2018 Arkansas Derby Winner Magnum Moon Loses Battle To Laminitis

by | 10.04.2019 | 3:41pm
Magnum Moon campaigned for Robert and Lawana Low, winning the 2018 Rebel Stakes and Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park

Multiple graded stakes winner Magnum Moon was euthanized on Friday,; Oct. 4, at the Cornell Ruffian Equine Specialists Hospital in Elmont, N.Y., after over a yearlong battle with laminitis.

After sustaining a career-ending injury during a morning workout in June 2018 at Belmont Park, Magnum Moon was under the professional care of the veterinarians at the Cornell Ruffian Hospital located just across the street from the track. His treating veterinarians indicated the colt fought a courageous battle against all odds to heal his multiple fractures only to succumb to the complications of laminitis.

“Magnum Moon's personality and strength made him a unique patient,” a summary statement from the treating team at the hospital said. “Throughout intensive care during his stay, Magnum remained bright, active and was viewed as a member of our CRES family.”

The combined efforts of the Cornell Ruffian surgeons and Rood and Riddle podiatry veterinarians helped Magnum Moon through the worst of injuries. “None of this could have been possible without the support and devotion of Magnum Moon's owners, racing manager and trainer, who prioritized his comfort and well-being above all else,” the statement added.

Bred in Kentucky by Ramona Bass LLC, Magnum Moon – a son of Malibu Moon out of Dazzling Song, by Unbridled's Song – was a graduate of the 2016 Keeneland September Sale with a final purchase price of $380,000 from the Claiborne Farm consignment. He was a treasured member of the racing stable of Robert and Lawana Low, who reside in Springfield, Mo.

Trained by Todd Pletcher, Magnum Moon was unraced in his 2-year-old year and broke his maiden at first asking at Gulfstream Park by 4 ½ lengths in January of his 3-year-old campaign. In his next start Magnum Moon annexed an optional claimer at Tampa Bay Downs, just missing the track record by for the one-mile distance without being asked.

Stepping up into graded stakes competition, Magnum Moon won his next start in the G2 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park by 3 ½ lengths. Realizing a lifelong dream of his owners – lifelong Oaklawn Park patrons – Magnum Moon outdid himself in the $1,000,000, G1 Arkansas Derby, winning by four lengths.

“We want to thank Dr. Piggot, Dr. Nixon and the excellent staff at the Cornell Ruffian Clinic for their superb care for Magnum Moon,” a statement from Robert and Lawana Low said. “He was a special colt who was obviously talented on the racetrack but also very smart and courageous during his treatment. Magnum Moon was all class until the very end. We cherished him dearly and thank him for all the joy, great times and for the inspiration he brought to our lives.”

“It's a sad day for our entire team. Magnum Moon showed immense talent from the very beginning at my father's training center in Ocala,” said Todd Pletcher. “He came to us with high expectations and delivered in a huge way. I'm sorry he won't get to pass on his heart and talent.”

Magnum Moon went into the starting gate of the 2018 G1 Kentucky Derby undefeated (4-4-0-0) and as the leading point earner (150).

Magnum Moon retired with five starts, four wins and $1,177,800 in earnings.

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