01/23/2013 11:45AM

Barretts January sale: strong activity leads to across-the-board gains

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The positive momentum started by the first two major sales of 2013 carried over to the West Coast on Tuesday, as the Barretts January mixed sale concluded with solid gains across the key economic indicators.

A total of 184 horses were sold during the single-session auction for revenues of $1,536,100, up 56 percent compared with last year’s final receipts of $982,500 from 162 sold. The average sale price of $8,348 was a 38 percent improvement from $6,065 last year, while the median spiked 50 percent, from $3,000 to $4,500.

The sale was topped by Hi Fashioned, a 2-year-old Old Fashioned colt who sold to Rozamund Barclay for $70,000.

The gray or roan colt is out of the Zamindar mare Zamsweet, who has produced one winner from two to race. He is from the family of champion Dearly Precious and Grade 3 winner Mister Modesty.

Bred in Florida by Arlene Powell, the colt was consigned by H & E Ranch, who purchased him for $67,000 at the 2012 Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. August yearling sale. Tuesday’s transaction made Hi Fashioned the second most expensive foal out of Zamsweet, behind Zamquick, who brought $115,000 at the 2011 OBS spring two-year-olds in training sale.

The highest-priced yearling was a Pioneerof the Nile colt, who sold to Kate Sheehan, agent for $62,000.

The dark bay or brown colt is the first foal out of the winning Mineshaft mare Argenta, and is from the family of Grade 1 winner Pacific Squall and Grade 2 winner and 1980 Kentucky Derby runner-up Rumbo. Consigned by Mary Knight, agent, the colt was bred in California by Kristin Mulhall and Vicky Dimitri.

The winning Unusual Heat mare Phi Beta Heat drew the biggest price among the broodmares, purchased by H & E Ranch for $26,000.

The 6-year-old California-bred is out of the winning Ole’ mare Chi Chi Nette, who is the dam of three winners from five to race, including Grade 1-placed stakes winner Mensa Heat. She is from the family of Grade 1 winner Victory Encounter.

On the racetrack, Phi Beta Heat won one of 14 starts for earnings of $43,690. She was campaigned by her co-breeder, Madeline Auerbach.

Consigned by Harris Farms, agent, Phi Beta Heat sold carrying her first foal, by English Channel. She was offered at the 2012 Keeneland November breeding stock sale, but did not meet her reserve with a final bid of $19,000.

Arguably the highest-profile offering of the sale was 2011 Santa Anita Derby winner Midnight Interlude, who was supplemented into the January sale and offered as a stallion prospect. However, the 5-year-old War Chant horse was not sold, failing to meet his reserve with a final bid of $47,000.

Rozamund Barclay was the sale’s leading buyer, with three purchases for a total of $100,000, led by the sale topper.

Havens Bloodstock agency was the leading consignor by total sales, with 44 horses sold for a combined $272,700. The consignment was led by Princess Amelie, a 9-year-old Bertrando mare sold in foal to Benchmark, who sold to Mark S. Tatch for $20,500.

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Barretts January mixed sale: overall results

Year Sold Total Average Median
2013 184 (+14%) $1,536,100 (+56%) $8,348 (+38%) $4,500 (+50%)
2012 162 $982,500 $6,065 $3,000