With their two juvenile sales and their mixed sale showing increases in average earlier this year and coming off the successful debut of a paddock sale at Del Mar, Barretts officials hope to conclude 2012 with a strong yearling sale. Offering a catalog of 236 youngsters, the majority eligible for California-bred and California-sired bonuses and purse supplements, the auction is scheduled for Oct. 9.
The sale is being held four days before the California Cup at Santa Anita Park, a day devoted to the state's breeding industry. The stakes that day will include the California Cup Juvenile and California Cup Juvenile Fillies, each with a purse of $250,000, enhanced as part of the Golden State Series, which was inaugurated in 2012.
"The incentives are starting to pay off in the marketplace," said Kim Lloyd, general manager of Barretts. "There seems to be a lot of demand for these horses, and we've had a lot of applications for credit."
The Golden State Series, for Cal-bred and Cal-sired 2- and 3-year-olds, includes six new stakes and purse enhancements for 10 existing stakes. The series is worth a total of $2.325 million, with the races held at Santa Anita, Betfair Hollywood Park, Del Mar, and Golden Gate Fields.
Another incentive program rewards Cal-bred and -sired horses that win a maiden special weight race with bonuses of $17,500 in Southern California and $10,000 in Northern California.
Most of the major California-based stallions have offspring in the yearling sale. Perennial leading sire Unusual Heat has 11 cataloged, including a full brother to $470,518-earning multiple stakes winner Mensa Heat, consigned by Harris Farms. River Edge Farm is offering an Unusual Heat half sister to Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) winner Brother Derek, while West 12 Ranch has a colt by Unusual Heat out of a full sister to champion sprinter Thor's Echo.
Last year, a son of Unusual Heat and Foreverinthegame (by Out of Place), sold for $49,000. Now named Gervinho, he won in his racing debut at Del Mar for owner Keith Brackpool and trainer Carla Gaines. Gervinho is entered in the inaugural Zuma Beach Stakes Oct. 8 for 2-year-olds at a mile on the turf at Santa Anita.
Tribal Rule, another major California stallion, has 17 in the catalog. Among them is a half brother to multiple graded stakes winner Liberian Freighter. Havens Bloodstock Agency has consigned the youngster as agent for Liberty Road Stables.
Lovacres Ranch has entered Willie B Awesome, a full brother to 2012 Santa Anita Oaks (gr. I) winner Willa B Awesome. A son of Awesome Gambler, the colt is out of the Nineeleven mare Cause I'm Tricky.
BTO has consigned a filly by Horse of the Year Ghostzapper . Bred in California, she is out of the stakes-winning Is It True mare Ring True.
Ghostzapper isn't the only Kentucky stallion represented in the sale. Havens Bloodstock Agency has a Cal-bred filly by leading sire Giant's Causeway out of Rachel's Star, the dam of stakes winner Citizen. Two by Tapit are also Cal-breds: a colt from the family of champion 2-year-old Gilded Time and a filly from the family of Coaching Club American Oaks, Alabama Stakes, and Spinster Stakes (all gr. I) winner Summer Guest. Both are from the Havens consignment for Liberty Road.
Millionaire Papa Clem, who stands in California and whose first foals are yearlings, has seven colts and one filly in the catalog. One of them, Mondai Mondai, consigned by Harris Farms, sports a pedigree with strong California roots. His dam, Mama Rosa, is a full sister to millionaire Unusual Suspect and $580,126-earner Golden Doc A, all three being by Unusual Heat.
The sale will begin at 1 p.m. (PDT) and will be conducted at the Hinds Pavilion at Fairplex Park in Pomona, Calif.