Bates Motel Colt Turns In Fastest Work At Barretts

With his rider letting out a big yell just before the wire, a Bates Motel colt recorded the fastest work at an eighth of a mile Sunday during the final under tack show for the Barretts March select sale of 2-year-olds in training. He covered distance in 10 seconds flat at Southern California's Fairplex Park, eclipsing the fastest clocking of :10.1 during the first under tack show on Feb. 25.

The bay colt was produced from the winning Valid Appeal mare Chelly M., who is a half-sister to grade II winner Lucky Coin (by Chas Conerly). Consigned to the Barretts auction by Havens Bloodstock Agency, agent, the Bates Motel colt was purchased by Ford Racing at last year's Keeneland September yearling sale for $20,000.

The weather was cool and sunny for the under tack show, which attracted such major buyers as Dick Mulhall of The Thoroughbred Corp. and Irish veterinarian Demi O'Byrne. Japanese shoppers on hand included the J.S. Company, Pegasus International USA, Dr. Yuki Hayata, and the Yoshida family. British bloodstock agent Joss Collins also was in the Fairplex stands as was trainer David Hofmans. However, the crowd was not very large.

A Tale of the Cat filly was Sunday's fastest worker at a quarter of a mile, stopping the clock in 21.6 seconds. She did not breeze during the first under tack show because she got loose and ran around the track for a long time before being caught.

Consigned to Barretts by Sequel Bloodstock, agent, the filly was produced from the stakes-winning Raise a Cup mare Cup of Honey and is a half-sister to Canadian champion Truth of It All (by Proud Truth). The bay filly also is a half-sister to grade I winner I Ain't Bluffing (by Pine Bluff) and to stakes-placed Cup of Tricks (by Clever Trick), the dam of added-money winner Inside Scoop (by Proud Truth). Becky Thomas purchased the Tale of the Cat filly for $155,000 at the 2001 Keeneland September yearling sale.

Another impressive effort was turned in by an In Excess -- Video Menu filly, who equaled her eighth of a mile time of :10.1 that she posted in the first under tack show as the fastest worker. Consigned to Barretts by Havens Bloodstock Agency, agent, she is a half-sister to California champion and grade II winner Cover Gal (by Falstaff). Susan Edland purchased the In Excess filly for $70,000 at last year's Del Mar yearling sale.

Other 2-year-olds that worked an eighth of a mile in :10.1 on Sunday were a Dayjur -- Ra'a filly and a You and I -- Slewbea filly.

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