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Jockey Calvin Borel looks up at the sky
after winning his first Breeders' Cup
race with Street Sense.
The $2 million Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) at a 1 1/16 mile generally settles the title of champion 2-year-old male. Like its filly counterpart, the Juvenile also had a maximum field size of fourteen, with Hopeful winner Circular Quay sent off as the lukewarm 3-1 favorite after finishing second in the Lane's End Breeders Futurity last out. In to challenge were 4-1 second choice and stablemate Scat Daddy, winner of the Champagne in his final prep, and 6-1 third choice Principle Secret from California, winner of the Best Pal and second in the Norfolk.
First time by with Stormello with Pegasus Wind and Got the Last Laugh out front.
Principle Secret battled with 10-1 Stormello for the first half mile through quick fractions of 23.07 and 46.67, while Circular Quay, who was pinched back at the start, dropped to the back of the pack for the run around the clubhouse turn. Nearing the end of the backstretch, Principle Secret stopped badly and was eased late, as 10-1 Pegasus Wind moved up from third to take a brief lead midway on the far turn. The fast pace set the race up for the closers, as Circular Quay and 15-1 Street Sense unleashed their rallies from the rear. With 3/16 of a mile to go, Street Sense took the lead and drew away from Circular Quay to win by a record 10 lengths at the line in a time of 1:42.59 over the fast main track. It was another 2 1/4 lengths back from Circular Quay to 7-1 Great Hunter in third, who was 2 3/4 lengths ahead of Scat Daddy in fourth.
Street Sense wins by 10 lengths in the Juvenile.
Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show 1 Street Sense Borel 32.40 12.60 8.00 9 Circular Quay Gomez 5.00 3.20 7 Great Hunter Nakatani 4.40 Winning Time: 1:42.59 $2 Exacta 1-9 181.20 $2 Trifecta 1-9-7 996.00 $2 Superfecta 1-9-7-3 3,915.80Results chart
Street Sense with his flowers and trainer Carl Nafzger on the right. Winning jockey Calvin Borel said, "I knew they were going a little quick. But he's a push button horse. You really don't have to worry when he's right, and when I asked him he put me there. Going around the turn we had a hole, and I schmoozed at him. From then on I knew it was a matter of how far he had to go. I had so much horse under me. I had an awesome trip."
Street Sense in the winner's circle with his winner's blanket. Notice how dirty his face is since he was at the back of the pack early. Winning trainer Carl Nafzger said, "I didn't expect that kind of performance but I knew that he was a freaky kind of horse, a really nice horse. We love to win at Churchill. We always have. He's my Derby horse. I'd be a fool to say he wasn't."
Street Sense walks over to the paddock before the race. Winning owner James Tafel said, "I would say winning the Breeders' Cup after five previous tries, two of them with Banshee Breeze, who ran second, one by a nose, but this is a special moment. So, we're very thrilled and excited and Calvin, thanks for the great ride."
Second place finisher and beaten favorite Circular Quay in the paddock with trainer Todd Pletcher on the right. Pletcher had 18 horses run on Saturday, but none were able to win. His jockey Garrett Gomez said, "He settled in real good, but just like he was the other day (Breeders' Futurity), he wasn't involved early. I just let him do his thing. He started passing horses and I reached for him when he started to lug in a bit, which he has a tendency to do. The winner, who got shut off at the 3/8-pole snuck by me on the inside and when he got through there, he went through there like a blur. He's coming around real nice. He's got a bright future." Trainer Todd Pletcher added, "I thought Circular Quay ran a huge race. He dropped way back and circled the field. He was just second best. The winner ran a blinder (brilliant) obviously, but Circular Quay ran a big race."
Third place finisher Great Hunter returns after the race. His jockey Corey Nakatani said, "He ran really good. There was a little bit of bumping going into the first turn. I was able to get into good position turning for home, but the inside opened up and the horse on the rail was gone." Trainer Doug O'Neill added, "I'm very happy. He made a terrific move for us on the turn and I thought he might have a chance to win it, but we got beat on the square and my horse did his best. I have no complaints."
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