Philly circled the Laurel Park oval this afternoon to the delight of
her scores of owners at Country Life Farm. Along with the bettors who
had backed her down to odds of 1-5, the Malibu Moon filly was the
popular winner of the $125,000 Maryland Racing Media Handicap.
Rose placed Moon Philly behind the pacesetter Touch the Birds at the
start of the mile and an eighth test and stayed outside of that one
until the far turn. A nudge from Rose was all she needed to move into
the lead and gallop home a 9-1/4 length winner in 1:54.57 over the good
racing surface. Access to Charlie wore down Touch the Birds in deep
stretch to take second.
last two races kind of came exactly the way we wanted to,” Rose said.
“The last two starts, all I did was stay out of her way. She does her
thing. She’s very easy to ride. As you can see she’s tactical. I wanted
to stay close to the six (Touch the Birds) and I really didn’t care how
slow she went just as long as we were close.”
Trombetta trains Moon Philly, who had captured the Nellie Morse Stakes
at Laurel in her previous start and has now won four of her last six
kind of hit another gear since we started running her a mile or
further,” said Trombetta. “She’s been ultra consistent. For a young
horse that has a lot of time in front of her, we couldn’t be any
happier. Two legitimate horses (Twice the Lady and Withgreatpleasure)
scratched which was a huge help.”
Trombetta indicated the 4-year-old filly would likely not run again until the Pimlico spring meet begins in early April.
Moon Philly paid $2.40 and the victory boosted her career earnings to $268,195.