Todd Pletcher Duo Poised for $2 Million Breeders' Cup Juvenile

Todd Pletcher Duo Poised for $2 Million Breeders' Cup Juvenile

Category : News - Thu 30/10/2014 - 12:06 EDT

The Grade 1 Breeders Cup Juvenile was reduced from a field of thirteen to twelve when the likely favorite, American Pharoah, scratched due to a hoof bruise. The $2 million race will be run at a mile and a sixteenth at Santa Anita.

The undefeated Daredevil has inherited the favoritism at morning line odds of 7-2 and is one of two horses for trainer Todd Pletcher. A chestnut son of More than Ready purchased for $260,000 as a yearling, he won his debut over a muddy track at Belmont Park as the favorite. He followed that up with a win in the Champagne (G1) over a sloppy surface to remain a perfect two for two. Javier Castellano will be aboard and they will break from post twelve.

Carpe Diem puts perfect record on the line

Second choice at 4-1 on the morning line is Carpe Diem, another undefeated juvenile for Pletcher. Purchased for $1.6 million in March, the chestnut son of Giant’s Causeway delivered as the heavy favorite in his debut at Saratoga. He followed that up with a 6 ¼ length victory in the Breeders’ Futurity (G1) at Keeneland over a field of eleven rivals. John Velazquez, aboard for both starts, will remain in the irons and they will break from post nine.

Zayat Stables represented by Mr. Z

Also in the field is from post ten is Mr. Z, a longshot at 20-1 on the morning line for the same owners, Zayat Stables, that own American Pharoah. The two-year-old son of Malibu Moon is trained by D. Wake Lukas and will get the addition of blinkers for the first time with a rider change to Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith. The chestnut colt broke his maiden at first asking at Churchill and has been second in three of his four efforts against stakes company.

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