Promising young stallion Majestic Warrior is the sire of progressive colt Declan’s Warrior (3c Majestic Warrior x Comanche Star, by Saint Ballado), who added the $83,300 Gygistar Stakes at Belmont to his tally with another stylish display.
Last start winner of the Grade III Bay Shore Stakes at Aqueduct, Declan’s Warrior was a late scratching from the Grade II Peter Pan Stakes with trainer Nick Zito accepting for this race as a back-up plan.
Declan’s Warrior settled off the pace before surging home out wide to take the seven furlong contest by a neck, his overall record now four wins and a second from five starts with prizemoney nearing $270,000.
“I needed the race,”Nick Zito said.
“I had to get the race into him. I told [jockey] Jose [Lezcano] I trained him pretty hard for the race. I’m glad I did. That was an amazing race, 1:20 4/5. He’s a special horse.”
A homebred for Lucky Shamrock Escrow is a half-brother to stakes-winner Canonize and is the second winner for Comanche Star, a grand-daughter of Grade I winner Deceit.
Declan’s Warrior is one of six stakes-winners for Majestic Warrior, whose oldest progeny are just three year-olds.