By Steve Sherack
X Y Jet (Kantharos), narrow runner-up in both the 2016 and 2018 G1 Dubai Golden Shaheen, headlines a field of nine sprinters assembled for an optional claimer going six furlongs at Gulfstream Park Wednesday afternoon.
The 7-year-old hit the sidelines after posting his third win from four attempts in 2018 when capturing the GIII Smile Sprint S. in Hallandale June 30. He returned from the shelf with a fourth-place finish as the 1-2 favorite after dueling through wicked fractions in the Sunshine Millions Sprint S. last time Jan. 19.
The 3-5 morning-line favorite, owned by Rockingham Ranch and Gelfenstein Farm and trained by Jorge Navarro, is eyeing a return trip to the desert Mar. 30.
“I’m turning the page,” Navarro said in Gulfstream’s barn notes. “The horse came back good. Thinking about it, to me it was a good workout for the horse that day. He came back great. I want to go easy on him to get him ready for Dubai. Dubai is our main goal.”
Noble Indy (Take Charge Indy), a game winner of last spring’s GII Louisiana Derby, makes his first start since last summer as a first-time gelding and has bullet workouts for his return. The Repole Stable colorbearer was 17th in the GI Kentucky Derby and last of 10 in the GI Belmont S. He was last seen finishing a distant seventh in the GIII Dwyer S. July 7. TJCIS PPs