2020 Breeders' Cup Juvenile

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At $2 million, the Breeders' Cup Juvenile is the richest 2-year-old race in North America. The 1 1/16 mile race, restricted to male 2 year-olds, is often a preview of the stars of the Triple Crown races for the following year.

Breeders' Cup Juvenile

Purse:$2,000,000Grade: 1
Distance: 1 1/16 MilesAge: 2

Jackie's Warrior is one to catch in Breeders' Cup Juvenile

The $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile presented by Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (G1), run at a 1 1/16 miles, headlines Future Stars Friday, in which all five Breeders' Cup races on the program are for 2-year-olds.

Kirk and Judy Robison's Jackie's Warrior, unbeaten in four starts for trainer Steve Asmussen, earned an automatic starting berth into the race when he wired Belmont Park's "Win and You're In" Champagne (G1) on Oct. 10.

The son of Maclean's Music also led throughout in the Saratoga Special (G2) in August and the Hopeful (G1) in September, and will go for a championship when he tries two turns for the first time.

Two undefeated "Win and You're In" Challenge winners also would be in line for a championship. Godolphin's homebred Essential Qualitymay hold an edge as he won over the track and 1 1/16-mile distance in the Claiborne Breeders' Futurity (G1) on Oct. 3 for trainer Brad Cox, while Albaugh Family Stables' Sittin On Go won the Sept. 5 Iroquois (G3) going a one-turn mile for trainer Dale Romans.

2020 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Field & Odds

Race 10 at Keeneland on Friday, November 6 - Post 6:15 PM

Entry Horse ML Odds Jockey Trainer
1 Camp Hope 30-1 Robby Albarado
122 Lbs
Kenneth McPeek
2 King Fury 15-1 Brian Hernandez, Jr.
122 Lbs
Kenneth McPeek
3 Reinvestment Risk 9-2 Irad Ortiz, Jr.
122 Lbs
Chad Brown
4 Likeable 15-1 John Velazquez
122 Lbs
Todd Pletcher
5 Essential Quality 4-1 Luis Saez
122 Lbs
Brad Cox
6 Keepmeinmind 30-1 Jose Ortiz
122 Lbs
Robertino Diodoro
7 Jackie's Warrior 7-5 Joel Rosario
122 Lbs
Steven Asmussen
8 Classier 12-1 Florent Geroux
122 Lbs
Bob Baffert
9 Sittin On Go 12-1 Corey Lanerie
122 Lbs
Dale Romans
10 Dreamer's Disease 30-1 David Cohen
122 Lbs
Robertino Diodoro
11 Next 15-1 Gerardo Corrales
122 Lbs
Wesley Ward
12 Hot Rod Charlie 30-1 Tyler Gaffalione
122 Lbs
Doug O'Neill
13 Rombauer 15-1 Javier Castellano
122 Lbs
Michael McCarthy
14 Calibrate 20-1 Ricardo Santana, Jr.
122 Lbs
Steven Asmussen


Breeders' Cup Race Grade Purse Date
Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint II $1,000,000 November 5
Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf I $1,000,000 November 5
Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies I $2,000,000 November 5
Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf I $1,000,000 November 5
Breeders' Cup Juvenile I $2,000,000 November 5
Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint I $1,000,000 November 6
Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint I $1,000,000 November 6
Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile I $1,000,000 November 6
Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf I $2,000,000 November 6
Breeders' Cup Sprint I $2,000,000 November 6
Breeders' Cup Mile I $2,000,000 November 6
Breeders' Cup Distaff I $2,000,000 November 6
Breeders' Cup Turf I $4,000,000 November 6
Breeders' Cup Classic I $6,000,000 November 6

What is the Breeders' Cup Juvenile?

The Breeders' Cup Juvenile (Grade 1) finally produced a winner that would deliver a Kentucky Derby (G1) victory with Street Saver winning the derby in 2007. With only one Kentucky Derby winner to date, this $1.5 million race of the Breeders' Cup thoroughbred championship events is regarded more as a measure of 2-year-old form, as it is basically intended to be among the Breeders' Cup races, and less as a reliable yardstick of classic potential.

In the past 20-plus years, the Juvenile has only been able to field one Derby winner, and has only produced a couple classic winners - Preakness Stakes (G1) 1995 victor Timber Country and 2007 victor Curlin, have in fact, won this race. With regularity, however, the Derby winner and other classic winners have been in the beaten Juvenile field, suggesting that classic winners were either not sufficiently precocious to win the Juvenile or found its distance to be too short for their best efforts. The Breeder's Cup Juvenile has been run at 1 1/16 miles since 2003. It was originally a 1-mile race in 1984, 1985, and 1987, and was run at 1 1/8 miles in 2002.

Chief's Crown won in the first Breeders' Cup Juvenile held in 1984 at Hollywood Park in Inglewood, California. He finished second or third in all of the following year's classics, as well as triumphed in the Travers Stakes (G1) against 3 year olds and the Marlboro Cup Handicap (G1) against older horses. He had the 3 year old title and Horse of the Year honors in his sights until he finished fourth as the favorite in the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships Classic (G1) in 1985.

Coming in at second to Chief's Crown in the 1984 Juvenile was Tank's Prospect, who won the following year's Preakness Stakes. Tiring to finish third, beaten only by 1 1/2 lengths, was Spend a Buck, the Derby 1985 winner, who was voted 3 year old male champion and Horse of the Year.

Subsequent editions of the Breeder's Cup Juvenile would see this pattern being repeated. Alysheba, finishing third in the 1986 Juvenile, won the following year's Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, and was also voted 3 year old male champion. Bet Twice, who finished fourth in that same year's Juvenile, triumphed over Alysheba at the Belmont Stakes (G1) in the next year.

Pine Bluff, who placed seventh in the 1991 Juvenile, won the following year's Preakness Stakes. Sea Hero, seventh in the 1992 Juvenile, won the 1993 Kentucky Derby. Tabasco Cat, finishing third to Brocco in the 1993 Juvenile, became a dual classic winner in 1994 for D. Wayne Lukas, the leading trainer of Juvenile winners. Point Given, who came off a close second-place finish in the 2000 Juvenile, won the 2001 Preakness, Belmont, and Travers Stakes. Retired with an injury after Travers, Point Given was voted Horse of the Year and champion 3 year old male in 2001.

The Juvenile event of the Breeders' Cup races held in 1991 at Churchill Downs was arguably the most memorable running of the series.

Losing an equally close decision was the best sire of the late 1990s, Storm Cat, who simply failed to last the one-mile distance of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile in 1985 at Aqueduct. Capote, winner of the 1986 Juvenile, would never win again but would become a successful sire, getting 1996 Juvenile winner Boston Harbor.

The Juvenile event of the Breeders' Cup races held in 1991 at Churchill Downs was arguably the most memorable running of the series. French-trained Arazi broke from the outside post position, blew by the field on the final turn, and romped to a 5-length victory. Voted 2 year old male champion off that one North American start, Arazi was hampered by knee problems early in his 3 year old season. He finished eighth as the favorite in the 1992 Kentucky Derby.

Similarly, Favorite Trick was voted Horse of the Year in 1997 following an overwhelming victory in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile. His contemporaries, however, would catch up with him at age three, leaving him to finish eighth in the Kentucky Derby.

At the 2004 Breeders' Cup Juvenile, Wilko snagged the championship at 28.30 odds with jockey Lanfranco Dettori. 2005 Belmont Stakes and Preakness Stakes champ Afleet Alex won second at 3.00 odds with jockey Jeremy Rose, and Sun King placed third at 6.90 odds with jockey Edgar Prado.

In 2003, 27-1 longshot Action This Day made another memorable finish at the Juvenile event of the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships when he shocked the crowd with a last to first run. Jockey David Flores kept him back in last early, then on the turn, split rivals passing seven horses in upper stretch. Inside the final furlong, Action This Day collared his stablemate 9-1 shot Minister Eric and won going away by 2 1/4 lengths in a time of 1:43 3/5.

Recent Breeders' Cup Juvenile Winners

Year Winner Jockey Trainer Time
2020 Essential Quality Luis Saez Brad Cox 1:42.09
2019 Storm the Court Flavien Prat Peter Eurton 1:44.93
2018 Game Winner Joel Rosario Bob Baffert 1:43.67
2017 Good Magic Jose Ortiz Chad Brown 1:43.34
2016 Classic Empire Julien Leparoux Mark Casse 1:42.60
2015 Nyquist Mario Gutierrez Doug O'Neill 1:43.79
2014 Texas Red Kent Desormeaux Keith Desormeaux 1:41.91
2013 New Year's Day Martin Garcia Bob Baffert 1:43.52
2012 Shanghai Bobby Rosie Napravnik Todd Pletcher 1:44.58
2011 Hansen Ramon Dominguez Michael Maker 1:44.44
2010 Uncle Mo John Velazquez Todd Pletcher 1:42.60
2009 Vale of York Ahmed Ajtebi Saeed bin Suroor 1:43.48
2008 Midshipman Garrett Gomez Bob Baffert 1:40.94

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