Antony Beck and Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners' Sharing was expertly handled by jockey Manny Franco to win Friday's Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf. Hustling the Maryland-bred daughter of Speightstown from the gate, Franco settled her in a stalking position down the backstretch. From there, he set her down in the stretch to release a big late kick and win going away by 1 1/4 lengths. Trained by Graham Motion and sent off at odds of 13-1, Sharing ran a mile over Santa Anita's firm turf in 1:34.59.
“It's amazing,” said Motion, who also trained the filly's dam, Shared Account, to win the 2010 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf. “Her mother was really the most special filly I've trained. I mean I've had some really nice fillies but she was very special. It's so hard to win these races. Just to get here, it's really surreal to be honest.”
Sharing broke well and used her early foot to get a good position in fourth heading into the clubhouse turn, making her way to just a couple spots off the rail in the process. In front of her was a three-way battle for the lead into that first turn, with Living In The Past, Abscond, and Sweet Melania all gunning for the front.
Abscond came out on top of that fight, leading through fractions of :22.74 and :47.02 while tracked by Sweet Melania. Living In The Past dropped back to third at the rail, while Sharing maintained fourth over 7-2 race favorite Daaheyh down the backstretch.
Sweet Melania took over into the stretch, while Sharing waited until she was aimed at the wire. When Franco gave her the cue to run, Sharing delivered a big turn of foot to blow by that rival. Daahyeh made her belated bid after going wide on the turn, cutting Sharing's winning margin to 1 1/4 lengths, but Sharing was well clear at the wire. Sweet Melania hung on to finish third, while Albigna came from last to be fourth.
“She broke so nice out of the gate and got the position behind the speed I wanted,” said Franco, who was celebrating his first Breeders' Cup win. “Down the backside, she settled pretty nicely. By the three-eighths pole, I waited for the right moment to make my move and she was there for me.”
The full order of finish was: Sharing, Daahyeh, Sweet Melania, Albigna, Selflessly, Croughavouke, Abscond, Tango, Shadn, Etoile, Crystalle, Fair Maiden, Unforgettable, Living In The Past.
Bred in Maryland by Sagamore Farm, Sharing is out of the Motion-trained mare Shared Account (Pleasantly Perfect), winner of the 2010 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf. Shared Account is just the fourth Breeders' Cup winner in history to produce a Breeders' Cup winner in the breeding shed.
Sharing commanded $350,000 as a yearling at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Select sale, then finished third and beaten just a neck on debut at Saratoga. She won her next start by 6 1/4 lengths, then added a win in Laurel's listed Selima Stakes before jumping up to the Breeders' Cup. Overall, Sharing has won three of her four starts for earnings over $700,000.
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