Up against a talented but untested maiden winner in 2-1 favorite Donna Veloce, G1 Alcibiades winner British Idiom used her experience to her advantage to capture Friday's Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies. Owned by Madaket Stable, Michael Dubb, the Elkstone Group and Bethlehem Stables, British Idiom and Hall of Fame jockey Javier Castellano tracked the early pacesetters then pounced in the stretch, running down the game favorite to win by a neck on the wire.
The 2-year-old daughter of Flashback ran 1 1/16 miles over Santa Anita's fast main track in 1:47.07, marking the second Breeders' Cup win for trainer Brad Cox following last year's victory with Monomoy Girl in the Distaff.
“She's a really good filly and this was a great race,” Cox said. “We were fortunate to come out on top, Javier (Castellano) did a great job. I'm not so sure she liked the racetrack. It looked like she was struggling a bit to me down the backside. She's a tough horse, she's 3 for 3. I liked where we were. But I thought Javier was kind of knuckling down on her as opposed to Keeneland (in the Aclibiades) when she was kind of taking him there a little bit easier. She was fit. She was ready to go today. She's been touting us the last few weeks and I'm very proud of her.”
Two Sixty broke on top but carried both Bast and Wicked Whisper wide into the first turn when she raced a bit greenly. Jockey Flavien Prat held Donna Veloce just off the ensuing three-way speed duel, sitting in fourth turning down the backstretch tracking fractions of :22.71 and :46.02.
Meanwhile, Castellano was tracking the favorite from seventh. He began to move the British Idiom into the race approaching the far turn, and was into fourth, just behind Donna Veloce, as both Bast and Wicked Whisper began to tire.
Donna Veloce grabbed the lead heading into the lane, but Castellano set British Idiom down for the drive and eventually wore down the favorite. At the wire British Idiom was a neck ahead of Donna Veloce, while Bast was able to hold on to third 1 3/4 lengths behind the leaders. Perfect Alibi came from well off the pace to finish a fourth.
The remaining order of finish was: Wicked Whisper, Lazy Daisy, Comical, K P Dreamin, and Two Sixty.
“It was pretty rough in the first turn,” relayed Castellano. “We bounced around a little bit. That was not the idea. The idea was a clear trip and stalking a little bit early. Unfortunately, that's the way it developed in the first turn. I took it from there and was very patient and confident because I had the best horse in the race. That's what she proved in the last part of the running. She kept running in a nice way and she finished really well.”
Bred in Kentucky by Silver Fern Farm and Hargus and Sandra Sexton, British Idiom is out of the multiple stakes-winning Mr. Sekiguchi mare Rose and Shine. The filly was a $40,000 yearling purchase at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Fall sale, and won her debut effort at Saratoga by 3 1/2 lengths. British Idiom went on to dominate the Alcibiades by 6 1/2 lengths, setting her up to handle the challenge from Donna Veloce in the Breeders' Cup.
Overall, British Idiom is undefeated in three starts for earnings of over $1.4 million.
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