A sneak peek into 2020, when this year’s top 2-year-old fillies will be competing in prestigious, two-turn stakes, will be offered on Future Stars Friday at the Breeders’ Cup when 10 promising fillies will square off in the Juvenile Fillies.
In all likelihood, an Eclipse Award will also be hanging in the balance for the filly that proves best in the showdown on the glittering stage of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships.
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies
1. Donna Veloce (3-1): Was a highly impressive debut winner for trainer Simon Callaghan, romping by 9 ¼ lengths Sept. 28 at Santa Anita. But that was at 6 ½ furlongs and she’s being asked to stretch out to 1 1/16 miles against graded stakes winners with proven records around two turns. She might be talented enough to pull off a victory, but as the 3-1 morning-line favorite, there’s little to no value at that price.
2. Two Sixty (15-1): She dominated a Florida-bred stakes last time out, dashing off to an easy win around two turns. Whether she can win is debatable, but she will add to a heated pace on the front end.
3. Perfect Alibi (10-1): Had to settle for being second best to British Idiom by a wide, 6 ½-length margin in the Grade 1 Darley Alcibiades at Keeneland, taking some of the shine off a pair of graded stakes wins at Saratoga. At the price, it’s worth dabbling with the possibility that she didn’t like Keeneland and might wake up here.
4. British Idiom (7-2): Had no trouble making the jump from a maiden win in a sprint to dominating stakes rivals around two turns. If she can duplicate her last try, she’ll be very tough to beat.
5. Lazy Daisy (12-1): California-based filly was no match for Bast in the Del Mar Debutante but then shipped east and captured the Pocahontas Stakes at Churchill Downs in her first crack at a two-turn race. Using the successful trips east by her and Comical as barometers, the California runners may be the ones to beat.
6. Bast (7-2): Trained by Bob Baffert, she got away to a slow start in her debut and settled for second. She’s 2-for-2 since then and is exiting a game win on this track in the Grade 1 Chandelier Stakes. She’s nicely positioned in post six and looks like a filly who is on an upswing for Baffert.
7. Wicked Whisper (7-2): She’s flaunted her speed in both career starts – both clear wins. After a lopsided maiden win, she used that sharp early kick to take the one-mile Grade 1 Frizette Stakes at Belmont Park. If they don’t press her and leave her alone on the front end during the opening stages, they might not catch her.
8. K P Dreamin (20-1): Was third in the Chandelier, rallying to finish 3 ¼ lengths behind Bast. That was a solid effort for her first start outside of the maiden ranks and, given her odds, she’s an inviting longshot play here.
9. Comical (8-1): Another West Coast runner who headed East and found success. Took the Schuylerville Stakes at Saratoga after easily winning in her career debut at Santa Anita. Gave Bast a tough fight in the Grade 1 Chandelier, losing by a neck after battling for the lead throughout. But she wasn’t helped by drawing the outside post in a race with a quick run to the first turn.
THE PICK: Bast
LIVE LONGSHOT: K P Dreamin