Majestic Affair Jets to Capossela Victory

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January 02, 2015 10:30am
Majestic Affair, winner of the 2015 Frank Capossela
Photo: NYRA/Joe Labozzetta

With jockey Kendrick Carmouche in the irons for a third consecutive start, Majestic Affair stamped himself a sprinter to watch in 2015, taking the $100,000 Fred Capossela Stakes in an impressive effort on Friday at Aqueduct Racetrack.
 
Tracking leader Joe Franklin through spirited early fractions of 23.04 seconds for the opening quarter-mile and 46.81 for the half, Majestic Affair began to make his move at the quarter pole three wide, firmly taking control in the stretch and winning by 5 ¾-lengths.  
 
The 3-5 post-time favorite, Majestic Affair completed the six furlongs in 1:11.78 and returned $3.20 to win for a $2 wager increasing his career earnings to $124,000. It was his first stakes win for owners James Covello and Thomas and Doheny Coleman.
 
Following a layoff after a subpar performance in the Grade 2 Saratoga Special in which he finished eighth, Majestic Affair returned on October 13 at Parx Racing to win an allowance race and followed with a second-place finish in the Jerry F. Lewis III Stakes on November 15 at Laurel Park.
 
"He broke very good. Last time, he broke a step slow, and I think that race was a lot quicker than today's race," said Carmouche. "With that being said, he broke very good today. I just let him be forward in his position, so I wouldn't have to make up too much ground to win the race. He can be on the lead or he can come from off the pace, which is very good for a trainer and a jockey."
 
Chad Brown's assistant trainer Cherie DeVaux, also spoke to Majestic Affair's transformation since arriving in the Brown barn in August.
 
"I think he ran really, really well. After Chad cut him back in distance, he's really seemed to flourish," said DeVaux.
 
Completing the order of finish were Joe Franklin, Ship Disturber, Don Lupe, and Made Bail.

Source: NYRA Communications

 

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