Beeper Alarm, a bay filly by General Meeting, brought the top price of $165,000 during the Barretts October preferred yearling sale Tuesday at Fairplex Park in Southern California. Consigned by Golden Eagle Farm, she was purchased by trainer Wally Dollase, agent, for $165,000. Produced from the 13-year-old stakes-winning Wild Again mare Terrys Wild, the filly is a half-sister to added money-winners Speaking of Time (by Gilded Time) and Wild and Wise (by Avenue of Flags).
Two other horses each brought six-figure prices -- an In Excess –Above the Table colt and a General Meeting -- Raw Gold colt. Bruno De Berdt, agent, purchased the son of In Excess for $130,000 from Mary Knight, agent. NW Management bougth the son of General Meeting for $100,000 from Berkey Bloodstock Services, agent for the dispersal of the Ridder Thoroughbred Stable.
In all, 215 yearlings were sold for a gross of $2,721,900, an average price of $12,660, and a median price of $8,000. The gross, average, and median were all records since Barretts started decided to conduct a yearling auction separate from its fall mixed sale in 2000. Compared to last year, the gross and median were up by 22.2% and 26.1%, respectively. The median grew by 18.5%. The buy-back rate fell from 26.7% last year to 23.5% this year. In 2001, 222 yearlings were sold for a gross of $2,228,300, an average of $10,037, and a median of $6,750.