Champion Malathaat Returns a Winner at Keeneland

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Malathaat | Coady

Champion and 'TDN Rising Star' Malathaat (f, 4, Curlin–Dreaming of Julia, by A.P. Indy), last seen rallying for third in the GI Breeders' Cup Distaff at Del Mar Nov. 6, kicked off her 4-year-old campaign with a hard-fought win as the 1-5 favorite in Friday's GIII Baird Doubledogdare S. at Keeneland.

Drawn on the fence in this six-horse affair, she was guided out and into the clear in the two path by John Velazquez rounding the clubhouse turn. Fourth heading down the backstretch, Malathaat began to edge closer rounding the far turn and made a three-wide bid at the top of the short stretch. She took over shortly thereafter, hung on her left lead in the lane, switched over close to home and had a 3/4-of-a-length over Bonny South (Munnings) at the wire. Super Quick (Super Saver) and Lady Mystify (Bernardini) dead-heated for third.

Malathaat's championship 2021 campaign included wins in the GI Central Bank Ashland S. at Keeneland, GI Kentucky Oaks and GI Alabama S. and a close second in the GI Coaching Club American Oaks.

“She got some time off at Shadwell after the Breeders' Cup and they did a great job with her–she came in looking super,” winning trainer Todd Pletcher said. “We didn't want to overdo it for her first start of the year, and we had it in the back of our minds not only that she won the Ashland here, but [this year's] Breeders' Cup is here as well.”

Pletcher added, “[Velazquez] thought he was a little too far back and then all of a sudden, he got there, maybe a little sooner than he expected, but she was all class in the end.”

Pedigree Notes:

Malathaat is the second foal from her dam, the 2012 GI Frizette S. winner who romped by 21 3/4 lengths in the GII Gulfstream Oaks, but could do no better than a troubled fourth as the favorite to upset-minded stablemate Princess of Sylmar (Majestic Warrior) in the GI Kentucky Oaks.

Second dam Dream Rush won the GI Darley Test S. in 2007 and was subsequently sold to Halsey Minor for $3.3 million at that year's Fasig-Tipton November Sale. She remained in training into early 2009, but was retired and covered by A.P. Indy for her first cover. Dreaming of Julia was foaled Mar. 3, 2010, and Dream Rush would go on to produce SW 'TDN Rising Star' Atreides (Medaglia d'Oro) and MGSW 'Rising Star' Dream Pauline (Tapit).

Malathaat is one of any number of top-class runners bred on the Curlin-A.P. Indy cross, which includes Grade I winners Stellar Wind, Global Campaign, Paris Lights and Idol.

Dreaming of Julia is the dam of a 2-year-old full-sister to Malathaat, a Medaglia d'Oro yearling filly and a filly by Curlin of this year.

Friday, Keeneland
BAIRD DOUBLEDOGDARE S.-GIII, $300,000, Keeneland, 4-22, 4yo/up, f/m, 1 1/16m, 1:44.58, ft.
1–MALATHAAT, 118, f, 4, by Curlin
                1st Dam: Dreaming of Julia (GISW, $874,500), by A.P. Indy
                2nd Dam: Dream Rush, by Wild Rush
                3rd Dam: Turbo Dream, by Unbridled
'TDN Rising Star' ($1,050,000 Ylg '19 KEESEP). O-Shadwell
Stable; B-Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings LLC (KY); T-Todd
Pletcher; J-John R. Velazquez. $183,675. Lifetime Record:
Champion 3yo Filly & MGISW, 9-7-1-1, $1,918,825.
Werk Nick Rating: A+++. *Triple Plus*
Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Bonny South, 118, m, 5, Munnings–Touch the Star, by Tapit.
O/B-Juddmonte Farms Inc (KY); T-Brad H. Cox. $59,250.
(DH) 3–Super Quick, 120, f, 4, Super Saver–Quick Town, by
Cape Town. 1ST BLACK TYPE, 1ST GRADED BLACK TYPE.
O-Marylou Whitney Stables (Hendrickson); B-Marylou Whitney
Stables LLC (KY); T-Norm W. Casse. $22,219.
(DH) 3–Lady Mystify, 118, f, 4, Bernardini–J. Quirk, by
Unbridled's Song. ($120,000 Ylg '19 OBSOCT; $325,000 2yo '20
OBSAPR). O-Exline-Border Racing LLC, SAF Racing and
Hausman, Richard; B-Scott Dilworth & Evan Dilworth (KY);
T-Peter Eurton. $22,219.
Margins: 3/4, 1, 2HF, 2HF. Odds: 0.30, 3.70, 38.80, 13.70.
Also Ran: Audrey's Time, Crazy Beautiful.
Click for the Equibase.com chart, the TJCIS.com PPs or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO, sponsored by TVG.

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