Wednesday, December 28, 2011
2011 was another banner year for Spendthrift's top-5 ranked stallion Malibu Moon; with just a couple days until the new year, the soon-to-be 14-year-old sire is A.P. Indy's leading son at stud by stakes winners for seven years running. He will stand the 2012 season for $70,000 stands and nurses.
On the racetrack, Malibu Moon's progeny have amassed more than $7.5 million in earnings. His 14 stakes winners have accounted for 20 stakes wins. The group is led by a trio of two-time graded stakes winning fillies: Ask the Moon, winner of the Personal Ensign I. and the Ruffian H., both Grade 1s; Malibu Pier, Santa Barbara H. and Santa Ana S., both Grade 2s; and Hot Summer, Comely S. and Victory Ride S., both Grade 3s. His leading earner on the year is Strike the Moon, winner of the $400,000 Charles Town Oaks who placed in five other added money events.
The sales arena was also good to Malibu Moon in 2011. His weanling average was $185,198 for 20 horses sold, with a top price of $320,000 in North America coming at the Keeneland Nov. auction. His 47 yearlings sold averaged $107,532, for the year, substantially higher than his lifetime average of $94,366.
Malibu Moon's 2-year-old sale average of $194,474 was good for tenth among all stallions. Topping the list was a $500,000 colt out of Trisha Quick at the Fasig-Tipton February sale.
The biggest sales highlights came with a pair of broodmares in foal to Malibu Moon. Grade 1 Prioress S. winner Cat Moves went for $2.4 million in the Keeneland November sale and Mona de Momma, who won the Grade 1 Humana Distaff S., sold for $1.5 million at Fasig-Tipton November.