Ciaran Dunne's Wavertree Stable has enjoyed big success at Barretts juvenile sales in recent years, selling the March toppers in 2009, 2010 and 2012, as well the topper of last year's May Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training. Wavertree was back at it Monday evening at the Hinds Pavilion at Fairplex Park in Pomona, California, topping the most recent edition of the May Sale with a $300,000 Master Command colt. Bloodstock agent Brett Lindenbaum, one of the principals of the racing partnership Summit Racing LLC, signed the winning slip.
The Kentucky-bred colt, who was produced by the 11-year-old stakes-placed Grinch (Salt Lake), represented a considerable return on the $37,000 that Dunne paid for him as a yearling at Keeneland September. The chestnut was consigned as hip 9 and breezed an eighth in :10 flat at the under-tack show.
According to the Summit website, Lindenbaum has assisted in the acquisition of Grade I winners as Tough Tiz's Sis, Cry and Catch Me, Sinister Minister, and Downthedustyroad.
Overall, 69 horses sold for $2,986,500. The sale average of $43,283 was up 15.7% from last year's corresponding figure of $36,466 (which included the sale of a one horse-of-racing age). The $23,000 median was up a similar 15%, from $20,000. A total of 16 horses failed to meet their reserves, equating to an RNA rate of 18.8%. For complete results, visit www.barretts.com.