Bettors have another huge field to enjoy in the one-mile, $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf where the early favorite is listed at 4-1.
It is one of the more wide-open horse racing betting fields of the entire,14-race Cup program.
Oddsmakers are finding it tough to separate Meditate, Delight and Free Look, so the bettors get lovely odds anywhere they land.
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Free Look, Delight Leads Local Charge
Beating the Europeans in any turf race is tough, but the Americans have a strong charge in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf.
Currently at the top of the early betting online markets is Meditate, trained by Aidan O’Brien. We are focusing on Free Look, trained by Chad Brown, and Delight (Jonathan Thomas).
Delight annexed the Grade II Jessamine (Keeneland) in her last start, so the experience over the track is a bonus. Thomas, who picked out the $400,000 lass at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales in March, believes he has a nice turf horse on his hands.
“I thought the style of her work was really good. She had a super gallop out, and I loved her big stride. She did a lot of things really well at the sale,” Thomas told BloodHorse.
“There is nothing “dirt” about (the daughter of Mendelssohn), literally nothing here. You’ve got to lean on their action, how they move, and obviously, pedigree when you’re going into it, but a Mendelssohn out of a Medaglia d’Oro mare, we had no preconceived notions we were buying anything other than a turf filly, which is fun.”
Delight is a 6-1 chance in early Breeders’ Cup odds, and with a legitimate shot to win.
Free Look owns a win, second and third in three starts. She broke her maiden at Saratoga, then placed behind Pleasant Passage in the Miss Grillo (Belmont at Aqueduct), so she has the stakes form that could help her Friday.
It wouldn’t be wise to overlook Meditate, either, off consecutive Grade I placings overseas. She began her career with four consecutive victories, including the Grade II Debutante Stakes (Curragh), so the 4-1 early favorite needs to be included.
How the Race Unfolds
Expect that Meditate let it take shape in front of her, launching a bid around the final turn.
She has a strong finish over the mile, and those mile race in Europe are excellent gauges as they’re not contested on flat tracks. Free Look and/or Delight both need to have sizable breaks before the turn.
If Free Look can find the lead, or close to it, she will be tough. She’s on the second line of betting, and she could pinch the winning break at the Breeders’ Cup.
Betting against the Europeans generally isn’t wise, thus we’re including Meditate in our selections. However, it’s Free Look getting the nod, as she could have a better trip in transit. Expect her to push forward at the outset, and it’ll take a good horse to run her down. Include Meditate in exacta bets, and add Delight in trifectas.
- No. 4 to win
- No. 4 with No. 9,10 in exactas
- No. 4 with Nos. 9,10 in trifectas
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Race Information
- Race: $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf
- Day, Time: Friday, Nov. 4th, 4:20 p.m. ET (Race 8)
- Where: Keeneland, Lexington, KY
- Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf Streaming: TVG