X Y Jet Soars to Runaway Victory in Mr Prospector
Dec 19, 2015
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– Gelfenstein Farm’s X Y Jet broke running from the gate and never looked back, soaring to a 9 ¼-length victory in the 61st running of the $100,000 Mr. Prospector (G3) Saturday at Gulfstream Park.
The only sophomore in a field with six older horses, all of them multiple stakes winners including a trio of Grade 3 winners, X Y Jet was never challenged in running his win streak to three races, all over his elders.
It was the first career stakes win for X Y Jet ($6), a gray gelded son of Kantharos who finished second by a half-length in the Hutcheson (G3) Jan. 24 at Gulfstream. The winning time of 1:08.56 was just .42 seconds off the six-furlong track record set by 5-year-old Big Drama in 2011.
“We always thought this was a nice horse. I guess we rushed him into things and he wasn’t prepared to be doing the things that we’re doing right now,” winning trainer Jorge Navarro said. “I think he’s a nice horse; my next Private Zone.”
Private Zone was a Grade 1-winning sprinter for Navarro, who took over training for X Y Jet earlier this year. Last of six after stumbling and being eased down the stretch of the Swale (G2) in March, X Y Jet has won all three of his starts since returning to the races Sept. 20.
“The last two times he ran at Gulfstream Park he stumbled really bad. That’s my main issue with him,” Navarro said. “Now he’s a 3-year-old. He’s more mature. I told the jock to just break and go.”
Back off a front-running 4 ½-length victory Nov. 11 at Gulfstream Park West, jockey Emisael Jaramillo hustled X Y Jet to the front from post 5 and had early company from 2013 Mr. Prospector winner Singanothersong through a quarter-mile in 21.92 seconds.
X Y Jet extended his lead to 7 ½ lengths after a half in 44.29 and hit the top of the stretch with a 10 ½-length cushion over the Stanley Gold-trained pair of Grande Shores and Grade 3 winner C. Zee, who completed the triple. Defending Mr. Prospector champion Speechify, 7-5 favorite Stallwalkin’ Dude, Singanothersong and Weekend Hideaway completed the order of finish.
“I had a lot of confidence in the horse today,” Jaramillo said. “I was impressed with the way he ran last time and I’m even more impressed with him today.”
It was the first career win at Gulfstream Park for the Florida-bred X Y Jet, who had four seconds and a third in six previous tries.
“We’re going to take a look at how he comes out,” Navarro said. “Hopefully, everything comes out good and we’ll go from there.”