Magnum Moon Rises To Arkansas Derby Victory
Pletcher-Trained Colt Garners Most Derby Points With Three Weeks Remaining
By Margaret Ransom
Robert and Lawana Low’s Magnum Moon remained perfect in four career starts and clinched a start in the May 5 Kentucky Derby (GI) on Saturday with an impressive wire-to-wire score by four lengths in the $1 million Arkansas Derby (GI) on the track’s closing day card. The Todd Pletcher-trained son of Malibu Moon picked up 100 points go with his 50 from winning the Rebel Stakes (GII) on March 17 and he now sits as the top point-getter with a total of 150 points, 16 more than champion and Blue Grass Stakes (GII) winner Good Magic.
Ridden by Luis Saez, Magnum Moon was the 4-5 favorite and returned $3.60, $2.80 and $2.40. Runner-up Quip paid $4.40 and $3.40 at odds of more than 6-1, while 5-2 chance Solomini, who was a neck farther back in third, paid $2.60. The exacta returned $9.40 and the 50-cent trifecta was worth $13.60.
Combatant, Tenfold, Plainsman, Dream Baby Dream, Beautiful Shot and Machismo rounded out the order of finish.
After a clean break, Malibu Moon sped to the front and never looked back, posting splits of of :23.34 and :48.60 for the first half-mile, while being shadowed to his outside by… (more)