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Sea The Moon leaves them Seeing Stars

Sea The Moon


Any remaining doubt as to whether Sea The Stars will be a quality sire may have been put firmly to bed today in Hamburg. The occasion was the German Derby, and the horse in question was the undefeated Sea The Moon, who turned in a stunning performance to run away with Group 1 race.

Aboard the race favorite for the first time, rider Christophe Soumillon let the Markus Klug trained Sea The Moon roll right from the opening bell from his outside post position, and by the time the big field had hit the first turn, the pair was in the lead. From there the bay colt ran free on the lead furlong after powerful furlong.

Sea The Moon quickened on the far turn, and as the German Derby field made their last right hand turn into the Hamburg homestretch, Soumillon let Sea The Moon drift all the way from the inside rail to the far rail right in front of the cheering crowd.

It was a startling move, but one the connections had discussed before the race. Far away from the rest of the pack in more ways than one, the emerging star exerted his dominance and quickly opened up a large advantage. Geared down near the wire, Sea The Moon still managed to win by eleven lengths.

Sea The Moon finished the 12 furlongs in 2:29.86, on the good turf, to better his perfect career to 4-for-4. He previously had won his career debut by four lengths last September in Cologne, before easily taking a group 3 and a group 2 contest this year in preparation of the German Derby.

Out of a successful German female family, Sea The Moon is from the first crop sired by the champion Sea The Stars. As one of the great horses of the 21st century, his sire won eight straight races to close his career after losing his career debut. The final six came in group 1 contests in 2009, including the English 2,000 Guineas, Epsom Derby and the Prix de l’arc de Triomphe.

It’s still three months ahead, but the connections of the undefeated colt will be hoping to not only emulate his sire as an Arc champion, but will also look to join the excellent filly, Danedream, as a German raider to race away with Europe’s biggest event, come October.

His new rider makes no bones about this German colt having what it takes to compete against the best from England and Ireland. Just watch in the stretch run as Soumillon peeks over and back at the competition falling off in the wake of Sea The Moon … It really is something to see. 



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In watching the replay,i gather that the track is desperately in need of a new Race Caller.
ugh. I just found out a colt I noticed in the yearling sales just won the Austrian Derby on Sunday - the moment I take my eyes off him. What's with this? Now I've gotta dig up the race info and add it tomorrow.
It was a good idea, I think, but you can see as he's got him going to the line he starts drifting back to the other rail again just a little. I think this just means Sea The Moon's a quirky runner. I really like Andreas Helfenbein, but I'm afraid I'd have to say Soumillon looks like he'd be better suited to be Sea The Moon's jockey when it comes to bigger races. As for Chicquita, c'mon and let me have my hope! I was sorely disappointed when I saw Coolmore bought her and I was terrified they'd retire her to become a broodmare right away. It only made me feel a little better that she has those entries.
@jonquil, I saw that she had entries for those races, but they are still a ways off. I will wait to believe when she reappears.
Soumillon felt if he just moved Sea the Moon to the outside rail he would then run the rest of the straight correctly. At least that is the explanation that he gave to the French press. He did mention that he wanted to be there anyway, but wanted to eliminate the problem also.
@amino: He edged left very badly in his last race in Cologne, that much I do remember. I haven't seen his other races since they were ran, but I don't think it was that bad until his second race in Cologne when he drifted all the way across. It's a thing that just happens with some colts and fillies. I know Chicquita had the same quirk before Coolmore bought her.
  • amino998 · Thanks again, would like to see him coming down the hill in the left-handed Breeders' Cup Turf. A guy can dream, right? · 1232 days ago
Keep in mind, guys ... they also liked the ground better on the far outside as opposed to the inside rail.
Yes, the ground on the outside rail was firmer, but I doubt it made that much of a difference beyond giving him a more impressive-looking win.
BTW -- Chicquita has entries in the Yorkshire Oaks and the Irish Champion Stakes. No Arc entry, sadly. Hopefully they will go through with the entries she has.
Drilling left would explain the fiasco at Cologne. The trainer excused it as greenness after they survived a stewards' inquiry, and people were discussing it prior to the Derby, wondering how Sea The Moon's jockey and trainer would deal with it this time out.
Soumillon said he was told that the horse drifts left, so he decided to just make that move intentional. We won't know anything about Chicquita until she returns to racing, at least I am hoping she will return.
By fun I mean he looks like a horse with a lot of personality.
He looks like a fun, quirky horse. The jockey change seems to have worked as well.
Kinda looks like the ground may have been a little bit better, too. Was it always a drift to the left in the past?
Sea The Moon's dam, Sanwa, is a full sister to Schiaparelli, Samum and Salve Regina. Also, the drift to the far right rail was planned because Sea The Moon has had a habit of drifting markedly in his previous races. They just controlled the drift this time around and it worked perfectly.
He did not want to be pulled up after the race. I like this colt.
i had heard enough chatter on Twitter that i fired up the race earlier this afternoon...that was a stunning victory indeed. i had no idea until after i watched the race that the drift outside was a planned thing...i could not believe what i was seeing. he won that race powerfully, and i'm looking forward to seeing what Sea The Moon does next!

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