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Jockey Tyler Gaffalione celebrates aboard Wonder Wheel after winning the Juvenile Fillies, his first career Breeders' Cup victory.
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. After American Rockette scratched, Kentucky Downs Juvenile Fillies winner and Alcibiades Stakes (G1) runner-up Chop Chop was sent off as the 9-4 favorite in the field of 13. In to challenge her included 9-2 second choice Chocolate Gelato, winner of the Frizette (G1) at Aqueduct, and 6-1 third choice Atomically, winner of the Florida Sires My Dear Girl Stakes at Gulfstream Park.
Wonder Wheel takes the lead in the stretch
Jockey Florent Geroux sent 22-1 Grand Love to the lead first time by through fractions of 22.90, 47.22, and 1:12.80 while pressed by 26-1 Leave No Trace and stalked by 8-1 You're My Girl. Turning for home Grand Love tired allowing Leave No Trace to inherit the front through 1 mile in 1:38.63. 13-2 Wonder Wheel, 11th early under Tyler Gaffalione, came out 3 wide for room and rallied to win going away by 3 lengths in 1:44.90. It was another length back to 7-1 Raging Sea third, while favorite Chop Chop trailed throughout finishing last beaten 14 lengths.
Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show 5 Wonder Wheel Gaffalione 15.00 8.20 5.54 13 Leave No Trace Lezcano 20.12 12.64 14 Raging Sea Prat 5.54 Winning Time: 1:44.90 $1 Exacta 5-13 151.44 $2 Trifecta 5-13-14 4,676.50 $1 Superfecta 5-13-14-4 15,830.20Results chart
Left: Wonder Wheel in the winner's circle. Winning trainer Mark Casse said, "I thought it was important, the way it works, we only got to come in about five or six days before the Alcibiades. And I thought she looked fine. I thought she could be better. I thought her race in the Alcibiades was good, but I knew she would have to be even better. But I think I've told Jon the last couple -- I said I've seen her. This is the best I've ever seen her train. And I told Tyler before we threw him up, I said you're sitting on a better horse today than you were a month ago."
Right: The trophy presentation for the Juvenile Fillies. Winning owner Jon Green said, "It's an incredible feeling, not only to win a race of this caliber at Keeneland, but to do it with these classy gentlemen, Tyler's been phenomenal for us over the past couple of years, Mark has been training for us for three years now, and we've been in the Breeders' Cup every year. We've had a horse in the Oaks. We've had a horse in the Derby. And I think we got our program rolling to the way that we wanted to. But to win a race like this is beyond compare. You just can't even talk about it."
Left: Wonder Wheel in the paddock. Winning jockey Tyler Gaffalione said, "Obviously it wasn't the position we wanted. But you've got to adapt and make the most of it. Like I said, she was there for me. I have been on this filly since I first sat on her. She broke her maiden and she's been all class since then. Last race, I believe I said in the post race interview, that she kind of got lost, was looking around quite a bit. And today she was all focus."
Right: Wonder Wheel heads back to the barn after the race. Green added, "She's a classy filly. She never misses a day of training and she's got a great level head. But you still worry about asking a horse at this level to do something completely new. And that's why we employ somebody like Tyler because he just navigated her right to the rail and through an open hole and the rest is history. Actually, we're going to supplement her in the Fasig sale since we're right here. We might as well strike while the iron's hot."
Left: Second place finisher Leave No Trace heads out to the track. Trainer Phil Serpe said, "I thought she ran a very good race. We knew we were going to have to get some position the way the track is playing. The first quarter was a little bit fast, but she ran game. She got the lead. Wonder Wheel beat her. We beat Wonder Wheel before. Weíll beat her again."
Right: Third place finisher Raging Sea in the paddock. Trainer Chad Brown said, "Ran well. Somewhere between the three-quarter marker and three and a half, she lost position there. At one point we were beside and a little behind wonder wheel, who had the run of the race and had the horse to do it. (Raging Sea) followed her and was able to get up for a piece. Losing ground maybe cost us second, but even though we lost position, we thought the best horse won today."†
Left: Last place finisher and beaten favorite Chop Chop returns after the race. Trainer Brad Cox said, "Didnít work out very well. She broke, she was fine. She was a little hot in the paddock for me. I didnít love that. She got pushed wide going into the first turn. She got pushed wide actually by the winner. The winner was ultra-impressive. We just didnít have much horse."
Right: The horses break from the gate for the Juvenile Fillies. Jose Lezcano aboard runner-up Leave No Trace (13) said, "My filly broke sharp. I donít think the position really helped us, but she broke so sharp I had to just let her go. I think she put in a very good race. Sheís a nice filly."
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