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2013 Breeders' Cup Highlights: Outstrip

Outstrip wins 2013 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf.

Please enjoy the fourth installment of my “2013 Breeders’ Cup Highlights” series, which features the greatest personal moments of my Breeders’ Cup experience.

Highlight Four: The Juvenile Turf

The second race of the 2013 Breeders’ Cup, the Juvenile Turf proved itself as one of the most exciting races for me personally. The first three finishers were my top three selections, crossing the wire in the same order in which I had predicted.

Sent off as the third choice in a field of thirteen, the British-bred Outstrip carried the royal blue silks of Godolphin Racing to post with Mike Smith aboard, his gray frame capturing my attention in the post parade just as it had done during his morning outings leading up to race day. Tucking into a position near the rear of the field, Outstrip remained several lengths behind the leaders as the two-year-olds entered the first turn of Santa Anita’s turf course.

The gray/roan son of Exceed and Excel maintained his far-back position down the backstretch, loping along comfortably beneath Smith. Around the final bend, Outstrip inched closer to the vanguard, advancing along the rail. Swinging to the outside at the top of the stretch, the Charles Appleby trainee displayed a spectacular turn of foot as he closed the gap between him and the frontrunners, running down top choices Giovanni Boldini and Bobby’s Kitten in the final stages to score by a half-length.

Outstrip’s victory served as Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith’s second of three victories on the weekend, as well as the first in a dominant string of turf triumphs by European-based horses on the Santa Anita turf at the 2013 championships. His win in the Juvenile Turf marked the third consecutive Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf victory for a European-based two-year-old.

Unfortunately, the Juvenile Turf has not yet produced a star in its seven runnings. The first two winners, Nownownow and Donativum, only won once in a plethora of starts after their Breeders’ Cup triumph. The victor of the third edition, Pounced, never raced again and none of the past three winners have won since taking the Juvenile Turf.

However, Outstrip could be the one to change this trend. In his four starts before the Breeders’ Cup, the colt garnered two wins, a second, and a third. After winning his debut at Newmarket in June, he finished a good second in a group two event at Goodwood prior to running away with the Champagne Stakes (gr. II) at Doncaster. Taking on group one company in the Dubai Dewhurst Stakes (gr. I) at Newmarket in his last start before traveling to Santa Anita, Outstrip finished less than three lengths behind one of Europe’s best two-year-olds, War Command.

His Juvenile Turf victory resulted in the fastest time ever recorded in the race, as he completed the mile in 1:33.20 – a time that was .52 seconds faster than that of Chriselliam in the Juvenile Fillies Turf later on the card and only .73 seconds slower than that of 2012 Horse of the Year Wise Dan in the following day’s Breeders’ Cup Mile.

One of the most impressive Juvenile Turf winners to date, Outstrip is certainly royally bred, being a son of one of Australia’s top sires – Exceed and Excel – and the grade one-winning mare Asi Siempre. Sharing his sire with six other grade/group one winners, including the outstanding miler Excelebration, Outstrip is a fine example of Exceed and Excel's success with two-year-olds.

Whether Outstrip faces the same fate as the past Juvenile Turf winners or not remains to be seen, but he certainly offers hope that he could put an end to the unsuccessful pattern of the winners of this race. Could racing fans have witnessed a star in the making when Outstrip powered across the finish line at Santa Anita?


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Agreed,other than Beholder and possibly the Band Bang finish in the Classic.The most impressive Runner visually on the card.The time was aided by a fast turf course.That should not take away anything from the result.He was amazing.Kudos also to runner up Giovanni Boldinni. I do not know or care how they stack up to the competition overseas. All i know is that these 2 guys put on quite a show.
I was impressed ... BC Mile next year?

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