The Barretts 2YO March Sale produced a 31% average increase to $143,459 in California on Monday.
Coolmore’s bloodstock agent Demi O’Byrne was the leading buyer with three purchases totalling $1,425,000.
O’Byrne topped the leader-board with a $675,000 colt by Malibu Moon from Fashion Cat (Forest Wildcat). The colt breezed the fastest 400m when timed at 20.80 seconds at Fairplex Park last Friday. He had changed hands for $185,000 at the 2012 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July yearling sale.
Spendthrift Farms stallion Malibu Moon has sired 66 stakes winners and his last-start G2 Fountain of Youth Stakes winner Orb is one of the early favourites for the Kentucky Derby.
O’Byrne also bought the second-highest-priced lot when paying $575,000 for a grey colt by Coolmore Stud freshman sire Dunkirk. He clocked the equal fastest 200m breeze in 9.60 seconds.
The other top-selling juvenile was a $570,000 son of War Front bought by trainer Patrick Biancone. The colt is out of Claiborne Farm’s homebred stakes-placed mare Seasoned.
It was the third time he changed hands after selling for $100,000 as a foal at the 2011 Keeneland November Sale and $195,000 as a yearling at the 2012 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale.
Besides a 31% increase in average, the Barretts 2YO Sale also saw turnover rise 4% to $8.75 million despite 16 fewer lots. The median lifted 17% to $100,000 and the clearance rate improved 3 points to 66%.
Full results can be viewed here.