Joseph preparing well-bred Action Jackson for debut at Aqueduct

Joseph preparing well-bred Action Jackson for debut at Aqueduct
Photo: Lauren King/Gulfstream Park
Trainer Saffie Joseph, Jr. will debut the well-bred Action Jackson in Saturday’s second race at the Big A, a 1 1/16-mile maiden special weight on the inner turf for New York-bred juveniles.

By Union Rags, the Lawrence Goichman homebred is out of the multiple graded stakes winning Distant View mare J’ray.

“He’s trained OK and he’s a good-looking horse,” said Joseph, Jr. “On the dam side, he’s all turf but Union Rags tends to get more dirt runners. We’ll give him a start and see how he fits in.”

Action Jackson has trained into his debut at Palm Meadows Training Center in Boynton Beach, Florida, where he posted a half-mile breeze in 48.15 seconds on the dirt on Nov. 14.


Joseph, Jr. said jockey Jose Lezcano is likely to sit a stalking trip on Saturday aboard Action Jackson, who is listed at 10-1 on the morning line.

“In the morning, he seems more steady than quick in that regard,” said Joseph, Jr. “He’s even paced, so I think he would sit mid-pack. If he runs to the dam, he’ll be alright.”

An overflow field of talented New York-bred juveniles for Saturday’s second race includes Repole Stable’s Vodka Lemonade, who is looking to improve at second asking for trainer Mike Maker from a runner-up debut effort and Waterville Lake Stable’s first time starter Straw Into Gold, a half-brother to multiple stakes winner Sea Foam. By Hard Spun, the Christophe Clement-trained Straw Into Gold is out of the graded stakes winning Unbridled’s Song mare Strike It Rich.

A native of Barbados who began training in south Florida in 2011, Joseph, Jr. brought a string of horses to Saratoga for the first time this summer posting a modest record of 17-2-2-2. His stable stars at the Spa included Tonalist’s Shape, who ran fourth in the Coaching Club America Oaks (G1) and Math Wizard, who finished fifth in the Woodward (G1).


Joseph, Jr. said he would like to oversee a string year round next year on the New York Racing Association, Inc. circuit.

“It’s something we hope to do year round next year,” said Joseph, Jr. “This year, we’ve just been shipping in to run, outside of our time at Saratoga.

“The purse money there is big,” added Joseph, Jr. “This year, we were just learning about what kind of horse it takes and got our feet wet for next year. We just did it this year on a small scale so next year we can go forward.”

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