1/15/15 - Milfer Farm Lands Malibu Moon Colt at Keeneland January Sale Day 3
Veterinarian Jon Davis, who owns Milfer Farms in upstate New York, struck for the day's top-priced
horse, a yearling colt by Malibu Moon. Davis, standing out back, outlasted a bidder inside the pavilion to secure the colt for $120,000. Four Star Sales consigned the chestnut as Hip 1575. "Don't know yet," Davis said when asked if the plan was to race or re-sell the colt. ABut we liked his resale
value; Malibu Moon is a top sire."
The Kentucky-bred colt was produced by the 9-year old Medal Winner (Medaglia d'Oro), a winning half-sister to MGSW Skip to the Stone (Skip Trial) and SW My Heavenly Sign (Jolie's Halo). The colt was purchased in utero when JSM Equine and Greathouse Horse Property LLC bought his dam for
$200,000 at the 2013 Keeneland November Sale. That partnership put Medal Winner back in foal to
Shackleford and sold her to Figueira do Lago for $40,000 two months ago at November.
It was Milfer Farm's lone purchase at January, but not for a lack of trying. "I looked at several, but wasn't able to get any of the ones I wanted," said Davis "Just about every year, we try to invest in broodmares and improve our quality. We're starting to get more into pinhooking, too."
Davis said the Malibu Moon colt might be sent to New York, "But we might leave him down here also,"
he said. Milfer has in the past stood Cure the Blues, Spectacular Bid and Phone Trick, and currently stands Golden Missile and Polish Pro. Milfer has its own broodmare band and also boards for outside clients.
Davis said he's bullish on the Empire State right now. "It's a very strong market, and it's a great time to be in New York," he said.