Malibu Moon's Big Sur took command right from the start and held off all challengers to give the 5-year-old his first career stakes victory in Saturday’s $75,000 Majestic Light S. at Monmouth Park.
Trained by Ramon Moya and ridden by his son Ramon, Big Sur set a solid pace of :47.03 seconds for the half mile on a sloppy racetrack. Up a length and a half at that point, Spring Hill Farm was giving chase, but could no closer than a length for the rest of the trip. Big Sur ultimately came home a length and a quarter winner, getting the mile and 70 yards in 1:42.01.
“The owner gave me this horse about two months ago,” said the winning trainer. “He’s been training great and we thought we would take our shot here. We were going to the lead no matter what. Speed had been doing well all day. He set some quick fractions, so he didn’t steal it, he had to earn it.”
Owned by Kasey K Racing & Brier Creek Farm LLC’s, Big Sur sports a record of 5-5-9 from 28 starts. He has earned $209,139.
Bred in Kentucky by Bobby Trussell, Big Sur is out of the top-class broodmare St Lucinda, who has produced American H. (G2) winner Mananan McLir, as well as stakes winners Charming N Lovable and Sandra's Rose.
Malibu Moon is the only sire in 2013 with North American progeny earnings in excess of $5 million, led of course by Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Orb, who will make his next start in the June 8 Belmont S. (G1). Malibu Moon's runners have accounted for 11 stakes wins this year, also tops on the General Sire list.