The $2 million Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) features 2-year-old colts and geldings going 1 1/16 miles around two turns of Del Mar's main track. Undefeated Del Mar Futurity (G1) and FrontRunner (G1) winner Bolt d'Oro was the 7-10 favorite in the field of 12. In to challenge him included Free Drop Billy, winner of the Breeders Futurity (G1), and 8-1 U S Navy Flag, winner of the Middle Park (G1) and the Dewhurst (G1).
Good Magic leads in the stretch.
U S Navy Flag was quickest away through fractions of 22.83 and 46.75 while pressed by 10-1 Solomini and stalked by 33-1 The Tabulator. On the far turn Solomini gained the front through 3/4 in 1:12.04. However, 11-1 maiden Good Magic, 4th early, came through between horses to lead through 1 mile in 1:36.99. Kept to task by Jose Ortiz, Good Magic drew off to win by 4 1/4 lengths in 1:43.34. It was a length back from Solomini to favorite Bolt d'Oro third.
Left: Good Magic in the winner's circle. Winning jockey Jose Ortiz said, "It went the way (trainer) Chad (Brown) drew it up for me. He said, ‘Break good and leave. When you make your move, be ready to be on the outside.' Because he didn't like the way the track was playing inside. I waited and went to the outside. I had the opportunity to go inside but I stuck with the plan to go outside."
Right: The trophy presentation. Winning trainer Chad Brown said, "I thought he was a winner every step of the way. I didn't know who was coming behind him, but I loved the way he was traveling. We took a shot because he was a maiden, but he's developing rapidly. I am so proud of this horse and proud of my staff. I feel so grateful that the two great owners who are partners in this horse gave me a chance with him."
Left: Good Magic heads out to the track before the race.
Right: Good Magic heads back to the barn. Brown added, "This is a shining example of the program Stonestreet has. He's a homebred, then he was broke and trained on their farm in Ocala, and right on through to a Breeders' Cup race. That's doing it from start to finish. To allow me to be a part of their team now and train a horse like this is quite an honor. It sure is a thrill to have a really good 2-year-old in the barn. They're so hard to find. This guy here is developing rapidly. He's not a real big horse, but he's growing. It was his first time around two turns, and he aced the test."
Left: Second place finisher Solomini heads out to the track. Jockey Flavien Prat said, "He ran a good race. He's improving all the time He's kind of one-paced and doesn't have that turn of foot when the horse came to him. I rode him all the way and he ran a good race. He's going to improve race after race."
Right: Third place finisher and beaten favorite Bolt d'Oro in the post parade. Jockey Corey Nakatani said, "We were a little bit wide but it's horse racing and it is part of what is going to happen. I was trying to get tucked in but with all the traffic, he seemed to be spinning his wheels a little bit. The track also seemed a little cuppy. He ran good. He's a 2-year-old and they are expected to run well every time."
The horses break from the gate for the Juvenile. Golden Dragon (10) broke throught the gate before the start and had to be reloaded. He behaved on the second try but did not run well, finishing 11th.
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Review: Crushing the Cup 2017 - by Jim Mazur and Peter Mallett. An invaluable tool for trying to unlock the mysteries of handicapping the Breeders' Cup races at Del Mar. Updated for 2017, this is their 26th anniversary edition and first for Del Mar.
The Breeders' Cup Championship Day - The official page for the Breeders' Cup championship races. Just about anything you need to know about it: results, video clips, and race calls for past years, and eventually nominations, entries, and results.
Free Prep Replays - for major prep races in the Breeders' Cup Challenge. The ones with camera logos have video available.
Breeders' Cup Supplemental Entries - The old official policy on supplemental entries plus all the supplemental entries and how they fared, mostly it was a losing proposition. There are no more supplements now, only late nominations making it impossible to track since the change.