Sometimes you just get to enjoy the ride. Like the saga of All Saint, purchased for $2,700 at the 2007 Barretts Equine Ltd. October mixed sale. The gray colt just increased his winnings to $122,400, securing victories in 2 of 7 starts.
Owned by Eddie Gamez of Pomona and trained by Triphon Dahl, the colt’s first stakes win came opening day, Dec. 26, 2008, at Santa Anita’s California Breeders’ Champion Stakes. Gamez is looking forward to the next challenge when All Saint will run in the six-furlong Sunshine Millions, Jan. 24, at Gulfstream Park. Gulfstream Park has a dirt track, but Gamez said the colt can run anywhere, “He’s got speed and he’s a closer.” While the race at Gulfstream Park will be on a dirt track, not the synthetic surface he’s been running on, All Saint trains regularly on a dirt track at Fairplex Park.
Gamez has been attending Barretts’ sales for at least 10 years and all seven horses in his stable are Barretts horses. Gamez actually worked many Barretts sales, but admits he’s now seeing things from the fun side. Gamez also purchased the 8-year-old dam of All Saint at the same 2007 sale. They plan to breed the mare this year.
Barretts is the site of four thoroughbred sales annually including the esteemed March sale of selected 2-year-olds in training. Up next is the Winter Mixed Sale, Jan. 26. The catalogue can be viewed at barretts.com.
And, Gamez is right, this is the fun part.