Sorting Out the Top Prospects at Barretts

Buyers have been busy as bees trying to sort out the prospects from the pretenders at the Barretts March select sale of 2-year-olds in training. Following are some of the horses that were generating buzz prior to Tuesday's auction at Fairplex Park in Southern California.

Hip No. 177, a Distorted Humor  -- Tom's Cat colt named Cowtown Cat, consigned by Jerry Bailey Sales Agency, agent.
Out of a winning Storm Cat mare, this colt has graded winners Crafty But Sweet, Dewan Keys and Eleven Pleasures in his family. He worked an eighth of a mile in :10 1/5 on March 5. "He's probably getting more attention than any horse in our consignment and rightfully so, I think," Jerry Bailey said. "He had a beautiful preview. He galloped out good and did it in the right way. He's got a pedigree that could potentially make him a stallion. He's by a hot horse that's getting runners." He was listed as being sold to Gulf Coast Farms for $135,000 at the 2005 Keeneland September yearling sale, but Gulf Coast, a venture that Bailey is involved in, was his breeder.

Hip No. 47, an Exploit -- Carson Jen colt, consigned by Murray Smith, agent.
Worked a quarter in :21 1/5. "He's a good colt who's solid," Murray Smith said. "He's trained great from day one, and has been super sound. He's never missed a day. If you look at his training chart it's gallop, gallop, gallop breeze; gallop, gallop, gallop, breeze." Smith paid $100,000 for the colt at last year's Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. August yearling auction. "When I saw him in the back ring at OBS August, my head turned; I did a double take and went wow," Smith said. "He's gorgeous. I've never seen his sire Exploit up close, but this colt looks exactly like him based on the photographs I've seen."

Hip No. 41, a Distorted Humor  -- Bridge to Cross filly named Under Cover Angel, consigned by Jerry Bailey Sales Agency, agent.
A half-sister to stakes-placed Purgatory (by Devil's Bag), this filly worked a heavenly eighth of a mile in :10 flat on March 5, sharing the distance's fastest work that day with seven other horses, including Hip No. 58, a Carson City -- Cochet Cochet colt named City Snitch, who is also in Bailey's consignment. "I love her; she's been well-received, " said Jerry Bailey of Under Cover Angel. "I just believe she is going to run. She did it (her work) the right way. It wasn't one of those little old short, choppy deals. We got a fast track that day, and she's trained at the top of our fillies all year, so I wasn't surprised that she did that." As for City Snitch, Bailey said: "He's trained well all along. He has, at the farm, always had our fastest work. The other day, when he worked at Barretts, there was a horse pulling up past the gap, when it should have been pulled up in the back. He (City Snitch) kind of got focused on that horse, and he ran out when he started. In spite of that, he went :10 flat." City Snitch was listed as a $250,000 purchase by his breeder, Gulf Coast Farms, at the 2005 Keeneland September yearling sale. Yet another juvenile with a :10 eighth in Bailey's consignment is a More Than Ready  -- Lady Bellaghy filly named More Than a Lady.

Hip No. 33, an Indian Charlie -- Bit of the Bubbly colt named Past the Point, consigned by Sequel Bloodstock, agent.
"He's a big, long-striding colt," said Sequel's Becky Thomas. "He's fast because he's got the 'want to.' " His dam is an unraced daughter of A.P. Indy, but his second dam, Bedroom Blues, was a stakes winner and placed in graded events. Worked an eighth in :10 1/5. He was a $47,000 buy-back at last year's Keeneland September yearling auction.

Hip No. 17, a Richter Scale -- Ada Ruckus colt named Call Zoll, consigned by B.C.3. Thoroughbreds, agent for Timberline.
A full brother to stakes winner Quite a Ruckus, this muscular, strong-looking colt was the sale's fastest quarter mile worker, covering the distance in :20 4/5. He's an $85,000 graduate of the 2005 Keeneland September yearling sale. Other impressive B.C.3. workers included Hip No. 40, an El Corredor -- Box Office Girl colt named De Brandon Boy, who zipped an eighth in :10 1/5, and Hip No. 92, a Quiet American -- Informative Style colt named Point Blake, who turned in a :21 3/5 quarter.

Hip No. 121, a Tale of the Cat  -- Old Star filly named Upcoming Story, consigned by Sequel Bloodstock, agent.
"She's a typical Tale of Cat that's got all the speed in the world,' Sequel's Becky Thomas said. "She's always been very, very fast. She's the kind of horse that we didn't ever really breeze at home because she goes fast when you're trying to let her run long." Her dam was a group III winner in Argentina. Thomas purchased Upcoming Story for $80,000 at the 2005 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July select yearling auction. Worked a quarter in :21.

Hip No. 101, a Crafty Prospector -- Ligurian colt, consigned by H.T. Stables, agent.
His :10 1/5 work was among the fastest eighths, and his pedigree has plenty of black type. He's a half-brother to added-money winner Aspen Hill. His dam is a half-sister to grade I winner Victory Speech. Sold for $130,000 as a yearling at Keeneland last September.

Hip No. 127, a Storm Cat -- Parade Queen filly named Untouched Talent, consigned by Sequel Bloodstock, agent.
A $310,000 graduate of the 2005 Keeneland September yearling sale, Untouched Talent has "always been the fastest of the Storm Cat group that I have," said Sequel's Becky Thomas. "I thought with her having an A.P. Indy mare that she wouldn't be as fast as she is this early. She's clean and sound. I'm lucky to have her." Worked a quarter mile in :21 1/5. Her dam was a grade III winner.

Hip No. 16, a Touch Gold -- Abby Girl colt, consigned by Eddie Woods, agent for Saratoga Stable V.
A $115,000 yearling, this colt worked an eighth in :10 1/5. "He's a beautiful mover," said Eddie Woods. "He bruised a foot in the work and was out for a few days, but is now back 100%." His dam was a stakes winner that also finished second and third in grade I events in California.

Hip No. 8, an Orientate -- Whalah colt, consigned by Kirkwood Stables, agent.
By a first crop sire that was a champion sprinter, this colt lived up to his genetic promise with a :10 eighth on March 5. His second dam, Firm Stance, was a grade I winner. He is an $85,000 graduate of last year's Keeneland September yearling sale.

Hip No. 175, a Stormy Atlantic  -- Thruthelookinglass filly named Thru n' Thru, consigned by Sequel Bloodstock, agent.
"Solid" is the word Sequel's Becky Thomas used to described this filly that worked a quarter in :21 1/5. Thomas bought her for $60,000 at last year's Fasig-Tipton July select yearling sale. Thru n' Thru is a half-sister to stakes winner Double Glow (by Relaunch) and is from the family of grade I winner Is It True. According to Thomas, another filly in her consignment you might want to keep an eye on is Hip No. 135, a daughter of Chief Seattle and Polvadera named Distorted View, who worked a quarter in :21. "She can flat fly, and she's bred to go two turns," Thomas said.

Hip No. 91, an Officer -- Imp's Wild colt, consigned by Eddie Woods, agent.
"He's a lovely, big horse," said Eddie Woods. This colt's quarter-mile work in :22 didn't rank him among the fastest on March 5, but he had an excuse. "He went the first eighth in :10 2/5," Woods said, "and then he dropped in too quick and hit the rail. It turned him sideways. That was the end of that." On March 13, the colt breezed an eighth in :10 4/5. Sabine Stable bought the colt, a member of his sire's first crop, for $280,000 at last year's Keeneland September yearling sale.

Hip No. 173, a Doneraile Court -- The Church Lady colt, consigned by Wavertree Stables, agent.
Blessed with a streamlined, athletic body brightened by some flashy white chrome, this colt worked a quarter in :21 1/5 on March 5. He came March 13 with a strong gallop. Must have looked pretty good as a yearling, too, based in his $130,000 price at the 2005 Keeneland September yearling sale.

Hip No. 3, a Five Star Day -- Violet Hill colt named Phenomena, consigned by Classic Bloodstock, agent.
Worked an eighth in :10 1/5 and "did it kind of greenly," said Danzel Brendemuehl of Classic Bloodstock. "I wonder how fast he would have gone if he hadn't scooted all over the racetrack. He's a big scopy colt that looks like he'll get a distance of ground." Brendemuehl purchased him for $48,000 at the 2005 Keeneland September yearling sale.