By Blood Horse
Multiple graded stakes winner X Y Jet is slated for a return to action from a 13-month layoff in the Dec. 23 $100,000 Mr. Prospector Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park, seeking to recapture the form that fueled a five-race winning streak that included a victory in the 2015 edition of the six-furlong stakes.
“I just hope he’s the same horse he was two years ago, because that run he had was pretty neat,” trainer Jorge Navarro said.
Owned by Rockingham Ranch and Gelfenstein Farm, X Y Jet has been sidelined since finishing third in the Frank J. DeFrancis Memorial Dash Stakes (G3) at Laurel Park in Nov. 2016, while recuperating from knee surgery.
“I’ve been waiting for him to come back. I believe this time we’ve given him the right time to heal from knee surgery,” Navarro said. “He wants to do it. He’s training good.”
The 5-year-old gelded son of Kantharos has been prepared for his return with a series of seven workouts at Gulfstream Park West.
“This is the best I have ever seen X Y Jet train,” Navarro said. “Horacio Karamanos worked him last time. He was amazed. He said, ‘Jorge, he almost took me out of the saddle how fast he is.'”