Trainer Jorge Navarro didn't mince any words after Shancelot blazed six furlongs in 1:08.43 – the fastest time for that distance so far during the Monmouth Park meeting – in his second career start on Sunday.
“The best horse I've ever trained,” said the track's leading trainer.
The 3-year-old son of Shanghai Bobby-True Kiss by Is It True did it all on his own, too, cruising through fractions of :22.16 and :44.56 in posting a 6¼-length victory in the second race on the card.
Unraced at 2, Shancelot made his debut by winning a Maiden Special Weight race at Gulfstream Park on Feb. 16, beating Kentucky Derby starter and Florida Derby runner-up Bodexpress. He clocked in at 1:22.15 for that seven-furlong race.
Navarro called that “probably the best Maiden Special Weight race of the meet.”
In addition to beating Bodexpress that day, Shancelot also defeated Forth Worth, who won a Maiden Special Weight race at Aqueduct by 6 ¾ lengths in his next start, and Bandon Woods, who came back to win a Maiden Special Weight race at Keeneland by three lengths in his next start.
Only one other horse has clocked a sub-1:09 for six furlongs at the current meet: The Navarro-trained Li'l J, who went in 1:08.92 on May 27. The track record for the distance is 1:07.47, set by Idiot Proof on July 4, 2007.
Navarro said he would likely keep Shancelot sprinting.
Shancelot is out of the stakes winning Is It True mare True Kiss, making him a half-brother to $200,000-earner Little Baltar. From the family of millionaires Silver Max and sire Yes It's True, the colt was bred in Kentucky by Charles Muth and Patrick Murphy and commanded $50,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Select yearling sale. Pinhooked through OBS March, Shancelot brought $245,000.
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