Contenders for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf

The Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf looks to be captured by a different owner than in the past two years, as the most recent editions of the race have been won by eFive Racing — with New Money Honey winning in 2016 and Rushing Fall last year.

But trainer Chad Brown can win three in a row should top contender Newspaperofrecord or the less-heralded Dogtag hit the wire first on Nov. 2 at Churchill Downs.

As part of the Breeders’ Cup newly formatted “Future Stars Friday”, the Juvenile Fillies Turf will be contested at one mile, with entries running for their share of a $1 million purse in the Grade I event.

Four victorious fillies of “Win And You’re In Races” are assured of a gate in the race: Concrete Rose, Just Wonderful, La Pelosa and Lily’s Candle. A fifth WAYI winner, Skitter Scatter, will bypass the Breeders’ Cup, per her trainer.

The following are possible contenders for the Juvenile Fillies Turf, along with their sires, damsires, trainers, jockeys, racing records and notes on how they have fared on various turf conditions:

HORSE SIRE DAMSIRE TRAINER LAST JOCKEY RECORD* OFF-TURF
Beyond Reason Australia Azamour Charlie Appleby William Buick 7-3-1-0 $149k won twice on “soft” turf
Carnival Colors Distorted Humor Street Sense Michael Stidham Luis Contreras 3-1-1-1 $42k never raced on turf
Concrete Rose*** Twirling Candy Powerscourt George Arnold II Jose Lezcano 2-2-0-0 $166k won on “good” turf
Dogtag War Front Unbridled’s Song Chad Brown Javier Castellano 3-1-0-1 $77k won on “yielding” turf
East Frankel Indian Ridge Kevin Ryan Stephane Pasquier 2-2-0-0 $53k won on “soft” and “good”
Just Wonderful*** Dansili Montjeu Aiden O’Brien Ryan Moore 6-3-0-1 $148k all races on “good” turf
Hermosa (IRE) Galileo Pivotal Aiden O’Brien Donnacha O’Brien 6-2-2-1 $247k won on “soft” and “good”
La Pelosa*** Dandy Man Bushranger Charlie Appleby Jamie Spencer 6-2-2-1 $169k 2nd on “soft” two back
Lady Prancealot Sir Prancealot Haatef Richard Baltas Joe Talamo 7-1-3-1 $52k 3rd on “heavy”
Lakerball Lakerville Capsized Doug O’Neill Mario Gutierrez 4-2-0-1 $84k firm only turf start
Lily’s Candle (FR)*** Style Vendome Dolphin Street Fabrice Vermeulen Pierre-Charles Boudot 5-3-0-0 $317k won on “soft” turf
Lonely Road Quality Road Broken Vow Christophe Clement David Cohen 4-2-0-0 $135k won on “good” only turf start
My Gal Betty Point of Entry Mining Roger Attfield Rafael Hernandez 4-2-1-1 $121k won on “yielding” turf
Newspaperofrecord Lope de Vega Holy Roman Emporer Chad Brown Irad Ortiz Jr. 2-2-0-0 $156k “yielding” in both starts
Pakhet Cairo Prince Hard Spun Todd Pletcher John Velazquez 3-1-1-0 $84k won on “yielding” turf
Pivottina Vision D’etat Pivotal Graham Motion Joel Rosario 5-1-2-0 $50k won on “soft” turf
Pretty Pollyanna Oasis Dream Shamardal Michael L. Bell Danny Tudhope 6-3-0-1 $344k won on “good” turf
So Perfect Scat Daddy Songandaprayer Aiden O’Brien Seamie Heffernan 6-2-1-1 $165k won on “yielding”
Splashy Kisses Blame Cherokee Run Doug O’Neill Drayden Van Dyke 3-1-1-1 $73k never raced on turf
Stellar Agent More Than Ready Medaglia d’Oro Jorge Abreu Manny Franco 2-1-0-1 $70k won on “good”, 3rd on “yielding”
Summering War Front Indian Charlie Thomas Proctor Drayden Van Dyke 3-2-0-1 $108k all races on firm turf
The Mackem Bullet Society Rock Trade Fair Brian Ellison Oisin Murphy 6-1-2-2 $164k all races on “good” turf
Varenka Ghostzapper Dynaformer Graham Motion John Velazquez 3-0-2-1 $64k 2nd on “yielding” twice
Zagitova (IRE) Galileo Kyllachy Aiden O’Brien Seamie Heffernan 5-1-1-1 $66k won on “good” turf

Note: Earnings rounded down to nearest thousand.
*** Win And You’re In” race winner.

None of these freshman fillies have run on the Churchill Downs turf course. Splashy Kisses finished second in the Grade II Pocahontas which was run at a mile and a sixteenth on the Churchill main track.

None of the contenders in the Juvenile Fillies Turf will be racing off a more than 48-day layoff.

The inside posts (1-3) are favorable in turf races at a mile at Churchill Downs.

Javier Castellano is the only jockey to win multiple editions of this race since it debuted in 2008, as he has won the last two. Brown has been the trainer of record of four of the ten previous Juvenile Filly Turf races, including winning three of the last four.

The following are some videos of the major contenders, including the winners of WAYI races:

LA PELOSA

CONCRETE ROSE

NEWSPAPEROFRECORD

LILY’S CANDLE

PRETTY POLLYANNA

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