Horologist stuns champion Jaywalk in Monmouth Oaks

August 17, 2019 03:08pm
Horologist stuns champion Jaywalk in Monmouth Oaks
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Horologist pulled off an upset Saturday, digging hard along the Monmouth Park rail to defeat Eclipse Award winner Jaywalk in the Grade 3, $150,000 Monmouth Oaks.

Jaywalk, last year’s champion 2-year-old filly, went off at 1-5 odds in the 95th running of Monmouth's 1 1/16-mile dirt stakes for 3-year-old females.

The daughter of Cross Traffic entered off a dominant last-out win July 6 in the Delaware Oaks (G3), and connections saw the Monmouth Oaks as a springboard to the $1 million Cotillion Stakes (G1) on Sept. 21 at Parx Racing.

Jockey Joe Bravo, who gave up the mount on Horologist, guided Jaywalk through pace-setting fractions of :23.89, :46.82 and 1:11.12 in a five-horse field.

Horologist, a New Jersey-bred Gemologist filly, stayed near Jaywalk at 5-1 odds. Rider Angel Suarez kept her along the rail throughout, and she pulled alongside the leader in the far turn.

From there, Horologist and Jaywalk battled through the final two furlongs. Horologist edged ahead late in the stretch and prevailed by ¾ of a length, paying $12.80 to win.

Sweet Sami D came home third behind Horologist and runner-up Jaywalk.

"I took a seat and waited for the right moment," Suarez said. "Passing the 3/8, I was loaded. I was deciding whether to go outside or inside. I opted to go inside and it worked out good.

"I was a little worried in the stretch because I wasn’t sure if my horse could fight off Jaywalk. But she was just so game.”

Horologist’s victory marked her fourth straight, and first in graded company. She entered off a win June 9 in Monmouth’s black-type Smart N Classy Handicap.

John Mazza trains Horologist, who’s campaigned by There’s A Chance Stable. Saturday’s Monmouth Oaks was Mazza's first graded stakes win since Great Navigator won the 1992 Hopeful (G1).

"I’m emotional," Mazza said. "It’s been a long time between graded stakes wins for me. I’m so happy it happened again with her.

"I thought she would run a bang-up race. I just didn’t know if we could beat a champion like Jaywalk.”

The John Servis-trained Jaywalk has only won once over five races in 2019. Prior to her Grade 3 starts at Delaware and Monmouth, she was fourth in Gulfstream Park’s Davona Dale Stakes (G2), third in Keeneland’s Ashland Stakes (G1) and 13
th in Churchill Downs’ Kentucky Oaks.


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