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Monday, May 01, 2006

Stronach has good Plate hand

Stronach Stables are quietly sneaking into the Queen's Plate (June 25) picture as its colts ROYAL CHALLENGER (Touch Gold) and MALAKOFF (Lemon Drop Kid) were recent maiden allowance winners.
The latter was certainly very impressive in his gritty score on Sunday at Woodbine, contrary to some post race comments by onlookers. Coming off a very hard race at Gulfstream, Malakoff had to work hard to beat the talented Storm Kick but got the job done under Todd Kabel.
The colt's Beyer Figure was a solid 81, not far off the Beyer posted by hotshot Shillelagh Slew in an allowance win on Saturday.

Plate favourite WANNA RUNNER had a six furlong workout at Santa Anita in a peppy 1:12 2/5 and is expected to head to Texas for the Lone Star Derby on May 13.

More Plate hopefuls will gather at Woodbine on Saturday for the Queenston Stakes at seven furlongs including BAD HAT, the undefeated Bold Executive colt who will be ridden by Slade Callaghan.

BEST 3YO IS NOT IN THE DERBY: He's been touted in this forum before and Darley Stud's imposing BERNARDINI (A.P. Indy) won Saturday's Withers Sstakes at Aqueduct with a 104 Beyer Figure in just his third career start. The colt is expected to compete in the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico on May 20.

THE SUMMER OF JOHNNY C: There were many horsepeople ready to shake trainer John Charalambous' hand on Sunday after the tough little filly SUMMER GIRLFRIEND upset heavily favoured champion Knights Templar in the Star Shoot Stakes.
The daughter of Forest Camp, owned by Allen Abbott's Equilease Racing Stable, led all the way through the six-furlongs uynder Gerry Olguin. Knights Templar had an extremely wide trip and was simply second best over a track that yielded slow times but a fair racing surface all afternoon.


  • At 9:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I too was shocked at comments by the on-air comments of some racing efforts who dismissed Malakov. He dug in when he had to and was never threatened by the horse that set soft fractions. He also looked like he wanted more ground ...

  • At 9:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    make that racing "experts".


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