With Tyler Baze at the controls, Majestic Harbor seized control going to the three eighths pole in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Tokyo City Cup, at Santa Anita. He opened up an insurmountable lead around the far turn and prevailed in the 1-1/2 miles marathon by three lengths in 2:29.97.
Trained by Sean McCarthy, Majestic Harbor broke from post eight in a field of eight older horses and settled into a comfortable fourth under the wire for the first time, about six lengths off the lead as Segway and favored Blueskiesnrainbows dueled on the lead.
Fourth in the Grade II, 1-1/8 miles San Antonio Stakes Feb. 8, Majestic Harbor was the fourth choice in the wagering at 5-1 and paid $13.60, $6.60 and $4.20.
The solid favorite at 2-1, Blueskiesnrainbows was spent with a half mile to run and finished fifth, beaten about 14 ½ lengths.
“Around the first turn I think he might have over-reached and (grabbed) a quarter,” said Nakatani. “And that affected the way he was traveling and they’ll get him back to the barn and make sure he’s okay.”
An outstanding on-track crowd of 16,179 was on-hand for a nine-race program and a full schedule of Japanese cultural events.
For his part, when trainer McCarthy was queried as to where he’d go from the Tokyo City Cup, he responded, “To get a beer.”
There is a Pick Six carryover of $92,562 into Sunday at Santa Anita and it’s expected the total pool could reach $750,000. First post time for a nine-race program is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.
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