Favorite The Fiscal Cliff Scores in Grade 2 Bob Moore Memorial

The homebred 4-year-old gets his first graded stakes victory on Saturday.

Q-Racing Journal

Tom Lepic's The Fiscal Cliff wins Saturday's 300-yard, $50,000 Bob Moore Memorial Stakes at Remington Park. PHOTO: Dustin Orona Photography

Making just his second start of his 4-year-old season, The Fiscal Cliff sprinted to a wire-to-wire, half-length victory in the Grade 2, $50,000 Bob Moore Memorial Stakes at Remington Park on Saturday.

Racing for Tom Lepic of Iowa City, Iowa, from the barn of trainer Kasey Willis, The Fiscal Cliff went 300 yards in :15.179 and recorded a 97 speed index while aided by a reported 20-mph tail wind. Cesar Gomez hand rode the homebred Pyc Paint Your Wagon stallion.

The Fiscal Cliff was shortening in distance off of his second-place finish, 1 1/2 lengths behind winner Bodacious Eagle, in the March 12, 350-yard Eastex Stakes (G2) at Remington.

“He just had a really good break, and he did his job,” said Gomez. “He makes it look easy, and it’s fun to ride a horse like this.

"He likes to run so the stick doesn’t really do much," he added. "He enjoys running.”

The Fiscal Cliff is out of Signs Zoomer, an 11-year-old winning daughter of Shazoom who was a finalist in the 2008 Oklahoma Horsemen's Association Futurity (RG2) at Fair Meadows at Tulsa. Campaigned in Oklahoma, New Mexico and Iowa, the stallion has won 10 of 17 starts, including five stakes, and he has banked $346,118.

The Fiscal Cliff has won three of his seven outs at Remington, including the 2015 Heritage Place Juvenile Invitational Stakes.

"It was nice to get this one," said Willis. "This horse's record speaks for itself, and it's awesome for him to get paid tonight. He's going to have a big year.

"He's incredible," the trainer added. "He's effortless to train and effortless to ride. We’re just fortunate to have him.”

Memphis D Nasty finished second and was followed by Apollitical Ok, Tres Friends, Sudden Separation, Tf Cajun Cartel, Tee Chic, Chainman and Bv Midnite Express.

The Bob Moore Memorial Stakes honors the memory of Bob Moore, a longtime Oklahoma-based breeder who died in 1998. Moore was inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame in 2003.

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