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Q-Racing Blog: A Transformed Horse

Jetblack Dynasty is looking to create his own dynasty this year.

Jet Black Dynasty 2020 West Texas Derby trials

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LMG Racing Inc.’s Jetblack Dynasty is a transformed horse this year.

A year ago, the closest Jetblack Dynasty got to the winner’s circle from four starts was a fourth-place finish. Now he is the fastest qualifier to the venerable $184,225 West Texas Derby (G3), first run during the Lyndon Johnson administration in 1964 for a $2,500 purse. Jetblack Dynasty led four other horses into the finals from the last of six 400-yard trials.

Those four 2019 starts came in the trials for four Grade 1 futurities: the Ruidoso, the Rainbow, the All American and the Texas Classic. He earned $600 from those four trial starts, less than some of the payments to get him into the trials for those Grade 1 futurities.

Jetblack Dynasty even had trouble making it through the post parade. His past performances lines include comments like “Bit Fractious Parade” and “Reluctant Post Parade.”

It was not a promising beginning for him in this racing game.

“Last summer, his mind wasn’t ready,” trainer Mike Joiner said. “We tried a few things and took the blinkers off to get him through the post parade.”

Joiner is a trainer whose horses come to the track well started and well behaved. Just think of Flash And Roll, a champion each of the past two years for Mike and his son Justin. The Joiner outfit knows how to develop major Grade 1 horses.

A gelding by FDD Dynasty out of the Grade 1-placed mare Jetblack Gold Moment, Jetblack Dynasty was then turned out for 45 days after his Texas Classic Futurity trial. It was like he had a talk with himself about his racing career and determined he had better get his mind right if he was going to be a racehorse.

“We got him up and he came back a more mature horse,” Joiner said. “He decided to be a racehorse.”

The new Jetblack Dynasty made his 2020 debut in a Sunland Park maiden race. He went to the front and then drew out to a 1-length victory. While it was only a maiden race, it was a step forward for Jetblack Dynasty and prepared him for the West Texas Derby trials.

Facing a deeper field in his West Texas Derby trial, Jetblack Dynasty was best in the last half of the race to get the neck win victory in the top time of :19.857.

“He got bumped around and worked his way through that and went on,” Joiner said.

After being 0-for-4 in 2019, he is now 2-for-2 in 2020. Different year. Different horse.

Also qualifying from that trial were second-fastest qualifier No Sandbaggin, third-fastest qualifier Franklin Road, fifth-fastest qualifier A Valiant Zoomer and sixth-fastest qualifier Mathildas Storm.

Jetblack Dynasty is eligible for the Ruidoso Derby (G1), Rainbow Derby (G1) and the All American Derby (G1), so he will have to continue his improvement to be a danger at the Grade 1 level.

So far, it’s been a new outlook on this racehorse gig for Jetblack Dynasty.

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