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Noble Moon grabs first 2014 Kentucky Derby Points in Jerome

With a courageous stretch run Noble Moon backed up the confidence of the betting public by winning the Jerome (G2) at odds of 4/5. Noble Moon, who broke sharply today, took the lead after a half-mile and held off challenges first from the third place finisher Scotland and then from the place horse Classic Giacnroll.
Trained by Leah Gyarmati and owned by Treadway Racing Stable, Noble Moon is a Virginia-bred son of Malibu Moon. Jockey Irad Ortiz took the mount on Noble Moon from Alex Solis who was aboard the second place finisher Classic Giacnroll.
Noble Moon won his first race at Belmont Park in September with an easy gate to wire effort. However in the Nashua (G2) in November he was very badly bumped leaving the gate and had to rally from 12th place to finish a very game third behind Cairo Prince.
Today, Noble Moon was back to what seems to be his preferred running style of being close to or on the lead. He sat in second after a quarter mile in :24.07 on an Aqueduct inner track which had been producing very slow times all day. Noble Moon took the lead after the first four furlongs went in :48.34.
Ortiz kept Noble Moon busy down the two-path in the stretch as he held off the challenges on the inside from the maiden Scotland and on the outside from Giacnroll, who had been running at Parx and Laurel before today. The winning margin was two lengths as Noble Moon paid $3.60 to win.
The 2014 trail to the Kentucky Derby began in New York today with the Jerome.  This is the first race in the new year to offer the 10-4-2-1 Kentucky Derby Prep Season points. For the next three months on the first Saturday of each month there will be a Derby prep race at Aqueduct. The chart below offers a little bit of historical information about the four New York races.

Gyarmati gave her take on Noble Moon’s effort, "I told [jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr.], 'If he gets out and gets a clear lead and can do it easily, great. If somebody else wants it, let them have it and get outside.' And then, all of a sudden, there was a second wave of horses on him. I just kept thinking back to his maiden win when I thought that he might get a little leg weary, but he didn't want to let anybody by him."

"It's a good sign that he can win and go two turns and fight them off, whether he's on the lead or not. As a rider, you can maneuver him, so that's always handy. He's going to have to step it up again, obviously, because there are some nice horses out there beyond Aqueduct."

Later on this week, I will post my second edition of the New York contenders for the Kentucky Derby. Noble Moon’s win in the Jerome gives him a total of 10 Road to the Derby qualifying points, which is third highest amongst those New York contenders behind the 14 points of Havana and Honor Code. 


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Older Comments about Noble Moon grabs first 2014 Kentucky Derby Points in Jerome...

I liked the run by Noble Moon. Doesnt seem as talented as some of this years 3 yr olds but it is still really really early. Great way to kick off the KD series
That was a gutsy run! Looks like Ms. Gyarmati has quite a pair with Treadway. Nice Going!
85 BSF for the Jerome victory.
Sorry to say that Classic Giacnroll did not change leads during the stretch run. You could say that the horse is green but this always raises a flag to me
Brian, didn't you call that finish on Facebook?
Nice to see the female trainers finish 1-2.

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