10/13/2011 7:18AM

Barretts October yearling sale posts gains all around

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The two-day Barretts October yearling sale in Pomona, Calif., ended on Wednesday with an increase in gross, average and median prices compared to the 2010 sale.

Overall, 154 horses sold for $2,599,700, an average of $16,881 and a median of $9,750. The average price increased 19.4 percent from the average of $14,128 of the 2010 sale, which saw 160 horses sell for $2,260,400. The median price at the 2010 sale was $9,000.

There was optimism before this week’s sale from Barretts officials, who expected higher returns on account of higher purses and incentives for California-breds, which dominated the sale.

Two colts were purchased at Tuesday evening’s opening session for $100,000. At Wednesday’s session, held during the day, the top price was $70,000 for a Marino Marini filly.

A California-bred, the filly was purchased by trainer Mike Machowsky. She is out of the Deputy Minister mare Kiss Me Not, who has produced three winners. The filly was consigned by Havens Bloodstock, agent, who led all consignors over the two days, selling 29 horses for $430,400.

The leading colt at Wednesday’s session is by Tribal Rule and was purchased for $62,000 by Sunset Stable. The colt is out of Work the Room, by Moscow Ballet. The second dam is the multiple stakes winner Work the Crowd, who earned $644,550 in her racing career.
Sunset Stable led all buyers, acquiring five horses for $167,000.

The Marino Marini filly and Tribal Rule colt were the only horses at Wednesday’s session to sell in excess of $50,000.