Race of the Week 2017

Moonshine Mullin shocks foes in Stephen Foster battle


There have been some very good claims in recent years. Horses that were former claimers became overnight superstars with the "right" trainer, proving that you don't have to start big to become big. Last month Moonshine Mullin pulled the upset in the Grade 2 Alysheba, but tonight in the Grade 1 Stephen Foster Handicap, the intact 6-year old son of Albert the Great proved that his first big win was no fluke.


With the betting public split between Will Take Charge, Revolutionary, and Departing, Moonshine Mullin went to post at juicy 10-1 odds despite his last race. Though logic dictated that he would go to the lead, the eventual winner instead sat right off long shot Jaguar Paw through the early goings. With Shaun Bridgmohan in the irons, Jaguar Paw set comfortable splits of 23:90 and 47:91 for the opening quarter and half.


Pouncing on the far turn, Moonshine Mullin grabbed the lead only to lose it to Departing at the top of the stretch. While Will Take Charge and  Golden Ticket loomed large on the outside, the inside is where all the action ended up being. Bound and determined to keep his win streak alive, Moonshine Mullin with Calvin Borel aboard battled back to win comfortably in 1.49:66 for the 1 1/8 mile race.


Will Take Charge's late run fell short but he had enough to get up for second. Departing stuck around to nab third, and Mylute's late charge got him up into fourth. The order of finish was completed by Golden Ticket, Revolutionary, Long River, Prayer for Relief, and Jaguar Paw. 


Off at 10-1 odds, Moonshine Mullin returned $22.00/$9.00/$5.20. Post time favorite Will Take Charge paid $4.60/$3.40 for the place, and Departing was worth $3.60 for a $2 show bet. The $2 exacta returned $102.20. The $2 trifecta paid $513.00, and the $2 superfecta was worth $5,307.00.


By Albert the Great and out of the Distant View mare Mullen Road, Moonshine Mullin was claimed by his current connections, owner Randy Patterson and trainer Randy L. Morse, back in November at Remington Park. Prior to his current five race win streak, two of them graded, Moonshine Mullin's biggest claim to fame was a 2nd place finish to Stay Thirsty in the 2011 renewal of the G2 Jim Dandy Stakes.


Today's Stephen Foster victory pushed Moonshine Mullin to an overall record of 32: 9-4-5 for total purse money of $1,014,361. Along with lion's share of tonight's purse, the Morse trainee also earned an automatic berth in the 2014 Breeders' Cup Classic.


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Wonderful race by Moonshine Mullin. I hope he can keep his form through the rest of the year with a shot a the big one in the BCC.
I'll eat crow now.
MM made my weekend...turning into a nice 4yr old...the handicap division is getting stronger with a lot of quality runners
  • Nvrlose37 · He's a six year old though but in any case definitely transitioning into a contender. Not sure he can make 1 1/4 miles though · 1256 days ago
101 is too low. Earned a 105 on my speed figures. Improvement in last SEVEN races .... impressive! Give tons of credit to Mr. Morse, the trainer. He's done one hell of a job!
Moonshine Mullin earned a 101 BSF for his Stephen Foster victory.
Yuki, she traded one for another. She has my favorite Grand Contender who just became one of very few horses to take both the LS Park Handicap and the Texas Mile. She claimed him a while ago and now he's on a 3-race streak.
It's a shame Maggi Moss let him go.
Claimed twice last year for 25k and 40k!
Got to love those former claimers that kick butt in graded stakes. Gutsy performance in the moonlight at Churchill Downs for Moonshine Mullin.

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