by Breeders' Cup Notes Team
November 2, 2018
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Nov. 2, 2018) – Cash is King and D J Stable’s Jaywalk ($13) won the race to the first turn and never relinquished the advantage thereafter in drawing off to win the 35th running of the $2 million Tito’s Handmade Vodka Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) for 2-year-old fillies by 5 ½ lengths over Restless Rider on Friday afternoon at Churchill Downs.
Trained by John Servis and ridden by Joel Rosario, Jaywalk covered the 1 1/16th miles in 1:43.62 over a fast main track. It was the seventh Breeders’ Cup victory for Rosario and first for Servis who is the only trainer in history to win the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks with a single starter in each race.
With the victory, Jaywalk assumes the role as the early favorite for next spring’s 145th running of the Kentucky Oaks.
A Kentucky-bred daughter of Cross Traffic, Jaywalk has won her past four starts with a victory in the Grade 1 Frizette preceding Friday’s triumph.
In a dash from the gate, Jaywalk beat Serengeti Empress to the first turn and opened a clear advantage going into the backstretch with Serengeti Empress and favored Bellafina in closest pursuit.
Approaching the stretch, Jaywalk disposed of those two pursuers only to be confronted briefly by Restless Rider. She eliminated that threat in deep stretch and drew off with Restless Rider holding second by a half-length over Vibrance with Bellafina another 3 ¼ lengths back.