RISE AND SHINE: BREEDERS’ CUP TVG JUVENILE PRESENTED BY THE THOROUGHBRED AFTERCARE ALLIANCE
Photo Courtesy of Eclipse Sportswire
Courtesy of Renee Carothers
A full field will assemble to clash over their share of a $2M dollar purse and a single championship title. The resplendent favorite, boasting a diamond of record perfection, having gone four-for-four, will now be put to a two-turn test. He enters girded with natural speed, unmistakable heart, and a name befitting a hero on conquest: Jackie’s Warrior.
The distance from rising star to an unblemished Eclipse is a mile and a sixteenth. The combatants number thirteen.
So, without further ado, let’s take a closer look at the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile field from a pedigree perspective:
#1 CAMP HOPE
Owner: Walking L Thoroughbreds
Trainer: Kenneth McPeek
Jockey: Robby Albarado
Breeder: Bret Jones
Camp Hope comes into this race after raising hopes after a four-length winning debut on October 25th at Churchill Downs.
He’s a son of G2W/MG1P turfer Summer Front is out of Praising, a daughter of 1997’s Fountain of Youth and Blue Grass winner, Pulpit. Pulpit is a son of Classic champ and Hall of Famer A.P. Indy and is himself the sire of Tapit. This mare is a ½ sister to the stakes winning Sueno, who was third in the 2019 Louisiana Derby. Also in the family are graded stakes runners Promise Me Silver, Dynaslew, Palmeiro, Somethingdifferent, and G1 Spinster winner Try Something New.
#2 KING FURY
Owner: Three Chimneys Farm & Fern Circle
Trainer: Kenneth McPeek
Jockey: Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr.
Breeder: Heider Family Stables
He cost $950 as a yearling for good reason. He’s a son of a Hall of Fame, two-time Horse of the Year, Classic champion in Curlin and out of millionaire, G1 winner Taris, a daughter of A.P. Indy’s son Flatter. She’s out of the mare Comedy, by 1987’
#3 REINVESTMENT RISK 9-2ML
Owner: Klaravich Stables
Trainer: Chad Brown
Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.
Breeder: Aschinger Bloodstock Holdings
It’s possible this son of freshman sire Upstart would be undefeated if not for running into Jackie’s Warrior in both the G1 Hopeful and G1 Champagne, both instances in which he essentially chased him around the track. Upstart himself was 2nd in the Champagne, but he did pick up graded stakes scores in the Holy Bull and Razorback Handicap. He’s also a representative of the A.P. Indy line through Flatter. Mom is a daughter of Candy Ride, who was a champion miler in Argentina before coming to the states, where he added the Pacific Classic to his resume. Candy Ride is also the sire of a Breeders’ Cup Classic in 2017’s hero and Horse of the Year, Gun Runner, who retired of earnings of just under $16M.
#4 LIKEABLE 15-1ML
Owner: Repole Stable, St. Elias Stable & Stonestreet Stables
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: John Velazquez
Breeder: Stonestreet Thoroughbreds Holdings
Went from a mere head defeat in an off-the-turf event to Nautilus in August, a race from which the 6th placed finisher, Whatmakessammyrun, went on to crush by 8-3/4 lengths with an 87 Beyer next out in a 7f turf sprint. Likeable, however, got to try dirt again after showing he had an affinity and put in an 81 wiring to win by 8-1/4, albeit over a short field. Still, could certainly have matured from mid-September to now enough to contend here. He’s by freshman sire Frosted, who put in tremendous victorious performances in the Met Mile and Whitney. Frosted is by Tapit and out of Fast Cookie, who is a ½ sister to 2008’s Juvenile/Eclipse champion two-year-old male, Midshipman. Likeable’s is a ¾ brother to stakes winner Bronze Star and a ½ to SW/G2P Dawn the Destroyer. Their dam, Dashing Debby, was also a stakes winner and notably, a daughter of respected sire Medaglia d’Oro, who, like Frosted, also counts the Whitney among his G1 scores. Medaglia was also 2nd in two editions of the Classic, as well as the Belmont and Dubai World Cup. Lightly raced colt may be able to jump up and the distance should certainly be of no concern
#5 ESSENTIAL QUALITY 4-1 ML
Trainer: Brad Cox
Jockey: Luis Saez
Godolphin homebred is a perfect two-for-two, having won both races by open lengths, the latter in the G1 Futurity over this track and the Juvenile distance. He also won it greenly, which makes one wonder just how good he could really get when he puts it all together. He’s by Tapit and out of an Elusive Quality mare who happens to also be a ½ sister to 2005’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies/Eclipse champion two-year-old filly Folklore. Folklore is also the granddam of recent Japan Triple Crown champion Contrail, and the female family includes G1W and F&M Sprint contender Come Dancing.
#6 KEEPMEINMIND 30-1ML
Owner: Cypress Creek & Arnold Bennewith
Trainer: Robertino Diodoro
Jockey: Jose Ortiz
Breeder: Southern Equine Stables
Was second to the aforementioned Essential Quality in the Breeders’ Futurity, getting his freshman sire, Jim Dandy winner Laoban, even more G1 black type. Laoban is another impressive representative of 2010’s Juvenile/Eclipse champion Uncle Mo, so it wouldn’t be crazy to Keep this boy in mind. Mom is Inclination, by Belmont victor Victory Gallop. Blinkers go on, as does Jose Ortiz, who doesn’t think the colt should be 30-1.
#7 JACKIE’S WARRIOR 7-5ML
Owner: Kirk & Judy Robison
Trainer: Steve Asmussen
Jockey: Joel Rosario
Breeder: J & J Stables
Is undoubtedly the horse to beat, coming into this race with a perfect four-for-four record, two of those scores G1s, and a 100 Beyer figure which tops this year’s two-year-olds. This will be his first time around two turns, but it’s not a crazy ask. He’s a son of sire success Maclean’s Music, who posted a record-setting 114 debut Beyer in his first and only race. Asmussen trained him and his dam, Forest Music. Jackie’s Warrior’s dam, Unicorn Girl, is by A.P. Five Hundred, a son of a horse whose stamina influence carries through his sons, and one already written extensively about- A.P. Indy. A.P. Five Hundred’s dam is also, interestingly enough, a ½ sister to 1987’s Distaff winner and Champion three-year-old filly, Sacahuista. Unicorn Girl is also bred 3Sx3D to Triple Crown champion Seattle Slew.
#8 CLASSIER 12-1ML
Owner: SF Racing, Starlight Racing, Madaket Stables, Golconda Stables, Siena Farm & Robert Masterson
Trainer: Bob Baffert
Jockey: Florent Geroux
Breeder: Mary Sullivan
This colt just debuted on October 24th, but the performance was impressive enough to earn his connections faith. Hard not to be impressed when this baby broke from the inside, powered to the lead and went on to relax on it to roll by 4 lengths. Even more noteworthy was that it was a 6.5f sprint distance when he is actually bred to run all. day. long. Classier is a son of Belmont winner Empire Maker, who is himself a son of 1990’s Derby and Classic champ Unbridled. Empire Maker’s progeny have proven their class, among them two-time Distaff winner and Hall of Famer Royal Delta, and his late son Pioneerof the Nile is the father of Triple Crown champion – and 2015’s Classic victor, American Pharoah. Furthermore, Classier’s dam is by 2006’s Eclipse champion three-year-old male, Bernardini, whose wins include the Travers and Jockey Club Gold Cup. He was 2nd to Invasor in the Classic, but remember -- his sire, A.P. Indy, won it in 1992. Bernardini’s numbers as a broodmare sire are also tremendously impressive as he’s represented by the likes of Catholic Boy, Serengeti Empress, and Maxfield, just to name a few…. Another Breeders’ Cup champion is found in the female family, namely 1995’s Sprint winner Desert Stormer, who upset the boys that year at 14-1.
#9 SITTIN ON GO 12-1ML
Owner: Albaugh Family Stables
Trainer: Dale Romans
Jockey: Corey Lanerie
The Albaughs and Romans campaigned this boy’s daddy, Brody’s Cause, who won the 2015 Breeders’ Futurity ahead of a third place finish in the BC Juvenile. At three, he returned to Keeneland to win the Blue Grass Stakes. Mom is by More Than Ready, whose progeny have racked up the most Breeders’ Cup wins at seven. What is mighty intriguing about the pedigree is that Sittin On Go’s 2nd dam (grandmother) is, like his sire, by 2000’s Cartier Horse of the Year, Giant’s Causeway, who was 2nd to Tiznow in that year’s Classic. That mare is also a ½ sister to Lucayan Prince, who was a highweight over seas and G1P with a runner-up performance in the Cigar Mile, Louisiana Derby winner Comic Strip, and G2 Mrs Revere winner Silver Comic.
#10 DREAMER’S DISEASE 30-1ML
Owner: Cypress Creek & Arnold Bennewith
Trainer: Robertino Diodoro
Jockey: David Cohen
Breeder: Southern Equine
This is the second entry for trainer Robertino Diodoro and Cohen stays aboard after wiring the field last out in an OC75/N2L at a mile at Keeneland. He’s another son of freshman Laoban and out of a Stormy Atlantic mare, who is a ½ sister to multiple graded stakes winning turfer Enterprising. 2nd dam is a daughter of A.P. Indy, who is also a ½ to some bold names, like European champion sprinter Stravinsky and Mosco Ballet. Great-grandma is G1W Fire the Groom, who also happens to be ½ to another G1W in Dowsing.
#11 NEXT 15-1ML
Owner: Silverton Hill
Trainer: Wesley Ward
Jockey: Gerardo Corrales
Breeder: Silverton Hill
Princess Noor is representing Not This Time in the Juvenile Fillies, and here we find another scion in the Juvenile itself, a race in which Not This Time was a mere neck second to Classic Empire after issues at the start. Not This Time is by Giant’s Causeway and a ½ brother to 2015’s Dirt Mile winner Liam’s Map. Next is also out of a mare by 1998’s Classic champ, Awesome Again. So, the fact that this colt has run well on both turf and dirt isn’t so surprising. Wesley doesn’t usually turn a horse back this quick unless they’re indicating it’s green-light-go, the question is the other speed.
#12 HOT ROD CHARLIE 30-1ML
Owner: Roadrunner Racing, Boat Racing, Strauss Bros Racing
Trainer: Doug O’Neill
Jockey: Tyler Gaffalione
Breeder: Edward Cox Jr.
Speaking of Awesome Again… Hot Rod Charlie is by his son Oxbow, who happens to be out of a full sister to two-time Breeders’ Cup Classic champion (the only horse to bag two) Tiznow. Charlie’s dam, Indian Miss, is by Uncle Mo’s sire, Indian Charlie. If you recognize h er name, it’s because she happens to be the dam of last year’s Breeders’ Cup Sprint/Eclipse champion sprinter, Mitole!
#13 ROMBAUER 15-1ML
Owner: John & Diane Fradkin
Trainer: Michael McCarthy
Jockey: Javier Castellano
Breeder: John & Diane Fradkin
Homebred made a big accounting of himself in his first start on dirt, getting within ¾ of a length of becoming a G1 winner in the American Pharoah. The race produced two next out winners, most relevantly the third place finisher, Spielberg, who posted a career-best Beyer of 85 at Del Mar. Rombauer’s sire is Twirling Candy, a G1 winning son of Candy Ride, who came up just a head short of winning the Pacific Class as his father had. Damsire, Cowboy Cal, a son of Giant’s Causeway, was a multiple graded-stakes winner on both turf and synthetic. Rombauer’s mom is also a ½ sister to millionaire turf sprinter California Flag and the family includes a multimillionaire in 2018’s Cartier Horse of the Year… the late, great Roaring Lion.
#14 CALIBRATE 20-1ML
Owner: Winchell Thoroughbreds
Trainer: Steve Asmussen
Jockey: Ricardo Santana, Jr.
Breeder: Don Alberto Corporation
Great balance of speed and stamina with Distorted Humor on top and Dynaformer as broodmare sire for Calibrate. Would really like to see what he could do on the green, but can’t fault them going for the Juvenile as he did break the maiden in style at Saratoga on dirt. Dam, Glamour and Style, is a full sister to Gr1 Doncaster Mile winner Somewhat, and it’s the family of Alidiva, who produced the likes of champions Taipan and Ali-Royal, the latter of which is a full sibling to Calibrate’s 2nd dam, Sometime, a daughter of 1990’s Mile winner Royal Academy. It’s a pretty prolific family that is also responsible in the far reaches for the likes of Shuvee.
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Godolphin Wins Fourth Consecutive John Deere Award as Outstanding Breeder of the 2021 Breeders' Cup World Championships and Challenge Series
Strengthened by victories from homebreds Modern Games (IRE), Space Blues (IRE) and Yibir (GB), for the fourth consecutive year Godolphin has won the John Deere Award, honoring the outstanding breeder of the 2021 Breeders’ Cup World Championships and the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series.
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