TDN Top Triple Crown Contenders

Happy Jack

20) HAPPY JACK (c, Oxbow–Tapitstry, by Tapit) O/B-Calumet Farm (KY). T-Doug F. O'Neill. Sales History: $0 RNA wlg '19 KEENOV. Lifetime Record: GISP, 4-1-0-2, $182,200. Last Start: 3rd GI Runhappy Santa Anita Derby. KY Derby Points: 30. Post 2, 30-1.

Blinkers were removed then added over the past several races, and will now come off again for Happy Jack, a Calumet Farm homebred who got buried down in post two after qualifying for the Derby with points earned by running a distant third in the Santa Anita Derby. He broke his maiden sprinting in a 24-1 debut on Lasix, but has been trounced by 49 1/2 lengths in three subsequent non-Lasix stakes routes. Sire Oxbow won the 2013 GI Preakness S. for Calumet at 15-1 odds, and Happy Jack is out of a Tapit mare, so bloodlines are theoretically in his favor. Jockey Rafael Bejarano is 0-for-11 in the Derby.


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