Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Funny Moon made her 4-year-old debut in the $100,000 Doubledogdare S. at Keeneland on Apr. 16. And if the strong runner-up finish in the 1 1/16-mile contest by the Darby Dan sales graduate is any indication, 2010 could be another banner year for the filly who was a Grade 1 winner in last year's Coaching Club American Oaks.
With the Doubledogdare reduced to a field of five after two scratches, Funny Moon found herself dueling for the lead with longshot No Use Denying through the first half-mile in :47.90 seconds. She shook off that foe only to be engaged by Haka, who, like Funny Moon, is trained by Christophe Clement. While her stablemate got the best of Funny Moon by a length on the wire, she held on gamely in deep stretch to fend off a challenge by 4-5 favorite Striking Dancer for the place spot.
Darby Dan consigned and sold Funny Moon at the 2007 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale for $175,000, where she was purchased by Morrowdale Farm. Funny Moon is out of the mare Fun Crowd, also the dam of Throng, by Silver Deputy, who won the Dr. Fager S. at Arlington Park and the Native Dancer S. at Laurel Park.
Funny Moon's lifetime record now stands at 4-2-0 in eight starts, with earners of $289,900 for owner Mrs. C. Wilson McNeely III.