By Tracy Gantz
DEL MAR, CA (October 27, 2015)-Yearlings by Good Journey, Street Boss, and Stormin Fever each brought six figures as the top three prices at the Oct. 27 Barretts Sales fall sale of yearlings, horses of racing age, and broodmares.
The Good Journey colt sold for $140,000, the son of Street Boss brought $120,000, and the Stormin Fever filly brought $100,000. The auction was held at the Surfside Race Place adjacent to Del Mar.
Yearlings made up the majority of the catalog, with 124 selling for a gross of $2,121,700, an average of $17,110, and a median of $10,000. Thirty horses of racing age averaged $9,970 with a median of 2,500, while 20 broodmares averaged $4,910 with a median of $3,000. Seventy yearlings, six horses of racing age, and six broodmares did not sell.
"We were pleased with the sale," said Kim Lloyd, general manager of Barretts. "The sale started off slowly, but then it picked up, and people paid good money for good physicals."
Comparison with last year is difficult because in 2014, when Barretts sold at Fairplex in Pomona, the company conducted only one yearling sale, in the fall, without broodmares and horses of racing age. This year, in its first year at Del Mar, Barretts held an inaugural select yearling sale in August before expanding its fall sale to include horses of racing age and broodmares.
At the 2014 October yearling sale, 163 yearlings averaged $22,606. The 2015 select yearling sale averaged $37,023 for 44 sold.
Mary Knight consigned the fall sale-topper, a California-bred son of Good Journey out the stakes-placed Southern Halo mare Southern Oasis. The mare has also produced 3-year-old stakes winner Neveradoubt, an earner of $211,760. John Daley signed the ticket for D.P. Racing.
Deron Pearson owns D.P. Racing, and he has successfully purchased several other horses at Barretts sales. Pearson bought Mr Notorious, the $200,000 sale-topper at the Barretts Del Mar paddock sale of horses of racing age this past summer, and other Pearson purchases at Barretts include graded stakes winners Prize Exhibit and Full Ransom.
Jim Cassidy trains for Pearson and is readying Pearson's Yahilwa for the Oct. 30 Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I).
Trainer Jeff Bonde, another regular buyer at Barretts auctions, purchased the Street Boss colt consigned by Harris Farms. Bred in Kentucky, the colt is out of the winning Stormy Atlantic mare Storm Queen, a daughter of Beaumont Stakes (gr. II) winner Dixieland Gold.
Stormy Hull and Ginger Samples' Critter Creek Farm consigned the $100,000 Stormin Fever filly, who is named She's So Pretty. Greg Gilchrist, the sale's leading buyer, purchased the Kentucky-bred daughter of the winning Cahill Road mare Cielo Dulce, also the dam of stakes-winning Sweet Saga.