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Majestic Hussar Set for Biggest Challenge

Gulfstream Park
Photo: MEC

Joseph Witek’s 3-year-old Kentucky homebred colt Majestic Hussar has run well in two allowance starts sprinting at Gulfstream Park this winter for trainer Eddie Kenneally, and is set to face his biggest challenge yet when he tries two turns for the first time in next Saturday’s (Feb. 23) $400,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) at 1 1/16 miles.

“We know we have a quality sprinter after his two races here with the horses he ran against,” said Kenneally Thursday afternoon. “We want to try the distance. If it doesn’t work we still know we have a good sprinter. We know he likes the track. Gabriel Saez will ride him.”

A son of Majestic Warrior, Majestic Hussar ran twice last summer at two winning his debut at Saratoga in August and finishing seventh behind Shanghai Bobby in the Three Chimneys Hopeful Stakes (G2) in September after setting the pace to the upper stretch.

In his two starts here Majestic Hussar finished second to Falling Sky on Dec. 15 and was impressive winning by 2 ¼ lengths over favorite Palace Malice going seven furlongs on Jan. 19. Falling Sky came back to win the $250,000 Sam Davis Stakes (G3) at Tampa Bay Downs.

Majestic Hussar’s 5-year-old half-brothers Joes Blazing Aaron and 4-year-old Tiz Sardonic Joe are nominated for the $150,000 Canadian Turf Stakes (G2) the same afternoon as the Fountain of Youth. “We’re going to run Joes Blazing Aaron in the Canadian and hope it turns out to be a family day,” said Kenneally.

The three siblings are out of Distorted Blaze, by Distorted Humor and both Joes Blazing Aaron and Tiz Sardonic Joe lost photo decisions in their last starts here, the former on Jan. 5 when it took placing judges quite a while to separate him from the Live Oak Plantation’s victorious Za Approval in a tough allowance field.

Joe Blazing Aaron is a chestnut gelding by Graeme Hall who won the 2011 Palm Beach Stakes (G3) over the course here when trained by Allen Hunter, Jr. He went on to Kentucky that spring to set the pace in the Blue Grass Stakes (G1) to the upper stretch before tiring to sixth behind Brilliant Speed.

While Joes Blazing Aaron is targeted for the Canadian Turf, Tiz Sardonic Joe is entered in this Saturday’s $150,000 Tampa Bay Stakes (G3) at Tampa Bay Downs along with six other South Florida-based horses, several of which made their last starts at Gulfstream, including Za Approval.

A son of Tiznow, Tiz Sardonic Joe was a sharp allowance winner at Gulfstream on Dec. 15 and lost a neck decision when second by a neck in the Fort Lauderdale Stakes (G2) on Jan. 12 behind longshot Mucho Mas Macho with Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Big Blue Kitten another length back in third. Big Blue Kitten is making the trip for the Tampa Bay Stakes (G3) Saturday from Palm Meadows for trainer Chad Brown.

 

 

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