Off the Jak, Golden Mystery take Sunshine Millions sprints
Bahamian Squall, the second choice at 3-1, finished a half-lengths clear of Little Drama, with Close It Out, Star Harbour, Black Diamond Cat, Cajun Breeze, County Gun, Hello Prince, Bernie the Maestro and Shock'emagain completing the order of finish. Quiz Whiz was scratched.
Off the Jak spent the better part of his early career in claimers and starter allowances, but elevated his game last fall with back-to-back allowance wins at Calder. A disappointing eighth in his stakes debut in the November 10 Jack Dudley Sprint, he rebounded with a second-place effort in the Claiming Crown Rapid Transit on Gulfstream's opening day. He entered the Sunshine Millions off a close second to Indiano at 17-1 in the Grade 3 Mr. Prospector on December 29. His record now stands at 18-4-7-2, $210,285.
"He's getting better and better. He's a nice horse," Shivananda Parbhoo said. "He's more relaxed every time he comes out. Coming to the race today the groom actually had to pull him to come over. But when he goes to the gate he's a totally different horse."
Bred in Florida by Big C Farm, Off the Jak was produced by the multiple stakes-place Quiet Lake, a daughter of Quiet American. Off the Jak descends from Grade 2 queen One Sum, a half-sister to 1981 Grade 1 Belmont winner Summing.
Emma's Encore rallied from the back of the pack to edge R Holiday Mood for second by a neck. Completing the order of finish were Wild Bout Tiffany, Isn't She Grand and Becausei'mworthit. Honey Chile was scratched.
Golden Mystery has been consigned to the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Winter Mixed Sale on February 11, and goes to sale with a record of 27-8-7-4, $450,223. Her lone previous stakes win occurred in the 2011 Mongo Queen at Monmouth Park, but she placed in five other stakes, including the Ocala and Grade 3 Sugar Swirl immediately before the Sunshine Millions.
Produced by the winning Saint Ballado mare Mysterious Angel, Golden Mystery is a half-sister to the Grade 3-placed Beloveda and to the dam of stakes winner Sinister Brew. Mysterious Angel is herself a half-sister to Group 3 winner Voyagers Quest and multiple stakes winner One By the Knows.
Golden Mystery, who was bred in Florida by Adena Springs, counts as her fifth dam Miss Request, the champion three-year-old filly of 1948.
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