'TDN Rising Star' Maymun Wins Pitched Optional Claimer Battle Over Stablemate At Santa Anita

Maymun (inside) | Benoit

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6th-Santa Anita, $68,206, Alw (NW1$X), Opt. Clm ($100,000), 2-11, 3yo, 1m, 1:36.65, ft, neck.
MAYMUN (c, 3, Frosted–Handwoven, by Indian Charlie) was a no-brainer 'TDN Rising Star' when streaking home to a 7 1/2-length graduation as a 1-2 mortal going 6 1/2 furlongs Jan. 20 and was trying two turns for the first time on Super Bowl Sunday. The 93 Beyer he received for that effort towered over his four rivals, and at 3-10, the Zedan runner won the break, but bore out badly into the first turn, bothering stablemate Imagination (Into Mischief). The pace was moderate at best–the opening quarter was up in :23.91 and the half in :48.07–and Flavien Prat launched something of a sneak attack aboard Imagination, drawing even with a flat-footed Maymun at the three-eighths pole. The duo quickened away from their three rivals nearing the stretch, but the favorite appeared to be in deep water down at the inside, as Imagination stuck his head in front nearing the eighth pole going the better of the two. The margin was as much as a half-length with time ticking away, but Juan Hernandez extracted that little bit extra and Maymun was up in the final few strides. A $50,000 Keeneland September yearling, Maymun turned heads at last year's OBS April Sale, ultimately hammering to Zedan for $900,000. Bred on a variant of the cross responsible for Horse of the Year Flightline (Tapit), Maymun has a 2-year-old half-brother by Kantharos and his dam was most recently covered by Violence. Lifetime Record: 2-2-0-0, $79,200. Sales history: $50,000 Ylg '22 KEESEP; $900,000 2yo '23 OBSAPR. Click for the Equibase.com chart or VIDEO, sponsored by FanDuel TV.
O-Zedan Racing Stables Inc; B-Vision Racing & Sales LLC (KY); T-Bob Baffert.

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