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Jockey Javier Castellano celebrates aboard British Idiom after winning the Juvenile Fillies
The $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) features the best 2-year-old fillies going 1 1/16 miles on the main track. Donna Veloce was sent off as the 2-1 favorite off her 9 1/4 length debut win at Santa Anita. In to challenge her included 5-2 second choice British Idiom, winner of the Alcibiades (G1), and 7-2 third choice Wicked Whisper, winner of the Frizette (G1).
British Idiom leads down the stretch
Jockey Edgard Zayas sent 19-1 Two Sixty to lead first time by through fractions of 22.71 and 46.02 while pressed by 9-2 fourth choice Bast and stalked by Wicked Whisper. On the far turn Two Sixty tired allowing Bast to inherit the lead through 3/4 in 1:11.93. At the 3/16 Donna Veloce took over the front through 1 mile in 1:39.65, but British Idiom, 7th early under Javier Castellano, wore her down late to win by a neck in 1:47.07. It was another 1 3/4 lengths back to Bast third.
Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show 4 British Idiom Castellano 7.40 3.80 2.80 1 Donna Veloce Prat 4.00 3.00 6 Bast Velazquez 3.40 Winning Time: 1:47.07 $1 Exacta 4-1 13.00 $1 Trifecta 4-1-6 54.60 $1 Superfecta 4-1-6-3 290.10Results chart
Left: British Idiom heads to the winner's circle. Winning trainer Brad Cox said, "She's a really good filly and this was a great race. We were fortunate to come out on top, Javier (Castellano) did a great job. I'm not so sure she liked the racetrack. It looked like she was struggling a bit to me down the backside. She's a tough horse, she's 3 for 3.I liked where we were. But I thought Javier was kind of knuckling down on her as opposed to Keeneland (in the Aclibiades) when she was kind of taking him there a little bit easier. She was fit. She was ready to go today. She's been touting us the last few weeks and I'm very proud of her."
Right: The trophy presentation for the Juvenile Fillies. The trophies were presented by retired NFL player Steven Jackson.
Left: British Idiom in the post parade. Winning jockey Javier Castellano said, "It was pretty rough in the first turn. We bounced around a little bit. That was not the idea. The idea was a clear trip and stalking a little bit early. Unfortunately, that's the way it developed in the first turn. I took it from there and was very patient and confident because I had the best horse in the race. That's what she proved in the last part of the running. She kept running in a nice way and she finished really well."
Right: British Idiom heads back to the barn after the race.
Left: Second place finisher and beaten favorite Donna Veloce returns after the race. Trainer Simon Callaghan said, "She ran terrific. You can't ask for much more. She didn't win, but she ran a courageous race and that's all you can ask. The race unfolded the way it did. I think Flavien (Prat) did the right thing and went outside of them and she ran great."
Right: Third place finisher Bast in the post parade. Trainer Bob Baffert said, "When I saw the pace, I knew that it would be tough. I'm so proud of her. She ran her heart out to stick around. The time of 1:47 is way too slow. I'm so proud of her. She could have easily won it off the pace but I told Johnny (Velazquez) to just get her out there and put her in the race and he did. Unfortunately, we went too fast. But that's horse racing. She's got a big heart. She did not want to quit. She did not want to quit. She went five lengths too fast early. Otherwise I really think she would have been right there. She showed a lot of guts. She gutted it out to hang on in there. The quality is there. It was good race. These are good fillies."
The horses break from the gate for the Juvenile Fillies. Jockey John Velazquez aboard Bast (6) said, "I ended up in a speed duel I didn't want to be in, but I didn't want to take away what she was doing easy. We went a little bit too fast early and she got a little tired down the lane."
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