Gulfstream Park News & Notes December 11, 2013

Gulfstream Park News & Notes December 11, 2013

12/11/2013

Majestic Cause Focuses in on Friday’s Ninth Race Allowance
Classic Point Takes Aim at  Saturday’s $100,000 Sugar Swirl
 
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – When Majestic Cause joined his stable over the summer, trainer Marty Wolfson had visions of speed for the $700,000 purchase at the 2012 Keeneland April sale.
 
The unraced 3-year-old colt, though, didn’t show the early brilliance one might expect from one of the stars of a 2-year-olds-in-training sale.
 
“He’s not a really fast, early speed horse,” Wolfson said. “I thought he was originally because he was bought out of a (2-year-olds-in-training) sale and he was one of the fastest. He had the best clocking in the sale, that’s why he brought so much.”
 
Majestic Cause, owned by Stonestreet Stables and George Bolton, also wasn’t the precocious type of colt that often impress at 2-year-olds-in-training sales. 
 
“He showed a lot of ability, but he was very green. He didn’t know anything and was always looking around. He was a big clown,” Wolfson said. “He had never been to a racetrack, I don’t think, or maybe just once. Now, he’s way more focused.”
 
The son of Majestic Warrior, who is set to make his third lifetime start in Friday’s ninth race, debuted at Gulfstream Park on Oct. 26. After breaking slowly from the gate, he closed to finish third in a six-furlong maiden special weights event. Although he got away from the gate a bit slowly again in his return on Nov. 16, Majestic Cause turned in a dominating performance while drawing away to a 4 ¾-length victory at 6 ½ furlongs.
 
Joel Rosario was named to ride Majestic Cause for the first time in Friday’s one-turn mile optional claiming allowance.
 
“I think the mile is going to be OK for him,” Wolfson said. “It just takes him a little time to get going then he opens up. Last time, it took him a while, but once he asked him, he opened up good.”
 
Classic Point Takes Aim at Saturday’s $100,000 Sugar Swirl
Allen Jerkens has been training for well over 60 years, so there really isn’t much that can surprise the Hall of Fame legend. Yet, Classic Point did catch her 84-year-old trainer off guard last summer when she suddenly blossomed into a stakes-caliber filly.
 
“We always thought a lot of her as far as her workouts when she was younger. We were terribly disappointed when she didn’t run any good. She finally came around, and we’re happy about that,” Jerkens said.
 
Classic Point, who has been entered for Saturday’s $100,000 Sugar Swirl (G3), slipped quickly into the claiming ranks after a sluggish debut at Belmont Park in May 2012. After breaking her maiden in a $16,000 claimer in her sixth lifetime start, the 4-year-old daughter of Flatter began to show promise last winter at Gulfstream while winning a $25,000 claiming race in front-running fashion by 3 ½ lengths.
 
Upon returning to New York, Classic Point turned in back-to-back victories in a starter allowance and an optional claiming allowance to earn a shot in the Honorable Miss (G2) at Saratoga. Sent to post at 14-1, Joseph V. Shields Jr.’s homebred set a sharp pace into deep stretch before succumbing by a neck in a second-place finish behind Dance to Bristol. Classic Point subsequently set the pace in the Ballerina (G1) before finishing fifth behind Dance to Bristol, just two lengths back. In her most recent start at Belmont in an overnight stakes on Oct. 24, she set the pace and got caught by a neck at the finish.
 
How did Classic Point turn things around?
“I wish I knew,” said Jerkens, “but I don’t know.”
 
Certainly, Jerkens must have had horses suddenly turn things around in his storied past.
 
“Not to that extent,” he said. “I might have had a couple way back, a long time ago, but not to that extent.”
 
Alex Solis has been named to ride the Florida-bred filly in the six-furlong Sugar Swirl, which is also expected to be contested by Heart Stealer, Crazy ABout Me, Munnings Sister, R Free Roll and Twice Told Tale.
 
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