Moonshine Mullin 'Really Great' After Foster Win

Following an exhilarating night of first-class racing Saturday under the Twin Spires, the equine stars of Stephen Foster Handicap Night at Churchill Downs were reported by their connections to be in good order.

In one of the most impressive performances of the year, Randy Patterson’s Moonshine Mullin scored a 1 ¾-length victory in the $552,500 Stephen Foster Handicap Presented by Abu Dhabi (Grade I) and trainer Randy Morse said he came out of the race well.

“He came out great, really great,” Morse said. “We’re just going to let this win sink in and we’ll see what happens next.”

Morse did mention he would probably take a string of horses back to Saratoga upon the completion of the Churchill Downs Spring Meet, but did not say if Moonshine Mullin was pointed to a specific race.

The two Grade I events for handicap horses this summer at Saratoga are the Aug. 2 Whitney Invitational Handicap and Aug. 30 Woodward, both run at 1 1/8 miles.

Moonshine Mullin was followed in order by Will Take Charge, Departing, Mylute, Golden Ticket, Revolutionary, Long River, Prayer for Relief and Jaguar Paw.

“He came out of the race fine,” Will Take Charge conditioner D. Wayne Lukas said. “We’ll take a very serious look at the Whitney. This horse has an affinity for the Saratoga track.”

“Departing is fine,” trainer Al Stall Jr. said. “We were pleased with his effort and we will talk to the owners to see what’s in store next.”


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wtc really WTC needs a rest i dont care if he wasnt 6 wide he wasnt going to win the race because he has developed heard mentality and has no desire to win you can see it in his eyes he had the whole stretch to blow on by once he got clear but he did just enough to stay with the pack moonshine moulin is becoming a nixce horse just like his dad If wtc was the same horse he was in the classic he should be wining these races by a landslide Hes burnt out and toast
Annmatt, MM did no such thing! He only beat WTC by 1 3/4. Considering WTC went like 6 wide on the turn, was way to far back on a slow pace, hasn't been 100% and carried 5 more lbs (which experts believe each pound is a length, which means under equal weights WTC wins by slightly over 4), I'd say he didn't make them look like claimers at all
Just love Moonshine Mullin and am looking for him to be Horse of the Week!! Looking at his resume with all the allowance races on there and not very many wins until recently, reminds me of John Henry's or even Seabiscuit's early resume with at least 20+ losses and 20-30 starts. Seabiscuit actually had 35 starts his first year with only 5 wins! So, there's precedent for a "great" horse to develop from the bottom of the pile and move on to greater glory. Guess the odds makers thought Mullin had stepped up too far in class and didn't give him much respect. Turns out, he made his high class brethren look like claimers! Did the light bulb just go on for this horse, or was he waiting for the right trainer?

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