04/10/2015 6:01PM

Jack Milton takes Maker's 46 Mile

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Jack Milton and jockey Javier Castellano win the Maker's 46 Mile by 2 1/4 lengths Friday.

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Jack Milton might have been a disappointment in his first try this year, but not his second. Given a well-judged ride by Javier Castellano, the 5-year-old horse launched an explosive run from the back of the pack for a clear-cut victory Friday in the Grade 1, $300,000 Maker’s 46 Mile at Keeneland.

The beaten favorite in his seasonal debut at Gulfstream Park in February, Jack Milton relished the soft going when passing all six of his opponents in less than a quarter of a mile.

“I really like the way it set up today,” said Castellano.

Jack Milton, a Kentucky-bred by War Front, returned $11.20 as the third choice when finishing the two-turn mile in 1:36.30. Aripeka, a 9-1 shot, also ran on well to finish second, 2 1/4 lengths behind the winner and a head before the pacesetting Long On Value. Summer Front, the 13-10 favorite, had no mishap when finishing sixth.

Trained by Todd Pletcher for Gary Barber, Jack Milton reached peaked form last spring in winning the Grade 3 Poker at Belmont Park. After three defeats to end his 4-year-old campaign, he was given five months off before he returned to finish fourth behind Long On Value in the Grade 3 Canadian Turf at Gulfstream.

“I’m really happy for the horse,” Pletcher said by text message. “He’s a deserving Grade 1 winner. It’s great when it all comes together. This was the plan Gary and I talked about last September.”

Before an ontrack crowd of 14,069, and under partly sunny skies amid a spring chill, Long On Value cut out fractions of 23.89 seconds, 47.42, and 1:12 over a course that has been inundated with rain through the first week of this 15-day spring meet. Summer Front always had good position while tracking inside, while Jack Milton bided his time in last.

On the far turn, as Summer Front spun his wheels, Jack Milton began circling the field without urging. Passing the furlong pole while racing farthest outside, he had caught all but Long On Value, and with just vigorous hand-riding and one smack of the whip, he surged clear.

“I think they went pretty quick in front, and he really kicked for me,” said Castellano.

Bred by Cherry Valley Farm, Jack Milton earned $180,000 with his fifth win from 15 starts and now has a $751,161 bankroll.

The $2 exacta (7-4) paid $117.40, the $1 trifecta (7-4-2) returned $210.60, and the 10-cent superfecta (7-4-2-5) was worth $95.44.

Both Castellano and Pletcher won two other races earlier on a 10-race card, including one in which they teamed with Tapkee ($3) in the fourth, an off-the-turf maiden route.

tommy . More than 1 year ago
just goes to show you. T -- e-mailed me and I told him his VO2 and lactate tolerance was low so he need to understand the science. He also needed to get him away from Gulfstream
tommy . More than 1 year ago
I played Jack Milton on top and bottom with Carpe Diem. Dortmund doesn't stand a chance nor does Shared Belief
Paul McAleavey More than 1 year ago
What are you babbling about? Carpe Diem is a 3 year old dirt horse who won last week. Jack Milton is a so so turf horse. Then you bring up another 3 year old derby contender and a 4 year old whose a top the list of hoty leaders.
Amy Hurley More than 1 year ago
tommy is hallucinating, as usual. Makes you wonder if he has ANY idea what is going on...certainly, he doesn't catch many tickets if he doesn't even know who's running when and where.
tommy More than 1 year ago
I agree!!!!! Tommy doesn't cash any tickets !!!! I guess I created a tommy monster !!!!! So many phonies wana be tommy !!!!!
Lawrence MacSelwiney More than 1 year ago
Just shows you how he runs on real grass, albeit with some give in it. Not that GP sandbox.
Edward Nelson More than 1 year ago
Agreed, gulfstream turf hasn't been good this year
Lawrence MacSelwiney More than 1 year ago
So bad that if you drove a car behind a full field, you would need a paint job once you cross the line.
tommy More than 1 year ago
This shows pletcher has toes on keenland!! Jack Milton got destroyed at Gulf Stream and now he wins? Also carpe diem won on this track but he never won at gulfstream, Santa Anita, Belmont , aqueduct ???
Paul McAleavey More than 1 year ago
You need to learn to read and watch races. Jack Milton can't run at Gulfstream and got destroyed? Off a several month layoff he got beat 2 lengths, had a prior kernel and win as well as Belmont and won at Gulfstream.carpe Diem is a keeneland horse and can't win at Gulfstream? He's won twice at keeneland and has never run at Gulfstream. He's only lost once. He won at Saratoga and Tampa and was second in the Bc Juvenile at Santa Anita. Don't write nonsense and troll here. You make a fool of yourself.
Amy Hurley More than 1 year ago
Good reply, but tommy has never let facts get in the way of his deluded rantings. I'm surprised he didn't go on today about how all the races are fixed, VO2 max, etc. Very tired of this nonsense.
MsTBredRacing More than 1 year ago
You kind of have to laugh it off as he may just be legally mentally challenged. I can actually picture him as a spastic in real life. And we know it's wrong to make fun of those less fortunate. I also have a feeling it could be some jokester that works for the DRF. Anyone who rambles as he does can't be that stable nor have much keyboard skills. Lol
Lawrence MacSelwiney More than 1 year ago
You just made me laugh. Not easy to to do after going four for five in the pick five yesterday and being live twice to two horses. Thank you. I'm getting ready to take another swing though.