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Malagacy Racing News
Malagacy didn’t set foot on a racecourse as a 2-year-old. But just three starts into his career, he’s assured of a start in the Kentucky Derby.
Trained by Todd Pletcher, Malagacy announced himself in a major way in his first two starts, winning a 5-1/2 furlong maiden at Gulfstream Park Jan. 4 by 15 lengths and a 5-1/2 furlong allowance on the same track by seven lengths Feb. 12.
He then headed to Oaklawn Park for the 1-1/16 mile Rebel Stakes (G2) March 18. He stalked the leader Uncontested, led at the head of the stretch and won by two lengths from Sonneteer, Untrapped, and Petrov.
Bred by John Trumbulovic, Malagacy went to auction three times, eventually being bought by prominent agent Steve Young for Sumaya U.S. Stable at the 2016 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-year-old sale for $190,000.
Malagacy is from the first crop of 2011 Preakness Stakes winner Shackleford, who was fourth in the Kentucky Derby that year. His dam Classiest Gem, by Dehere, has produced one other stakes-placed horse, but she is a half-sister to Canadian champion handicap mare Impossible Time, whose stakes wins ranged from seven furlongs to 1-1/16 miles.
In all his races, Malagacy has stalked the leader before accelerating away in the stretch. Stamina may well be a question, but his efforts to date show he has plenty of raw talent.
He was made available as an individual betting option in Pool 3 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager, where after opening at 30-1, he closed at 53-1. That was before the Rebel Stakes, and his odds are likely to be much shorter now.