Leonard Green and Cash is King Stable's Jaywalk came out of her gate-to-wire 5 ¾-length victory in Sunday's Grade 1, $400,000 Frizette for 2-year-old fillies in good order, trainer John Servis said by phone Monday morning.
Jaywalk led the seven-horse field on the fast Belmont main track, going a quarter-mile in 22.63 seconds and the half in 45.65, with a final time for one mile in 1:34.57.
“She came out of the race great,” Servis said. “I didn't expect her to be in front and I was concerned when I saw how fast they were going, but she just kept going.”
Jaywalk's third consecutive victory earned an all-fees-paid berth to the $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies on November 2 at Churchill. Servis said he hasn't made any definitive plans yet but is likely to run her there if circumstances remain favorable.
“The way she looks this morning, I would say we're probably going to lean in that direction,” he said. “I don't want to commit yet. We'll give ourselves a little more time.”
The Cross Traffic filly notched a win on her third different track, adding Belmont to Parx, where she broke her maiden at second asking by 7 ½ lengths on July 28, and Delaware Park, where she won the White Clay Creek on August 22. After never racing longer than 5 ½ furlongs, Jaywalk handled the Frizette distance in the one-turn mile with aplomb.
“I was very impressed, I didn't think the distance would be an issue, but I also didn't expect her to go to the front,” Servis said. “So, it was visibly impressive.
“She ships well. She's been all over the mid-Atlantic region. She has a lot of class and is a very smart filly. She doesn't get too excited about anything.”
The Frizette win earned Jaywalk 10 points towards qualifying for the 2019 Kentucky Oaks, which will also be held at Churchill in May.
“It's a long way away, but it's nice to know that it's back there and you don't have to worry about starting to get points right off the bat,” Servis said.
Servis also reported that Ms Locus Point is back in training after more than three months off following a fifth-place finish in the Grade 2 Princess Rooney on June 30 at Gulfstream Park. The 4-year-old Dialed In filly, who won the Grade 2 Barbara Fritchie on February 17 at Laurel Park, returned to the worktab on Sunday, breezing three furlongs in 37.78 seconds.
“She's doing great after her first work back. Servis said. “She's doing awesome. [But] it's too early [to know her next stop].”
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