Life Farm’s Moon Philly took the short way home, tracking the pace from
her position along the fence, then tipping out to pass the front runner
and pull away to win the $125,000 Nellie Morse Stakes for fillies and
mares at Laurel Park.
Rose was at the controls as the daughter of Malibu Moon lived up to her
role as 4-5 favorite to win by 3-1/4 lengths in 1:44.67 for the 1-1/16th
mile distance. Touch The Birds stayed on after leading all the way into
the stretch to hold second while Access To Charlie, who was in the hunt
throughout, finished third. Moon Filly paid $3.60.
is one of the few races that placed out just like I hoped,” Rose said.
“It seemed like horses weren’t winning from the lead today and ones that
were behind the second or third flight weren’t closing either, so
coming from the rail I got her to relax and into proper position hoping
the six (Touch The Birds) would open up a length on the field so I could
get to where I wanted.”
Mike Trombetta trainee had a troubled trip last time out in the Cat
Cay Stakes at Aqueduct on January 6. After stumbling at the gate, the
4-year old had to jump a fallen horse in the stretch but still managed
to take second. Moon Philly has been a model of consistency last year
with ten first or second place finishes in 13 career starts.
getting better each start,” added Rose. “I like how many gears she has.
It is hard to win the big races with true speed. There is always
somebody to push you. True closers can’t always get there, so to win the
big races you need to have tactical speed and multiple gears. She has
those multiple gears and is very easy to ride.”
has now won three stakes races in the last six live racing days at
Laurel: also winning the Frank Whiteley with Ore Pass last Saturday and
the Native Dancer with Private Tale Monday.