The Barretts October mixed sale ended Tuesday in Southern California with big increases in gross revenue and average price. The number of horses sold and the median price also rose significantly.
The 423 horses sold during the two sessions grossed $3,176,600 and averaged $7,510. Compared to a year ago, the number sold and gross grew by 20.9% and 73.2% respectively, and the average increased by 43.3%. The median advanced by 9.4%, from $3,200 in 2001 to $3,500 this year.
The top price for the second session and the entire sale was the $145,000 brought by Day Jewels, a 10-year-old stakes-winning daughter of Slew o' Gold. Consigned by Betty Mabee's Golden Eagle Farm, the mare was purchased by Magali Ventures. A half-sister to Sapling Stakes (gr. II) winner Big Sur (by Alydar), Day Jewels was produced from the Lyphard mare Laday. Day Jewels' second dam, Sale Day (by To Market), captured the 1968 Spinster Stakes. She produced English group I winner Sporting Yankee and French group III winner Amazer, who also captured the 1978 Yellow Ribbon Stakes. Amazer is the dam of 1988 Yellow Ribbon Stakes (gr. IT) winner Delighter.
Golden Eagle Farm was the top consignor in terms of gross receipts, collecting $1,174,200 for the 58 horses it sold.