Mags Rambling Moon Earns First Stakes Win in Miles City Bonus Challenge
Miles City hosted the $12,300 BHS Bonus Challenge on Saturday's race card.

Mags Rambling Moon Earns First Stakes Win in Miles City Bonus Challenge

MILES CITY, MT MAY 20, 2017 - A pair of Montana-bred fillies dueled down the stretch in the $12,300 BHS Bonus Challenge (not black type) on Saturday at the Bucking Horse Sale races in Miles City, but it was Mags Rambling Moon ($6.80) who put a head in front at the wire under jockey Joseph Belloc, Jr. The pair covered the 350 yards in 18.019 and earned a 94 speed index.

Mags Rambling Moon is by Jess My Moon, out of Rambling Maggie, by The Down Side. She was bred by Walter Larson and is owned and trained by Jess Matt. This was the first stakes win for the 4-year-old filly, who has now won four of her 12 lifetime starts.

It was a narrow defeat for Ablurrforsure, the recent upset winner of the $25,020 Sun Downs Distaff Challenge in Kennewick, Washington. Ablurrforsure, with Jose Figueroa up, finished the race in 18.037 and also earned a 94 SI for trainer Joseph Sandoval.

Ablurrforsure is by Im Alright Now, out of the stakes-winning mare Kaweahs Blurr by Kaweah Sunrise. The 4-year-old filly is owned and bred by Tom Williams.

Finishing a length behind the top two fillies was Barely a Secret, the co-post time favorite with Mags Rambling Moon. Barely a Secret is bred and owned by Gerald Kaul in Wyoming. She is trained by Jesse Villegas; Luis Peralta was aboard the 4-year-old filly.

Barely a Secret is by Brindis Por Cayenne, out of A Secret Life, by Beduino Secret. She has qualified to multiple stakes and won the $30,700 Sweetwater Wyoming Bred Futurity in 2015.

Completing the field were Bridle Fever and Southern Dame.