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Moon de French shows the way in Adoration victory

Sunday, September 05, 2010
Moon de French made all the running in a 1 3/4-length score in the $75,000 Adoration S. Sept. 5 at Del Mar.

The 5-year-old daughter of Malibu Moon got her first career stakes win, and became the ninth stakes winner of the year for her sire, who currently ranks third on the nation's General Sire List.

Moon de French has been working her way up the class ladder since joining trainer Bob Baffert's barn in June, 2009. She scored a pair of front-running victories in allowance races, including a win in her only start around two turns.

Moon de French was off for the first half of 2010, then came back in a pair of sprint stakes, beaten less than three lengths in the Desert Stormer H. followed by a game try in the Grade 2 A Gleam H., both at Hollywood Park.

Baffert stretched out the filly once again for the one-mile Adoration. After the race, he told the TVG audience that he had instructed rider Martin Garcia to go to the front right out of the gate. Garcia did just that, setting a comfortable pace of 1:12.36 for six furlongs with a 1 1/2-length lead. From that point, it was a sprint to the wire, and Garcia had plenty of filly left, finishing the mile in 1:36.38, just a second off the track record.

The winner's share of the Adoration purse was $47,685, and boosted Moon de French's bankroll to $154,987. She is now 4-1-0 in eight starts. Owned by Zayat Stables, Moon de French was a $140,000 purchase at the 2006 Keeneland September yearling sale. She was bred in Florida by Mr. & Mrs. Samuel H. Rogers Jr.
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