Barretts Sale Up In Average, Median

A smaller catalogue led to a lower gross, but the major indicators were positive for Barretts at its October yearling sale. Held Oct. 2, the auction showed significant gains in average and median.

Despite 129 fewer horses catalogued, the gross only dropped 17.2%, from $2,702,800 to $2,228,300. There were 462 horses catalogued a year ago and 333 for the 2001 session. The average increased from $8,580 to $10,037, a boost of 17%, while the median shot up to $6,750 from $4,200, a whopping 60.1%.

There were 81 horses listed as not sold this year, 26.7% of those that went through the ring. This number held steady from a last year, when 107 yearlings, 25.4%, received final bids unsatisfactory to their consignors.

There was one six-figure horse sold, a Bertrando colt purchased by trainer Jeff Bonde for $120,000. Consigned by River Edge Farm, agent, the California-bred colt is out of the Aloma's Ruler mare Reason to Be. The colt's dam is a half-sister to California champion mare Bountiful Native (by Pirate's Bounty) as well as True and Blue (by Hurry Up Blue), a stakes winner of $860,000.

The top-price filly, and second highest price overall, was a daughter of In Excess who brought $60,000. Consigned by Mary Knight, agent for Vessels Farm, she is a half-sister to three stakes-placed runners by Carnivalay, Alexis's David, Amy's Harold, and Shameless. The California-bred filly was purchased by Riley James.

Bonde was the leading buyer by gross. Besides the $120,000 topper, he purchased three other yearlings and spent a total of $184,000. The leading consignor by gross was Andy Havens' Havens Bloodstock, which as agent sold 32 head for $304,700. By average, the leading consignor was River Edge, which as agent sold seven yearlings for $229,500, an average of $32,,786.