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At age 6, Jaxon Traveler has rediscovered his best form. He picked up his second career graded stakes win, and third stakes win in his last four starts, Saturday, March 16 at Oaklawn Park, when he won the Whitmore-G3 at Oaklawn Park by a nose.

Jaxon Traveler entered the Whitmore off of a victory in the Bill Thomas Memorial at Sunland Park on Feb. 18. He capped 2023 with a win in the Zia Park Sprint on Nov. 28, with a fifth-place finish in the King Cotton in between those two victories in New Mexico. He went off as the 5-1 third choice in the five-horse Whitmore field, with 6-5 co-favorites Ryvit and 2023 Whitmore winner Tejano Twist capturing the vast majority of the public’s attention.

Breaking from the outside post position, Jaxon Traveler began well and drafted off the pace while Ryvit and Surveillance battled early on. The two ripped off a first quarter in :22.41, and Jaxon Traveler soon moved to engage. He put a head in front in the three-path as they raced by a half-mile in :46.32 and maintained a narrow advantage in the stretch. Tejano Twist, who had rated in last, well off the pace in the early stages, made his move. Jaxon Traveler dug in in the final sixteenth, and the wire came just in time to secure the victory. He covered six furlongs on a fast main track in 1:10.04.

The Whitmore win improved Jaxon Traveler’s record to 9-7-5 in 28 starts, with earnings of $891,849, putting him closer to becoming the next Maryland-bred millionaire. The seven-time stakes winner scored his first graded win in the 2022 Maryland Sprint Stakes-G3 at Pimlico.

Jaxon Traveler is owned by West Point Thoroughbreds and trained by Steve Asmussen. He was purchased for $140,000 by West Point at the OBS April Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale in 2020. That was the second time he sold at auction; he previously went for $80,000 to Grassroots Training & Sales at the 2019 Keeneland September Sale.

A son of Munnings, Jaxon Traveler was bred by Dr. and Mrs. A. Leonard Pineau. He’s out of the After Market mare Listen Boy, a Sagamore Farm homebred who earned $61,950 in her nine-race career and was stakes-placed. The Pineaus purchased Listen Boy for $26,000 carrying her second foal in November 2015.

All six of Listen Boy’s foals of racing age are winners, including her first, Nuclear Option (First Defence), an 11-time winner of $423,951, and My Candy Girl (Twirling Candy), a six-time winner of $222,831. Current 3-year-old Brysons Option (Cross Traffic) broke his maiden at Laurel Park on Dec. 16. Listen Boy’s most recent foal is an unnamed 2-year-old colt by Liam’s Map. A mating to Union Rags for 2023 did not produce a foal; she was bred to Jack Christopher for 2024.

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