By Tom Lucci / Monmouth Park
Trainer Jorge Navarro didn’t mince any words after Shancelot blazed six furlongs in 1:08.43 – the fastest time for that distance so far during the Monmouth Park meeting – in his second career start on Sunday.
“The best horse I’ve ever trained,” said the New Jersey track’s leading trainer.
The 3-year-old son of Shanghai Bobby did it all on his own, too, cruising through fractions of :22.16 and :44.56 in posting a 6 ¼-length victory in the second race on the card, a $47,500 optional claiming event.
Un-raced at 2, Shancelot made his debut by winning a maiden special weight race at Gulfstream Park on Feb. 16, beating Kentucky Derby starter and Florida Derby runner-up Bodexpress. He clocked in at 1:22.15 for that seven-furlong race.
Navarro called that “probably the best maiden special weight race of the meet.”
Shancelot photo – Equi Photo