ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 9, 2017)–Far back early in a field of 10, My Boy Jack had two horses beat with three furlongs to run but rallied four-wide at the top of the stretch to overtake favored Count Alexander and take Monday’s $100,000 Zuma Beach Stakes by three quarters of a length under Kent Desormeaux. Trained by his brother Keith, My Boy Jack got a mile on turf in 1:33.84.
“He’s a nice little juvenile,” said Kent Desormeaux. “He couldn’t have had a more eventful trip the first quarter of a mile. A horse bolted on the first turn (number one, Restrainedvengence, who was rank at the rail and had to steady off heels) and he really lost a lot of his action. His athletic ability is tremendous to be able to get his legs underneath him after that.
“Going down the backside, he was just cruising again. He’s got a scintillating turn of foot and is a very good horse. He belongs in the Breeders’ Cup (Juvenile Turf, Nov. 3).”
A close second in his last three starts, all at one mile on turf, My Boy Jack was winless from four starts coming into today. Off at 9-2, My Boy Jack, a Kentucky-bred colt by Creative Cause, paid $11.60, $4.80 and $3.00.
“He’s been sitting on a win and with maturity, he chose the right time to show it today,” said Keith. “I hope this win set him up for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf. That’s what we strive for, so if they let us in, we’re running.”
Owned by Don’t Tell My Wife Stables or Monomoy Stables, LLC, My Boy Jack picked up $60,000 for the win, increasing his earnings to $103,145.
Ridden by Corey Nakatani, Count Alexander, who came off a close fourth place finish in a Grade II, one mile turf stakes at Woodbine Sept. 17, was a close third turning for home, but was no match for the winner late, finishing second, a half length in front of longshot Armour Plate.
Off as the 8-5 favorite, Count Alexander paid $3.80 and $3.00.
Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Armour Plate sat second to 72-1 shot For Him to the top of the stretch and proved third best on the day, finishing 1 ½ lengths in front of the pacesetter. Off at 32-1, Armour Plate paid $11.80 to show.
Fractions on the race were 22.45, 45.62, 1:09.72 and 1:21.92.
PHOTO: Starter Jay Slender presents the Zuma Beach Stakes trophy, a custom surfboard provided by Ray Moss Custom Surfboards and Dream Flag Productions.
Zoe Metz Photography