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Jesus’ Team ‘Perfect’ in Key Breeze for Dubai World Cup
Jesus' Team (Credit: Jose D'Angelo)

Jesus’ Team ‘Perfect’ in Key Breeze for Dubai World Cup

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Grupo 7C Racing Stable’s Jesus’ Team breezed 6 furlongs at Palm Meadows Training Center Saturday morning, three weeks before the son of Tapiture is scheduled to run in the $12 million Dubai World Cup (G1).

“He went perfect, just like I wanted,” trainer Jose D’Angelo told Gulfstream Park officials. “He was spectacular on the gallop-out, faster than he finished. I think we’re going to have a great trip to Dubai with him.”

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Jesus’ Team was timed in 1:14.45 for his third breeze at Gulfstream Park’s satellite training center in Palm Beach County since finishing second behind Knicks Go in the $3 million Pegasus World Cup (G1) January 23 at Gulfstream.

“He’ll have one more work, an easy seven furlongs next week,” D’Angelo said. “This morning, I liked what I saw.”

Joel Rosario will have the mount aboard the multiple Grade 1 stakes-placed 4-year-old in the March 27 Dubai World Cup.

“I’m very happy to have Joel ride Jesus’ Team,” D’Angelo said. “Joel is a great rider.”

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Jesus’ Team, who broke his maiden for a $32,000 claiming price in his first start for D’Angelo at Gulfstream last March, has been stakes-placed in his last 6 starts, including a third-place finish in the October 3 Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico and second-place finishes behind Knicks Go in both the November 7 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) at Keeneland and the Pegasus World Cup.

Jesus’ Team is scheduled to leave Gulfstream for Dubai March 16, while his trainer plans to leave the day before.

“I want to be there when he gets there,” D’Angelo said.

At Gulfstream Park Saturday morning, 2020 Preakness winner Swiss Skydiver produced at bullet 5-furlong workout in preparation for her 2021 debut. The Kenny McPeek-trained 2020 Gulfstream Park Oaks (G1) winner was timed in 58.09 seconds, the fastest clocking of 39 at the distance.

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