One race after becoming only the eighth trainer in North America to notch 5,000 wins, trainer Todd Pletcher picked up triumph 5,001 in the first stakes event of the Aqueduct fall meet, when Shadwell Stable's regally bred Malathaat led at every point of call and strolled home a 7 ¾-length winner in the $100,000 Tempted.
The daughter of multiple champion producing stallion Curlin, out of dual graded stakes winning A.P. Indy mare Dreaming of Julia, arrived at the one-turn mile event over the main track for juvenile fillies off a debut triumph on October 9 at Belmont Park, where she gave Hall of Fame rider John Velazquez a 2,000th career victory over Big Sandy.
Breaking from post 4, Malathaat was nudged slightly by jockey Kendrick Carmouche and asserted herself to the front commanding opening fractions of 24.15 and 48.28 seconds over the fast main track, with Spa Ready and Cafe Society to her outside. Around the turn, her two foes inched closer to the front with American West launching a bid to the inside. Just past the quarter pole, Malathaat extended her advantage to 4 ½ lengths while under an all-out drive under Carmouche. By the furlong marker, the race was already under wraps as Malathaat crossed the wire under a hand ride in a final time of 1:40.35.
She is now 2 for 2 in her early career, earning a total of 49,650 so far. Cant wait to see what Race she lands in next.