Two colts previewed in :09 4/5 at the under-tack preview for the Barretts March sale of selected 2-year-olds in training March 2. Those were the fastest times at the Fairplex Park five-furlong track in Pomona, Calif., where most of the horses cataloged for the March 5 sale breezed an eighth of a mile, with a few going a quarter-mile.
Many local trainers came out to watch the preview, as did other prospective buyers that included several groups from the East Coast and from Japan.
“It’s a bigger turnout than we’ve seen in recent years,” said Kim Lloyd, vice president of sales for Barretts. “I think we have half again as many as in the past. It was a larger turnout than anticipated.”
The Barretts selected 2-year-old sale is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. March 5 at the Hinds Pavilion at Fairplex.
Sons of Songandaprayer and Macho Uno clocked the fastest times. Callaway Thoroughbreds has consigned the Songandaprayer colt, hip #105. The youngster is out of the Johannesburg mare Justaspell, a half sister to stakes winner Cool Spell. The Macho Uno colt, hip #126, is being offered by Eddie Woods as agent and is out of My Goodness. A daughter of Storm Cat, My Goodness is out of of champion 2-year-old filly Caressing.
Eleven other youngsters breezed a furlong in :10, the second-fastest time of the preview. Two of those are also by Songandaprayer, while three are by Wildcat Heir. Three others are by first-crop sires: champion sprinter Midnight Lute , grade I winner Street Boss , and California-based Bedford Falls.
“The track has been consistent throughout the day, and the horses went really well,” said Lloyd.
Of the 129 horses to record a breeze at the preview, only five went a quarter-mile. Hip #41 posted the fastest quarter, :21 2/5. Sam Hendricks as agent has consigned the California-bred colt, a son of Atticus—Absolute Nectar, by Carson. He is a half brother to grade II stakes winner California Nectar.
The Barretts March sale, which usually is held later in the month after some of the major Florida 2-year-old sales, is kicking off the schedule this year. The auction has been moved up two weeks, which puts it on the Monday following a big weekend of racing at Santa Anita that includes the Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) and two other grade I events, the Las Virgenes Stakes and the Frank E. Kilroe Mile Stakes.
“It’s a natural tie-in,” said Lloyd. “It’s a great draw for owners to come out, enjoy the preview, go to the races, and then come to the sale.”