The short stretch of Saturday's Grade 3 Lexington Stakes was a big question for late-running favorite My Boy Jack, but Kent Desormeaux timed his ride perfectly to hit the wire just a head in front of the 7-2 Telekinesis. Owned by Monomoy Stable and Don't Tell My Wife Stable, My Boy Jack earned 20 points toward the Kentucky Derby for his effort; his total of 52 points places him in the field for the Run for the Roses. A 3-year-old son of Creative Cause, the colt completed 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.22 for trainer Keith Desormeaux.
“He was very, very comfortable in his stride and that was pretty much a repeat of his last start,” said Desormeaux. “Fortunately I didn't grab a hot dog at the quarter pole and that made the difference.” (My Boy Jack closed from the back in the Louisiana Derby-G2 to finish third by three-quarters of a length.).
As expected, My Boy Jack was well back in the early going, in front of just one horse around the clubhouse turn. On the front end, Lilac fire survivor Greyvitos had a one-length lead through fractions of :23.38 and :47.11, just ahead of Gracida, Telekinesis and Navy Armed Guard.
Mid-way down the backstretch, Desormeaux started pushing his colt a bit, moving up two positions while well off the rail. Greyvitos tried to sneak away from the field, taking a two-length advantage nearing the five-sixteenths pole, but Telekinesis took advantage of a dream trip at the rail to draw even at the top of the stretch.
Four paths off the inside, My Boy Jack rounded the turn to find himself within three lengths of the leaders. Just as Telekinesis put away Greyvitos, My Boy Jack caught sight of that rival and dug in. Desormeaux had timed the ride perfectly, and My Boy Jack did just enough to finish first by a head. Telekinesis had to settle for second, while Pony Up came flying late to finish third. Greyvitos faded to fourth.
“Unbelievable,” said co-owner Kirk Godby. “Everyone knows we came here to get points and he got the job done today. We're just thrilled. When I saw (jockey) Kent (Desormeaux) bring him out down the backstretch and we were within six or seven lengths, I felt pretty good about it. I was just hoping he had the gas to get home in the short stretch.”
Bred in Kentucky by Brereton Jones, My Boy Jack was a $20,000 yearling at the Keeneland September sale. A busy Derby prep season has seen the colt run third in the Sham, win the Southwest, and finish third in the Louisiana Derby. The Lexington win brings My Boy Jack's record to 3-3-2 from nine starts, with earnings of over $640,000.
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