X Y Jet, a high-level sprinter in the U.S. and Dubai, died of an apparent cardiac event Wednesday morning, per a statement from trainer Jorge Navarro.
The 8-year-old Kantharos gelding won 12 of 26 starts during his on-track career for earnings of $3,096,513.
A $56,000 yearling out of the 2013 Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. August Yearling Sale, X Y Jet began his career in south Florida for owner Gelfenstein Farm and trainer Antonio Sano, who selected the young horse at auction. He broke his maiden in his fifth career start at Gulfstream Park West, and then was moved to the Navarro barn prior to second-place efforts in the Pasco Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs and the Grade 3 Hutcheson Stakes at Gulfstream Park.
X Y Jet picked up his first stakes win at the end of his 3-year-old campaign, when he captured the G3 Mr. Prospector Stakes at Gulfstream by a dominant 9 1/4 lengths. He followed up that win with a 1 1/4-length score in the Sunshine Millions Sprint Stakes to kick off his 4-year-old campaign. That win was enough to capture the attention of Gary Hartunian's Rockingham Ranch, which bought into the horse prior to his win in the G3 Gulfstream Park Sprint Stakes. Regular Rockingham partner David Bernsen eventually became a co-owner, as well.
The horse then made his first of three trips to Meydan Racecourse in Dubai to contest the G1 Dubai Golden Shaheen. He battled fiercely with Muarrab during the 2016 edition, but was edged out at the wire to finish a close second. He came out of the race with a knee chip that sidelined him for the summer, and then he was given nearly a year off after an autumn return revealed his form was still off.
X Y Jet reloaded for a second try at the world-class stakes race the in 2018 with prep wins in the G3 Mr. Prospector and non-graded Sunshine Millions Sprint at Gulfstream and the Pelican Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs. Once again, he finished second, this time to Mind Your Biscuits.
The third time proved to be the charm for X Y Jet in the Golden Shaheen, finally holding off his foes in 2019 to win the lucrative sprint.
X Y Jet was preparing to defend that title in 2020, but the prep road had been a bumpy one. He finished sixth and last in his final start, the G3 Mr. Prospector Stakes at Gulfstream on Dec. 21, where he made significant contact out of the gate and set blazing early fractions, before folding up by the top of the stretch.
Navarro's statement read…
“With deep regret, I am sorry to notify you that X Y Jet died this morning as a result of a heart attack. X Y Jet was more than a horse on my trained list, it was the one that took us through a wonderful and exciting roller coaster of emotions. He always fought against adversity and despite the injuries that affected him during his career, he always brought out that kind of champion he was.
“Beyond the racetracks, X Y Jet becomes part of my family, was like the older brother of my children and of course, that affection extended to all those who in one way or another related to this swift, mood, but noble racehorse.
“Since his arrival at my stable at the end of 2014, I immediately felt that connection with him, which remained until today and will surely remain with me until the day of my departure. I owe X Y Jet so much, that I'm sure there are no words that can specify my thanks to his nobility and class, I do not say goodbye to a horse, I say goodbye to a friend that I will carry forever in my heart.”
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