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KAPLAN, LA—FEBRUARY 14, 2021—Champion second-crop sire Moonin The Eagle SI 111 got his first Grade 1 winner Saturday when Flash Bak won the $203,950 Los Alamitos Winter Derby at Los Alamitos Race Course.
Ridden by jockey Oscar Peinado, Flash Bak completed the 400 yards in :19.511 seconds, equaling a 98 speed index on a fast racetrack. Racing for owner Dutch Masters III, the sorrel gelding defeated Candy Blood to take home the winner's purse valued at $85,659.
Conditioned by trainer Jaime Gomez, the 3-year-old gelding has won five of nine career starts and earned $536,126. He was also second in the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity(G1) and a finalist in the $3 million All American Futurity(G1) last season.
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From only 19 starters in his first crop, Moonin The Eagle was the #3 Leading First-Crop Sire of Money Earners. He has sired 9 winners, 3 stakes horses, earners of more than $752,000 with average earnings per starter in excess of $39,500.
AQHA Racing Champion Breeder Bobby D. Cox purchased the son of One Famous Eagle in the 2019 Heritage Place Fall Mixed Sale for a world-record price of $2.1 million.
Moonin The Eagle won or placed in 10 of 14 career starts while earning $548,985. He won the Remington Park Invitational Championship(G1), Hialeah Maturity, South Florida Derby and Sam Abbey Memorial and was second in the Refrigerator Handicap(G1) and Hialeah Derby. He was also a finalist in the Grade Rainbow Derby and Grade. Sam Houston Derby.
Moonin The Eagle was named the 2016 AQHA Racing Champion Aged Stallion.
Moonin The Eagle's dam is the AQHA Racing Champion 2-Year-Old and Champion 2-Year-Old Filly Your First Moon SI 96 (7 wins, $750,726), by all-time leading sire First Down Dash. She won the Los Alamitos Million Futurity(G1) and Governor's Cup Futurity(G1).
An AQHA "Dam of Distinction", Your First Moon has produced 12 ROM, 10 winners, 2 champions, 6 black type including four-time champion Moonist SI 101 (24 wins, $878,468), champion Moonin The Eagle SI 111 (see above), Grade 3 winner and multiple stakes sire Jess My Moon SI 99 ($78,450), Grade 3 winner and multiple stakes sire Stray Cat SI 93 ($58,638), G1-placed All American Futurity(G1) runner-up < The Marfa Lights SI 92 ($566,493), stakes-placed Im Leonidas SI 93 ($23,963), etc.