Saturday, January 21, 2017
Farrell's facile win in Saturday's $150,000 Silverbulletday S. at Fair Grounds moved the 3-year-old Malibu Moon filly one step closer towards the Kentucky Oaks (G1) in early May at Churchill Downs.
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Farrell already has two wins over the Churchill Downs surface, including the Golden Rod S. (G2), a race she won by six lengths over Thanksgiving weekend.
Trained by Wayne Catalano for her owner/breeder Coffeepot Stable, Farrell was all business in the 1 mile and 70 yard Silverbulletday, stalking the pace set by Gris Gris for six furlongs, then assuming command to draw clear late while in complete authority.
“This is a very classy filly,” jockey Channing Hill said. “She’s bred to be a good horse and the whole barn has done a good job getting her to this level. She shut off really nicely for me, took a few deep breaths down the backside and then punched home when [Untapped] came outside of me.”
“It went accordingly,” Catalano added. “Channing thought (Gris Gris) would have some speed, so I told him we would just go to the front and sit right off her. That’s what we did. You want to wait until mid-stretch here before you really worry. At that point, she was looking nice and Channing was sitting pretty good.”
Farrell is now 3-0-1 in five outings and has banked $241,357. Out of the stakes winner Rebridled Dreams, Farrell is a sister to multiple Grade 1 winner Carpe Diem, as well as another Grade 1 winner in J. B.'s Thunder.
Farrell is Malibu Moon's third stakes horse of first three weeks of 2017. His 3-year-old colt Gormley, winner of the recent Sham S. (G3), is one of the leaders on this year's Triple Crown Trail.