Malibu S. (gr. I)

(gr. I , 7f ,)

M ONE RIFLE (DK B/ g, 117 lb) $180,000
One Man Army —Leanessa , by Bertrando
B—Irwin Molasky, CA.; O—Bernstein, Ed, Greenspun, Bryan and Headley, Bruce and Molasky, Irvin; T—Bruce Headley

Misremembered (CH r, 121 lb) $60,000
Candy Ride (ARG) —Beyond Perfection , by Quack
B—Bob Baffert, KY.; O—Baffert, Natalie J. and Jacobs, George; T—Bob Baffert

Papa Clem (B h, 121 lb) $36,000
Smart Strike —Miss Houdini , by Belong to Me
B—Bo Hirsch, KY.; O—Bo Hirsch; T—Gary Stute

Margins: 2½, neck, ½. Others: Supreme Summit 115($18,000) , Hunch 115($6,000) , Square Eddie 115 , Smart Bid 119 , Coronet of a Baron 115 , Jeranimo 116 , Mythical Power 121 , Join in the Dance 115 , Kinsella 115 , New Bay 117 . Winning Jockey, Mike E. Smith.

M One Rifle got the better of the deal when he was assigned the outside post position in the seven-furlong Malibu Stakes (gr. I) opening day, Dec. 26, at Santa Anita.

ÒThe outside post was definitely an advantage. The insideÕs always the worse,Ó said winning trainer Bruce Headley after M One Rifle zipped to the lead from the 13 hole and won by 21Ú2 lengths over 2-1 favorite Misremembered, who broke from the one post. M One Rifle scored in 1:21.05.

M One Rifle has won or placed in all eight of his races. The Malibu win came in his first graded stakes attempt.

A California-bred, M One Rifle races as a homebred for Headley, Ed Bernstein, Irwin Molasky, and Brian Greenspun. Bernstein and Molasky are from Las Vegas, and Greenspun is from Henderson, Nev.

Headley and Molasky and others owned Kona Gold, the champion sprinter of 2000 trained by Headley.

Headley has been a big fan of the Malibu since the early 1950s. During that period he galloped Abe HirschbergÕs Berseem, who was beaten a nose by Imbros in the 1954 Malibu Sequet Stakes in world-record time of 1:203Ú5. The Malibu was run that year in January.

ÒThatÕs when I was 18, so IÕve always wanted to win the Malibu since that time,Ó Headley said. ÒItÕs taken me this long.Ó

In 1955 Berseem was voted North AmericaÕs champion sprinter.

Headley is uniquely qualified to train M One Rifle. He conditioned and co-owned both One Man Army and M One RifleÕs dam, Leanessa. He also trained LeanessaÕs sire, Bertrando, the 1993 champion older male.

Headley purchased Leanessa for $200,000 at the 1999 California Thoroughbred Sales August yearling sale from Debbie Sands, agent. Racing for a partnership that also included Bernstein and Greenspun, Leanessa won four of eight starts and earned $165,022.

LeanessaÕs two youngest offspring are a 2008 Cyclotron colt named M Two Forty and an unnamd 2009 Cyclotron filly.

One Man Army, who was stakes-placed, has sired four stakes winners, including additional 2009 added-money winners Mickey Rocks and Woman Warrior. One Man Army stands at KingsWay Farm near Temecula, Calif. His 2010 fee is private.ÑD.S.