11/02/2013 2:43PM

Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf: Chriselliam will point to 1000 Guineas

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Barbara D. Livingston
Chriselliam, with Richard Hughes riding, wins the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf by 2 1/2 lengths at Santa Anita.

ARCADIA, Calif. – Chriselliam was reported to have come out of her 2 1/2-length victory in Friday’s $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf in good order and will soon head back to England to prepare for the spring classics.

The early season target for Chriselliam is the 1000 Guineas, conducted at one mile and held at Newmarket in May. Chriselliam won the Shadwell Fillies’ Mile at Newmarket in September, which prompted her connections to come here.

Chriselliam ran a terrific race, tipping four wide under Richard Hughes and overpowering My Conquestadory, who had taken the lead outside the eighth pole. Chriselliam covered a mile in 1:33.72 and earned an 88 Beyer Speed Figure.

The win was not only the first for jockey Hughes, but the first for trainer Charles Hills. In August 2011, Charles Hills took over the stable from his father, Barry Hills, who had gone winless with six Breeders’ Cup starters.

“I am looking forward to getting her home and hopefully getting to the Guineas, but to have a winner out here really does mean the world to me,” Hill said Saturday in the post-race press conference.

Chriselliam is part-owned by former English champion jockey Willie Carson, who finished second aboard Dayjur in the 1990 Breeders’ Cup Sprint after the horse jumped a shadow in deep stretch.

Trainer Chad Brown had four runners in the Juvenile Fillies Turf, with the best result being Testa Rossi’s second-place finish. Testa Rossi, who was well back early under Jose Lezcano, did encounter some traffic trouble around the far turn, but Brown admitted that didn’t cost her the race.

“She ran terrific,” Brown said. “I thought the winner was very impressive, so I’m going to stop short of saying without trouble we could have won the race. But she did have a little trouble. She worked her way through it. She came with a nice late run. I was very proud of the way Testa Rossi ran.”

Brown’s other three runners were Ready to Act (sixth), Kitten Kaboodle (11th), and Granny Mc’s Kitten (12th).

“The only excuse I had out of those other three horses was Kitten Kaboodle did bleed in the race, and she bled past the threshold that would definitely be performance inhibiting,” Brown said. “The other two fillies I didn’t see any excuse for them.”

Brown said all four fillies as well as Juvenile Turf third-place finisher Bobby’s Kitten, will soon head to Palm Meadows, a training center in south Florida, to prepare for their 3-year-old seasons.

Brown was disappointed in the trip Bobby’s Kitten got when he set a rapid early pace under Javier Castellano and faded to third, 1 3/4 lengths behind Outstrip. Brown said it was not part of the plan to send Bobby’s Kitten out in fractions of 22.27 seconds for the quarter, 45.70 for the half-mile, and 1:09.53 for six furlongs.

“It was very disappointing,” Brown said. “It wasn’t the way we envisioned the race unfolding. The horse can be a little keen early, but only if you ask him for position early. Unfortunately, it just didn’t work out for us on that first turn. That’s where the race was lost. He’s actually a much kinder horse than that training. He’s just not a horse that needs to be given his cues early in his race, so we’ll work on it going forward.”