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Breeders' Cup 2017

Maleeh Runs Like a Pro in Capossela

Lightly raced Maleeh ran like a seasoned professional in his second start, saving ground on the turn and angling off the rail to launch his stretch run en route to a 2 ¾-length win in Saturday’s $100,000 Fred “Cappy” Capossela, a six-furlong sprint for 3-year-olds at Aqueduct Racetrack.

 

Breaking from the rail, Maleeh raced behind a wall of opponents in fifth through an opening quarter-mile in 22.92 seconds as Whiskey Romeo and odds-on Clawback battled for early supremacy. Eddie Castro put Maleeh to a drive at the quarter pole, then took him outside Whiskey Romeo and Clawback with three-sixteenths to travel.

 

With clear running room, Maleeh shot past the leaders and ran away to a decisive score. Tenango, a 57-1 long shot, overcame a tardy start to nab second by a head from Clawback.

 

“I stuck behind the speed – third, fourth, close to the pace,” said Castro. “My horse drifted a little inside, I had to check. When he ran the first time, he did the same thing. In the stretch, I hit him left-handed and he came with a nice kick. He’s impressive, a really nice horse.”

 

Off as the 5-1 fourth choice, Maleeh paid $13.40 for a $2 win wager. He completed the distance in 1:10.43.

 

“I was a little worried about the rail [post], watching the races all day today,” said Art Magnuson, assistant to winning trainer Kiaran McLaughlin. “He stepped it up. It was a tough race, and you don’t know until you try. We were in a very good spot. I was only worried about how much horse [Eddie Castro] had under him, but I liked where we were.”

 

Maleeh employed a similar running style in his only other start, stalking the pace and running down the pacesetter late to take a maiden special weight by a half-length on January 6 at Aqueduct.

 

Owned by Shadwell Stable, Maleeh is by Indian Charlie and out of top sprinter Gold Mover. The bay colt was bred in Virginia by Edward P. Evans.

 

Magnuson said Maleeh likely will remain in sprints for the time being.

 

Silver Morgan finished fourth, followed by Weekend Hideaway, Whiskey Romeo, and Rubysandpearls.

 


 

 

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