International
VIEW ARCHIVES (22927 articles)

<< Back
Malagacy enters Kentucky picture at Oaklawn Park
20 Mar 2017 | Racingpost.com 

Report: USA, Saturday

Oaklawn Park: Rebel Stakes (Grade 2) 1m½f | dirt | 3yo

Malagacy (Todd Pletcher/Javier Castellano) is the latest name to be added to the Kentucky Derby mix after taking his unbeaten record to three with an accomplished victory in the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn.

After a couple of wide-margin victories at Gulfstream Park, the son of Preakness Stakes victor Shackleford pressed the pace before striking for home in the stretch and taking the $900,000 contest by two lengths from outsider Sonneteer.

"He showed today that he can definitely go around two turns and I am very proud of him," said trainer Todd Pletcher, who will now target next month's Arkansas Derby. "He showed good tactical speed yet he raced very kindly, which we thought he would do.

"We were trying a new distance and he was stepping up in class against some nice, seasoned horses so I was very, very pleased with and proud of his effort."

The 8-5 favourite American Anthem never seemed comfortable in the race as he sought to give trainer Bob Baffert his seventh Rebel victory in eight years.

Also on Saturday

Santa Anita: Santa Margarita Stakes (Grade 1) 1m1f | dirt | 4yo+ f/m

Vale Dori (Bob Baffert/Rafael Bejarano) was shadowed by last year's champion female sprinter Finest City all the way around before pulling away in the final furlong to complete a five-timer with her first Grade 1 victory in North America.

The much travelled four-year-old won by a length and a half with the third nearly ten lengths further away. A Grade 1 winner in her native Argentina as a two-year-old before contesting last year's UAE Classics for Mike de Kock, Vale Dori's career record now stands at eight wins from 13 starts.




 
»Jim Bannon's Journal for Woodbine - Saturday

»Japan Cup (G1) - Preview

»UK racing this weekend

»Can Cue Card match king Kauto in Betfair Chase?

»A bit older and a bit whiter but Smad's almost as good as ever

»Sire De Grugy the star turn as he bids for repeat success

»The wraps come off Defi Du Seuil as top stayers seek to end his winning run

»Tom Chatfeild-Roberts wins The Prince's Countryside Fund Charity Race

»William Hill seek CrownBet tie-up to boost Australian interests

»Mustahdaf hopes to go one better in Abu Dhabi

»Bowman receives short-term JRA Jockey's License

»Jim Bannon's Journal for Woodbine - Friday

»UPI Horse Racing Roundup

»Dam of Johannes Vermeer sells for €1.9 Million

»Tokyo trackwork and Japan Cup media conference - Thursday

»The Doug Watson and Pat Dobbs show dazzles at Meydan

»Race-riding debut for England legend Michael Owen at Ascot

»BHA out to ensure 'robust anti-doping policy' after losing landmark case

»Kennedy hoping Outlander can make him feel at home on first visit to Haydock

»Thistlecrack all set for Newbury comeback over hurdles next week

Share/Bookmark

©Copyright 2006 - 2017 Thoroughbred News.
All rights reserved
Development and Design by Web Element