02/04/2012 1:22PM

Charles Town: Malibu Kid must carry 123 pounds in overnight handicap

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Wink At the Girls, winning the Wild N Wonderful last June, will renew his rivalry with Malibu Kid in Tuesday night's seven-furlong overnight handicap.

The eight-horse field for Tuesday night’s $35,000 overnight handicap at Charles Town includes a trio of stakes winners from 2011. The 123-pound highweight and probable favorite, however, is the ultra-consistent Maryland shipper Malibu Kid.

The 7-year-old Malibu Kid, who has been in the exacta in all eight of his previous trips to Charles Town, is favorably drawn on the rail and in sharp form for Tuesday’s seven-furlong, two-turn race.

Two weeks ago, the Rodney Jenkins-trained Malibu Kid defeated Philly Bound by three-quarters of a length as the 4-5 favorite going 6 1/2 furlongs in an optional $20,000 claimer. In four starts at Charles Town since November, Malibu Kid has posted a string of Beyer Speed Figures in the narrow range of 86 to 91.

Despite his sterling record locally, Malibu Kid is no lock, however. Wink At the Girls, Tup Take’ Please, and Philly Bound – each of whom won stakes last season – come into the race after earning Beyers close to Malibu Kid’s most recent 91.

Of the trio of challengers, the most dangerous is Wink At the Girls, who has split two decisions with Malibu Kid since early November. Wink At the Girls, based at Penn National with trainer Murray Rojas, was beaten 3 3/4 lengths by Malibu Kid when returning from a two-month layoff, but turned the tables last time out on Dec. 8, when he got up by a length in an optional $40,000 claimer, earning an 89 Beyer. After racing at equal weights in that outing, Wink At the Girls gets one pound less than Malibu Kid on Tuesday.

Seven furlongs should suit Wink At the Girls, who won the Wild N Wonderful at that precise distance last June.

The same can be said of Tup Take’ Please, who defeated West Virginia-breds in the seven-furlong Frank Gall last August. He recovered from an awkward start on Jan. 24 to finish just two lengths behind Malibu Kid while earning a career-best 86 Beyer. Tup Take’ Please could be ready to peak making the third start of his current form cycle.

Philly Bound also makes his third start off a layoff. Winner of the $90,000 Nepal for Pennsylvania-breds in October, Philly Bound finished three-quarters of a length behind Malibu Kid two weeks ago, earning an 89 Beyer. He gets two pounds from Malibu Kid in the rematch after competing at equal weights last time.