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OTB Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf
The 2013 Breeders’ Cup World Championships kicks off on Friday, November 1 from Santa Anita Race track in Arcadia, California. Fourteen races make up the weekend of action, with five races on Friday, and nine more on Saturday. The second race on the schedule is the $1,000,000 Juvenile Turf, racing a mile. In 2012, George Vancouver rode the rail just off the lead to the top of the stretch before finding a hole to score a 1 1/2 length win at odds of 9-1, the second BC Juvenile Turf win in a row for jockey Ryan Moore and trainer Aiden O’Brien.
Likely favorite has dominated in past
A solid favorite going into the 2013 version of the event is expected to be Bobby’s Kitten, a decisive 6 1/2 length winner of his last race, the 1 1/16 miles Pilgrim Stakes at Belmont. He sports a record of two straight wins on the turf in three tries, after making his racing debut at Saratoga in mid-summer. He’s been the post time favorite in all three of his races, and that’s likely to be the case in the Breeders’ Cup. The Juvenile Turf will be his first run on the Santa Anita track.
Bashart has had graded-stakes success
Another making his California debut that might have a say at the end is Bashart, who has four starts to his name, including two graded-stakes races. In mid-August he wired the field to win the Grade II With Anticipation Stakes at Saratoga, and last time out he overcame some traffic trouble to finish just behind 23-1 longshot Poker Player in the Grade III Bourbon Stakes at Keeneland, a race that was moved to the Polytrack. A live longshot for the Juvenile Turf could be Bon Accord, who closed fast to finish a nose back of Bashart in the Bourbon.
Post time for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf is 2:25 PM PST.
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