Moon Solitaire Upsets Quiet Resolve

Edited Release From Woodbine Entertainment
Gainsborough Farm's Moon Solitaire trumped his seven rivals in the King Edward Breeders' Cup Handicap (Can-II) Sunday at Woodbine, cruising to a two length win with jockey Robert Landry aboard.

It was the local debut for the Irish-bred 5-year-old, but it appears the import has acclimatized well to his North American surroundings. In his one previous start this year, the bay horse just missed winning an allowance contest at Churchill Downs May 11.

Sam-Son Farm's Quiet Resolve, Canada's 2000 Horse of the Year coupled in the wagering with stablemate Strike Smartly, went postward the 1-2 choice and was the 120 pound highweight for the 1 1/8-mile contest, over an E.P. Taylor Turf Course rated soft.

Steady Ruckus and Stage Classic set the early fractions, with Moon Solitaire on their flank and under a huge hold. Meanwhile, Quiet Resolve and jockey Todd Kabel were comfortably tucked in behind the leaders in sixth place until the field turned for home.

At that point, Landry let out a notch on Moon Solitaire and began to edge away. Quiet Resolve swung to the outside and gamely outbattled No Comprende in late stretch for the place award but Moon Solitaire proved a handy winner, getting the distance in 1:50.26.

"He was a horse that Sheikh Maktoum sent to us from Europe last fall," said trainer Henry Cochran. "I liked him right away. He'd been training beautifully and ran an absolutely bang-up race in his first start. I felt like he had a big chance to get the job done up here. We're going to look at the Firecracker at Churchill Downs for his next start."

Added Landry, "I had a perfect trip. The horse was prepared great. I just sat beside those two horses. It felt like we were going slower than the actual time shows. But I hadn't moved on him until inside the eighth pole and I was pretty confident they'd have to be running at him. I had a ton of horse turning for home. He was still on his wrong lead and was just galloping along. When I asked him and tapped him once left-handed, he swapped over to his right lead and kicked on."

It was the fifth win in 20 career starts for Moon Solitaire, a son of Night Shift, who in turn is a son of Northern Dancer, as he picked up a purse of $201,420.

As the 7-1 third choice, he paid $16.90, $4.90 and $3.60 across the board, combining with Quiet Resolve ($2.50, $2.10) for a $38.40 (8-1) exacta.