January 31, 2016 - Fair Grounds, Race 5, Msw, USD $40,000, 6F, .0000

Malibu Sunset, c, 3, 2013 by Bernardini

1st Dam: One Stormy Mama, by Storm Cat
2nd Dam: Wicked Mama, by Devil's Bag
3rd Dam: Conjuror, by Nijinsky II

Owner: Gary & Mary West
Breeder: Mike Abraham (KY)
Trainer: Wayne M. Catalano

Malibu Sunset became the second ‘TDN Rising Star’ on the day with this ultra-impressive debut effort. Away from the stalls alertly despite getting bumped at the break, the 9-5 favorite quickly cleared the field of eight through a sharp opening quarter in :22.06. The dark bay began to get away on the far turn and wasn’t for catching in the stretch. Receiving a few backhanders from pilot Florent Geroux to keep his mind on business, Malibu Sunset received the message and opened daylight down the lane and was geared down late to win for fun by 10 1/2 lengths. Aiken’s Alley (Flower Alley) completed the exacta. Malibu Sunset is a half-brother to Thunder Moccasin (A.P. Warrior), GSW, $114,300. Malibu Sunset’s two-time winning dam and Overbrook homebred One Stormy Mama produced a colt by Bernardini in 2015 and was bred back to Medaglia d’Oro. One Stormy Mama is a half-sister to Saratoga Dew S. heroine Wicked Diva (Jump Start); and GIII Grey Breeders’ Cup S. third Saada (Thunder Gulch). Malibu Sunset’s breeder Mike Abraham purchased One Stormy Mama for $23,000 at the 2010 KEENOV sale. Sales history: $190,000 RNA Wlg ’13 FTKNOV; $240,000 Ylg ’14 KEESEP. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $24,000. Click for the chart or the free catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

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