Ciao Bella Luna said goodbye to 10 foes and hello to her first stakes score when she rallied from last place early to win the Beaumont Stakes Presented by Keeneland Select (gr. II) in Central Kentucky April 14. Although her name might say international, Ciao Bella Luna has been a Kentucky/California gal, having raced in both states while being bred in the Bluegrass and the daughter of a sire that stands in the Golden State.
Dennis and Carol Yokum, the breeders and co-owners of the Beaumont winner, bought into the family when they purchased Ciao Bella Luna’s second dam, Shooting the Moon, in foal to Lord Carson for $35,000 at Keeneland’s 1998 November mixed sale from the Brilliant Stables consignment through Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent. The five-time winner Shooting the Moon produced Twin Shooter, by Twining, who placed in the 2000 Valley Forge Stakes at Philadelphia Park and the Anthony Despirito Stakes the same year at Suffolk Downs.
The Yokums (in partnership) bred Ciao Bella Luna’s dam, Shadow of the Moon, who landed two victories from eight lifetime starts. Ciao Bella Luna is her first stakes winner. In 2011 the Yokums sold Shadow of the Moon in foal to Rock Hard Ten for $10,000 at Keeneland’s January mixed auction to Granton Bloodstock through the Havens Bloodstock Agency, agent, consignment. Shadow of the Moon has since been relocated to the Philippines.
Trained by California-based Hall of Fame conditioner Jerry Hollendorfer, Ciao Bella Luna began her race career in Northern California, where she placed second last year in the Golden Gate Debutante Stakes. Her two half sisters, Secret Shadow (by Officer) and Tizashadow (by Tiznow), are both winners.
Tribal Rule is the sire of Ciao Bella Luna and 28 other stakes winners, including 2013 two-time added-money winner L. A. Weekend. Tribal Rule is a son of Storm Cat who stands at Donald Cohn’s Ballena Vista Farm near Ramona, Calif., where his 2013 stud fee is $6,500.—L.S.