Kasey K Racing & Brier Creek Farm LLC’s Big Sur took command
right from the start and held off all challengers to give trainer Ramon
and his son, jockey Ramon Moya, a victory in Saturday’s $75,000
Majestic Light Stakes at Monmouth Park.
Over the sloppy going,
Big Sur splashed home a length and a
quarter winner after stepping the mile and 70 yards in 1:42 flat. The
winner returned $20.20, $5.60 and $3.60 in the field of five colts and
geldings. Spring Hill Farm and 2011 Belmont
Stakes winner Ruler On Ice finished in a dead-heat for second. Spring
Hill Farm paid $2.60 and $2.80 and completed a $40.20 exacta, while
Ruler On Ice paid $2.40 and $2.60 and rounded out a $33.80 exacta.
Odds-on favorite Buffum failed to fire, finishing
“The owner gave me this horse about two months ago,”
said the winning trainer. “He’s been training great and we thought we
would take our shot here. We
were going to the lead no matter what. Speed had been doing well all
day. He set some quick fractions, so he didn’t steal it, he had to earn
A 5-year-old gelding by Malibu Moon out of the St. Jovite mare St Lucinda,
Big Sur sports a record of 5-5-9 from 28 starts.