Laurel: Majestic Frontier surprises in allowance win

Majestic Frontier
Majestic Frontier cruised to an upset allowance win. Photo by Jim McCue.

“I had no idea this horse was that good,” trainer Jerry Robb said after Thursday’s seventh race at Laurel Park.

Which is as good an explanation as any as to why Majestic Frontier, a three-year-old Keen Ice gelding Robb trains for Gerald Grabcheski and Renate Jackson, went off at 16-1 in dominating the first-level allowance/optional claimer for sophomores.

Majestic Frontier sports a 2-1-0 record in three starts since being transferred from Chelsey Moysey to Robb.

But the first of those races came against bottom-level maidens at Laurel – claiming price $10,000 – and the second just a step up, at the maiden $16,000 level.

“I tried to get him in for maiden 10 three times, but the race wouldn’t go,” Robb said.

He ran second in the first of those, then won the second by 9 ½ lengths. That flashy effort was part of what pushed Robb into jumping the horse up several steps to try allowance foes.

“He won by 10 with his neck bowed,” the veteran trainer, a winner of more than 2,100 races, said. “Even though he didn’t beat anybody, where else are you going to go? The owner wanted to protect him, and if you go from $16,000 to $25,000, you might lose him.”

Then he added, “It looks like he might have been right.”

Under jockey Xavier Perez, Majestic Frontier was fourth after an opening half-mile navigated in 49.70 seconds by Mr. Mox and still fourth after three quarters in 1:14.46. At the head of the lane, Perez and Majestic Frontier were able to slip through inside and surge to the lead.

Majestic Frontier pulled away readily to win by 4 ½ lengths in 1:47.24 for 1 1/16 miles on a fast main track. The Addison Pour rallied for second, a half-length ahead of favorite Script. Mr. Mox faded to sixth after leading for six furlongs.

Majestic Frontier paid $34.00 to win and, with 6-1 The Addison Pour in second, topped an exacta that returned  $125.60 for a dollar.

Robb has won with 12 of 28 starters so far in 2022. And he finds himself faced with a kind of happy problem: his three-year-olds have, for the most part, won their maiden and first allowance races, leaving them with very few options.

So what now for Majestic Frontier?

“Put him in a stall with the rest of that have nowhere to run,” he said. “I got a bunch over there that there’s no races for them because they’ve won too many.”

NOTES In the co-feature, Proper Attire ran her record to two-for-two since being claimed by Jamie Ness with a front-running score in a second-level allowance/optional claimer. Jaime Rodriguez was aboard for the three-length victory. Favored Fraudulent Charge (1-5) pressed the pace but faded to be a well-beaten fourth…