Cash is King LLC and Leonard Green's Jaywalk made a statement on Sunday, winning the Grade 1 Frizette Stakes by 5 3/4 lengths at odds of 6-1. The juvenile daughter of Cross Traffic grabbed the lead shortly after the start, was challenged at the top of the stretch and drew away to complete the one-turn mile over Belmont's fast main track in 1:34.57. Ridden by Joel Rosario for John Servis, the filly earned an expenses-paid berth to the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies next month at Churchill Downs.
“She wanted to go to the front,” Rosario said. “I thought there was a lot of speed on paper and then John told me just let her break and let her run however she wanted. I just let her go ahead and be happy and she really handled it. She looked like she would keep going at the quarter-pole and her long stride she really handled the trip well. I think she'll handle two-turns [going forward], she certainly has the speed to.”
Sue's Fortune was the quickest into stride, but Rosario quickly sent Jaywalk up the rail to take the lead. She set solid fractions of :22.63 and :45.63, leading by a length over Nonna Madeline and 1-2 favorite Covfefe. The field began to compress approaching the far turn, and Covfefe started ranging up alongside Jaywalk as they rounded the bend into the stretch.
Jaywalk felt the pressure when Covfefe was at her hip, and responded with a big turn of foot to easily dispatch that rival. Jaywalk continued to pull away down the stretch to cross the wire a 5 3/4-length winner. Brucia La Terra was last in the early going and wove through traffic to get up for second in the final strides, while Cassies Dreamer finished third. Covfefe faded to fourth.
“When she was in front like this, and running so comfortable, I mean, they were running fast fractions, but they were doing it so easy,” said Servis. “She's a really nice filly. There was a couple of tough horses in here that have run better numbers but you really don't know how far they're going to go, and if they can sit on a hot pace like that and keep going. I really thought this filly would run all day, and I really didn't think that would be an issue for her.”
Bred in Kentucky by Gainesway Thoroughbreds, Jaywalk was a $190,000 yearling purchase at the Keeneland September sale. She was second on debut in June, but won her second start at Parx and followed that up with a win in the listed White Clay Creek Stakes at Delaware Park. Overall, Jaywalk has won three of her four starts to earn over $300,000.
“I want to see what kind of numbers she ran, and how she comes out of this, and its obviously a huge effort for her,” said Servis when asked about the Breeders' Cup. “I don't want to see a huge improvement and wheel her right back in four weeks. We'll see. We'll see how it shapes up.”
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