Majestic Presence Making Presence Known on 2015 Kentucky Oaks Trail
Majestic Presence Making Presence Known on 2015 Kentucky Oaks Trail: The Kentucky Oaks trail started with the Pocahontas in September. From there, the two-year-old fillies have been battling it out for early Kentucky Oaks points. During the Kentucky Oaks Prep Season, the points are fewer in number. Prep races are worth 10-4-2-1 to the top four finishers. One filly on the Kentucky Oaks hunt is the Jerry Hollendorfer trainee, Majestic Presence.
Majestic Presence is a nicely bred filly, purchased at the 2013 Keeneland September Sale for $100,000. Sired by the son of A.P. Indy, Majestic Warrior, the filly is loaded with stamina throughout her pedigree. Majestic Warrior won his first two starts, which included the G1 Hopeful Stakes at 7F, but failed to hit the board in five starts afterward. In his second career as a stallion, standing at Ashford Stud since 2009, Majestic Warrior was put on the map when his filly Princess of Sylmar won five grade one races in 2013, including the Kentucky Oaks at odds of 39-1. He is also the sire of stakes winners Shanon Nicole, Best Warrior, and Lady Sabelia.
Majestic Presence is out Shining Victory, a two-time winner at the allowance level did not accomplish as much as her sire, Victory Gallop, did. Victory Gallop was a multiple graded stakes winner that plaid spoiler in the 1998 Triple Crown. Real Quiet and Victory Gallop battled it out in all three races. Victory Gallop finished second in both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness before winning the 1998 Belmont Stakes by a desperate nose. Victory Gallop went on finish second in the 1998 Haskell (G1) and Travers Stakes (G1). In 1999, Victory Gallop would finish 3rd in the Dubai World Cup and win the G2 Stephen Foster and the G1 Whitney. If Majestic Presence is anything like her bloodlines, she will have the ability to improve become a graded stakes winner. Pedigree states that she will improve with some added distance and 9F (1 1/8 miles) is right up her alley.
In her career, Majestic Presence hasn’t won a race since her maiden score in her second start at Del Mar in August. She won a Maiden Special Weight at one mile on the main track, which is an all weather surface, or polytrack. Since then, has run three races, all on dirt, and only hit the board in her last start, the Delta Downs Princess (G3). She did compete in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies, but finished off the board in 9th.
Majestic Presence seems to be a late maturing filly, but has yet to dodge top competition. Since her maiden score, she has run against graded stakes competition, and does not seem to shy away too much. She may not be as fast maturing as some other fillies, and may not be on the rise as quickly as her foe Take Charge Brandi, but she has a lot of pedigree and back class to back her up. Given time and experience, Majestic Presence could easily become a top-notch filly. If any trainer can get her ready for big races as a soon-to-be sophomore filly, it would be Jerry Hollendorfer. If Majestic Presence makes it to the Kentucky Oaks, she could easily be a threat, as she has a pedigree gears toward distance and class.