ARCADIA, CA - A pair of favored fillies put on a show for the ages as British Idiom outdueled a very tough Donna Veloce in the stretch run to take Friday’s $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) at Santa Anita Park. British Idiom, a daughter of Flashback, is co-owned by Michael Dubb, The Elkstone Group, Madaket Stables, and Bethlehem Stables.
Breaking from post 4 under Javier Castellano as the 5/2 second choice, British Idiom sat off the pace early while a three-wide trio of Two Sixty, Bast, and Wicked Whisper posted opening fractions of :22.71 and :46.02. The 2/1 favorite Donna Veloce launched an outside bid off of the far turn and swept to the lead, but British Idiom was hot on her heels and soon put her nose in front near the 1/16 pole. The two fought side by side the length of the stretch, but the Brad Cox-trained British Idiom prevailed by a neck at the wire. Bast faded to third, 1 3/4 lengths behind the top duo and the same distance ahead of Perfect Alibi in fourth.
British Idiom returned $7.40 to win, $3.80 to place, and $2.80 to show. Donna Veloce brought back $4 to place and $3 to show, while Bast paid $3.40 to show.