November 1st, 2014 − Santa Anita

Breeders' Cup Juvenile

RACE COVERAGE: Classic | Distaff | Turf | Filly & Mare Turf | Mile | Dirt Mile | Sprint | Turf Sprint | Filly & Mare Sprint | Juvenile | Juvenile Turf | Juvenile Fillies | Juvenile Fillies Turf

Juvenile, Purse: $2 million, 1 1/16 miles

 Calculator  P. Miller  E. Trujillo  Game finishing second to American Pharoah in two Gr. 1s; likely the best 2yo maiden in the country 8-1 15-1
 Private Prospect  M. Campbell  J. Campbell  Turned into a profitable claim, but as tenacious as he is, he seems to be in way over his head here 20-1 30-1
 Blue Dancer  G. Tracy  R. Walcott  The pride of central Canada would need to improve about 40 Beyer points to keep step with these 30-1 30-1
 The Great War  A. O'Brien  R. Moore  Has been below group stakes level quality so far, and now must go long on new surface; no thanks 15-1 12-1
SCR  American Pharoah  B. Baffert  V. Espinoza       
 Lucky Player  S. Asmussen  R. Santana  Won the Iroquois, another early season route stake, but that was against much softer company 20-1 30-1
 Texas Red  K. Desormeaux  K. Desormeaux  Some liked his third in the FrontRunner in his first start on dirt, but it seemed like a clunk up to me 10-1 20-1
 Souper Colossal  E. Plesa  P. Lopez  Won all three of his starts at Mth, including the Sapling, an early season route for these; not out of it 12-1 12-1
 Carpe Diem  T. Pletcher  J. Velazquez  Predictably romped in the Breeders' Futurity off the stretch out given his pedigree shouts distance 7-2 4-1
 Mr. Z  D. Lukas  M. Smith Easily second best in the Breeders' Futurity, but was also beaten a long way; looks overmatched 20-1 20-1
 One Lucky Dane  B. Baffert  R. Bejarano  Crushed maidens in fast time over the track in first start on dirt; a threat with only slight improvement 6-1 10-1
 Daredevil  T. Pletcher  J. Castellano  Impressed taking Champagne with big Beyer; both wins on wet tracks, but said to be fine on fast, too 5-2 7-2
 Upstart  R. Violette  J. Ortiz Gamely chased Daredevil in Champagne after showing potential winning first two starts over NY breds 10-1 8-1

Comments and odds by Mike Watchmaker