Malibu Moon sired his 24th stakes performer of the year on Oct. 9, after Rule by Night was a close second in the $250,000 Gallant Bob S. at Parx Racetrack.
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Rule by Night, a 3-year-old chestnut colt, has been first or second in five of his seven starts. He has earned $159,000 for his owner, Gold Square, who acquired him at the 2008 Keeneland September yearling sale for $200,000. Rule by Night is one of three winners out of the unraced mare Silver Reserve, who is a half-sister to Boone's Mill, winner of the Grade 2 Sapling S. He was bred in Kentucky by Sierra Farm.
Rule by Night was always prominent in the six furlong Gallant Bob. He engaged in a four-way duel for nearly the entire race while stuck on the rail. It was only in the final strides that he reluctantly gave up the lead in a very game effort.
Malibu Moon has sired nine stakes winners, three Grade 1 winners this year, co-best among all stallions in North America. He ranks third on the General Sires List, one of only four sires with progeny earnings in excess of $7 million. His six Grade 1 horses comprise a formidable arsenal: Life At Ten (Beldame and Ogden Phipps); Devil May Care (CCA Oaks and Mother Goose); Malibu Prayer (Ruffian Invitational); Funny Moon (3rd Ogden Phipps); Latigo Shore (3rd King's Bishop); Moon de French (3rd Lady's Secret).