The $2 million Tito's Handmade Vodka Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) features the best 2-year-old fillies going 1 1/16 miles on the main track. Bellafina was sent off as the 2-1 favorite in the field of 10 off wins in the Sorrento (G2), Del Mar Debutante (G1), and Chandelier (G1). In to challenge her included 3-1 second choice Restless Rider, winner of the Alcibiades (G1), and 4-1 third choice Serengeti Empress, winner of the Pocahontas (G2).
Jaywalk leads down the stretch
Jockey Joel Rosario sent 11-2 fourth choice Jaywalk to the lead first time by through fractions of 23.23, 46.76, and 1:11.48 while pressed by Serengeti Empress and stalked by Bellafina. Turning for home, Jaywalk opened up a 2 length lead through 1 mile in 1:37.02. Restless Rider put in a strong rally to no avail as Jaywalk cruised to a 5 1/2 length win in 1:43.62. It was 1/2 a length back to 35-1 Vibrance third, and 3 1/4 more to favorite Bellafina fourth.
Left: Jaywalk in the winner's circle. Winning trainer John Servis said, "I just felt it was a real solid group of 2-year-old fillies. She was going to have to run to beat them, and we just didn’t know if she was quite that good. I thought there was quite a bit of speed in the race. I knew Amoss’s filly was going to go for the lead. I said, you know we have speed. She’ll probably be close. She’ll rate, she’ll sit wherever you need her. He said two jumps out of the gate she took him there. He said, I knew then she had running on her mind. As soon as she got to the lead, she pricked her ears and relaxed and cruised along at a pretty fast pace but did it well in hand."
Right: The trophy presentation for the Juvenile Fillies. Co-owner Lois Green said, "We’ve had a lot of very exciting races over the 30 years, and many of them have been in facilities that were very special, but there’s nothing like coming to Churchill Downs and winning a major race. You’re right. It has to be at the top of our experience as owners and breeders. We were overwhelmed and thrilled to be able to be here and win."
Left: Jaywalk in the post parade. Winning jockey Joel Rosario said, "She broke and she wanted the lead. She just improved her position. She really relaxed. She broke really sharp and wanted one thing, she wanted tyo go, so I dropped my hands and let her be happy and do it the rest of the way."
Right: Jaywalk heads back to the barn after the race. Servis said when asked about the Kentucky Oaks, "That's a long way off but that would be nice!"
Left: Second place finisher Restless Rider after the finish. Jockey Brian Hernandez said, "The whole time we sat a great trip. I had Bellafina in my sights the whole tgime. When I saw she was empty I looked up and Jaywalk appeared to be gone. We just couldn't get to her."
Right: Third place finisher Vibrance returns after the race. Jockey John Velazquez said, "She broke a little slow and we never could get into a real good position. But she still ran a good race."
Left: Fourth place finisher and beaten favorite Bellafina walks over before the race. Trainer Simon Callaghan said, "She broke a little flat-footed and Flavien had to use her a little bit early. After that she had a pretty good trip but it didn't seem to happen today. It's the first time she has run over this sort of track."
Right: The horses break from the gate for the Juvenile Fillies. Jockey Flavien Prat aboard Bellafina (10) said, "I had a good trip but she never did feel quite right. She wasn't running smooth. I don't know if she didn't like the track or if it was an off day."
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