Since the inaugural running of the Breeders’ Cup in 1984, the Juvenile Fillies has been a deciding factor in choosing the Eclipse Award Champion Two-Year-Old Filly. At the 1984 Eclipse Awards, Outstandingly, received the accolade of Champion Two-Year-Old Filly. Interestingly, she placed in the Juvenile Fillies but was moved to first through the disqualification of Fran’s Valentine.
Champions of racing history, such as Go For Wand, and Silverbulletday, have been crowned in the Juvenile Fillies. Like most of the other Breeders’ Cup events, the Juvenile Fillies tends to be the deciding race for the division, beckoning the top two year olds from across the country.
The quality and depth of this year’s installment of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies is worthy of high praise. These four outstanding competitors should offer all racing fans an opportunity to witness future greats in the making.
There are a million reasons why Millionreasonswhy should be considered a top contender for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies. Out of her three start career, she has won twice, and placed once by a neck behind My Miss Aurelia in the Adirondack Stakes. In that race, the two pulled ahead of the field by fourteen lengths. Millionreasonswhy carried four more pounds than the winner in the GII event, but paired with My Miss Aurelia when she approached her. Perhaps some blinkers may be order. I feel that my sentimental choice from Sagamore Farm is the best horse in the race, but I am concerned that she did not pass My Miss Aurelia when it was apparent she had the ability to cross the wire first.
MY MISS AURELIA:
The juvenile fillies from the New York circuit certainly dominate their division this year. My Miss Aurelia, who has raced exclusively in the Big Apple for her three race career, has never lost. Last time out in the GI Frizette, she overwhelmed the field by 5 ½ lengths with a wire to wire effort.
In this race, she not only gave jockey Corey Nakatani his sixth win of the day, but defeated impressive 9 ¾ length maiden winner, Stopshoppingmaria. My Miss Aurelia, a bay daughter of Smart Strike should be anticipated to make, or settle on the pace in the Juvenile Fillies. In the Frizette, she posted fast fractions of :22.64 for the quarter, and :46.02 for the half, and increased her speed into the stretch. With the Frizette being run at one mile, the Juvenile Fillies distance of 1 1/16 mile should not be an issue. Though I believe Millionreasonswhy is the top horse in this category, I feel that My Miss Aurelia will likely come out the winner in the Juvenile Fillies.
This dark bay filly put herself on the radar with a 9 ¾ length victory in a six furlong maiden at Saratoga. She set a hot pace with splits of :22.5 for the quarter, and :45.79 for the half. In this race, Stopshoppingmaria exhibited her fluid stride. It was her first time out after showing three lengths behind My Miss Aurelia in her first track appearance.
In the Frizette, Stopshoppingmaria gave a notable second place effort that put her 3 ½ lengths ahead the other contenders. She put in a solid performance at even odds despite stumbling out of the gate, and being jostled between horses. Intriguingly, Stopshoppingmaria stumbled badly in her first ever start, resulting in another finish behind My Miss Aurelia. I expect a top three finish from this auspicious daughter of More Than Ready in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies.
Weemissfrankie started off her three for three win racing career with a victory in a five furlong maiden at Del Mar. Her final time for this race was :58.39 – just one third of a second off the track record set by Naturaliste eleven days later. She stretched her running abilities to 1 1/16 mile by winning the Oak Leaf Stakes. Weemissfrankie confirmed that she will handle the conventional dirt surface in the Oak Leaf, run on Santa Anita’s new dirt track. Indubitably, she is a talented filly, and I believe that Weemissfrankie will be the fourth best horse contending in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies.