Alan Porter Breeding Analysis for Malibu Moon
The sire of 79 stakes winners, and 31 graded winners, Malibu Moon is firmly established as one A.P. Indy’s most important sons, and one of the Nation’s leading sires.
Malibu Moon is out of a mare by Mr. Prospector, but when bred back over Mr. Prospector line mares he has sired 13 stakes winners. Malibu Moon’s Kentucky Derby (gr. I) hero, Orb, is out of a mare by Unbridled, from the Fappiano branch, and on the cross with Fappiano line mares, Malibu Moon has also sired a graded stakes winner out of a mare by Quiet American (and a stakes winner out of a mare by that horse’s son, Real Quiet, the sire of Midnight Lute), as wel as stakes winners out of mares by Rubiano, Pentelicus and Press Card. It may also be worth considering daughters of Broken Vow and Empire Maker.
Malibu Moon’s Champion, Declan’s Moon, is out of a mare by Norquestor (a son of Conquistador Cielo, who is also broodmare sire of a graded stakes winner by Malibu Moon). From the Gone West branch he has grade one winner Malibu Prayer out of a mare by Grand Slam (like Norquestor, a Mr. Prospector/Northern Dancer cross), and a stakes winner out of a mare by Mr. Greeley, which also suggests trying mares by Elusive Quality – broodmare sire of a Malibu Moon stakes winner – or Speightstown. Out of a mare by Kingmambo (sire of Lemon Drop Kid), Malibu Moon has sired grade two winner Noble Moon. Mr. Prospector is a Raise a Native line sire, and Malibu Moon has also worked well over mares descending from Raise a Native through Mr. Prospector’s close relative, Alydar, including CCA Oaks winner Funny Moon out of a mare by Easy Goer. Staying with Raise a Native, Malibu Moon is also sire of grade two winner Luna Vega out of a mare by Rock Royalty; graded winner Rodman out of a mare by Affirmed; and Malibu Moonshine, a multiple stakes winner over $500,000, out of a mare by Coastal (by Majestic Prince, who could be introduced through Maria’s Mon).
Malibu Moon has also enjoyed considerable success with Northern Dancer line mares. From Danzig line mares Malibu Moon has a graded stakes winner out of a mare by Danehill, and stakes winners out of mares by Sea Hero, Be My Chief and Lost Soldier. Malibu Moon has sired eight stakes winners out of Storm Cat line mares, including grade one winner Eden’s Moon out of mare by Giant’s Causeway, and grade two winners out of mares by Forest Wildcat and Tactical Cat, and a stakes winner from a daughter of Hennessy (sire of Johannesburg; granddam of Scat Daddy). This suggests mares by such as Tale of the Cat, Stormy Atlantic, Forestry and Tabasco Cat. Malibu Moon has sired grade two winner Sweet August Moon out of a mare by Royal Academy, a son of Nijinsky II, who is closely related to Storm Cat, and he has also sired graded winner Malibu Pier (dam by Lomitas) and a stakes winner out of a mare by Sky Classic, both from this branch of Northern Dancer. Malibu Moon is demonstrating a growing affinity for the Deputy Minister line, siring grade two winner Freedom Child out of a mare by Deputy Minister himself, multiple graded stakes winner Prospective out of a mare by Awesome Again, and stakes winners from daughters Silver Deputy, French Deputy and Mr. Purple, which also suggests trying Deputy Minister through such as Dehere, Touch Gold and Salt Lake. Malibu Moon has stakes winners out of mares by both Dixieland Band and his son Citidancer which would encourage trying daughters of Dixie Union. There is also a Malibu Moon graded stakes winner out of Northern Dancer son, Nureyev (sire of Theatrical), and a stakes winner out of a mare by El Prado (by Nureyev’s three-quarters brother, Sadler’s Wells), the sire of Medaglia d’Oro, Kitten’s Joy and Artie Schiller. Malibu Moon also has a stakes winner out of a mare by Wild Again, who is by Northern Dancer's fellow Nearctic son, Icecapade. Icecapade’s son, Clever Trick, might also work here.
Malibu Moon’s grade one winning filly, Malibu Mint, is out of a mare by Key to the Mint, by Graustark, from the Ribot sire line. He also has a stakes winner out of a mare by Cormorant, who is by His Majesty, a brother to Graustark. His Majesty could also be brought in through Pleasant Colony and his son Pleasant Tap (both broodmare sires of A.P. Indy graded stakes winners). It is also worth considering bringing in Ribot through Tom Rolfe and his son, Hoist the Flag.
Malibu Moon has been extremely successful with mares from the Turn-To line. From the Roberto branch he has multiple grade one winner Devil May Care and graded winner Moonwalk out of mares by Red Ransom, two stakes winners, one graded, out of mares by Dynaformer, and the very talented By the Light from a daughter of Major Impact. Roberto might also work through Kris S., (broodmare sire of a Malibu Moon stakes winner, and sire of Arch, Prized, You and I and Rock Hard Ten) and Lear Fan. His grade two winning son Perfect Moon is out of a mare by a son of Halo; and from a mare by Halo grandson More Than Ready (by Southern Halo) has brilliant juvenile filly Kauai Katie, and her sister Winding Way, also a graded winner, as well as a stakes winner out of a mare by Yankee Victor (a son of the Halo stallion, Saint Ballado). Continuing with the Turn-to line, we can note Malibu Moon grade two winner Moon Catcher, out of a mare by Smarten (by Cyane); stakes winner Malibu Sue is out of a mare by Lord Parham (by Lord Gaylord, by Sir Gaylord), and stakes winner Moonlit Habit out of a mare by Habitony (by another Sir Gaylord son, Habitat). Sir Gaylord could also be introduced through Lord Avie. Malibu Moon’s sire, A.P. Indy has also sired grade one winners out of mares by Turn-to/Hail to Reason descendants Cox's Ridge and Cure the Blues.
From the Blushing Groom line Malibu Moon has two stakes winners, grade one scorer Life at Ten from a daughter of Rahy and graded stakes winner Sara Louise out of a mare by Mt. Livermore.
Malibu Moon has three stakes winners out of mares from the In Reality line, including grade one winner Ask The Moon out of a mare by Valid Appeal (sire of Successful Appeal, Valid Wager and Valid Expectations), and stakes winners out of mares by Skywalker, and his son Bertrando, from the Relaunch branch (which could also be introduced through Tiznow and Officer).