The 6-year-old Kantharos gelding, who, despite a typically grouchy personality has earned a special place close to Navarro’s heart due to his resilience, is poised to take on international competition in the $2 million G1 Dubai Golden Shaheen on the Dubai World Cup program at Meydan Racecourse on Saturday.
He will bring a three-race win streak with him into the starting gate as he faces rivals including American champion sprinter Roy H, Japanese challenger Matera Sky and previous Dubai Golden Shaheen winners Muarrab, Reynaldothewizard and Mind Your Biscuits.
“Every time he runs, I cry,” the burly Navarro confided at Meydan after watching the dappled gray X Y Jet skip around the track under pale pink light just before sunrise. “We’ve been through so much together.
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