Liaison Filly Wins by ‘Moonlight’ in KD Juvy Turf Sprint

KENTUCKY DOWNS JUVENILE TURF SPRINT S., $ 496,700, Kentucky Downs, 9-8, 2yo, 6 1/2fT, 1:17.91, gd.
1–MOONLIGHT ROMANCE, 118, f, 2, by Liaison
1st Dam: Envious Moon, by Malibu Moon
2nd Dam: Fay Morgan, by Cox’s Ridge
3rd Dam: Fabulous Salt, by Le Fabuleux
1ST BLACK TYPE WIN. ($ 42,000 Ylg ’17 KEESEP). O-Kenneth L.
& Sarah K. Ramsey; B-Spendthrift Farm LLC (KY); T-Wesley A.
Ward; J-Jose L. Ortiz. $ 296,800. Lifetime Record: 4-2-1-0,
$ 358,800.2–Life Mission, 119, g, 2, Noble Mission (GB)–Crossing the
Tape, by Johannesburg. ($ 90,000 Ylg ’17 KEESEP; €70,000 RNA
2yo ’18 ARQMAY). O-Marc Detampel; B-Trace Wood Farm
(KY); T-Ben Colebrook. $ 96,000.3–Blame the Frog, 118, f, 2, Blame–One Fast Frog, by First
Samurai. O/B-Hugh Bishop (KY); T-Ben Colebrook. $ 48,000.
Margins: 3, 2, 1HF. Odds: 1.60, 8.70, 13.00.
Also Ran: Cardinal Coach Mac, Mine Inspector, Faraway Kitten, Perfect Answer, Carter Cat, Sovereign Impact, Chattel. Scratched: Mae Never No (Ire).

Moonlight Romance stalked the pace and ran away in the stretch to take the Kentucky Downs Juvenile Turf Sprint S. Saturday. Runner-up on debut to barnmate and subsequent Ascot heroine Shang Shang Shang (Shanghai Bobby) Apr. 26 at Keeneland, the $ 42,000 Keeneland September buy graduated powerfully on the Belmont lawn May 24 and finished 13th in the Windsor Castle S. at the Royal Meeting June 23.

Made the public’s choice in this Stateside return, the dark bay came away well and pressed the speed of longshot Sovereign Impact (Munnings) through the first half-mile. Taking over in early stretch, she kicked clear into the final furlong and came home a convincing winner. Life Mission, making her North American debut, was second-best.

The winner’s dam has a yearling colt by Cross Traffic and a weanling full-sister to the winner. She was bred to Declassify this spring. Click for the chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

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