Barretts Gross Up; Average, Median Decline

A War Chant colt, a Gone Astray filly, and mare Stormy Gigi topped sale at $50,000.

With an increase in catalog size, more horses were sold and the gross increased at the Jan. 26 Barretts January mixed sale, which experienced declines in average and median.

Barretts reported 248 horses were sold for a total $2,104,800, representing increases of 10.7% and 8.2%, respectively, when compared with the 224 horses that grossed $1,994,900 last year. The average of $8,487 was down 2.25% from the $8,683 average in 2014, and the median fell 7% from $5,350 to $5,000.

The 77 horses not sold represented a 23.7% RNA rate, compared with 17% last year.

A 2-year-old War Chant colt, a 2-year-old Gone Astray  filly, and Stormy Gigi, a 9-year-old daughter of Storm Boot in foal to Kodiak Kowboy, were each sold for the sale's top price of $50,000.

The Kentucky-bred War Chant colt, consigned by Mary Knight, was purchased by Bruno De Berdt, agent. Produced from the Bernardini  mare Primp, a daughter of multiple grade II winner Runway Model, the colt descends from the female family of graded winners Southern Honey and Lucky Player.

The filly from the first crop of millionaire multiple grade II winner Gone Astray was bought by Rozamund Barclay from the H&E Ranch consignment. The Florida-bred produced from the winning Smart Strike mare Striking T is a half sister to stakes-placed Cambiata.

Ron Stolich purchased Stormy Gigi from the Havens Bloodstock consignment. Produced from the stakes-winning It's Freezing mare Antifreeze, the dam of grade II winner Force Freeze and multiple stakes winner Barber, Stormy Gigi is the dam of G. G. Ryder, second-place finisher in the 2014 Berkeley Handicap (gr. III) who has earned $220,794.

The sale included the complete dispersal of Karen and Mickey Taylor, whose successful racing involvement included Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew (in partnership with Jim and Sally Hill). Top price for a Taylor dispersal offering, consigned by Special T Thoroughbreds, was the $43,000 paid by Jeff Bonde for Council Rules, a 3-year-old winning daughter of Council Member produced from the winning Fast Play mare Playful Sara.