Cal-Bred Enhancements Could Boost Barretts

With California-breds dominating the Barretts October yearling sale catalog, buyers looking to take advantage of the recently announced Cal-bred stakes additions will have plenty of choices. Barretts is offering a catalog of 253 yearlings over the two-day sale Oct. 11-12.

The new Golden State Series will begin in 2012, with $2.325 million additional purse money for stakes purses for 2-year-olds and 3-year-olds bred or sired in California. Existing stakes will receive purse enhancements, and six new stakes races are being created.

“The new program is just fantastic,” said Kim Lloyd, Barretts’ vice president of sales. “It will give us an opportunity on both sides of the ledger with fillies and colts.”

Lloyd added that the bonuses already paid to California-bred winners of maiden races in Northern and Southern California have increased the demand for state-bred horses.

Cal-breds by many of the leading California sires will be offered at the yearling sale, as well as state-breds by some Kentucky stallions. Perennial leading California sire Unusual Heat has several cataloged, as do such leading state sires as Tribal Rule, Benchmark, Kafwain, Bertrando, Swiss Yodeler, and In Excess.

Kentucky stallions represented include Horse of the Year Curlin , champion sprinter Midnight Lute , and champion juvenile War Pass, all with foals from their first crops. Established sires such as Candy Ride , Leroidesanimaux, and Awesome Again  also have offspring in the catalog.

The families of many Cal-bred champions will be offered. Havens Bloodstock Agency, which has one of the largest consignments in the catalog, has consigned Hip No. 15, a son of Storm Wolf and a half brother to 2003 California Horse of the Year Joey Franco.

Unusual Heat is the sire of Hip No. 52 from the Harris Farms consignment. The filly is a full sister to stakes-winning Medzendeekron. Unusual Heat is the broodmare sire of Hip No. 111 from the West 12 Ranch consignment. The filly is by Marino Marini out of multiple stakes winner Thermal Ablasion, a daughter of Unusual Heat.

The Kentucky-bred horses in the catalog include Hip No. 45, consigned by Special T Thoroughbreds. The colt is a half brother to Barretts Juvenile Stakes winner Seattle Ruler, who is also graded stakes-placed.

River Edge Farm’s consignment includes Hip No. 184, a daughter of After Market out of Feverish, both earners of more than $900,000. Feverish won the grade II Bayakoa Handicap and is a full sister to stakes winner Blonde Beauty.

Lloyd said he was pleased not only with the physical strength of the horses in the catalog, but also by the support Barretts has received from the state’s breeders.

“We think we have the best yearling catalog ever,” he said. “I think people who are staying in the breeding business are going for more quality.”

In 2010, yearlings at the Barretts sale averaged $14,128. The sale also changed formats, from a one-day sale to an evening session followed the next day by a daytime session.

“We’ve had a lot of luck with our night sessions,” said Lloyd, “and it carries over into the day session.”

The Oct. 11 session will begin at 7 p.m., with the Oct. 12 session starting at 11 a.m. The sale will be conducted at the Hinds Pavilion at Fairplex Park in Pomona, Calif.