X Y Jet lights up Gulfstream again in Sunshine Millions

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January 16th, 2016

Four weeks after obliterating six rivals in the Mr. Prospector (G3), X Y Jet turned in a flashy encore in Saturday's $150,000 Sunshine Millions Sprint at Gulfstream Park.

Under Emissael Jaramillo, the 3-5 favorite took the lead at the start, increased his advantage setting a wicked pace of :21.71 and :43.96, and drew off in the lane to win by 4 1/4 lengths in a time of 1:08.58 for six furlongs on a fast track. X Y Jet paid $3.20.

Wildcat Red, the second choice in a field of eight Florida-breds, finished second, 3 1/2 lengths ahead of C. Zee.

"Wow. Just wow," winning trainer Jorge Navarro said. "He broke kind of slow, which made me a little nervous, but he was coming from the eight hole so he didn't have enough time to be right there. He's just a super horse. He's a fast, fast horse."

The Sunshine Millions Sprint was the second straight stakes win and fourth consecutive overall for X Y Jet, who preceded his 9 1/4-length win in the December 19 Mr. Prospector with allowance wins at Monmouth Park and Gulfstream Park West. The gray son of Kantharos is owned by Gelfenstein Stable.

The $100,000 Gulfstream Park Sprint (G3), a 6 1/2-furlong event on February 27, could be on the agenda, but the four-year-old gelding is going so good now that a potentially lucrative overseas jaunt to Dubai for the $2 million Golden Shaheen (G1) in late March might be worthwhile.

In the day's most lucrative event, Team Valor's Mexikoma wore down long-time leader Mr. Jordan to register his first stakes win in the $250,000 Sunshine Millions Classic.

Trained by Michael Dilger and ridden by John Velazquez, Mexikoma finished 1 1/2 lengths clear of Mr. Jordan, with Catholic Cowboy 12 lengths behind in third. The 13-10 favorite, Mexikoma paid $4.60 after completing nine furlongs in 1:48.19.

A five-year-old son of Birdstone, Mexikoma broke his maiden by 14 3/4 lengths at Delaware Park at two, an effort so impressive he was entered in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) in his next start. Sixth beaten less than four lengths, he placed in two allowances at three before hitting the sidelines for 13 months.

Returning to action last June, Mexikoma won two of three allowance attempts, but went unplaced in the $100,000 Alydar at Saratoga and fifth in the $100,000 Harlan's Holiday at Gulfstream in two stakes attempts.

In the $200,000 Sunshine Millions Distaff, Mom'z Laugh repelled favorite You Bought Her in the final furlong to take the seven-furlong test by a head under Javier Castellano. The 5-1 chance paid $12 after completing the distance in 1:22.96. It was 5 1/2 lengths back to Legal Laura in third.

Owned by A Bianco Holding and trained by Marcus Vitali, Mom'z Laugh was entering off a four-length, open first-level allowance win December 16. The four-year-old daughter of Leroidesanimaux had been eased in her only previous stakes attempt last October.

(Adam Coglianese Photography)