The seventh race Feb. 10 at Oaklawn was all about the girls.
Our Majesty, a 3-year-old daughter of Majesticperfection, was a sparkling 5 ½-length career debut winner for trainer Ron Moquett of Hot Springs and the It's All About the Girls Stable, an all-female ownership group founded in 2013 by Anna Seitz.
“We'd been trying to run her for weeks,” said Seitz, also the stable's syndicate manager. “But the races didn't go and then she scratched her legs up and we scratched out of that one.”
Asked what he thought about the filly's chances in her career debut, Moquett said Our Majesty “might need a race or two,” according to Seitz. Clearly, that wasn't the case.
Under four-time defending Oaklawn riding champion Ricardo Santana Jr., Our Majesty broke sharply from post 8 and sat just off the pace before taking command three-wide turning for home. The filly, the only first-time starter in the 10-horse field, extended her advantage in deep stretch and covered 6 furlongs over a fast track in 1:10.34. She paid $8 as the slight 3-1 favorite.
“We were pleasantly surprised,” Seitz said of the stable's first Oaklawn starter.
After missing on a couple of prospects earlier in the year, It's All About the Girls Stable purchased Our Majesty for $150,000 at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s June 2-year-olds and Horses of Racing Age Sale. She had the co-fastest quarter-mile work (:20.80) during the under-tack show.
“All of the girls logged on and watched the breeze,” Seitz said. “We just absolutely fell in love with her right away. We were like, 'This is the one. Let's get her.' ”
Seitz said Our Majesty was turned out for a couple of months after the sale, adding Moquett's patient handling of the filly “paid off for us.”
In addition to Seitz, Moquett said other owners in this particular partnership include Bonnie Hamilton, Catherine Adams Hutt, Edna Edick and Ella Lou Smith. Hamilton (Kentucky-based Silverton Hill Farm) campaigned Oaklawn stakes winner Great Notion. Adams Hutt, who has a ranch about 50 miles north of Dallas, and Moquett co-own Triple Crown nominee Petrov, and the trainer has had horses for Edick and Smith, both Arkansas residents.
“I found the horse,” Moquett said, referring to Our Majesty. “Anna had the partnership that's doing good for the girls and then I put some of my people in it – all the ladies. It's kind of Team Valor, but for ladies. You can own a piece of this one and not of that one.”
Our Majesty is among six horses – all fillies, naturally – for It's All About the Girls Stable, which also campaigns Australia's top 3-year-old filly, Global Glamour, a dual Group I winner. Global Glamour has some 40 partners from several countries.
Seitz, a former administrative assistant to seven-time Eclipse Award-winning trainer Todd Pletcher, said she wants to bring new owners into the game and tries to build partnerships around where owners reside, making it easier for them to visit the barn and watch their horse train and run. Seitz said she sets up all the LLCs, so the “girls can just show up and have fun.”
“Our whole goal is to make it fun, educational and entertaining,” Seitz said. “We encourage the women from all the different syndicates to get together. So we have parties and invite all the groups, rather than just the one you're in, so you can be friends with girls from all the other syndicates.”
Seitz said she first met Moquett a few years ago trying to recruit him to Fasig-Tipton's yearling and 2-year-old sales (Seitz heads client development and public relations for the historic auction company). She said Moquett loved the idea of an all-female ownership group and “jumped on board right away” when asked about taking a horse for the stable.
“Just kind happened naturally,” Seitz said.
In her first work since the debut victory, Our Majesty breezed a half-mile in :47 Sunday – second-fastest of 56 moves recorded at the distance. Moquett said he plans to run the filly next in a first-level allowance spot.
“The girls are asking, 'Do you think she's an Oaks filly?' ” Seitz said, referring to the $1 million Kentucky Oaks (G1) May 5 at Churchill Downs. “I said, 'Who knows?' We've gotten some offers and people have been interested in maybe buying a little piece of her or something, but so far nothing has happened. It's still just the girls. We're enjoying it.”
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