02/25/2013 3:49PM

Gulfstream Park: Majestic Hussar eyes shorter races

Barbara D. Livingston
Majestic Hussar is likely to shorten up to one-turn races, trainer Eddie Kenneally said.

Trainer Eddie Kenneally said he is leaning toward turning Majestic Hussar back to one-turn races after the speedy colt set lightning-fast fractions before tiring to finish fourth while making his two-turn debut in the Fountain of Youth. Majestic Hussar ran a 45.45-second opening half-mile and a 1:08.85 three-quarters before fading to finish 9 1/4 lengths behind Orb.

“Maybe he went a little too quick on the front end, but that’s how he likes to run,” Kenneally said. “He’s a naturally fast horse. He ran well, considering, hanging on game for fourth, but he’s probably going to be better in the one-turn races than two-turn races.”

Kenneally did not rule out bringing Majestic Hussar back in the Florida Derby.

“We have nothing picked out at the moment for his next start,” Kenneally said. “I’ll talk to the owner, discuss all the options, and make a plan a little bit later on after we see how he came out of this race.”

Majestic Hussar does have license to stay at least a mile as well as handle the grass, being a half-brother to Joes Blazing Aaron, who was beaten just a length by the even-money Data Link after forcing all the pace in Saturday’s Grade 3 Canadian Turf.

Kenneally also has mapped out plans for two of his other 3-year-old prospects, Hutcheson winner Honorable Dillon and recent maiden winner Gombey Dancer. Honorable Dillon will make his next start in the Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby on March 9, while Gombey Dancer goes Saturday in the seven-furlong, Grade 3 Swale.

“Honorable Dillon ran a big race here in the Hutcheson, and we want to see if he’ll stretch out a bit,” Kenneally said. “The Fountain of Youth came up a bit quick for him, so we’ll take him to Tampa and give him the opportunity to try two turns there.”

A field of as many as seven or eight 3-year-olds could take shape for the Swale, and along with Gombey Dancer, it could include Are You Kidding Me, Clearly Now, Dighton, Forty Tales, Merit Man, and perhaps Little Distorted.

Forty Tales, a troubled and fast-closing second in the Hutcheson, worked a half-mile in 49.61 in company with Shanghai Bobby at Palm Meadows on Monday.

Jason Kassa More than 1 year ago
MH is a talented horse, but he took a fair amount of money in the FOY on the strength of getting lose in the slop vs. Palace Malice 7F, and a good post position. Let's see how he comes out of the race. Kenneally may give him a chance to be successful in his comfort zone, before going back up in class and distance.
Nathan More than 1 year ago
he can only win the swale in the mud. totally 1 dimensional.
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
Swale is Forty Tales race.
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
Honorable Dillon will get the 1 1/16 at Tampa. He seems to be able to rate and has more stamina on bottom side of pedigree.
Mark More than 1 year ago
Just read that honorable dillon is probable for the gotham this Saturday
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
Yup. Ducking Verrazanno and going against Overanalyze. Think the race came up weaker???? Maybe the field as a whole.
Mark More than 1 year ago
Yeah i think its a wise choice .
Mark More than 1 year ago
I am not sure other than varrenzano who is going tbd? But i think whoever it may be are running for second.
Mark More than 1 year ago
Mark More than 1 year ago
“Maybe he went a little too quick on the front end, but that’s how he likes to run,” Ed has seemed to change his tune. On FOY morning he was interviewed capital otb tv in upstate new york and said that MH would be on the lead but that he was not a runaway type. Um something/someone was at fault here then. Be it the jock not rating even a bit, ed's instructions to jock, or ed's take on his horse. If 1:084/5 isn't runaway type not sure what is.
Mark More than 1 year ago
I wouldn't dismiss 2 turns with MH. First i d get jose back on or another jock .he has two siblings that have won @two turns on the grass. Joe s blazing aaron getting a win.@ 1 1/8 in a stake @ gulfstream and tiz sardonic joe broke his maiden @ 1 1/16 @ saratoga beating dullahan. MH has tremendous ability. If i owned him i would have already shipped him out of ed's barn after the sideshow that was his foy trip. Blame the jock yes but ed put the jock up . Looks as if the owner already pulled him once from assmussen. Like ed. Think he s quality trainer but just think this horse has a lotvof abilty and his foy was just mismanaged.
Mark More than 1 year ago
The two others were once under assmussen i believe not MH.
myjockwon More than 1 year ago
maybe the next time the jock will take a hold of the reins an attempt to slow him down just a little 1:08 come on an Saez is going to try to make it in New York this summer.
Gary Peacock More than 1 year ago
Having a hell of a meet if you you've bet him in the 5'1 to 8 '1 range.
James P More than 1 year ago
Horses are not motorcycles.