Ransom the Moon repeats in Grade 1 Bing Crosby S.

Malibu Moon

Sunday, July 29, 2018
Ransom the Moon returned to his winning way on Saturday with a tremendous run in the stretch to take the $300,000 Bing Crosby S. (G1) at Del Mar. The 6-year-old son of Malibu Moon also won the 2017 running of this race, his first Grade 1 win.

Saturday's win also assured the bay horse of a starting spot in this year's Breeders' Cup Sprint (G1) in November at Churchill Downs.

Facing the likes of champion Roy H and American Anthem on Saturday, Ransom the Moon was well off the pace through the first half-mile, which went in :44.78. Ransom the Moon had some ten lengths to make up with a quarter-mile to run, but jockey Flavien Prat took his mount very wide to avoid trouble and flew past the field to win going away by 2 1/4-lengths in 1:10.08 on a fast track.

"This horse beat this field on the square,” winning trainer Phil D'Amato said. “(Runner-up) Roy H is a great horse, hats off to him. But my horse, since I gave him a freshening awhile back, he has kind of become the horse of old.”

Ransom the Moon, who also won the 2017 Kona Gold S. (G2), got a freshening over the winter, with Saturday's race his third start after the layoff. His record now stands at 6-7-1 in 24 starts, with earnings of $848,829 for owners Agave Racing Stable and Jeffry Wilke. 

The winner is Malibu Moon's second Grade 1 winner of the year, joining Arkansas Derby (G1) champ Magnum Moon. The Spendthrift stallion is once again a top-10 sire this year, with nearly $6 million in progeny earnings to date.

Pedigree notes from the TDN:

Ransom the Moon;s graded stakes-placed dam--Count to Three--was Woodbine-based for Sam-Son and made 20 of her 22 career starts in sprints. Second dam Countus In annexed the 1990 GI Matriarch S., and was acquired by Sam-Son for $200,000 in foal to Red Ransom at Keeneland November six years later. That resulting foal became GIII Toronto Cup H. winner Think Red. 
View All News

Top Stories

Friday, August 17, 2018
The Money Dance rallied strongly in the stretch to win the $150,000 Governor's S. on July 15 at Indiana Grand going away by 3 ½-lengths...
Thursday, August 16, 2018
Goldencents, the #1 First-Crop Sire of 2018, had another strong auction showing at the Aug. 11-12 Fasig-Tipton New York-bred Preferred Yearlings sale...
Saturday, August 11, 2018
Into Mischief's $1.2 sale-topping colt Instagrand chalked up his second straight double-digit length win in Saturday's $250,000 Best Pal S. (G2)...
Login