Nanogram, a 6-year-old daughter of Quiet American, brought $72,000 Monday to top the opening session of the Barretts October mixed sale at Fairplex Park in Southern California. Sheila O'Callaghan purchased the bay mare from Mary Knight, agent.
Nanogram finished second in the 2001 edition of the Senator Ken Maddy Handicap (gr. III) and was third in the same race in 2002. Her dam, Nannetta (by Falstaff), captured two restricted stakes in California.
In all, 264 horses were sold for a gross of $1,531,000, which was down 4.6% from last year's first session total of $1,604,800 for the 213 horses that sold. This year's average price was $5,799, which fell 23.0% from last year's comparable figure of $7,534. The median dropped 23.8%, from $4,000 last year to $3,050 this year. The buy-back rate rose from 20.5% last year to 22.8% this year.
The sale's second and final session is scheduled for Tuesday, beginning at 10:30 a.m. (PST).