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Ask The Moon Wins US Gr1 Ruffian Invitational
Front-running 6YO mare Ask The Moon (Malibu Moon-Always Asking, by Valid Appeal) started as the outsider in the field at 18-1, but raced away from her rivals for a 5.75-lengths victory in the US$250,000 Gr1 Ruffian Invitational Handicap (9 furlongs) for fillies & mares at Saratoga in New York. Ask The Moon (ridden by Javier Castellano for trainer Martin Wolfson) defeated 4YO mare Super Espresso (Medaglia D'Oro-Amizette, by Forty Niner) & 5YO mare Payton D'Oro (Medaglia D'Oro-Jealous And Jaded, by Jade Hunter). Ask The Moon (a US$45,000 yearling at the 2006 Fasig-Tipton October Sale & subsequently a US$125,000 2YO at the 2007 Ocala Breeders March Sale) took her record to 9 wins (also including 2009’s Listed Lighthouse Stakes over 8.5 furlongs at Monmouth Park & 2008’s Listed Maryland Juvenile Filly Championship Stakes over 8 furlongs at Laurel Park) & 12 placings (including last start’s Listed Sky Beauty Stakes over 8.5 furlongs at Belmont Park on July 1, plus 2010’s Listed Lady's Secret Stakes over 9 furlongs at Monmouth Park, Listed Honey Bee Stakes over 8 furlongs at Monmouth Park, Listed All Brandy Stakes over 8 furlongs at Laurel Park, Listed Politely Stakes over 8.5 furlongs at Monmouth Park & Listed Monmouth Beach Stakes over 8 furlongs at Monmouth Park, as well as 2009’s Listed Revidere Stakes over 8.5 furlongs at Monmouth Park) from 31 starts for US$533,640 earnings.