Q-Racing Blog: Jack Is on His Way

Q-Racing Blog: Jack Is on His Way

Does this top-producing racing family have another jewel to unveil?

LS Jacks Back. PHOTO: Dustin Orona Photography/Remington Park

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By Ty Wyant

LS Jacks Back is on his way to the finals of the $1,354,980 Heritage Place Futurity (G1) as a probable favorite after a scintillating win while making his debut in his trial.

Jack Smith Farms’ LS Jacks Back won by an overwhelming 3 lengths. His 350-yard time was :17.861, while slicing through a 16-mile-per-hour headwind, was the quickest time from the 11 trials on the first of two nights of trials. He was also the overall fastest qualifier from all the trials.

The finals are scheduled for May 29 during the closing weekend of the Remington Park season.

“We’re really, really happy,” said trainer John Stinebaugh. “In the trial was the first time that he felt a stick. He’s just faster than other horses. He has been that way all the way through. That little horse keeps getting better and better.”

While LS Jacks Back was making his first start in the trials, he was knocked down to 6-5 favoritism. Obviously, the word that he is “just faster than other horses” had gotten around.

His reputation came from his two training races, one at Retama Park on March 16 and the second on April 21 at Remington Park. It was easy to decipher that he was fast.

At Retama Park, he was timed in :13.82 for 250 yards, which was the quickest time from the 89 horses in the training races.

“All we wanted to do was get some experience in him in the training race,” Stinebaugh said. “He was broke and had worked only one time.”

At Remington Park, LS Jacks Back was again on top. He handily won his training race. His :13.30 time from 104 prospects was the top time.

“It was the only time he broke from the gate since the Retama training race,” Stinebaugh said. “We just wanted to sharpen him up for the trials.”

The old expression “blood tells” is true with LS Jacks Back.

LS Jacks Back is by Corona Cartel and out of 2012 champion 2-year-old filly PJ Chick In Black, who won eight of her first nine starts.

PJ Chick In Black’s only setback during that span came in the All American Futurity (G1) as the 7-10 favorite when she finished sixth behind eventual world champion One Dashing Eagle.

A daughter of Desirio, PJ Chick In Black won the Ruidoso Futurity (G1), New Mexican Spring Futurity (RG2), West Texas Derby (G3) and set the All American Futurity fastest qualifying time of :21.081 for 440 yards while winning by 5 3/4 lengths. She retired with earnings of $652,081.

PJ Chick In Black has continued her success as a broodmare. She produced Sooner State Stakes (RG1) winner and $652,081 earner Hes Limitless, a full brother to LS Jacks Back. He was fourth in the 2017 All American Futurity (G1), second in the Rainbow Derby (G1) and third in the Texas Classic Derby (G1), The Championship at Sunland Park (G1), All American Gold Cup (G1) and the Eastex Stakes (G2). “He was laid back and a tried-and-true racehorse,” Stinebaugh said.

In addition to Hes Limitless, PJ Chick In Black has produced Flashing My PJs. The First Moonflash filly has won two of four starts and qualified for last year’s All American Futurity (G1).

There is a full brother to LS Jacks Back that should be on your horses to watch list. His name is Secret Romeo and was foaled on the same day as LS Jacks Back. Early in their training, Stinebaugh thought that Secret Romeo may be the best of the brothers. Then Secret Romeo developed a cyst on his stifle and was sidelined while they address the issue to ensure his soundness. He is due to return this summer.

All of the Stinebaugh youngsters, from the day they first wear a saddle, are pointed at the All American Futurity. Every other race is a step toward that goal. LS Jacks Back is taking big steps.

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