10/31/2001 12:00AM

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Tuesday's $799,313 sale of Group 2 winner Firebreak at the second session of Britain's four-day Tattersalls autumn horses in training sale set a European record for the public sale of a colt or gelding in training. Kennet Valley Thoroughbreds sold the juvenile colt to Sheikh Mohammed al Maktoum's agent, John Ferguson. . . . A $57,000 Devil His Due mare Devilish Cat, selling in foal to Event of the Year, topped Tuesday's final session of the two-day Barretts fall mixed sale in Pomona, Calif. The auction grossed $1,833,800 for 350 lots, down 11 percent from last year, when 338 sold; this year's average price dropped 14 percent to $5,239, the median remained the same at $3,200, and buybacks rose from 17 percent last year to 20 percent in 2001. . . . The stakes-winning mare Piazza di Spagna sold Tuesday for $70,000, topping Fasig-Tipton New York's one-day horses of racing age sale at Belmont Park. The auction sold 95 horses for gross revenue of $1,038,400, yielding an average price of $10,931 and a median of $8,000. . . . The A&E cable network will broadcast a one-hour program at 8 p.m. on Saturday covering Thoroughbred racing, with segments looking at breeding, the Keeneland July sales, training, and riding. Hosted by Joan Lunden, the program includes interviews with Bob Baffert, Gary Stevens, Ahmed bin Salman, and Laffit Pincay Jr.