A $700,000 Malibu Moon filly was the top price during Day 4 of the Keeneland September yearling sale, which runs through Sept. 26. Craig Lavin Bernick of Glen Hill Farm in Ocala, Fla., bought the session-topping daughter of the Spendthrift stallion, who is out of the Grade 3-placed mare Erhu, from the Elm Tree Farm agency.
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“We thought she was the best filly we saw in Book 1 or Book 2,” said Bernick, grandson of Glen Hill Farm founder Leonard Lavin, said after signing the ticket. “She’s just awesome. She was the first horse we saw on Monday morning, and every other horse we looked at didn’t stack up to her. There were a lot of people on her, but I’m glad we got her.”
The filly is from the family of other stakes winners Unfurl the Flag, Glaring, Val d’Enchere, and Great Escape; plus Peruvian champion Al Kadier. She was bred in Kentucky by Elm Tree Farm and Popatop.
Through the first four days of the sale, Malibu Moon has had 13 yearlings sell for a total of $3,587,000, an average of $275,923, which is sixth best out of all sires represented at the sale. His median sale price of $230,000 also ranks in the top 10.