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Majid All the Way in Easy Goer Stakes

6/8/2019


By Dick Downey
Photo by America's Best Racing

The first of three stakes race for 3-year-olds is in the books on Belmont Stakes day, and it was Majid pulling off the upset in the 1 1/16-mile Easy Goer.

Taken right to the lead by Luis Saez, Majid ran through early fractions of 23.70,    47.55 and 1:11.46 while pressed by even-money favorite Alwaysmining. Grumps Little Tots came around Alwaysmining  to challenge Majid in upper stretch, but the front-runner was ahead by two lengths with a furlong remaining in the race.

Majid held on to prevail by a length while timed in 1:41.55. Still Dreaming came up the inside to edge Grumps Little Tots by a neck for second. He was disqualified by stewards for coming out on Alwaysmining very late in the race, squeezing him up against Grumps Little Tots.  

After that adjudication, Grumps Little Tots was placed second, Alwaysmining was placed third, and Still Dreaming landed fourth. Outshine, sent off as the 8-5 second choice, finished last. Dream Maker was scratched.

Rudy Rodriguez trains the winner for Zayat Stables. Although the Easy Goer was his fourth straight win, it was Majid's first stakes race, and he was 5-1 when the gates opened. He paid $12.60 to win, $5.30 to place and $3.10 to show.

Majid is by Shackleford out of Jessamine, by Mineshaft. He was bred in Kentucky by Forever Spring Farm Syndicate.


POST-RACE QUOTES

Rudy Rodriguez: "He looked like he was improving over the last couple of races and he ran great today. I want to thank Mr. Zayat for giving me the opportunity to train this horse and Luis for riding the horse the way he did today. I told him to put him in the race, and hopefully, we can hang on. Thank God, we held on.

"He showed heart today. It looked like he started to go to the lead, and he kept his determination so that was good to see he can do that. Hopefully, he can keep doing that. We'll go race by race with him and I'm probably going to take him to Saratoga and freshen him up a little bit. He's a 3-year-old, and he's got the world ahead of him. I've just got to hope that he keeps improving. The distance is no problem for him. He's a pretty nice horse and but he's still got to be able to do it going forward.

"It means a little extra winning a race at Belmont on the Belmont card. It's special when you win at Belmont and especially on a day like this; everybody looks to win a race on this day. And for sure, it's even more special to win a race named for Easy Goer."

Luis Saez: "The plan coming in was to take the lead. In his last race, when he took the lead, he was very relaxed. When we came down the stretch, he responded. When I saw them coming, I just tried to ride hard, and thank God we passed the wire first."

 

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