Majesto Turns in Final Local Workout for May 7 Kentucky Derby Florida Derby Runner-Up Breezes Mile at Gulfstream Park West
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Grupo 7C Racing Stable’s Majesto was sent to the Gulfstream Park West track Thursday morning for his final local workout for a scheduled start in the Kentucky Derby (G1) at Churchill Downs May 7. The Gustavo Delgado-trained 3-year-old breezed a mile in 1:44 2/5.
The son of Tiznow is scheduled to ship to Kentucky Friday.
Majesto qualified for the 20-horse field for the Run for the Roses by finishing second in the $1 million Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park April 2.The strapping, long-striding colt, who broke his maiden at Gulfstream Feb. 27, closed from seventh in the field of 10 to finish 3 ¼ lengths behind undefeated Eclipse Award champion Nyquist and a length clear of third-place finisher Fellowship.
Majesto was purchased as a yearling for $300,000 at the 2014 Keeneland September Sale. Although the Derby will be his first Triple Crown experience, Delgado achieved great classic success in his native Venezuela.
Delgado, who ventured to train in South Florida fulltime in 2014, saddled four Triple Crown champions and five winners of the prestigious Clasico Simon Bolivar in Venezuela.
The Florida Derby, which has produced the winners of 57 Triple Crown races, will be represented by as many as four starters in this year’s Derby. Nyquist, Majesto and Holy Bull (G2), Fountain of Youth (G2) winner Mohaymen (4th) have sufficient qualifying points to be included in the field. Fellowship, currently training at Churchill Downs, is standing at 21st and needs a defection to draw into the field.
Cold Snack Thirty Kicks Off Juvenile Season with Upset Victory
Cold Snack Thirty kicked off the 2-year-old racing season at Gulfstream Park Thursday with a front-running 15-1 upset victory in the fourth race, a $47,000 maiden special weight event. The 2-year-old son of Backtalk, who is owned and trained by Jason McCutchen, ran 4 ½ furlongs in 52.16 seconds under jockey Octavio Vergara Jr.
The Florida-bred colt resisted pressure to his outside from Da Meister, the 8-5 favorite ridden by Tyler Gaffalione, and Animal Quiet, the 17-10 second choice ridden by apprentice Carlos Hernandez, at the top of the stretch before edging away to victory by three-quarters of a length.
Wesley Ward-trained Animal Quiet finished second, three lengths ahead of the Dane Kobiskie-trained Da Meister.