Friday, May 14, 2010
Malibu Moon will be represented in four graded stakes during the third weekend in May, one at Belmont Park and three runners at Pimlico on the Preakness (G1) undercard.
Saturday at Belmont Park, the Grade 2 Shuvee for older fillies and mares drew a short field of five. The $150,000, one-mile main track race will be the second race of the year for Funny Moon, a 4-year-old daughter of Malibu Moon. She made her 2010 debut last month at Keeneland with a solid second in the Doubledogdare S. (G3) on the Polytrack. Funny Moon won the Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks last summer at Belmont.
Saturday is Preakness day at Pimlico, and along with the second jewel of the Triple Crown, there are several stakes on tap. In the $100,000 Chick Lang S. (G3), Latigo Shore takes on a field of five other 3-year-old colts in the six furlong main track sprint. The Nick Zito trainee broke his maiden in stellar fashion last December at Calder, but then had a very troubled trip next out at Gulfstream.
In the $100,000 Maryland Sprint H. (G3), 5-year-old Malibu Kid will break from post position two in the field of 11. The dark bay/brown horse is a fixture on the Maryland circuit, placing in five different stakes in the state, including a third-place effort in the 2009 General George H. (G2) .
Finally, in the $200,000 Dixie S. (G2), which is run just before the Preakness, Baltimore Bob will tangle with a very tough group of experienced turf horses going 1 1/8 miles on the grass. The 5-year-old horse has earned $226,880 in his career, and tuned up for the Dixie over the same course with a win in the Henry Clark S. last month.