Moonie Blues Wins Wild West Futurity
The homebred Freighttrain B filly earns her first stakes victory.
October 29, 2017
Lisa Anderson’s Moonie Blues used a perfect start to win Sunday's $129,100 Wild West Futurity at Los Alamitos.
Ridden by Jesus Ayala for trainer Jaime Gomez, Moonie Blues covered 350 yards in :17.644, and her winning margin was one length from Cowgirl N Up, a 48-1 longshot who was disqualified and placed ninth for breaking outwardly interfering with several rivals after the start. The homebred Freighttrain B filly earned $54,222 while scoring her first stakes victory.
Moonie Blues was making her fourth careerr start at Los Alamitos after she broke her maiden at the Jerome County Fair in Idaho on June 18, and the filly represented Gomez's first-ever Wild West Futurity starter.
“I had never run in the Wild West Futurity until this year,” Gomez said. “Lisa sent me this beautiful and talented filly and she went :15.50 in her first time out at Los Alamitos (on August 4). She had a little infection in her throat and we kept fighting with it.
"Dr. Ricky Overly scoped her before the trials and she came back pretty clean," the trainer added. "She’s doing great now and we’re ready to go with her in the trials to the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity.”
Moonie Blues is out of Stuckonafeeling, a winning daughter of Special Leader who was a finalist in the 2006 Bitterroot Futurity (RG2) at Les Bois Park.
“All her runners have ended up qualifying to either a futurity or a derby,” said Anderson, a resident of Walla Walla, Washington. “I’m so excited that I’m shaking.
"Moonie Blues’ half-brother is Go Black Benny, and we’ve also had a lot of fun with him," Anderson added, referring to the stakes-placed Inseperable gelding who was a finalist in last year's Los Alamitos Super Derby (G1) and Golden State Derby (G2).
Moonie Blues’ half brother, Jumpn Black Flash, won the 2011 Knight Transporation Futurity and the 2012 Les Bois Derby, both at Les Bois Park. The filly has won four of six starts, including her Wild West Futurity trial on October 8, and she has earned $63,582.
Yanque, the fastest qualifier and 2-5 favorite, crossed the wire eighth but was moved up to sixth following a double disqualification. In addition to the disqualification of Cowgirl N Up from second to ninth, L Bar D Classic Trip was disqualified from seventh to ninth.
PF Paddy Dashair was moved up from third to second after the disqualification of Cowgirl N Up. Favorite Fire Boy, Krash Your Party, Warhock, Yanque, R Sturdy Boy, CM Once Ina Bluemoon, Cowgirl N Up, and L Bar D Classic Trip completed the official order of finish.
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