Magnum Moon Books Spot in Kentucky Derby with Arkansas Derby 2018 Win

Magnum Moon Books Spot in Kentucky Derby with Arkansas Derby 2018 Win

Magnum Moon Books Spot in Kentucky Derby with Arkansas Derby 2018 Win

There are clearly lessons Magnum Moon still needs to learn, as evidenced by the fact that as he reached the Oaklawn Park stretch in the Grade 1 Arkansas Derby on April 14, both his focus and his stride started to noticeably wander. So the three-year-old colt should be at Churchill Downs on May 5 for the Run for the Roses. "Aside from that, I thought he finished with good energy and was pulling away from some nice horses".

Trainer Rodolphe Brisset (Quip, second) - "I guess that's just the way the race set up (when asked if he expected Magnum Moon to be on the lead)".

After picking up the 100 qualifying points bestowed to the victor in Saturday's 1 1/8-mile test, Magnum Moon now sits atop the Road to the Kentucky Derby leaderboard with 150 points total. "Very pleased with the outcome".

Made the 4-5 favorite off the strength of an equally impressive tally in the GII Rebel S. March 17 in Hot Springs, the bay tried his hand at setting the pace Saturday and ran away in the stretch despite drifting well out into the track to register a four-length score. He also captured the Grade 2 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn earlier in the spring. I am just going to stay there and he was very comfortable into the turn. "We were in a good position he broke really sharp".

And, along with West Coast star Justify, 3 for 3 for Bob Baffert, Magnum Moon hopes to become the first unraced 2-year-old to win the Churchill Downs classic since Apollo in 1882. I'm not going to choke him. When I came to the stretch I felt like he was looking at the gate marks so when we got there I touched him a little and he went. "He's won a number of different ways now, and I think he's proven that he's the kind of horse that doesn't need the race to unfold a certain way, that he's able to kind of make his own race". We could have tried to go on the lead. "But Luis gave him a masterful ride". His first six furlongs in a glacial 1:13.39, Magnum Moon ($3.60) clocked a fast-rated mile and an eighth in 1:49.86 - no track record on a day none was needed.

Third finisher Solomini (Curlin) will go in the Derby, according to Zayat Stables' racing and stallion manager Justin Zayat.

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