Malibu Moon filly tops Maryland 2YO Sale

Malibu Moon topped Day 1 of the Fasig-Tipton Maryland 2YO Sale on Monday with a filly that commanded $390,000.

Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms director Donato Lanni bought her for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert.  The Florida-bred filly clocked the fastest time for 400m during the sale’s breeze-up session in 21.60s.

She is the second foal out of the winning Giant’s Causeway mare Eden’s Causeway.  The dam is a half sister to G1 winners Paradise Creek (Irish River), Forbidden Apple (Pleasant Colony) and Wild Event (Wild Again).

The session-topper had been passed-in for $110,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Florida 2YO Sale earlier this year.  Her sire Malibu Moon (A.P. Indy) stands at Spendthrift Farm for a $60,000 fee.

Fasig-Tipton officials reported the Day 1 average dipped just 1.7% below last year sale.  Turnover reached $7.64 million for the 162 juveniles that were sold.  The average was $47,170 and the median price was $25,000.  The clearance rate was 74%.

A Street Sense filly was the second-most-expensive lot at $280,000.  Oklahoma City based owners Bill and Terry Mathis purchased the filly on the advise of David Ingordo of Lane’s End Bloodstock.  “She’s a beautiful horse,” Ingordo said. “No filly that I’ve seen in a while has looked that good at a sale.  She handled everything well.”

The filly will be prepared by Zenyatta’s trainer John Shirreffs who is Ingordo’s father-in-law.

Darley shuttler Street Sense sired her from the winning Polish Numbers mare Polish Nana.  The filly is a half sister to the winners Northern Indy (A.P. Indy) and Five Star General (Mineshaft).

A Harlan’s Holiday colt was next best with a price tag of $250,000.  He was knocked down to Patrice Miller of the Pennsylvania-based consulting firm EQB.   He is the second foal out of the winning Lear Fan mare Motivated Sreva who is a half sister to G2winner Adore the Gold (Formal Gold).