Cross Traffic Filly Dominates Frizette

7th at BEL, Gr. Stk, $400,000GI Frizette S. (1m)Winner: Jaywalk, f, 2 by Cross Traffic

Jaywalk | Sarah K Andrew

Cash is King LLC and Leonard Green's Jaywalk (Cross Traffic) stretched out all the way from 5 1/2 furlongs to a mile to capture the GI Frizette S. at Belmont Sunday, punching a “Win and You're In” ticket to the GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies starting gate and becoming the first graded stakes winner for her freshman sire (by Unbridled's Song). Hawked much of the way by heavily favored Covfefe (Into Mischief), the John Servis trainee proved resilient when that one faltered in the lane and bounded home to a convincing win.

Jaywalk quickly established control after the break beneath Joel Rosario and clicked off an opening quarter-mile of :22.63 with Nonna Madeline (Candy Ride {Arg}) and Covfefe applying moderate pressure to her outside. Still appearing well within herself through a half in :45.65 as Covfefe ranged up to her outside, she stiff-armed that rival in upper stretch and spurted clear to score decisively. 13-1 shot Brucia La Terra rallied late to complete the exacta over stablemate Cassies Dreamer, while Covfefe faded to fourth.

“When she was in front like that, and running so comfortable, I mean, they were running fast fractions, but they were doing it so easily,” Servis said. “She's a really nice filly. There was a couple of tough horses in here that have run better numbers but you really don't know how far they're going to go, and if they can sit on a hot pace like that and keep going. I really thought this filly would run all day, and I really didn't think that would be an issue for her.”

Jaywalk flashed speed and stayed on well to finish second behind Nonna Madeline in her June 23 debut at Monmouth and took a major step forward with the addition of Lasix at Parx July 24, going straight to the front and widening to a 7 1/2-length score over a sealed/muddy track. She continued her tour of the Mid-Atlantic Aug. 22 at Delaware with a rallying victory in the White Clay Creek S., defeating a trio of next-out winners in the process. Jaywalk prepared for the Frizette at her trainer's Parx Racing base with a steady series of works in recent weeks.

“I want to see what kind of numbers she ran, and how she comes out of this, and it's obviously a huge effort for her,” Servis said. “I don't want to see a huge improvement and wheel her right back in four weeks [at the Breeders' Cup]. We'll see. We'll see how it shapes up.”

Pedigree Notes:

A $190,000 Keeneland September buy, Jaywalk is a half-sister to three-time stakes winner and graded stakes-placed Danzatrice (Dunkirk). Her second dam Spin Room (Spinning World) is a half-sister to sire and MGSW/MGISP Mission Impazible (Unbridled's Song) and GSWs Forest Camp (Deputy Minister) and Spanish Empire (Pleasant Colony).

Sunday, Belmont Park
FRIZETTE S.-GI, $400,000, Belmont, 10-7, 2yo, f, 1m, 1:34.57, ft.
1–JAYWALK, 120, f, 2, by Cross Traffic
1st Dam: Lady Pewitt, by Orientate
2nd Dam: Spin Room, by Spinning World
3rd Dam: La Paz, by Hold Your Peace
'17 KEESEP). O-Cash is King LLC & Leonard C. Green;
B-Gainesway Thoroughbreds Ltd. (KY); T-John C. Servis; J-Joel
Rosario. $220,000. Lifetime Record: 4-3-1-0, $284,200.
*First graded and Grade I winner for freshman sire (by
Unbridled's Song). **1/2 to Danzatrice (Dunkirk), MSW & GSP,
$312,145. Werk Nick Rating: A++.
Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.2Brucia La Terra, 120, f, 2, by El Padrino
1st Dam: Happy Refrain, by Not For Love
2nd Dam: Sad Refrain, by Smarten
3rd Dam: Lonely Balladier, by Northern Fling
($20,000 Ylg '17 EASOCT). O-William M. Ferrone; B-Sallyellen
M. Hurst & Hugh H. Hurst (MD); T-Barclay Tagg. $80,000.3-Cassies Dreamer, 120, f, 2, by Flatter
1st Dam: Chilbolton, by War Front
2nd Dam: Miss Lavinia, by Speightstown
3rd Dam: Miss Seffens, by Dehere
($90,000 Ylg '17 KEESEP; $85,000 2yo '18 OBSOPN). O-Turf
Stable Racing (Rusty Jones) & Hayward R. Pressman;
B-Santucket Stables & Indian Creek (KY); T-Barclay Tagg.
$48,000.Margins: 5 3/4, 3/4, 2HF. Odds: 6.60, 13.90, 4.10.
Also Ran: Covfefe, Nonna Madeline, Sue's Fortune, Take Me to Hardoon. Scratched: Graceful Princess. Click for the chart, the PPs or the free catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

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