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Jockey Joel Rosario celebrates aboard Echo Zulu after winning the Juvenile Fillies
The $2 million NetJets Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) features the best 2-year-old fillies going 1 1/16 miles on the main track. A short field of 6 entered with Spinaway (G1) and Frizette (G1) winner Echo Zulu sent off as the 4-5 favorite over 3-1 second choice Juju's Map, winner of the Alcibiades (G1), and 7-2 third choice Hidden Connection, winner of the Pocahontas (G3).
Echo Zulu draws away in the stretch
Jockey Joel Rosario sent Echo Zulu to a clear lead first time by through fractions of 23.42, 47.01, and 1:10.96 while pressed by 10-1 Tarabi and stalked by Juju's Map. Turning for home Echo Zulu left the field in her wake, drawing off to win by 5 1/4 lengths over Juju's Map in 1:42.24. It was another 1/2 length back to Tarabi third.
Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show 6 Echo Zulu Rosario 3.60 2.60 2.10 5 Juju's Map Geroux 3.20 2.40 4 Tarabi Castellano 3.40 Winning Time: 1:42.24 $1 Exacta 6-5 4.90 $1 Trifecta 6-5-4 16.40 $1 Superfecta 6-5-4-2 35.30Results chart
Left: Echo Zulu in the winner's circle. Winning trainer Steve Asmussen said, "A very special filly. She means so much to us and the fact that she is the first crop of Gun Runner, everything that he did for us, it's surreal that we're back here at Del Mar for the second Breeders' Cup when his crowning moment was the Breeders' Cup here in 2017. As you said, the filly, she's just done everything right from the first time and for her to win in such an authoritative fashion in such an excellent time stands for a true champion."
Right: The trophy presentation for the Juvenile Fillies. Winning co-owner Ron Winchell said, "It's something you always dream about when you have a horse like Gun Runner, and first crop getting a, what will be a champion two-year-old filly. So for us to actually own it and what we did with Gun Runner like Steve was saying it just makes it that much more special. I guess if I would have bred it it would be even better, but we'll settle for what we got right here."
Left: Echo Zulu in the post parade. Winning jockey Joel Rosario said, "She is amazing. She is fast, has so much speed and it looks like she is not going that fast. Today she liked what she was doing up there (in the front) and when I asked her, she just took off. She's just amazing."
Right: Echo Zulu heads back to the barn after the race. Winning co-owner Lee Levinson said, "I was telling Steve here, I can't even believe it and I told him earlier, I said, If something happens to me, I appreciate what you did for me because I'm still in shock. And I'm an attorney. I speak for a living, and I can't talk. (Laughing)."
Left: Second place finisher Juju's Map heads out to the track. Trainer Brad Cox said, "She broke a little slow and (Florent Geroux) put her in a good position. She raced a little wide, but she was no match for the winner. Second best today. Bottom line. No excuse."
Right: Third place finisher Tarabi returns after the race. Trainer Cherie DeVaux said, "She ran great stretching out for the first time. The pace didn't unfold the way it looked on paper, so Javier (Castellano) went to Plan B and she ran great, so we're really happy with her performance. It's awesome to come in and have her show up off a layoff and doing something she hasn't done. Our team is great, so I'm very proud of everyone."
The horses break from the gate for the Juvenile Fillies. Jockey Javier Castellano aboard Tarabi said, "We had a beautiful trip. I was very happy with her race. She broke good and was right behind the winner all the way. She was running very strong down the stretch and was fighting to be second. It's no disrespect to run third to a champion."
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