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My Boy Jack enters KY Derby picture; dam cost $8,000

My Boy Jack put himself firmly in the Kentucky Derby on Monday with an emphatic score in the $500,000 Grade 3 Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park. The son of Creative Cause is out of Gold N Shaft, bought for just $8,000 by Chad Schumer while in foal to the hot Cairo Prince at the 2016 Keeneland November Sale.

My Boy Jack made the most of an opening seam up the rail to score going away by four-and-a-half lengths from Combatant with the heavily favoured Mourinho floundering back in fourth. The Grade 1 Hopeful Stakes winner Sporting Chance was third.

It was only the second start on dirt for Keith Desormeaux’s colt, who had previously won the Zuma Beach Stakes on turf.

“Last time (in the Sham), he was quiet as a church mouse in the gate, but got very aggressive early and I was just skiing around there,” jockey Kent Desormeaux told the Blood-Horse. “When I turned him loose, he just galloped home. He didn’t power home like he did today. 

“The best part about the race is he’s going to a Derby. It may be the Arkansas Derby (G1), but he’s Derby bound.”

Bred by Brereton C. Jones in Kentucky, My Boy Jack is out of the Mineshaft mare Gold N Shaft, a daughter of the Grade 1-placed Gold N Delicious.

With his Southwest victory the colt earned 10 points on the Road to the Kentucky Derby, improved his record to two wins and four placings, and increased his earnings to $425,145.

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