$675,000 Malibu Moon Colt Tops Barretts March Sale; Gross, Average Exceed 20 Percent Gains

A $675,000 colt by Malibu Moon brought the top price at Wednesday's Barretts March Select Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training, which saw healthy gains in gross and average price in its second year at Del Mar racetrack near San Diego, Calif.

A total of 45 2-year-olds sold for $6,777,000, an average price of $150,600 and median of $100,000. Those figures represent an increase in gross revenue of 22.4 percent and a 20.9 percent gain in the average price from 2016, when 43 sold for $5,360,000, an average of $124,558. The middle-market median price of $100,000 was level with last year. This year's March sale gross revenue was the highest since 2014, when 60 juveniles sold for $10,665,000, an average price of $177,750. Prior to 2016, the sale had been conducted at Fairplex Park in Pomona.

Nineteen juveniles failed to exceed their reserve price, 29.7 percent of the 64 through the ring. Last year's RNA rate was 32.8 percent when 21 of 64 through the ring were bought back by their consignors.

There were more horses withdrawn from the sale – 67 – than sold, meaning only 34.4 percent of the 131 catalogued found new homes. That is even with the 2016 sale, when 34 percent of the 126 catalogued were sold after 62 were withdrawn.

The Malibu Moon colt, Hip No. 109, was consigned by W.D. North's Starting Point Thoroughbreds, agent, and purchased by West Point Thoroughbreds and Spendthrift Farm, the latter of which stands Malibu Moon at its Lexington, Ky., stallion station.

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California-bred daughter of Lucky Pulpit was the sale's top-priced filly

The Kentucky-bred colt was produced from the stakes-winning Indian Charlie mare Indian Breeze, a half sister to stakes winners Don't Countess Out (by Take Me Out) and Count Your Steps (by Go Step).

The colt, who breezed a quarter mile in :21 flat in the under tack show, was previously purchased for $135,000 by W.D. North Thoroughbreds at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale from Four Star Sales.

The top-priced filly in the sale was a California-bred by the late Lucky Pulpit, sire of two-time Horse of the Year California Chrome. Selling as Hip No. 6, the filly was consigned by Havens Bloodstock Agency and purchased for $360,000 by Dennis O'Neill, agent. She was a $42,000 yearling purchase by John Brocklebank, agent, at last year's Barretts October Yearling Sale from the consignment of The Cole Ranch. Her 9 4/5 second breeze for one furlong was the fastest of the sale.

The chestnut filly is out of the Mr. Greeley mare Nine to Five Lady, whose dam Ryvnine is a full sister by Broad Brush to G1 Breeders' Cup Classic winner Concern

Kim Lloyd, general manager of Barretts, told Bloodhorse.com the 2017 March sale results exceeded his optimistic expectations. Lloyd also was quoted in published reports saying he is virtually certain that Barretts will combine its March and May sale into one auction in March 2018.

This year's May Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training takes place at Del Mar on May 17 with a breeze show scheduled May 15.

Barretts results.

Hip 109, the sale's top price, breezing a quarter mile.

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