|Grandsire||In The Wings|
|Breeder||Newgate Stud Farm|
|Trainer||Saeed bin Suroor|
|Dante Stakes (2002)
Select Stakes (2002)
Sheikh Maktoum Challenge Round II (2003)
Dubai World Cup (2003)
Out of the mare Velvet Moon, Moon Ballad's damsire was Shaadi who in 1989 won the Group One Irish 2,000 Guineas. Moon Ballad's sire was the very talented international winner Singspiel who won G-1 events in England, Canada, Japan, and the Dubai World Cup. Singspiel was a son of In The Wings who was a multiple Group One winner in Europe as well victor in the 1990 Breeders' Cup Turf in the United States.
2001: Two-year-old season
The colt raced once at age two, finishing second in a 2001 maiden stakes at Newmarket Racecourse in England.
2002: Three-year-old season
In 2002, Moon Ballad began the year racing at Nad Al Sheba Racecourse in his owner's native Dubai. He won his first outing then finished fourth to Essence of Dubai in the 2002 UAE Derby. Back in England his race-riding duties were taken over by jockey Jamie Spencer. In May they ran second in a Listed stakes race at Newmarket then won the G-2 Dante Stakes at York Racecourse before finishing third to High Chaparral in June's Epsom Derby. In September, Moon Ballad won the G-3 Select Stakes and in October ran second in the G-1 Champion Stakes.
2003: Four-year-old season
In February 2003, Frankie Dettori rode the four-year-old to victory in the Al Maktoum Challenge, Round 2 at Nad Al Sheba Racecourse in his owner's native Dubai. Six weeks later at the same racecourse, Dettori and Moon Ballad won the world's richest horse race, capturing the US$6 million Dubai World Cup by 5 lengths. Returning to England, at Ascot Racecourse he ran ninth in the Prince of Wales's Stakes and was fifth in the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood Racecourse. Racing in the early fall at Leopardstown Racecourse in Ireland, the colt ran fifth to High Chaparral in the Irish Champion Stakes. He was then sent to the United States to compete in the Jockey Club Gold Cup at New York's Belmont Park. Under U.S. Racing Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey, Moon Ballad finished fifth and last to winner Mineshaft.
Retired after his loss in New York, Moon Ballad was sent to stand at stud under Darley Stud's management at the Yoshun Company's Stud in Hokkaidō, Japan. In 2010, he was returned to Ireland to stand at the Woodlands Stud, Galway.