Pacific Classic Day
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Jockey Rene Douglas and Juvenile
Fillies winner Dreaming of Anna.
The $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) is the race which usually decides the 2-year-old filly championship. A full field of fourteen hopefuls went to the starting gate for this 1 1/16 mile trip over the main track, with Chicago sensation Dreaming of Anna sent off as the 5-2 favorite off her runaway victory in the Summer Stakes at Woodbine against males, despite that race being run over the turf. In to challenge her were 3-1 second choice Cash Included, runaway winner of the Oak Leaf Stakes at Santa Anita, and 5-1 third choice Octave from the powerful barn of Todd Pletcher, winner of the Adirondack and second in the Matron last out.
First time by and Dreaming of Anna is already out front with Cotton Blossom and Appealing Zophie right behind.
When the gate opened, as expected Dreaming of Anna was gunned to the front by jockey Rene Douglas coming out of the innermost post position, and she battled with 21-1 shot Appealing Zophie on the front end through fractions of 23.72, 47.96, and 1:12.34. At the top of the stretch, Appealing Zophie began to tire and Octave made her bid for the lead after stalking the pace in fourth. However, Dreaming of Anna had something left in the tank, as she found another gear, pulling away from Octave through the stretch to win by 1 1/2 lengths in a time of 1:43.81. It was another 1 1/4 lengths back to late-running 19-1 Cotton Blossom in third. Cash Included was fifth.
Dreaming of Anna won wire to wire in the Juvenile Fillies.
Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show 1 Dreaming of Anna Douglas 7.20 4.60 3.40 4 Octave Gomez 5.80 4.40 7 Cotton Blossom Velazquez 9.00 Winning Time: 1:43.81 $2 Exacta 1-4 50.80 $2 Trifecta 1-4-7 597.60 $2 Superfecta 1-4-7-12 9,380.20Results chart
Dreaming of Anna with her Breeders' Cup flowers. Winning jockey Rene Douglas said, "I'm still dreaming. I've said all along that this is the best filly I've ever ridden. She's very special. I was a bit concerned about the (rail) post. She's amazing, the best filly I've ever ridden. She proved it today, and you haven't seen all of her yet. I know she won, but you're going to see more from her."
Dreaming of Anna exits the winner's circle to head back to the barn. Winning owner Frank Calabrese said, "She could do anything. You could rate her. She's like a car, push the gas pedal and she goes. You watch her race on the turf, it's like she's cutting grass. She never touches the ground. She just floats."
Dreaming of Anna in the paddock before the race. Notice how short her tail is! Winning trainer Wayne Catalano said, "She's a pretty calm, cool, and collected filly. I was watching my filly and saw Rene was very comfortable. Everything was coming together perfectly and the result was just what we looked for."
Second place finisher Octave in the paddock before the race. Her jockey Garrett Gomez said, "She's a little filly and this was her first start around two turns. I thought I was a winner when I came to (Dreaming of Anna) but that filly had another gear and my filly tired a bit going two turns for the first time. I got her out and I had a great trip. When I got to the filly on the lead, the filly on the lead kicked on a little bit and my filly just kind of flattened out at the eighth pole. She ran a heck of a race. I look for bright things in the future for her."
Third place finisher Cotton Blossom in the post parade. Her jockey John Velazquez said, "She broke good and got into a good position but then she started running spotty. She was fine on the backside but when I moved her out, she ran spotty." Todd Pletcher, trainer of both Octave and Cotton Blossom said, "They were pretty soft fractions. I thought we'd have a little more pace to run at. The (winner) ran a big race on the lead, but the fractions didn't help anyone behind her. Both mine got their trips but it looked like a race where four or five fillies would show speed, but basically one filly walked the dog on the lead. A quality filly running soft fractions is hard to run down."
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