Barn Notes

West Coast Lady is Looking Good In Sunday Feature

Posted Saturday, Oct 6, 2012

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Trainer Ramon Moya is enjoying not only a successful meet at Monmouth Park but his best career year, and on Sunday he hopes that West Coast Lady can add the exclamation point when she runs in the featured $22,000 allowance/optional claiming race on the closing day card.

            “She turned out to be a nice claim,” said Moya, who haltered her for $25,000 back in March at Gulfstream Park for Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred Investments LLC. “In her last race, she improved a lot.”

            The first time Moya ran her, at Parx Racing in April, she didn’t show much, finishing fifth. While racing at Monmouth five times during the meet, she has two wins, and one second, a third and a fourth. Moreover, her speed figures have improved and in her last two outings she racked up an 81 and an 82, clearly the best of the bunch of other fillies and mares she’ll see in the starting gate on Sunday.

            Moya, the father of jockey Ramon F. Moya, has only been training on his own since 2010 after being Bruce Levine’s assistant in New York for about 10 years. At Monmouth this season, he was tied with Bruce Alexander for fifth in the standings with 17 wins with two live cards remaining. Of all of the trainers in the top 10, his win percentage is the highest at 29.

            “This has been a very good meet for me and a good year, too,” he said. “I won 17 races here and another 18 at Philly (Parx).

            “I’ve got 10 stalls at Philly (Parx) for after Monmouth closes the stable area and I’m sending the rest of my horses to the farm,” said Moya. “I am really looking forward to coming back to Monmouth next year.”


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