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EVANS, LA—APRIL 20, 2019—Majestic Cartel, a second-crop sire by leading living sire Corona Cartel, got his first stakes winner on Saturday when New News captured the $210,852 Grade 3 West Texas Derby (see related story) at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino.
Showing a dazzling burst of speed in the final 100 yards, New News overcame a bit of a slow start before storming home under a strong ride from jockey J. R. Ramirez. Trained by Ricardo Armendariz for owners Elco Armendariz and Omar Ruiz, Jr., New News ran the 400 yards in a final time of :19.059 seconds, earning an Equibase Speed Index of 103.
New News remains unbeaten in three starts during his sophomore campaign. The fastest qualifier for the Derby when trials were held here on March 29, validated his status as the 4-to-5 post time favorite.
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From limited starters in two crops to reach to the racetrack, Majestic Cartel is the sire of six winners, 2 stakes horses(16%) with average earnings of more than $14,800 per head.
His top performers include Grade 3 winner New News SI 111 (3 wins in 3 starts at 3, 2019, $118,181, West Texas Derby-G3), RG3-placed Diamond G Bee SI 92 (winner at 2, 2019 $31,908 2nd-TQHA Sires' Cup Futurity-RG3), Blending Together SI 91 (winner at 3, 3019, $7,903), Freestone Cartel SI 85, (2 wins at 2, 2018, $7,293). First Cartel Perry SI 83 (winner at 3, 2019, $5,144), etc.
Majestic Cartel finished last year as the #7 leading first-crop sire of money earners with only 12 foals to race. New News' win today should propelling him into the top three leading second-crop sires for 2019.
A $180,000 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale graduate, Majestic Cartel never started after suffering an injury while in training. He is out Grade 1 winning Dash To Fame mare Five Mar Molly ($187,109), the dam of 13 ROM, four black type including full sibling AQHA Racing Champion 2-Year-Old Colt and last year's leading first-crop sire Five Bar Cartel ($1,068,825).
Julien R. 'Butch' Stevens III and Scott Jeane purchased the young stallion last year and moved him to Louisiana.
Majestic Cartel stands for a 2019 fee of $1,250, with consideration at Claude Jeane Farm in Evans, Louisiana. For additional information or breeding contracts call Julien R. 'Butch' Stevens III at 337-238-8042.