Tuesday, September 04, 2007

2 Geldings and a Sire

- Our old favorite Spooky Mulder was back in the winners circle with a 3 3/4 length win in an Allowance Optional Claiming event at Delaware Park on Sunday. It's great to see the 9 year old guy show his stuff again. He now has 30 wins from 75 starts and earnings of over $850,000.

- Declan's Moon is scheduled to run on Wednesday in the Pirate's Bounty Handicap at Del Mar. This is a huge drop in class for him after running 6th in the G1 Bing Crosby last time out. He has been working well, but if things don't go well here, the Jay Em Ess stables people should give a call over to the Sackatoga Stables people to see how to deal with a gelding past his prime.

- Declan's sire Malibu Moon is on fire with his 2-year-old crop. This is his first crop of runners since moving to Kentucky. He previously stood in Maryland. He currently stands at #10 on the list of sires of 2-year-olds with 10 winners from 35 starters. On Wednesday at Del Mar, his promising youngster Kanan Dume runs in the G1 Del Mar Futurity so more cash may be accumulating. He also stands at #26 on the general North American Sire Earnings List with 8 stakes winners this year.

In addition to Kanan Dume, keep an eye out for 2-year-olds By The Light who won a stakes at Finger Lakes on Monday, Moon De French that won at first asking for Bill Mott at Saratoga on Saturday, and Always A Believer that won first time out for Mott at Belmont in July.

- Did you know? A horse standing at stud is referred to as a SIRE only after one of his progeny wins a race. Prior to that win, he is merely a Stallion. I just read that and thought it was a subtlety that most people don't realize.


Nellie said...

Spooky's baby half sister, Samantha Mulder (really, how clever can you get... a *half* sister, too! umm... yeah, I used to watch The X-Files), just broke her maiden a month ago at Delaware.

You have to feel sorry for Declan's Moon - I can't decide whether he wants to stay in training but not compete, or they just keep picking his off days for racing.

Superfecta said...

Ditto here about Declan's Moon - he is clearly enjoying training, but not so much the racing part anymore. Perhaps it's time to go work in company with some younger up-and-comers.

Anonymous said...

Then I guess I'm still a stallion.

John (AKA Not Too Swift) said...

I had Spooky to win. I bet him at 5-2 and he drifted up to 5-1 at post. I was really surprised at that; makes me wish I made a substantial wager instead of my standard two dollars.

Valerie said...

Spooky Mulder has been nominated for the $175k Northwestern PA Stakes at Presque Isle next Saturday. What do you think are the chances he'll be there?


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