By Ron Mitchell and Glenye Cain Oakford
A Malibu Moon –Hollywood Story filly brought a price of $1,350,000 to become the second-highest-priced offering at the midway point of the first session of the Keeneland September yearling sale Sept. 9 in Lexington.
Consigned by Hill 'n' Dale Sales Agency, the filly, named Miss Hollywood, was purchased by Northwest Stud. She is out of Hollywood Story, a daughter of Wild Rush who earned $1.7 million and won two grade I stakes at Hollywood Park in Southern California and is the dam of stakes-placed Hoorayforhollywood.
Alberto Acosta, who owns Northwest Stud in Ocala, Fla., said, "Our plan is to win a lot of stakes."
"We fell in love with her and went all the way," said Frank Diaz, who works for trainer Giuseppe Iadisernia. "We have over 100 broodmares and about five stallions, and the racing horses as well. We breed to sell and to race," he said.
According to Diaz, said the filly will go to Nelson Jones Training Center in Ocala and then be campaigned either in Florida or the Northeast.
Asked why they went that far, Diaz said: "I think their eyes haven't seen something that perfect."
The Malibu Moon filly was bred by George Krikorian, who purchased Hollywood Story for $130,000 as a yearling from the Vinery consignment at the 2002 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July sale and then raced her in his colors.