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Navarro Says One Thing Sure in Swale


Though they’re still getting to know each other, trainer Jorge Navarro knows one thing for sure about X Y Jet, and he knows what they're going to try to do in the Swale Stakes.

“He’s a fast horse. He’s very fast,” Navarro said. “He’s one of the fastest 3-year-olds that we have right now in the nation. He’s so speedy.”

The son of Kantharos makes his third straight stakes start and second in graded company in Saturday’s Fasig-Tipton Swale. He's turned in a pair of sharp works in preparation for the Swale. Navarro took over his training in December.

“When we got him he was very green. The more we do with him, he’s getting to the point where he knows what he’s doing,” Navarro said. “He’s very mean and tough to train. I’m afraid of him. I’ll give him a lot of room. But, he’s doing really good. He’s training great for the race.”

In his most recent start, X Y Jet jumped out to the front and took the lead into the stretch before being overtaken by Barbados to finish second by a half-length in the Hutcheson Stakes. He was a neck shy of Catalina Red in the Pasco Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs in his debut for Navarro.

X Y Jet will carry jockey Edgard Zayas and 117 pounds from outside post 7 in the Swale, six pounds fewer than grade 1-winning topweight and program favorite Daredevil from post 1.

Navarro entered Friday’s card second in the Gulfstream Park trainer standings with 29 wins, eight behind 11-time defending champ Todd Pletcher, who trains Daredevil.

“It’s going to be a tough race,” Navarro said. “We’re going to do the same thing and go to the lead. We’re going to send him right to the lead and see if we can steal the race from the get-go. The horse is doing really good.”

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