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Malibu Mint Wins US Gr1 Princess Rooney
In the US, 4YO mare Malibu Mint (Malibu Moon-Ivory Mint, by Key To The Mint) "cruised past her opponents" in the straight to record a 3.75-lengths victory in the US$500,000 Gr1 Princess Rooney Handicap (6 furlongs) for fillies & mares at Calder, reported thoroughbredtimes.com. Malibu Mint (ridden by Josue Arce for trainer James Chapman) defeated Prospective Saint (Saint Ballado-A.B.Prospect, by A.P.Indy) & front-running fellow 4YO mare Hot Storm (Stormy Atlantic-Forgotten Secret, by Secret Slew). Malibu Mint (a US$15,000 yearling at the 2003 Keeneland September Sale) has won her last 4 Calder starts & overall has 5 victories (also including the Chaposa Springs Handicap at Calder on December 31) from 18 starts for US$435,129 earnings.