Champion Moonist Scores Decisive Allowance Win

The two-time champion wins Friday at Los Alamitos.

Q-Racing Journal

Ron Hartley's Moonist poses in the winner's circle after his 2 1/4-length allowance victory Friday at Los Alamitos. PHOTO: Scott Martinez

In a prep for the June 12 Vessels Maturity (G1) trials, Ron Hartley's Moonist sprinted to a convincing 2 1/4-length victory in a 350-yard, $18,000 open-condition allowance race at Los Alamitos on Friday.

Moonist was making his first start since Valentine's Day, when he won the Grade 1, 400-yard Los Alamitos Winter Championship against a field that included reigning world champion Heza Dasha Fire. Ridden by Cesar DeAlba for trainer John Cooper, the 5-year-old gelded son of champion Separatist went the distance in :17.466 while posting his 23rd win in 33 outs.

"He's ready now," said Cooper. "This was his prep for the (Vessels Maturity) trials. I was going to have to work him before the trials, but this is better. You can work a horse a hundred times, but it's still not as good as a race.

"We'll bring him along easy to the race now," added the trainer. "We'll just pony him, no jockey needed. We'll just take it easy. This got him ready."

Moonist's defeated opponents on Friday included BF Farm Boss, a homebred 4-year-old Hawkinson stallion who won last year's Grade 1 Ruidoso Derby for owners Don and Peggy Boyle.

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