Won at 2HOPEFUL S.
(gr. I , 7f , defeating Ready's Image, Maimonides, Georgetown ).
With only a four-horse field going postward, the wagering public figured the Sept. 3 Hopeful Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga was a showdown between Maimonides and Ready’s Image. But it was Majestic Warrior who came from last to first to win the race easily and run his record to two-for-two.
Majestic Warrior is just one reason that trainer Bill Mott took the trainer’s title for the ninth time at the prestigious Saratoga meeting.
A 2-year-old son of A.P. Indy, Majestic Warrior broke his maiden at Saratoga a month before the closing day stakes. He won that day by 31¼2 lengths and took the Hopeful by 21¼4 lengths. The colt is a homebred for owner George Steinbrenner, bred in Kentucky in the name of his Kinsman Farm and campaigned by his Kinsman Stable.
Majestic Warrior is the third foal produced from Dream Supreme, who was a top homebred racemare for Kinsman. By Seeking the Gold out of the Dixieland Band mare Spinning Round, Dream Supreme also knew her way around the Saratoga oval. In 2000, Dream Supreme won both the Test Stakes (gr. I) and Ballerina Handicap (gr. I) at the Spa. She also equaled a track record at Saratoga, going 51¼2 furlongs there in 1:03.45.
Dream Supreme won nine races, six of them graded stakes, and just made seven figures in earnings, bankrolling $1,007,680.
Dream Supreme’s first foal, a full sister to Majestic Warrior named Crystal Current, won the Suncoast Stakes last year at Tampa Bay Downs. Her second foal is another full sibling, the winning filly A. P. Dream. The 10-year-old mare has a yearling colt by El Prado named Evolutionist and this year produced a filly by Giant’s Causeway.
A. P. Dream was consigned to the 2006 Keeneland April sale of 2-year-olds by Niall Brennan Stables, agent, and was bought back on a bid of $2,395,000.
Majestic Warrior’s second dam also won a grade I stakes at Saratoga. In 1993, Spinning Round took the Ballerina Stakes for Kinsman. A four-time graded stakes winner on dirt and a stakes winner on turf, Spinning Round won eight of 31 races and earned $639,225. She also was grade I stakes-placed.
Spinning Round produced just three foals.
Kinsman bred and raced the first three dams of Majestic Warrior. Mott trained Dream Supreme, Carl Domino and James Baker conditioned Spinning Round, and Bill Cesare handled third dam Take Heart, by Secretariat.
Majestic Warrior is one of 107 stakes winners by A.P. Indy, who stands at Will Farish’s Lane’s End Farm near Versailles, Ky. A.P. Indy is the leading sire of 2007 by progeny earnings and is represented by 17 stakes winners, also among them Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Rags to Riches. The 18-year-old son of Seattle Slew stood this year for $300,000.—D.M.L.
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