Shadwell Stable’s undefeated 3-year-old filly Malathaat, winner of the $1.25 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1) on April 30, will skip the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (G1) on June 5 and point toward the Coaching Club American Oaks (G1) at Saratoga Race Course.
“Todd and I have talked and have elected to bypass the Belmont,” Shadwell’s vice president and general manager Rick Nichols told Tamarkuz Media. “She is a little light right now because she is still growing into the frame that she has. We want to give her a nice break and hopefully put some weight on her.
“We will point her toward the (Coaching Club American Oaks) at Saratoga, which is 12 weeks from the Kentucky Oaks,” Nichols continued. “Then we will aim for the (Grade 1) Alabama, which is the main target, four weeks later. Then we will be able to give her a nice 10-week breather and head toward the Breeders’ Cup.”
The $500,000 Coaching Club American Oaks Is scheduled for July 24 over the same nine furlongs of the Kentucky Oaks, while the $600,000 Alabama (G1) is slated for Aug. 21 over 10 furlongs.
The Breeders’ Cup World Championships take place on Nov. 5 and 6 at Del Mar. A specific race goal, either the $2 million Longines Distaff (G1) over nine furlongs or $6 million Longines Classic (G1) over 10 furlongs, will be determined at a later date.
Malathaat increased her record to five wins from as many career starts when she captured the Kentucky Oaks by a neck over Search Results. The bay daughter of Curlin previously triumphed in the Central Bank Ashland Stakes (G1) in her seasonal bow at Keeneland on April 3 and would have likely been among the betting favorites for the Belmont Stakes had she gone on to the 1 ½-miles classic.
Bred in Kentucky out of Grade 1 winner Dreaming of Julia, Malathaat was purchased by Shadwell for $1,050,000 at the 2019 Keeneland’s September Yearling Sale.