After finishing second in the 2016 and 2018 editions of the G1 Dubai Golden Shaheen, Rockingham Ranch and Gelfenstein Farm's X Y Jet finally got the win in the $2.5 million sprint on Dubai World Cup night at Meydan. The 7-year-old son of Kantharos sped six furlongs in 1:10.75 under Emisael Jaramillo, defeating Matera Sky by 1 1/2 lengths while Imperial Hint finished third.
X Y Jet paid $4.60 to win in the U.S. pools.
It was an especially emotional victory for trainer Jorge Navarro, who has brought the gelding through three knee surgeries to the best form of his career.
“I don't know what I'm feeling right now,” Navarro said. “I guess it will hit me later on. I do feel a lot of pride in my horse. They knocked him and they forgot he lost twice here by a nose. But he did it today. He won the race and he was the best against the best horses here tonight.”
Jaramillo hustled X Y Jet from the gate and immediately took command of the race with Matera Sky, piloted by Yutake Take, applying pressure through an opening quarter in 24.34 seconds.
X Y Jet maintained his advantage into the turn as Matera Sky tried to keep pace with Imperial Hint saving ground in third. As the field straightened away, Matera Sky again took aim at the pacesetter, but X Y Jet found another gear and flew home a length and a half winner.
A game and determined Matera Sky stayed on for second, a half-length in front of Imperial Hint. Promises Fulfilled rallied belatedly up the rail to finish fourth with Drafted, Fight Hero, Nine Below Zero, Switzerland, and Tato Key completing the order of finish. Roy H was a nonstarter.
X Y Jet, bred in Florida by Didier Plasencia, improved his record to 12-7-2 from 24 starts, while banking US $1.5 million to bring his bankroll to $3,095,513.
“I can't believe he did it,” said co-owner Brian Trump of Rockingham Ranch. “Defeat in the past has made this victory that much sweeter. Today, it was his time. It was obviously disappointing when Roy H came out, but when this horse is on his game, he's very hard to beat in anything he contests. He looked very strong the entire way around, he was in the position he needed to be in, but seeing him cross that line was so exciting. He's such a special horse and the team has done a tremendous job with him.”
— Meydan Racing (@MeydanRacing) March 30, 2019
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