To some it was just another Friday in Lexington, but to several thousands racing fans it was Future Stars Friday and five two-year old Breeder’s Cup races. It was a gorgeous Fall day in central Kentucky, and Keeneland was decorated in purple and gold, the colors of the Breeder’s Cup.
First, it was the Juvenile Turf Sprint with a $1 million dollar purse. I liked #2 Love Reigns and the #3 Private Creed. I almost bet #10 Tyler’s Tribe for my Madison Central friends. The #5 Mischief Magic pulled away at the wire for the win; the #4 Dramatized finished second; and the #3 Private Creed was third.
Next, the Juvenile Fillies were running for $2 million at the distance of 1 1/16 miles. My pick was the #5 Wonder Wheel trained by Mark Casse and ridden by Tyler Gaffalione. My exacta was #5 Wonder Wheel and #10 Chocolate Gelato. Thankfully, Wonder Wheel did not let me down and gave Tyler his first Breeder’s Cup win. The #13 Leave No Trace and #14 Raging Sea were second and third.
Race 8 was the Juvenile Fillies Turf for another cool million at a distance of a mile. There were several beautiful fillies in this race, and my pick was the #10 Meditate. She did not let me or the Coolmore group down and dominated the race at the finish with a nice kick. The #5 Pleasant Passage was my second choice, but I forgot to get my exacta bet down. Pleasant Passage finished second, and #2 Cairo Consort followed in third.
The ninth race featured the $2 million Breeder’s Cup Juvenile at the distance of 1 1/16 miles. A mentor and good friend, Jim Friess, had given me a tip earlier in the week on the #4 horse, or Forte. Jim is the former CFO at Claiborne Farm and a true gentleman. Congratulations to Forte’s sire, Violence, and her mare, Queen Caroline by Blame. Blame was the horse that ended Zenyatta’s 19-win streak in the Classic at Churchill Downs in 2010. The #3 Cave Rock finished second; the #10 National Treasure (named by Randy and me) was third; and the #6 Blazing Sevens followed in fourth which gave me a small Superfecta win.
The last Future Stars race of the day was the $1 million Juvenile Turf Mile. My #4 Silver Knott finished a nose behind the #1 Victoria Road who gave the Coolmore group their second win of the day. You gotta appreciate the Irish and their desire to win, or at least I do. The #9 Nagirroc, please try to say that four times, finished third.
Congratulations to all the winners, their owners, trainers, jockeys, and friends. Hats off to Keeneland for hosting another Breeder’s Cup and showing the world just how beautiful central Kentucky is in the fall! See you at the races tomorrow and a few updates on WBON from the duo of O’Neal and Shew.