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My Boy Jack confirms spot in KY Derby; dam bought for $8,000

My Boy Jack secured his spot in the Kentucky Derby on Saturday with a thrilling success in the G3 Lexington Stakes at Keeneland.

The Creative Cause colt has consistently proven that he belongs among the best of his generation, one of the strongest sophomore groups seen in American for years, but was on the cusp of gaining a start in the Kentucky Derby as the earner of 32 points going into Saturday’s race. Those doubts, however, were erased with yet another classy performance from Keith Desormeaux’s charge, whose trademark startling mid-race kick propelled him to a cosy victory over Telekinesis.

“Unbelievable. Everyone knows we came here to get points, and he got the job done today,” Kirk Godby, whose Don’t Tell My Wife Stables co-owns My Boy Jack with Sol Kumin’s Monomoy Stables, told reporters. “We’re just thrilled. When I saw Kent bring him out down the backstretch and we were within six or seven lengths, I felt pretty good about it. I was just hoping he had the gas to get home in the short stretch.”

Previously successful in the $500,000 G3 Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park and an unlucky third in the G1 Louisiana Derby, My Boy Jack now boasts earnings of $645,145.

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.

Gold N Shaft was bought for just $8,000 by Chad Schumer while in foal to the hot Cairo Prince at the 2016 Keeneland November Sale.

She has a two-year-old Cairo Prince filly named Play For Gold, a yearling filly by the same stallion and a filly foal by The Visualiser.

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