Happy Jack: Preakness contender profile

May 18th, 2022

Happy Jack was slow into stride and failed to make any impact in the Kentucky Derby, checking in 14th at 23-1 odds. He had placed in a pair of fast races, recording non-threatening thirds in the Santa Anita Derby (G1) and San Felipe (G2), and the Kentucky-bred colt recorded a debut maiden win at Santa Anita in late January. Connections are drawing a line through the Kentucky Derby effort, and adding blinkers to the late runner, and Happy Jack has been pegged as a 30-1 outsider in the Preakness.

Happy Jack Speed Figures

Top Brisnet Speed: 97, Santa Anita Derby

Top Brisnet Late Pace: 95, Santa Anita Derby

Happy Jack Pedigree

Sire: Oxbow

Happy Jack is by 2013 Preakness winner Oxbow, who was also campaigned by Calumet. Oxbow’s most accomplished offspring so far, Grade 1-winning millionaire Hot Rod Charlie, was second in the 2021 Kentucky Derby for O’Neill.

Dam: Tapitstry

Her first two foals were winners, and Happy Jack is the first stakes-placed runner from the Tapit mare Tapitstry. Happy Jack counts Chic Sheba, a daughter of 1988 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Alysheba, as his second maternal dam.

Happy Jack Connections

Owner: Calumet Farm

Happy Jack is a homebred for iconic Calumet Farm, which leads all owners with eight Preakness wins, including the 2013 edition with Oxbow under Brad Kelley’s stewardship.

Trainer: Doug O’Neill

Doug O’Neill swept the Kentucky Derby and Preakness with I’ll Have Another in 2012, and the Southern California-based conditioner finished third with 2016 Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist. Happy Jack will be his fifth Preakness starter.

Jockey: Tyler Gaffalione

In his lone previous appearance, Tyler Gaffalione piloted War of Will to a 6-1 upset in the 2019 Preakness. He will take over the reins aboard Happy Jack.

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