Jaywalk empty late in Davona Dale as Jeltrin upsets at 50-1

March 02, 2019 05:21pm

The juvenile filly champion was a no show Saturday when the real running started in the Grade 2, $200,000 Davona Dale Stakes, as 50-1 shot Jeltrin edged 13-1 runner Cookie Dough at the wire of the Kentucky Oaks prep.

Jaywalk, coming off the layoff after winning the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies, offered little in the way of an excuse. She broke well from the rail, positioned outside of Cookie Dough through fractions of 24.21 and 47.41, but faded once in the stretch, finishing fourth as an odds-on favorite.

“She just needed the race. She just came up a little bit empty, that’s all,” Jaywalk’s trainer, John Servis, said. “She pulled up fine and looks fine. (Joel Rosario) didn’t want to beat her up. I told him that if she comes up empty, don’t beat her up.”

The Davona Dale was the first start in four months for Jawalk.

“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,” Servis added. “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.”

Jeltrin, a daughter of Tapizar trained by Alexis Delgado, finished a mile in 1:36.83 under jockey Luis Saez, earning 50 points toward the Oaks and a likely spot in the May 3 race at Churchill Downs should connections move forward on the trail.

“I’m very happy, it’s a good feeling – a dream,” Delgado said, who earned his first graded stakes win in North America. “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.”

Delgado trained over 400 winners in Venezuela before moving stateside in 2017, where he learned about American racing from trainer Jenna Antonucci.

Jeltrin, campaigned by ADR Racing Stable, LLC, was purchased by Juan C. Sanchez (C&J Stable) for $7,000 at the Keeneland September yearling sale, then at 2 was a $27,000 RNA in last April’s Ocala Breeders’ Sale. Entering Saturday, she had won one of five career starts back in October while running for a tag. She finished fourth in the Glitter Woman Stakes and Forward Gal Stakes (G3) prior to winning a photo finish in the Davona Dale.

“Everything came like we planned,” Saez said. “We did well. I was right there and we hit the three-eighths [pole] and I started asking and she responded. When I saw I can beat the horse in front of me I just tried so hard and we got it done.”

Behind the dueling leaders, Champagne Anyone ran third in the field of seven 3-year-old fillies.


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