Show Stopper at Barretts Sale
At this year’s Barretts Summer Sale, sales had dropped significantly due to the lack of availability of horses for sale. But is still did not put a dampner on proceedings, as a few horses stood out in regard to sales figures. The Barretts Summer Sale was still considered to be a success, as there were happy buyers and smiling sellers at the end of the one day horse sale. Providing a service to the trainers and horse owners is the main priority of the Barretts Sale, and therefore the sale was held despite a lack of horses.
Of the ninety-seven horses that were on sale at the Barretts Summer Sale, sixty-five horses were purchased and the total sales for the day closed on $445 050. In 2007, eighty-nine horses were sold at a total of $1 680 200. Four of the horses put on sale by Meadow Creek Ranch sold for a total purchase price of $957 500. It is a noticeable drop since last year, but there was still a bit of action and thrill as bidding on the most popular horses created some excitement.
Leesider was the show stopper at the sale, with trainer Anthony Saavedra securing the horse for Todd Finch at a price of $40 000. Foaled by Sweet Paradise, the unraced daughter of Storm Cat, and sired by Bertrando, Leesider proudly boasts grades stakes genes from his second dam, Bountiful Native. He also won the 2007 Cal National Snow Chief Stakes, and as a four year old he is showing much potential. Havens Bloodstock Agency sold one of their horses for the second highest price of the sale, namely $30 000, paid by Art Sherman. The beautiful two year old dark bay gelding, son to High Demand and Summer Squall, also boasts genes passed down by Nordic Weather and Thunder Regent.
Even though the Barretts Summer Sale was not as successful as anticipated, quality horses were sold and bought on 24 June 2008, and it is anticipated that sales and horses will increase next year. Barretts are pleased at the interest shown at the sale, and will continue to provide trainers and owners with the platform to buy and sell magnificent horses. Many will be back again next year in the hope of finding a good horse at a reasonable price.