Moonie Blues Rolls in PCQHRA Breeders' Derby

The fastest qualifier earns her first derby win on Friday.

Q-Racing Journal

Moonie Blues earned her first stakes win of the season in Friday's PCQHRA Breeders' Derby. PHOTO: Los Alamitos Racecourse

A sharp break from post 9 helped 11-10 favorite Moonie Blues score a wire-to-wire victory in Friday's PCQHRA Breeders' Derby (G3) at Los Alamitos.

Racing for Lisa Anderson, who also bred the brown daughter of Freighttrain B, Moonie Blues covered 400 yards in :19.678 while defeating 11-1 longshot Chance To Fire by three-quarters of a length. Ramon Sanchez rode the filly for trainer Jaime Gomez.

Moonie Blues was coming off of a third-place finish in the Grade 2, 400-yard Golden State Derby on August 19.

“It’s a lifetime dream,” said Anderson. “I’m just a girl from Walla Walla, Washington running a horse against great Quarter Horses at Los Alamitos. When your filly runs third in a derby you can’t be disappointed. To see your horse step up and win a graded race like this, you really appreciate it.

"I’ve been involved with horses all of my life," she added. "I was a Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred jockey from 1979 to about 1984. I rode at the Walla Walla Fairgrounds and in Yakima. I did it for fun and it put me through college. I won about 40 to 50 races, a lot of them at the bush tracks near my home. I was fortunate to ride with Gary Stevens and Gary Boag. I was good enough to ride, but my passion was breaking the 2-year-olds. Working with the horses has been my love.”

Moonie Blues was bred in Washington. Raced in California and Idaho, Moonie Blues has won seven of 16 starts, and the $59,640 winner's share of the purse from her second stakes win pushed her bankroll to $496,225.

J Fire Up finished third and was followed by Black Fryday, Remember The Rose, Dont Foose With Me, The Revenant, Diamonds Blue Eye, On Our Way, and Jess My Kiss.

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