American Gothic Tops Opening Session Of Tattersalls Auction

Recent Irish Cesarewitch winner American Gothic brought the top price of 140,000 guineas (approximately $227,468) Monday during the opening session of the Tattersalls autumn horses in training sale in England. Jamie McCalmont of Charlie Gordon-Watson Bloodstock purchased the 4-year-old gelded son of Shirley Heights on the behalf of an Australian client. American Gothic has captured three of his 17 career races. Baronrath, Ireland, consigned him to the auction.

In all, 199 horses were sold for a gross of 2,628,600 guineas ($4,270, 870), an average of 13,209 guineas ($21,462), and a median of 8,000 guineas ($12,998). Compared to a year ago, the number sold and gross fell by 17.1% and 13.8%, respectively. But the average and median rose by 4.0% and 53.8%, respectively. In 2001, 240 horses were sold for a gross of 3,048,700 guineas, an average of 12,702 guineas, and a median of 5,200 guineas. The buy-back rate dropped slightly, from 20.8% last year to 20.1% this year.