Longines Distaff Division
JockeyJohn R. Velazquez
BreederStonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings LLC
DamDreaming of Julia
Emotions are extra high when Malathaat is in action. She has brought comfort to the team of owner Shadwell Stable following the March passing of its principal Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the crown prince of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.
“We really needed this,” Shadwell’s longtime general manager Rick Nichols said in the Keeneland winner’s circle following Malathaat’s triumph in the Central Bank Ashland Stakes (G1) on April 3.
She extended that support at the end of the month with her score in the Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1) to remain unbeaten through her first five starts. She experienced defeat for the first time when a close second in the Coaching Club American Oaks (G1) at Saratoga Race Course in her sixth start. However, she rebounded with a determined performance in taking the Alabama Stakes (G1) on Aug. 21.
Malathaat was a sought-after commodity when she entered the sales arena at the 2019 Keeneland September Yearling Sale. She lived up to the hype a few minutes later when she exited under the bid board illuminated at $1.05 million.
“Physically, she’s about as perfect as you can get,” Nichols said. “She just looked like a horse that would have a lot of class. As soon as I saw her at the sale, I knew Sheikh Hamdan would love her. Malathaat could be the foundation mare of the next generation for his family. The main thing about her is early on, she had such an effortless gallop. She covers the ground so easily. It doesn’t look like she has to work hard at all.”
Malathaat has a Breeders’ Cup pedigree. Her sire Curlin won the 2007 Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) and her dam Dreaming of Julia (a daughter of 1992 Classic winner A.P. Indy) was third in the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1). When she retires, Malathaat likely will join the broodmare division of Shadwell, a name synonymous for breeding and racing premiere Thoroughbreds around the globe.
Malathaat was bred by Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings based in the Bluegrass region of Central Kentucky and in Ocala, Florida. The operation was started in 2005 by internationally acclaimed winemaker Jess Jackson known for the Kendall-Jackson brand. He died in 2011 and his widow, Barbara Banke, continues her involvement with all aspects of the Stonestreet divisions. The best horses raced by Stonestreet are Horses of the Year and Hall of Fame members Curlin and Rachel Alexandra.