Moondance Joy broke her maiden on Wednesday at Belmont Park. The 3-year-old NY-bred daughter of Catienus broke well and sat as many as seven lengths off the lead before launching a three wide bid on the turn, taking command, and shaking free to score by a length.
“I let her settle early and just waited,” said jockey Luis Saez. “I made my move on the turn and had a lot of horse. She got a little tired the last sixteenth but kept trying.”
“She was so sharp going into the race, I expected her to run well,” said trainer Tom Albertrani. “Luis gave her a patient ride and it’s great to see her finally break through.”
West Point Thoroughbreds’ Director of Customer Service Emma Pinette joined Partners in the winner’s circle with their filly. The win was especially memorable for Partner Joy Haines, who flew from Oregon to visit her grandchildren and attended the race. Her husband John named the filly “Moondance Joy” after her.
Moondance Joy is expected to run again at the Saratoga meet.