On the Kentucky Derby bubble with 34 points heading into Saturday’s GIII Stonestreet Lexington S., My Boy Jack (Creative Cause) shipped into town looking for path of least resistance. The colt, who looked every bit the winner of the GII Louisiana Derby last time, only to hang in the dying strides, came with a sustained run from the back of the pack and outslugged ‘TDN Rising Star Telekinesis (Ghostzapper) to punch his ticket to Louisville in three weeks’ time. Pony Up (Aikenite) was a late-on-the-scene third.
Drawn widest in this field of 12, My Boy Jack, who touched 4-5 in the early stages of the wagering, broke more or less on terms, but was neatly shifted down towards the fence prior to the entrance to the first turn and was content to race last but one as Greyvitos (Malibu Moon), making his first start since winning last year’s Springboard Mile S., galloped them along on a pace that was comfortable enough. The latter raced in about the two path on the backstretch, and that allowed Telekinesis to slide up to Greyvitos’s saddle towel at the 4 1/2-furlong marker, but the grey was clearly back in front entering the second bend. Meanwhile, My Boy Jack had begun to pick off horses and was into about sixth position at the quarter pole, but was in the midst of a run similar to the one he’d made last time at the Fair Grounds. Telekinesis, literally scraping paint to the inside of a tiring Greyvitos, hit the front nearing the eighth pole, but whereas My Boy Jack couldn’t quite seal the deal last time, he stuck to it and claimed a game Telekinesis in the final 20 yards.
Winner of the grassy Zuma Beach S. and seventh, beaten three in the GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf, My Boy Jack was a distant third to ‘TDN Rising Star’ McKinzie (Street Sense) in the GIII Sham S. Jan. 6 ahead of a 4 1/2-length score in the GIII Southwest S. Feb. 19.
A $14,000 Keeneland November buyback, My Boy Jack was a $20,000 graduate of the 2016 Keeneland September sale and is a maternal grandson of Gold N Delicious (Gold Alert), who carries the silks of John Franks to victory in the 1997 Fleur de Lis H. a year after finishing second at odds of 34-1 to My Flag (Easy Goer) in the GI Coaching Club American Oaks when it was contested over 10 furlongs. Gold N Delicious was also responsible for SW Precious Kiss (Kissin Kris) and GSP Cat Alert (Tabasco Cat). Gold N Shaft is the dam of the 2-year-old filly Play For Gold (Cairo Prince) and a yearling filly by that Airdrie stallion after selling with that foal in utero for $8,000 at KEENOV in late 2016. Gold N Shaft produced a filly by The Visualiser (Giant’s Causeway) this past January.
STONESTREET LEXINGTON S.-GIII, $200,000, KEE, 4-14, 3yo, 1 1/16m, 1:44.22, ft.
1–MY BOY JACK, 120, c, 3, by Creative Cause
1st Dam: Gold N Shaft, by Mineshaft
2nd Dam: Gold n Delicious, by Gold Alert
3rd Dam: Beth’s Song, by Quadratic
($14,000 RNA Wlg ’15 KEENOV; $20,000 Ylg ’16 KEESEP).
O-Don’t Tell My Wife Stables and Monomoy Stables, LLC;
B-Brereton C. Jones (KY); T-J. Keith Desormeaux; J-Kent J.
Desormeaux. $120,000. Lifetime Record: 10-3-3-2, $645,145.
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Rating: A. 2–Telekinesis, 118, c, 3, Ghostzapper–Intentional Cry, by Street
Cry (Ire). ‘TDN Rising Star’. ($470,000 Wlg ’15 KEENOV).
O-Stonestreet Stables LLC; B-William D. Graham (ON); T-Mark
E. Casse. $40,000.3–Pony Up, 118, c, 3, Aikenite–A. P. Petal, by A.P. Indy.
O/B-Calumet Farm (KY); T-Todd A. Pletcher. $20,000.
Margins: HD, 2HF, HF. Odds: 1.50, 3.70, 5.50.
Also Ran: Greyvitos, Seven Trumpets, Zanesville, Honor Up, Navy Armed Guard, Gracida, Arched Feather. Scratched: Battle At Sea, Magicalmeister. Click for the Equibase.com chart, the TJCIS.com PPs or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.