Despite swinging out wide on the far turn, Al Shaqab Racing's Mshawish got the job done in Saturday's Grade 2, $200,000 Ft. Lauderdale Stakes at Gulfstream Park, earning his first stateside graded stakes victory in the process.
Javier Castellano took a hard hold of Mshawish and settled him behind pace-setting Silver Freak, pouncing on the far turn and closing well to win over Grand Tito. Fredericksburg was third, followed by Za Approval, Lochte, Mosler, Tesseron, Silver Freak, Mucho Mas Macho, Mutin, Shiva Ryan, and Howe Great. Protonico and Golden Rifle were scratched.
Final time for the mile and a sixteenth on turf was 1:41.14.
A winner in both France and Dubai, Mshawish was transferred to the Todd Pletcher barn last summer, but it was four starts before the 5-year-old earned his first U.S. win in the $100,000 El Prado Stakes Dec. 13.
Mshawish was bred in Kentucky by OTIF 2007 and is a son of Medaglia d'Oro and the Thunder Gulch mare Thunder Bayou.
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