Tuesday, May 21, 2013
The final session of the May 20-21 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-year-olds in training sale in Timonium, Md. turned into a showcase for Malibu Moon with a pair of colts by the Spendthrift stallion bringing $450,000 and $360,000, the two highest prices paid for the entire sale.
Topping the final session was Hip No. 396, consigned by Eddie Woods, agent. Trainer Gary Contessa signed the ticket on behalf of Chip McEwen's Wounded Warrior Stable.
"Chip said he wants to buy the best horses. I think we got the best in the sale," said Contessa. "He wants to get to the big show. I like everything about this horse. He has a great walk and a great heart. We had his heart scanned. This is a 1 1/4-mile horse."
The colt, who worked an eighth in :10 2/5 at the under-tack preview, was produced from the Premiership mare Partyship, and is a half brother to eight winners, including stakes winner Barrier Reef and stakes-placed Artic Party and Kissin Party.
Trainer Nick Zito, bidding on behalf of owner Joseph Moss, purchased the second-highest price of the day and sale for hip No. 364, which was consigned by McCathan Brothers, agent. Bred in Kentucky by Spendthrift, the colt is out of the unraced Broad Brush mare Miss Moonlight and is a half brother to stakes winner More Moonlight and stakes-placed Mystical Moonlight.
"He's one of the best horses in the sale," said Zito of the colt who breezed an eighth in :10 3/5 at the under-tack show. "He's a late foal, and I like late foals."
Malibu Moon topped all sires at the sale with gross sales of $1,219,000 from seven offerings, all of which sold, for an average price of $174,143.