As usual, the Europeans figure to have a strong hand in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf. Aidan O'Brien's Battleground could vie for favoritism, while stablemate St Mark's Basilica is one of a handful of other possible runners.
As the Europeans sort out who will ultimately contest the race, we take a look at the fastest North American based runners in the field to see how they stack up by comparing their Beyer, Brisnet and Timeform Figures below.
|Horse||Best/Last Beyer||Best/Last Brisnet Figure||Best/Last Timeform Figure|
|Gretzky the Great||83/83||92/89||96/96|
|Fire At Will||80/80||84/83||87/87|
|Ready to Repeat||75/75||90/85||98/93|
|Into the Sunrise||78/69||91/84||96/93|
Who is the fastest: Mutasaabeq has the highest Beyer and Timeform figures in the field, but they came during his dirt debut. He received a surprisingly low number (75) for his Bourbon Stakes (G2) win on the turf though it was visually pleasing. Summer Stakes (G1) winner Gretzky the Great has consistently put forth the highest juvenile grass figures throughout the year with Outadore right on his tail.
One thing that stands out: There is tremendous balance in this field among the North American-based runners, which leads one to believe that this is a race ripe for the taking by the Europeans. The highest turf Beyer in the field is a modest 83 and no North American runner has yet to crack 100 on the Timeform scale. For comparison sake, Battleground has achieved a Timeform number of 110, while St Mark's Basilica has reached as high as 113.
Odds and accomplishments for the 2020 Juvenile Fillies runners:
|Horse||Claim to Fame||Last Race||HRN Odds|
|Battleground||Group 2 winner||1st in Vintage||7-2|
|Mutasaabeq||G2 winner on turf, debut winner on dirt||1st in Bourbon||4-1|
|St Mark's Basilica||Group 1 winner||1st Dewhurst||9-2|
|Cadillac||Champions Juvenile Stakes (G2) winner||5th in Dewhurst||8-1|
|Gretzky the Great||G1 winner||1st in Summer||8-1|
|Outadore||Juvenile Turf Sprint (Kentucky Downs) winner||1st in Juvenile Turf Sprint||12-1|
|New Mandate||Group 2 winner||1st in Royal Lodge Stakes||12-1|
|Public Sector||Grade 2 placed||2nd in Pilgrim||12-1|
|Fire At Will||Dual surface stakes winner||1st in Pilgrim||15-1|
|Catman||LRL Futurity winner||1st in LRL Futurity||20-1|
|Abarta||G2 placed||2nd in Bourbon||20-1|
|The Lir Jet||Norfolk Stakes (G2) winner||5th in Middle Park||20-1|
|Ready to Repeat||G1 placed||2nd in Summer||20-1|
|Into the Sunrise||2nd in Soarin Free Stakes||4th in Bourbon||20-1|
|Ebeko||A win and a 2nd in two U.S. stakes tries||1st in Zuma Beach||20-1|
|Laws of Indices||Railway Stakes (G2) winner||3rd in Grand Criterium||30-1|
|Caisson||Added blinkers while close 4th in stakes debut||4th in Zuma Beach||30-1|
|Dolder Grand||800K purchase is a G1 placed maiden||3rd in Summer Stakes||30-1|
|Credit River||Ontario Racing winner||6th in Cup Saucer||50-1|
Juvenile Turf Updates
Who's already going: Gretzky the Great, Credit River, Public Sector, Battleground, Mutasaabeq, Outadore, Fire at Will, Atman, Abarta, The Lir Jet, Ready to Repeat, Ebeko, Dolder Grand
Who could be going: Into the Sunrise, St. Mark's Basilica, Cadillac, New Mandate, Laws of Indices