DEL MAR, Calif. (May 20, 2015) -- In 1957, John Mabee bought his first two horses for $6,000 at a yearling sale conducted at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club where he would later become president, board chairman and spearhead for a $80 million rebuilding in the 1990’s. He directed the same passion and determination to the Thoroughbred breeding industry, transforming an undeveloped plot of land in Ramona to the world-renowned Golden Eagle Farm. In 1991, 1997 and 1998, John and Betty Mabee earned Eclipse Awards as the nation’s leading breeders, reigned as North America’s leading owner and breeder by money won in 1992 and topped the California breeders’ earnings list for 19 consecutive years. Golden Eagle Farm developed a reputation of developing broodmare families that were both deep and rich in quality.
With the closing of Golden Eagle Farm last fall, the seven 2-year-olds in training and one unraced 3-year-old cataloged to sell at Barretts May Sale to be held on Thursday, May 28th at Del Mar will be a closing chapter in a remarkable success story which also began at Del Mar. Adrian Gonzalez’s Checkmate Thoroughbreds will act as agent for the Golden Eagle Farm “partial dispersal” which presents an unique opportunity to buy into families that were developed by Golden Eagle Farm. This consignment includes horses by stallions Colonel John (G1), Lookin At Lucky (G1), Malibu Moon, More Than Ready (G1) and Stormin Fever(G3) from the immediate families of such top class runners as American Pharoah (G1),Broom Dance (G1), Condo Commando (G2), Macho Macho (G2), Storm Wolf (G2) and Westerly Breeze (G2), as well as Golden Eagle home-breds Designed for Luck (G1), Fantastic Look (G1), Favorite Funtime (G1), Man From Eldorado (G2), River Flyer (G1),Victory Ride (G1) and Yearly Report (G2)
The complete catalog for the Barretts May Sale of Two-Year-Olds in Training and Horses of Racing Age can be viewed at http://www.barretts.com/sales/Catalogs/catmay2015/catalogTABLE.asp.
This auction of 156 head will be held on Thursday May 28 beginning at 1:00 p.m. and is the first of four auctions to be held this year on the grounds of the Del Mar Racetrack in Del Mar, California.
The May Sale catalog is also available for your Ipad. Click here for details. http://www.equineline.com/SalesCatalogApp/
The official training preview is scheduled to be held on Tuesday, May 26 on the Del Mar Racetrack beginning at 10:00 a.m. The preview will be streamed live at http://www.barretts.com/sales/ViewSale/index.asp Video clips for each preview can be viewed on-line by the morning following the preview at www.barretts.com.