Saturday, June 24, 2017
Gray Beau Wins GP Feature; Majesto Finishes Fifth
Gray Beau took the lead in deep stretch and held on to beat late-running Prince Tito by a head in the featured seventh race at Gulfstream Park on Friday.
Chiseled finished third, another nose behind, in the 1 1/16-mile dirt race for 3-year-olds and up. It was a $25,000 optional claimer with a $43,000 purse.
Majesto, the 2-1 favorite, finished fifth in the seven-horse field as he returned to the races after an 11-month layoff.
Luca Panici rode Gray Beau, who won in 1:44.43 on the track listed as fast. John Vinson trains and Elaine Vinson owns Gray Beau a 5-year-old gelded son of Imperialism.
The win was Gray Beau’s sixth in 28 career starts.
Only Gray Beau and Chiseled were in for the $25,000 tag. Neither was claimed out of the race.
Odds were 8-1 on Gray Beau and 7-2 on Prince Tito, who was ridden by Tyler Gaffalione.
Prince Tito and Majesto are both trained by Gustavo Delgado and owned by Grupo 7C Racing.
On Friday, Majesto was leading by a head over Hail to Victory after three-quarters of a mile. Majesto, ridden by Edgard Zayas, faded and finished fifth. Hail to Victory, ridden by Marcos Meneses, fell back and finished last.
Majesto, a colt now 4-years-old, is best known for finishing second behind Nyquist in last year’s Florida Derby (Grade 1) at Gulfstream.
In his next race, Majesto finished 18th in the Kentucky Derby (Grade 1) after encountering bumping and traffic.
Majesto, a son of Tiznow, made his next start on July 2 in the 1 1/8 mile Curlin Stakes at Saratoga. He finished seventh in the nine-horse field.
Veterinarians then discovered that Majesto was dealing with an upper respiratory infection, and Delgado decided to give him an extended break from racing.