10/05/2005 12:00AM

Sale average of $25,000 exceeds predictions


POMONA, Calif. - A colt by the young sire High Demand sold for $290,000 at Tuesday's Barretts California October yearling sale, topping the one-day event, which exceeded organizers' expectations.

The sale, which primarily comprised California-breds, saw 207 horses sell for $5,239,400, an average of $25,311. The median price was $17,000. There were 76 horses bought back and 40 horses withdrawn.

The sale merged the defunct Del Mar yearling sale, conducted by the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association, with the Barretts October yearling sale. Tuesday's sale was much larger than the Del Mar yearling sale, and had a higher quality than previous Barretts October sales. Last year's Barretts October sale had an average of $13,363.

Gerald McMahon, the general manager of Barretts, expected an average of $19,000, while CTBA general manager Doug Burge had projected an average of $21,000.

"I think everyone's horses were fully assessed, and that's all you can ask of the market," McMahon said.

Five horses sold for $100,000 or more, and one was bought back for $105,000.

The High Demand colt, named Symphonic Movement, was bought by trainer John Sadler, agent, who said he was acting on behalf of a newly formed syndicate of existing racehorse owners. Golden Eagle Farm of Ramona, Calif., consigned the colt, who is from the first crop of the 8-year-old High Demand, who won 5 of 6 starts.

Among the other leading yearlings sold, a colt by Swiss Yodeler went for $170,000 to Dee L'Archeveque; a colt by Unusual Heat, a full-brother to California Cup Mile winner Lennyfromalibu, sold for $165,000 to NW Management and Fleetwood; and a colt by Cee's Tizzy was bought for $150,000 by trainer Mike Machowsky.

The most expensive filly in the sale was a Beau Genius filly bought for $105,000 by trainer Howard Zucker, acting on behalf of Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Brad Penny.