Barretts saw double-digit growth and an all-time high yearling price at its annual Select Yearling Sale at Del Mar on Tuesday when a California-bred filly by Bodemeister brought a session-topping $300,000 bid from Samantha Siegel's Jay Em Ess Stable.
The filly (Hip 78) was one of three California-breds who achieved six-figure prices and helped boost gross expenditures by 27.3 percent from the 2016 sale, from $1,710,000 to $2,177,000. Average price for the 53 yearlings sold was $41,075, an increase of 10.5 percent from $37,174 in 2016. The middle-market median price gained 16.4 percent, from $27,500 to $32,000.
There were 27 yearlings from 80 horses through the ring bought back by their consignors, representing 33.8 percent of the total. Last year, 21 of 67 failed to exceed their reserve price, a buyback rate of 31.3 percent.
The Bodemeister filly was consigned by Harris Farms, agent for Tom Bachman's Fairview. The sale topper is out of the stakes winning Jump Start mare, North Freeway, and is a half sister to two winners of 2017, including Take the One O One, an Acclamation colt who broke his maiden by 3 ¼ lengths against California-bred maidens in his second start at Del Mar on Aug. 6. Take the One O One races for Jay Em Ess and is trained by Brian Koriner, who signed the ticket for the sale-topping filly on behalf of Siegel for the Bodemeister. Take the One O One, bred by Bachman, was a $47,000 yearling purchase by Terry Knight at the 2016 California Thoroughbred Breeders Association Northern California Sale.
The second-highest price of the sale – $200,000 – was another filly (Hip 42) consigned by Harris Farms, this one as agent for Madeline Auerbach. The daughter of the late Unusual Heat, the all-time leading California sire, is out of the Johannesburg mare Dancing Jo. She was purchased by Kentucky-based McMahon and Hill bloodstock and Radley Equine, a California-based partnership managed by trainer Dan Blacker.
The top price for a colt was the $120,000 bid for a son of Mucho Macho Man, whose first foals are yearlings of 2017. Also a California-bred, this colt (Hip 67) was produced from the City Zip mare Longing, who is from the family of Canadian Horse of the Year Wando. He was consigned by McCarthy Bloodstock, agent, and purchased by Scott Sherwood's Blinkers On Racing.
The $300,000 top price was more than double the amount paid for the $145,000 sale topper in 2016 and the $140,000 high in 2015. The majority of the yearlings consigned to the Barretts Select Yearling Sale at Del Mar were foaled in California. There were nine Kentucky-breds and one each foaled in Arizona, Florida and Indiana.
“We're trying to establish a market for high-end Cal-breds,” Barretts general manager Kim Lloyd told Bloodhorse.com. “It gives the breeders confidence that they can buy good mares and offer the offspring at market.”
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