2013 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile & Juvenile Fillies Top 5s

by TCI 4 years ago

On location at the annual Keeneland September sale this week, the TCI boys reveal the first Top 5s of the season for the Juvenile and Juvenile Fillies divisions, and talk about Horse of the Year Wise Dan’s defense of this weekend’s Woodbine Mile. Are the boys on the right 2-year-olds this year? Or do you think others look better? Watch it. Comment.

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  • 1JoeP

    Hi Joel – I really like youre top 2 in the Juvenile Division. Honor Code should be exciting to watch in the Champagne, great pedigree. Strong Mandate was dominant in his last win and looking forward to his next start. The Frontrunner Stakes at SA and the Champagne should be 2 key preps for the BC Juvenile in Nov. Joel, I was very impressed by Solitary Ranger. His last race was on polytrack and was at 1 mile and he was very impressive. He will be staying on the polytrack to run in the Breeders Futurity in October at Keeneland. What are your views of Solitary Ranger? Could he be a horse that you could see transitioning to the SA dirt surface for the Juvenile. He seems to be a very fast horse that can maintain his cruising speed, he is lightly raced and was full of run stretching out to 1 mile in his last race. When Hansen won the BC Juvenile in frontrunning fashion he was overlooked at 7-1. It seems to me even if Solitary Ranger wins his next start he could be overlooked in the BC Juvenile and would have a big shot if he can transition to dirt.

    • Joel Cunningham

      Hey Joe!

      I was highly impressed with Solitary Ranger’s Arlington-Washington Futurity win. To come in off a layoff of a few months and run the way he did as a maiden in a Graded stakes race, that was a dominant and eye-grabbing performance. The fact that a great trainer like Wayne Catalano – who may be the best around Chicago and certainly is sharp when it comes to spotting his horses as evidence by his consistently-high winning percentages – entered that colt in that race just shows you how much confidence he has in this horse. Incredible read by a trainer who obviously knew what he had in this colt. I recall this horse having a little buzz at Keeneland before he ran, and I did watch both of his races here in Lexington and felt he had solid potential…but now he’s really showing he can be a nice one.

      Now for the bad news… I’m skeptical that he will be able to produce that same run over the real dirt, particularly a harder dirt track like Santa Anita. U S Ranger was a very precocious 2yo himself and excelled from short to middle distances…the mare by Galileo adds that quality turf influence as well, which is great for the grass and Polytrack…however it leaves some skepticism for me on how well this colt will fair on real dirt. I need to see it first before I believe. If the Santa Anita surface was still synthetic like it was back in the late 2000s then I would like his chances more. I kind of think Catalano is thinking BC Juvenile Turf, but if this colt wins the Breeders’ Futurity then he probably has to take a shot in the $2 million Juvenile for his owner.

      Hansen, being by Tapit, had a little better dirt track pedigree than this colt IMO. With that said, we’re still learning what U S Ranger’s progeny are going to be good at and which surfaces they’re going to like, so the jury is still out… it’s all a forecast right now, and I will need him to prove he can handle real dirt before I jump aboard the bandwagon.

      But, obviously, whether or not he handles the dirt has no baring on his quality IMO… if he carves out a nice niche on synthetics, or excels on grass, then that’s something I can definitely see him doing that and I respect it. So we’ll see!

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