Malibu Moon's offspring continued to be a hot 2014 auction commodity, with a colt by the Spendthrift stallion bringing a sales-topping $1.2 million at the March 24 Fasig-Tipton Florida sale.
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Coolmore with Demi O'Byrne, in attendance with Michael Tabor, signed the ticket for hip No. 126 which was consigned by Hoby and Layna Kight, agent. The bay colt, a half brother to 3-year-old Please Explain, winner of the Suncoast S. last month at Tampa Bay Downs breezed an eighth of a mile in :10 flat at the March 21 under-tack preview.
"I love the horse," said Hoby after the sale. "When I bought him at Keeneland (for $200,000 at the 2013 September Yearling sale), I was shaking when I signed the ticket I was so excited. I never dreamed I could get him. All winter I said, 'If you don't like him, you just don't love horses.'
"I believe he's as good as any horse I've ever had," Hoby added. "He has the constitution to be a great horse. I believe in my heart that he's going to win something big. He'll get a chance."
Malibu Moon gross receipts at the one-day event were $1,870,000 with three horses sold, for an average of $623,333.