HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Rockingham Ranch and Gelfenstein Farm’s X Y Jet showed zero signs of rust or fatigue in his American racing return on Saturday, blitzing the field with ease in the Grade 3, $250,000 Smile Sprint Stakes at Gulfstream Park.
Streaking out of post 8 as the 3-5 favorite under Emisael Jaramillo, X Y Jet quickly took command and cut down cleanly to the rail before posting splits of :22.16 and :44.36. Hitting the top of the stretch with a widening lead, Jaramillo kept the Jorge Navarro trainee to task for much of the run before easing up in the final stages and crossing the wire with a 2 1/4-length margin in a final time of 1:09.61 for the 6-furlong main track sprint.
“I’m very grateful to Jorge Navarro for giving me this great horse to ride,” Jaramilo said.
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