Malagacy romps in his debut for trainer Todd Pletcher on Jan. 4, 2017 at Gulfstream Park (Lauren King)
Sumaya U.S. Stables’ Malagacy ($ 13.80) produced an auspicious debut performance in Wednesday’s seventh race that even caught trainer Todd Pletcher somewhat by surprise. The Todd Pletcher-trained 3-year-old colt scored by 15 lengths under Javier Castellano over a muddy track.
“He’s trained well but you never necessarily expect one to blow the field away like that. He obviously took to the track. The break’s key in these kinds of races and he was sharp away from there. He looked good,” Pletcher said.
The son of Shackleford broke alertly in the 5 ½-furlong sprint, assuming the lead leaving the backstretch and extending his lead to the finish line, timed in 1:03.60.
“We didn’t expect to be on the lead necessarily but we expected to leave there running,” Pletcher said. “That’s what we wanted to do. A 5 ½ (-furlong) race on a wet track, you don’t want to take back and dirt school him.”
Malagacy keyed the winning Super Hi-5 of 5-6-8-9-2 that yielded a $ 117,059 payoff.
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