By Shawn Rychling
A belated Happy Thanksgiving to all horse racing fans and horseplayers out there in the Interbets world! And since the “official” season is underway we will wish you a Merry Christmas. All of us here the NY Hot List hope you had a great Thanksgiving and stayed safe on Black Friday since it can be a little risky fighting the shoppers these days!
We have a few Thanksgiving leftovers to deal with here. There were a couple of horses that turned in great performances on the holiday that merit comment.
In race 4, the 2-year-old Jaye Jaye made his second start and was uber-impressive. Bred for the turf, the colt trained by Bill Mott stayed in the race after it was taken off the grass. He dueled with the 2/5 MTO favorite New York Hero for six furlongs before leaving him the dust and pulling away to a 3-length win. The final time wasn’t fast, but he is pointed to the turf over which he won he won his debut at Belmont on Oct. 12.
Jaye Jaye is the latest runner from Tom Egan’s Trinity Farm, a modest operation that is quietly putting together a solid stable of New York breds. The most successful so far is Macagone a 6-year-old by Artie Schiller out of the Skip Away mare Isabel Away that has eight wins in his career (29—8-3-5 overall), including two stakes wins and more than $530,000 in earnings.
In addition to Jaye Jaye (a Colonel John-Isabel Away colt), Trinity owns Red Knight. The 3-year-old colt was unraced at two, but is 3 for 4 in his young career with $122,000 in earnings. He is by Pure Prize out of Isabel Away. He lost his debut by a nose in an off-the-turfer, but is 3 for 3 on grass with impressive late rallies in all three. Keep an eye on Trinity Farm in 2018 with all three of these horses and with some younger ones still on the way!
The other impressive performance on Thanksgiving Day came from Stallwalkin’ Dude which put in an electrifying late rally to take the Fall Highweight. And he was the high weight carrying 134 pounds. The 7-year-old gelding trained by David Jacobson was dead last after 4 furlongs, but got going after turning for home and took off at the 3/16th pole. Jockey Joe Bravo deftly split horses and charged to victory. This race rarely disappoints, by the way.
Trained by David Jacobson, Stallwalkin’ Dude is a former claimer with an incredible 20 career victories in 59 starts and nearly $1.7 million in earnings. He left the claim ranks in 2015 and is a Grade-III winner and Grade-I placed. Have to like this horse as a closer in big stakes races.
Those are our delicious Thanksgiving leftovers and by the way, the Hot List gave you both Jaye Jaye and Stallwalkin’ Dude on top in our Thanksgiving Day picks.
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