Eaton Sales grad Jaxon Traveler rocketed out of the gate and never looked back as he won the $150,000 Maryland Sprint S. (G3) on May 21 at Pimlico on the Preakness Day card.
The 4-year-old is now a four-time stakes winner after scoring his first graded win on Saturday. He has placed in eight additional added-money events, racking up $571,310 in earnings.
Jaxon Traveler was originally sold at auction by Eaton Sale for $80,000 at the 2019 Keeneland September Yearling sale.
Jaxon Traveler took any potential early drama out of the six-furlong Sprint with a lightning-quick start. He covered the first quarter-mile in :22.95 and was up nearly two lengths after a half-mile in :45.55. Threes Over Deuces cut into the margin a bit in midstretch, but Jaxon Traveler re-asserted himself in the final furlong to win going away in 1:09.70 on a fast track.
“He’s just a beautiful, hard-trying horse. We thought it would be good to get him a graded stakes win for his resume because he just tries,” said Terry Finley, president and CEO of West Point Thoroughbreds, who owns the 4-year-old colt with Marvin Delfiner.
Jaxon Traveler was bred in Maryland, where he has won three of his four stakes, by Dr. and Mrs. Leonard Pineau.