Although some of the more competitive races take place this evening, Breeder’s Cup Friday was just as exciting.
We began with a cracker of a race in the Breeder’s Cup Juvenile Turf Fillies. Won by Rushing Falls, and although nothing should be taken away from the winner, September did not break the best, but finished quickly, marking her name down as one to follow next year. Favourite dual Group 1 winner Happily was dissapointing, being trapped on the rail and not being able to find a gap to squeeze through:
This was then followed by the Dirt Mile, where Sharp Azteca and Battle of Midway drew away from the rest of the field to contest for the win. Eventually Battle of Midway got away from Sharp Azteca, winning by a neck for Winstar Farm and Don Alberto.
Next was the Juvenile Turf, a race which could be seen as the highlight of the day. The Aidan O’Brien runner Mendelssohn showed great maturity when breaking quickly from Stall 1, and being pushed along quickly to get a good postion. He finished well and was easily the most impressive winner of the night. This also provides a form boost for U S Navy Flag in the Juvenile tonight, who looks to win on his first start on dirt. After the win Aidan O’Brien said that he could be targeted at the Kentucky Derby.
The night was finished off by the Distaff, where Stellar Wind was looking to finish her career with the race that had evaded her twice so far. Unfortunately it wasn’t her day and she was dissapointing, finishing well back in the field. It was won by Forever Unbridled, last year’s third with Abel Tasman running gallantly in second.
However, tonight is bound to send some of the racing heroes out with a bang, with Ribchester, Highland Reel and Arrogate all ending their careers this evening.
We hope all horses get back safe and sound!