Juvenile Turf Sprint Wagers
- $30 Exacta: 14 with 5 ($30)
- $15 Exacta: 14 with 13 ($15)
- $.50-cent Trifecta: 14 with 5,13 with all ($12)
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Juvenile Turf Sprint Analysis
An overflow field of 17 turf dashers will travel 5 1/2 panels on the Keeneland lawn in Friday’s $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint (G2). A total of seven, with three on the also-eligibles list, hail from the shedrow of dynamic 2-year-old conditioner Wesley Ward. The trainer saddled Four Wheel Drive to victory in the race in 2019, and he is well-stocked for this season’s renewal in hopes of making it two tallies in succession.
Leading the Ward brigade is the ever-impressive #14 Golden Pal (8-5), recent winner of the Skidmore S. and a neck second in the Norfolk (G2) at Royal Ascot two prior. By Uncle Mo, the son of 2015 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (G1) runner-up Lady Shipman appears to be picking up right where his dam left off. The Florida-bred was a geared-down winner at Saratoga last time out, and the bay shows six morning moves on the Keeneland turf in the interim. I think he will be very tough to upend despite drawing widest. Irad Ortiz Jr. has the ride.
I have a pair of domestic runners that I like for the exotics.
#5 Cowan (8-1), one of two in the cast for conditioner Steve Asmussen, has a lot of appeal to me at a fair price. Chestnut son of Kantharos was a debut winner on the dirt when sent off at 3-5 odds at Churchill Downs, and his two turf endeavors to date have been solid, as well. Kentucky-bred was third at Kentucky Downs over soft going two back, prior to closing with excellent energy to be a clear second on this course in the Indian Summer S. Colt will have a swift pace to rally into on Friday with Santana retaining the mount.
Futurity (G3) victor #13 Second of July (8-1) has done little wrong from two lifetime tries for conditioner Phil Gleaves. The Jack Milton gelding has gone off at big prices in both lifetime performances to date, but he has looked nothing like a longshot on either occasion when pulling clear late. Chestnut will be stalking the early tempo with Dylan Davis in the stirrups.