08/28/2011 4:00PM

Del Mar: Adriatic Moon, the most popular claimer in Cal

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Adriatic Moon prevailed in a hard-fought optional claimer over 6 1-2 furlongs in Sunday's second race, and was claimed for the fourth consecutive race.

Adriatic Moon ($7.80) was claimed by Richard Baltas for $25,000. As recently as June 9, Adratic Moon was racing for $8,000, the day he was claimed from Mark Glatt by Jeff Metz. Adriatic Moon was fifth in a $12,500 claimer for Metz on July 3, the day he was claimed for $12,500 by Dean Pederson.

In his next start, a win in a $12,500 claimer on July 30, Adriatic Moon was claimed from Pederson by Glatt.

There were four horses within a half-length at the wire.

 Adriatic Moon ($7.80) rallied wide to win by a neck over Rosemount Lad, who finished a nose in front of Memphis. There was a neck between Memphis and Sammy's a Running. Not surprisingly, all four of those horses looked like winners at some point in the stretch.

Adriatic Moon is a 5-year-old gelding by Malibu Moon, who has won 7 of 25 starts.