Manipulated handled his racing debut in the $125,000 Rockville Center S. like a seasoned pro with a scintillating four-length victory on Saturday at Belmont Park.
The 2-year-old son of Malibu Moon showed a powerful turn of foot in the stretch, coming five wide on the turn to roll down the middle of the stretch, taking the lead inside the eighth pole and going on to victory. He covered the six furlongs in 1:12.67 over a “good” main track.
Trained by Jimmy Jerkens for the colt’s breeders Chester and Mary Broman, Manipulated is out of the stakes winner Silver Knockers, who earned nearly a quarter-million dollars in her career.
Mr. Z earns millionaire status in Indiana Derby (G2)
Hard-knocking Mr. Z, coming off a thrilling win in the Ohio Derby, gave his customary all-out effort with a second-place finish in the $500,000 Indiana Derby (G2) Saturday evening at Indiana Grand. With the $100,000 payday, the 3-year-old colt upped his earnings to $1,097,226. He is the third millionaire by Malibu Moon as well as the leading earner this year for his sire, who also passed the $5 million mark in progeny earnings in 2015 with Saturday’s results.