Yawm Estoora made a strong statement in her bid to be named the state’s top older female with a 4 1/4 length victory in Saturday’s $20,000 Moonbeam Handicap at Pinnacle Race Course.
The six-year-old Dayjur mare tracked Silent Sunset from second in the opening furlongs. She overtook that rival on the backstretch and held off She Could Be Good and Wave Pool heading into the final turn. Yawm Estoora began to separate from her foes in the turn and held a two length advantage at the top of the stretch. The lead continued to grow as the wire drew closer under steady right hand whipping by Angel Stanley. Yawm Estoora stopped the clock in the one mile race in 1:42.37 over a sloppy surface.
Irish Date took a wide trip coming out of the final turn to finish second by a neck over Wave Pool. Early pacesetter Silent Sunset faded to last.
Yawm Estoora’s rider, Angel Stanley, extended his stakes streak at Pinnacle to three straight wins. Stanley has proven effective in the big spots this year, having won four of the six stakes races at Pinnacle during the 2009 meet, including wins in the Ann Arbor Stakes (aboard Hakuna Matata), Dowling Stakes (Meadow Wise) and Larkspur Handicap (Yawm Estoora).
Yawm Estoora was saddled by trainer Ronald Inman. She was homebred in Michigan by Twin Cedars Farm. The victory in the Moonbeam increased Yawm Estoora’s career record to six wins from 17 starts with lifetime earnings of $83,612.
For an Equibase chart of the race click here.
3 – Yawm Estoora (Angel Stanley) 6.80 / 3.00
1A – Irish Date (Godofredo Laurente) 2.40
5 – Wave Pool (Federico Mata)