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WILD ABOUT JON SCORES AT AQUEDUCT

March 05, 2005 · By · Share

West Point's Wild About Jon broke his maiden by a lengthening two and three-quarter lengths at Aqueduct in his first New York start.

Our three-year-old son of Wild Again got away alertly under jockey Norberto Arroyo Jr. who then allowed him to use his early speed to seize the lead while on the rail after a quarter-mile in 23.2.  Another colt decided to hook up with Jon, and Arroyo actually let him stick his head in front of Jon falling a head back after a half-mile in 48.3.  Arroyo eventually gave Jon his head, and he struck back to the lead heading into the turn, however he was being challenged by the eventual runner-up who loomed large on the outside.  As they straightened away in the stretch, Arroyo set Jon down for the drive and he dug in not only fending off the challenge but gradually drawing off to widen his margin late.

Winning trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said, "He's been training well.  We just need to keep him going in the right direction.  This was a good first step."

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