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Hall of Famer Bob Baffert won the Kentucky Derby back-to-back in 1997 and 1998 with Silver Charm and Real Quiet and again in 2002 with War Emblem. He has saddled 19 horses in the Run for the Roses. He has won the Preakness stakes a record tying five times and has won the Eclipse Award for top trainer three times. Baffert has saddled two Kentucky Oaks winners, Silverbulletday and Plum Pretty.
A descendant of Mexico, Garcia began riding show jumping horses at the age of 14 and his abilities landed him a job galloping horses at Pleasanton Racetrack in California. Garcia burst on to the national racing scene with a win aboard Lookin at Lucky in the 2010 Preakness Stakes. He has since become Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert's first call rider. Martin Garcia was victorious in the 2011 Kentucky Oaks aboard Plum Pretty.
Kaleem Shah resides in Virginia and founded CalNet, an information technology company. His family was involved in the top echelon of horse racing in India where his father, Majeed, won the Indian Triple Crown and his uncle Saeed won the Indian Derby twice. His father however insisted the children concentrate on education and did not encourage Kaleem to spend time at the race track. But horse racing was in his blood and Kaleem entered the business in 1996 primarily racing on the east coast. He met trainer Bob Baffert at the horse sales and the two have had a great deal of success with many of their purchases. Shah has about 30 horses in training and currently campaigns Kentucky Derby prospect Fed Biz as well. Other stable stars have included May Day Rose, Irrefutable, Concorde Point and Smash.
Eden’s Moon is something of a late comer on the Kentucky Oaks Trail, having just made her career debut in mid-December, but has already proven to be a formidable foe. The bay lass is by Malibu Moon, who only raced twice before forced to retire due to injury.
The stallion hasn’t let early retirement stop him from leaving his mark, though, siring such top class horses as champion Declan’s Moon and multiple Grade 1-winning millionaire Life at Ten. He’s also responsible for such Grade 1 divas as Devil May Care, Ask the Moon, Malibu Prayer, Malibu Mint and Funny Moon.
Malibu Moon’s dam is French Group 1 winner Macoumba, who is a half-sister to fellow French Group 1 scorer and sire Septieme Ciel. His third dam, the unraced Baracala, is herself a half-sibling to French champion miler and Group 1 English Two Thousand Guineas hero Nonoalco.
From nine crops to race, Malibu Moon’s offspring have thus far averaged a seven-furlong winning distance while triumphing as far as three miles.
Eden’s Causeway, the dam of Eden’s Moon, comes from a pretty nice family as well. The mare is out of North of Eden, making her a half-sibling to Paradise Creek, Forbidden Apple and Wild Event, all Grade 1 winners on the turf.
North of Eden is herself a half-sister to top sire and champion turf horse Theatrical as well as Japanese Grade 1 victor Taiki Blizzard.
Eden’s Causeway is by Giant’s Causeway, a multiple highweight and Group 1 winner. The stallion’s daughters having proven quite successful when crossed with sons of A.P. Indy, as proven by Eden’s Moon and the well-regarded El Padrino, a son of Pulpit who captured the Risen Star Stakes in his quest for Kentucky Derby glory.
Another daughter of Giant’s Causeway has also produced multiple Grade 1 winner Evening Jewel, who just missed by a nose in the 2010 Kentucky Oaks
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