Updated on 09/17/2011 8:45PM

Laurel: Malibu Moonshine closes fast

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Jim McCue/Maryland Jockey Club
Malibu Moonshine wins the $75,000 Miracle Wood at Laurel Park.

Malibu Moonshine, blocked on the rail entering the stretch, swung out very wide to find racing room, then blasted home fastest of all to win the $75,000 Miracle Wood at Laurel Park.

The Miracle Wood was a scramble among longhots Mr. Cliveden (60-1), Family Ghost (21-1), and Sueno Del Mar (57-1) for the first six furlongs, but turning for home, the more logical contenders were gaining fast.

Legal Control, the 9-5 favorite, came wide on the turn and inherited the lead in upper stretch. But Malibu Moonshine had more momentum under Steve Hamilton and shot by him to win by 1 3/4 lengths in a field of 11.

Seize, 3-1, finished another 2 3/4 lengths behind in third.

Owned by Marriott Woodrow and trained by King Leatherbury, Malibu Moonshine raised his record to four wins in seven starts for earnings of $95,280.

Coupled with Woody's Apache, Malibu Moonshine paid $6.80. He ran the mile in a relatively slow 1:40.25 over a fast track.