Updated on 11/01/2013 6:09PM

Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf: Outstrip makes final move to top European exacta

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Barbara D. Livingston
Outstrip finishes fast to catch Giovanni Boldini, who appeared headed to victory in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf, giving Mike Smith his second straight BC winner of the day.

ARCADIA, Calif. - Shortly after Outstrip finished third in the Oct. 12 Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket in England, his trainer, Charlie Appleby, said Outstrip would be put away for the winter, pointed to the English 2000 Guineas in May. A week later, plans had changed: Outstrip was coming to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf.

Good call.

Outstrip flew through his last three-eighths of a mile on Friday at Santa Anita, hurtling past pacesetting Bobby’s Kitten and nailing Giovanni Boldini yards from the finish to win the $1 million Juvenile Turf by a half-length. Bobby’s Kitten, fatigued from a hot pace, easily held third.

The winning royal blue silks of Godolphin were a familiar Breeders’ Cup sight, but the victory was a first for trainer Charlie Appleby, who became a head trainer for Sheikh Mohammed al-Maktoum’s powerhouse stable when Mahmood Al Zarooni was ousted this spring after a drug scandal. Appleby, a 15-year Godolphin employee, was running his first horse in the Breeders’ Cup.

“It’s all very surreal,” he said.

Outstrip, a compact gray Exceed and Excel colt bred by Darley, had won two of four starts in England this year, placing himself among the upper ranks of European 2-year-olds. He had trained more actively since arriving in California last weekend than any of the other three Europeans in the race, even breezing on turf midweek.

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“I was happy with everything I saw from him this week, especially when we got him on the turf,” Appleby said. “He was so happy out there.”

Outstrip dropped to the rear of the field under Mike Smith and benefited from a sizzling early pace far in front of him. Bobby’s Kitten, the 7-5 favorite, shot to the lead after being asked for speed out of the gate by Javier Castellano, laying out taxing splits of 22.27 seconds for his first quarter-mile, 45.70 for the opening half, and 1:09.53 for six furlongs. That was not the trip envisioned by owner-breeder Ken Ramsey, who vehemently chastised Castellano after Bobby’s Kitten returned to be unsaddled.

“He asked him out of the gate,” said trainer Chad Brown. “I don’t know why he did that.”

It was Irish shipper Giovanni Boldini who took first crack at Bobby’s Kitten. Coming through on the inside around the far turn under Ryan Moore, he switched to the two path for the stretch run and chipped into Bobby’s Kitten’s lead. Moore said Giovanni Boldini was running in spots, not fully bearing down throughout the race, and just as he overtook Bobby’s Kitten to make the lead, there came Outstrip, flying down the center of the track.

“He handled everything beautiful,” said Smith, who was sitting on the colt’s back for the first time Saturday and won his record 19th Breeders' Cup race.

Outstrip paid $14 to win and was timed in 1:33.20 for one mile on very firm turf, a stakes record. Bobby’s Kitten was followed home by Bon Accord, Got Shades, Bashart, Aotearoa, Poker Player, Wilshire Boulevard, Ontology, Shamshon, Home School, and All Cash.

And this time, Outstrip really will be put away for the winter and pointed for the English 2000 Guineas.

Brian Russell More than 1 year ago
What is bizarre is that Castellano went to great lengths to get Bobby's Kitten to settle a little bit in the Pilgrim, presumably to teach him something, and then he does this. It was obvious All Cash wanted the lead. He would have had the perfect horse to sit off of, one that had no shot of winning.
Greg Rouch More than 1 year ago
Scott Hazleton of HRTV touted Outstrip all week.
Greg Rouch More than 1 year ago
Bobby's Kitten is a run-off at this stage in his career. Maybe he will learn new ways later on. But don't send a colt that hasn't been taught to rate and who charges to the front, no matter what, into a race and then blame his behavior on the jockey. The horse thinks his life depends on making it to the first turn in the lead. Change his style or not, but deal with it. Mr. Ramsey knew he had a good juvenile, but had an overinflated view of him, apparently.
wolves More than 1 year ago
speaking of bad rides, how on earth can Pletcher be using A Castillo on Battier in the Discovery after the rides he has given this beast? This horse will be a G1 winner once Johnny gets on him.
wolves More than 1 year ago
Jay Jay makes a couple mistakes on every NY card....how this guy gets all of these top mounts is a credit to his agent. I bristle when I hear about how this guy is a "top class" rider. Not only does he make a lot of tactical errors, he is weak and doesn't get much run from his horses.
wolves More than 1 year ago
having said that, I didn't think his ride on Bobby was one of his worse rides.
Big Lemmer More than 1 year ago
Owner's should be banned from access to jockeys after a race is lost at least until the card is complete. It was a disgrace that Ken Ramsey displayed such arrogance in going after Castellano in front of millions of viewers. The man still had a number of mounts and there is no doubt in my mind after the conflict it affected him the rest of the card. This is the biggest stage for Horseracing of the year and to allow one conceited, arrogant, owner to interfere with the entire day is wrong. If I was an owner of a later mount Castellano was on I'd be livid. One man is not bigger than the sport no matter how important he thinks he is. There are laws on the books regarding harassment on the job and if this is a prime example of that. The powers that be should take serious action against Ramsey. At the least an apology to Castellano and some anger management training for Ramsey. Until today I was a fan of the horses Ramsey ran, no more, I hope they never win a race again.
Horse Cents More than 1 year ago
I agree, Ramsey thought the horse was a lock, against the other Americans sure, but against the Euro's not so much.
Signboy666 More than 1 year ago
Have to agree, Can't believe Bobby's Kitten starts 7/5f over Outstrip who came 3rd in the Dewhurst (England's champ 2yo race) on soft ground and Giovanni Boldini who finished 3rd in the National Stakes (Ireland's champ 2yo race) Getting 6/1 on the horse with the best form in the race is insane!
Signboy666 More than 1 year ago
Just watched the replay again and in fairness if you take out the Euro's he stuffs the American horses by 6L again.
not impressed More than 1 year ago
I didn't like the ride Castellano gave BK either but I sure wouldn't have done what he did with a NATIONAL TELEVISION watching. At least now we know he's not the cucumber he portrays himself to be. I lost respect for him and will no longer root for his horses.
Amy Hurley More than 1 year ago
Totally agree. I'm getting very tired of Ken Ramsey's overwhelming arrogance, including his comments about "walking on water." This is certainly not the first time that he has made denigrating and unnecessary comments about a jockey, albeit not on such a national stage as the B.C. In an interview with Steve Haskin, he seemed to take genuine pleasure in his history of "firing" jockeys. Unfortunately, the national racing media love Ramsey because he is so enthusiastic and always (except for today) smiling that toothy grin, so he will escape criticism in the media.
Mike Bilinskas More than 1 year ago
Love how everyone is ripping the owner for commenting on not just a terrible ride but basically he had a employee not follow instructions, Castellano deserves to be ripped and he showed just how talentless a rider he is yesterday. Kudos Mr Ramsey..
phil bailey More than 1 year ago
I tossed every horse who was racing on Lasix and could not today from the top 2 spots. Made a nice sum today
Scott Scheib More than 1 year ago
that was single handily the absolute worst ride that Javier Castellano has ever had with this level of race. Was the suicide pace really necessary? The fastest fractions in Breeders Cup history, WHY?
G More than 1 year ago
Thats why Mr Ramsey was soo upset, he even said Castellano will never get on the back of any of his horses again.
not impressed More than 1 year ago
No it was just on the back of Bobby's Kitten, he lost that mount for good. He rode for Ramsey in the following race.
Horse Cents More than 1 year ago
I think they wanted to lead and the horse got strong on the bit, he was not being pushed and was trying get a hold on the backstretch. Even if not on the lead, those two Euro's were running past him anyway.
Horse Cents More than 1 year ago
With everything against them, the long trip, quarantine, and only a few days to acclimate to the warm and dry weather, then there is the quick pace and tight left handers, and on a rock hard surface, it's still the Euro's.