Vequist rallies to win Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies – Press Enterprise
Vequist looked comfortable on the rail, taking off in the early stretch for a two-length victory in the $2 million Juvenile Fillies.
The victory, which came in 1:42.30 over 1 1/6 miles, gave jockey Joel Rosario his 12th Breeders’ Cup win. It was the second for trainer Butch Reid.
Rosario said racing inside proved not to be an issue for Vequist.
“It was hard for her in the turn because I had a horse outside me. But she did great,” said Rosario, who won the Juvenile Fillies aboard Jaywalk in 2018. “I never gave up my position. As soon as I asked her, she went on with it. It was a very good performance.”
The daughter of 2016 Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist started with 8-1 odds and paid $15.20, $6.80, and $4.40. She exacted some revenge on Dayoutoftheoffice, who beat Vequist less than a month ago in the Grade I Frizette Stakes on Oct. 10 at Belmont Park.
An early pacesetter, Dayoutoftheoffice held off Girl Daddy for second.
Princess Noor, Bob Baffert’s undefeated 9-5 favorite making her first start outside of Southern California, faded to fifth down the stretch.
“She was in a good spot. He had her in a perfect spot there, but she just didn’t kick on,” Baffert said, referring to jockey Victor Espinoza. “I’m pretty disappointed. She just came up empty. I had a lot of confidence in her but the winner ran a big race. They were going pretty fast. She just didn’t have it.”
Aunt Pearl leads Irish sweep
Aunt Pearl showed why she was the 3-1 favorite, leading from start to finish for an Irish sweep in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf.
Trained by Brad Cox and ridden by Florent Geroux, the daughter of Lope de Vega finished the mile in 1:35.71. She paid $7.20, $5.40, $3.80.
Fellow Irish-breds Mother Earth, who made a late run from 12th at 22-1, took second by a neck over Miss Amulet.
Big upset for Fire At Will
Fire At Will scored a 30-1 upset of 7-2 favorite Battleground among others to claim the $1 million Juvenile Turf.
Despite the odds, Fire At Will was coming off stakes victories in the With Anticipation Stakes at Saratoga Race Course and the Pilgrim Stakes at Belmont Park.
The Declaration of War colt covered the mile in 1:35.81, paying $62.40, $24.40 and $14.00. With Ricardo Santana Jr. on board, Fire At Will gave trainer Mike Maker his third Breeders’ Cup victory.
Battleground edged out Outadore for second.
Golden Pal wins Juvenile Turf Sprint
Golden Pal kicked off Breeders’ Cup weekend by outlasting a hard-charging Cowan to capture the $1 million Juvenile Turf Sprint.
The 4-5 favorite, trained by Wesley Ward, finished the 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:02.82 and paid $3.60, $2.80 and $2.60. Ward won the race last year with Four Wheel Drive.
Jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. rode the son of Uncle Mo to a sizable lead by the top of the stretch.
Cowan finished a length ahead of Ubettabelieveit.