Magnum Moon enters the picture as a new contender on the Road to the Kentucky Derby. With 3⁄1 odds in the 2018 Rebel Stakes, the Todd Pletcher colt made the most with his spotlight by dusting a competitive field.
Parked tightly in a spot behind pace setters Title Ready and Curlin’s Honor, Magnum Moon waitied in third with the talented Sporting Chance and even money favorite Solimini squarely in the ranks.
The race leaders set fractions of :23.42 and :47.15 and by the three-quarter pole, Magnum Moon shot to glory. Nobody would match his closing speed.
Solimini, who had garnered the most wagering action at the window for good reason, looked poised to strike on the inside but was blocked by Title Ready who had the right of way. Instead, Magnum Moon darted around the final corner, taking a perfect line at the perfect time to best his rivals by 3 ½ lengths. His final time of 1:43.68 is one of the fastest set at 1 1/16th miles this year for three-year-olds.
To put his winning time in perspective, he is right on the mark set by both McKinzie and Bolt d’Oro in the San Felipe Stakes which was clocked at 1:42.71.
The 2018 Rebel Stakes victoryfor Magnum Moon joined his 1 mile 40 yard allowance at Tampa Bay Downs in 1:39.18 and a 6 furlong affair at Gulfstream in 1:10.03.
The Arkansas Derby is next in line for the speedy son of Malibu Moon, out of Dazzling Song. His pedigree aside, Magnum Moon has been making notable strides in development that have caught the attention of keen horsemen around the country.
In his win, Magnum Moon paid out $8.00 at 3⁄1 odds overall. Solimini fought well for a $2.80 and $2.40 return while Combatant muscled to third at 8⁄1 odds with a $3.20 pay back.
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