Malibu Moon

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Malibu Moon
SireA.P. Indy
GrandsireSeattle Slew
DamsireMr. Prospector
FoaledFebruary 23, 1997
DiedMay 18, 2021(2021-05-18) (aged 24)
CountryUnited States
BreederB. Wayne Hughes
OwnerSpendthrift Farm
TrainerMelvin Stute
Record2: 1-1-0

Malibu Moon (February 23, 1997 – May 18, 2021) was a Thoroughbred stallion bred in Kentucky.[1] Retired young to stud following a racing injury as a two-year-old, Malibu Moon thereafter sired multiple grade I stakes winners, two Eclipse Award winners, and was the sire of Orb, winner of the 2013 Kentucky Derby.


Bred in Kentucky by B. Wayne Hughes, Malibu Moon was a bay sired by A.P. Indy out of the Mr. Prospector mare Macoumba.[2]

Macoumba was a grade I winner in France, winning the Prix Marcel Boussac, before she was imported to the United States by B. Wayne Hughes.[3] Macoumba's dam, Maximova, was a Gr.I winner herself, winning against males in the 1982 Prix de la Salamandre. Maximova also produced five stakes winners as a broodmare.[4]

Malibu Moon was a half-brother to stallion Parker's Storm Cat, who is best known as the sire of the turf runner Ben's Cat.[5] Malibu Moon's half-sister Curriculum is the dam of notable turf sire Temple City.[6][7]

Race career[edit]

Malibu Moon had a short racing career, but showed initial promise. His first race was a maiden special weight as a two-year-old at Hollywood Park, and despite brushing the gate at the start he made his way through the crowd in the stretch to finish second. His second and final start was also a maiden special weight at Hollywood Park, in which he finished first. He suffered a slab fracture in his knee in May of his two-year-old season, which forced his early retirement.[8]

Stud career[edit]

Malibu Moon first entered stud in 2000 for a low stud fee of $3,000 at Country Life Farm in Maryland. After producing Eclipse Champion two-year-old Declan's Moon and graded winner Perfect Moon in his first two crops, he was relocated in 2004 to the Castleton Lyons Farm in Kentucky to service a wider range of mares, and his fee was raised to about $10,000.[9] He was then relocated again in 2008 to Spendthrift Farms, where he stood for a fee of $75,000 since 2017.

As of 2017, Malibu Moon sired over 100 black-type stakes winners and 40 graded stakes winners. His progeny have collectively earned over $99 million.[10] Malibu Moon has also been recognized as a broodmare sire, particularly as the broodmare sire of Eclipse Champion Stellar Wind.[11]

Malibu Moon died from an apparent heart attack in his paddock at Spendthrift Farm on May 18, 2021.[12]

Malibu Moon's progeny include:[13]

Malibu Moon is the damsire of:


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  2. ^ Michelson, Miles. "Malibu Moon Horse Pedigree". Retrieved 2017-10-08.
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  4. ^ Michelson, Miles. "Maximova Horse Pedigree". Retrieved 2017-10-08.
  5. ^ Michelson, Miles. "Parkers Storm Cat Horse Pedigree". Retrieved 2017-10-08.
  6. ^ Karon, Frances J. (2013-01-31). "Running Rough Shod: Macoumba and Malibu Moon". Running Rough Shod. Retrieved 2017-10-08.
  7. ^ Michelson, Miles. "Temple City Horse Pedigree". Retrieved 2017-10-08.
  8. ^ "Sire Malibu Moon a rising star in breeding industry". Lexington Herald Leader. Retrieved 14 February 2017.
  9. ^ "Malibu Moon Relocated to Castleton Lyons in Kentucky". Retrieved 2017-08-26.
  10. ^ "Malibu Moon on Stallion Register Online". Stallion Register Online. Retrieved 2017-10-08.
  11. ^ "Malibu Moon on Stallion Register Online". Stallion Register Online. Retrieved 2017-10-08.
  12. ^ "Malibu Moon Dies from Apparent Heart Attack at 24". Blood-Horse. May 18, 2021. Retrieved May 19, 2021.
  13. ^ "Malibu Moon on Stallion Register Online". Stallion Register Online. Retrieved 2017-08-26.
  14. ^ "Orb gives Malibu Moon classic winner". Daily Racing Forum. Retrieved 16 February 2017.