Slate of 85 Breeders’ Cup Challenge Races Wraps Up With Jessamine Stakes

by | 10.10.2018 | 12:23pm

From Kenilworth Racecourse in Cape Town, South Africa in January to Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky this afternoon, and all points in between, the Breeders' Cup Challenge Series and its 85 automatic qualifiers for racing's championship weekend comes to a close with the $200,000 “Win and You're In” JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (GII). Run at 1 1/16 miles, the Jessamine will offer up a guaranteed starting berth into the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf and has lured an overflow field of 2-year-old fillies, with 14 scheduled to meet the starter, and favoritism could go any number of ways amongst several lightly raced but talented runners.

Trainer Chad Brown has once again dominated the turf with a wide array of fillies and mares this year, so it would be no surprise to see Long Lake Stable and Madaket Stable's 7-2 FIERCE SCARLETT go favored in the Jessamine. The daughter of Scat Daddy was a close fifth on debut sprinting on the turf at Saratoga in August then stretched out at Belmont Park Sept. 15 and won by 4 ½ lengths to break her maiden. Fierce Scarlett was purchased for $320,000 at the OBS 2018 Spring Sale of Two-Year-Olds in Training and would go a long way in paying that price back with a win in the Jessamine.


Ashbrook Farm and BBN Racing's 6-1 CONCRETE ROSE flew home on debut to win a turf sprint at Saratoga Aug. 20 for trainer Rusty Arnold and looks to be a major player on the stretchout. The daughter of Twirling Candy has a pedigree that suggests she should excel at a middle-distance going two turns, as does Parkland Thoroughbreds and Jeff Alston's 4-1 MORAVIA (GB), a daughter of Siyouni (FR) who will make her first U.S. start for trainer Jorge Abreu after going 1-for-4 in Europe for trainer G.M. Lyons. Moravia was purchased privately after running second in the Silver Flash (GIII) at Leopardstown July 26. William Werner's MY GAL BETTY will have to negotiate a trip from a wide draw but showed high talent when she won a pair of stakes at Woodbine and was recently second in another automatic qualifier for the Juvenile Fillies Turf, their “Win and You're In” Natalma (GI) Sept. 16. The daughter of 2010 Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner Uncle Mo won at first-asking at Woodbine in April before winning their My Dear and Catch a Glimpse in her turf debut and has long been pointed for the Juvenile Fillies Turf by trainer Roger Attfield.

Laurel Park's Selima winner MONKEYS UNCLE, undefeated in two starts for trainer Arnaud Delacour, impressive Saratoga maiden winner PRINCESA CAROLINA, who closed nicely to break her maiden in her turf debut for trainer Kenny McPeek, and sharp Kentucky Downs debut winner ZALIA, who should save all the ground from an inside draw for trainer Brad Cox, also figure to attract support in the “Win and You're In” JPMorgan Chase Jessamine. CITY DIVA, ESPRESSO SHOT, IRISH WILLOW, LIGHTSCAMERAACTION, LUCKY GIRASOL, PAKHET, and SPEEDY SOLUTION are also entered, while NO MO TEMPER and BELLE LAURA are on the also-eligible list.

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