Off since a fourth-place finish in the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth Stakes in February at Gulfstream Park, Majestic Hussar made a sharp return to the races Sunday, winning a $35,000 optional claimer and running six furlongs in 1:09.41.
race earned Majestic Hussar, a 3-year-old son of Majestic Warrior, a
career-best Beyer Speed Figure of 98 and put trainer Eddie Kenneally in
the mind to run him in the Grade 1, $500,000 Foxwoods King's Bishop at
seven furlongs on August 24.
ran real well; I was happy with this," said Kenneally, who trains
Majestic Hussar for Joseph Witek. "He won his maiden first time out at
Saratoga at seven furlongs. He's the type of horse that will make you
excited. He had minor issues, a knee issue, mostly baby stuff. He needed
a break right after that Fountain of Youth [won by subsequent Kentucky
Derby winner Orb]. He ran hard that day and needed a break, and he got
Hussar has now won three of six starts. On January 19, he defeated
subsequent Belmont Stakes and Jim Dandy Stakes winner Palace Malice by
2 ¼ lengths in a seven-furlong allowance race.
"He's very straightforward, very good mentally," Kenneally said. "He's pretty push-button, a laid-back horse."