British Idiom One of Several Breeders’ Cup Shots for Cox
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By Emily Shields for TVG
Trainer Brad Cox, who won the Distaff last year with Monomoy Girl, has five legitimate chances to win Breeders’ Cup races this weekend, starting Friday with British Idiom in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1). The 1 1/16-mile race will take place at Santa Anita Park, host of the Wolrd Championships this year.
British Idiom is part of a field of nine going to the post in the Juvenile Fillies, with local runner Bast a top contender for trainer Bob Baffert. British Idiom is unbeaten in two starts after breaking her maiden at Saratoga in August, then winning the grade 1 Alcibiades at Keeneland in October by 6 ½ lengths. Javier Castellano will be back aboard the daughter of Flashback, a $40,000 yearling purchase last year.
Bast broke her maiden in the grade 1 Del Mar Debutante, running away to destroy the field by 8 ¾ lengths. The $500,000 yearling purchase had been second on debut, but added blinkers and improved mightily in the Debutante. She was heavily favored in the Chandelier (G1) and picked up jockey John Valezquez, giving him the record 661st graded victory of his career. Bast only scored by a neck in a strangely run race, making her 7-2 morning line in the Juvenile Fillies.
Wicked Whisper is the third grade 1 winner in the field. The daughter of Liam’s Map was also a $500,000 purchase, and is also unbeaten for trainer Steve Asmussen. She broke her maiden at Saratoga by more than six lengths, then won Belmont Park’s Frizette Stakes by 2 ¾ lengths. Joel Rosario will be aboard, as he was for the Frizette score.
One of the most talked about horses on the track has been Donna Veloce, an $800,000 purchase by Uncle Mo. She romped on debut in a 6 ½ furlong maiden race September 28, winning by 9 ¼ lengths for trainer Simon Callaghan. Kaleem Shah owns the bay filly, who will try to stretch out to two turns for the first time in grade 1 company. She has worked two consecutive five furlong bullets over this track.
Trainer Mark Casse has two runners in here, with Perfect Alibi 10-1 on the morning line and Two Sixty at 15-1 morning line. The former was second in the Alcibiades but is already a grade 1 winner, taking the Spinaway at Saratoga in September. Two Sixty won the My Dear Girl Stakes at Gulfstream Park last out by over six lengths. That race was over this distance.
K P Dreamin and Doug O’Neill’s dup of Lazy Daisy, the Pocahontas (G2) winner, and Comical, second in the Chandelier, complete the field. The Juvenile Fillies goes as the seventh race on a ten-race card.
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