Barretts’ paddock sale at Del Mar in Southern California offers a twist to the usual horses of racing age sale. Not only can buyers pick up a horse ready to run at the current Del Mar race meeting, many of these horses are eligible for a $1,000 bonus plus 25% in additional purse money.
The bonus comes from Del Mar’s “Ship and Win” program, now in its second year. The program was designed to increase the horse population for Del Mar. A horse from out of state that starts at Del Mar and has not raced in California within the past six months is eligible for the program (excluding unraced horses). In its first Del Mar start, an eligible horse will earn $1,000 plus an additional 25% of any purse money that it wins.
“This was a way to encourage horses to come to Southern California that wouldn’t ordinarily be here,” said Tom Robbins, Del Mar’s executive vice president of racing and industry relations, and the track’s racing secretary. “We picked up some new trainers last year, and we also wanted to encourage our local owners and trainers to bring in new horses.”
Barretts has cataloged 44 horses, including some unraced 2-year-olds, for the inaugural paddock sale, which will be held July 22 at 6:30 p.m. (PDT) in the Del Mar paddock. Of those, about 25 are eligible for the “Ship and Win” program, provided they don’t start in California prior to the sale.
BloodHorse.com will offer live streaming of the sale at http://www.bloodhorse.com/barrettsjuly.
Boca Bay (Hip No. 7) and Soul Warrior (Hip No. 43) are stakes winners eligible to the program. Monarch Thoroughbreds has consigned both horses. Boca Bay won the Texas Stallion Stakes at Lone Star Park earlier this year, and Soul Warrior, an earner of $659,469, won the 2009 West Virginia Derby (gr. II).
Others eligible for the bonus include the fillies Fightin Mean Mad (Hip No. 19), Mum's Joke (Hip No. 34), and Nechez Dawn (Hip No. 35). Fightin Mean Mad, consigned by SGV Thoroughbreds, won in her only start, capturing a June 20 maiden race at Arlington Park by 3 3/4 lengths. Mum’s Joke, offered by Havens Bloodstock Agency, is an allowance winner from Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races | BloodHorse.com Track Profile">Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races who finished second at Del Mar last season. Nechez Dawn, from the SGV consignment, has won two of her three races, the victories coming at Gulfstream Park and Arlington Park.
Among the local horses in the sale not eligible for the “Ship and Win” program are a couple of graded stakes-caliber mares. Mega Dream (Hip No. 30), consigned by Checkmate Thoroughbreds, won the May 27 Great Lady M. Stakes and finished second in the July 7 Royal Heroine Mile (gr. IIT) at Betfair Hollywood Park. Zafeen’s Pearl (Hip No. 40), consigned by McCarthy Bloodstock, ran third in the June 16 Vanity Handicap (gr. I) at Hollywood.