Ten Things You Should Know About the 2019 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile

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Horses break from the gate at the start of the 2018 Breeders' Cup Juvenile.
Horses break from the gate at the start of the 2018 Breeders' Cup Juvenile. (Eclipse Sportswire)

The TVG Breeders’ Cup Juvenile is the marquee race of Future Stars Friday, and for good reason. It features the top 2-year-olds each year, horses who are often players on the road to the Triple Crown the next spring.

With this year’s Juvenile just days away at Santa Anita Park, learn 10 fun facts about the race below.

1. The Breeders’ Cup Juvenile is one of the original seven Breeders’ Cup races. It’s been part of the event since the first Breeders’ Cup in 1984.

2. Street Sense won the race by 10 lengths in 2006, a record.

Bob Baffert and wife Jill after winning the 2013 Juvenile.
Bob Baffert and wife Jill after winning the 2013 Juvenile. (Eclipse Sportswire)

3. From nine editions run at Santa Anita, the betting favorite has won just twice: in 2012 (Shanghai Bobby) and 1986 (Capote).

4. Trainer Bob Baffert has won four editions of the race, two of which came at Santa Anita. If Eight Rings wins this year, he could tie D. Wayne Lukas with a record five victories.

5. No horse has run the 1 1/16-mile race faster than Midshipman did in 2008, stopping the clock in 1:40.94.

6. Two Juvenile winners have gone on to win the Kentucky Derby the following year: Street Sense (2006 Juvenile winner) and Nyquist (2015).

7. Vale of York paid a whopping $63.20 on a $2 win bet in 2009. He’s the biggest longshot ever to win the race.

8. The Juvenile winner is usually named champion 2-year-old male. From 35 editions of the race, 27 winners were later named champion.

9. Seven horses have been favored at even money (1.00-1) or lower in Juvenile history but just two of them have won, meaning 71.4% of even-money favorites lost.

10. Three of the last five winners won a Breeders’ Cup Challenge race prior to earn a guaranteed spot in the Juvenile. This year’s “Win and You’re In” victors that will be competing are Dennis’ Moment, Eight Rings, and Maxfield.

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