FAVORED JAXON TRAVELER WIRES BACHELOR FIELD
HOT SPRINGS, AR (Saturday, April 24, 2021) – One race after finishing a narrow second in the Gazebo Stakes on March 20, West Point Thoroughbreds and Melvin Delfiner’s Jaxon Traveler, the 8-5 favorite, left nothing to chance with his gate to wire victory in Saturday’s $200,000 Bachelor Stakes.
Jaxon Traveler broke very alertly and went straight to the lead, setting fractions of :22 2/5 and :45 4/5 for the first half mile, while under pressure from longshot Sea to Success. The winner shook clear late in the turn and cruised home to a comfortable 2 ¾ length victory over his Steve Asmussen-trained stablemate Cazadero. Bob’s Edge closed from last to get third. The winning time was 1:10 over a fast track.
“He jumped out pretty good today,” winning jockey Francisco Arrieta said. “I just let him get clear on the lead. I got a little pressure and I just let him run. He’s a really nice horse and he did his job great.”
Jaxon Traveler, a 3-year-old Munnings colt, won for the fourth time in five career starts and has now earned $270,762. He returned $5.40, $3.60 and $2.40.
Live racing resumes Sunday with a 1 p.m. first post. Following Sunday’s card, there are just four days remaining in the 2021 live meet. Oaklawn will race Wednesday, April 28 – Saturday, May 1, Kentucky Derby Day.