Prospective, 3-year-old son of Malibu Moon, logged his second graded stakes win [VIDEO] of the year with a 2 1/2-length win in the $100,000 Ohio Derby (G3) July 7 at Thistledown. The dark bay colt, bred by Spendthirft Farm LLC, took the Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby in March.
With just four horses going postward in the 1 1/16-mile Ohio Derby, Prospective was no more than two lengths off the lead at any time in the race. Three horses lined up across the track coming into the stretch, with the eventual winner furthest out. The others were no match for the 3-5 favorite, and he drew away comfortably under Jermaine Bridgmohan. to win in a good time of 1:42.84 over a fast track.
I think the race was won in the first turn, when Jermaine got the horse out," winning trainer Mark Casse said. "It looked like the horse to the outside (Z Rockstar) was going to push him down inside, but Jermaine didn't let that happen. He pushed his way out on the first turn and I think that was the difference. He didn't let him get caught down inside."
Prospective also accounted for the
Victoria Park S. at Woodbine in his most recent start on Polytrack
June 10. Last year, he won the Grey S. (G3), also at Woodbine. His
career record now stands at 11-6-2-0 with earnings of $600,235. He is
the first foal out of Spirited Away, winner of Fair Grounds' Truly
Malibu Moon, who finished ranked fifth on the General Sire list in 2011, is once again poised to reach that mark again this year. He has $3.7 million in progeny earnings and 27 repeat winners to date, both solidly in the top 10.