05/07/2010 11:00PM

Preciado scores stakes double


A pair of dominant performances by runners from the barn of Ramon Preciado marked the two $75,000, seven-furlong stakes for Pennsylvania-breds at Philadelphia Park on Saturday, as Moon Royal and Jemilyn had little trouble with their rivals.

In the Lyman Handicap, jockey Carlos Cruz kept Moon Royal back in fourth place in the early going, pulled alongside the leaders around the turn, then asked for a run. Moon Royal responded by shooting ahead and drawing off to a 4 1/4-length victory. Tejanos Eliminator, who had dueld on the lead most of the race, finished well to be second, 2 1/4 lengths ahead of Whistle Pig. The favored Not for Money could manage only fourth in the field of seven.

With the victory, Moon Royal ($9.60) snapped a four-race losing streak by finishing the distance in 1:24.09 on the fast track for his fifth win in 19 starts. A 4-year-old gelded son of Mojave Moon, Moon Royal is trained by Preciado for Victory Thoroughbreds LLC.

In the Foxy J.G. Stakes, Jemilyn sat just off the pace set by Puddy de Luca through a half-mile in 47.22 seconds, then, under Abel Mariano, took command in midstretch and pulled away from her rivals. At the wire she was 5 1/2 lengths in front of second-place Puddy de Luca, with the favored Best Lass another two lengths back in third in the field of five filies and mares. The final time for the seven furlongs was 1:23.64.

For Jemilyn ($4.60), a 5-year-old daughter of Good and Tough trained by Preciado for owner William Hartwell, it was her fourth win in 10 career starts.