Majestic Harbor Taking On Eight Rivals in $100,000 Louisville Handicap
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Thu 21/05/2015 - 17:49 EDT
Majestic Harbor headlines the wide open field as the morning line favorite at odds of 7-2 for trainer Paul McGee. A seven-year-old son of Rockport Harbor, he will be stepping back up to graded stakes company after winning two consecutive races, most recently an optional claiming race at Churchill Downs. All eight of his career victories have come over conventional dirt and he will be trying to transition his form to turf. Corey Lanerie will be in the irons and they will break from post five.
Golden Soul trying to rebound after a freshening
Second choice at 4-1 on the morning line is Golden Soul, a homebred son of Perfect Soul for owner Charles Fipke. Trained by Dallas Stewart, the five-year-old is a three-time winner and will be trying to earn the first stakes victory of his career. Two of his victories have come on the turf and he will be trying to improve off of a ninth-place finish in the Fair Grounds Handicap (G3) in February. Robby Albarado will be aboard from post position eight.
Patrioticandproud looking to return to winning form
Also in the field at morning line odds of 9-2 is Patrioticandproud for trainer Mark Casse. A six-year-old gelded son of Proud Citizen, he has gone winless since April of 2013 but has been relatively consistent since then. He was third in an optional claiming race last time out and has been on the board in three of his five starts this year. He will be trying to earn the first graded stakes victory of his career and will have Shaun Bridgmohan aboard from the outside post.
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