The $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) is a 1 mile test around 2 turns of the Matt Winn turf course at Churchill Downs for 2-year-old colts and geldings. Anthony Van Dyck was sent off as the lukewarm 3-1 favorite in the field of 14 off hs 3rd place finish in the Dewhurst (G1) at Newmarket after finishing 2nd in the Vincent O'Brien National Stakes (G2) at the Curragh. In to challenge him include 7-2 second choice Line of Duty, winner of the Prix de Conde (G3) at Chantilly, and 6-1 third choice Forty Under, winner of the Pilgrim Stakes (G3) at Belmont.
Line of Duty (5, outside) bumps into Uncle Benny (2, center) in deep stretch.
Jockey Jose Ortiz sent 15-1 Somelikeithotbrown to the lead through fractions of 24.40, 48.46, and 1:13.60 while pressed by Forty Under and stalked by 34-1 Arthur Kitt. Somelikeithotbrown continued to lead to midstretch through 7/8 in 1:26.58 but Line of Duty, 6th early under William Buick, rallied on the outside and bumped into eventual runner-up 8-1 Uncle Benny at the 1/16 pole, outfinishing him by 1/2 length in 1:40.06. It was a neck back to Somelikeithotbrown third. Jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. aboard Uncle Benny claimed foul against William Buick aboard Line of Duty but the result was not changed by the stewards after a lengthy inquiry.
Line of Duty wins the Juvenile Turf
Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show
5 Line of Duty Buick 9.00 5.20 4.20
2 Uncle Benny Ortiz Jr. 8.00 5.80
7 Somelikeithotbrown Ortiz 8.20
Winning Time: 1:40.06
$1 Exacta 5-2 37.60
$1 Trifecta 5-2-7 421.10
$1 Superfecta 5-2-7-1 7,943.90
Left: Line of Duty in the winner's circle. Winning trainer Charlie Appleby said, "I was talking to someone the other evening and they said watching him in France last time that he was under the pump early, but this horse just loves to be driven and the harder you drive him, the more he finds. It was a fantastic ride by William, he's got him angled out and he's got him a clear run. I knew when he got him rolling down the straight he was always going to hit the line strong and that's what he did. It's a fantastic result for the team, I'm delighted for everybody."
Right: The trophy presentation for the Juvenile Turf.
Left: Line of Duty circles during the inquiry. Winning jockey William Buick said, "I've never been so tense on a racecourse, but that was a great decision by the stewards because we saw the best horse won the race. I thought he did very well because I didn't have a straightforward trip myself. He jumped too well, which we can't really say many times about our horses – especially two-year-olds – so I took him back and then I got a couple of bumps and had to take him off heels. I can't explain to you how relieved I am right now."
Right: Line of Duty heads back to the barn after the race.
Left: Second place finisher Uncle Benny returns after the race. Trainer Jason Servis said, "It looked like he banged him pretty good. I got beat a neck. But, my dad was a steward for 40 years, and you’ve got to respect their opinions. He’s been doing very well. I expected him to run well." Jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. added, "I had to check going to the quarter pole. That’s why I claimed foul. He ran huge."
Right: Third place finisher Somelikeithotbrown leads first time by. Jockey Jose Ortiz said, "He gave me his best and dug in when he felt the horses to the outside of him. It was a brave effort. We are very happy with the race that he ran."
Left: Ninth place finisher and beaten favorite Anthony Van Dyck in the post parade. The Aidan O'Brien trainee has a record of 3 wins, 1 second and 1 third in 7 starts, earning $289,449 for owners Susan Magnier, Michael Tabor, and Derrick Smith.
Right: The horses break from the gate for the Juvenile Turf. Jeremiah Englehart, trainer of 6th place finisher Forty Under (post 4) said, "Our game plan kind of changed after watching some of the races today. It looks like speed has been tough, so we wanted to be forwardly placed. We thought if he broke clean, he might be able to get the lead and that would put us in the best position. But the way it worked out, it looks like the race is playing more fair than you would think so it probably cost us being so close."
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