ADR Racing Stable's Jeltrin, the longest shot on the board at 51-1, shocked bettors in Saturday's Grade 2 Davona Dale Stakes with a head victory over 13-1 Florida-bred sire stakes winner Cookie Dough. Meanwhile, the 1-5 favorite and defending champion Jaywalk finished off the board in fourth.
Jeltrin, a 3-year-old daughter of Tapizar, covered one mile over Gulfstream Park's fast main track in 1:36.83, earning a slot in the Kentucky Oaks with her victory. She was ridden by jockey Luis Saez for his third win on the card, and was conditioned by trainer Alexis Delgado for only his 14th career winner.
“I'm very happy, it's a good feeling – a dream,” said Delgado. “We've been working for three months leading up to this race. Congratulations to my staff and to Luis Saez, it was perfect today, what a great race. I was happy when they were coming down the stretch, it was three months of hard work all preparation for the Davona Dale, it was great.”
Bred in Kentucky by C. Kidder, N. Cole, J. K. Griggs and Linda Griggs, Jeltrin was a $7,000 yearling at the Keeneland September sale. Her record now stands at 2-1-1 from six starts with earnings of over $150,000.
Fourth in both of her previous starts in 2019, Jeltrin found the winner's circle for the first time since breaking her maiden for a claiming tag of $50,000 at Gulfstream Park West. Lying in third behind pacesetter Cookie Dough and champion Jaywalk, Jeltrin found herself in a cushy spot when the Breeders' Cup winner did not fire in the stretch. Jeltrin was just able to run down Cookie Dough in the final strides of the Davona Dale, winning the photo in a head-bobbing finish. Champagne Anyone got up to defeat Jaywalk for the show.
“She just needed the race,” trainer John Servis said of Jaywalk. “She just came up a little bit empty, that's all. She pulled up fine and looks fine. He didn't want to beat her up. I told him that if she comes up empty, don't beat her up.
“I thought she was tight enough, but obviously she wasn't. I'm not happy that she didn't win. I thought she'd win. Shame on me for thinking that she was good enough to beat these horses anyway, but she'll be fine. We've still got a few months until May.”
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