Moonist showed his absolute class on Friday night winning the Pacific Coast Quarter Horse Racing Association’s Breeders’ Derby at Los Alamitos. In fact, Moonist is the first horse to win four derbies at Los Alamitos. Add that record to his nine wins out of ten starts this year and it’s easy to see why Moonist is a star!

Moonist’s owner Ron Hartley and trainer John Cooper told TRACK Magazine over the weekend that they going to keep this solid performer in his age division. Current plans have Moonist aimed at the Southern California Derby G1 (trials November 30, final December 21).

A strapping bay three-year old, Moonist comes by his talent the old-fashioned way — through family and excellent training. His dam (mother) Your First Moon was a brilliant race filly and two-year old Champion. His sire (father) Separatist was a Champion at three, winning many of the races his son has this year!

On Team Moonist following in family footsteps is not limited to the equines! Moonist’s jock Cesar De Alba is the man of the moment at Los Al. He’s a great rider, but he has a lot of road to cover to equal his uncle Eddie Garcia, who holds the Los Al record for most Quarter Horse wins. And to to complete the circle, Eddie Garcia was Separatist’s pilot for some of his victories.

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Moonist wining  PCQHRA Breeders’ Derby with Cesar De Alba in the irons. Photo courtesy of TRACK Magazine Photo/Chrisitne Hudson

Moonist wining PCQHRA Breeders’ Derby with Cesar De Alba in the irons. Photo courtesy of TRACK Magazine Photo/Christine Hudson