Barretts Sale Ends With A Record-Setting Bang

The Barretts May sale of 2-year-olds in training concluded it's two-day run Tuesday by recording its highest prices ever for a filly and a colt.

A daughter of French Deputy--West Forty Two became the most expensive horse ever sold at the auction when she brought $375,000 from trainer Bruce Headley and Jess Jackson. They purchased her from Paula Capestro Bloodstock, agent. The record-priced colt was a son of Gilded Time--Champaigne Amelia that was purchased for $335,000 by Gregg Alsdorf and trainer John Sadler of La Cresta Farm from Terry Oliver, agent.

In all, 236 juveniles sold for a gross of $7,816,600, an average of $30,452, and a median of $17,000. In 2002, 226 juveniles sold a gross of $6,411,600, an average of $28,370, and a median of $17,000. In last year's sale, there were additional yearlings and horses of racing age sold in conjunction with the two dispersals that were offered. The figures for all the 271 horses sold were a sale record gross of $7,507,000, an average of $27,701, and a median of $16,000.

The biggest spender this year was California-based bloodstock agent Bruno De Berdt, who paid $565,000 for seven head..

The leading consignor was Donna M. Wormser, who sold 20 head for a total of $786,900.