ARCADIA, CA - Breeze Easy’s Four Wheel Drive broke sharply from the gate and never looked back en route to wiring Friday’s $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint (G2) at Santa Anita Park.
Breaking from post 9 as the 3/2 favorite under Irad Ortiz, Jr., Four Wheel Drive posted opening fractions of :21.55 and :44.03 before completing the 5-furlong event over the firm turf course in a final time of :55.66. . The Wesley Ward trainee, a first-crop son of the 2015 Triple Crown and Breeders’ Cup Classic champion American Pharoah, was 3/4 of a length ahead of Chimney Rock in second. Another 2 1/4 lengths back, a tight photo finish for third went the way of Another Miracle over the winner’s stablemate, Kimari.
Four Wheel Drive returned $5 to win, $3.40 to place, and $3 to show. Chimney Rock brought back $8.20 to place and $5.40 to show, while Another Miracle paid $7.80 to show.