Malathaat Hard Fought Third in Breeders’ Cup Distaff
In a race which ultimately did not come down to the Distaff leaders in America, Malathaat showed her heart to finish third behind veteran, Dunbar Road and Japanese invader turned winner, Marche Lorraine (JPN) in the Gr. I Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff.
Letruska and Private Mission putting up sprint-like fractions early on stretched the field out and Malathaat found herself as far back as eighth at first call, and one ahead of the eventual winner. The gasps in the crowd were audible, as was Larry Colmus’ disbelief, when the splits were put up and it soon became clear the race was for the closers to win. The cavalry came running right on cue as the tiring leaders were inhaled with Malathaat taking the inland route behind a wall of horses.
When Clairiere was drifted out into the stretch, Malathaat hooked up with Dunbar Road and the pair fought to the inside of Marche Lorraine as the rest closed. She ultimately held off the charge, and held her third placing. It was her career best effort on several charts.
Malathaat is a regally-bred Keeneland September sales graduate from the 2019 consignment. The daughter of the brilliant sire, Curlin, went the way of the Shadwell Estate for $1,050,000 and has done nothing wrong since; never finishing off the board in her eight lifetime starts. She hails from the venerable Stonestreet breeding program via her dam, Grade I winner and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies placed, Dreaming of Julia.
As of the most recent report, she is slated to remain in training for a 4YO campaign.
Congratulations to the connections! We’re proud to have sold such a brilliant Saturday Afternoon Horse and thankful for all of our clients who continue to put their faith in us.