Jorge Navarro is a controversial guy, for all the wrong reasons, of course. But I will say this for Navarro; his horses are always turned out well and they hold their form, unlike some other trainers he could be compared to.
Several weeks ago, the man who has had some very good horses to train, said that Shancelot is the best horse he’s ever trained. On Sunday at Saratoga, the horse did all the talking. And what did he have to say?
I will win the G2 Amsterdam by 12-1/2 lengths running 6-1/2 furlongs in 1:14.01. And I’ll do that after posting fractions of 21.79, 43.94 and 1:07.63. Now Saratoga played fast this weekend; anyone who saw Imperial Hint’s track record 6 furlongs on Saturday knows this.
But it’s not a superhighway. Not all horses are posting out of the ordinary times; only the super freaks are running this kind of fast. Here’s what the connects of the undefeated Shancelot had to say after the race.
“Wow!” Navarro said. “To say what I said a month ago, that this is the best horse I’ve ever trained -you know, Private Zone was good. Sharp Azteca was good. X Y Jet is still good – going into the race…
“I knew he was running against some good horses, I thought, ‘am I going to be wrong?’ I guess not. The jockey jumped off and said, ‘Jorge, this was just a workout.’ He said, ‘I had so much in the bottom.’ I’ve never seen anything like it in my life.”
Said Emisael Jaramillo, up from South Florida for the ride: “He was excellent today. He did it easy. He was moving fast but he did it like it was normal. That’s him. He’s that talented. This is probably the best horse I’ve ever ridden in my life next to X Y Jet.”
“If everything comes out good,” continued Navarro, “[the Grade 1 Allen Jerkens] is where we’ll end up. We’ll go through everything with him, make sure everything is fine. That’s our plan.”
Ricardo Santana, aboard runner up Nitrous had this comment about his mount and the winner: “[Nitrous] is a horse who is doing better and better. The winner was a freak, that’s’ all I can say. To go 43 and 1:07 and close at 1:14, that’s something else.”
That’s the 3-for-3 3-year-old Shancealot; something else. If the more experienced two-turn divisional leaders don’t sort themselves definitively and this guy runs the table, ending with a Breeders’ Cup Sprint victory, a sprinter could win a divisional Eclipse Award. Now wouldn’t that be something else entirely?