Champion Jaywalk Nominated to Gulfstream Park Oaks
Mar 21, 2019
Graded Winners A Bit Special, Jeltrin, Positive Spirit Among 21 Nominees
One of Seven Undercard Stakes, Three Graded, on Florida Derby Day March 30
Four Stakes, Two Graded, Worth $375,000 on Derby Eve, March 29
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL
– Cash is King and D.J. Stable’s multiple Grade 1 winner Jaywalk, the champion 2-year-old filly of 2018, heads 21 3-year-old fillies nominated to the $250,000 Gulfstream Park Oaks (G2) Saturday, March 30.
The 49th running of the 1 1/16-mile Oaks is among seven stakes, three graded, worth $1.15 million in purses on the undercard of the $1 million Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (G1), one of the country’s premiere Triple Crown preps.
Four stakes, two graded, worth $375,000 in purses are scheduled for Derby eve, Friday, March 29, as part of a Florida Derby weekend featuring 11 stakes, six graded, worth $2.525 million. The 2018-19 Championship Meet wraps up Sunday, March 31.
Jaywalk, racing for the first time since her victory in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) Nov. 2, was upset as the heavy favorite in her sophomore debut, the one-mile Davona Dale (G2) March 2 at Gulfstream. The loss snapped a four-race win streak that included stakes victories in the White Clay Creek and Frizette (G1).
Each of the horses that finished ahead of Jaywalk in the Davona Dale – Jeltrin, Cookie Dough and Champagne Anyone – are nominated to the Oaks. Jeltrin ran down pacesetter and multiple Florida Sire Stakes winner Cookie Dough to win by a head, with Champagne Anyone third for the second straight graded-stakes.
A Bit Special is a neck shy of being undefeated in five starts for trainer Patrick Biancone and has won her last three races, all in stakes, capped by a 2 ½-length triumph in the one-mile Sweetest Chant (G3) Feb. 3. Positive Spirit won the 1 1/8-mile Demoiselle (G2) in her juvenile finale and was eighth in the Rachel Alexandra (G2) in her 2019 opener Feb. 16.
A four-time winner of the $300,000 Gulfstream Park Mile (G2), trainer Todd Pletcher nominated three horses for the 75th running – Prince Lucky and Copper Town, who ran 1-2 in the one-mile Hal’s Hope (G3) Feb. 23, and Coal Front, whose back-to-back Grade 3 wins include the Mr. Prospector Dec. 22 at Gulfstream. Graded-stakes winners Do Share, Quip and Tale of Silence; multiple stakes winner Noble Drama and 10-time winner Uno Mas Modelo are also among the 13 nominees.
Prominent among 21 nominations to the 58th running of the $250,000 Pan American (G2) for older turf horses going 1 ½ miles are graded-stakes winners Bigger Picture, Hunter O’Riley, Nessy, Rocketry, Tiz a Slam and Village King; Zulu Alpha and Melmich, first and second, respectively, in the Mac Diarmida (G2) March 2 at Gulfstream; and 1 ½-mile Laurel Turf Cup winner Canessar.
Also on the Florida Derby Day program are a trio of one-mile turf stakes – the $125,000 Cutler Bay for 3-year-olds, which drew 20 nominations led by 2018 Bourbon (G3) winner Current; the $125,000 Sanibel Island for 3-year-old fillies featuring Grade 1-placed Cassies Dreamer among its 23 nominees; and the $100,000 Sand Springs for older females, whose 17 nominees include graded winners Andina Del Sur, Bellavais, Proctor’s Ledge and Valedictorian.
Bricks and Mortar, 2 ½-length winner of the inaugural $7 million Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational (G1) Jan. 26 at Gulfstream, is among 18 older horses nominated to the $100,000 Appleton (G3) at one mile on the grass Friday, March 29, along with graded winners Doctor Mounty, Hawkish, Hembree and Krampus.
The $100,000 Orchid (G3) for older females at 1 3/8 miles over the turf course drew 21 nominees led by 2017 Mexican Triple Crown winner Jala Jala and graded winners A.A. Azula’s Arch and Santa Monica.
Rounding out the Florida Derby eve stakes are the $100,000 Skip Away for older horses at 1 3/16 miles, whose 14 nominees include 2018 Mexican Triple Crown winner Kukulkan and graded winners Rocketry and Sir Anthony; and the $75,000 Sir Shackleton for older sprinters led by Grade 1 winner Firenze Fire.