Gallant Stable’s Majestic Harbor, a Rockport Harbor
colt who broke his maiden with a front-running 6 1/4-length score on Feb. 12 at
Fair Grounds, breezed six furlongs in 1:16.60 Monday morning in
preparation for the upcoming Grade II Louisiana Derby March 26.
“I thought it was a good work for him,” said trainer Paul
McGee Monday morning before leaving to drive back to Louisville
to arrive in advance of some horses shipping to Churchill Downs. “Corey (Lanerie,
jockey) was up on him this morning and he thought he breezed well and galloped
out strong. I’ll probably fly back here to New Orleans
and breeze him one more time before the Louisiana Derby.
“I breezed Demarcation five furlongs (1:02) on
Saturday,” said McGee of the Amerman Racing Stables color bearer who won the Grade
III Mineshaft Handicap here Feb. 19 and is prepping for the Grade II New
Orleans Handicap on Louisiana Derby Day March 26. “He’s coming along
just fine as well.”
The New Orleans Handicap, Fair Grounds’ premier event for
older horses on the main track, had its purse boosted to $400,000 in an announcement
made late last week.