Malibu Moon started off the 2011 2-year-old sales season with great results at Palm Meadows on March 3. The Spendthrift stallion was the leading North America sire by average with three or more sold, selling six juveniles for an average of $355,000. He was also the only sire to have four juveniles among the top 20 sold at the conclusion of the south Florida auction.
The top seller for Malibu Moon at Palm Meadows was hip No. 78, a bay colt who went for an even $500,000. Demi O'Byrne signed the ticket for the juvenile, who was consigned by SGV Thoroughbreds, agent for W D North Thoroughbreds. The colt is out of the unraced mare Trisha Quick, who is a daughter of Adirondack S. (G2) winner Really Quick.
Hip No. 40, another colt, went for $470,000 to Third Street Stable from consignor Eddie Woods Agent XLV. Bred by Spendthrift, the chestnut is out of the Quiet American mare Silent Siren, and comes from the same family as Santa Anita H. (G1) winner Martial Law.
Hip No. 53 is a dark bay or brown filly who sold to Cheyenne Stables LLC for $350,000 from the consignment of Scanlon Training Center, agent. The filly is a half-sister to Grade 2 American Derby winner Mananan McLir, and the listed stakes winner Charming N Lovable. Their dam, St Lucinda, placed in two stakes at Keeneland.
The final 2-year-old of the quartet was another filly, hip No. 214, who brought a bid of $310,000 from Martin Anthony. Cary Frommer, agent, consigned the bay Kentucky-bred. She is out of the French-bred mare Little Treasure, winner of the San Clemente H. (G2) and Pucker Up S. (G3) in the United States. Her catalog page includes multiple Grade 1 winner Bigstone.
Malibu Moon saw his six 2-year-olds sell for total receipts of $2,130,000. The son of A.P. Indy is a top 10 sire once again this year on the racetrack after finishing 2010 as the nation's leading sire by earnings. His five stakes horses this year include the Grade 1 placed mare Sweet August Moon.