08/14/2001 11:00PM

Del Mar sale sets records

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DEL MAR, Calif. - The Del Mar Yearling Sale set a record average price of $43,663 at the two-day event that ended at the Del Mar HorsePark on Tuesday.

Tuesday's session averaged $35,418, weaker than Monday's $52,918. Overall, the two-day average was an 18 percent increase over the previous record of $36,798 in 1999. The 2000 sale averaged $31,915.

Colts by End Sweep and In Excess sold for $100,000 on Tuesday, leading the session. Overall, 55 horses sold for a total of $1,948,000 on Tuesday. There were 16 horses bought back, or 22 percent of the horses who went through the ring.

For the two-day sale, 104 horses sold for $4,541,000, while 33 were bought back. The gross was an all-time record, surpassing last year's mark of $4,117,000 despite a smaller catalog.

The buy-back rate of 24 percent was less than the 31 percent of 2000, but higher than the 16 percent recorded in 1999.

The End Sweep colt was purchased by trainer Craig Lewis, agent for Kirkwood Stable. The colt, consigned by Mary Knight, agent, is a California-bred.

The In Excess colt was purchased by Stanley Fulton of Las Vegas, who owns Sunland Park, near El Paso. Consigned by Yearsley Bloodstock, the colt is out of Above the Table, a stakes winner at Hastings Park and Santa Anita. "I thought he was the class of the sale," Fulton said.

Fulton bought five yearlings for $425,000, including a full-sister to the multiple stakes winner Go Go (Falstaff-Key Mint) bought for $165,000 on Monday. Fulton is in the process of building a racing stable and said his horses will race in New Mexico or California.

"I think we'll see if any of them can ran and if they can we'll send them out to California," Fulton said. "If they're not that good, they'll stay in New Mexico."