08/11/2013 3:41PM

Saratoga: Magical Moon likely favorite in Coronation Cup

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Magical Moon, an impressive allowance winner on turf in her last start, may vie for favoritism along with the stakes winner Funfair and the speedy Lignite in Monday’s co-feature, the $100,000 Coronation Cup, carded at 5 1/2 furlongs on turf for 3-year-old fillies.

Magical Moon, who cruised to an easy maiden win when making her turf debut here last summer, rallied to a popular 2 3/4-length entry-level allowance victory at Churchill Downs in her most recent start for trainer Al Stall Jr.

“It took us a while to zero in on the fact that she is a turf sprinter,” Stall said. “We got her back to turf sprinting at Churchill Downs, and she ran just a lights-out race. Straight 3-year-old fillies, turf sprints is what she was put on this earth to do, and we’re big-time excited about it.”

– additional reporting by David Grening

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