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Breeders' Cup 2017

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Zipse At The Track

30 Years of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies from A to Z


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!

AAwesome 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.

CCash Run is the last winner to fail to win the Eclipse Award. Chilukki got that honor in 1999.

DD is for D. Wayne Lukas who remains the King of this race with five victories in 1985, 1988, 1994, 1999, and 2005.

EEpitome came from the clouds to nip Jeanne Jones on the wire in the 1987 edition.

FFolklore was the last (so far) of Lukas’ five victories, when she won the 2005 edition for Bob and Beverly Lewis.

GGo 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.

KEugene V. Klein, former owner of the San Diego Chargers, won two of the first five runnings, with Twilight Ridge and Open Mind.

LJulien Leparoux is the only European rider to win the Juvenile Fillies, winning aboard She Be Wild in 2009.

MMeadow 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.


OOpen 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.

QQuesting 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.

RR is for Rene Douglas, who scored his only Breeders’ Cup victory with She Be Wild in 2009.  

SSix 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.

TThree 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.

UUnbridled became the second Kentucky Derby winner, after Pleasant Colony, to sire a Juvenile Fillies winner, with Halfbridled in 2003.

VJohnny Velazquez won it both ways … once with a big longshot (Caressing in 2000), and once with a favorite (Storm Flag Flying in 2002.)

WWalter 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.

YY is for William T. Young who owned and bred the fantastic Flanders, who won a spirited battle over stablemate, Serena’s Song, in 1994.

ZZenyatta was not the only BC winner for rider, Mike Smith, in 2008. He also booted home Stardom Bound earlier that day.  


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'C' as in Caressing. Her victory marked the first time John Velazquez won a BC race. Nice recap, Brian. Somehow, your theme's direction went haywire.
tom, you gotta keep a sharp eye on your beverage when perusing the ole` HRN. :) Catch ya later.
Jay,we have to coordinate our timing,you can't be posting these crack up lines every time i'm drinking something.You are killing me.Where is Laz by the way.Probably giving seminars on Willie somewhere.
Goodnight all.
Is Moreno going to the Classic? I can't remember what was said after the Pa. Derby.
tom, perhaps we should get a silhouette shot of you, Laz, and me doing our "Charlie's Angels" poses?
Mums,are you still holding out hopes on that prayer of an E-X-A-C-T-A. You would have a better shot if Jay ran (sans badge)
I gotta admit, you're starting me lean towards The Dude. I just think Fort Larned is gonna take him out of his race. I remember when I first started racing motocross, I had a kid do to me what I see FL doing to the Dude. See, this track would allow you to race in any class higher than the size of your bike. I was on a 250, and this kid was on an 85. And when I say kid, I mean like 12. He was right behind me and in every corner I could hear him revvin' his engine. Sounded like a bumble bee. I kept thinkin', "I can't let this kid pass me!" Sure enough, on the last lap I was more focused on him than the track and made a mistake. He blew past me.
hear, that is!
Good to here amino. best not to stay outta trouble but best to stay out of the mallios posse!! jk!
Good & Neither??? >> But these 2^^ have my overlayed BCC E-X-A-C-T-A.
Lisa , do not try to recruit Amino,He can't take orders.Laz and Jay pull rank.Especially Jay with his badge.
amino, how have you been? Stayin outta trouble or joining the mallios posse?
Not a fan of his this year Jay.Very gutsy and brave horse.His Haskell was one of the top 5 performances of 2012. Regardless,i think the field is running for 2nd place.You at least got the trainer right. Game on Dude
Both are legends in some minds.
tom, what do you think of Paynter's chances in the BCC?
Might as well. :)
Mums,now you are cracking me up.Are you now comparing Jay to the most famous of all Geldings>>> VYJACK
Woops, amino. I didn't mean I needed details. I meant you were breaking down my daydream experience with the "details." :)

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A horse owner and graduate of DePaul University, Brian lives just outside of Louisville with his wife Candice and daughter Kendra.


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