I enjoyed Matt Shifman’s alphabetical list so much, I decided to do one of my own. Let’s learn as much as we can about the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies from A to Z. And by the way, if anyone can think of a better one for “X” … let me know!
A – Awesome Feather easily won the Juvenile Fillies in 2010 to cap an undefeated and championship season.
B - Beholder went wire-to-wire in last year’s edition under Garrett Gomez, holding off the favorite, Executiveprivilege.
C – Cash Run is the last winner to fail to win the Eclipse Award. Chilukki got that honor in 1999.
D– D is for D. Wayne Lukas who remains the King of this race with five victories in 1985, 1988, 1994, 1999, and 2005.
E – Epitome came from the clouds to nip Jeanne Jones on the wire in the 1987 edition.
F – Folklore was the last (so far) of Lukas’ five victories, when she won the 2005 edition for Bob and Beverly Lewis.
G – Go For Wand became the first winner of the Juvenile Fillies to make the Hall of Fame when she was inducted posthumously in 1996.
H – Halfbridled is the only filly to have won the Juvenile Fillies from the far outside number 14 post position.
I – Indian Blessing is the only winner to also have gone on to win an Eclipse Award as Outstanding Female Sprinter.
J – J is for Julie Krone who became the first female to ride a Breeders’ Cup winner with Halfbridled in 2003.
K – Eugene V. Klein, former owner of the San Diego Chargers, won two of the first five runnings, with Twilight Ridge and Open Mind.
L – Julien Leparoux is the only European rider to win the Juvenile Fillies, winning aboard She Be Wild in 2009.
M – Meadow Star was the heaviest favorite to win. She won by five lengths as the 1-5 favorite in 1990.
N – Corey Nakatani is one of six jockeys to have won two editions of the Juvenile Fillies, having won with Sweet Catomine in 2004 and My Miss Aurelia in 2011.
O – Open Mind became the first Juvenile Fillies winner to come back and become the Three-Year-Old Filly Champion the following year.
P – Pat & Pat (Day and Valenzuela) won four of the first eleven editions of the Juvenile Fillies.
Q – Questing came back to nose out My Miss Aurelia for the Three-Year-Old Filly Championship the year after running fifth behind that one in the 2011 Juvenile Fillies.
R – R is for Rene Douglas, who scored his only Breeders’ Cup victory with She Be Wild in 2009.
S – Six is the number of horses whose name began with the letter “S” to have won: Storm Song, Silverbulletday, Storm Flag Flying, Sweet Catomine, Stardom Bound, and She Be Wild.
T – Three is the number of different distances in which the Juvenile Fillies has been run: one mile, nine furlongs, and the current 1 1/16 miles.
U – Unbridled became the second Kentucky Derby winner, after Pleasant Colony, to sire a Juvenile Fillies winner, with Halfbridled in 2003.
V – Johnny Velazquez won it both ways … once with a big longshot (Caressing in 2000), and once with a favorite (Storm Flag Flying in 2002.)
W – Walter Guerra was the winning rider of the inaugural edition when his mount, Outstandingly was placed first in 1984 after the disqualification of Fran’s Valentine for interference.
X – XXX – 2013 will be the 30th running of the Distaff.
Y – Y is for William T. Young who owned and bred the fantastic Flanders, who won a spirited battle over stablemate, Serena’s Song, in 1994.