Axis, owned by Jubilee Stable, is by Saint Ballado, out of the unraced Moscow Tap, by Moscow Ballet. Moscow Tap's dam, Navy Knock, is a half-sister to Kentucky Derby winner Go For Gin. Jubilee Stable is a partnership of Gaines-Gentry Thoroughbreds, made up of Olin Gentry and Tom and Gloria Gaines. Jerry Bailey will ride the colt in the Hutcheson.In other 3-year-old news at Gulfstream, Harlan's Holiday, runner-up in the Holy Bull Stakes, breezed a half in :49 Wednesday in preparation for the Fountain of Youth Stakes.
Saturday's seven-furlong Hutcheson Stakes, recently more of a vehicle for non-Kentucky Derby horses, could provide a fascinating glimpse at the classic picture with the presence of the late-closing Maybry's Boy and the exciting prospect Axis. The undefeated Cashel Castle, originally pointing for the race, has returned to his home base in Ocala after suffering a filling in his right ankle following a half-mile breeze on Tuesday.While Maybry's Boy likes to come from well back, as he did in the recent Spectacular Bid Stakes at 6 furlongs, Axis has a good deal of tactical speed, which he used to score emphatic victories in a 5-furlong Turfway Park maiden race and a 6-furlong allowance race at Gulfstream. His combined margin of victory in those races was 9 1/2 lengths."He's progressed well through the fall and early winter and has the kind of pedigree that would indicate he's going to be able to get a distance of ground," trainer Elliott Walden said. "We were impressed with this horse when we bought him and he has done nothing to disappoint us."