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Move With Ease moves from Utah Classic win to win Silver Dollar Futurity

July 20, 2006     E-mail this page to a friend!

By Phyllis Tryon
Think back in our collective memories: has a horse ever won both the Utah Classic Futurity and the Silver Dollar Futurity? Beyond that, have two horses ever finished 1-2 in both races?

There are no statistics lists to check to see if the above has ever occurred before, but if it has, its still highly unusual and quite an accomplishment.

Move With Ease broke third from the 8-hole with Brett Anderson in the irons in the Silver Dollar Futurity on July 16 at Wyoming Downs, battling Cocktail Special with Cameron Colledge for the lead down the stretch. Marmalade Lady, ridden by Travis Hamilton, battled close to the leaders in third.

But it was Move With Ease that drew clear by a half length with a big late run, crossing the wire in:17.355 for the 350 yards to post a speed index of 101. Cocktail Special held on for second, a length and a half ahead of Marmalade Lady.

Move With Ease picked up $28,885 of a total purse worth $79,040. The bay colt by Maknmoves out of Switching Lanes, by Lanes Leinster, was bred in Utah by owners Ray and Ron Moosman. Ron is the trainer.

Move With Ease won his trial outing to this race with the second fastest overall qualifying time of all the trials. His time for the trials was the fastest of the day, as trials were run over two days. He now has a record of 4 wins in 5 starts. He crossed the wire first in his first out in the Double D Futurity trials in Utah, but was disqualified for drifting out and did not qualify for the finals to that race. Hes been perfect since.

He ran good again for us, said trainer and co-owner, Ron Moosman. Co-owner Ray is Rons dad. Moosman owns and stands Maknmoves and also owns the dam. Hes sure been fun.

He won his trial by 3-1/2 lengths, so we felt pretty confident going into the final, he added. I think the horse, if Im not mistaken, is the first to win the Utah Classic and the Silver Dollar, and to have the second place horse the same in both, I know thats never happened.

Hes been a awfully fun horse. Hes never taken a sore step and just does everything right. Couldnt be any better, Moosman said.

Move With Ease is paid into the Intermountain Quarter Horse Futurity at Elko, Nevada, but Moosman is toying with the idea of paying him late into the All American Futurity at Ruidoso. Trials for the All American are held at the end of August.

I dont know whether well do that, Moosman explained. Were just considering it. We could go with the original plan to run him at Elko.

I think this horse might be worthy (of a shot at the All American) due to how fast hes run and his soundness, and going 440 yards (in the All American). He just gets stronger as the race gets longer. Ive always wanted to do that. My dad owns half of him with me, and maybe this is meant to be for him.

If Move With Ease does ship to Ruidoso, hell be under the care of Moosmans friend, trainer Bret Vickery.

Cocktail Special, which qualified with the fastest time of all the trials, picked up $14,880 for the second place finish. The Corona Cocktail-Babies special gelding is owned by John Loomis of Montana and trained by Chad Giles.

Marmalade Lady earned $8,753 for the show position. Marmalade Lady is owned by Robert Gutke and trained by Jay Pitcher.

Rest of the field, with owner, trainer and jockey: Quick Copygirl, Fast Fillies, Glade Van Tassell, Shaunda Larsen; Gw Boozer, Glen Wood, Chad Giles, Sean Williams; Nitas Proudest, Jeff Mitchell and Terry Teeples, Chad Giles, Armando Rodriguez; Making Jake Proud, Kapp Investments Co., LLC, Jay Pitcher, Justin Joiner; and Koffee Kart Karl, Dan and Patricia Baker, Chad Giles, Jay Conklin. Scratched were Proudest Bandolero ad Southern Proud.