G1 Winner Majestic Harbor Moved to California & Harris Farms

(Majestic Harbor after winning at the Fair Ground / Photo Courtesy of The Fair Grounds)

Grade 1 Winner Majestic Harbor Has Been Moved to California & Will Stand 2019 Season at Harris Farm:

Majestic Harbor, winner of the 2014 Grade 1 Gold Cup at Santa Anita in what turned out to be a brilliant race career, has been transferred from Swifty Farms in Indiana — where he stood his first two years at stud — to the highly acclaimed Harris Farms in California for the 2019 breeding season.

Over his long and distinguished racing career — which spanned 42 career starts — Majestic Harbor managed to hit the board 31 times. Of those 42 starts, 14 of them were made in Graded Stakes company — including the G1 Breeders’ Cup Classic in 2014.

In addition to capturing the G1 Santa Anita Gold Cup, the son of Rockport Harbor also won the G3 Alysheba Stakes at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby Day; the Mineshaft Stakes at the Fair Grounds, and the G3 Tokyo City Cup Stakes. He hit the board in the G1 Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs twice, and also managed to finish in the Top 3 in the G2 Awesome Again Stakes, the G2 Marathon Stakes, the G2 Californian Stakes, the G2 New Orleans Handicap, the G2 San Pasqual Stakes, the Hawthorne Gold Cup Handicap, and the G3 Greenwood Cup.

But, without a doubt, the most majestic victory in his long, enduring career came in the G1 Gold Cup. In that race, Majestic Harbor earned a 111 Beyer Speed Figure and beat the likes of G1 winners Game on Dude, Lideris, Salto Del Indio, and G2 winners Clubhouse Ride and Imperative and G3 winner Fury Kapcori.

And, he was always a beauty to look at and in the stall. Here’s a quick glimpse:


The horse broke well today,” Gaffalione said. “I had the horse inside, Dunph, going to the lead and then (Gun It) showed a little bit of speed. When I saw they were intent on going I just tried to get him back and got him to relax. He came back to me nicely and settled well down the backside. Got a little keen going into the far turn and wanted to move a little early. But I didn’t want to take too much away from him so I tried to sit as long as I could. He was waiting on horses down the lane but I kept him at task and there was plenty of horse there.”

“Mark (Casse, the trainer) and his team have done a great job,” Gaffalione said. “They’ve had a ton of confidence in this horse the whole way. It’s just an honor to be able to ride the horse. He’s just so professional, trains great and he’s a pleasure to be around.”

Tyler Gaffalione, Rode of War of Will to victory in the G2 Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds
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