Gulfstream News & Notes: Majestic Hussar in Fountain of Youth; Live Lively & Lady Banks in Davona Dale

Gulfstream News & Notes: Majestic Hussar in Fountain of Youth; Live Lively & Lady Banks in Davona Dale

02/15/2013

Majestic HussarMajestic Hussar Gets Distance Test in Fountain of Youth

Joseph Witek’s 3-year-old Kentucky homebred colt Majestic Hussar has run well in two allowance starts sprinting at Gulfstream Park this winter for trainer Eddie Kenneally, and is set to face his biggest challenge yet when he tries two turns for the first time in next Saturday’s (Feb. 23) $400,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) at 1 1/16 miles.

“We know we have a quality sprinter after his two races here with the horses he ran against,” said Kenneally Thursday afternoon. “We want to try the distance. If it doesn’t work we still know we have a good sprinter. We know he likes the track.”

A son of Majestic Warrior, Majestic Hussar ran twice last summer at two winning his debut at Saratoga in August and finishing seventh behind Shanghai Bobby in the Three Chimneys Hopeful Stakes (G2) in September after setting the pace to the upper stretch.

In his two starts here Majestic Hussar finished second to Falling Sky on Dec. 15 and was impressive winning by 2 ¼ lengths over favorite Palace Malice going seven furlongs on Jan. 19. Falling Sky came back to win the $250,000 Sam Davis Stakes (G3) at Tampa Bay Downs.

Majestic Hussar’s 5-year-old half-brothers Joes Blazing Aaron and 4-year-old Tiz Sardonic Joe are nominated for the $150,000 Canadian Turf Stakes (G2) the same afternoon as the Fountain of Youth. “We’re going to run Joes Blazing Aaron in the Canadian and hope it turns out to be a family day,” said Kenneally.

The three siblings are out of Distorted Blaze, by Distorted Humor and both Joes Blazing Aaron and Tiz Sardonic Joe lost photo decisions in their last starts here, the former on Jan. 5 when it took placing judges quite a while to separate him from the Live Oak Plantation’s victorious Za Approval in a tough allowance field.

Joe Blazing Aaron is a chestnut gelding by Graeme Hall who won the 2011 Palm Beach Stakes (G3) over the course here when trained by Allen Hunter, Jr. He went on to Kentucky that spring to set the pace in the Blue Grass Stakes (G1) to the upper stretch before tiring to sixth behind Brilliant Speed.

While Joes Blazing Aaron is targeted for the Canadian Turf, Tiz Sardonic Joe is entered in this Saturday’s $150,000 Tampa Bay Stakes (G3) at Tampa Bay Downs along with six other South Florida-based horses, several of which made their last starts at Gulfstream, including Za Approval.

A son of Tiznow, Tiz Sardonic Joe was a sharp allowance winner at Gulfstream on Dec. 15 and lost a neck decision when second by a neck in the Fort Lauderdale Stakes (G2) on Jan. 12 behind longshot Mucho Mas Macho with Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Big Blue Kitten another length back in third. Big Blue Kitten is making the trip for the Tampa Bay Stakes (G3) Saturday from Palm Meadows for trainer Chad Brown.

Live Lively to Stretch Out for Davona Dale

Lee Lewis’ 3-year-old filly Live Lively was very impressive winning a seven-furlong allowance race at Gulfstream Park on New Year’s Day by 11 ¼ lengths for trainer Mark Hennig and is on target to make her stakes race debut and first start around two turns in next Saturday’s $250,000 Davona Dale Stakes (G2) at 1 1/16 miles.

“It’s a big test for her with the step up in class and first start going a distance,” said Hennig Friday morning from Palm Meadows. A daughter of Medaglia d’Oro purchased for $165,000 at the Keeneland September yearling sales, Live Lively finished third in her debut at Belmont Park in late June and broke her maiden in her second start at Aqueduct on Nov. 23.

“She showed she liked the track in the allowance and ran well enough to earn a chance in this race. There really aren’t really a lot of options for a 3-year-old (with her conditions) and I don’t want to think about shipping for an easier spot. She doesn’t have to win…just show us where we are.”
Jockey Joel Rosario is expected to have the return call.

A small field is currently expected for the Davona Dale with Stonestreet Stables LLC’s Dreaming of Julia expected to be a solid favorite as she makes her first start since finishing third behind Beholder and Executiveprivilege in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) at Santa Anita on Nov. 2 for trainer Todd Pletcher.

Lady Banks at Palm Meadows for Davona Dale

George and Stephanie Autry’s 3-year-old Lady Banks, winner of the Ruthless Stakes at Aqueduct last out on Jan. 12, shipped into Palm Meadows after a van trip from Fair Hill Training Center in Maryland earlier this week as she prepares for a start in the $250,000 Davona Dales Stakes (G2) going 1 1/16 miles next Saturday (Feb. 23) at Gulfstream Park.

“We left Fair Hill Tuesday and got here early Wednesday morning,” said trainer James L. ‘Chuck’ Lawrence Friday morning. “Graham Motion was kind enough to get us into his barn and she’s settled in nicely. I’ve galloped her myself the last couple of mornings. Joe Rocco (Jr.) will ride her and probably work her here on Monday morning.
“I think she’ll get the distance because she doesn’t run until you ask her to. I’ve thought from the beginning that she was very classy. She came out of the Ruthless with a little piece of gravel in a foot from that ‘muddy’ track, but she’s over that and everything has gone right since then.”

A $130,000 OBS March 2-year-old purchase, Lady Banks is a Canadian-bred daughter of Successful Appeal with three starts, beginning with a close-up second in her debut at Aqueduct on Nov. 23. She came back to break her maiden there on Dec. 14 before a two-length score in the $75,000 Ruthless Stakes at six furlongs on Jan. 12.