Jaywalk’s plans set as ‘head scratcher’ of a year continues

June 02, 2019 10:45am
Chuck Zacney describes Jaywalk’s 3-year-old campaign as “a head scratcher.”

“She’s doing a lot of things right, but not race day,” said Zacney, whose Cash is King LLC campaigns the filly along with D.J. Stable LLC.

“Little frustrating, but we can’t find anything wrong with her and she’s training well.”

Zacney and trainer John Servis are pointing toward the Grade 3, $300,000 Delaware Oaks on July 6 as Jaywalk’s next chance for her first win at 3.

“We’re trying to get a confidence-builder in her,” Zacney said.

That race at Delaware Park will come just more than two months after her most recent start May 3 in the Kentucky Oaks. 

Jaywalk was disqualified that day at Churchill Downs and placed 13th for taking the path Positive Spirit, forcing her rival over heels a few strides from the gate. It marked her third winless 2019 trip in as many tries.

“We’re going to take a step back after the Kentucky Oaks,” Zacney said. “We’ll give her two months in between and see what happens after that.”

Jaywalk set a high bar for herself with a four-race winning streak to end her championship 2-year-old season. She won a maiden special weight event in her second out last July at Parx Racing and took the White Clay Creek Stakes a month later at Delaware. That set up a move into graded competition.

Jaywalk faced Grade 1 company Oct. 7 in the Frizette Stakes at Belmont Park and romped by 5 ¾ lengths over second-place Brucia La Terra. 

Then came the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies, in which the daughter of Cross Traffic again won big. She beat runner-up Restless Rider by 5 ½ lengths in the Nov. 2 race at Churchill Downs, collecting $1.1 million for the victory.

Jaywalk was named 2018’s Eclipse Award-winning juvenile filly, but a sophomore slump followed.

Jaywalk ran fourth March 2 in Gulfstream Park’s Davona Dale Stakes (G2), coming up empty late in a race won by Jeltrin.

She moved on to Keeneland for the Ashland Stakes (G1) on April 6, when she faded down the stretch for a third-place finish behind Out for a Spin and Restless Rider.

Servis and Zacney hoped for a repeat of 2016 when their filly Cathryn Sophia, also third in the Ashland, rebounded with a Kentucky Oaks triumph. 

Jaywalk didn’t enjoy that similar bounce back. She came five-wide into the stretch in Louisville, failed to make headway and crossed the line sixth, 12 ¼ lengths behind champion Serengeti Empress.

Stewards then placed Jaywalk 13th for the contact with Positive Spirit.
After five straight races at either Grade 1 or 2, Jaywalk will step down to Grade 3 for the Delaware Oaks. It’s a 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-old fillies on the dirt, part of a Grade 3 trio that day at Delaware Park.

Zacney said he’s then aiming for the $150,000 Monmouth Oaks (G3) on Aug. 17 before the $1 million Cotillion Stakes (G1) on Sept. 21 at Parx.

“We’re hoping Delaware will be a little easier,” Zacney said, “build some confidence and momentum and we’ll go from there.”

 

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