Malathaat, an undefeated filly sired by Curlin, continued her winning streak in the Kentucky Oaks, the day before the Kentucky Derby. Also ridden by Johnny Velasquez, Malathaat went into the race as the favorite (5-2) and battled down the stretch with Search Results, to win the $1.25 million race by a neck, despite getting bumped hard in the start.
Interesting, compared to the Kentucky Derby winner, Medina Spirit, who sold for just $1,000 as a yearling, Malathaat commanded a final bid of $1.05 million at the Keeneland yearling sales. The filly has now won all five of her races.
“She has an innate ability to target a horse and want to go by it,” trainer Todd Pletcher said of Malathaat. “We’ve always felt she was a special filly from day one. We’ve been blessed to have the opportunity to train her. She’s so professional.”
Her connections have indicated she may run next against the boys in the Belmont.