D J Stable and Cash is King's Jaywalk, the front-runner to earn an Eclipse Award as champion 2-year-old filly of 2019, returned to the work tab Friday morning to begin preparations for her sophomore campaign.
Trainer John Servis was on hand at Palm Meadows, Gulfstream Park's satellite training facility in Palm Beach County, to see Jaywalk breeze four furlongs in :50 4/5 over the main track.
Servis said he caught the gray or roan daughter and granddaughter of Grade 1 winners Cross Traffic and Orientate, respectively, in splits of :13 3/5, :26 1/5 and :38 3/5, galloping out five furlongs in 1:03.
“She went a nice, easy half. It was perfect,” Servis said. “She galloped out super, so she didn't lose much. Everything went very good.”
It was the first work for Jaywalk since her gate-to-wire 5 ½-length triumph in the 1 1/16-mile Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) Nov. 2, her second straight Grade 1 victory and fourth consecutive win overall.
Second to Nonna Madeline in her debut June 23 at Monmouth Park, Jaywalk broke her maiden July 24 going five furlongs at her and Servis' home base of Parx. From there she won the 5 ½-furlong White Clay Creek Stakes Aug. 22 and one-mile Frizette (G1) Oct. 7 at Belmont Park, an effort that foreshadowed her performance in the Breeders' Cup.
Joining Jaywalk as Eclipse finalists are Bellafina, also a two-time Grade 1 winner who ran fourth in the Juvenile Fillies, and Newspaperofrecord, who went 3-for-3 in 2018 capped by a victory in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1).
The 48th annual Eclipse Awards ceremony will be held Jan. 24 in the Sport of Kings Theater at Gulfstream Park, the seventh straight year it has hosted the event. Servis trained Kentucky Derby (G1) and Preakness (G1) winner Smarty Jones to the Eclipse Award as champion 3-year-old of 2004.
“We're very excited about it,” Servis said. “I don't know how much else she needed to do. She won at [four] at different racetracks, all at different distances, and she won two Grade 1s. She had a pretty damn good year.”
Servis is targeting the $200,000 Davona Dale (G2) for 3-year-old fillies going one mile March 2 at Gulfstream as Jaywalk's 2019 debut.
“The way she galloped out today, I'd say we're right on schedule,” he said. “She acts the same and looks the same. She maybe got a little bit taller but, other than that, she hasn't changed much at all, to be honest with you. She put on a little bit of weight, which is good.”
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