Grade I winner Funny Moon, who is in foal to Indian Charlie and carrying her first offspring, shot into the price lead at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November select mixed sale around 7 p.m. (EST) Nov. 6, bringing $2.3 million.
Not long before she was sold, grade I-winning racing or broodmare prospect Dubawi Heights commanded $1.6 million and was purchased by Teruya Yoshida’s Shadai Farm of Japan from Noel Murphy’s Castle Park Farm, agent.
Prior to those horses went through the auction ring, stakes winner Bonnie Blue Flag (in foal to Medaglia d’Oro) had been the auction’s most expensive lot at $1.5 million.
Lincoln Collins, representing Leonard Riggio’s My Meadowview breeding and racing operation, bought Funny Moon. She is a 5-year-old daughter of Malibu Moon .
“We very much liked the mare,” Collins said. “We only had two or three mares on our list for the sale. She was an extremely good race mare. She’s good-looking, we like Indian Charlie, and she has a very solid pedigree, so what more can I say? At this level, they’re all expensive, but it (her price) was in the ball park of what we thought she would bring.”
Consigned by Gainesway, agent, Funny Moon captured the Coaching Club American Oaks (gr. I) in 2009 and the Shuvee Handicap (gr. II) in 2010. She is a half sister to Throng (by Silver Deputy), who won the 2008 Native Dancer Stakes at Laurel Park and the 2007 Dr. Fager Stakes at Arlington Park.
Their dam, Fun Crowd, is an unraced daughter of Easy Goer, but is a half sister to champion Vanlandingham (by Cox’s Ridge) and stakes winners Jenkins Ferry (by True Colors) and Popular Tune (by Stop The Music). Popular Tune is the dam of grade III winner by Top Hit (by Twining) and added-money winner Crafty Star (by Crafty Prospector).
Dubawi Heights triumphed this year in the Gamely (gr. IT) and Yellow Ribbon (gr. IT) stakes and the Wilshire Handicap (gr. IIIT). Most recently, she finished sixth in the Nov. 4 Emirates Airline Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT).
A 4-year-old daughter of Dubawi, Dubawi Heights is out of the winning Suave Dancer mare Rosie’s Posy. The mare is a half sister to Tante Rose (by Barathea), a champion in England, and Bay Tree (by Daylami), a stakes winner in England.
“She’s an excellent runner and her conformation is perfect,” said Mitsuru Ikeda, a veterinarian who manages Shadai. “She is a good mover. We would expect her to be a good broodmare. Her price was higher than I expected.”
Ikeda said Dubawi Heights would be sent to Japan and bred in 2012, “maybe to a son of Sunday Silence.”