Jiggy Jog Repels Joviality In Filly Futurity Showdown

Published: October 9, 2022 05:51 pm EDT

The 12-horse competition condensed to the expected two-horse race off in the stretch of the 57th edition of the $276,000 Kentucky Filly Futurity at The Red Mile as even-money second choice Jiggy Jog S led 4-5 Joviality S in the straightaway and held firm on the front to land the spoils in 1:50 on Sunday afternoon (Oct. 9).

Jiggy Jog S jetted for the lead to the first turn but settled for the pocket when Date Night swept to the top past a :26.4 first quarter. But driver Dexter Dunn promptly pulled off the pegs to retake the lead with Jiggy Jog S as Selfie Queen loomed first over with Joviality S, overcoming a second-tier post, in tow. Past a :54 half, Jiggy Jog S kept plugging on the lead as Joviality S abandoned her cover around the final turn to begin her mission for the lead. Jiggy Jog S held a two-length advantage after three-quarters in 1:21.4 and dug her heels on the lead as Joviality S crept closer with each yard of the stretch. But Jiggy Jog S remained resolute on the lead and denied Joviality S by a neck with Selfie Queen holding third from a parked trip ahead of stablemate Mon Cheval.

“She’s a little bit of a handful,” Sarah Svanstedt, wife to trainer Ake Svanstedt, said after the race. “She has a temper and the groom is doing a tremendous job to keep her happy. But I’m so happy she made it today. She has been racing against some tough fillies and there has been bad luck in the races. But here we are today. If she wants [to lead] she can, but sometimes she wants the helmet. I guess [Dexter Dunn] felt he had plenty of horse today to do it.”

A winner in eight of 22 starts, Jiggy Jog S has now banked $777,793 for owner Jorgen Sparredal Inc. The Walner filly returned $4.36 to win.

Crawford Farms sponsored the 57th renewal of the Kentucky Filly Futurity.

Lilbitalexis prevailed narrowly in the $10,000 Love You, a race for Kentucky Filly Futurity eligibles. Dexter Dunn steered the Richard “Nifty” Norman-trained daughter of Walner to a pocket-popping head victory in 1:51.1 over fast-charging Bare My Soul. She races for owners Pinske Stables and David Hoese and paid $7.16 to win in the race sponsored by Morrison Racing.

(The Red Mile)