Majestic Vintage
-photo courtesy Lone Star Park

Tin Tip Cat
-photo courtesy Lone Star Park

Late Burst Propels Majestic Vintage to Victory in TTA Sales Futurity (Colts & Geldings Division) at LSP

Grand Prairie, Texas (Saturday, June 6, 2009) - Keith and Cash Asmussen’s Majestic Vintage, trained by Cash Asmussen and ridden by Tony McNeil, emerged victorious in the $89,370 TTA Sales Futurity Stakes (Colts and Geldings Division) by three-quarters of a length over the Steve Asmussen-trained Tomball. It was another three-quarters of a length back to Early Dancer in third.

Majestic Vintage, a bay colt by Cuvee, was held in reserve behind early fractions of :21.35 and :45.10. Fourth at the top of the stretch, four lengths behind leader Tomball, Majestic Vintage powered his way through the stretch to hit the finish first and stop the clock in :58.23.

"He ran a very good race,” said winning jockey Tony NcNeil. “He’s been going good lately and he was very happy today. He had his game face on."

With the win, Majestic Vintage improved his record to two wins from four starts and increased his earnings to $64,702.

Majestic Vintage paid $27.00, $7.80, $5.60, runner-up Tomball returned $3.40, $2.60, and Early Dancer paid $3.60 for show. Catarusky, Western Forum, Scottevan, Kerrville, Uncle Booty and Show Me Why completed the order of finish. Tomball ran in an entry with Catarusky, and Early Dancer was coupled with Western Forum.

Tin Top Cat Proves Best in TTA Sales Futurity (Fillies Division)

Jerry Durant and Bill Jordan’s Tin Top Cat, trained by Bret Calhoun and ridden by Ramsey Zimmerman, jumped up to win the $88,740 TTA Sales Futurity Stakes (Fillies division) by a three-quarters of a length at 14.80-1. The Steve Asmussen-trained Minacious finished second, and it was another three-and-a-half lengths back to Favorite Dancer, also trained by Calhoun, in third.

A bay daughter of Supreme Cat, Tin Top Cat led her rivals through pressured opening fractions of :21.72 and :45.14. Once she dispatched of early challenger Bud’s Little Edge leaving the eighth-pole, she sprinted through the final furlong to stop the timer in 57.94.

“She’s been real professional,” said winning trainer Bret Calhoun. “I was pretty disappointed in her first effort, the Sales Futurity Trials. She had a great trip that night, was head and head for the lead turning for home, and really just flattened out. I never have figured out why, but she redeemed herself today and ran like we expected.”

Tin Top Cat, who earned her first victory in the TTA Sales Futurity (Fillies Division) while making her second career start, increased her earnings to $54,324.

Tin Top Cat paid $31.60, $8.60, $5.20, runner-up Minacious returned $2.60, $2.40, and Favorite Dancer paid $5.60 for show. Bud's Little Edge, Siding, Mami Wata, Legendary Day, Cadillac Kitty and She Wants Cash completed the order of finish. Minacious was coupled with Siding.

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