British Idiom—a 2-year-old daughter of Flashback trained by Brad Cox—laid it all on the line in a thrilling stretch duel with 2-1 favorite Donna Veloce, and emerged victorious by a neck in the shadow of the wire.
It was her quiet presence and composure that first drew bloodstock agent Liz Crow of BSW Bloodstock to British Idiom at Fasig-Tipton's Kentucky October Yearling Sale, where she was shopping for partners Michael Dubb, The Elkstone Group, Madaket Stables, and Bethlehem Stables.
"Mentality—that was what really sold me on her," Crow said. "Every time I saw her at the barn she was just so chill, so relaxed, and very professional. I like to watch them in the back ring before they go in to sell, and she couldn't have been any more blasé about the whole thing. I think that helps them a lot when they have to be in a paddock, when they have to ship to a place like this—when they have that mental fortitude, it really helps. She just has an unbelievable attitude about everything."
British Idiom returned $7.40 on a $2 win ticket. Donna Veloce held for second, followed by Bast in third.
"She had to fight to get by (Donna Veloce)," Cox said of the finish. "I'm very proud of her. She's 3-for-3, she's done nothing wrong, and she's taken her show on the road every time. She's a tremendous filly."
It was the second Breeders' Cup win for the trainer, who took the 2018 Breeders' Cup Distaff (G1) with eventual champion Monomoy Girl. —Claire Crosby
Structor Charges to Juvenile Turf Victory
Chad Brown became the winningest grass trainer in Breeders' Cup history when Structor prevailed in the $1 million Juvenile Turf Presented by Coolmore America Nov. 1 at Santa Anita Park on Future Stars Friday.
The victory provided Brown, 40, with his 11th grass win in the Breeders' Cup and 13th overall, all since 2008, and his success in the turf category pushed him past Aidan O'Brien, with whom he had been tied with 10 grass wins.
Structor needed to defeat a couple of O'Brien trainees in the Juvenile Turf, Fort Myers and Arizona, the latter the 2-1 favorite. But beat them he did after finding racing room in the stretch, defeating 55-1 longshot Billy Batts by three-quarters of a length.
Despite Friday's grass victory, as well as his own personal accomplishment, Brown had dirt races on his mind when interviewed in the winner's circle. That could potentially make the colt a participant next spring in prep races leading toward the Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve.
"He trains very well on it," Brown said. "He deserves it and he's got the right running style to potentially run on both surfaces." —Byron King
Sharing Rallies to Take Juvenile Fillies Turf
In registering a clear victory in the $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf Nov. 1 at Santa Anita Park, Sharing not only secured her first top-level win, she also extended a Breeders' Cup legacy.
Racing for Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Gainesway Stable, Sharing tracked in fourth early before surging in the stretch to post a 1 1/4-length win in the Juvenile Fillies Turf Friday, completing the one-mile race in 1:34.59 on firm turf under jockey Manny Franco. The daughter of Speightstown secured her third straight win; as she was entered off a stakes win in Maryland—the Selima Stakes at Laurel Park.
The victory adds another chapter of Breeders' Cup success for winning breeder Sagamore Farm. Maryland-bred Sharing is out of 2010 Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf winner Shared Account. Sagamore Farm raced Shared Account, a daughter of 2003 Breeders' Cup Classic winner Pleasantly Perfect.
Four-time Breeders' Cup winner Graham Motion, who also trained Shared Account, said he took some amount of risk in prepping Sharing in the non-graded Selima but he thought it was the right fit to prepare for Friday's big test.
"We wanted to get her here in the best shape," Motion said. "We realized we ran the risk of maybe not getting in, but that was what got her here. It was the best timing and we took the chance, and it paid off." —Frank Angst
Four Wheel Drive Rolls to Juvenile Turf Sprint Win
Trained by Wesley Ward and ridden to victory by Irad Ortiz Jr., Four Wheel Drive completed the five-furlong race for 2-year-olds in :55.66 on firm turf. He was followed home by Chimney Rock in second and Another Miracle in third. Kimari, the 7-2 second choice, rallied for fourth.
Four Wheel Drive is a son of Breeders' Cup Classic and Triple Crown winner American Pharoah.
"We got it. It's great for the owners, fantastic for Coolmore (Ashford Stud), fantastic for everyone that put a lot of money behind American Pharoah," said Ward. "There is a lot riding on him as far as how his progeny will turn out. For this horse to turn out to be a Breeders' Cup winner is sensational. He (Four Wheel Drive) is a real cool dude. He takes it all in. He popped right out like a real professional horse will and he kind of settled. When (Ortiz) called upon him, away he went." —Evan Hammonds