Star Super tabbed as chalk in Marshua Stakes
Item won the Maryland Million Lassie. Photo by Laurie Asseo.
From a Maryland Jockey Club release
Placed in back-to-back stakes after breaking her maiden in October, ZWP Stable and Non Stop Stable’s Lucky in Malibu will try stakes company again in the Marshua Stakes at Laurel Park.
The six-furlong Marshua, for three-year-old fillies, is contested at six furlongs. Lucky in Malibu, at 7-2, is the second choice on the morning line; Star Super is the even-money favorite.
Bred in Maryland and trained by Gary Capuano, the Lookin At Lucky filly broke her maiden on her sixth try before running second behind undefeated Crabcakes in the Maryland Juvenile Filly Championship.
Following that effort, Lucky in Malibu encountered early traffic trouble before rallying to be third in the Gin Talking Dec. 31, her second straight start at seven furlongs. Capuano feels Lucky in Malibu, like stablemate O Dionysus, is yearning for more ground.
“She’s run some really nice races lately and she’s another one that wants two turns. She’s not really a sprinter,” he said. “She doesn’t really have the speed to go three-quarters, but she’s ready to go.”
Trainer Cal Lynch entered a pair of fillies in Equine Prep’s Star Super and Clairvoyant Lady, whom he also owns. Star Super, by Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver, has placed in three stakes including runner-up efforts in the Gin Talking and six-furlong Smart Halo, both at Laurel. Winner of the White Clay Creek Stakes in August at Delaware Park, Clairvoyant Lady most recently ran third to Crabcakes in an six-furlong optional claiming allowance Jan. 7.
Rounding out the field are 2016 Maryland Million Lassie winner Item; 2016 Rachel’s Turn Stakes winner Unaquoi; stakes-placed Ianthe; maiden winners I Am I Will and Scarlett’s Ransom and Squan’s Kingdom, fourth in the Smart Halo and Gin Talking.