Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott discusses his six Breeders' Cup starters and the uncertainty surrounding the status of his star 2-year-old Majestic Warrior, winner of the Hopeful Stakes. Mott also talks about his resurgence as one of the top trainers in the country in 2007.
Kinsman Farm homebred Majestic Warrior will miss the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) because of a minor left foot injury, trainer Bill Mott said Oct. 21.
A rematch between Hopeful Stakes (gr. I) winner Majestic Warrior and runner-up Ready's Image takes place in the Oct. 6 Champagne Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park.
International owners Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith have reached an agreement in principle to buy a half-interest in grade I-winning 2-year-old Majestic Warrior from George Steinbrenner's Kinsman Stable.
- By Ron Mitchell
A half-brother to Sept. 3 Hopeful Stakes (gr. I) winner Majestic Warrior is among the horses that withdrawn from the Keeneland September yearling sale that begins Sept. 10 and continues through Sept. 25.
Zayat Stables' 2-year-old Maimonides, a $4.6-million purchase at Keeneland's 2006 September Yearling Sale, will miss at least 30 days of training after coming out of the Sept. 3 Hopeful Stakes (gr. I) with sore shins, trainer Bob Baffert said Sept. 5.
Following another blowout by Lawyer Ron in Saturday's Woodward Stakes (gr. I), we're down to one champion-caliber older horse who looks capable of withstanding this year's 3-year-old juggernaut in the Breeders' Cup Classic Powered by Dodge (gr. I).
When highly-touted 2-year-olds Ready's Image and Maimonides hooked up at the top of the Saratoga stretch, it seemed that a memorable duel was in the making, one that could vault one of them to the top of the juvenile standings. But like a blur, the picture changed, as Majestic Warrior came from the clouds, roaring down the middle of the racetrack to capture the $250,000 Hopeful Stakes (gr. I) in electrifying fashion.
Normally, a Grade I event with only four entries would be a bit of a letdown for horse racing fans. In the case of the $250,000 Hopeful Stakes, nothing could be further from the truth, as a terrific showdown between top-flight 2-year-olds is set for Saratoga's main track Sept. 3.
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