Kentucky Oaks Profile: Malathaat

Todd Pletcher trains the 5-2 Morning Line favorite Malathaat in the Oaks
Todd Pletcher trains the 5-2 Morning Line favorite Malathaat in the Oaks

Malathaat has been installed as the 5-2 favorite on the Morning Line for the Kentucky Oaks. Our in-house handicapper and turf-man both take a look at her chances of winning the 2021 Oaks and you can get full details of all 14-man filly field below.

They have previewed the entire field so to check out all their thoughts on the 14 three-year-old fillies then click on the Gold Kentucky Oaks 2021 button whereupon you'll be taken to our Oaks Home Page with all the profiles listed...

Kentucky Oaks 2021 Entries & Post Positions
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  • Morning Line Odds
  • Jockey
  • Trainer

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Horse

  • Pauline's Pearl
  • Maracuja
  • Clairiere
  • Crazy Beautiful
  • Pass the Champagne
  • Travel Column
  • Ava's Grace
  • Moraz
  • Coach
  • Malathaat
  • Will's Secret
  • Search Results
  • Competitive Speed
  • Millefeuille

Morning Line Odds

  • 20-1
  • 20-1
  • 5-1
  • 15-1
  • 15-1
  • 3-1
  • 50-1
  • 30-1
  • 50-1
  • 5-2fav
  • 30-1
  • 3-1
  • 50-1
  • 20-1

Jockey

  • Ricardo Santana Jr.
  • Kendrick Carmouche
  • Tyler Gaffalione
  • Jose Ortiz
  • Javier Castellano
  • Florent Geroux
  • David Cohen
  • Umberto Rispoli
  • Luis Saez
  • John Velazquez
  • Jon Court
  • Irad Ortiz
  • Chris Linderos
  • Joel Rosario

Trainer

  • Steve Asmussen
  • Rob Atras
  • Steve Asmussen
  • Kenny McPeek
  • George Weaver
  • Brad Cox
  • Robertino Diodoro
  • Michael McCarthy
  • Brad Cox
  • Todd Pletcher
  • Dallas Stewart
  • Chad Brown
  • Javier Gonzalez
  • Bill Mott

Sean's Take...

I was a bit skeptical of Malathaat heading into the G1 Ashland, which was her first and only start of 2021 to date, but boy did I come away impressed. Her margin of victory in the Ashland was just a head, yet she turned in easily one of the best performances by a 3-year-old filly this year as she finished off that race like it was on turf, closing into a sub 30-second final 2 ½ furlongs to get up to win.

In some ways such a lights-out effort was predictable given the way her trainer Todd Pletcher’s runners performed at the Keeneland Spring Meet (they almost universally ran out of their skin), however I’m not going to hold that against her as she’s undefeated in her career and still has mouth-watering upside. She’s the main danger to my top pick.

J.N's Take...

If there is a KYO entry who can match up against Cox’s favorite or Brown’s ace, then it might be this filly from the Pletcher Barn. She has done little wrong in 4 career starts. After a successful fall campaign up at Belmont-Aqueduct, she came off the bench at Keeneland in the 400k Ashland Stakes (G1) on 3 Apr. It was yet another spectacle, when Joel Rosario dropped a couple of late gears, winning in fine fashion over Pass the Champagne and Will’s Secret.

Once again, the competitiveness of Shadwell Stable looks to be primed, as they vie for yet another “Graded” contest. Ironic, that Stonestreet actually bred this one; perhaps she can eclipse her rival from the same stud farm? A daughter of Curlin, who is out of Dreaming of Julia, her power figs are motioning in a positive direction. Sky is the limit for this filly, proving that Pletcher’s conditioning ability continues at such an elevated rate. Johnny V gets the call, after riding her back on some of those NYRA tracks. Grade: A-

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