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Joel Rosario celebrates as Game Winner heads to the winner's circle after the Juvenile.

World Championships
Breeders' Cup Juvenile Results

Date: 11/02/2018

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The $2 million Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) features 2-year-old colts and geldings going 1 1/16 miles around two turns of the Churchill Downs main track, and traditionally determines the early favorite for next year's Kentucky Derby. Game Winner was sent off as the even-money favorite off wins in the Del Mar Futurity (G1) and American Pharoah (G1). In to challenge him included 5-2 second choice Complexity, winner of the Champagne (G1) and 17-2 third choice Standard Deviation, 3rd in the Breeders' Futurity (G1).

Game Winner leads in the stretch.

Jockey Jose Ortiz sent Complexity to the lead first time by through fractions of 23.24 and 46.87 while pressed by 40-1 Knicks Go and stalked by 10-1 Well Defined. On the far turn jockey Albin Jimenez sent Knicks Go to lead through 3/4 in 1:11.23 and 1 mile in 1:37.05. Game Winner, 7th early under Joel Rosario, came out 5 wide for room and rallied to win going away by 2 1/4 lengths in 1:43.67. It was a length from Knicks Go back to 67-1 longshot Signalman third.

Game Winner wins the Juvenile
Pgm  Horse              Jockey            Win   Place  Show
 9   Game Winner        Rosario           4.00   3.20  2.80
10   Knicks Go          Jimenez                 21.40 11.20
14   Signalman          Hernandez                     15.80

Winning Time:  1:43.67

$1 Exacta 9-10                        56.60
$1 Trifecta 9-10-14                  965.60
$1 Superfecta 9-10-14-2           16,279.80
Results

Left: Game Winner heads to the winner's circle.

Right: The trophy presentation. Winning trainer Bob Baffert said, “Talk about a rough trip! I was glad Joel was patient with him. I felt a lot of pressure coming here because I have really thought a lot about this colt. I know he is a really good horse. He showed it today; he was much the best. I am so happy for Gary and Mary West. I felt more pressure because I told Gary ‘I don’t think they can beat us.’ They have put a lot into the game. This horse likes Churchill Downs; that’s a good sign. These races are hard to win. I have great crew and a great team and we got it done.”

Left: Game Winner races in seventh first time by. Winning jockey Joel Rosario said, “He broke fine but it looked like they took my spot and I had to go wide. He seemed like he didn’t mind that. He was comfortable. That’s why we got him moving at that point, instead of getting inside and taking back. Turning for home the more I rode him the more he gave it to me.”

Right: Game Winner heads back to the barn. "He broke a little squirrelly at the gate, was wide around the first turn, (and) was wide down the backstretch" owner Gary West said. "Going into the far turn, I knew he was going to run, but I didn't know if he was going to run fast enough to catch the leaders. I didn't think it was a very good trip."

Left: Second place finisher Knicks Go in the post parade. Trainer Ben Colebrook said, "That was a thrill. Turning for home, I thought we might get there, but Baffert's horse was the one to beat all along. He ran his eyeballs out, the pace was hot, but he was always going well within himself. It was just like we drew it up; just follow [Complexity] around there and hope to get first run on [Game Winner], and we did. But he’s just too good.”"

Right: Third place finisher Signalman returns after the race. The Ken McPeek trainee improved his record to 1 win, 2 seconds, and 1 third in 4 starts, earning $336,150 for owners Tommie Lewis, David Bernsen, and Magdalena Racing (Sherri McPeek).

Left: Dueling had a fit in the post parade, but jockey Manny Franco managed to hang on and get him back under control to finish 6th.

Right: The horses break from the gate for the Juvenile.

Saturday Results Summary:   F&M Sprint -  Turf Sprint -  Dirt Mile -  F&M Turf -  Sprint -  Mile -  Distaff -  Turf -  Classic
Friday Results Summary: Juvenile Turf Sprint -  Juvenile Fillies Turf -  Juvenile Fillies -  Juvenile Turf -  Juvenile  
Entries   -   Saturday Works   -   Sunday Works   -   Monday Works   -   Tuesday Works   -   Wednesday Works   -   Thursday Works

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