The January Mixed Sale at Barretts Equine Ltd., the first sale of the New Year, surpassed first day total sales, average price and attendance over the first sales day of 2003. Boosted by a bidding war that resulted in the highest priced horse sold at a Barretts January sale, $425,000 for A Taste of Paradise, a 5-year-old grade II stakes winner, the final figures for the two-day sale were $4,057,300, an average price of $7,848, and a slight decrease overall from the 2003 January sale.
A total of 517 horses were sold, which included broodmares, stallions, yearlings, two-year-olds and horses of racing age. The difference in average price was in the broodmare category, which featured more moderate horses than the broodmares listed at the 2003 sale. The 2004 racing stock, however sold very well.
Barretts President and General Manager Jerry McMahon said, “We had a very, very solid horse sale. There was really great participation from around the country, including some buyers from Korea as well.”
Barretts next sale is March 2, when 175-selected 2-year-old thoroughbreds in training, along with 54 horses from the Thoroughbred Corporation Dispersal, will be in the sales spotlight. The prestigious sale attracts national and international buyers. A record price was set at the 2003 March sale when a Canadian diamond-miner paid $2.7 million for a 2-year-old colt.
For results of the January sale and information about the upcoming March sale, visit the Web site at www.barretts.com.