Albaugh Family Stable’s Hollywood Star (Malibu Moon) took solid late money to be off as the 3-2 favorite in a strong-looking Churchill maiden Wednesday afternoon and overcame a tardy dispatch to earn ‘TDN Rising Star’ status.
A 9-2 chance on the morning line, the racy dark bay was backed into 3-1, touched 9-5 and was back out to 2-1 before firming another half-point in the dying minutes before post. Off slowly beneath Robby Albarado, Hollywood Star looked to exchange bumps with the well-related 5-2 second choice Arrival (Tapit–Alittlebitearly), the half-brother to GI Breeders’ Cup Classic hero Bayern (Offlee Wild), and that duo raced at the tail of the field for the opening 100 yards. Hollywood Star tugged his way up into about midpack while a couple of paths away from the fence and was traveling well right in the slipstream of 14-1 Bourbon Resolution (New Year’s Day) into and around the turn. The $550,000 Keeneland September acquisition, the most expensive colt of his sire’s 44 yearlings to sell last year, accelerated sharply four deep off the final corner and was joined to his inside by Bourbon Resolution to settle it late, but the chalk did slightly the better–and more professional–work to take it by a half-length. Bourbon Resolution drifted in under a left-handed stick late while finishing a highly promising second. Ebben (Trappe Shot) was third, while Arrival weaved his way greenly through stretch traffic and finished with interest to be fourth.
Hollywood Star is a full-brother to Miss Hollywood, SW, $130,860; and a half to the mare’s first foal, Hoorayforhollywood (Storm Cat), MSP, $212,819.
The Vinery-bred Hollywood Story, purchased by George Krikorian for $130,000 out of the 2002 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July sale, annexed the 2003 GI Hollywood Starlet S. and the GI Vanity Invitiational S. in 2006. The dam of a yearling filly by Giant’s Causeway, Hollywood Story foaled a colt by Honor Code this past Mar. 13.
4th-CD, $47,266, Msw, 6-28, 2yo, 6f, 1:10.83, ft.
+HOLLYWOOD STAR, c, 2, by Malibu Moon
1st Dam: Hollywood Story (MGISW, $1,171,105), by Wild Rush
2nd Dam: Wife For Life, by Dynaformer
3rd Dam: Huggle Duggle, by Never Bend
Sales history: $550,000 Ylg ’16 KEESEP. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $28,020.
O-Albaugh Family Stable; B-George Krikorian (KY); T-Dale L Romans.