By Curtis “Magic” Kalleward
The final piece of any trilogy is the most important.
Years of anticipation come to a close. Storylines must be succinctly wrapped. Heroes have to face their toughest adversaries.
Without the proper leadership, it can all fall apart, creating failure and disappointment.
Such is Hollywood, such is horse racing.
Trainer Jorge Navarro knows this all too well as he sends his world-class sprinter X Y Jet to Dubai for his third (and possibly final) attempt at winning the Golden Shaheen (G1).
Navarro assumed duties of the now-7-year-old gelding at the end of his juvenile season. In their first start together, he nearly won the Pasco Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs in gate-to-wire fashion. Since then, the two have won 10 times in 17 additional starts, including four G3 events, with earnings totaling $1,541,730, but their road to get here has been far from easy.