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Third place finisher Luna Vega
Third place finisher Luna Vega heads out to the track for the 2009 Ruffian Handicap at Belmont Park
© Vanessa Ng
6-1 third choice Luna Vega trailed the field early under jockey Shaun Bridgmohan, closed on the leaders on the rail on the turn, then came out in the stretch to pass tiring horses to get third beaten 10 1/2 lengths. The Steve Asmussen-trained daughter of Malibu Moon improved her record to 4 wins, 3 seconds, and 2 thirds in 15 starts, earning $257,692 for owner Millennium Farms.