TrainerH. Graham Motion
OwnerEclipse Thoroughbred Partners, Gainesway Stable
Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Gainesway Stable’s Sharing swept to the lead in the upper stretch and then turned back a bid from favored Daahyeh by 1 ¼ lengths, scoring a 13-1 upset to win the 12th running of the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf on the first day of the 2019 World Championships at Santa Anita Park.
Trained by Graham Motion and ridden by Manny Franco, Sharing covered the mile on a firm turf course in 1:34.59. It is the first Breeders’ Cup victory for Franco and fourth for Motion, one of which was Sharing’s dam, Shared Account, in the 2010 Filly & Mare Turf.
But the Breeders’ Cup family connections didn’t end there. In addition to her mother, Sharing’s pedigree includes two other Breeders’ Cup champions. Shared Account’s father, broodmare sire Pleasantly Perfect, won the 2003 Breeders’ Cup Classic, and Sharing’s sire, Speightstown, won the 2004 Breeders’ Cup Sprint.
In the 14-horse field of the Juvenile Fillies Turf, Abscond set the pace while being closely tracked by Sweet Melania as Sharing raced in the fifth spot with a ground-saving trip.
Straightening into the homestretch, Sweet Melania pushed to the front but was soon joined and passed by Sharing, who quickly opened a daylight margin and had more than enough to hold off the 3.8-1 favorite Daahyeh.
“She broke so nice out of the gate and got the position behind the speed I wanted,” said winning rider Franco. “Down the backside, she settled pretty nicely. By the three-eighths pole, I waited for the right moment to make my move and she was there for me.”
“It’s amazing,” said Motion. “Her mother (Shared Account) was really the most special filly I’ve trained. I mean I’ve had some really nice fillies but she was very special. It’s so hard to win these races. Just to get here, it’s really surreal to be honest.”
The Juvenile Fillies Turf was Sharing’s third win in four starts. She broke her maiden in her second start, winning a six-furlong special weight event at Saratoga on Aug. 18. Prior to the Breeders’ Cup, Sharing captured the 1 1/16-mile Selima Stakes at Laurel by 2 ½ lengths.
Sharing was bred in Maryland by Sagamore Farm.