X Y Jet continues winning ways in Gulfstream Park Sprint

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February 27th, 2016

X Y Jet is ready to take on the world in next month's Dubai Golden Shaheen (G1) after rolling to his fifth consecutive victory in Saturday's $100,000 Gulfstream Park Sprint (G3).

Under Emisael Jaramillo, X Y Jet bobbled slightly at the start but was still able to grab a half-length lead over Trouble Kid through an opening quarter in :21.84. The lead was extended to a length after a half in :43.92, but the best was yet to come from the gray son of Kantharos. Opening up a three-length lead in the stretch, X Y Jet had more than enough cushion to hold off a modest late bid from Candip to win by 1 1/4 lengths.

"They put pressure on him, but when they looked him in the eye, he got in the bridle," Jaramillo said. "When he turned for home, he got in a different gear. In the lane, it looked like he was waiting on horses, but he has so much class, when I called on him, he just drew away again.”

The 1-2 favorite in a field of seven, X Y Jet returned $3 after completing 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:15.95 on a fast track. Candip edged clear of Ready for Rye late to finish second by 1 1/2 lengths, while Ready for Rye just held third by a neck over Griff.

A share of X Y Jet was reportedly bought this week by Rockingham Ranch, which now co-owns the four-year-old gelding with Gelfenstein Farm. Trained by Jorge Navarro, X Y Jet heads to Meydan Racecourse in Dubai with three straight stakes tallies. Earlier in the meet, he captured the Mr. Prospector (G3) by 9 1/4 lengths and the $150,000 Sunshine Millions Sprint by 4 1/4 lengths.

Conducted over a straight six furlongs, the Golden Shaheen should be right in X Y Jet's wheelhouse. He'll ship to the Middle East for that $2 million event with a career mark of 14-6-5-1, $365,653.

“I'm going to keep him happy now,” Navarro said. “I'm going to go [to Dubai] and go on a vacation. I'm going to go on the 12th or the 13th [of March]. He's going to go on the 15th. I want to make sure I'm there before he gets there and everything is fine.”

In the opening event of the 13-race card, the $75,000 Texas Glitter, Manhattan Dan took command from the start and drew off to an impressive 5 1/4-length victory in the five-furlong grass test for three-year-olds.

Appearing to be under a snug hold by Javier Castellano, Manhattan Dan led by a length through an opening quarter of :21.49, was up three lengths after a half in :43.80 and finished up in :54.97 on firm ground. The 2-1 second choice in a field of nine, he paid $6.80.

Noholdingback Bear, also at 2-1 and the post-time favorite took over second approaching the quarter pole but could gain no additional ground. He finished 1 1/2 lengths ahead of Monster Bea for the place.

The turn back in distance undoubtedly aided Manhattan Dan, who is owned by Platinum Seven, Dan Guarino, and Runner Runner Investments. The son of Big Brown was a sharp, three-length maiden winner in his start, a 5 1/2-furlong turf sprint at Saratoga, but had struggled when stretched out. A tiring third in the one-mile Summer (G2) at Woodbine and six-furlong Futurity (G2) at Belmont, the Gary Contessa trainee then went unplaced in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) and Cecil B. DeMille (G3), both at one mile.

Manhattan Dan appears to have a bright future in races of this variety.

(Lauren King/Adam Coglianese Photography)