03/03/2004 12:00AM

Filly sells for record $2 million


POMONA, Calif. - A $2 million Awesome Again filly, a half-sister to the impressive 3-year-old filly Madcap Escapade, set a new world record for a 2-year-old filly as sale-topper at the Barretts March select juvenile auction Tuesday afternoon.

John Ferguson, agent for Sheikh Mohammed al Maktoum, signed for the filly, who is out of the stakes-winning Saratoga Six mare Sassy Pants. Jerry Bailey, agent, sold the sale-topper. She had cost just $75,000 as a 2003 Keeneland September yearling.

The world record Awesome Again filly continued a streak of record prices that started this year at last month's Fasig-Tipton Calder sale, where the 2003 world-record juvenile price of $2.7 million, set for Diamond Fury at the 2003 Barretts sale, was broken twice: first buy a $3.1 million Stephen Got Even colt and then by a $4.5 million Fusaichi Pegasus colt.

The 2004 Barretts March sale's second-highest price was the $1.35 million that John Sikura paid for the 4-year-old Grade 2 winner Cat Fighter, one of 52 Thoroughbred Corp. horses dispersed at the auction. Sold by Kristin Mulhall, agent for the estate of Ahmed Salman. Cat Fighter was the top lot among Thoroughbred Corp. offerings.

Graded winner Atlantic Ocean also sold as part of the dispersal, bringing $700,000 from new investors Audrey and Richard Haisfield, who recently bought Gaillardia Farm in Kentucky and will rename it NeverTell Farm. Mike Akers of Dapple Bloodstock represented the Haisfields.

The Thoroughbred Corp. consignment grossed $6,453,200 for 52 horses, for an average of $124,100 and a median of $43,500.

The 2-year-olds portion of the auction sold 79 lots for $13,728,000, producing an average of $173,772 and a median of $100,000. Forty-nine horses failed to reach their reserves. Last year's auction sold 86 juveniles for $12,222,800, for an average of $142,126 and a $60,000 median; 81 horses failed to reach their reserves last year.