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Breeders' Cup Top 10 - The Juvenile

Breeders' Cup Top Ten
I must admit when I took on this blog I knew I would have to re-watch all the past runnings of the Breeders' Cup Juveniles, because my first time ever watching of the BC was in 2004. So, trying to prepare a top ten list would not be an easy task. However, as I went through, I found the task to be quite easy. The brilliance that was displayed in many of my top picks was just so much more overwhelming than in other years. The stretch battles that stir the soul were few and far between, but those that were there did more than keep me on the edge of my seat. So, without any further ado I present my Top Ten Breeders’ Cup Juveniles.

10.) Timber Country-
What a race is all I can say. From making that tremendous move on the rail, getting stuck, threading through traffic while the European Eltish got the jump, Timber Country should have been done. But no, he looked his rival in the eye and sprinted away in the blink of an eye.

9.) Favorite Trick-
Was the definition of professionalism, speed, and dominance.  He took over the lead with ease, ran six furlongs in 1.09 and change and still drew away with the utmost authority. The undefeated champion looked every part of one in this race.

8.) War Pass- Wow, War Pass. The son of Cherokee Run must be part fish because the way he handled the slop fest at Monmouth Park was nothing short of scintillating. Wire to wire, he led them on a merry chase, setting blistering fractions and drawing away with complete easy. On this day there was no catching War Pass.

7.) Chiefs Crown-
What a thrilling race, I only wish I had been alive to watch. Can you believe the horses he beat this day? Running down the likes of Spend the Buck and Tank’s Prospect is no easy task, and it wasn’t. It didn’t look like Chief’s Crown would be able to get by, but as the wire neared another gear was found and he rolled by, taking the inaugural Breeders’ Cup Juvenile

6.) Street Sense-
Dominating, scintillating, spine tingling….take your pick. The son of the great Street Cry blew the race wide open in 2006, with a rail riding rally that left his opponents reeling. As they turned for home Calvin Bo-rail had already guided his mount to the lead, but as they raced down the stretch it was all Street Sense who rolled home to win by a record 10 widening lengths.

5.) Unbridled’s Song-
Son of Unbridled had to work through traffic and slug it out with a stubborn Hennessy down the entire length of the stretch. But the Unbridled’s Song fought with the courage of a lion and the heart of a champion, to prevail by a head.

4.) Vindication-
After duking it out on the front end with stablemate Bull Market there was no way Vindication could have something left for the stretch drive…right? Wrong, dead wrong. He had plenty left. He showed why he was the most talked about juvenile of his crop when he spurted away from Bull Market and held sway over Kafwain and Hold that Tiger. A great race by a potentially great horse. It was a shame his career was cut so short.

Drum roll please….I now present the Dead Heat Debates Top Three Breeders Cup Juveniles!

3.) Macho Uno-
I do not remember this race so much for its streaking grey winner, but the big red express train that came steam rolling down the stretch. Point Given looked beaten at ever point in the race, it was not until late stretch that he burst onto the scene, gobbling up chunks of ground with each and every stride. After a disastrous start he had the fans willing him to get up, but it was not to be. Point Given would fall a nose short in one of the most thrilling editions of the Juvenile I have ever seen.

2.) Arazi-
Out of the clouds, ran by them like they were standing still. Arazi brought a whole new meaning to both of those statements in 1991. He went from last to first, weaving through traffic and racing by his opponents leaving them stunned and hopelessly reeling in his wake. It ranks among the most powerful juvenile performance ever seen during this great event.

1.) Uncle Mo-
There are not enough words to describe the son of Indian Charlie and his performance in 2010. Sitting chilly in second, he made his move as the rounded the turn. Seizing the lead as they entered the stretch, Uncle Mo never looked back. The margin was by 4 ¾ lengths, but it could have easily been by 10. He dominated Boys at Toscanova, the one who was supposed to test him and possibly beat him. This performance oozed class, brilliance, and dominance. It is Dead Heat Debates number one performance in the history of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.



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DeadHeat- I know that Arazi's field had Bertrando and Pine Bluff, I believe. Do you know the other horses in his field?
  • DeadHeat · Also, another good field, Cheif's Crown with Spend a Buck and Tank's Prospect. · 2241 days ago
  • Winplacsho · The only other horse would be Dance Floor...owned by MC Hammer! · 2235 days ago
I named my doggie for Macho UNO !!! What a horse!!!, what a Stud!!!!!
I LOVE Awesome Feather!! She is my favorite Juvenile, of all time.
This has now been updated to include videos of all 10 :)
Not off the top of my head. As I said earlier, I had to go back and watch them all, because I wasn't around to watch most.
Much superior. I based this off of what the competition did up to that point, since Juveniles can change so quickly. At that point, in a field of 10 there were 6 other grade one winners besides Mo. Also there was a grade three winner and the two that had not won graded stakes were both grade one placed. It was a strong field of Juveniles. I understand they haven't come back well, but in retrospect look at how many have returned at all so far. You can't judged based on what you do not know. What if Boys wins big next. Both Rouge and Riveting were injured, so if they come back well that speaks volumes too. Thirsty has come back very well. Of course, Thirsty is the only one we can say so far, but what I would challenge you to do is look at how the fillies ran, only one day before. They ran the same distance in 1.45 and change. The first two finishers Awesome Feather and R Heat both went on to do quite well. Mo ran that distance in 1.42 and change. That is why his performance was so great to me. It was a slow surface that sucked the life out of speed. He was close to the lead and showed no signs of weakening, but only wanting more ground. It was a huge run.
I would have put Arazi 1st. He had never raced on dirt , ha a chip in his knee (which they should've left alone) and he showed a devastating series of moves and drew off so easily against much superior competition than perfect trip Uncle Mo (my favorite horse ever tied with Zarkova) that he ranks ahead of my buddy MO.
cashking, believe me it was very very close between the top two. Any closer and i would have been doing a coin toss.
That was the BC at AQU. I actually went to that one and Tasso was a big winner for me at a good price. Was it 9-2?
I don't know if this should make the list, but one of my most memorable Juveniles was the year that Is It True beat Easy Goer in the rain at Churchill Downs. Arazi and Uncle Mo were great 2 year olds, but I think Easy Goer was just as good and I still can't believe he lost that race.
#11 better have been Tasso rallying down the middle of the track to nail Storm Cat by a whisker on the wire!
  • gocashking · Did you HAVE to mention Tasso, B? Even though I had a saver DD onto the Klein entry in race 2, that finish cost me a TON! I know you love Uncle Mo, Dani - but formy $$$ Arazi is still the most electrifying RACE of all BC's, not only the Juvenile. Not even close vs. Mo. GB · 2242 days ago

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