Majesto has become one of my top choices for Kentucky Derby 2016. No really, I kid you not. Favorites
have had their day in the sun the past few years, but that streak will not last
forever, especially in the days of 20-horse Derby fields every year. Can the
son of Tiznow become the next Giacomo or Mine That Bird? I really think so, and
here is why:
He is bred and trained for the distance. A son of two-time Breeders’ Cup
Classic winner, Tiznow, and the Grade 1 stakes producing mare, Unacloud,
Majesto has the pedigree to run all day. Trained by the Venezuelan star, Gustavo Delgado, he also has the benefit of being
handled by a master horseman, who knows very well how to have his horses ready
for the longer races. Spiritied gallops this week seem to take little to
nothing out of the long winded runner.
He looks as good on the track, as he does off. It’s no secret that some horses
this age flourish when spring rolls around, and seeing Majesto on a daily basis
of late, I feel confident in saying this is one horse feeling good at the right
time. As far as on the track, the big, handsome ridgling is getting over the
track as well as any horse, in my opinion.
He has more class than you may immediately think. Despite taking five races to
break his maiden, Majesto has actually kept good company from the beginning.
Facing horses like Destin and Gettysburg early on, Majesto was always
competitive, other than his seasonal debut. It was in his last two where he
really showed his class. Two starts back, when breaking his maiden, he defeated
a horse named, Dig Deep. This is a horse I expect to be a graded stakes winner in
the very near future. Then last time, he finished second in the Grade 1 Florida
Derby behind Nyquist, and
ahead of Fellowship and Mohaymen.
Nine-furlong experience is a good thing for these young horses being stretched
to ten furlongs on the first Saturday in May, and Majesto has plenty of it. Owned by Grupo 7C Racing, he’s
already run three times at 1 1/8 miles, more than everyone but Lani, including
his second place finish in the Florida Derby, which was his stakes debut.
Speaking of nine-furlong experience, Majesto is one of the only horses that has
bested the 1:50 barrier. Long considered a measuring stick for Derby winners,
he joins only Nyquist and Exaggerator, in the current field of 20, as horses
who have run faster than 1:50 for 1 1/8 miles.
Perhaps most importantly, Majesto is getting better with every start. He has
run faster, with higher figures, and against better horses, in each of his four
starts in 2016. Majesto at 40-1 or more in the Kentucky Derby? Yes, please.
had a little fun out at his barn the other morning, and spoke with trainer
Gustavo Delgado -- his English is better than my Spanish, so we went with the
English route, but anyway … Enjoy the video!