UNDEFEATED 3-YEAR-OLD COLT MALAGACY continues on Kentucky Derby trail
89 Beyer Speed Figure for Rebel win
MALAGACY (he has his own Facebook page) passed his first route distance test in workmanlike fashion with a win in the $900,000 Rebel Stakes (Grade 2) at Oaklawn Park on Saturday and has upped his standing to the Kentucky Derby on the first Saturday in May. This lightly raced chestnut son of Shackleford comes form a long line of Canadian-breeding made strong by E.P. Taylor. (more on that below).
Malagacy chased front runner Uncontested early in the 1 1/16 mile race and the pace was certainly honest. Along with Untrapped and Petrov, the colt took over on the front into the stretch and pulled away to win by 2 lengths for Sumaya U.S. Stable. (relative newcomer Oussama Aboughazale, who recently bought a Kentucky farm.
Malagacy was a $190,000 2-year-old purchase at Timonium last year. He was originally a $45,000 weanling purchase.
Malagacy’s 5th dam is DECEIT., one of E.P. Taylor’s first great race mares and an American-bred daughter of Prince John.
Deceit (foaled May 3, 1968 in Kentucky) was an American Thoroughbred racemare bred by Leslie Combs II and Charles H. Wacker III and owned by E. P. Taylor’s Windfields Farm. Deceit was sired by Prince John, a four-time leading broodmare sire in North America, and out of the mare Double Agent, a daughter of Double Jay who was the 1946 American Champion Two-Year-Old Colt and also a four-time leading broodmare sire in North America.
Trained by Del Carroll, Deceit raced successfully from age two to four, winning several of the important U.S. northeast races for her gender including the Astarita and Fashion Stakes at age two and the first two legs of the Triple Tiara, the Acorn and Mother Goose Stakes at three.When her racing career ended, Deceit was sent to stand at the Windfields Farm Maryland division. She was bred first to E. P. Taylor’s super-stallion, Northern Dancer then to other important stallions such as Herbager, Graustark, The Minstrel, Nijinsky, Assert and Deputy Minister, among others. However, it was a match with Taylor’s Vice Regent which produced Deceit Dancer, the 1984 Canadian Champion Two-Year-Old Filly.
Deceit was buried at E.P. Taylors Oshawa Ontario Windfields Farm which is now defunct.
DECEIT’S unraced daughter, SLIGHT DECEPTION. is the 4th dam of Malagacy.
SLIGHT DECEPTION, a daughter of Northern Dancer, produced about 9 foals including stakes winner COOL HALO and stakes placed Halo Dancer.
Halo Dancer is the dam of Classiest Carat, who showed plenty of promise in training for Charles Fipke but never raced. She passed on her talent to her foals, however, as she has produced champion IMPOSSIBLE TIME and the $326K earner Seeking the Carat.
Classiest Carat is still breeding in Ontario. Her 2000 foal, Classiest Gem is the dam of Malagacy.,
She was bought for $17,000 by Woodmere Farm carrying the Rebel winner. Charles Fipke also bred Classiest Gem in British Columbia and she did not race.
read more on the race from Hot Springs.com
By Bob Wisener
Only the winner’s name changed in the Rebel Stakes. Otherwise, except for purse size and calendar placement, the $900,000 race Saturday would be indistinguishable from its $500,000 February forerunner at Oaklawn Park.
In both cases, a Todd Pletcher-trained 3-year-old with two lifetime starts shipped in from Florida with hopes of staying unbeaten — and did.
Almost four weeks after One Liner jogged home in the Grade 3 Southwest, Malagacy passed his own class test in the Grade 2 Rebel. The chestnut colt emulated his Preakness-winning sire, Shackleford, with a two-length victory over 112-1 longshot Sonneteer in a field of 11 Triple Crown nominees.
Untrapped, owned by Mike Langford of Jonesboro, finished third in his Oaklawn debut with Petrov, trained and co-owned by Ron Moquett, fourth. The top four split 85 points (50 to the winner) for a possible start in the May 6 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.
Malagacy, after two sprint victories by a combined 22 lengths, made his stakes and two-turn debut in the Rebel, completing the fast-rated mile and sixteenth in 1:43. He paid $8.60, $6.60 and $5.60.
WOODBRIDGE romps in Aiken Trials
“He was a little antsy in the starting gate, and he didn’t want to settle,” said Woodbridge’s jockey, Kaitlan Montgomery. “When we got out of there, we were a little crooked, but then we just kind of took off and it went smoothly. It was absolutely really easy for him.”
GUS SCHICKEDANZ, 88, has a couple of Queen’s Plate hopefuls for 2017 including this fellow by Langfuhr. The Woodstock Stakes is a goal for this gelding.
LONG TERM FUDNING CONSULTATION REPORT
from Ontario Racing
The comprehensive, 58-page document with regards to ideas and plans from the consultation meetings with horsepeople across the province: