The $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) will be run at 1 1/16 miles on the main track at Santa Anita on Friday. For two-year-olds, the winner will receive 20 points for the Road to the Kentucky Derby (G1), the second-place finisher will receive eight points, the third-place finisher will receive four points and the fourth-place finisher will receive two points.
Top Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Top Picks
- 1 Dennis’ Moment
- 6 Eight Rings
- 5 Scabbard
- 7 Anneau d’Or
- $40 Trifecta: 1 with 6 with 5
- $40 Trifecta: 1 with 5 with 6
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Contender Notes
#1 DENNIS’ MOMENT lost all chance in his career debut at Churchill Downs when he clipped heels and unseated the rider. He came back five weeks later at Ellis Park and ran a hole in the wind as the 4-5 favorite. From post 11, he broke on top and kept pouring it on to win by 19 lengths in spectacular time. His BRIS Pace ratings that day were 85, 89, 102 which shows that even though he was on the lead, he kept finding more. It was no surprise that in the Iroquois Stakes (G3) back at Churchill going two turns, Dennis’ Moment sat behind the early leaders and cruised to an easy win. Off for 48 days, he has trained brilliantly since then and the son of Tiznow looks to be one of the strongest favorites on championship weekend.
#2 WRECKING CREW broke his maiden as the 2-5 favorite in his career debut going six furlongs at Del Mar then came back there with a good second in the Best Pal Stakes (G2). He weakened late in the Del Mar Futurity (G1) going seven furlongs and now tries two turns for the first time.
#3 SHOPLIFTED broke his maiden by over four lengths coming from just off the pace going 5 ½ furlongs at Saratoga then was second there in the seven-furlong Hopeful Stakes (G1). He shipped to Santa Anita for the American Pharoah Stakes (G1) and showed little in a wide trip.
#4 STORM THE COURT broke his maiden first time out at 12-1 going 5 ½ furlongs in slow time at Del Mar. He lost all chance at the start of the Del Mar Futurity (G1) when losing the rider after being bumped at the start. Last out, he was a distant third going two turns and adds blinkers today.
#5 SCABBARD looked great when he broke his maiden by five lengths going six furlongs at Churchill Downs then he came back with a good second in a Grade 2 sprint stakes at Saratoga. Last out in the Iroquois Stakes (G3), he was making up some ground in the stretch after having some traffic problems on the turn behind Dennis’ Moment, but he never really threatened. Still, Scabbard has not done anything wrong and remains a possibility with new rider Mike Smith.
#6 EIGHT RINGS broke his maiden by six lengths in his well-bet career debut at Del Mar going 5 ½ furlongs. He broke in at the start last out and lost his rider, but bounced back nicely with new rider Johnny Velazquez to lead gate to wire in the American Pharoah Stakes (G1). Bob Baffert added blinkers last out to try to get him to focus, but Eight Rings still seems to be green.
#7 ANNEAU D’OR rallied from far off the pace to win by eight lengths in his well-bet career debut going a two-turn mile on the turf at Golden Gate Fields. His connections have to put up $60,000 to enter so they must be supremely confident he has a shot. Son of Medaglia d’Oro is out of a Tapit mare who was a Grade 3 stakes winner.
#8 FULL FLAT ships in from Japan for his dirt debut. He won a six-furlong turf sprint stakes there in good time two starts back then was outrun last out. Japanese horses have been winning the world over, but this one does not look to join them.