LONGSHOT MAJESTIC EAGLE RALLIES TO WIN GRADE III, $100,000 AMERICAN STAKES BY A NECK AS DRYSDALE & BEJARANO TEAM FOR MILE TURF WIN IN 1:34.57
ARCADIA, Calif. (June 23, 2019)–Under a perfectly timed ride from Rafael Bejarano, longshot Majestic Eagle rallied from fifth a quarter mile from home and kept to his task in game fashion to get up and win Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 American Stakes at Santa Anita by a neck. Trained by Neil Drysdale, the 4-year-old colt by Medaglia d’Oro got one mile on turf in 1:34.57.
An attentive fifth, in field of six 3-year-olds and up, Majestic Eagle appeared full of run leaving the three furlong pole as Bejarano continued to save as much ground as possible while in the two-path around the far turn. At the top of the lane, he turned him loose and in a thrilling stretch run, he was able to outrun a pair of Mark Glatt trainees, Law Abidin Citizen and favored Sharp Samurai.
Most recently fifth in the Grade I Triple Bend Stakes at seven furlongs on dirt May 25, Majestic Eagle was off at 9-1 and paid $20.00, $7.40 and $3.40.
Out of the Tapit mare Double Tapped, Majestic Eagle, who is owned by John Lindley and Ray Morton, picked up his first stakes win while notching his third victory from 17 overall starts. With the winner’s share of $60,000, he increased his earnings to $240,410.
Law Abidin Citizen, who was ridden by Tiago Pereira, finished a nose in front of Sharp Samurai and paid $6.20 and $2.80 while off at 6-1.
Sharp Samurai, off at 1-2, didn’t have any apparent excuses while running third, 2 ¼ lengths in front of Tartini. Ridden by Victor Espinoza, Sharp Samurai paid $2.10 to show.
Fractions on the race were 23.65, 47.09, 1:10.40 and 1:22.41.