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Leah Gyarmati

Trainer

Leah Gyarmati, of Queens, New York, grew up around show horses and rode jumpers, until she got a job on Belmont's backstretch during the summer of her senior year in high school.  She then began to focus her time between her undergraduate and masters studies in philosophy and theology and her love of hot walking, riding and training Thoroughbreds.  Gyarmati shortly pursued a doctorate in New York, before leaving school to take 222 mounts as a jockey in the late 1990s.  Gyarmati has been training horses for 14 years, and is described as being patient and hands-on.  In addition, she is recognized for going out of her way to take care of horses once their racing days are over.  

Treadway Racing Stable

Owner

Treadway Racing Stable is owned by Jeff Treadway, of Brooklyn, New York.  Treadway got involved with horse racing in 2007, following a career as a private investor in Texas, and says of racing, "It’s a beautiful sport, and one of the greatest things about it is it can turn on a dime..."

Pedigree

Noble Moon has the same sire as 2013 Kentucky Derby star Orb -- Malibu Moon.

A regally-bred son of A.P. Indy whose racing career was prematurely cut short by injury, Malibu Moon has instead lived up to his pedigree by becoming a successful sire. His best sons so far have been Orb, who swept the Fountain of Youth and Florida Derby en route to glory at Churchill, and Declan's Moon, the champion two-year-old male of 2004. But most of Malibu Moon's headliners have been fillies, including Life at Ten, Devil May Care, Ask the Moon and Funny Moon -- all major winners at 1 1/4 miles.

Noble Moon was produced by Mambo Bell, who won at up to 1 1/8 miles. She is the dam of three other winners, including Grade 2-placed Mambo Fever and Forest Bell, who romped in a 1 1/4-mile steeplechase.

Mambo Bell is by the blueblood Kingmambo, a son of Mr. Prospector and Miesque. Kingmambo did his parents proud on the racecourse by becoming a top miler in Europe, winning the French Two Thousand Guineas, St James's Palace and Prix du Moulin.

Kingmambo became a world-class stallion as well. Among his top performers are American champion Lemon Drop Kid, hero of the 1999 Belmont Stakes; Japanese Horse of the Year El Condor Pasa; fellow Japanese champion King Kamehameha; European champion fillies Divine Proportions and Russian Rhythm; Irish highweight Henrythenavigator; and two winners of England's marathon St Leger, Rule of Law (2004) and Encke (2012).

Kingmambo is exerting an influence as a sire of sires and as a broodmare sire. Daughters of Kingmambo are responsible for the past two Epsom Derby heroes, Camelot (2012) and Ruler of the World (2013); such European standouts as Duke of Marmalade and Midday; multiple Australian Group 1 queen Gallica; and Japan's Suzuka Mambo.

Mambo Bell hails from a robust Edward P. Evans family. She is a half-sister to Silver Music, winner of the 1994 Swaps (when it was a 1 1/4-mile test), and Musical Ghost, who landed the 1 3/8-mile Red Smith Handicap in 1998. Another half-sibling, Prospector's Song, was a multiple stakes-winning sprinter.

Noble Moon's third dam, Grade 3 victress Belladora, is closely related to Silent Screen, the champion two-year-old colt of 1969.

Noble Moon's pedigree sports 3x3 inbreeding to Mr. Prospector.

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