GRANTS PASS, OR—SEPTEMBER 29, 2020—Multiple stakes winner Cm Once Ina Bluemoon defeated Chicks Fast Farley by 1-¼ lengths in the Crater Lake Handicap (not blacktype) Monday evening at Grants Pass Downs.
Under jockey Luis Gonzalez Cm Once Ina Bluemoon let almost wire-to-wire over the 660 yards while stopping the timer in :30.379 seconds, equaling a 109 speed index.
Trainer Nick Lowe saddled the son of multiple stakes sire IVORY JAMES to his 13th career win for owner Chis Sutton. The 5-year-old gelding has compiled a (33) 13-5-4 record and the $7,400 Crater Lake winners' purse boosted his bankroll to just shy of $100,000.
Bred in Oregon by Randy Dickerson, from the Jess Louisiana Blue mare Cool Blue Corona, Cm Once Ina Bluemoon entered the race off a win in the Bank of America Emerald Downs Distance Challenge on August 20. It was the second consecutive win for the gelding in the Emerald Downs Distance Challenge.
Runner-up Chicks Fast Farley earned $3,700 for his effort. Owned-and-trained by Diego Guerrero, the 9-year-old son of Chicks N Honey was ridden by jockey Jose Guerrero. Henry and Georgia Van Ornum bred the chestnut horse from the First Down Cash mare CPR First Time. He has earned $46,630.
Bonofly, a Bono Jazz gelding, finished two-lengths back to earn $1,776 for third. Dustie Crystal saddled the gray gelding for owner-breeder Gilbert Daniels. James Lopez had the riding call on the 5-year-old gelding out of Fly Misty Fly by Devon Lane (TB).
Flyin Rocks, Lookithatcavemango, Beer Thrity and Ez Feisty Patriot completed the field.