Sky Mesa Filly Tops Barretts May Sale Workers

Daughter of stakes winner Bare Dancer sprints a furlong in 9 4/5 seconds at Fairplex.

A Sky Mesa  filly sped an eighth-mile in :09 4/5, the quickest of the day at the May 11 under-tack preview for the Barretts May sale of 2-year-olds. In addition three colts breezed a furlong in :10 at the Fairplex Park five-eighths oval in Pomona, Calif.

Most of the times ranged in the :10 1/5 to :10 4/5 range as 65 youngsters breezed an eighth at the preview. Consignors also sent out several for a quarter-mile, while two breezed three-eighths.

The sale, to be held May 14 beginning at 6:30 p.m., features a catalog of 116 2-year-olds, with another eight as supplemental entries.

Ciaran Dunne’s Wavertree Stables sent out the Sky Mesa filly, a daughter of stakes winner Bare Dancer. As hip #122, the youngster is among the supplemental entries to the May sale. She most recently was an RNA at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company April 2-year-old sale. Florida-based Dunne was the leading consignor at the 2011 Barretts May sale and is a regular seller at Barretts auctions.

Wavertree also had two of the three colts who went in :10, sons of Master Command and Lion Heart. The Master Command youngster, hip #9, is out of the stakes-placed Salt Lake mare Grinch. The Lion Heart colt, hip #51, is a half brother to Willard L. Proctor Memorial Stakes winner Classical Slew. Both came out of the 2011 Keeneland fall yearling sale.

California consignor Andy Havens had the other colt to preview to run in :10 as part of his Havens Bloodstock Agency group. A son of Marino Marini, the colt, hip #60, is a half brother to two-time stakes winner Shining Nuggets.

Of the 15 to breeze a quarter-mile at the preview, two went in :21 2/5, the fastest times at the distance. Cash Asmussen’s Monarch Thoroughbreds of Texas sent out Likealovesong, cataloged as hip #77. The daughter of Dance Master is out of the Orientate mare Unostella. Becky Thomas’ Sequel Bloodstock of Florida had the other quickest quarter-mile previewer, Whatchalookinat, hip #95, a son of Horse Greeley—-Boom Boom Bertie, by Thunder Gulch.

“We expect a similar sale to last year,” said Kim Lloyd, Barretts’ general manager. “People are feeling more positive this year, and I expect that to continue.”

Complete results of the official training preview are on-line at