Ambassador Luna Captures Unbridled Sidney

Sep 02, 2020 Churchill Downs Communications Churchill Downs Communications

LOUISVILLE, KY (Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020)Voodoomon Racing’s Ambassador Luna surged to the front in the upper stretch and went on to post a 2 1/4-length victory over Tomlin to win the 10th running of the $145,500 Unbridled Sidney for fillies and mares.

Trained by James Gulick and ridden by Julien Leparoux, Ambassador Luna covered the 5 ½ furlongs on the fast main track in 1:03.56. The race originally was scheduled for the turf.

Making her first start on dirt in her 12-race career, Ambassador Luna sat just off a speed duel between favored Break Even and Stonewood through an opening quarter-mile in :21.55. At the head of the lane, Ambassador Luna moved by the leaders and had enough in the tank to repel all challengers.

The victory was worth $93,000 and increased Ambassador Luna’s earnings to $202,558 with a record of 12-4-2-2. Ambassador Luna is a 4-year-old Florida-bred daughter of Brethren out of the Spanish Steps mare Spanish Ambassador.

Ambassador Luna returned $17, $6.60 and $7.40. Tomlin, ridden by Florent Geroux, returned $6.80 and $9.80 with Change of Control finishing another 2 ¼ lengths back in third and returning $8.20 to show under Colby Hernandez.

Derby Week racing continues Thursday with an 11-race program beginning at 1 p.m. (all times Eastern).

Two stakes are on the card highlighted by the 52nd running of the $200,000 Pocahontas (GIII) for 2-year-old fillies going a mile on the main track.

The Pocahontas is the first race on the Road to the 2021 Kentucky Oaks (GI) with 17 points up for grabs on a 10-4-2-1 scale to the first- through fourth-place finishers. The Pocahontas also is a Breeders’ Cup Challenge race with the winner earning a berth in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (GI) to be run Nov. 6 at Keeneland.


Julien Leparoux (winning rider, Ambassador Luna) – “It was a good race for her. It was a short field, first time on dirt. The two speed (horses) went on and we sat right behind them. She was striding very good on it. I was patient. When we turned for home, she finished very good.”

James Gulick (winning trainer, Ambassador Luna) – “We are so thrilled for the owner and for this horse. We have some options now moving forward with her taking to the dirt. She ran a really solid race last time out at Ellis and returned today with a really strong effort.”

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