The Grade 2-placed Moana was expected to kick the first hour of Tuesday's session at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky winter mixed sale off with a bang, and she lived up to those expectations, going to Roderick Wachman Bloodstock for $220,000.
The price tied the 4-year-old Uncle Mo filly for the second-highest of the auction so far. She was offered as a racing or broodmare prospect.
Moana has won one of seven starts for earnings of $91,850, and she finished third in the Grade 2 Mother Goose Stakes at Belmont Park. The filly was trained by Todd Pletcher for all but her final start, when Jonathan Thomas was the trainer of record.
She was raced by the pairing of Bridlewood Farm and Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, two-thirds of the original partnership that campaigns Belmont Stakes winner Tapwrit. The Eclipse operation bought Moana for $300,000 at the 2016 Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. spring 2-year-olds in training sale, and she was consigned at that sale by Bridlewood, which stayed in for a share of the filly.
Prior to that transaction, Bridlewood Farm bought Moana for $150,000 at the 2015 Keeneland September yearling sale.
Bred in Kentucky by Crumbaugh Lane, Moana is out of the stakes-placed More Than Ready mare Dixietwostepper, who is the dam of three winners from four runners. She is from the family of Grade 1 winner Cotton Blossom and Grade 3 winner Vicarage.
Bluewater Sales consigned Moana, as agent.
Here is what Wachman had to say after signing the ticket...
"She's a very good-looking filly. She's by possibly the best stallion in the country. She'll be bred and sold, I imagine. We'll decide who to go to, we'll just see what happens.
"I was hoping to get her a little more reasonably than that, but that's the market we're in. It is what it is.
I think these real quality individuals by proper stallions, with a race record, they're bringing an absolute premium. I'm hopeful that the market will remain strong for some time to come, based on what's happening in Washington and the general economy. I know the stock market's looking a little shaky, but I wouldn't be worried about that. I think it'll be a strong November this year. It'll be a very strong September. With the upgraded depreciation, I think that's going to be a big factor in the market this year for outside investors and people with real money that want to get into the business. That's going to lead to strong sales at the end of the year."
Consignor Meg Levy added these thoughts...
"I had hoped that she might bring in that range. You never really know what's going to happen. It seemed like the broodmare prospects were selling quite well yesterday, and then when I saw the one this morning bring $200,000 [Midnight on Oconee], I thought we might be there, but the reserve was very reasonable. She was on the market. They offered her fairly for sale, and that's what she brought.
"We just loved her, very classy filly."