A daughter of Forestry turned in the fastest eighth of a mile work March 10 at Fairplex Park during the second and final under tack show for the Barretts March select sale of 2-year-olds in training. Consigned by Scanlon Training Center, agent, the gray or roan filly covered the distance in :10. During the first breeze show March 4, she worked the same distance in :10 2/5.
“Her work today put her right in the hunt (of the top fillies in the sale),” said David Scanlon. “She is a real pretty filly, just very nice to look at.”
Bred in Kentucky by Richard and Katherine Elam, the filly was produced from the Holy Bull mare Holy Bubbette and is the first foal out of her dam. BG Stables originally purchased the filly for $170,000 at the 2006 Keeneland November mixed sale. She was then sold to George Bolton for $240,000 at the 2007 Fasig-Tipton New York Saratoga select yearling sale.
Under near perfect California weather, the second breeze show featured fewer horses than the first, which is not unexpected. Working horses only once prior to a 2-year-old in training sale has become an industry trend that has been accepted by buyers and consignors.
“It is a trend in terms of consignors focusing on the first show and when their horse does what they expect it to do they tend not to bring them back for the second show and that seems to be acceptable to the buyers,” said Gerry McMahon, Barretts Equine Limited president and general manager. “The industry has had its share of criticism of overtraining horses, and I think the consignors are aware of that. And along that same token, I think horses that are sound and consignors who think they can do better than they did in the first one, they tend to come back for the second.”
A daughter of Officer and a son of Formal Gold shared the fastest workout for a quarter of a mile, each posting times of :21 2/5. Both are consigned by John Brocklebank and Shane Chipman’s B.C. 3 Thoroughbreds.
The dark bay or brown daughter of Officer was bred in Kentucky by JMJ Racing Stable. Produced from the Victory Gallop mare Hot Chipotle, Mayberry Farm originally purchased her for $90,000 at the 2007 Keeneland September yearling sale. The filly is from the family of champion sprinter Housebuster and grade II winner Quero Quero. The daughter of Officer worked the same distance in :21 4/5 during the first breeze show.
The chestnut California-bred son of Formal Gold was bred by Tom and Nancy Clark’s Rancho San Miguel.
Produced from the Out of Place mare Squire Out Front, the colt was originally sold to Twin V Farm for $16,000 at the 2007 Barretts January sale. He then was purchased by Southern California trainer Brian Koriner for $92,000 at the 2007 Barretts October yearling sale. The colt worked a quarter mile in :21 4/5 during the March 4 breeze show.
The Barretts sale is March 12, beginning at 2 p.m, with live coverage on HorseRacing TV. HRTV's Scott Hazelton, Millie Ball, and Becky Witzman will be on hand to provide insight and interviews throughout the sale.