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Behemoth Looks to Upset Foes in Majestic Light Stakes

Posted Thursday, May 22, 2014

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With a stakes win under his belt already in 2014, Behemoth enters Saturday’s $75,000 Majestic Light Stakes with an unmistakable running style and several targets to run at.

            “He’s a come from behind horse,” said trainer Claudio Gonzalez, who co-owns the 5-year-old horse with his wife Michelle.  “There’s a lot of speed in the race, which should help.  For a $75,000 race, it came up real tough.”

            Tough indeed.  A pair of graded stakes winners are in the mile and 70 yards Majestic Light – Code West and Itsmyluckyday.  The latter exits a three-length score in the Best of the Rest Stakes at Gulfstream Park on April 26 and last season was runner-up in the Florida Derby and Preakness Stakes.  The former took the Grade 3 Matt Winn at Churchill on June 15 last year and was also runner-up in the Grade 2 Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds.

            “There are some very good animals in this race, that’s for sure,” Gonzalez said.  “But my horse is training well.  He’s had some nice breezes since coming back to Monmouth.”

            Three breezes in fact, all going five furlongs.  The last was a 1:01 2/5 move on May 18, ninth best of 47 to work that morning.

            A well bred Ontario foal, Behemoth is by Giant’s Causeway from the Seeking the Gold mare Quiet Reward.  From 31 lifetime starts he sports a record of 7-5-6, good for earnings of $282,679.  Earlier this year he captured the $100,000 John Campbell Handicap at Laurel, going from last to first in the field of five.

            In Saturday’s Majestic Light he will get a new rider in Abel Castellano, Jr., currently tied for third in the Monmouth Park rider standings.  The duo will break from post four in the seven-horse field.  Behemoth has been installed at 6-1 by oddsmaker Brad Thomas, with morning line favoritism of 9/5 going to Itsmyluckyday.

            The Majestic Light goes as race 11 on a 12-race card that gets underway at 12:50 p.m.


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