Monday, May 22, 2023
The honor of getting the first 2023 winner by a Florida freshman stallion goes to Journeyman Stud's St. Patrick's Day, a son of Pioneerof the Nile and a full brother to 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah.
Jive, a 2-year-old colt bred by Jennifer A. & Gillian K. Johnson, won a $65,000 maiden special at Gulfstream Park and collected a healthy check for $43,000. He was a $23,000 OBS Winter purchase by Brian Cohen out of Richard Kent's Kaizan Sales consignment.
With Edwin Gonzalez aboard, Jive rushed up to contest the pace in the two path at the first quarter, battled head-and-head around the turn, and proved best at the wire by three-quarters of a length. He was clocked in 1:00.20 for the five furlongs and received an Equibase 'E' speed rating of 80.
Journeyman Stud's Khozan was easily Florida's leading freshman sire in 2019 with 18 winners and progeny earnings of $1,258,512, and has been the state's leading general sire every year since.
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