Gary and Mary West's homebred MAJOR GAIN (More Than Ready) broke his maiden in Saturday's $100,000 Arlington-Washington Futurity (G3), rallying gamely in deep stretch to win by a length. Junior Alvarez had the mount on the two-year-old colt, who provided Arlington's leading trainer, Wayne Catalano, with his second consecutive victory in the event when completing a mile on Polytrack in 1:36 1/5.
Second when making his career bow versus maiden special weight rivals on August 14, the dark bay colt stalked in midpack behind early fractions of :22 4/5 and :46. Major Gain advanced between rivals on the far turn and swung out five wide to go after the leaders after straightening for home. Caleb's Posse (Posse) rallied to the front in midstretch, but he could not withstand the hard-charging winner, who drew clear late.
"I had my eye on this colt," said Catalano, who saddled Dixie Band (Dixie Union) to win the 2009 edition of the race. "We thought he could win this race all along. He's been working very well and Junior rode a great race. Everything worked out great for us. We had a nice trip against some nice young horses and it worked out."
Alvarado noted that Major Gain acted more professionally in his second career.
"The first time I rode this horse, he was a little green. He was lugging in in the stretch," Alvarado explained. "I told Catalano that he's a nice horse. We've worked him and everything was perfect for this race."
Off as the near 7-2 third choice, Major Gain returned $8.80, $4.40 and $2.60. Rough Sailing (Mizzen Mast), the 8-5 favorite, closed up the rail to grab second by a nose in the final strides and gave back $3.20 and $2.40. Caleb's Posse paid $2.60 at 5-2. The exacta yielded $34.80, and the trifecta was $81. Impersonator (Tale of the Cat), the 7-1 fourth choice, finished another 3 1/2 lengths back in fourth to complete a 3-2-7-8 superfecta worth $300.20
Ghetto Cat (Forest Wildcat), Wheemaway (Victory Gallop), Weekend Wildcat (Lion Heart) and pacesetter Big Blue Caboose (Silver Train) rounded out the order of finish.
Out of stakes winner and multiple Grade 3-placed Dream Lady (Old Trieste), the Kentucky-bred Major Gain has a 2010 half-sister by Dixie Union. This is the family of Grade 3 queen Lilly Capote (Capote), the dam of Futurity (G2) and Risen Star (G3) runner-up Flying Pegasus (Fusaichi Pegasus). With Saturday's $58,200 winner's share, Major Gain has now earned $63,800.