CIR LADY MOON SHINES BRIGHT IN DENIM N DIAMONDS
Over the years, Los Alamitos has been home to some high caliber racing rivalries. No rivalry in Quarter Horse racing is bigger right now than AQHA World Champion Empressum vs. multiple Grade 1 winner Apollitical Pence, but perhaps other fun rivalries could be brewing at the Orange County track.
In the mare division, one possible rivalry for the future could be between Cir Lady Moon and Koalition. Koalition won their first meeting back January 1st when she defeated Cir Lady Moon in the Dashingly Handicap. The two faced off once again on Saturday night, this time in the $35,000 Denim N Diamonds Handicap. Koalition was looking to become the first two-time winner of the meet, but Cir Lady Moon had other plans. After breaking nicely from post number seven, Carol and Daniel Lee’s Utah-bred 5-year-old mare proved to be too strong in the second half of the Denim N Diamonds, as she won the 350-yard dash by a head. Ridden by Armando Cervantes for trainer Monty Arrossa, Cir Lady Moon covered the distance in :17.576 while earning $19,250 for the win. Sired by Moonin The Eagle, the Gary Robison Estate-bred mare improved her record to six wins from 14 starts. The winner of the Isaws Sugar Bear Stakes at Sweetwater Downs, Cirl Lady Moon improved her career earnings to $52,000.
EG High Desert Farms’ Letty Cartel finished a game second with Bobby Cox’s Koalition running third. All Prettied Up, Ms Ko, Crystal Prize, Up To Good and Hitters Count complete the field.