Breeders Cup Picks: Juvenile Fillies
The $2 million Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies is race 3 of today’s five world championship races. The 1 1/16 mile race for 2-year-old fillies has a field of nine and is slotted as race 7 with an approximate post time of 5:32 p.m. ET.
#4, British Idiom, Javier Castellano, 7-2
British Idiom is 2-for-2 in her career, winning her maiden special weight by 3 ½ lengths at Saratoga on Aug. 15 and then immediately went to her first graded stakes race, the $400,000 G1 Darley Alcibiades Stakes at Keeneland on Oct. 4 and won that by an impressive 6 ½ lengths over today’s entrant Perfect Alibi. So far not one flaw. This is against better company, but I have no doubts that Javier Castellano, who is riding her for a third time, will get the job done. The pick.
#6, Bast, John Velazquez, 7-2
Bast, who is based out of Santa Anita (where six out of the last 9 Juvenile Fillies have been California-based), has won two straight Grade 1s: the Del Mar Debutante Stakes by a whopping 8 ¾ lengths over Inspiressa and today’s entrant Comical on Aug. 31 and The Chandelier Stakes by a neck over Comical and another entrant in today’s race, K P Dreamin at Santa Anita on Sept. 27. Johnny V returns for his second straight mount for trainer Bob Baffert. The likely choice, but prefer another. Runner-up.
#7, Wicked Whisper, Joel Rosario, 7-2
After winning her maiden by 6 ¼ lengths at Saratoga on Aug. 25, Wicked Whisper wasted no time either for her first graded stakes start, a solid 2 ¾ length win in the $400,000 G1 Frizette Stakes at Belmont Park on Oct. 6. This will be her first trip out to California and Joel Rosario, who was aboard for the last, is back again for trainer Steve Asmussen. She is in perfect form right now and would not be surprised if she snuck this out, despite her first trip out west. Contender.
#1, Donna Veloce, Flavien Prat, 3-1
Winning by 9 ¼ lengths in her debut, Donna Veloce raised a lot of eyebrows here on Sept. 28 and rightfully so. Flavien Prat returns in the saddle for her second race, but is this too big of jump for her too soon for her first graded stakes, nonetheless a Breeders Cup? No doubt she has the talent and with Prat aboard, who has won three straight seasonal jockey titles here, a repeat performance could happen. I just don’t think it is. In the mix.
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