By Dick Downey
Boji Moon set doubters in their place when the Iowa-bred won his third race in three starts in the seven-furlong Kentucky Downs Juvenile.
A maiden winner against Iowa-breds and the winner of the Iowa Cradle Stakes, also a restricted race, Boji Moon loped down the center of the track to overcome Here's Johnny in mid-stretch and draw off for an easy victory under Brian Hernandez, Jr.
"That was fun, that was about as impressive a seven-furlong race as you will see at Kentucky Downs," Hernandez said.
Some doubters wondered if Boji Moon would take to turf after running only on dirt in Iowa. But trainer Chris Richard apparently was not worried.
"A good horse will overcome anything. Chris told me he'd break sharp and to be a good passenger," Hernandez said.
Boji Moon was timed in 1:23.24. He paid $4.80 to win, $3.60 to place and $2.40 to show.
Here's Johnny finished second, followed by Sweet Daddy in third and Pure Luxury in fourth.
Boji Moon, owned by Brian Hall, William Gessman and River Ridge Racing, was bred by Okoboji Racing Stable. He is a son of Cactus Ridge out of the Malibu Moon mare Philadelphia Moon.