10/02/2010 9:29PM

Oak Tree: Jaycito is growing up


Jaycito won the Grade 1 Norfolk Stakes in his third career start on Saturday despite a wide trip and the presence of the four-time sprint stakes winner J P's Gusto, who ran a game second.

Ridden by Mike Smith, Jaycito was four-wide on the backstretch and turn and continuously made progress in the final furlong, displaying the sort of form that indicates he will be effective around two turns. Trainer Mike Mitchell said the Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Churchill Downs on Nov. 6 may be Jaycito's next start. The Norfolk was Jaycito's first win.

J P's Gusto beat Jaycito in the Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity over seven furlongs on Sept. 8. In the Norfolk, J P's Gusto broke from the rail, was bumped coming out of the gate and settled on the outside of pacesetter Clearance Clarence for the first half-mile. He was head-and-head with 71-1 Clearance Clarence on the backstretch and turn, led by a length in the stretch and was beaten by that margin.

J P's Gusto is by Successful Appeal, bloodlines that suggest he is best as a sprinter. Trainer David Hofmans has repeatedly complimented the colt's mental approach to racing in recent months, and that attitude could make J P's Gusto effective around two turns in his career.