Jaxon Traveler reignited his career and became a stakes winner for the fourth season in a row Tuesday when he sped to a 5 1/2-length romp in the $100,000 Zia Park Sprint in New Mexico. In the process, “Jaxon” accounted for the 1,100th all-time win for West Point Thoroughbreds.
Jockey Joel Rosario reunited with Jaxon Traveler for the first time since their Grade 3 triumph on Preakness Day in the Maryland Sprint at Pimlico in May 2022. At Zia, Joel came with four stakes wins on Zia’s biggest card of the year. He got Jaxon to break extra sharp from the outside post and the Maryland-bred 5-year-old was loaded going into the turn when he took command and kicked away late to complete six furlongs in a razor-fast 1:07.37, just a tick off the track record.
Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen has done masterful work with Jaxon Traveler, a two-time Maryland champion who equaled his career-best with a 97 Beyer Speed Figure. He has now won seven times in 25 starts and earned $675,699.
Jaxon Traveler delivered West Point’s 81st win of 2023 and 2-year-old filly Independenceavenue pounced for #82 on Wednesday in a grass allowance at Tampa Bay Downs.
West Point CEO Terry Finley said, “Our goal is to get to 90 by the end of 2023. We’ll get it done. Thank you to every partner in the West Point Family. Everything starts with our horses and our partners. Much Gratitude from the WPT Team.”
Trained by Arnaud Delacour, Independenceavenue owns two wins and a second from three starts and will likely head to stakes this winter between Tampa and Gulfstream Park. She was a $50,000 purchase through bloodstock agent David Ingordo at the OBS June sale of two-year-olds in training.
David and West Point also found Jaxon Traveler as a 2-year-old at OBS, during the April sale in 2020.