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Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf: Europeans look strong in full field
ARCADIA, Calif. - European-based runners have won three of the first five runnings of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile turf.
Based on Monday’s post position draw, there’s a good chance it could be four of six by late morning Saturday.
European-based runners made up six of the 15 horses entered for the one-mile Juvenile Turf. The race will be limited to 14 runners and the European-based Rising Legend would need one scratch to get into the field. One European-based runner not entered was Snow King.
Trainer Aidan O’Brien, who won this race last year with Wrote, has the pair of George Vancouver and Lines of Battle in the field.
George Vancouver, a Kentucky-bred son of 2008 BC Classic runner-up Henrythenavigator out of the four-time Grade 1-winning mare Versailles Treaty, comes out of a third-place finish in the Grade 1 Dubai Dewhurst Stakes. George Vancouver will break from post 3 under Ryan Moore.
Lines of Battle, a Kentucky-bred son of War Front, comes off a listed stakes victory in Ireland on Oct. 12. He will break from post 14 under Richard Hughes.
Artigiano, who was second to the highly regarded Steeler in the Grade 2 Juddmonte Royal Saint Lodge, was the first European-based runner to hit the racetrack on Monday, galloping twice around the Santa Anita main track.
Other European-based runners entered include Dundonnell and Fantastic Moon.
There are only two California-based runners in the field: Dry Summer, winner of the Oak Tree Juvenile at Del Mar, and Know More, second in the Grade 1 FrontRunner on the Santa Anita main track.
Jeff Mullins, the trainer of Dry Summer, who drew post 11, views the race as a wide-open affair.
“It’s hard to tell what the Europeans are,” Mullins said. “Training here has got to be a little bit of an advantage. The horse is doing good, he can get the distance, now all we needs a little luck.”
Others entered are the Chad Brown duo of Balance the Books and Noble Tune, Gervinho, Joha, Brown Almighty, I’m Boundtoscore and Summit County.
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