Champion Moonist Returns in Friday Allowance

The multiple Grade 1-winning Separatist gelding will be making his first start in more than three months.

Edited press release

Ron Hartley's Moonist is one of five sprinters entered in Friday's 350-yard, $18,000 open-condition allowance dash at Los Alamitos. PHOTO: Scott Martinez

Five days after enjoying One Proud Eagle’s impressive win in the Robert Adair Kindergarten Futurity, Ron Hartley and John Cooper will send out the top superstar in their barn, multiple champion Moonist, in Friday’s 350-yard, $18,000 allowance feature at Los Alamitos.

To be ridden by Cesar De Alba, Moonist will be making his first start since his half-length win over reigning world champion Heza Dasha Fire in the February 14, 400-yard Los Alamitos Winter Championship (G1). The 5-year-old Separatist gelding will be going after his 23rd win in 33 starts, but most importantly this race will serve as a prep for the trials to the Grade 1 Vessels Maturity on June 12.

“We were going to have to give him a workout and hate to run him for free,” said Cooper, smiling. “It’s nice to give him a race before the trials.”

Also entered in Friday's featured allowance are Don and Peggy Boyle’s BF Farm Boss, the winner of last year's 400-yard Ruidoso Derby (G1) in New Mexico, and Paul Blanchard's Glock, the runner-up in the Ruidoso Derby and $100,000 First Down Dash Handicap. BF Farm Boss and Glock will both be making the first starts of their 4-year-old seasons.

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