Third Time’s The Charm? ‘Fragile’ X Y Jet Again Aims For Dubai Golden Shaheen

by | 01.05.2019 | 5:48pm
X Y Jet and trainer Jorge Navarro after their Smile Sprint triumph

Multiple graded-stakes winner X Y Jet breezed five furlongs Saturday morning for a planned start in the $100,000 Sunshine Millions Sprint Jan. 19 at Gulfstream Park.

The popular 7-year-old gray gelding broke from the starting gate under Emisael Jaramillo and covered the distance in 1:00 at Palm Meadows, Gulfstream Park's satellite training center in Palm Beach County.

“We're very happy, very happy. He's a horse, when you want to do something with him, you have to make sure that everything goes right with him. Today, he had a super workout – a minute flat from the gate,” trainer Jorge Navarro said. “He came back great. Cooled out quick. He cooled out within 15 minutes.”

X Y Jet hasn't run since winning the $250,000 Smile Sprint (G3) by 2 ½ lengths at Gulfstream on the June 30 Summit of Speed program.

Navarro had hoped to run X Y Jet in the Nov. 3 Breeders' Cup Sprint (G1) at Churchill Downs but, unhappy with the way he came out of his final workout, ruled him out of the race the day before entries were to be taken.

“There is no doubt that he's very fragile. You have to be very careful with him and keep him happy. I've had him so long, I know when he wants to do something and he lets me know 'Jorge slow down with me,'” Navarro said. “Everything with X Y Jet is about details. You have to pay attention to him. The main thing is keeping him happy, and right now, he's very, very happy.”

Navarro hopes the six-furlong Sunshine Millions Sprint, won by X Y Jet in 2016 and 2018, will serve as a springboard for a start in the Dubai Golden Shaheen (G1), a race in which the son of Kantharos has finished second twice.

“This was our main workout today. Next week, we'll do something nice and easy. We're looking forward to the Sunshine Millions. The work today, I think will get him to that race,” Navarro said. “Then, we'll look around, give him another 45 days and look around for another spot and then we'll try Dubai for a third time. Maybe this is the one.”

X Y Jet, owned by Gelfenstein Farm and Rockingham Ranch, has won 10 of 22 starts and more than $1.5 million in purses.

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