By the Moon is the Star and Winner of Bed o’ Roses Handicap
By the Moon has been knocking on the door but unable to break through her last four races. On Saturday at Belmont Park, the 4-year-old filly rallied in the final furlong and edged away as the second-choice to win the $150,000 Grade III Bed o’ Roses Handicap.
The victory at seven furlongs was impressive as By the Moon sat back in fifth and then made a move along the inside to rally and pull clear by 1 1/2 lengths over favorite Wavell Avenue; last year’s Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint champion. Wavell Avenue was game for second after swinging five wide into the stretch. The final time was 1:21.98 with Jose Ortiz aboard, and By the Moon paid $6.40, $3.40 and $2.60 across the board.
Winning trainer Michelle Nevin was quite pleased following the race. “The way the race set up today, there was a lot of speed in the race and we were in the one-hole. We were either going to have to gun her or sit back. Jose gave her a great ride.”
By the Moon, a daughter of Indian Charlie, is now 4 for 11 with earnings of $790, 440.
The Bed o’ Roses was By the Moon’s second start of the year. She finished fourth in the Grade 3 Distaff Handicap at Aqueduct in mid-April. The winner of that race, Paulassilverlining, came back to win the Grade 3 Vagrancy. The runner-up, Cavorting, has since won the Grade 2 Ruffian and the Grade 1 Ogden Phipps.
By the Moon’s victory was her second graded stakes win after taking the Grade I Frizette at Belmont in 2014.
By the Moon will run next in either the Grade 2, $200,000 Honorable Miss at six furlongs on July 27, or the $100,000 Shine Again at seven furlongs on Aug. 3.
She will definitely run in the Grade 1, $500,000 Ballerina at seven furlongs on Aug. 27 at Saratoga.