November 1st, 2014 − Santa Anita

Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf

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 TURF, $1 million, one mile, turf

- Hootenanny, 2, c Wesley Ward Began career in Kentucky, G1-placed in France, firing bullets in a.m., will be making first start beyond 6f 9-2
- War Envoy, 2, c Aidan O'Brien History sides with Group-placed European, last six winners this race made previous start outside U.S. 5-1
- Aktabantay, 2, c Hugo Palmer G3 winner in U.K. encountered eventful trip finishing directly behind War Envoy last out G1 in France 6-1
- Imperia, 2, c Kiaran McLaughlin Sharp maiden win G3 BEL in second start, produced by top mare Cocoa Beach, she won G1's dirt and turf 8-1
- Luck of the Kitten, 2, c Wesley Ward Impressive win over the course vs. weak California 2yos, front-runner likely the one they have to catch 8-1
- Conquest Typhoon, 2, c Mark Casse Carried 10 lbs more than winner in recent prep, G2 Summer two back impressive, looms upset candidate 10-1
- Commemorative, 2, c C.B. Hills Rapidly improving UK shipper, G3 last out was just third start, possesses tactical speed to make own trip 10-1
- International Star, 2, c Mike Maker Beneficial weight break winning G3 on synthetic, also G2-placed on turf, will be rolling from back of pack 12-1
- Startup Nation, 2, c Chad Brown Misfired with inside trip in last, G3 crusher two back was among season's most impressive turf wins 2yo 12-1
- Lawn Ranger, 2, c Ken McPeek Followed maiden victory with G3 upset at KEE, top Midwest trainer long overdue for a BC win 15-1
- Danny Boy, 2, c Dale Romans Runner-up in seemingly shallow KEE stakes, closed into slow fractions, rates longshot consideration 15-1
- Wet Sail, 2, c C. Fellowes Campaigned on lesser tracks in England, third in 23-horse race last out, won 13-runner field prior 20-1
- Offering Plan, 2, c Chad Brown Trainer has won at least 14 turf races this year with 2yos, okay third last out in G3 BEL 20-1
- The Great War, 2, c Aidan O'Brien Million-dollar colt from Europe has Juvenile listed first preference, top connections 8-1
- Others listed in order of preference      
- Daddy D T, 2, r John Sadler Dirt-race debacle can be forgiven, trained well since, stakes winner on turf against suspect SoCal rivals 15-1
- Faithful Creek, 2, c Brian Meehan Shipper appears to be cut below Euro counterparts, English trainer owns two BC wins (2006 + 2010 Turf) 12-1
- Papacoolpapacool, 2, c Jeff Mullins Benefitted from easy lead winning maiden race over course, no easy leads here 30-1
- Ernest Shakleton, 2, c J. Harrington Handicap-caliber shipper from Ireland seems to be overmatched against this group 20-1
- Miltee, 2, c Simon Callaghan Maiden gradually improved, could turn into something, entered SA msw Oct. 23 30-1

Comments and Odds by Brad Free