A catalog of 170 primarily California-bred horses will be offered Aug. 14 at the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association Northern California Yearling and Horses of Racing Age Sale.
The sale, which begins at noon at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, will have progeny representing 69 stallions, most of which stand in the Golden State and are eligible for state incentives. The CTBA is providing a $500 travel allowance to out-of-state trainers or Southern California-based trainers who spend at least $2,500 at the sale.
Sale graduates that have distinguished themselves this year are Take the One O
One and My Friend Emma.
Take the One O One is a 3-year-old colt by Acclamation who Terry Knight bought for $47,000 as a yearling at the 2016 Northern California sale. The colt now races for Jay Em Ess Stable and has earned $341,181 to date. He’s won the June 2 Snow Chief Stakes at Santa Anita Park and the July 27 Real Good Deal Stakes at Del Mar.
My Friend Emma, a gelded son of Tannersmyman, sold for $1,000 to Gerardo Robles at the 2013 Northern California sale. Now 6, he’s earned $270,907 to date. This year My Friend Emma won the June 9 Albany Stakes at Golden Gate Fields and finished second May 28 in the All American Stakes (G3) at Golden Gate.
Barton Thoroughbreds, as agent, has the largest consignment at this year’s Northern California sale. The top-10 California breeder has 34 yearlings entered, of which 19 are by the farm’s the millionaire multiple graded stakes winner Champ Pegasus . The second-crop sire by Fusaichi Pegasus has been represented by Barton-bred stakes-placed Schulace and three-time winner Utah Ute, an earner of $75,825.
Barton is also offering several yearlings by Einstein as well as youngsters by Atticus, Decarchy, English Channel , Fast Anna , and Mucho Macho Man .
Shane Easterbrook’s Easterbrook Livestock Management has cataloged 21 yearlings, seven 2-year-olds, and one 3-year-old. Ten yearlings include the sale’s only Bluegrass Cat, who moved to California in 2015 and whose first Cal-breds are 2-year-olds of 2018. The Bluegrass Cat colt (Hip 52) is out of the unraced Sky Mesa mare Rose Canyon, who is a full sister to stakes winner Paloma Mesa. Easterbrook’s other yearlings are by such sires as Coil, Don’tsellmeshort, Gervinho, Mr Speaker , and Richard’s Kid .
Terry Lovingier’s Lovacres Ranch has entered 18 yearlings, five 2-year-olds, and two 3-year-olds. Several yearlings are by Empire Way, a full brother to champion Royal Delta, who stands at Lovacres near Warner Springs. Empire Way is the sire of Loving Lynda, who won this year’s Melair Stakes. Other Lovacres yearlings are by Awesome Gambler, Cyclotron, Govenor Charlie, and freshman sire Merit Man, who had his first winner Aug. 12 at Del Mar.
Sue Greene’s Woodbridge Farm, always a major consignor at the Northern sale, is bringing 17 yearlings and two 2-year-olds. Her consignment includes, as agent for Cheryl Bigon and Laura Cussins, a yearling full brother to graded winner Top Kisser, by Old Topper, as well as the only yearling by Tannersmyman, who stands at Woodbridge near Oakdale.
Woodbridge also stands Roi Charmant , who is represented by one colt in the catalog that is a half brother to Qiaona, a Cal-bred earner of $657,027 and multiple stakes winner.
Other Woodbridge entrants include two of the five yearlings by Smiling Tiger , both fillies. One of the Smiling Tigers is out of the Tannersmyman mare Tanned Refection while the other is out of stakes winner House of Grace.
Willow Tree Farm also has a Smiling Tiger filly among its seven yearlings while John Harris’ Harris Farms has two colts by Smiling Tiger. The stallion stands at Harris Farms near Coalinga. His first foals are 3-year-olds and include Spiced Perfection, winner of the 2018 Evening Jewel Stakes.
Harris also has the only yearling in the catalog from the last crop of the late leading California sire Unusual Heat. The colt is out of the winning Muqtarib mare Quickly Gone, a half sister to graded stakes winner Quick Enough.
Take the One O One’s sire, Acclamation, has two in the catalog, a colt and a filly, both consigned by Harris Farms. The colt is out of the winning Broken Vow mare Team Builder, a half sister to multiple stakes winner Lucky J. H. The filly, selling as the property of Old English Rancho, is out of the grade 3 stakes-placed In Excess mare Chosen Royalty.
Harris also has the only Ministers Wild Cat yearling in the catalog. The colt is out of multiple stakes winner Bold Roberta, who has also produced stakes-winning Cal-bred Bella Luma, also by Ministers Wild Cat.
Lucky Pulpit, another leading California sire now deceased, has one yearling in the catalog. Adrian Gonzalez’ Checkmate Thoroughbreds is offering the Lucky Pulpit filly (Hip 154), who is out of the unraced Indian Charlie mare Indivar. The mare is a half sister to stakes winner Mei Ling. The Lucky Pulpit filly is one-of the few in the catalog not a Cal-bred, having been foaled in Kentucky. However, she is registered for California-sired races.
The Checkmate consignment also includes a colt by Vronsky and out of the Unbridled mare Fasahah, who is already the dam of stakes winner Show Me Your Glory and stakes-placed Bless Idbyour Name.