A handful of strides out of gate of the Jan. 20 $100,000 Sunshine Millions Sprint Stakes, trainer Jorge Navarro knew it wouldn’t be much longer before he could start celebrating.
What Navarro saw was something that, more often than not, ends extremely well for his camp—graded stakes winner X Y Jet winging away as he pleased on the front end. Sure enough, the gray Kantharos gelding delivered as expected Saturday when he led every point of call en route to a 5 1/2-length win in the six-furlong race for Florida-bred runners at Gulfstream Park.
When not sidelined by various ailments and injuries, X Y Jet can more than hold his own against the nation’s top sprinters. The 6-year-old horse returned from a 13-month layoff to win the Dec. 23 Mr. Prospector Stakes (G3), using the front-running style that has been best weapon.
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