05/13/2014 8:53AM

Barretts: May juvenile sale posts declines


The Barretts May 2-year-olds in training sale on Monday could not keep up the momentum set by the auction company’s March juvenile sale, posting declines in gross and average.

A total of 70 horses sold during the one-day auction for revenues of $3,031,500. That marked a 38 percent decline compared with the 2013 edition of the Barretts May sale, where 88 juveniles changed hands for a combined $4,869,200.

The average sale price dropped 22 percent, from $55,332 to $43,307, while the $30,000 median was unchanged from last year. The buyback rate of 23 percent increased slightly from 19 percent in 2013.

Leading the sale was Long Hot Summer, a Street Boss filly who sold for $260,000 to recently retired trainer Mike Mitchell, as agent.

Bred in California by Harris Farms and Donald Valpredo, Long Hot Summer is the first foal out of the multiple stakes-winning Stormy Atlantic mare Hotlantic, and is from the family of stakes winners Special Power and So Cozy. Monday was the first time the filly had sold at public auction.

Long Hot Summer completed a one-furlong breeze in 10 seconds during Barretts’s presale under-tack show on Friday at Fairplex Park. The filly was consigned by McCarthy Bloodstock, agent.

A son of newly minted Kentucky Derby sire Lucky Pulpit was bought for $150,000 by trainer Peter Miller, as agent, for the sale’s second-highest price. Named Lucky Logan, the colt breezed two furlongs in 21 2/5 seconds during the under-tack show. The California-bred sold for $37,000 as a yearling during the Barretts October sale last fall, and was consigned on Monday by Ciaran Dunne’s Wavertree Stables, as agent. He is out of the unraced Tale of the Cat mare Treed Cat and is from the family of Grade 1 Arlington Million winner Golden Pheasant.

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