Jeff Nielsen's FULL MOON BLUES (Petionville) made all the running to register an 11-1 upset of the $98,000 Tempted S. (G3) for juveniles fillies over a mile. Malcolm Franklin guided the Maryland-based filly through splits of :24, :48 1/5 and 1:13, and drew away to defeat favorites Tap for Luck (Tapit) and Dixie City (Dixie Union) in a time of 1:38 2/5 over a track labeled good.
The outsider of the quintet, Full Moon Blues paid $25, $8.30 and $3.10. Tap for Luck returned $3.60 and $2.10, while Dixie City was worth $2.10. The exacta paid $77 and the 3-4-5 trifecta was worth $111. Pinch Pie (Victory Gallop) and Doing Great (Great Notion) completed the field.
"I was expecting a huge race from her today and I got it," Franklin said. "Today, she broke sharp and put me in a nice position on the lead, She was nice and relaxed and from then on, I said 'well, they're going to have to run extra hard to beat me.'"
Bred by Everest Stables in Kentucky, Full Moon Blues was a $14,000 Keeneland September yearling. Runner-up in her first two starts at Laurel and Delaware Park, Full Moon Blues finally broke through in an October 9 maiden at Laurel, winning by 10 1/2 lengths going six furlongs. This 2 1/4-length win boosted her career bankroll to $89,440.
"We're not sure what is next for her," trainer Tim Tullock Jr. said. "Clearly, she got the mile today, which is nice. We're not sure what she does better, sprinting, or a mile. We'll have to see how she comes out of this and then decide."
Produced by the winning Taurus Moon (Hesabull), a half-sister to stakes winner Lunar Flight (Flying Continental), Full Moon Blues counts as her third dam the Grade 2-placed multiple stakes winner Medieval Moon (Medieval Man), who produced the Grade 1-placed multiple stakes winner Migrating Moon (Silver Buck).