by Miriam Lee
The Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1T), first inaugurated at Santa Anita Park in 2008, will be contested for the 14th time this year as part of the Breeders’ Cup World Championship “Future Stars Friday” program on November 5. The one-mile turf event is for 2-year-old fillies. After two years as a non-graded stakes, it received its grade 2 status in 2010 and has been a grade 1 since 2012.
Eclipse Award-winner Chad Brown has dominated this race having sent out five winners, including inaugural winner Maram. His other winners are Lady Eli, New Money Honey, Rushing Fall and Newspaperofrecord. Both Javier Castellano and Irad Ortiz have won aboard two runners and all four of the wins combined were on the runners trained by Chad Brown.
Lady Eli is the only Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf winner to earn year-end honors, but she earned it as an older mare when her connections took home the Eclipse Award as the 2017 older turf female.
Two years ago, Sharing took home the victory in this race. The Graham Motion-trained Speightstown filly is a daughter of 2010 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf winner Shared Account, who was also conditioned by Motion. Last year, Brad Cox saddled the Irish-bred Aunt Pearl to victory for Michael Dubb, Madaket Stables LLC, Peter Deutsch, Michael Kisber, and The Elkstone Group, LLC (Stuart Grant) and Florent Geroux rode. The daughter of Lope De Vega raced once after the Breeders’ Cup and was fifth in the Edgewood Stakes (G2T) at Churchill Downs last April, but was official retired a few weeks ago and will sell at The Fasig-Tipton Night of the Stars Consignment in Kentucky on November 9.
Lady Eli still owns the fastest time of 1:33.41 for her win at Santa Anita in 2014.
At Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, located in Del Mar Fairgrounds
On Friday November 5th and Saturday November 6th
Juvenile Turf Sprint -5:50 PM
Juvenile Fillies – 6:30 PM
Juvenile Fillies Turf – 7:10 PM
Juvenile – 7:50 PM
Juvenile Turf -8:30 PM
Filly & Mare Sprint -3:05 PM
Turf Sprint – 3:40 PM
Dirt Mile – 4:19 PM
Filly & Mare Turf – 4:59 PM
Sprint – 5:38 PM
Mile – 6:20 PM
Distaff – 7:00 PM
Turf – 7:40 PM
Classic – 8:40 PM
|Hot Rod Charlie
|Ricardo Santana, Jr.
Miriam Lee has always been a horse racing fan thanks to trips to the tracks in her home state of Maryland with her father as kid. She owns an OTTB and is an advocate for promoting the sport among her peers. Miriam studies communication arts at Hood College and will receive her master’s degree in 2021, which she plans to use for a career in screenwriting. Her all-time favorite racehorse is Man O War.