Eden's Moon

A horse that needed the lead, she did not capture very many victories during what amounted to just over one season at the races.

But of the handful of trips to the winner's circle she made, this bay Thoroughbred with a catchy name managed to do so at the highest levels of competition Thoroughbred racing has to offer.

Trained by Bob Baffert and owned by Kaleem Shah, Inc., she won with multiple jockeys and won or placed at Del Mar, Hollywood Park and Santa Anita, along with one more track out of state. She also showed she could do well on dirt, synthetic and turf courses. And that gave her a solid and consistent, if not dominant, record.

Bred to be a win-early type, Eden's Moon lived up to that billing. Following a second late in Hollywood Park's 2011 autumn meet, she graduated in her next try at Santa Anita a couple of weeks into the Arcadia track's 2011-2012 winter/spring session. Overall, she put together a productive stay at the venue, following up her maiden win a huge performance in the Grade I Las Virgenes where she completely dominated her rivals. Firmly on the Kentucky Oaks trail by now, Eden's Moon came back to take third in the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks at the end of March.

Despite not winning the Santa Anita Oaks, Eden's Moon fared better in that race than she did in the Kentucky Oaks. After being in the early mix, she settled in mid-pack before fading to last place. But the daughter of Malibu Moon and Eden's Causeway bounced back several weeks later when she returned to Southern California. Favored in the Grade II Hollywood Oaks, Eden's Moon teamed up with Rafael Bejarano after being previously ridden by Martin Garcia in her other starts (Bejarano would be aboard from that point forward). Leading most of the way before being overtaken by Potesta, Eden's Moon fought back and retook the lead on the inside with an amazing surge, battling all the way to the wire before just missing to Potesta at the wire. The Kentucky Oaks may have been a disappointment, but it was in no way a true indicator of Eden's Moon's talent as a racehorse.

That was validated even more in her next start. Making her Del Mar debut, Eden's Moon lined up against six rivals in the Grade II San Clemente Stakes. Charged with trying turf for the first time, Eden's Moon had no problem navigating the lawn at the seaside venue (she was bred for the grass due to being a granddaughter of Giant's Causeway). Taking the lead early, she showed her toughness in the stretch, not letting anybody by to get back in the win column while showing her versatility on different surfaces.

Eden's Moon made just one more start at Del Mar, which saw her try the turf again in the Grade I Del Mar Oaks. Though not involved in a terribly swift pace, the battling up front with a rival proved detrimental towards attaining another win. After making the turn for home, Eden's Moon was passed by multiple horses and came to the wire in fifth.

Eden's Moon never raced in Southern California again after the Del Mar Oaks, making just one more start. Sent to Hoosier Park, she appeared in the Grade II Indiana Oaks in early October. A win did not come to fruition, but she managed to have another rebound of sorts from the Del Mar Oaks by finishing third.

In a career spanning nine starts, Eden's Moon won three times while adding two runner-up finishes and two thirds her record. Though not a win machine, Eden's Moon could certainly be called a consistent racehorse. She can also be called tough. Unafraid to mix it up, one just has to watch the Hollywood Oaks for proof of that. She was defeated in that race, but that ranks as one of her finest performances just for her fearlessness to fight back.

She also commanded respect. With the exception of the Kentucky Oaks, where she was relegated to longshot status, Eden's Moon was never lower than 5-2 on race day. Whether fans picked her to win, place or show, they knew Eden's Moon stood a good chance of finishing in the top three. That alone shows Eden's Moon's talent as a racehorse.

Overall, she spent a little more than nine months at the races. But during that time, Eden's Moon put together a resume that displayed class, determination and versatility.

Entry added June 4, 2022. AF