LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Moonshine Mullin got a rail-ride from Calvin Borel to the biggest win of his career in the Stephen Foster Handicap. The six-old, claimed for $40,000 last November at Remington Park, has now won five straight races for trainer Randy Morse and owner Randy Patterson, including the Alysheba on the Kentucky Oaks undercard and now the $500,000 Grade One Foster.
“Randy (Morse) has been doing so well with him," said Borel. "The first morning I was out on him working him after the Alysheba, he didn’t really work like I thought he should have. But boy its funny, when a horse peaks, they peak. When I came back and worked him again about five days ago he was a totally different horse, like he had gotten his seat back under him. I rode him with a lot of confidence today. We were stepping up today, I know we beat some of these same horses a few weeks back and early on I was afraid it may have taken too much out of him, but as we got closer, Randy had him ready to go. He’s a nice, nice horse.”
“He’s a good horse and he’s been training very well," added Morse. "He trained better leading up to this race than he did the race before. He drew a really good post, which meant a lot. I usually tend to be pretty conservative but when he drew the three-post with how well as he’s trained the past week, I was pretty sure we were going to run him.”
Moonshine Mullin paid $22.00 to win, $9.00 to place and 5.20 to show. The favorite Will Take Charge got up for second and paid $4.60 and $3.40. Departing paid 3.60 to show.
Other winners on Churchill's big night included Molly Morgan in the Grade Two Fleur De Lis; Tapiture, a 15th-place finisher in the Derby, in the Grade Three Matt Winn; and Aurelia's Belle in the Regret Stakes.