11/01/2013 7:07PM

Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf: Chriselliam gives Carson elusive Cup win

Tom Keyser
Chriselliam draws off late under Richard Hughes to win the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf.

ARCADIA, Calif. - Twenty-three years after suffering a heartbreaking defeat in the Breeders’ Cup as a rider, Willie Carson got to celebrate a victory in the Breeders’ Cup as an owner when Chriselliam stormed home a 2 1/2-length winner of Friday’s $1 million Juvenile Fillies Turf at Santa Anita.

Testa Rossi, held up behind horses at the quarter pole, rallied to get second by a half-length over the maiden Colonel Joan, who got third by a head over My Conquestadory.

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Chriselliam was ridden by Richard Hughes, who recorded his first Breeders’ Cup victory in his seventh ride. This was also the first Breeders’ Cup victory for trainer Charlie Hills.

In 1990, Carson was the rider of Dayjur, who seemed on his way to victory in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Belmont Park when he jumped a shadow and lost a neck decision to Safely Kept.

“Makes up for Dayjur, doesn’t it?” said Carson, who owns Chriselliam with Chris Wright and Emily Asprey.

Carson had always been told by riders in the morning that Chriselliam was special, but she had lost three of her five starts. Chriselliam did win the Group 1 Shadwell Fillies' Mile at Newmarket on Sept. 27 at odds of 28-1.

Friday, Chriselliam was the 6-1 fourth choice in a field of 14 2-year-old fillies. Chriselliam broke a step slowly under Hughes and received a ground-saving trip while in mid-pack. Chriselliam advanced between horses and was fourth coming to the top of the stretch. Down the lane, Chriselliam tipped out four wide and advanced on her own power until confronting the leaders inside the eighth pole before accelerating by My Conquestadory.

“I had a nice rhythm on her," Hughes said. "As soon as she turned down the backstretch I needed her just to gain a half-length to get the position I wanted. When you got loads of gears you can go there, but when you’re going as fast as you can, you can’t.”

Chriselliam, an Irish-bred daughter of Iffraaj, covered a mile over firm turf in 1:33.72 and returned $15.80 to win.

“Shes exceptional - she’s got everything you want, really,” Hills said. “She travels very well. She’s so professional, you can put her anywhere you want in a race. She also has a very good turn of foot.”

Testa Rossi, who was far back early under Jose Lezcano, encountered traffic at the quarter pole. She was able to get out in midstretch and got in the clear, but Chriselliam was long gone.

“I got a dead horse in front of me, but I don’t want to go around too far out, you know,” Lezcano said.

Chad Brown, the trainer of Testa Rossi, had to settle for a second-place finish in this race for the second straight year. Last year, he trained Watsdachances, who was second to Flotilla.

“The winner was very impressive," Brown said.

About the traffic Testa Rossi encountered, Brown said: "I can’t say right now that cost me the win. I’m proud of the way she ran. She fired another big one for me. She’s a nice filly.”

Brown’s other three runners didn’t fare too well, as Ready to Act was sixth, Kitten Kaboodle was 11th, and Granny Mc’s Kitten was 12th.

Vorda, the 5-2 favorite, finished seventh. Her rider, Olivier Peslier, said Vorda didn’t care for the firm turf.

“It’s not the distance,” Peslier said. “Down the backstretch she had no power to go.”

$2 exacta (8-12), $158.40
$1 trifecta (8-12-3), $2,810.30
$.10 super (8-12-3-14), $2,788.91
$.50 super high five (8-12-3-14-9), $60,015
$2 double (12-8), $71
$1 pick-3 (4-12-8), $210.50

Roy Roy More than 1 year ago
Greg Rouch More than 1 year ago
Chriselliam looked like a three year-old filly compared to the rest. Glad for Willie Carson, 23 years after he lost the big one! My Conquestadory (was Trevor really saying it right? - it isn't spelled the Spanish way) could have been second if the jockey didn't have to ask her right out of the gate, because of her far outside post. She got a good position, but she burned up a lot of fuel getting there and that isn't her natural running style. If she improves from two to three, watch out in next year's Mile.
Marc More than 1 year ago
Why did the Ca. juveniles get Lasix? You cannot have 1 set of rules for some horses and another set of rules for your local horses. Totally absurd and senseless like all Ca racing.
Alex Martinez More than 1 year ago
The Breeders' Cup is a separate entity from California Racing. Santa Anita may host the Breeders Cup but its the Breeders Cup that runs the rules. Those races before, those were Santa Anita races, and can enforce any rules they want.
phil bailey More than 1 year ago
1st thing I did today was cross out all Juvenile horses who have been running on Lasix. Whether they were European or not might have been a coincidence. If you need Lasix and are not allowed to run on it then your outcome will be poor. I made a profit. This is much like betting on the races from Dubai where Lasix is banned. Best of luck tomorrow.
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
Very good observations. This filly ran impressively.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I, too, observed the lasix use (or non-use). I picked Chrisellium to win based on her past performances and calm, professional demeanor. Without lasix. But also favored Testa Rossi because of her win streak (determination) and fact that she'd run previously without the fluid and won. Despite today's post position for her. Glad the two came in one-two!