Blue Moonrise fired in the third win of her career with an excellent front-running performance at Oaklawn.
The Phoenix Thoroughbreds owned filly made every single yard of the one mile and one-sixteenth contest under a well-judged ride from Ricardo Santana Junior to claim the spoils with plenty in hand.
Trained by Hall of Famer Steve Asmussen, the daughter of Malibu Moon jumped well from the gates with her rider using her natural speed and inside post position to grab the early lead. Setting some decent looking fractions the pair continued on the front end with Santana Junior making sure to give his partner a breather down the back straight. For a moment the field concertinaed but given a bit more rein into the turn Blue Moonrise began to extend away. Still travelling well while most of her rivals started to be asked for an effort she entered the stretch with daylight behind her. That gap remained as she, with a customary flash of her tail, continued strongly through the line to win by three and a half lengths.