04/06/2015 8:17PM

Danzig Moon eyes Kentucky Derby, Queen’s Plate


ETOBICOKE, Ontario – After running second to Carpe Diem in Saturday’s Grade 1 Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland, Danzig Moon was shipped to Churchill Downs on Monday morning to join trainer Mark Casse’s string in Louisville.

Danzig Moon earned 40 Kentucky Derby qualification points by finishing second in the Blue Grass. He now sits 12th in the Kentucky Derby points standings, with 45 points. There are two points races remaining in the Kentucky Derby Championship Series.

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Bred in Ontario, Danzig Moon, owned by John Oxley, also is considered a top contender for the $1 million Queen’s Plate at Woodbine on July 5. Casse said having the Queen’s Plate as a long-term target would not prevent Danzig Moon from running in the Kentucky Derby.

“That was the first question that Mr. Oxley asked me yesterday afternoon. He said ‘will this stop us from making the Queen’s Plate’ and I said no, he can do both,” Casse said. “We’re going to go to Churchill, and if he trains well then we’ll see. Mr. Oxley has won the Derby once, so I don’t think he wants to run in it just to run in it.”

Oxley won the Kentucky Derby in 2001 with Monarchos.

Last year, We Miss Artie finished 10th in the Kentucky Derby before winning the Plate Trial and running fourth in the Queen’s Plate after being left at the start.

saratogajunkie More than 1 year ago
Mine that Bird had NO chance in the derby
Robynrokn More than 1 year ago
Hey if you have the points, you go run. Blame the system for why these no chance to win owners still send their horses. "Hey this horse ran in the Derby"...er uh nahhh didn't win.
Marc Rogala More than 1 year ago
No disrespect but just another horse that will cause a major traffic jam in the derby. And yes if lightning strikes the starting gate he has a chance!
Scott Kromer More than 1 year ago
commanding curve and golden soul had no chance as well
Nick Pavletic More than 1 year ago
With this breeding and these connections how can you say this horse doesn't belong? This is an improving horse who will get the 1 1/4 miles and finishes in his races. Seems like a must use considering the pace we're going to see on May 2, 2015!
David Benning More than 1 year ago
He will be up the track, what did he Beyer in this race? 80-something? This race was just another glorified grade one with no grade one horses, save possibly one, the winner.
David Benning More than 1 year ago
I prefer Ami's Flatter in the Queen's Plate. Wouldn't it be great if the horses who really don't have a shot stopped running in the Derby and we could have 14-15 horse fields again where the best colt is not compromised by an over-filled race? Danzig Moon is compromised by an erect running style which detracts from his ability to stride out with his whole body. He has other attributes to offset that, but the top contenders need no such offset.
Marc Rogala More than 1 year ago
The derby should be cut to 14 horses period there is no other AMERICAN horse race that enables 20 starters. It is not safe and it is not competitive.
Bugsy Anderson More than 1 year ago
Not safe? Europe runs races with more horses than 20 daily. What injuries have come from having too many horses in the derby? When was the last major spill? Eight Belles doesnt count
Kendall Daniels More than 1 year ago
If you run second in a 9 furlong, grade 1 Derby prep you deserve a shot to at the Kentucky Derby. Every year there are horses that supposedly don't have a chance to hit the board that hit the board. Further, so called top contenders flop at 10 furlongs every year as well, and it has little to do with post or too many horses in the field. It's hard to fix this problem because of the nature of racing at 10 furlongs makes it harder to judge who "should" be running.
David Benning More than 1 year ago
that was a gri in name only, Kendall. Danzig Moon won't be within 20 lengths of the winner on May 2nd.
Mark Abramson More than 1 year ago
This horse will not hit the board in Louisville and he will compromise his chances for Queen's Plate glory if he runs in the Derby. True Story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Do you define hit the board as 1, 2 3, or 1, 2, 3, 4?
Mark Abramson More than 1 year ago
Good question. I only had 1,2 or 3 in mind....so maybe can get 4th money.!