Out of 12 European
fillies to contest the four editions of the Juvenile Fillies' Turf,
only one, Heart Shaped, finished in the money in 2008. This year
with the Lasix ban affecting the Americans, the Irish, English and
French fillies get a level playing field and could even out-perform
their American counterparts who are used to running on medication.
Five fillies from the
other side of the ocean will do their best to take home the Breeders'
Cup trophy. Let's take a closer look at the ones with the greatest
chance to do so.
#3 SKY LANTERN
(Red Clubs – Shawanni,
by Shareef Dancer) (3-1)
Sky Lantern owns a speed
over stamina pedigree. She placed in a listed stakes and two Group 3
events before winning the the seven furlong Moyglare Stud Stakes
(G-1) at the Curragh in Ireland. Sky Lantern earned a 112 Timeform,
which is the highest rating of the European fillies . Her trainer
Richard Hannon is a top juvenile conditioner. He trained Canford
Cliffs to five consecutive Group 1 wins; However, Hannon's record in
Breeders' Cup races is poor. Of five runners in Breeders' Cup races,
two failed to finish and the best placed horse was Paco Boy's fourth
in the Mile. She is Hannon's best chance for a Breeders Cup placing.
#4 FLOTILLA (Mizzen
Mast – Helstra, by Nureyev) (8-1)
Flotilla has the pedigree
to relish middle distances. The French-bred youngster has one of the
classiest female families in the Juvenile fillies turf. She's a full
sister to Stern Opinion, a multiple stakes winner in France. her half
brother Dr. Arbatach is a Champion Sprinter in Puerto Rico. Although
her dam won only once in nine starts, Helstra is a half sister to the
popular sire Stormy Atlantic and a half sister bore Bluegrass Stakes
(G-1) winner Bandini. Flotilla's second dam Flippers won the Santa
Anita Oaks. Her fourth dam Moccasin and fifth dam Rough Shod are blue
hens. Flotilla was beaten a total of 3 1/2 lengths by Group 1 and 2
winners in France over heavy and soft turf at sprint distances and
her highest Timeform Rating is 104. According to Timeform, not many
of the fillies impressed in those races. Flotilla is bred to go
longer and could love the firm turf at Santa Anita. She is the first
Breeders' Cup starter for her trainer Mikel Delzangles.
#10 WATERWAY RUN
(Arch - Princess
Consort, by Dixieland Band) (10-1)
Waterway Run has a stamina oriented pedigree. She has only one
blemish on her record, a fourth place finish in her second start. She
came back to beat the winner of that race in the Oh So Sharp Stakes
earning a 105+ Timeform Rating. The filly is a Group 3 winner in
England at seven furlongs and she should excel at longer distances.
Additionally, her Timeform ratings are improving in every start.
Waterway Run's trainer Ralph Beckett won the first Breeders' Cup
Marathon with Muhannak.
The Gold Cheongsam has a
miler's pedigree. is a capable runner, but she was no match for Group
1 sprinters in the Cheveley Park, finishing off the board. Her best
Timeform Rating, 104+, was earned in April. The Gold Cheongsam's
trainer Jeremy Noseda has brought ten starters to the Breeders' Cup.
He conditioned longshot Wilko to a surprise victory in the 2004
Juvenile. In 2007 and 2009, his charges finished fourth in the
Juvenile Turf. The Gold Cheongsam appears a cut below the best
INFANTA BRANCA is
an Also Eligible.
Sky Lantern and Waterway
Run posses the highest potential. Sky Lantern owns established form
and she is used to traveling in a pack. She earned her highest
Timeform Rating in her last race. Waterway Run is a quickly improving
filly. She moves up in class, but she's also been running over heavy
ground, so she's plenty fit. Both of these fillies are worth
consideration in your wagers.
Gain insight into the contenders of this year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Races with the IMT Handicapping E-Books. Detailed profiles of every contender and race selections from a Pedigree handicapper's perspective. Last year's selections resulted in the $28.80 exacta in the Juvenile
Fillies; $106.20 exacta in the Juvenile Fillies Turf and the $25.20
winner of the Juvenile Turf.
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