Trilogy Stables’ homebred Yesbyjimminy earned his sixth consecutive score and the first graded stakes triumph of his career, as he shook off a pair of rivals at the top of the lane and cruised to an easy 2 3/4-length victory in the $100,000 Kenny Noe Jr. Handicap (gr. III) (VIDEO) Dec. 13 at Calder Race Course.
Under the handling of Elvis Trujillo, Yesbyjimminy stalked the early pace set by Flatter Me Blue, came on even terms with the pacesetter and fellow rival How’s Your Halo at the quarter-pole, and then pulled away from those two in the final furlong for yet another win.
The final time for seven furlongs on the dirt was 1:23.71. It’s a Bird rallied from far back to edge Hypocrite for second. How’s Your Halo was fourth in a field of eight sprinters.
Trained by Calder’s leading trainer Eddie Plesa Jr., Yesbyjimminy has earned each of his six consecutive wins at Calder (four of them stakes), and in fact, all 11 of his career triumphs have come there. The 4-year-old Yes It's True colt was bred in Florida.
“I can’t say I remember having a horse win six in a row, certainly not at this level,” Plesa said. “It took him a couple of races to find his best stride and get his confidence back when he came back this year after surgery.
“At least for the short term, his future will continue to be sprinting and we’re now looking at the Sunshine Millions next (at Santa Anita Jan. 24). I think we have to try it.”
Flatter Me Blue, with Rene Douglas aboard, guided the field through the early part of the Kenny Noe, clicking off splits of :22.44 and :45.31. How’s Your Halo pressed the leader through the backstretch along with Yesbyjimminy, who came three-wide on the turn to challenge. Yesbyjimminy took a narrow length advantage into the stretch before pulling away.
“The race unfolded more or less the way we expected it to,” Trujillo said. “The only change in our plan was being a little closer, sooner than we anticipated. Going down the backside there were some horses changing lanes and I had to let my horse out a notch to maintain position but, he still had more than enough to finish.”
Sent off as the 9-5 favorite, Yesbyjimminy paid $5.60, $3, and $2.40. The exacta (5-1) returned $20, with the trifecta (5-1-8) netting $55.
Yesbyjimminy is out of the Pentelicus mare Sisters Creek. He has now earned $563,940 from 21 starts.