Cash is King and D.J. Stable's multiple Grade 1 winner Jaywalk, the juvenile filly champion of 2018, exited her fourth-place finish in the $200,000 Davona Dale (G2) in good order, trainer John Servis reported Sunday morning.
The one-mile Davona Dale marked the sophomore debut of Jaywalk, favored at 1-5 in a field of seven 3-year-old fillies who had her four-race win streak snapped, beaten 5 ½ lengths by 51-1 long shot Jeltrin.
“She's doing super, very good. She was bright-eyed this morning, looked great. She just needed the race, that's all,” Servis said. “It's a stepping stone, and that's what we were using it as. I thought she could win anyway and she didn't, but that's all right. She came out of it good and we're going to move forward. She'll be ready in May, I can tell you that.”
Servis said Jaywalk remains on course for her first major goal of 2019, the May 3 Kentucky Oaks (G1) and expects to have one more race until then, either in the $250,000 Gulfstream Park Oaks (G2) March 30 or the Ashland (G1) April 6 at Keeneland.
“We'll look at the Ashland, which puts us a week closer to the Oaks and the Gulfstream Oaks, which comes back quicker but gives us an extra week to get to Kentucky,” Servis said. “We'll play it by ear, see how she's doing, see how the fields are shaping up, and just let her tell us.”
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