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Majestic Stream breaks maiden with Ruidoso Mile victory


August 5, 2006     E-mail this page to a friend!

RUIDOSO DOWNS, New Mexico (August 5, 2006) — The Clyde Veltmann owned-and–trained Majestic Stream, a son of Kentucky Derby winner and leading sire Fusaichi Pegasus, simultaneously broke his maiden and won a stakes race in the $40,000 Ruidoso Mile on Saturday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs.

It was also the first career stakes win for jockey Travis Cunningham, who expertly guided the colt to a ground-saving trip around the Ruidoso Downs’ 7/8ths-mile oval.

Majestic Stream benefited from the rail-riding trip and responded with a rally through the stretch to win by two and a half length over Northwest Attitude. Favored Don’t Stride Out was third, three-and-a-half lengths behind Northwest Attitude.

Majestic Stream covered the mile in 1:41 3/5 over a track listed as sloppy.

Majestic Stream had received attention this summer at Ruidoso Downs because of his breeding and now has the maiden-breaking stakes win to add to his resume. In his two starts before the Ruidoso Mile he had two second-place efforts, including a late-running second in the Free Spirit Handicap.

David and Orlando Montes’ Northwest Attitude raced to his second straight second-place finish. He was the runner-up in the Independence Day Overnight Handicap in his only other local start this summer.

Majestic Stream returned $14.60, $6.40 and $4.20. Northwest Attitude paid $6.20 and $3.40 while Don’t Strike Out was worth $3.00 to show. The $2 exacta paid $97.00 and the $1 trifecta paid $106.70.

In the co-featured $13,500 eighth race, an allowance race for Quarter Horses over 400 yards, Covert prevailed by the narrowest of margins in a side-by-side duel with Winning Awards.

TNT Racing’s Covert, ridden by Freddie Martinez, covered the 400 yards over a sloppy track in :19.44.

The Paul Jones-trained Covert was making his first start in nearly seventh months. Last year he was second in three consecutive stakes at Zia Park, including the Hobbs America Derby.

Jerry Windham’s Winning Awards, ridden by Esgar Ramirez, ran a game second by a nose in his first start since November 25. He finished fourth in the 2005 Hobbs America Futurity at 8-5 odds.

The White Glove Ranch’s Azure Classic Star was another length and a half back for third.