08/16/2015 3:12PM

Harlan's Holiday colt, Tapizar filly top Barretts select yearling sale


DEL MAR, Calif. – A California-bred colt by Harlan’s Holiday and a Kentucky-bred filly by Tapizar each sold for $90,000 at Saturday’s Barretts select yearling sale at Del Mar, the leading hips at the first summertime sale of yearlings in Southern California in 11 years.

The evening sale, conducted after a 10-race program at Del Mar, was presented in a different venue and format than previous yearling sales conducted by Barretts. Earlier this year, the company moved its sales operation from the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds in Pomona, Calif., to Del Mar. This was the first summer sale of yearlings since the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association held a yearling sale at Del Mar in 2004.

The 2014 Barretts yearling sale was conducted in October and saw 213 horses go through the ring. Saturday’s select sale offered 67 yearlings.

As a result of the smaller catalog, average and median prices soared Saturday while gross receipts fell, according to sales company statistics. Overall, 42 horses sold for $1,534,000, compared to 163 horses that sold for a gross of $3,685,700 in 2014. Saturday’s sale had an average price of $36,524, a gain of 85.5 percent over the 2014 average of $19,689. The median reached $31,000 Saturday, compared to $15,000 in 2014.

There were 25 horses bought back – 37.3 percent of the horses that went through the ring. Last year, there were 231 horses through the ring. Of those, 68 prospects, or 29 percent, were listed as not sold.

The Harlan’s Holiday colt was purchased by Deron Pearson for $90,000. Pearson, whose stable has soared in prominence in Southern California in recent years, led all buyers Saturday, acquiring three yearlings for $177,000.

The colt, consigned by Harris Farms, agent, is out of Diva’s Seastar, an 11-year-old mare by Broken Vow who was second in the Flawlessly Stakes at Hollywood Park in 2007.

The Tapizar filly was acquired by Michael and Janet Dante. The filly, consigned by H&E Ranch, is part of the first crop of Tapizar, who won the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile at Santa Anita in 2012 in his final start.

The filly is out of Sallie’s Memory, an 11-year-old mare by Holy Bull, who is the dam of Jamaican Memories, a multiple stakes winner at Turf Paradise. Jamaican Memories has earned $220,559 and finished third in an optional claimer Friday at Canterbury Park.