Luna won five races going a mile to 1-1/16 miles, on turf and dirt, from 2YO through 6YO, including a Fair Grounds maiden special weight as a juvenile for her owner/breeder Stone Farm and trainer Michael Stidham. She earned a total of $88,779. Claimed towards the end of the career by our friends at Wasabi Ventures Stables with an eye to her breeding career, and after scoring her final career victory in Wasabi’s silks earlier this year, Luna was bred for the first time in 2021, to Grade 1 winner Gift Box at Lane’s End Farm. After she delivers that foal this spring, she will be bred back to our favorite Kentucky value sire, Jimmy Creed.
As mentioned above, Luna was bred in Kentucky by the historic Stone Farm of Arthur Hancock, and she comes from the “Ruth” family developed by Virginia Craft Payson. Luna’s dam, Ruthville (by Afleet Alex), was a stakes winner at 5, and Luna is her second foal. Her first foal, Feudal (by First Samurai), was a maiden special weight winner at 3YO, and she also has a full-sister to Luna named Ball Lightning who was a winner at 2YO in 2020. A full-brother to Luna named Express Boy was a $40,000 yearling and has won 3 straight as a 4YO in 2021.
Ruthville’s upcoming foals include a 2020 colt by Twirling Candy (who sold for $140,000 as a yearling), a 2021 colt by Lemon Drop Kid, and she was bred to Accelerate for 2022.
Ruthville is a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Rutherienne (by Pulpit, winner of seven graded stakes in total, and dam of 4 winners), to Grade 3 winner Ruthenia (by Pulpit, a three-time stakes winner, and dam of 3 winners so far including stakes winners Pubilius Syrus and Our Bay B. Ruth), to stakes-placed winners Gemologister (by Gemologist) and Big Wig (by AP Indy), and to the winner Holly’s Kid (by Pulpit, and the dam of stakes winner Force[IRE] and Scandanavian champion Lady of Course[IRE]).
Ruthville, Rutherienne, Ruthenia and their other siblings are all out of stakes winner Ruthian (by Rahy).
A good-sized, strong-bodied mare with a beautiful head, neck and shoulder, Luna embodied the durability and versatility of the best members of her family, and we can’t wait to see what she produces in the breeding shed.
Luna wins at Delaware
Luna wins at Tampa
Luna wins at Monmouth