Majesty's Turn breezes to Gen. George victory

February 16, 1993|By Ross Peddicord | Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer

Majesty's Turn duplicated Moon Mist's front-running Barbara Fritchie score and posted a two-length, wire-to-wire victory yesterday in the $200,000 General George Stakes.

The midwinter Sprintfest at Laurel Race Course is designed to accentuate the talents of fast horses. This year was no exception. Both races were won by pace-setters that simply outran their opponents at 7 furlongs.

Majesty's Turn outlasted a fast-closing Senor Speedy, the even-money favorite who won the race last year, by two lengths. Ameri Valay finished third.

"There was little strategy involved," said winning jockey Albert Delgado said. "I just wanted a clean break, and I got it. I knew he was running fast, but he felt very comfortable doing it."

Majesty's Turn ran the 7 furlongs in 1 minute, 22 3/5 seconds, the second-fastest running of the General George since it has been carded at seven-eighths of a mile. King's Nest holds the stakes record at 1:22.

The race was marred by the death of Mineral Wells, a son of Mr. Prospector trained by D. Wayne Lukas. At the quarter pole, the 4-year-old colt broke both sesamoids in his right front ankle and fell. He was destroyed.

The General George win provided former jockey Luigi Gino with his first victory in a graded stakes. Gino, 52, has 20 horses in his care at the Bowie Training Center.

He claimed Majesty's Turn for $25,000 about a year ago for a group of his friends and neighbors who race at the Calgary Stable Ltd.

Majesty's Turn earned $120,000, the biggest payday ever for the Calgary partnership.

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