By Horse Racing Nation
Outstanding sprinters of both sexes highlight Saturday’s Thoroughbred action at Tampa Bay Downs, with the $100,000 Pelican Stakes for males and the $50,000 Minaret Stakes for fillies and mares, both at a distance of 6 furlongs, on tap. The 11-race card begins at 12:44 p.m.
The 34th edition of the Pelican has attracted a field of nine, headed by 6-year-old Florida-bred gelding X Y Jet. In his most recent start on Jan. 20, the Jorge Navarro-trained speedster won the Sunshine Millions Sprint Stakes at Gulfstream by five-and-a-half lengths. In December, X Y Jet won the Grade III Mr. Prospector at Gulfstream in gate-to-wire fashion, getting the 6-furlong distance in 1:09.45.
X Y Jet, who will be ridden by his regular pilot, Emisael Jaramillo, is 8-for-19 in his career with earnings of $920,813.
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