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Malagacy became Shackleford's third TDN Rising Star
Shackleford colt romps by 15 in Gulfstream debut, becomes TDN Rising Star
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Shackleford’s first crop continues to dazzle, as the hot young sire picked up his third TDN Rising Star on Wednesday when 3-year-old colt Malagacy romped home to an eye-grabbing 15-length debut victory in a loaded Maiden Special Weight race at Gulfstream Park.

Trained by Todd Pletcher, the promising chestnut colt broke on top under jockey Javier Castellano and quickly set the early pace in the 5 ½-furlong event. Malagacy began to run away from his eight rivals heading into the turn, and would go on to increase his margin at every pole. The colt straightened for home up by 9 ½ lengths, swapped over to his right lead and powered away. The final margin at the wire was 15 lengths, and the final time was a crisp 1:03.60 over the local Gulfstream dirt strip.

Owned by Sumaya U.S. Stable, Malagacy became Shackleford’s 21st overall first-crop winner, and his first of 2017. The colt was recognized for his performance by being named a TDN Rising Star by the Thoroughbred Daily News, giving Shackleford three TDN Rising Stars to date – more than any other freshman sire.

Out of the Dehere mare Classiest Gem, Malagacy was a $190,000 2-year-old-in-training sale purchase in 2016. The colt was bred in Kentucky by John Trumbulovic.