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Breeders' Cup 2017

Major Gain Works at Gulfstream Park

Gary and Mary West’s Major Gain breezed six furlongs in 1:14.40 at Gulfstream Park Sunday morning  in a move that left his trainer Wayne Catalano pondering a quick trip to his native New Orleans to saddle that son of More Than Ready at Fair Grounds in Saturday’s Grade III Lecomte Stakes.

 

“He worked real good this morning,” said Catalano, speaking from South Florida shortly after Sunday’s move. “I got him going five-eighths in a minute flat and that’s about what I wanted to see. Right now I’m leaning toward bringing him over there. Now I’ve got to start looking around for a jockey.”

 

Major Gain would be a major addition to this year’s Lecomte, one of six stakes races slated for this Saturday’s Road to the Derby Kickoff Day Presented by Hotel Monteleone. The homebred was clearly best when he broke his maiden by winning last fall’s Grade III Arlington-Washington Futurity in Chicago, but then finished fifth in the Grade I Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland in October after being bumped solidly at the half-mile pole. The colt wrapped up his juvenile campaign by finishing third, beaten only a half-length for all of it, in Churchill’s Grade II Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes Nov. 27 despite racing four wide. The Jockey Club Stakes was only the fourth start of his career and his first and only trip over a traditional dirt surface.

 

As a conditioner, Catalano has dominated the Arlington standings over the last decade, and also has saddled the winner of the last two Arlington-Washington Futurities. Additionally, he is remembered locally for saddling Darrell and Evelyn Yates’ Crypto Star to win the 1997 Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds.

 

 

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