LAUREL: JAXON TRAVELER HEADS JUVENILE FUTURITY NOMS
West Point Thoroughbreds and Melvin Delfiner’s Jaxon Traveler, undefeated through two starts, tops a list of seven last-out winners among 15 2-year-olds nominated to the $100,000 Maryland Juvenile Futurity Saturday, Dec. 5 at Laurel Park.
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Joining the Futurity on the Dec. 5 program is the $100,000 Maryland Juvenile Filly Championship, which attracted 20 nominations. Both races are restricted to Maryland-bred/sired horses and contested at seven furlongs.
Jaxon Traveler, by three-time Grade 2-winning sprinter Munnings, has raced exclusively in Maryland thus far with back-to-back front-running triumphs. He romped by 10 lengths in his Sept. 25 debut at Pimlico Race Course and returned a four-length optional claiming allowance winner Oct. 23 at Laurel under a hand ride, both with jockey Johan Rosado aboard.
From the barn of Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen, Jaxon Traveler has breezed four times since his most recent win including a bullet five furlongs in 1:01.01 Nov. 22 at Belmont Park, the fastest of 42 horses over the training track.
Also coming off wins are Ain’t Da Beer Cold, Alwaysinahurry, Full Dinner Jacket, Hello Hot Rod, Memory Bouquet and Tribal Notion. Ain’t Da Beer Cold broke his maiden at Laurel Aug. 7 and returned to beat winners Nov. 22 after finishing off the board in the Maryland Million Nursery.
Alwaysinhurry rallied to be second behind stablemate Kenny Had a Notion in the Oct. 24 Nursery, coming back two weeks later with a gutsy neck triumph against winners also at Laurel. Singlino and Latin Spice, respectively first and third in the 5 ½-furlong First State Dash Sept. 26 at Delaware Park, are also nominated.
Lucky 7 Stables’ Street Lute tops nominees to the Maryland Juvenile Filly Championship. The daughter of Street Magician, 2003 winner of the Hirsch Jacobs (G3) at Pimlico, has won three of her four starts including the Small Wonder Sept. 26 at Delaware and Smart Halo Nov. 14 at Laurel, her lone loss coming by a neck in the Maryland Million Lassie.
Barak Farm’s undefeated Miss Nondescript won the Lassie in her second career start and first with trainer Mike Trombetta after breaking her maiden in an off-the-turf maiden special weight Sept. 4 at Monmouth Park. She is by 2016 Laurel Dash winner Mosler, the leading freshman sire in the Mid-Atlantic region.
Also prominent among nominees are Trip to Freedom, third in the Lassie; Liam’s Missy, a 10 ½-length maiden special weight winner Oct. 31 in the Belmont Park mud; Oct. 23 Keeneland maiden special weight winner Maxine’s Tap Room; and Miss Leslie and Mit Mazel, both claimed out of last out wins by leading trainer Claudio Gonzalez.