JockeyIrad Ortiz Jr.
BreederTimes of Wigan Ltd
SireLope de Vega (IRE)
DamSunday Times (GB)
Klaravich Stables’ undefeated Newspaperofrecord (IRE) lived up to her 3-5 favoritism by romping to a 6 ¾-length victory in the 11th running of the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) for 2-year-old fillies at Churchill Downs.
Trained by Chad Brown and ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr., Newspaperofrecord took the lead out of the gate and quickly opened a daylight advantage. She repulsed a bid from Concrete Rose at the head of the stretch and coasted home to complete the mile over a turf course rated as yielding in 1:39.
East (GB) closed from last in the field of 14 to finish second by a neck over Stellar Agent.
Newspaperofrecord is an Irish-bred daughter of Lope de Vega out of the Holy Roman Emperor mare Sunday Times.
For Brown, it was his third consecutive victory in the race following on the heels of Rushing Fall (2017) and New Money Honey (2016). Overall, it was Brown’s fifth victory in the race with Lady Eli triumphing in 2014 and Maram in 2008 for the first of the trainer’s 12 Breeders’ Cup wins.
“She showed her class today,” Brown said of Newspaperofrecord who has won her three starts by a combined 20 lengths. “I think she showed the world how good she really is. For her to win as easy as she did is remarkable.”
“I got the perfect trip,” Ortiz said. “She broke good and pulled me to the lead. I just held her together and she relaxed. When I asked her, she exploded for home. It was the easiest Breeders’ Cup I ever won.”
For owner Seth Klarman, it was his first Breeders’ Cup victory from five entrants that he started on his own under the Klaravich banner.
“We’ve never won a Breeders’ Cup race, so that’s special,” Klarman said. “I think she’s our most spectacular horse. We’ve never had somebody that emerged so quickly in her career, showed so much promise, and fulfilled it.”
Bred by Times of Wigan Ltd., Newspaperofrecord was purchased as a yearling at Tattersalls for $278,019. Newspaperofrecord represented the first Breeders’ Cup starter for the breeder.