07/26/2015 1:26PM

Gross, average decline sharply at Paddock Sale


DEL MAR, Calif. – Mr Notorious, a winner in France in June, was purchased for $200,000 by Deron Pearson at Saturday’s Paddock Sale at Del Mar, a horses-of-racing-age sale that had widespread declines in key business categories compared with the corresponding event in 2014.

Mr Notorious, an Irish-bred colt by Myboycharlie, will be trained by Jim Cassidy, with the goal of a start in the $100,000 Del Mar Juvenile Turf at a mile Sept. 5. The colt arrived in the United States last week after two starts in France, a win and a second at La Teste, near Bordeaux.

Mr Notorious was the only horse at the evening sale to sell for six figures. Overall, 19 horses sold for $728,500, an average of $38,342. The median price was $33,000. There were 10 horses listed as not sold and seven withdrawn from a catalog of 36 horses.

The gross fell 66 percent from the $2,147,000 figure for 19 sold in 2014. The average reached $113,000 last year, when the sale-topper was the Grade 1 winner Heir Kitty, who sold for $750,000 as a broodmare prospect to Japanese buyers.

This was the fourth year for the paddock sale, which began in 2012 with an average price of $37,320. The 2013 sale had an average of $73,941.

Saturday’s sale consisted primarily of maidens, many unraced. The leading filly in the sale was the unraced 3-year-old Out ofthe Ordinary, by Vronsky, who was purchased for $90,000 by E-racing.com on behalf of Southern California trainer Brian Koriner. Out ofthe Ordinary was bred by Old English Rancho.

There was a notable buyback Saturday when the 4-year-old filly My Monet, who was second in the restricted Osunitas Stakes for fillies and mares at Del Mar on July 18, was retained by owner Kenji Morinaga when bidding stopped at $275,000.

Morinaga said after the sale that My Monet is a candidate for the $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes at Del Mar on Saturday. She also is under consideration for the $150,000 Solana Beach Stakes for California-bred females on turf Aug. 16, according to trainer Ricky Agarie.

Pearson was the leading buyer, acquiring two horses for $209,000. Kim McCarthy Bloodstock was the leading consignor, as agent, selling five horses for $324,000, including Mr Notorious.