Meet the Contenders: 2023 Breeders' Cup Juvenile
Meet the horses running in the 2023 Breeders' Cup Juvenile. For each horse, we're listing a pro, a con, and a rating of potential. The star rating of 1 to 5 represents opportunity to perform well. Be sure to follow these contenders by adding them to your stable alerts.
#2 Prince of Monaco ****
Pro: Undefeated colt turned in a standout performance in the Best Pal (G3) two back.
Con: Del Mar Futurity (G1) score more workmanlike; stamina test here.
#4 Timberlake ****
Pro: Rebounded well from upset loss to win the Champagne (G1) easily.
Con: Benefited from slop and fast pace last time; lost modest Hopeful (G1) renewal.
#5 Ecoro Neo (scratched) *
Pro: Bred to be at his best routing on the dirt.
Con: Still a maiden after two losses in Japan.
#6 Locked ****
Pro: Enters with a profile like that of former stablemate Forte, who won this last year.
Con: Doesn’t stand out over the locals, who have experience over the Santa Anita strip.
#7 Cuban Thunder *
Pro: Battle-tested against some of Europe’s best, though to no great effect.
Con: Unplaced in three of four since breaking maiden going six furlongs on turf.
#9 Fierceness ***
Pro: Stellar debut at Saratoga and surely better than what he showed in Champagne.
Con: Mud might have exaggerated actual ability first out; untested on a fast surface.
#11 Noted **
Pro: Multi-surface talent won his only start going long on dirt, the Sapling at Monmouth.
Con: Relatively light in the speed figure department.