Perfect Moon sister goes for $150,000

Horse Racing

December 09, 2003|By Tom Keyser | Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF

A full sister to Perfect Moon, the stakes-winning 2-year-old based in California, attracted what was easily the top bid in Fasig-Tipton's two-day Midlantic December Mixed sale of thoroughbreds that concluded yesterday at the Timonium fairgrounds.

Born Feb. 25 this year, the chestnut filly by Malibu Moon sold for $150,000 to Castleton Group, an affiliate of Castleton Lyons, the farm in Kentucky where Malibu Moon stands. Malibu Moon relocated to Castleton Lyons this summer after starting his stud career at Country Life Farm near Bel Air.

Achsah and Hugh Donovan, who own Grasslands Farm in Upperco, bred Perfect Moon and his weanling sister. Both were produced by the Donovans' broodmare Perfectly.

Whereas Perfect Moon sold for a mere $4,700 as a yearling at Timonium, his younger sister, because of big brother's accomplishments, sold for about 32 times that as a weanling. Perfect Moon has won a Grade II and a Grade III stakes in California.

His sister was clearly the star of the two-day auction. The next highest priced horse was a weanling colt by the New York sire City Zip out of the Personal Flag mare Sugar Blues. The colt sold for $55,000 to Susie and Pug Hart, who live in Virginia.

Compared with last year's sale, gross, average and median were up substantially. A total of 360 horses sold for $2,702,300, an increase of 9 percent over last year's $2,478,600 when 378 horses sold. The average of $7,506 was up 14 percent over last year's $6,557, and the median of $3,700 was 16 percent higher than last year's $3,200.

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