Fastest qualifier and odds-on favorite Revenant Moon broke sharply from her rail post and held on at the wire to win Saturday's 300-yard, $477,200 Oklahoma Futurity (G2) at Remington Park.
Racing for owners Trey Odom, Scott Bryant, and Norman W. Allen, Revenant Moon defeated second-fastest qualifier and 5-2 second choice Hock It To You by a neck in :15.397 against a reported 13-mph head wind. Jose Alvarez rode the brown daughter of A Revenant for trainer Trey Wood.
"She was a little nervous in the gate because the other horses were going crazy," said Alvarez, referring to fractiousness in the gates shown by several of Revenant Moon's rivals, including De Laurentis. "But once we reloaded, she was very professional. She sure can run."
Revenant Moon was bred by Dosi and Norma Alvarez of La Union, New Mexico, and the filly was a $20,000 purchase by his owners at last year's Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale. Revenant Moon is out of Sochi Moon, a winning homebred daughter of champion FDD Dynasty and a half sister to 2009 champion aged stallion First Moonflash.
Revenant Moon made her career debut with a two-length victory in the eighth of 14 Oklahoma Futurity trials on March 8. The $190,880 winner's share of the purse from her first stakes score pushed her bankroll to $196,718 from two outs.
"We spent $20,000 on her, and that usually doesn't work out," said Wood. "This time it did. I liked her because of her family, and she had great conformation.
"Down the road, we wanted her as a broodmare," the trainer added.
Sent to post at odds of 7-10 in the field of eight 2-year-olds, Revenant Moon returned a $3.40 win mutuel and teamed with Hock It To You for a $2 exacta return of $8. Shy Kisser, Foose Lodge, Revenant Dynasty, Jr What You Mean, Apollitical Jeanius, and Apollicartel completed the order of finish. De Laurentis was scratched at the gate and Pevs Charley was listed by the Equibase charts as a trainer scratch.
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