Malibu Moonshine headed to Saturday’s Ruthless

Happy Face Racing Stable’s undefeated Maryland-bred Malibu Moonshine will look to keep her perfect record intact in Saturday’s $100,000 Ruthless, a seven-furlong sprint for sophomore fillies, at Aqueduct Racetrack.

Trained by Charlton Baker, the daughter of Bourbon Courage arrives from a last-to-first score in the seven-furlong Gin Talking on December 30 at Laurel Park where she showed an impressive turn of foot to claim her second stakes victory by 1 3/4 lengths over Give Me Kisses.

The third-place finisher in that event, Stonewall Star, was an emphatic 6 1/4-length winner of the Franklin Square against New York-breds in her next outing on January 22. Malibu Moonshine earned a 66 Beyer Speed Figure for her winning effort.

“She’s got that turn of foot – she doesn’t break sharp and she takes a few strides to get herself going, but she makes a nice run,” said Baker. “She has the will to win. I think she might be OK at a mile too, but seven-eighths is good for her.”

Malibu Moonshine’s other two victories came in a debut maiden score in September at Pimlico Race Course and her first stakes conquest in the Maryland Juvenile Filly on December 3 at Laurel, both coming in similar off-the-pace fashion.

She made her final preparations for the Ruthless Sunday, covering five furlongs in 1:03.33 over Belmont Park’s dirt training track.

“She’s got a lot of class to her and she breezed pretty good this morning,” said Baker. “She’s nice and it seems like nothing bothers her. Everything is looking good.”