Four runners sired by Malibu Moon were entered in the 26th Breeders’ Cup at Churchill Downs this Friday and Saturday, with no sire in the world will have more runners competing in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup races. Malibu Moon is the nation's third leading sire with near $7.7 million in progeny earnings.
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In the $2,000,000 Breeders Cup Ladies Classic (G1), which runs Friday, Nov. 6 at 7:30 pm ET, are a pair Grade 1 winners by the Spendthrift stallion, Life At Ten and Malibu Prayer. Millionaire Life At Ten drew post position 1 and was made the 7-2 second choice in the field of 11. The 5-year-old chestnut mare is coming off a facile victory in the Beldame S. (G1) over 1 1/8 miles, the same distance as the Ladies Classic, and also over some of her Classic competitors, including Unrivaled Belle and Persistently. Life At Ten was bred in Kentucky by Nickelback Farm, and races for Candy DeBartolo. She sports a lifetime record of 16-8-5-2 and $1,149,267, with five stakes wins in six starts this season for trainer Todd Pletcher.
Malibu Prayer drew post three and is 8-1 in the program. She is coming off a third place effort in the $300,000 Molly Pitcher S. (G2) over the shorter distance of 1 1/16 miles. In her prior start, she won the 1 1/8-mile Ruffian H. (G1) by daylight, again defeating a key Ladies Classic rival in Unrivaled Belle. The 4-year-old was bred in Virginia by her owner, Edward P. Evans, and boasts a record of 13-6-4-2 and $618,026, and like Life At Ten, is trained by Todd Pletcher.
Also on Friday, a pair of three-time Graded stakes winners by Malibu Moon will contest the $1,000,000, Grade 1 Filly and Mare Sprint: Sweet August Moon and Sara Louise. Sweet August Moon, who won the A Gleam H. (G2) and Rancho Bernardo H. (G3) back-to-back this summer, looks for her first Grade 1 win in the 7-furlong Sprint. Sweet August Moon drew post position 8 in a full field of 14. She is also a two-time stakes winner at 6 furlongs for owner Legacy Ranch and Shirley MacPherson. The 5-year-old was bred in Pennsylvania by Maple Leaf Farm, and owns a record of 18-7-1-2 and $432,296 under trainer Brian J. Koriner. The trainer, as agent, purchased Sweet August Moon at the 2007 OBS Open 2-year-old sale for $400,000.
Rounding out the Malibu Moon quartet is Godolphin’s Sara Louise, who will break from post position 2. She will be making just her second start of the year in the Sprint, and comes off an excellent third-place effort in the 6 ½-furlong Gallant Bloom H. (G2) on Sept. 25. A winner of the Grade 3 Pocahontas at Churchill Downs as a two-year-old, Sara Louise was fourth, beaten just five lengths by Champion Informed Decision in this race run on the synthetic surface at Santa Anita last year. The bay 4-year-old filly was bred in Kentucky by Paul F. Gardner, and is under the care of Saeed bin Suroor. Sara Louise has a record of 9-4-2-1 and $395,935.