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$200,000 filly tops inaugural Del Mar Sale

THERE was cause for satisfaction at Barretts following the inaugural Del Mar Paddock Sale at Del Mar, California, on Sunday with the evening's trade producing just under $1 million in gross sales.

The sale, hosted by Californian auction house Barretts, was launched as a means for owners to purchases horses who can race at the Del Mar meeting, which ends on September 5. All told, 25 horses were sold for a total of $973,500 and average of $38,940. The median was $25,000.

"We were very pleased with the results, and it's something we can build on," said Kim Lloyd, general manager of Barretts. "We wanted to recruit horses from out of state and try to introduce the auction business to new owners. We had quite a few new people apply for credit. We had people ask about getting into partnerships."

Few horses arrived at the sale in better form than Mega Dream, who ran second behind Quiet Oasis in the Grade 2 Royal Mile Heroine Stakes earlier this month, and the daughter of Medaglia d'Oro was duly knocked down $300,000 to Mersad Metanovic Bloodstock.

However, it later transpired that the five-year-old, consigned by Checkmate Thoroughbreds, had been bought back.

Mersad Metanovic Bloodstock signed for each of the evening's three six-figure lots including Fightin Mean Mad, a first-crop daughter of Lifestyle (by Indian Charlie) who sold for $200,000. Consigned by SGV Thoroughbreds, the two-year-old filly was sold having won her only race by nearly four lengths.

Recent Grade 1 Vanity Handicap third Zafeen's Pearl was one of the 11 horses who failed to sell, with bidding stalling at $130,000. The British-bred daughter of Zafeen won four races in Britain for Dean Ivory.




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