good filly and I am glad that other people appreciated her as much as we did.”
During the auction’s first video preview day March 4, the filly clocked an eighth of a mile in :10 1/5 and did not breeze during the second under tack show March 10.
The strapping son of Sir Cherokee was bred in Kentucky by Tom Evans, Macon Wilmil Equines, and Marjac Farm. Produced from the Dehere mare Candytuft, the colt is a half-brother to 2007 champion sprinter Midnight Lute.
Mike Ryan purchased the colt for $150,000 at the 2007 Keeneland September yearling sale on behalf of a pinhooking partnership put together by Ryan and Brennan.
Brennan said one of the reasons he targeted the Barretts sale with his colt was because of Midnight Lute, who is trained by Southern California conditioner Bob Baffet. “We thought he would be our big colt out here and we thought he would fit this market,” he said. “He is a hell of a colt and he sold himself. He is just a push button colt, very intelligent, just class all of the time.”
The colt breezed an eighth of a mile in :10 1/5 during the first under tack show March 4 and did not work back during the second under tack show March 10.
“I thought he was the horse, really, really nice,” Moynihan said. “He is a half to a champion. What I loved about him was that he looked like a good Cherokee Run, I never saw the sire (Sir Cherokee, a son of Cherokee Run), but he looked like a really good Cherokee Run. Niall loved him and he was good and sound.”
A three-time stakes winner, Sir Cherokee won the 2003 Arkansas Derby (gr. II). He stands at Crestwood Farm near Lexington where his 2008 stud fee is $7,500.
The third highest-price, at $600,000, went for a son of Seattle Fitz, out of the Whiskey Wisdom mare Whiskey Babe. Consigned by Scanlon Training Center, agent, the dark bay or brown colt was sold to Mike Ryan, agent.