Breeders Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf Betting

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The Breeders Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf is a one mile Group Two race held annually as part of the Breeders Cup meeting in North America.

As its name suggests, the contest is open to two year-old fillies which are proficient on turf as opposed to a dirt track and thus the race provides a perfect alternative to the regular Juvenile Fillies race which is also on the two day card.

2008 saw the first running of the race at Santa Anita Park after its inauguration to support the expansion of the Breeders Cup into a two day meeting – and Chad C. Brown’s Maram was the first horse to claim the honours under the guidance of jockey Jose Lezcano.

Due to rules and regulations set out by the American Graded Stakes Committee whereby any newly inaugurated race must be held for two consecutive years under the same conditions before it can be allowed graded class, the race initially began as an ungraded event at the meeting until 2010 when it received new graded classification and a consequent increase in prize money to its current purse of $1 million.

After already becoming a well-established mainstay of the Breeders Cup meeting, the race now also forms part of the Breeders Cup Challenge, a process which allows horses the chance of attaining an automatic berth into the race by competing in a series of other high status contests held throughout the campaign.

Winners of the Miss Grillo Stakes at Belmont, Fillies Mile at Ascot, Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh, Natalma Stakes at Woodbine and Jessamine Stakes as Keeneland all receive an automatic pass into the championship race which to date has been capped to just twelve runners.

Unsurprisingly, the race is one of a small handful of events at the Breeders Cup meeting which appeal strongly to connections from Britain and Ireland, whose horses are used to campaigning regularly at the highest level on turf as opposed to a dirt surface.

This is adequately reflected through the Breeders Cup Challenge and the incorporated qualifying races for the contest, which include significant high grade races at Ascot and the Curragh.

There is obviously not a great deal of history to go by in terms of past renewals of the race; however it is American horses which have triumphed on all three occasions to date. Nevertheless, it is quite feasible to suggest that any emerging trend of this kind could be bucked sooner rather than later.

It all of course depends on the yearly crop of Juvenile middle distance Fillies in Britain and Ireland and whether or not trainers feel that their charges are strong enough both in terms of ability and fitness at such a late stage of the season to send their charges over to the USA.

Often, connections from across the Atlantic can be more inclined to wrap their two year-olds up in cotton wool come October rather than risk over working them and potential injury ahead of their three year-old campaign.

This is usually why the Arc meeting at Longchamp is the last port of call for top non-US juveniles before the season is through.

Taking this on board however, powerhouse trainers, such as Aiden O’Brien and Henry Cecil for example, must be deadly serious about their horses chances should they decide to pitch them in a race of this kind at this time of year, so it is inevitable at some point that a non-US winner of the race will emerge – it just all depends on how strong the standard and form looks in the UK and Ireland Juvenile Fillies division.

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