Here is a chronological
list of my favorite runnings of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies. Check
out the chart of all of the winners of the race to see if you have favorites of
1984 – The
Winner gets DQ’d. In the
inaugural running of the BC Juvenile Fillies, 74-1 longshot Fran's Valentine crossed the finished
line first, but she was disqualified and placed tenth for interference at the
top of the stretch. She veered
right sharply as jockey Pat Valenzuela made some running room. This is the only
dq in the history of this race.
1988 – D.
Wayne Lukas to Win, Place, and Show. In 1988 horses with a common trainer and/or ownership still ran as an entry. That year Lukas had a five-horse entry that managed to take
the top three finishing positions, with future Hall of Famer and New
Jersey-bred Open Mind getting the win.
The entry went off at odds of .70-1 and paid $3.40, $3.00, and $2.80.
1994 - Flanders
and Serena’s Song battled neck and neck almost the entire way around
the track with Serena's Song taking
the lead at the top of the stretch.
Both fillies were trained by D. Wayne Lukas. He told his riders to go at it and they certainly did. Flanders battled back on the rail with
the urging of Pat Day. Flanders would win the Eclipse award after her win in
the Juvenile Fillies. That would end up being her last race after sustaining
two fractures. Serena’s Song went on to win over $3,000,000 and get inducted
into the Hall of Fame.
1997 – A
Patrick Byrne Sweep – Countess Diana and Favorite Trick won the Juvenile races in 1997 for trainer Patrick
Byrne. Both were awarded the Eclipse
Awards for two year-olds. Favorite Trick also became the first two year-old to be named Horse of the Year since
2010 – From
Calder to Churchill Downs: Awesome
Feather. Awesome Feather came to Churchill Downs riding a five race unbeaten streak at Calder Race
Course for trainer Stanley Gold and rider Jeffrey Sanchez. Awesome Feather went of as a 4.20-1
favorite. That unbeaten streak is still intact two years later as she heads
into this year’s Ladies Classic with 10 wins.
2011 – Stonestreet
Magic Continues. My Miss Aurelia got another Breeders’ Cup win for Stonestreet Farms. Curlin won the Classic
in 2007, but Rachel Alexandra never
got a chance to run in the BC. My Miss Aurelia’s impressive stretch run against
Grace Hall brought the magic back to Stonestreet. In 2012 she looks to become the first winner of the Juvenile
Fillies to win the Ladies Classic (Distaff).
Here a couple of links
from earlier coverage of the race:
How Often Does the Juvenile Fillies Winner Get the Eclipse?