Bulletin breaks like a shot to Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint win

November 02, 2018 03:29pm

An oddity for the Todd Pletcher barn led it to winning the first running of Friday’s $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint with Bulletin, who shot away from the gate and led every step of the way in the 5 1/2-furlong event.

Each of Pletcher’s entries in this weekend’s championships are turf runners.

Bulletin, a son of City Zip, runs in the colors of WinStar Farm, China Horse Club and SF Racing. He broke his maiden in stakes company, taking Gulfstream Park’s Hollywood Beach Stakes by an easy seven lengths. Perhaps Pletcher tipped his hand a bit when he traveled from New York to Florida just to watch one of the colt's recent works.

On Friday, Bulletin became the first horse in Breeders’ Cup history to score with only one previous start. This time, he prevailed by 2 3/4 lengths.

“We wanted to leave there running and see where we landed,” Pletcher said.

The strategy worked as Bulletin got the half mile in 46.89 seconds, then finished up in 1:05.54 under jockey Javier Castellano. Wesley Ward-trained Chelsea Cloisters was second, while So Perfect ran third in the field of 13.

Bulletin, who was off at 4-1, was intended to make a start in maiden special weight company, Pletcher said. But the race didn't fill, so connections sent him to stakes.

“He flew out of there," Pletcher added on the break. "He almost left Javier. Broke great, just took it to them. It was a tremendous effort.”

Elliott Walden, president and CEO of WinStar Farm, said connections may consider a trip to Royal Ascot next year with Bulletin.


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