Moonshine Mullin Wins Stephen Foster Handicap
Added on: June 17, 2014
Moonshine Mullin won the G1 Foster by a stretch on Saturday 14th June at Churchill Downs, beating second place Will Take Charge and third place Departing. The Stephen Foster Handicap Grade I was for 3-year-olds & up and the total purse was $552,500.
Moonshine Mullin is trained by Randy L. Morse and was ridden by jockey Calvin Borel. This latest victory has given Moonshine Mullin automatic entrance in to this year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic, due to the ‘Win & You’re In’ challenge series.
“Randy [Morse] has been doing so well with him,” said the winning Jockey. He then went on to say, “The first morning I was out on him working him after the Alysheba, he didn't really work like I thought he should have. But boy its funny, when a horse peaks, they peak. When I came back and worked him again about five days ago he was a totally different horse, like he had gotten his seat back under him.”
He finished by saying, “I rode him with a lot of confidence today. We were stepping up today, I know we beat some of these same horses a few weeks back and early on I was afraid it may have taken too much out of him, but as we got closer, Randy had him ready to go. He's a nice, nice horse.”
Moonshine Mullins has now accumulated more than $1,000,000.00 in career earnings and this first place victory was worth $328,848.00 alone. This was actually the first Grade I victory for Mores and his fifth consecutive win in recent times. “He trained better leading up to this race than he did the race before,” said Morse when referencing Alysheba.
”He drew a really good post, which meant a lot. I usually tend to be pretty conservative but when he drew the three-post with how well as he's trained the past week, I was pretty sure we were going to run him.”
A total of nine horses took part in this years’ G1 Foster Handicap and some of the popular bets were Long River at 5-1, Revolutionary at 7-2 and the previously mentioned favourite, Departed, was priced at 3-1. There was also Jaguar Paw, priced at 80-1, who took an early lead but failed to hold on and in the end didn’t place.
“If he never wins another race, it's been a great ride. But as good as he's doing, who knows? You never know, that's one thing about this sport, they come from everywhere. I'm very happy with him though,” added Morse.
The comments contained within this article came directly from the official ESPN website, where you can read more comments in full from both the jockeys and the trainers.