Updated on 09/17/2011 10:19PM

BC Juvenile Fillies: Wild Fit bids to become latest Southern California sensation


In each of the last two years, a Southern California-based 2-year-old proved dominant in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies. Jeff Mullins hopes that trend continues another year.

Mullins trains Wild Fit, who in a span of 13 days at Del Mar won a maiden race by four lengths and the Grade 1 Del Mar Debutante by two. She will complete her preparations for the $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Oct. 29 at Belmont when she runs in the Grade 2, $200,000 Oak Leaf Stakes at Santa Anita on Oct. 1.

Wild Fit may not be as physically imposing as Halfbridled or Sweet Catomine, the last two BC Juvenile Fillies winners, but she has shown similar talent. In her debut at 5 1/2 furlongs, Wild Fit closed from seven lengths back to win going away. Rushed back in 13 days, Wild Fit overcome a bit of traffic to win the Del Mar Debutante.

"She actually trained like an old mare; she never did train like a 2-year-old," Mullins said. "She's always done what we wanted her to."

In the Debutante, Wild Fit had to steady twice before jockey Alex Solis got her into the clear.

"He swung her out and she just motored down the middle of the racetrack without much effort," Mullins said. "It was kind of spine-tingling to watch."

On Wednesday, Wild Fit worked five furlongs in 58.40 seconds at Santa Anita, the fastest of 46 works at the distance.

Mystery Girl, the runner-up in the Debutante, is also being pointed to the Breeders' Cup. Trainer Christopher Paasch said he has not yet decided whether Mystery Girl will prep in the Oak Leaf or the Frizette at Belmont on Oct. 8.

The Grade 1, $300,000 Matron on Saturday at Belmont Park tops the action in the division this weekend. There is also the Kentucky Cup Juvenile Fillies Saturday at Turfway Park and Sunday's Grade 3, $150,000 Arlington-Washington Lassie.

The Matron is expected to draw stakes winners Folklore, Fifth Avenue, and River's Prayer. But the favorite is likely to be India, a daughter of Hennessy who won her maiden by 12 lengths in her second start on July 28 at Saratoga. She earned a Beyer Figure of 95.

After her second start, the Summer Wind Farm of Frank and Jane Lyon, who bred India, bought her from owner John Fort for $2.05 million. Todd Pletcher, the trainer of India, held her out of the Grade 2 Spinaway to give the filly more time and to point for the Grade 1.

Pletcher won the Spinaway with Adieu, who will be pointed to the Grade 1 Frizette.

Trainer D. Wayne Lukas, who has won the BC Juvenile Fillies four times, sends out Fast Deal in the Kentucky Cup Juvenile Fillies. Fast Deal, a daughter of Grand Slam, won her maiden by six lengths at Saratoga with blinkers added, earning a Beyer of 82.

Joint Effort, second behind Effectual in the Grade 3 Debutante at Churchill Downs, heads a large field expected for the Grade 3, $150,000 Arlington-Washington Lassie. Effectual is done for the year after suffering a fractured knee, trainer Steve Asmussen said.

Juvenile Fillies
2-year-old fillies, 1 1/16 miles. Purse: $1 million.

1IndiaT. Pletcher5-2
Impressed in her fast maiden win at Sar; will learn more after Matron
2Wild FitJ. Mullins7-2
Emerged as the West's best with a clear-cut win in the Dmr Debutante
3AdieuT. Pletcher5-1
Spinaway win made her 3 for 4, but has not really been compelling yet
4FolkloreD. W. Lukas6-1
Responsible for Adieu's only loss; has yet to run really fast, however
5Mystery GirlC. Paasch10-1
Raised her game at Dmr; must show she can run like that elsewhere
6SensationS. Hough10-1
Ran too well winning her first two to take Spinaway loss at face value
7Keeneland KatK. Breen12-1
Wonder what she beat winning both Mth starts, but was still convincing
8River's PrayerP. Capestro15-1
Rated nicely when third in the Dmr Debutante; now she must improve
9BeholdenE. Harty15-1
Liked her win at Saratoga; will get a better line on her after the Matron
10Fast DealD. W. Lukas15-1
Improved with blinkers on; will get every chance to make this race

The top 10 contenders for each of the eight Breeders' Cup races are ranked by Mike Watchmaker, who set the odds and wrote the comments. Actual Breeders' Cup fields will have up to 14 starters.