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Sunday, May 21, 2006

Emotional Saturday for Fans, Malakoff hits 90

Stronach Stable's flashy chestnut MALAKOFF served notice that he is a strong Queen's Plate contender with a seven-length score in yesterday's Grade 3 Marine Stakes at Woodbine, a day that ended in sorrow for lovers of hrose racing who later watched Kentucky Derby hero BARBARO break down in the Preakness Stakes.
Malakoff, a son of Lemon Drop Kid out of Last Vice, posted a 90 Beyer Speed Figure with his Marine win, crushing his four rivals including heavily favoured Bear Character.
The latter, who was uncharacteristically pushing the hot pace set by longshot Ok Nothanksforaskn, was coming off a close third in the Grade 2 Lexington Stakes at Keeneland on April 22.
Malakoff was the lone Plate eligible in the tiny Marine field but is improving quickly and should be a serious threat to likely Plate fave Wanna Runner.

An hour later, the Preakness Stakes got off to a shaky start when Barbaro broke through the gate before the start of the second jewel of the Triple Crown.
In minutes, the race was again underway but before the clubhouse turn, Barbaro's right hind ankle gave out and the undefeated colt was pulled up.
The five-length victory by the very talented and lightly raced Bernardini was almost all but forgotten by fans who waited for news on Barbaro's fate.
As of this morning, it is not certain how the colt will come through extensive surgery that was expected to be performed today.

Other action at Woodbine on Saturday included a sizzling debut win by the 2-year-old filly I CAN (Coloney Light), yet another winner this spring at North American tracks who had posted a rapid workout at a Florida juvenile sale. Despite breaking from the rail post in the 2-furlong dash, I Can was long gone on a strung out field from the start and collected another win for the hot Colebrook Stables and trainer Frank Passero team.


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