John Oxley's Moon Colony earned the first graded stakes win of his career in Saturday's G3 Penn Mile, riding the rail to upset the $500,000 feature at odds of 9-1. The 3-year-old son of Uncle Mo, trained by Mark Casse and ridden by Julien Leparoux, completed a mile over Penn National's yielding turf course in 1:37.45 to defeat Casa Creed by just over a length. The heavy favorite A Thread of Blue finished fourth.
Real News tried to take the field all the way, setting fractions of :22.71 and :47.60 with A Thread of Blue hot on his heels, but Leparoux found a big seam at the rail in the far turn and wouldn't be denied. Casa Creed took the overland route and was good enough to get up for second, while Real News had to settle for third. A Thread of Blue didn't fire in the lane and finished fourth.
Bred in Kentucky by St. Elias Stables, Moon Colony is out of the G2-winning Carson City mare Promenade Girl. His half-siblings include $2 million earner Cavorting and six-figure earner Thirstforlife, and Oxley paid $400,000 for the colt as a yearling at Keeneland. Moon Colony required three starts to break his maiden and won an allowance race as a juvenile, but finished fifth in his only other start in 2019. Overall, the colt has won three of his seven starts to earn $380,000.
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