Breeders' Cup Juvenile 2020: Who are the fastest contenders?

Breeders' Cup Juvenile 2020: Who are the fastest contenders?
Photo: Janet Garaguso

There is not a single Breeders' Cup race with a bigger speed figure standout than Jackie's Warrior in the Juvenile. The undefeated Champagne (G1) winner has the highest Beyer, Brisnet and Timeform figures in the field and, as a result, will be a short price. Below we compare the speed figures for this year's Juvenile field.

Horse Best/Last Beyer Best/Last    Brisnet Figure Best/Last Timeform Figure 
Jackie's Warrior100/100101/101116/116
Essential Quality88/8892/92101/101
Reinvestment Risk91/9196/94111/111
Sittin on Go84/8490/90109/109
Likable 81/8188/88103/103
 Upstriker81/7489/81105/92
Spielberg 75/7591/83102/96
 Superman Shaq 72/72 n/a 85/85
Smiley Sobotka 71/71 82/82 89/89
Keepmeinmind 83/8388/8895/95
Pickin' Time77/7790/9098/98

Who is the fastest: Jackie's Warrior leads the way in every category, and his numbers have been so good that Reinvestment Risk has the second highest figures in the field despite losing to Jackie's Warrior comfortably. 

One thing that stands out: Timeform values the strength of Sittin on Go's Iroquois victory, giving him a strong 109 Timeform rating. Beyer Speed Figures value of Essential Quality's Breeders' Futurity win as an 88 is a very high number for a horse making his second career start.

[Related: Prospective odds and fields for all 14 Breeders' Cup races]

Odds and accomplishments for the 2020 Juvenile runners: 

Horse   Claim to Fame  Last RaceHRN Odds 
Jackie's Warrior Champagne, Hopeful (G1) winner 1st in Champagne 7-5
 Essential QualityBreeders' Futurity (G1) winner 1st in Breeders' Futurity    5-2 
 Reinvestment Risk2nd in Champagne, Hopeful2nd in Champagne   5-1 
 Sittin on Go Iroquois winner (G3) 1st in Iroquois 10-1
Spielberg  2nd in DMR Futurity (G1) 3rd in American Pharoah   15-1 
Likeable Impressive maiden winner Broke maiden   20-1 
UpstrikerImpressive debut winner4th in Breeders' Futurity   20-1 

Superman Shaq

Impressive maiden winner

Broke maiden

 30-1

Keepmeinmind 2nd in Breeders’ Futurity (G1) 2nd in Breeders' Futurity    30-1 
Dreamer's Disease Allowance winner 1st in Keen allowance   30-1 
 Smiley SobotkaImpressive maiden winner Broke maiden   30-1 
 Pickin' TimeSmoke Glacken Stakes winner  1st in Smoke Glacken 30-1

Breeders' Cup Juvenile updates

• Vittorio was not listed by trainer Simon Callaghan among his three horses targeting the Breeders' Cup.

• Reinvestment Risk was listed among the 13 Breeders' Cup probables that Chad Brown confirmed.

• Kelly Breen told HRN on Tuesday that there is a "small chance" Smoke Glacken Stakes winner Pickin' Time will run in the Juvenile.

Peter Miller's Get Her Number is out of the Juvenile, and Superman Shaq is possible.

• Ignacio Correas confirmed to HRN that Therideofalifetime would not run in the Juvenile.

• Robertino Diodoro told HRN that he plans to enter Breeders' Futurity runner-up Keepmeinmind in the Juvenile and is considering running recent Keeneland allowance winner Dreamer's Disease as well.

• Brad Cox told HRN that Essential Quality came out of his Breeders' Futurity win in good order and is targeting the Juvenile next.

• Ryan Hanson confirmed to HRN that Best Pal winner Weston would bypass the Juvenile.

Who's already going:  Get Her Number, Essential Quality, Sittin on Go, Keepmeinmind, Jackie's Warrior, Reinvestment Risk

Who could be going: Spielberg, Superman Shaq, Upstriker, Dreamer's Disease, Pickin' Time

2020 Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1)

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