MALIBU ARTISTE SHOWS WAY IN RELUCTANT GUEST

ARCADIA, Calif. (April 8, 2009)—Favored Malibu Artiste led from start to finish for her third straight victory in Wednesday’s featured $52,000 Reluctant Guest Purse at Santa Anita Park, covering 1 1/8 miles over a firm turf course in 1:48.43.

Ridden by Corey Nakatani under 119 pounds for trainer George Papaprodromou, Malibu Artiste won by 1 ½ lengths over Always Auditioning, who had three-quarters of a length on third-place Vikkilee.

Malibu Artiste, a Kentucky-bred daughter of the A.P. Indy sire Malibu Moon, earned $31,200 for owner Andreas Loizu of Woodland Hills, California. It was the third win from five career starts for Malibu Artiste, who broke her maiden in a $40,000 claiming race on Feb. 16. She won an allowance race at one mile on Pro-Ride in her next start, on March 19.

Papaprodroumou, a 32-year-old native of Cyprus, has 10 horses in training and holds hopes that Malibu Artiste has a future in stakes company.

Malibu Artiste paid $6.40 as the choice in the field of seven 3-year-old fillies. Well-rated by Nakatani, the bay filly set fractions of :22.99, :47.28, 1:12.04, 1:36.10 and 1:48.43.

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