Indian Charlie Colt Fastest of Barretts Juvenile Workouts

A son of Indian Charlie with a long, ground-gobbling stride was among the standouts Sunday at Fairplex Park during the second and final under tack show for the Barretts March select sale of 2-year-olds in training. The bay colt worked the fastest eighth of a mile, covering the distance in :10.0.

The time was a significant improvement from the colt's :10.3 clocking during the auction's first under tack show on March 7.

"He probably needed a work over the track," said consignor Allen Jenkins of H.T. Stables. "I don't work my horses that often, and my horses sometimes won't work as fast as most people's (during the first under tack show); it's just natural ability. I think having one (previous) work over the track made the difference. He was pretty special, I thought."

Produced from the 12-year-old Turkoman mare Tupelo Belle, the colt Is a half-brother to Mister Fanucci (by Announce), a champion imported 2-year-old colt in Puerto Rico. The quick worker also is from the family of Eclipse Award-winning sprinter Speightstown .

Fred Caudill bred the Indian Charlie colt in Kentucky. In 2002 as a weanling, the colt brought $150,000 from Gage Hill Stables at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale. Last year, he was a $125,000 buy-back at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July Select Yearling Auction.

Three horses shared the fastest clocking at a quarter of a mile, :21.1. They were a Kissin Kris-Kafaf filly, consigned by Kirkwood Stables, agent; a Point Given-Merengue colt, consigned by Wavertree Stables, agent; and an Indian Charlie-Pulaski Countess filly, consigned by B.C.3 Thoroughbreds, agent. The Indian Charlie filly completed the first furlong of her work in :9.9. The Kissin Kris filly and the Point Given colt were clocked in :10.0 and :10.1 respectively.

A member of his sire's first crop, the Point Given colt showed dramatic improvement from the first under tack show, when he blew the turn and finished up the quarter in a slow :22.1.

"He was just going so fast he forgot to turn," said Ciaran Dunne of Wavertree. "It was the first time he had ever been set down to run, and I think it just never occurred to him to turn when he got there."

The weather conditions during the under tack show were cool and cloudy, with an occasional light breeze. A misty rain fell for part of the day in Southern California. Consignors and sale company officials said the track was as not as fast as it was for the first under tack show, when four horses breezed an eighth in under 10 seconds and a Songandaprayer-Whataknight colt named What a Song worked a quarter in :20.6, believed to be the fastest time ever for that distance at a juvenile auction.

Prominent buyers attending the second and final under tack show included Sheikh Mohammed's bloodstock manager John Ferguson and Irish agent Demi O'Byrne.

The Barretts sale is scheduled for Tuesday, beginning at 2 p.m. (PST).