Creative Cause is the 9-5 morning line favorite for Wednesday’s
$250,000 Del Mar Futurity. The actual favorite will, of course, be
determined by the pari-mutuel wagering in the hours leading up to the
But when it comes identifying the local favorite, the obvious choice
is unbeaten Majestic City, who may be second choice at 5-2 on the
morning line but is No. 1 for his San Diego connections. The
Kentucky-bred son of City Zip, a $180,000 purchase at the Ocala, Fla.,
sale in March, Majestic City is trained by Peter Miller, a longtime
Carlsbad resident, and owned by the Bloom Racing Stable LLC headed by
Jeff Bloom of Oceanside. Among the eight partners with Bloom in
Majestic City are San Diego County residents David and Sylvia Batchelder
and Rob Keen.
Majestic City won his racing debut at Hollywood Park on May 21 and
followed that with stakes victories in the Willard Proctor Memorial on
June 12 and the Grade III Hollywood Juvenile Championship on July 17.
The chestnut colt has been favored in all three, never higher than even
money, and rewarded backers with victories by 1 ½, 3 ½ and 2 ¼ lengths.
The Hollywood Juvenile was not without high drama. Before the race,
Majestic City reared up and fell in the paddock, prompting speculation
that he might be scratched. Miller prevailed upon stewards to not make
such a decision, however, and after a delay to the start Majestic City
covered six furlongs in 1:10 2/5 under jockey David Flores and
“I believe that (paddock behavior) really was an isolated incident,”
Miller said. “He really hasn't done much wrong ever. He got spooked by
some fans waving their programs and cheering right at him and he went
backwards and he kind of lost his footing and fell down.
“But, you know, the horse was OK and fortunately the stewards and
the state vet could see that and he certainly ran like he was OK.”
Majestic City’s wins have come at progressively longer distances from
4 ½ to six furlongs. The Futurity is an additional eighth of a mile and
among the seven rivals Majestic City will face is Best Pal Stakes
winner Creative Cause. Miller has reason to believe the distance won’t
be a major problem.
The way he won the Hollywood Futurity, really finished up strong the
last sixteenth of a mile and galloped out. And the way he's training, I
think the seven-eighths is definitely within his scope,” Miller said.
“But as is the question with all these young horses, you never know
until they actually do it.”
Majestic City is the first major success story for the racing
enterprise of Bloom, who formed his own corporation after serving for
several years as the West Coast Vice President for nationwide West
Bloom said he was taken by Majestic City’s physique and presence at
the sale and since has been impressed with the colt’s precociousness.
“He’s mature beyond his age and he’s really got a good mind, really
advanced for a 2-year-old,” Bloom said. “He was the first horse we’ve
given to Peter and he has done a spectacular job managing his career to
Miller and Bloom have known each other for decades, dating back to
when Miller was a stable hand for training legend Charlie Whittingham
and Bloom was an apprentice jockey.
What would it mean for two guys who can call Del Mar their hometown
track to win the traditional closing day feature, with its projection of
hope for even bigger things to come?
“It would be the ultimate,” Bloom said.