04/22/2011 5:40PM

Aqueduct: Stormy's Majesty starts year with Noble Nashua Victory

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OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Stormy's Majesty made a successful 4-year-old debut Friday at Aqueduct, stalking his pacesetting stablemate Johannesburg Smile for more than six furlongs before taking control in upper stretch and winning the $60,000 Noble Nashua Stakes for New York-breds by 1 1/4 lengths over Mine Over Matter. It was two lengths back to Johannesburg Smile in third.

The win was the sixth from 10 career starts for Stormy's Majesty, a son of Stormy Atlantic owned by Robert Vukovich's WellSpring Stables and trained by Dominic Galluscio. Stormy's Majesty, who won the Grade 3 Discovery here last November, was making his first start since getting beaten by a head by More Than a Reason in the Grade 3 Queens County Handicap last Dec. 11 over Aqueduct's inner track.

Galluscio had planned on bringing Stormy's Majesty back in the Excelsior earlier this month, but the colt missed some time because of a foot bruise.

Under Edgar Prado, Stormy's Majesty stalked Johannesburg Smile through fractions of 24.23 seconds, 48.40, and 1:11.82 for six furlongs. Stormy's Majesty assumed the lead under just a hand ride from Prado, who then went once to his stick left-handed at the eighth pole and two more times in deep stretch to hold off the oncoming Mine Over Matter.

"He relaxed nicely," Galluscio said. "With all the horses you just pray they stay sound and they can reach higher potential."

Stormy's Majesty covered the mile in 1:36.21 and returned $3.40 as the 3-5 favorite.

"It's nice when patience pays off," Galluscio said. "This will be a good confidence-builder to go on to open company."

Galluscio said he would consider running Stormy's Majesty back in the Grade 1, $500,000 Metropolitan Handicap at Belmont Park on May 30.

* Saturday is closing day at Aqueduct. The 10-race card will include the Grade 2, $150,000 Jerome Stakes for 3-year-olds.

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