10/19/2016 2:10PM

Barretts fall sale off slightly


The Barretts fall sale of yearlings and horses of all ages finished Tuesday with mild declines in gross and average and an increased median price, led by a $190,000 yearling colt from the first crop of Smiling Tiger.

Barretts reported 174 horses sold for $2,484,000, down 2 percent from last year’s edition, where 175 horses sold for $2,534,500. The average sale price was down 1 percent to $14,276 from $14,483, while the median rose 13 percent to $7,350 from $6,500. The buyback rate finished at 38 percent, up from 32 percent last year.

Two horses changed hands for six figures on Tuesday, trailing the three to do so in 2015. The number of horses to sell for $50,000 or more rose from eight to 11.

The first crop of Smiling Tiger was well received during the Barretts August select yearling sale, and that goodwill carried into the fall sale, with Slugo Racing buying a yearling colt by the stallion for $190,000 to top the sale.

The chestnut colt is out of the Grade 3-placed stakes-winning Williamstown mare Erica’s Smile, whose six foals to race are all winners, including stakes-placed Derivative and stakes producer Sheriffa. His extended family includes Grade 3 winners Purely Cozzene and Quality Rocks.

Premier Thoroughbreds bred the colt in California and stands Smiling Tiger at its Oakdale, Calif., farm. Woodbridge Farm consigned the colt as agent.

The most expensive horse of the mixed portion, and the second-most-expensive offering of the overall sale, was War Briefing, a War Front mare who sold to Qatar Investment Group for $105,000. The 4-year-old mare sold in foal to Violence. This is her first pregnancy after an ontrack career that included three placings in seven starts for earnings of $18,302.

War Briefing is out of the multiple stakes-placed More Than Ready mare Fleet Streak, who is the dam of two starters. Bred in Kentucky by Twin Creeks Farm, her extended family includes stakes winners Falconese, Shackles, and Open Meadows and Grade 2-placed Windsong.

Checkmate Thoroughbreds consigned War Briefing as agent.