10/14/2016 12:10PM

Majestic Harbor retired to stand in Indiana

Barbara D. Livingston
Majestic Harbor retires with more than $1 million in career earnings.

Grade 1-winning millionaire Majestic Harbor has been retired and will take up stud duties in 2017 at Swifty Farms in Seymour, Ind., joining a growing roster at that operation. His fee will be announced at a later date.

Majestic Harbor, an 8-year-old son of Rockport Harbor, last raced in June, finishing third, beaten less than a length, in the Grade 1 Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs. Prior to that, he won the Grade 2 Alysheba Stakes on the Kentucky Oaks undercard – his second graded triumph of the season, adding to the Grade 3 Mineshaft Handicap at Fair Grounds.

Majestic Harbor raced from ages 2 to 8 for Gallant Stables LLC and was handled by Paul McGee when based in the Midwest and Sean McCarthy in California. Majestic Harbor scored his signature victory in the Grade 1 Gold Cup at Santa Anita in 2014, winning by 2 1/2 lengths over Clubhouse Ride, with Imperative third and Game On Dude fourth. In total, he won 10 of 42 career starts, earning $1,295,814. His other graded win came in the Grade 3 Tokyo City Cup in 2014, and he placed in six other graded stakes.

Out of the French Deputy mare Champagne Royale, Majestic Harbor is a half-brother to Grade 1 winner Danza.

Swifty Farms is standing nine other stallions for 2017, including champion sprinter Benny the Bull, who relocates there after most recently standing in Florida. The roster is anchored by Unbridled Express and Pass Rush, among Indiana’s leading sires in 2015.

“We elected to send Majestic Harbor to Indiana in part due to the strength of its state breeders’ incentive program,” Gallant Stables managing partner Ron Beegle said. “Swifty Farms is the leading stallion farm in the state, and we are delighted to have him join the stallion roster at such a prominent farm in Indiana.”