Seven 2-year-old fillies will go postward in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) at Keeneland on Friday. A small, but fantastic, cast of youngsters will hope to endure the 1 1/16 miles on the main oval. The affair will almost surely determine championship honors in the division, as well.
Juvenile Fillies Wagers
- $30 Win: #2 Vequist ($30)
- $5 Exacta Key Box: 2 with 1,3,7 ($30)
Juvenile Fillies Analysis
There will be no shortage of pace in the race, although each of the youngsters in the field has proven to be capable of winning from behind other runners. I expect #2 Vequist (8-1) to be sent from the break, with #1 Simply Ravishing (5-2), #3 Dayoutoftheoffice (5-2), and #7 Princess Noor (9-5) up close, ensuring an honest early tempo.
Vequist is my top selection and I will tab her to lead at every call in a fine field of lightly raced fillies. Dark bay daughter of young sire Nyquist finished second by a nose on debut at Parx going 4 1/2 furlongs, and she was thrown directly into a graded race at Saratoga in her second assignment. Tracking the pace from second to the top of the lane in the Spinaway (G1), the Kentucky-bred spurted clear to an big lead nearing midstretch and poured it on late en route to a 9 1/2-length tally.
The dark bay filly failed as the favorite when running into the unbeaten Dayoutoftheoffice in the Frizette (G1), but she was game in second while more than 10 lengths clear of her nearest pursuer. Trained by Robert Reid, the February foal blitzed a swift half-mile on the Keeneland dirt on Saturday in preparation of her local debut. While she will have to overcome a trio of unblemished fillies to win, I think Vequist will be up to the task in her two-turn bow with pilot Joel Rosario in the silks.
Simply Ravishing dominated the Alcibiades (G1) on the course for McPeek and drew the inner post for her second local assignment. Laoban filly entices Saez to get off of the aforementioned to retain the ride atop the impressive bay. She would be of no surprise, especially since she has local experience.
Princess Noor has strolled home in each of her three showings in the Golden State for Baffert. The $1.35 million juvenile purchase is running to her price tag to this stage of her development, with open-length victories in the Del Mar Debutante (G1) and Chandelier (G2). Not This Time filly should be in the clear from her prime outside post with Victor Espinoza.
The Timothy Hamm-trained Dayoutoftheoffice proved that her Schuylerville (G3) romp was no fluke when returning to cruise home in the Frizette (G1) in her latest endeavor. Into Mischief filly has yet to be tested from three performances this season, but I have slight reservations about her thriving going two turns for the initial time. Nonetheless, the dark bay is a must use with Junior Alvarado signed on.
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