One race after recording a landmark 5,000th career success, trainer Todd Pletcher sent out Shadwell Stable’s regally bred ‘TDN Rising Star’ Malathaat (Curlin), who negotiated the jump into stakes company with aplomb in Friday’s Tempted S. at Aqueduct.
Away neatly from gate three, the daughter of Grade I-winning juvenile Dreaming of Julia set a moderate tempo inside of Spa Ready (Street Sense) on the speed three deep. Maintaining what appeared to be a tenuous advantage rounding the turn, the $1.05-million Keeneland September graduate responded when asked leaving the quarter pole and ran up the score late. American West (Curlin), whose dam Jacaranda (Congrats) won the 2014 Tempted, completed a Curlin exacta, with Cafe Society (Empire Maker) a distant third.
Malathaat was sent off at 85 cents on the dollar for her seven-furlong debut at Belmont Oct. 9, attending a soft early pace before finishing full of run to score by 1 3/4 lengths.
Dreaming of Julia’s dam Dream Rush won the GI Prioress S. and GI Darley Test S. in 2007 and is responsible for Dreaming of Julia’s MGSW half-sister Dream Pauline (Tapit) and SW Atreides (Medaglia d’Oro). Dreaming of Julia’s foal of 2019, a filly by Medaglia d’Oro, died this year and she produced a Curlin filly before being bred back to Medaglia d’Oro.
Read more on the Todd Pletcher/Shadwell Stable partnership from Steve Sherack.
TEMPTED S., $97,000, Aqueduct, 11-6, 2yo, f, 1m, 1:40.35, ft.
1–MALATHAAT, 120, f, 2, 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
1ST BLACK TYPE WIN. ($1,050,000 Ylg ’19 KEESEP). ‘TDN Rising Star‘ O-Shadwell Stable; B-Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings LLC (KY); T-Todd A Pletcher; J-Kendrick Carmouche. $55,000. Lifetime Record: 2-2-0-0, $89,650.
2–American West, 120, f, 2, Curlin–Jacaranda, by Congrats. ($925,000 Ylg ’19 KEESEP). O-Peter M Brant; B-Alpha Delta Stables LLC (KY); T-Chad C Brown. $20,000.
3–Cafe Society, 120, f, 2, Empire Maker–Full Tap, by Tapit. ($135,000 Ylg ’19 KEESEP; $475,000 2yo ’20 OBSAPR). O-Allen Stable Inc; B-Anderson Farms Ont Inc (ON); T-Claude R McGaughey III. $12,000.
Margins: 7 3/4, 2HF, 6. Odds: 1.00, 3.05, 1.80.
Also Ran: Spa Ready, Dauntless Gal. Scratched: Celestial Cheetah.