Bulletin served notice he was a force to be reckoned with a wire-to-wire victory in the inaugural running of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint. The new stake was the first of 14 Breeders' Cup races during two days of outstanding racing at Churchill Downs.
The flashy son of City Zip was making just his second career start, after winning by an impressive seven lengths first time out in the Hollywood Beach Stakes at Gulfstream in September.
After balking slightly at the starting gate, Bulletin broke like a bullet and never looked back, leading the field through fractions of :23.19, and 46.89. The filly Chelsea Cloisters raced in second in the three-path, but never threatened, finishing second by 2 ¾ of a length.
“He broke like a shot and put me in a real great position,” said jockey Javier Castellano, who earned his ninth Breeders’ Cup victory in the Juvenile Turf Sprint. “We were in good shape the whole way. I’m very impressed. He was very professional. This is a great way to start the Breeders’ Cup.”
"He broke really well and was sharp," said trainer Todd Pletcher, who was winning his 10th Breeders' Cup. "He took it to them the whole way. It was a big race. We wanted to leave there running. He finished up nicely; nothing like winning one."
A $250,000 yearling purchase, Bulletin races for WinStar Farm, China Horse Club, and SF Racing.
The Juvenile Turf Sprint, open both juvenile males and juvenile fillies, proved quite popular with horsemen in its first year. The $1 million race drew the largest number of pre-entries of all the 2018 races with 28, and was limited to 12 starters.