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Jockey John Velazquez celebrates aboard Fierceness after the Breeders' Cup Juvenile.

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Breeders' Cup Juvenile Results

Date: 11/3/2023

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The $2 million FanDuel Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) presented by Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance features 2-year-old colts and geldings going 1 1/16 miles on the main track in a race that usually determines the early Kentucky Derby favorite for next year, and is worth 30 points to the winner in the "Road to the Kentucky Derby" series. winner Locked was sent off as the 9-4 favorite in the field of 9 off his win in the Breeders' Futurity (G1) at Keeneland. In to challenge him included 11-4 second choice Muth, winner of the American Pharoah (G1) at Santa Anita, and 3-1 third choice Timberlake, winner of the Champagne Stakes (G1) at Aqueduct.

Fierceness leads in the stretch.

Jockey Manny Franco sent 19-1 General Partner to the lead through fractions of 23.25, 47.02, and 1:10.86 while pressed by 16-1 Fierceness and stalked by Muth. Into the stretch Fierceness gained the lead through 1 mile in 1:35.59. Kept to task by John Velazquez, Fierceness drew off to win by 6 1/4 lengths over Muth in 1:41.90. It was 1/2 a length back to late-running favorite Locked third.

Fierceness wins the Juvenile
The TVG Breeders' Cup Juvenile

Purse: $2,000,000     Distance: 1 1/16 miles

Pgm  Horse              Jockey            Win   Place  Show
 9   Fierceness         Velazquez        35.00  12.80  8.20
10   Muth               Hernandez                4.80  3.20
 6   Locked             Ortiz                          2.80

Winning Time:  1:41.90

$1 Exacta 9-10                       101.35
$1 Trifecta 9-10-6                   343.60
$1 Superfecta 9-10-6-4             1,097.90
Results chart

Left: Fierceness in the winner's circle. Winning trainer Todd Pletcher said, "Look, not everyone would do that (7th in the Champagne). We talked about it, we covered every base after the Champagne. The horse trained awesome all summer; he was a monster since his debut. We took a shot today and it worked out. He had a beautiful trip and he showed what he is all about. A lot of the tactics in a race like this, you have to leave in your rider's hands.It was really about getting in a good rhythm with him and letting him get comfortable with him. (John Velazquez) was able to do that. It did look easy."

Right: The trophy presentation for the Juvenile. Winning owner Mike Repole said, "Todd and I have said all week, 'If he's sixth by 12 (lengths) or first by five, we wouldn't be surprised.' We're not surprised, but we're pretty happy right now."

Left: Fierceness heads out of the paddock to the track. Winning jockey John Velazquez said, "We were concerned a little about the break. He behaved well in the gate and broke well. He went forwardly and sat second nicely. Once we passed the half-mile pole, he grabbed into the bridle a little sooner than I wanted. When he got to the 1/4 pole, he started looking around so I got after him. He was running down the stretch and got serious once I got after him. I had no doubt. I worked him in the morning and I was very impressed and I was hoping he would put the same work in the afternoon." 

Right: Fierceness heads back to the barn. Repole added, "Todd, Johnny, and I won that race in our 30s. I still look like I'm in my 30s. They look like they're in their 50s and 60s. To win that race again with Johnny, that was really, really special. I don't think too many people would have run him other than Todd and I."

Left: Second place finisher Muth returns after the race. Jockey Juan Hernandez said, "I'm really proud of my horse.  He gave me everything that he had. I had a good break and was following the winner. I was tracking him and I was in a good spot. My horse was running really well and all the time I was thinking I was the winner.  But around the three-eighths when I started to make my horse run and he kind of got a little close to the winner. But the winner took off.  We got beat, but my horse ran really good and I was happy with that. We got beat by a better horse today."

Right: Third place finisher and beaten favorite Locked returns after the race. Jockey Jose Ortiz said, "I had a good trip. My horse was little hard to control with the dirt in his face. He was climbing a little bit. He was a little bit off the bit on the backside. Man, around the turn I was having a good trip, but I felt like the pace wasn't fast enough and that's why those two horses held on on the lead."


The horses break from the gate for the Juvenile. Brad Cox, trainer of fourth place finisher Timberlake said, "He was a little wide and didn't go quite as quick as I thought they would early. No real excuse. We had a little opportunity to be third, but ended up fourth. We'll regroup and turn our attention toward his 3-year-old season."

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