Jump Start's Rail Trip Punches Ticket To Breeders Cup Mile With G2 Win

RailTrip 800Grade I winner RAIL TRIP posted his first victory in more than two years when he outlasted a determined John Scott by a half-length in the $200,000 San Diego Handicap (gr. II) July 28 at Del Mar.

The 7-year-old JUMP START gelding also locked up a starting berth in the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) Nov. 3 at Santa Anita Park for his win in the San Diego, a "Win & You're In" event.

Searching for his first victory since the GII Californian S. for Ron Ellis in June of 2010, RAIL TRIP, coming into this race off a near-miss second to John Scott in an optional claimer at Betfair Hollywood Park June 28, met with that rival here once again, and tracked John Scott's modest pace off :25.13, :49.98, and 1:14.14. In the sprint from the quarter pole to the wire, RAIL TRIP gamely fought his way to the front in upper stretch and inched away late.

Bred in Kentucky by Donarra Thoroughbreds LLC, RAIL TRIP brought $200,000 as a Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July yearling in 2006. He is the first registered foal from the winning Carson City mare Sweet Trip, who is herself out of stakes victress Stellar Affair. Although his immediate family is short on graded laurels, Rail Trip descends from the same family as English champion sprinter Flirting Around, who scored his biggest career victory in the 1975 Group 1 King's Stand Stakes.

RAIL TRIP is likely for the $1 million Pacific Classic (gr. I) Aug. 26 against what is shaping up early as a stellar field.

JUMP START is one of the top sires in the Mid-Atlantic region with progeny earnings of nearly $2.5 million in 2012. His six stakes winners this year also include Gr. 3 Count Fleet H. winner OUTTA TUNE and NORTH FREEWAY.