Touch Gold Filly Establishes Barretts May Record of $330,000

Touch Silk, a filly by Touch Gold, established a record for the Barretts May sale of 2-year-olds in training when she sold for $330,000 to N.W. Management Monday in Southern California. Consigned by Jerry Bailey Sales Agency, agent for Bailey-Ellenberg select, Touch Silk was produced from the 8-year-old Naevus mare Silken Magic, who captured the Bustles and Bows Stakes at Fairplex Park (where Barretts is located) and finished second in the Sorrento Stakes (gr. II). She was bred in Kentucky by Gulf Coast Farms Bloodstock and had not previously been offered at public auction. She tied for the fastest eighth-mile preview when she worked in :10.2 on 9.

The highest priced colt was California-bred Symbolic Times (by Souvenir Copy), who was sold to Robert and Beverly Lewis for $240,000. The colt was produced from New Trends, who is a half-sister to champion My Juliet and a full sister to European group winner Lyphard's Special. Symbolic Times is a half-brother to stakes-placed Painted Avenue and Economic Trend. The colt was consigned by his breeder, Golden Eagle Farm.

In all, 117 two-year-olds sold for a gross of $3,485,000 and an average price of $29,786. The median was $18,000. Eighteen older horses that were part of the Cavanaugh Trust disperal sold for a gross of $653,000 and an average of $36,278. The totals for the dispersal were 26 horses sold for $1,142,000.

The session totals were 135 head sold for a gross of $4,138,000 and an average of $30,652. The median was $20,000. During last year's auction, which was a one-day affair, 163 2-year-olds sold for a gross of $4,437,400 and an average of $27,223. The median was $20,000.

The sale's second and final session begins Tuesday at 1 p.m. (PDT).