Malibu Moon's 52nd career stakes winner came in the $75,000 Firecracker S. at Mountaineer Park on July 3, when Lunar Mist came from near the back of the pack to prevail by three-quarters of a length on the firm turf course.
Lunar Mist, 4, had to weave through traffic on the turn, then split foes once again in mid-stretch to get the lead inside the sixteenth pole. The gray filly finished the mile in a quick 1:35.85 for her first career stakes win. She was third in the Hatoof S. at Arlington Park last August.
Bred in Virginia by Chance Farm, Lunar Mist is owned by Jerry Jamgotchian and trained by Eric Reed. The well-traveled filly, who has started at six different tracks in five states, is now 4-2-2 in 14 starts, earning $144,671.
Over the holiday weekend, Malibu Moon also saw his Grade 1 son Rodman run third in the $300,000 Suburban H. (G2), and daughter Ask the Moon run third in the Sky Beauty S. at Belmont. Malibu Moon currently ranks sixth among all sires in North America, with 16 stakes horses and earnings of well over $3.5 million; he finished 2010 in the third spot on the same list.
Maan wins in first start at Churchill Downs
Also on July 3, Malibu Moon's 2-year-old son Maan graduated at first asking in a six-furlong maiden special weight at Churchill Downs (VIDEO
). The dark bay juvenile stalked in fifth before going four wide around the turn, surging to the lead in mid-stretch and pulling away to a 1 1/2-length victory. The final time was 1:10.99.
Maan was bred in Kentucky by Cloverleaf Farms II, Inc., who sold him for $200,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Select 2-year-old sale this March. He is owned by Joseph W. Sutton.
Maan is out of Ambition Unbridled, one of the faster turf sprinters of the past decade who accounted for four stakes and earned nearly $280,000.