08/27/2017 6:37AM

Moonlit Song continues great season with Sylvia Bishop win


Moonlit Song continued an outstanding 2017 campaign Saturday night, picking up her sixth win in her last seven starts in the $51,100 Sylvia Bishop Memorial Stakes at Charles Town.

The 3-year-old Fiber Sonde filly broke forwardly and battled for the early lead against Unaquoi in the field of 10 West Virginia-bred sophomore fillies. Unaquoi drew off on the rail and put 2 1/2 lengths between herself and her next-closest challenger after the opening quarter, run in 23.25 seconds.

Unaquoi continued to nurse her lead across the backstretch and still held a single-length advantage over Moonlit Song and Lies and Scandals after completing a half-mile in 47.16 seconds. That lead vanished quickly entering the final turn, and Moonlit Song took over the rail position, with Lies and Scandals tracking on the outside, while the pacesetter folded into the pack.

Moonlit Song and Lies and Scandals briefly reached even terms up front, and Moonlit Song inched away from her rival to hold a half-length lead at the top of the stretch. She drifted out a bit under the left-handed whip of jockey Christian Hiraldo, but the filly had plenty left to carry on to a 1 1/4-length win over Lies and Scandals. Tricky Windsor staged a rally from last to finish third, 3 3/4 lengths behind the runner-up.

The final time for the seven-furlong race was 1:26.31 over a fast track. Moonlit Song paid $4.80 to win as the favorite, She races as a West Virginia homebred for Timothy and Judith Grams’ Grams Racing Stable.

The Sylvia Bishop was Moonlit Song’s seventh win in eight career starts, increasing her earnings to $157,330. She is undefeated in three stakes attempts, having taken the Its Binn Too Long Stakes and Fancy Buckles Stakes at Charles Town earlier this year.