Month: October 2013

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Post Position Draw

Barring any last minute scratches it will be a full house in the 2013 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. For the first time since 2006, 14 young and talented contenders are ready to load into the starting gate.

As in every big race, the bigger the field, the more obstacles there will be. For our two favorites one particular challenge is already in play. Winning from the far outside is never easy. If Havana or Strong Mandate, who will be starting next to each other from post 13 and 14, want to win on Saturday, they and their jockey’s must be prepared to race from a position they would not have chosen otherwise.

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Todd Pletcher Goes For the Juvenile Repeat

With 29 years in the books, you would think that a repeat win by a trainer has happened on more than one occasion. On the contrary, D. Wayne Lukas is still the only one who has scored consecutive victories in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. (1986-1988)

Since, it’s been a rotating door year in and year out. While it may not be surprising due to the unpredictable nature of Juvenile racing, it may be unexpected to some. In particular, the fact that no jockey has been able to score in this division two years in a row since the early 1980’s is astonishing.

As for the 2013 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, unless Todd Pletcher tabs Rosie Napravnik, the only repeat chance will belong to him.

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Champagne Stakes Versus the Breeders’ Futurity

There’s a reason certain stakes races are chosen for the 2013 Breeders’ Cup Challenge. When it comes to the Champagne Stakes at Belmont Park and the Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland there’s only one reason that if you win, you’re in; they produce Juvenile champions.

As we approach the 30th anniversary of the Breeders’ Cup this November, it’s important that we recognize just how significant these races have been to the Juvenile division. Specifically, let’s permit the stats to do the talking; 13 of the previous 29 winners stopped here last.

Now that’s what I call a serious Juvenile prep. And since the Champagne and Futurity deserve the credit, and by all means our attention on Saturday, let me ask the Nation a very important question. Which do you prefer or favor?

Need some help? No problem, let’s compare!

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